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“Lovely, spacious, & comfortable, but hard to find” 5 of 5 stars
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Ranked #16 of 55 San Jose B&B and Inns
Halifax, Canada
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
“Lovely, spacious, & comfortable, but hard to find”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2011

Very nice place to stay. The manager and owner were helpful and friendly. The price was equivalent to a regular hotel. The Milvia had been the home of a prominent citizen of San Jose so it was roomy, well landscaped and nicely decorated with original paintings. Finding the hotel was an exercise; no one in the area knew where it was and the directions to the place are based on distances in meters, rather than turn left/right at this intersection or street.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Vancouver, Canada
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2011

One of the nicest places I have ever stayed in. Pleasant staff, interesting art, feels like home. But San Jose can be chilly and the doors and windows of main areas are always open so bring a sweater.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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CT
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73 reviews 73 reviews
22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 46 cities Reviews in 46 cities
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2010

We are familiar visitors to Costa Rica – this would be our 6th trip. We had a different challenge this time, though. My husband would be racing in the staged mountain bike race, La Ruta de los Conquistadores, which starts in Jaco and ends in Limon. Since I would be traveling with him, instead of staying at the designated hotels organized by La Ruta, we wanted to make our own plans to stay at quiet, comfortable inns or B&B’s along the route. We were able to accomplish this with the help of Trip Advisor!

Day Two ended at the Terra Mall in Tres Rios, to the east of San Jose. Finding accommodations here was a little trickier. We opted for Hotel Milvia in San Pedro, which was a short drive away (15 minutes). Hotel Milvia is a lovely old house, with a beautiful courtyard and interesting art displays. The management was lovely. They have a massage room right on the premises, and the manager set up appointments for us with Maria, who did a great job, on very short notice. The rooms at Hotel Milvia are large, but very basic. The beds are OK, but not particularly comfortable, the bathroom is functional. The major downside for us was the nighttime noise, since the room’s window was along the road, so we were kept up by both vehicle and pedestrian noise. I don’t know if they have rooms that open onto a courtyard, but it is worth asking. Hotel Milvia is not a luxury hotel destination, but it works if you seek something a little more unique, convenient and affordable.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Canada
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18 hotel reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2010

A cute artistic bed and breakfast! But its located approx 20 min from downtown san jose. The area is good tho - with banks, restaurants and little shops. We found a cute little bakery - we ate lunch an Italian place that was approx a 10 min walk away. GREAT FOOD there. And we also had a good dinner at Inka grill - a peruvian restaurant 5 min away. The rooms were clean and basic. The staff were REALLY friendly and helpful and sweet. The place was unique and the art was interesting.

  • Stayed September 2010
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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dothan, al
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2010

We were rafting down the Pacuare River with Rios Tropicales and staying at the rainforest lodge the next night. Just needed an overnight (12 hrs total) stay in San Jose. When we travel, even if just an overnighter, I try to choose something special. The reviews I read described the owners as art lovers with paintings by local artists displayed in the rooms. It's true, plus, in the short time we had, we received a very warm welcome and help with a travel problem, perused the art exhibits, enjoyed a great view from the balcony and loved the sound of the fountain outside the room. If you decide to stay here, request a room around the courtyard fountain. This was a good choice for a very reasonable rate - breakfast included.

Stayed September 2010
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2010

Best staff - I was there for an extended stay and the staff was very helpful - and personable. The space is fantastic and I would recommend this hotel without hesitation!

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2009

I'm a frequent guest of the Milvia.
I love it, it's like an oasis in San José.
The owners (Florencia and Steve) always make me feel SO welcome, that it really does feel like a 'home away from home' (sorry about the cliché, but it's true!)
When I visit Costa Rica for business, its so peaceful, I actually enjoy getting my work done! And when I come for pleasure, it's lovely and cozy to recharge between outings
with a great massage, Reiki or Quantum Breath session.
Also, the art shows in the hotel are always full of lovely surprises.
Thanx Milvia, see you soon!

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: San Jose 2050, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of San Jose > San Jose Metro > San Jose
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 55 B&Bs / Inns in San Jose
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 9
Also Known As:
Hotel Milvia Costa Rica/San Jose

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