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“My favorite place to stay in San Jose” 5 of 5 stars
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#14 Rohrmoser Blvd | Rohrmoser, San Jose, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #14 of 66 San Jose B&B and Inns
Seattle, Washington, United States
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“My favorite place to stay in San Jose”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

I have stayed here many times over the past 7 years and have always had a fantastic time. Ric always makes sure everyone has a wonderful time. This is my first choice to recommend to friends. All of my friends stay with Ric also. This is a very safe place to stay in a city that can be quite noisy, but never here.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars
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2 Thank Loren G
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Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica
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42 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

Living out at the beaches in the Caribbean of Costa Rica, I need a no-hassle quiet place to stay in San Jose on a regular basis. Secret Garden fits the bill well. Great value, conveniently located and most of all, Ric, the owners personal attention. He knows San Jose well and is very helpful making sure I get what I am looking for.

The rooms are very clean and comfortable. The property is very secure and well-maintained. And a full breakfast served when you are ready in the garden. It's like staying with a friend.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank colinsito
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2011

Charming B & B, and the owner, Ric, is a great host! I can't wait to go back! Asha, VA

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank AshaArden
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Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2010

I am very disappointed with the Secret Garden bed and breakfast. I made a reservation at this place, because it was recommended by a friend. I called to let the staff know that I would be arriving around 9 pm, however when I got there, no one was there. I called numerous times and even hit the horn of my car, to try to get someone out. Luckily for me, I was able to find another place to stay.

This is a situation that is unacceptable since the staff was aware that I was coming late. I will not recommend to stay at this place.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars
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Thank natureguide
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Rick_Secret_Garden, Owner at Secret Garden, responded to this review, December 30, 2012
I am really sorry we missed each other. I understood you were arriving at 5pm. I waited till 8:30pm and then I left for dinner with other guests.
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Chirripo National Park, Costa Rica
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2010

... really deserves to be recognized! I gave it all 5's in relation to price vs quality of service and accommodations. The Secret Garden is a actually the home of Ric, an American gentleman who opened this B&B a few years back. Each room has it's own separate entrance from the outside through a nice garden walkway and patio. The location is excellent and located in a nice neighborhood. It is away from the city center but only by a few minutes and hip restaurants and boutiques are a short distance away in Escazú and Santa Ana.

For business it is perfectly located. La Sabana is down the road, access to the Bolaños regional airport is only 5 minutes away, the international airport is just 20 minutes on a very direct route. Getting a bus or a taxi es really easy.

The rooms are very quiet and clean. The beds are comfy and the rooms have a TV and minifridge. There are no cooking facilities but there are many nearby places to eat: Tico, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Argentine, Chinese, Mexican, American fast food and the list goes on. There is a restaurant a short drive away run by a 3 star Michellin chef. The breakfast is served on a lovely little deck and includes fresh coffee, fruit, eggs (perfectly scrambled, not dry no wet but perfect) and bread, butter and jam. Ric, the owner is a charming man and good conversationalist. For the price, I would challenge anyone to find something even comparable.

The garden is intimate, small and very nicely done. There is a deck chair outside where I went out with my laptop (Free WiFi) do to some work but ended up daydreaming while listening to the dozens of birds and looking at the deep blue skies above.

I would highly recommend the Secret Garden to anyone looking for an economical rate and for whom personal contact and service is important. With as much privacy as you get, it is comforting to know that Ric is nearby and always ready to answer questions. The place is spotless, quiet and very comfortable but is not stocked with frills like hairdryers, irons, bathrobes,etc... So if you are a little on the higher-maintenance side or need room service or a place to cook, check into a full service hotel.

The draw back: it only has 2 rooms. The upside: it only has 2 rooms :)

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars
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3 Thank CarlosRojasMonteAzul
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Pittsburgh
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38 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2010

Maybe dull is good, compared to some of the scarier city neighborhoods.

The owner, Rick, is a charming host, and was quite patient with my unreliable transportation provider. The room was spacious and comfortable (although the bathroom was a little small). Breakfast was included in the rate. There a fun bar/restaurant two short blocks away. the location is good for a pre-departure stay (i.e. it's on the side of San Jose closer to the airport).

I would definitely stay there again on another visit to San Jose.

  • Stayed July 2008, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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2 Thank Jerry G
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dallas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2008

Again I stayed at the Secret Garden and enjoyed my experience. I booked a room for 7 days and was very happy with all aspects of this great little B&B. Rooms are nicely decorated and the beautiful patio / garden area is so relaxing and peaceful. Ric is the host and goes out of his way to see that you are comfortable. His 3 course breakfasts with the wonderful Costa Rican coffee are worth the visit alone. This B&B is located in Rohrmoser, close to several restaurants, shops, and grocery stores. The bus is close by and taxi service is available, too. If you are interested in tours, Ric can assist with booking those, too. This is the only place I stay now when I visit Costa Rica!

  • Liked — The beautiful facilities and the wonderful breakfasts
  • Disliked — In San Jose
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Address: #14 Rohrmoser Blvd | Rohrmoser, San Jose, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of San Jose > San Jose Metro > San Jose
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 66 B&Bs / Inns in San Jose
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Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Charming 2 room bed and breakfast located centrally located to San Jose centre, & Pavas Airport. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Secret Garden Costa Rica/San Jose

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