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“Friendly, clean, inexpensive ... dull neighborhood” 4 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
Pittsburgh
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38 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Friendly, clean, inexpensive ... dull neighborhood”
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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    • 3 of 5 stars
      Location
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Service
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2 Thank Jerry G
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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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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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1 Thank txsshar
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San Francisco
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47 reviews
45 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 214 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2007

We stayed at this hotel because it was inexpensive. We were looking for a place to sleep after a long flight and were looking to quickly get in and get out of San Jose. The hotel served its purpose. It was basic and everyone was very friendly. However the hotel location is not ideal. It is on a very dark street with a lot of prostitutes. For two young girls it was really scary looking for a restaurant at night in this area. There are even bars on the door and windows of the hotel. Once we were in the hotel we felt completely safe.

This is a gay run hotel and we were mistaken for lesbians on both nights we stayed at the hotel. We were unaware of this aspect of the hotel and while it didn't matter in the least it served for some good laughs as everyone was pointing us to lesbian bars and clubs in the area.

  • Liked — The price
  • Disliked — The location
  • Stayed February 2007, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
      Location
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Cleanliness
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2 Thank djr76
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Rick_Secret_Garden, Owner at Secret Garden, responded to this review, December 30, 2012
I am not quite clear if you stayed at our place. We are clearly not a hotel and I have lived here for 8 years and never seen prostitutes on our street or in our neighbourhood. Our place is located in a total residential neighbourhood and not ideal for prostitutes. Sorry about your experience.
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2006

In a quiet residential suburb of San Jose, on bus route to downtown. Owner Ric is very friendly and helpful, and a riot if you get to know him! Room has everything you need. A nice garden with lots of trees and flowers. Breakfast served in the garden consists of fresh fruit salad, eggs or pancakes, toast, juice, coffee and tea. Would definitely go back.

  • Stayed February 2006
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Service
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2 Thank tpch
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Additional Information about Secret Garden

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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