... 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 :)
- 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