Stayed here for two nights recently during a short trip to San Jose with a friend. Our flight in was delayed and I was a little concerned that the taxi which we had arranged through the hotel would not wait for us. Thankfully, that wasn't the case!
I had paid for my room and the round-trip airport transfer through Paypal to the hotel before my trip, but there was some confusion when I checked in regarding whether I had paid or not. The hotel has a few staff and I guess this wasn't communicated to the reception staff who checked us in. I had to get the Paypal receipt in my email and show it to the staff to ensure them that I had paid.
I got a junior queen room at $50 a night incl taxes and continental breakfast. Great value if you ask me! My room was clean and beautifully decorated. The bathroom was tiny (like European hotels) but it was ok for two nights. My friend had a bigger room, with a spacious closet and bathroom, and he paid only $54 a night. We didn't think that that was the regular rate (he paid when we arrived) but the staff had offered to give him that room so we could be next door to each other. Quite thoughtful!
Breakfast was simple fare - baguette, fruits, juice and coffee. There was also a hot food menu (eggs, rice with beans etc) if you don't mind paying a few extra dollars. We were pretty happy with the continental breakfast - it was enough to get us going, and the juice was really good!
If you are a light sleeper, this b&b might not be for you. There is a bar next door, so we could hear music until about 12:30am on one night. A railway track is right behind the b&b, and trains start running early in the morning, about 6am or so. Our rooms were on the ground floor, so perhaps we got the brunt of it. I'm not a light sleeper so I wasn't too bothered, but I imagine it can be annoying if you are trying to sleep in or get an early night's rest.
Casa 69 is about a 10min walk from the museums, and the downtown centre of San Jose. It's also down the street from the Nicaraguan embassy, where long lines form every morning. There was a police barricade on our last morning (presumably to keep an eye on the crowds outside the embassy) but the police on duty didn't give us any trouble when we were returning to our hotel and let us through - guess it was obvious we were tourists.
Besides the rooms, the b&b had a lovely breakfast area, living room and rooftop patio. Loads of spaces to chill out in if you didn't feel like staying in your room. The b&b has two dogs and two cats, which I found cute but might be a problem for guests who are allergic. There was also free wi-fi, which was convenient. My friend didn't get a good signal in his room but it was fine in mine.
Safety wasn't an issue - guests would require a code to get in and out of the b&b and there was always a staff member at the reception when we returned late at night.
Would definitely stay at Casa 69 if I return to San Jose again!
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