I recently stayed at Casltle Tam Hostel for 5 weeks while attending to some business I had in Costa Rica. I was able to book accommodation by email and got replies, sometimes within minutes, and which included their arranging for an airport pickup for my flight which arrived about 9:30 at night. When I arrived, the room was ready, and I was given a quick tour of the faciliies which included 2 kitchens, 3 common bathrooms with hot showers, 2 internet routers, a free skype phone for calls around the world, a lounge with TV, a small cocktail bar that showed movies nearly every night and a comfortable courtyard.
One of the volunteers initiated a bar b que night that was a real hit with the guests, an all- you -can eat feast for just over $5.. Another staff member started a downtown tour to help people get around the city and know something about it. I took the tour and learrned lots. There is plenty of information about buses to destinations and staff help you know how to get there. Anyone visiting Costa Rick knows how you need to the individual bus stations for nearly every destination. The convenience of the hostel in San Pedro great because it is only 2 blocks away from buses to downtown, Carribe bus station, Cartago, and a few other destination.
The staff here are on duty probably from 6 am to well past midnight and although there are some inconsiderate guests who don't do their dishes, most were ready to pitch in and help keep the facilities in good order. The manager has a dedicated cleaning staff who to come in several times a week to wash floors, clean kitchens and bathrooms, and pick up after the few bad eggs who feel that they don't have to clean up. At other times, I have seen the manager himself at 6:15 am doing someone's dirty dishes so that others could comfortably prepare meals. Also while I was there, the other manager was building a fourth bathroom, as well as other repairs that needed doing. All this was timely.
I am planning to go back to Cost Rica in June and because I must be in San Jose for a good part of that time I will most likely stay at Castle Tam again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We're in the heart of lively, upscale San Pedro, only 300 meters from the University of Costa Rica and the student nightlife of Calle de la Amargura. Our hostel is 10 minutes by bus from downtown San Jose and walking distance from San Pedro Mall, three supermarkets and many restaurants! We have two full kitchens and plenty of fridge space for your food. Hang out with fellow travelers in the courtyard, or watch students pass by on the outside terrace. San Pedro is a safe neighborhood in San Jose, so we enjoy taking our guests out for movie nights, skating, city walks and pub crawls on Calle de la Amargura. We have regular BBQs, hot water in every bathroom and free WiFi throughout the building. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Castle Tam Hostel Costa Rica/San Pedro