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“Safe...secure...courteous...friendly, and very helpful while in San Jose”
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Castle Tam Hostel
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2 reviews
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“Safe...secure...courteous...friendly, and very helpful while in San Jose”
Reviewed April 18, 2012

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.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed April 18, 2012

I very much enjoyed my January 2012 at the Castle Tam Hostel in San Pedro, near
San Jose Central. The staff was most accomodating, knowledgeable and helpful.
The location is very good, right near the center of everything, close to malls and
shopping, and yet on a quiet corner. Security and safety were very good. There are
three bathrooms, and central hot water. The guests are a great mixture of different
age groups and backgrounds, and very courteous, friendly, and respectful. The lady
who did most of the cleaning was very thorough and conscientious. The Wi-Fi
worked perfectly. I would recommend Castle Tam to any avid traveler.

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed April 16, 2012

I stayed one night at this hostel near UCR in San Pedro, San Jose Costa Rica in March. I've been to Costa Rica now 6 times since 2002. I've done everything from beach vacation to community service in a local village without electricity and have traveled up near the Nicaraugan border and down in the central valley. My friend and I chose this hostel based on location and reviews and were happy with our stay.

This hostel is not the cleanest or the quietest, but it is decidedly safe and friendly. We spend the night here after 5 days at the beach in Gaunecaste. I immediately felt at home with the managers and volunteers working at the hostel, not least of all because they offered beer and snacks at night when I was much in need. In March the air is chilly at night, so bring long sleeves. But fear not- lots of extra blankets available if needed.

We stayed in a room at the front of the building, right behind the reception desk. It was unfortunately a bit noisy with street traffic, but the room itself was decent sized, both bathrooms had working hot water, there were plenty of other guests around at night to socialize, and Jackie (who was working at the hostel) helped provide local information.

Recommended for sociable travelers, especially under the age or 30, who stay up later at night and wake up later in the morning. It's hard to find people working before 10am, so plan ahead if you need information or advice for morning adventures or commutes.

This hostel can be very hard to find at night or if you're unfamiliar with the area, so take the advice given: call for precise directions and you'll find the staff very accommodating.

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 16, 2012

I was only here for a night and it's been the most unsanitary place I've ever been to. The manager just doesn't clean this place at all. It was close to Zapote, where the Zapote fiestas were happening.. There is no reason to stay at this hostel what so ever.. Please go somewhere else..

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
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This hostel is a really homey, personal place to stay. The owners were incredibly accommodating, I couldn't lift a finger - they took care of all logistics for me. And the beds were super comfortable! I give it my highest recommendation!

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Property: Castle Tam Hostel
Address: 100 metros oeste Escuela de la Roosevelt | San Pedro, San Pedro 1000, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of San Jose > San Pedro
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 7 Specialty Lodging in San Pedro
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 15
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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