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“Very poor value”
Review of Casa Lima B & B

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Casa Lima B & B
Ranked #2 of 68 San Jose B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed April 16, 2010

This hotel is average at best, the rooms are OK but our "executive suite" rooms had a window that looked into the noisy laundry room and was a bit smelly. (Adding insult we had thought we had actually booked a cheaper room but were placed in a more expensive "suite" which they informed us of when we left).

The hotel shut its pizza restaurant for our first night and only told us at 8.30pm as we sat for dinner, (this would have been fine if they had told us when we checked in) their advice was to walk to a chinese or McDonalds. Breakfast was poor too, involving bread and jam with a few slices of fruit - although the service at breakfast was OK.

On the plus side the service is OK, the maid is great and the staff are friendly. The location is quite good if you want to avoid the centre and it is near malls if you like them.

The hotel is simply not value for money ($75, not including tax - not the $65 we wanted).

  • Stayed: April 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 6, 2010

Upon our arrival at Casa Lima, we were met by Nelson the proprietor & his staff. Nelson immediately donned an apron and prepared for us, a delicious home-cooked meal, which was a welcomed treat considering the airline did not feed us. This was our first trip to CR and we were supposed to meet up with friends. Unfortunately, it did not work out that way and we were stuck with virtually nothing to do. Again, it was Nelson to the rescue, setting up a tour to the Hot Springs which turned out to be the highlight of my stay. And, it did not leave me broke either. Our 2-bedroom suite was cleaned daily and had a wonderful homey feel. There was a lush garden beyond the dining room - a lovely backdrop for photos. You can take pictures with Don Rico, the resident monkey rescued by the family. Well worth the money. I am definitely returning to CR and guess where I am going to stay (again)? Yep, Casa LIma. Nelson also arranges airport pick up and drop off. Beside the local fare, he can prepare just about treat for the palette. Nelson is the BOMB & Casa Lima is your home away from home!

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled with friends
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Thank Malaika354
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Reviewed February 25, 2010

As owners of a Bed & Breafast, we try to find interesting and unique stays. After a great nine day Caravan Tour of Costa Rica, we wanted a place to just sit back and relax for three days before heading back to work in US. Nelson was a great host. Our host made us great meals-- not just for breakfast --Great Pizza! Wonderful garden courtyard to sit back in and read and relax. Enjoyed spending time watching the many rescued birds and especially Kiko the white faced monkey. A great Value!!

Stayed: January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 15, 2010

The host, Nelson Ruiz, made us feel welcome even before we got there. He suggested a car service rather than a taxi and they were great. I was sure we were being taken directly to the B&B rather than being given a tour of San Jose!
Casa Lima hospitality was the best. Rooms were big and clean. The garden is delightful, with Kiko the monkey to entertain and various birds, fish and a tortoise. The food was good and Nelson encouraged us to try new tastes, which turned out to be wonderful. He provided support after our car was broken into, allowing us access to his phone and computer so we could do all the necessary things needed. We felt like family rather than paying guests. And I observed that he treated all his guests that way. I would recommend this B&B to anyone traveling in the San Jose area. When I go back to CR, I will use Casa Lima as my base of operations. It will be like coming "home".

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled with family
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Thank LongBeachMom65
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Reviewed February 14, 2010

We enjoyed staying at Casa Lima because we wanted to get a more authentic feel for the location than a hotel or resort could provide. Casa Lima gave us that and even better service. Nelson was always there to give us advice, book excursions - it was more like staying at a friend's house. The interior (common areas) were nicely decorated and quiet. He also has wi-fi, a laptop we could borrow, and magic jack phone service so we could call the states for free.
As with any B&B, some of the amenities are not the same quality you would get in a hotel, but all the essentials (A/C, private bath, rooms cleaned daily) were there. The price was very reasonable. And in that part of town (2 blocks from the US embassy) we always felt safe.
Also they serve lunch and dinner which was always very good and at a very good price.

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank SteveFromOrlando
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Reviewed February 13, 2010

The staff at Casa Lima was Amazing! Ask for their Spaghetti or Pizza. It is increidible. We were newlyweds looking for cozy, quite, and simple. We got it! If you are a resort type of person- don't go there. If you are looking to experience true Costa Rican life, then this is the place to go. All around, I wouldn't have gone any other place. Be sure to say hi to Don Kiko!

:-)

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank lizy312
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Reviewed February 9, 2010

We traveled to San Jose for extensive dental work. Nelson and his staff at
Casa Lima were wonderful. Nelson is bi-lingual and was very helpful in making
our stay very enjoyable and answering our many questions about the area.
Accomodations were clean and quiet, they provided a great continental breakfast which was included in our weekly rate.
A menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner was available at very reasonable prices. We
enjoyed several dinners. Nelson set up transportation for our dental appointments, the cab charge was less than $2 to get to Prisma Dental. We also took in a great farmer's
market a couple of blocks away. Great Costa Rican fruits, vegetables, meats, poultry
at inexpensive prices. It was a great experience. For those looking for good accomodations close to San Jose without the noise and speed of the city, yet walkable
to the city, I highly recommend Casa Lima.

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank rkhamm55
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Additional Information about Casa Lima B & B

Address: Del Colegio Humboldt 175 norte 50 oeste | 50 Oeste, Number 23, Rohrmoser, San Jose 00000, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of San Jose > San Jose Metro > San Jose
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 68 B&Bs / Inns in San Jose
Price Range: $65 - $84 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Casa Lima B & B 3*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
"A small-paradise." is what we often hear from our guests’. Casa Lima is a small exclusive bed and breakfast nestled in one of Costa Rica's unique and privileged neighborhood, Rohrmoser. Located only 15 minutes from San Jose city centre and the airport, Casa Lima offers the perfect strategic location for visiting the Central Valley and exploring Costa Rica. Only a short drive away from all the amenities of San Jose and Escazu, yet located in a tranquil and relaxed tropical setting. Casa Lima is only two blocks away from the American Embassy in Costa Rica. ... more   less 
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