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“Costa Rica is not great but this hostel deserves to drop by”
Review of Aldea San Jose

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Aldea San Jose
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Windhoek, Namibia
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153 reviews
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“Costa Rica is not great but this hostel deserves to drop by”
Reviewed December 10, 2011

In my opinion Costa Rica is not one of the best countries in Central America, however, as we were crossing Central America overland ... we were forced to spend a night in the capital San Jose. We decided to spend the night in this Hostel for being next to the bus terminal to the next destination and have good references. We can prove that the rooms are clean, the bathrooms have hot water only from 7 pm until the next morning. The kitchen is well organized and has space for everyone. The staff is also excellent. We recommend.

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Emirhan, Receptionist at Aldea San Jose, responded to this review, May 3, 2012
Simonest, Thank you for your recommendation of us. Glad that you noticed the cleanliness of our hostel- it is one thing we do truly pride ourselves on here at Aldea.
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Reviewed December 7, 2011

Stayed at this hostel several times throughout this year, while travelling in Central America!
You wouldn't want to stay ANYWHERE else in San Jose!! Its clean, safe, friendly, fun, close to transport- u can even get there easy by local bus from the airport for less than a dollar! Would stay there again ANYTIME! The owner/manager guy is ace! Enjoy your stay, you wont be disappointed!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
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Emirhan, Receptionist at Aldea San Jose, responded to this review, May 3, 2012
j j, Happy to hear you enjoyed your stay with us at Aldea, and we really do hope that you stop on back here when you head back to San Jose in the future. You certainly already know how easy it is to get here from the airport by bus!
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Paris, France
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Reviewed November 11, 2011

This relatively new hostel in the West of town has bright, contemporary decorated rooms and a relaxed & welcoming vibe. There's a large kitchen & dining room, good common area with Tv & pool table and free computers and free wifi. A home from home in Sa Jose

  • Stayed November 2011
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Emirhan, Receptionist at Aldea San Jose, responded to this review, May 3, 2012
kris10Paris_France, thanks very much for your kind words. Here at Aldea, we pride ourselves on creating a homely environment and endeavor to make our guest feel as comfortable as possible. Glad that you too felt at home at Aldea.

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed July 17, 2011

Stayed in a private double for just one night as we needed to catch a bus to Managua the next day. On arrival the room we had booked had not been registered on their system (thank you hostelworld!) but the staff members quickly arranged a room for us while we played a game of pool and used the computers. The was about the only bad experience of the place. It is in a nice neighbourhood that feels safe at night (something definitely not true of many other hostels in San Jose), with plenty of food close by including numerous westerns chains side by side with little local sodas.

Wireless connection was available on the ground floor and the computers provided were pretty standard fare for what one would usually get at a hostel.

The best thing about it for those traveling through San Jose is it's location a couple of blocks from the Tica Bus station, which is perfect if you need to catch an early bus.

Would recommend.

  • Stayed June 2011
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Tampa, Florida
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Reviewed June 7, 2011

Stylish and clean hostel.
Friendly and helpful staff.
Great location right off the Paseo Colon.
Tastey BBQs.
No complaints.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled solo
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 7, 2011

This hostel has its good points but overall my stay wasn't great and I probably wouldn't stay here again. I'll start with the good news... this hostel looks fantastic its nicely decorated with cool artwork on the walls and the furniture is stylish and comfortable. In the lounge there is a huge wide screen TV. The location is great, close to amenities and a great location if you are stopping over in San Jose for the night and want to be close to bus stations. Breakfast is included and you just help yourself from the communal kitchen! The staff are very friendly although they are not always available at reception when you need them and as a couple of previous posts commented, they seem a bit too relaxed and don't really seem to care. I got chatting to a couple of them and they just seemed to be other travellers who were stopping off in San Jose to earn some cash before moving on in a couple of weeks.
I stayed in a private room, upstairs which was huge and when we first arrived It didn't look like the sheets had been changed and there was no toilet paper. The room only had one double bed and had no curtains. I realise that you shouldn't expect too much from a hostel but the room felt cavernous and because the window was so huge as soon as there was a hint of sunlight in the morning I woke up, at 5am!
Wouldn't recommend it.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with friends
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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Reviewed April 26, 2011

I am reluctant to write this review, since everything about this place seems great. I've stayed here on two separate occasions, but I will probably not return. The lounge area is really nice and there is even a kitchen available. The owner is nice and helpful (although a bit spacey). As another reviewer commented, "All of the staff were nice but most were 'relaxed' to the point of being apathetic and unhelpful". It is not the quietest place to get a good night sleep, but that is a consequence of any hostel. Otherwise, it is a great place to meet people from all over.

I really like this place, but I discovered on my second stay at the hostal, on the day that I left that they do not change the sheets between guests. I had gone back into my room after checking out to use the restroom, and I saw that the cleaning lady was remaking the beds with the same already used sheets for all the bed even though everyone had checked out.

While the hostal looks lovely and clean, and is a great value, I can't recommend it as the best place to stay. Maybe some are fine with this indiscretion, but be warned. Perhaps, the private rooms get a better cleaning!

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with friends
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Property: Aldea San Jose
Address: Avenida 2 | Calle 28 100m south Pizza Hut Paseo Colon, in front of the Garbo Room, San Jose 10101, Costa Rica (Formerly Hotel Petit Victoria)
Location: Costa Rica > Province of San Jose > San Jose Metro > San Jose
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 83 Specialty Lodging in San Jose
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Aldea San Jose 2*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Flying in or out of San Jose? Don't miss the opportunity to see the city!! At Aldea, we are perfectly situated to allow our guests to experience all the best the city has to offer while staying in a hostel of hotel quality. Located just off Paseo Colon, we are within walking distance of the Costa Rican Art Museum, National Museum of Costa Rica, National Theater, and central market, where you can experience the authentic hustle and bustle of locals shopping for food and goods. If you'd rather spend your time outdoors, we are a short 5 blocks from the large La Sabana Metropolitan Park. Here you'll find beautiful mountain views, a small lake, playground, and plenty of open space and walking paths, as well as the National Stadium. You may even get lucky and have the opportunity to watch a futbol game! The accommodations at Aldea match the luxuries of the city, too. Located inside a stunning Victorian mansion, we offer private rooms and dorms where you can relax in style. Each private room features a vaulted ceiling and ceiling fan, full bathroom with hot water, small closet, TV, and free wifi. Dorms include lockers and a shared bath inside the room, and free coffee is available for all guests each morning. For those who want to socialize with travelers from around the world, there is an outdoor kitchen and garden, spacious lobby with plenty of seating, and an attached restaurant and bar. With so much to see and do, you don't want to miss San Jose. So book your stay with us today! ... more   less 
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