I'm not quite sure what to think about this hostel. It's a very good looking hostel set in a nice building with a modern interior and spacious dorms with comfy beds. The reason why I'm undecided about this hostel is because we arrived at the busstation and hailed a taxi to take us to a different hostel. The taxi driver told us that this hostel was closed and could take us to Hostel Aldea which was closer to the busstation than the hostel we wanted to go to. I was well aware of this scam, having heard similar stories many times and convinced the driver to take us to the hostel that I initially wanted to go to, following his route on my map (as far as that was possible). He ended up taking me to a deserted rundown building (which indeed wasn't a working hostel) and after this still offered to take me to Hostel Aldea. Not having many other options, as it was raining and getting dark, I took him up on this offer and after paying twice as much was dropped off. Later I found out that the hostel I wanted to go to wasn't closed at all and was only a few streets from where the taxi driver took me in the first place (and also closer to the busstation!!).... I thus strongly have the feeling that he was getting some form of commission for taking me to aldea and I really do not like this sort of business.
Next to this I found that they were playing loud music untill pretty late and the dorm was pretty expensive!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Aldea San Jose Costa Rica