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“noisy and poor quality/price ration. Better for groups”
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Hostel Casa Colon
Ranked #27 of 77 Hotels in San Jose
Reviewed February 23, 2014

This hotel on the main road, relatively close to the city centre is not to recommend if you want just want to sleep. It is also slightly overpriced, but mostly I gave a low rating because the loud music from the bar makes it very difficult to sleep. If you are just arrived after several hours of flight it is not a good place. If you are in transit and a bigger group of young poeple probably the place is not too bad, because it has big rooms and a bar (with music) inside the hotel.

Room Tip: rooms upstairs should be nicer because of windows, and décor, but in general you need earplugs due t...
  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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HostelCasaColon, Receptionist at Hostel Casa Colon, responded to this reviewResponded February 25, 2014

Good Morning!!

Excuse me about your inconvenient in the Hostel, we are very near to downtown is the Main Avenue this place is very nice for the tourist that want to know our country and make shopping but for this rason is very noisy too, nevertheless always we try that client feel better that in your house thank you so much for your comments and we will resolve this problem in a little time,

Kind Regards!!

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Reviewed February 7, 2014

The building inside and out is beautiful. I see this as more of a hotel than a hostel. I saw the shared rooms, but many were privates and the feel is more of a hotel feel. I got a private room for $65/night. Nice king size bed with vaulted ceilings. AC worked great and so did hot water. My big frustration was the internet! It was up and down. I didnt have a problem with the street noise and I was on the street side. The staff indifferent at best and the free breakfast is nothing special. Its average, but I would likely stay here again given that its close to the TicaBus.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled solo
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HostelCasaColon, Recepcionista at Hostel Casa Colon, responded to this reviewResponded February 8, 2014
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Buenos Días!!!

Michael reciba un saludo departe del staff de Hostel Casa Colon, nos agrada saber que el hostel le gusto mucho en cuanto al diseño de la casa, nos disculpamos por la falla que tuvimos en el internet ya estamos trabajando en eso, respecto a la indiferencia del personal, nos gustaría saber en si que fue lo que no le agrado para poder corregirlo, ya que para Hostel Casa Colon lo mas importante es el servicio al cliente, y nos encantaría volver a verlo por el hostel y brindarle un excelente servicio en todos los sentidos, lo esperamos pronto,

Saludos Cordiales!!

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Reviewed February 6, 2014

I think that readers should know what to expect when one visits San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica and if one chooses by chance to stay at the hotel Casa Colon. I wrote a review for a famous hotel website and they just prints the first sentence!
Firstly San Jose is a dump! There is no reason to visit this city if not necessary. The airport is if e and just on transit is no problem. But there is really nothing to do and nada to see.
Iris expensive and the value for money is miserable!
The hotel is pretty looking, well situated in the middle of the city, and the staff is fire day, but that's it!
The management is very stingy with 1.towels - u get one towel per person from the front desk ( after paying about. $80 a night! 2. There is no light - everything is dimmed!3. "Breakfast is included" what a joke. Firstly I must go to the kitchen to get coffee - had to bring my own Tea bags as they had none plus no milk. Has anyone Ed
Ver seen a hotel with no milk?and for this price?
They write that if u are 5 minutes late with the check out u must pay $5 for each 15 minutes or so.
Stingy management! Hope no one will come to your hotel!

Room Tip: Don't choose and don't go!
  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with family
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2  Thank iris212
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HostelCasaColon, Manager at Hostel Casa Colon, responded to this reviewResponded February 10, 2014
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Muchas Gracias por sus recomendaciones, nos permiten mejorar cada día el trato y el servicio hacia nuestros clientes.
San Jose es una ciudad con muchos atractivos turísticos, Parques nacionales a tan solo 15 minutos de la ciudad, museos, iglesias, Parques recreativos para realizar actividades al aire libre, como canopy, volcanes, entre otros. Es lamentable que no pudiera conocer un poquito mas de nuestra ciudad, ya que contamos con servicio de tours o bien con mucho gusto le hubiéramos colaborado en brindarle toda la información necesaria para visitar cada lugar por sus propios medios. Esperamos que vuelva a Costa Rica y se de cuenta del potencial con que contamos.
El desayuno incluido es típico o continental como en la mayoría de hostales y siempre hay café, te o jugo de naranja, para nuestros huéspedes. Incluida la leche.
Nos disculpamos por su no conformidad en cuanto a las toallas, pero si nos hubiera solicitado otra con mucho gusto se la hubiéramos brindado.
No sabemos a que se refiere con que cobramos $5 por cada 15 minutos????? Nosotros cobramos $5 por late check out después de la hora de salida, al medio día. Como en todos los establecimientos de hospedaje, sin embargo estamos siempre dispuestos a tratar con el cliente.
Una vez mas le agradecemos sus comentarios!

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Reviewed January 5, 2014

This hostel is rather expensive and
rather noisy
no kitchen and can not buy food around this hostel
not even has water to buy ( they have sweet drink which can never replace water)
It was the worst experience in Costa Rica to stay in this hostel.

In this town you can find many cheap hotels and hostels.
I have no reason to recommend this hostel to none.

Room Tip: Try not stay here but if you have to... try to take a room which is far from the street. == extremel...
  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with friends
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HostelCasaColon, Receptionist at Hostel Casa Colon, responded to this reviewResponded January 7, 2014

Good Morning!

We regret that your stay was not pleasant, Paseo Colon is a very busy street and it is impossible that there is not noise, however we service restaurant and bar offer a variety of dishes, we apologize if in this occasion there was no service restaurant but normally there are.

Best Regards!!

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Reviewed January 3, 2014

Stayed here in 2012; plan to return in 2014.

There isn't much for tourists in San Jose, compared to the rest of the country. This hotel/hostel is in a convenient location for those of us passing through San Jose on the way to other adventures, or staying for a few days for affordable dental work (the two reasons I chose this hostel.)

I've stayed in the private room with private bath in the back on the second floor. It's very quiet, but has no windows to the outside for natural light.

I've also stayed in the private room with bath in the front on the first floor, with 1 bunk bed + 1 full bed + bathroom w/shower. Essentially, it's a hostel room if they book three unrelated guests in it, or a private room when someone like me pays the hostel price for all three beds -- the total price is still quite reasonable for having your own room + private bath. Unlike the second floor private room, this one has huge windows for natural light, but this also means you get street noise. The passing traffic is 3 meters from your window, and the noise can be loud, much like every hotel room I've ever had in New York City.

Pros:
* Friendly, helpful staff & bartender
* WiFi works in all the rooms if you bring your own laptop/netbook/tablet
* Has one computer in lobby where guests may sit for awhile to use internet
* Lovely interior design and woodwork in the common areas (restaurant, patio, bar, main staircase.)
* It's easy to make friends with other travelers at the bar & restaurant
* The excellent Lebanese restaurant "Lubnan" is diagonally across the street -- sometimes there's a belly dancer on weekends
* One-minute walk to supermarket
* Very close to the Tica bus terminal (bus to Panama or Nicaragua, and beyond)
* Fairly close to the Coca Cola bus terminal (bus to Manuel Antonio)
* Short walk to my dentist (Dr. Marco Muñoz Cavallini) - I walked there on crutches 3 times from Casa Colon
* Secure: they lock the front door of the building at night, and the 24-hour staff at the front desk will let guests in anytime day or night. I saw the complaint in another review about no one answering the buzzer at first, but I'm realistic -- sometimes the night staff has to leave the front desk for a few minutes to use the restroom or to assist another hostel guest. Once I had to wait all of two minutes for someone to let me in, which is a tiny inconvenience I'm willing to accept in exchange for knowing that non-guests can't wander in late at night.

Cons:
* Street noise in the first floor rooms. Use earplugs if it's a problem.
* Only one computer in lobby for guest use. Sometimes you just want to quickly look up a bus schedule or something, and you might have to wait for someone else to finish. Not a problem if you bring your own laptop or tablet.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 2, 2014

I came in to the town twice and both times it was treated good. The rooms was nice and clean. I would recommend them, you can have breakfast or ask for just room. The main street not far it is closed to cars and has some good food in the markets.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with friends
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HostelCasaColon, Recepcionist at Hostel Casa Colon, responded to this reviewResponded January 4, 2014

Hi Toby,

Thank you so much for your comment for us is a pleasure attend you of the best way, and we hope again in the hostel :) Best Regards!!

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Reviewed December 14, 2013 via mobile

We arrived after 8 hours on a tica bus, tired and in need of food. The reception were unhelpful-handing us our room key but no staff member seemed to know where our room was?! Eventually found behind the kitchen, stepping over building equipment and a dead cockroach. The wifi was broken (no apology from hotel) and then as we tried to get an early night, several tramps set up camp directly outside our window. We were ground floor and the traffic noise was bad enough but the tramps made me feel unsafe. So I headed to reception and asked if another room was available. He showed me another room, but after discovering we had already got into the bed, back tracked and said we could not have the new room as it was reserved?! Very sleepless night and every staff member were unfriendly and rude (especially the cleaners) NOT worth the money. Do not stay here.

  • Stayed: December 2013
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Address: Paseo Colon, Calle 24 Norte | Contiguo a Torre Mercedes, San Jose 1255-1200, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of San Jose > San Jose Metro > San Jose
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#5 Best Value Hotel in San Jose
Price Range: $18 - $74 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Hostel Casa Colon 2*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hostel Casa Colon is a beautiful colonial house in the 50s, with an architectural design typical of the period, with artisan hand carved cedar. We are a boutique Hostel with excellent quality, higher standards of each of the services Located in an excellent tourist and commercial area with easy access to services (banks, ATM machines, supermarkets, bars, restaurants, gas stations, shops, transport, etc) We offer private and shared rooms, bar and restaurant, security, excellent customer service and tourist information, free parking, TV room with flat screen cable TV. The comfortable private rooms have flat screen, cable TV, wireless internet access and housekeeping. (In addition sofa in Junior Suite) The dorms have bunk beds, free lockers, shared bathrooms spotless. The bar and restaurant offers delicious dishes for breakfast, lunch or dinner. ... more   less 
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