I have stayed at the Hemigway a number of times over the past five years, most recently in April 2012. The hotel consists of a number of old houses which have been skillfully connected together. The result is some quirky hallways, and the occaisional abrupt step uo or down. But the place reeks of charm and one can almost expect Papa Hemingway to show his face at any time. I believe there is new management. The front desk staff are certainly new and are extremely courteous, helpful, and friendly. I arrived very late at night and he postponed the checkin procedure until after I had a shower and time to run out for a quick meal. That was a nice treat after a 12 hour bus ride.
The breakfast area has been renovated quite a bit and is more pleasant, and the breakfast more substantial. Internet access from the lobby is very good. They also have the most flexible check-out time in san Jose.
The neighbourhood is very quiet so noise is not really an issue in any of the rooms.
Generally the beds are very good. I had a single the last time which wasn't the greatest but the 2nd bed in the room seemed better. The bathrooms are generally very good. My room seemed a little musty this time, unlike previous visits. But the price, the friendly staff, and the atmosphere all made the place worthwhile.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hemingway Inn is an authentic Spanish mansion in Barrio Amón. Hemingway Inn is a famously photographed building in San José, Costa Rica. Though the city has grown around it, it was originally built as a large hacienda for the family of a wealthy coffee plantation owner in the 1920´s. Though none of the seventeen guest rooms are the same, they all have singles, queen or king beds, WiFi/Wireless Internet, cable television with over 60 channels in English and Spanish, telephone with free calls within Costa Rica (and ability to make international calls with a credit card or charged to your bill).Hemingway Inn is in an excellent location, in the historic quarter of Barrio Amon San José, within easy walking distance of all the museums, great restaurants, the National Theater,Parks, souvenir shopping, banking, the central market and the infamous night life circuit.It will be a pleasure to host you at the Hemingway Inn. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hemingway Hotel San Jose
- Hemingway Inn Costa Rica/San Jose