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“Good location, clean a bit run down but nice”
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Hemingway Inn
Ranked #35 of 65 San Jose B&B and Inns
Toronto, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
43 reviews
38 hotel reviews
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“Good location, clean a bit run down but nice”
Reviewed January 21, 2013

Pros
- Central location
- Helpful and friendly staff
- Room was okay, a bit shabby but fine - bathroom was small but functional with a hot shower
- TV included
- Very small and enclosed balcony
- Good value for the price
- Hot breakfast was included in the price and was okay
Cons
- No elevator so you had to lift your luggage upstairs - it was kind of a maze to get to our room
- A lot of street noise at night - if you are a light sleeper this may not be the place for you

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Berlin, Germany
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Reviewed January 13, 2013 via mobile

descriptions seemed far better than the hotel actually is: it's more hostellike, rooms could need some renovation and new mattresses! the neighborhood is ok during daylight but turns into redlight at night..

  • Stayed December 2012
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
15 hotel reviews
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Reviewed December 29, 2012

Stayed two nights in December. Safe, pretty, central location. A couple of great restaurants close by for dinner. Breakfast is included with copious amounts of coffee. Service from the team is exceptional - they really cannot do enough for you, and the bonus, as in most parts of Costa Rica is there are bilingual speakers everywhere, both Spanish and English.

The room - stayed in the Ginsberg room (room 9) - small room, single very comfy bed, awesome shower, nice breeze as has two window aspects up top. I have heard from people staying here with me that the larger rooms are really quite nice. The communal areas are really quite funky, with lots of nice little touches.

I didn't mark this as 5 stars purely because my room was the "box room" of the hotel. However, I have already pre-booked for my last night before flying out home.. so it has already served it's purpose!

Room Tip: San Jose is fairly noisy everywhere, but being up a hill, the noises from downtown don't travel...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
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hollywood
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28 reviews
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

Stayed here on two occasions and the experiences were great. The owner is a cool guy and he's protective of his guests which is a plus because its a little dangerous at night.
I stayed here for just $25 a night in October 2010 and $35 a night in March 2011.

Clean bathrooms and comfortable beds. I definitely recommend this place for the budget traveler.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
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Dallas, Texas
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Reviewed October 11, 2012

While clearing customs another USA citizen asked where I was going to stay & where I was going ? I replied I don't know & this is how a travel most times away from home. After thinking hard & long he said I know a friend who owns a hotel in the city of San Jose. Off I was to the Hemingway Inn. Upon arrival & check-in I asked if the owner Calvin, was in; hearing he was not I left a message for him. After getting some rest, Calvin called & introduced himself.
Calvin very knowledgable about the city, history of the country, sights & tours of what my interest were.
The entire staff that I came in contact with was nothing short of helpful, willing to assist & made me feel right at home as my new central american family. Surprise birthday parties, chefs coming twice a week for special meal preparations, music/tv for late night or early morning gatherings near & under the open roof area, Eveyone is invited, it does NOT get any better than this.
The rooms are clean, hardwood floors & paneled walls with art throughout.
Located in the heart of the city, safe area, excellent value for the money and friendly customer service orientated staff. FUN TIMEs.
I will be back.

Room Tip: I stayed in room # 2
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
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HemingwayHotel, General Manager at Hemingway Inn, responded to this review, October 23, 2012
Thank you Melvin. The management and staff are grateful for your visit. We value your business and friendship. We are constantly working on ways to improve the Hemingway Inn and to make it a better place for current and future guest.
Our door is open to travelers and our staff looks forward to assist our guest in anyway possible while at the Hemingway or during their Costa Rica vacation.
Thank you once more.
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Playa Samara, Costa Rica
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7 reviews
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Reviewed September 3, 2012

When you stay at the Hemingway you will be taking care in special way, the place is close to all the atractions of San Jose. The staff Calvin, Ellis, Pilar will take care of all the details to make your staying confortable and full of information and clear connections with all Costa Rica. The breakfast is gourmet and delicious. The interactions with other costumers is easy and full of histories and information to make your trip to Costa Rica enriching and full . They will provido with all the help you need to make you comfortable.
Jaime Koss

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
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Uppsala, Uppsala Län, Sweden
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13 reviews
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Reviewed July 21, 2012

Good location in central San Jose. Friendly staff and nice environment in common areas of the hotel.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
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Property: Hemingway Inn
Address: Avenida 9, Calle 9 | Barrio Amon, San Jose 10000, 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 Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #35 of 65 B&Bs / Inns in San Jose
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hemingway Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 17
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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