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“Felt like a home away from home”
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Kekoldi Hotel
Ranked #37 of 77 Hotels in San Jose
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Fancy Farm, KY
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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“Felt like a home away from home”
Reviewed April 8, 2012

We loved the Kekoldi Hotel. The staff were friendly and helpful, and they spoke English which was a huge help for my family! We stayed as a family of four and had plenty of room for the kids to play in the room too. The location is perfect, just a short walk away to the sights of San Jose.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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Patsy S, Manager at Kekoldi Hotel, responded to this review, May 8, 2012
We are glad that you felt at home during your stay with us. You are always welcome to return to your home away from home.

Dennis
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Syracuse, New York
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78 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 315 helpful votes
Reviewed March 2, 2012

Hotel seemed to be under new management and is doing its best to fix itself up. Having arranged through them, we chatted with an owner & an employee about what ended up a sketchy airport taxi pickup. Instead of our names on a sign, a random/unprofessional appearing man showed me my name on a cell text instructing us to wait "10-15 mins" (which ended up being much longer).
Hotel staff went above & beyond volunteering to upgrade our room and get it ready quickly even though we arrived before 11 AM. Various staff members were friendly & quite helpful. The room shared by us 3 travelers was comfortable and the bathroom was adequate too. There's a safe in the closet to store valuables--nice that it didn't require an additional charge for its use. Our room faced the welcoming patio area which was lively with guests during the day. May I suggest to pay in USD cash to avoid a higher charge on your credit card. (They use their own exchange rate charging in Costa Rican colones. It was an unpleasant surprise to end up with 10 dollars more on my card according to their exchange rate.)
The hotel is within easy walking distance to the park & main plaza area. We felt safe walking--even at night when we had to pass by some shady characters and a hooker or two.
We'd definitely use this hotel if we return to San Jose.

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
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Ottawa, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
9 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed February 25, 2012

This was a nice hotel in the centre of town, walking distance to most of the interesting areas. The staff were great at offering advice, and the afternoon coffee and breakfast were both tasty.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
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Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed February 25, 2012

We have stayed a few days in this hotel betweem our trips around Costa Rica. You often need to come back to San Jose to go somewhere else.
We have even left our lugage in the hotel for some days without any trouble.
This is very good value compared to some other hotel we have been in Costa Rica.

  • Stayed February 2012
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Naples, Italy
Level 6 Contributor
165 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed January 25, 2012

Nice place close to the center of San Jose. Good rooms pretty garden nice settings
Good value. Recommended

  • Stayed January 2012
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2 Thank diporzio
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Brooklyn
Level 5 Contributor
42 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed January 16, 2012

I booked this nice little oasis twice while in CR. Both times I found the staff to be kind, nurturing and very welcoming. As my first experience in Costa Rica I am glad I stayed here, Nice little garden and breakfast. I would definitely stay here again.

Room Tip: I stayed on ground floor front. I was offered a better room upstairs but for one night I dealt with...
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled solo
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Nashville, Tennessee
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Reviewed September 27, 2011

We recently had the opportunity to stay 4 nights at Hotel Kekoldi. It's a wonderful place, nothing pretentious, just a clean, comfortable hotel in which to spend a few nights while enjoying the sights of "downtown" San Jose.
The hotel is very well located, the staff is helpful and speak English, a real plus since I am an ugle American that speaks ONLY English. Breakfast is fresh and one can order eggs to suit. If you are looking for luxury, this is not the place. If you are looking for local comfort, easy access to anything in the "Cultural District", or just a comfortable place to kick back and enjoy "Pura Vida" this is the place.

Room Tip: The rooms facing the main street are not at all noisy. That was our concern when we checked in but...
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled on business
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1 Thank thumbsup45
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Additional Information about Kekoldi Hotel

Property: Kekoldi Hotel
Address: Avenida 9, between Calle 5 and 7, San Jose 10110, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of San Jose > San Jose Metro > San Jose
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#5 Best Value Hotel in San Jose
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Kekoldi Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The only hotel with secluded garden in downtown San Jose, walking distance to all points of tourist interest, bars, restaurants, clubs, movie theaters, bus stations, museums, etc. 10 elegant, well appointed guest rooms. Free Internet terminal and wireless. ... more   less 
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