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“Delightful unique little hostel!”
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Kaps Place
Ranked #1 of 69 San Jose B&B and Inns
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Ottawa, Ontario
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“Delightful unique little hostel!”
Reviewed July 30, 2011

If you are like me and enjoy staying in a place that is unique... that definitely does not exist elsewhere in the world, well.. this is the place in San Jose! The staff is friendly, the rooms are comfortable and the decor adorable! We were three girlfriends travelling together, so it was wonderful to have a room with three beds. The breakfast was simple but alright. We used the kitchen a few times to make meals, and I have to say it was very clean and organized compared to other hostels! The staff were so very helpful in giving us travel advice. We managed to visit many local restaurants, shopping areas, and entertainment thanks to them.

While this is not the hotel's fault, taxi's can sometimes be a bit of a headache in San Jose. Make sure they put the meter on!!! Also, we had arranged a shuttle through the hostel from the airport... at the airport there were two drivers with my name on signs!!!! So make sure to ask them questions before getting into their vehicle! I asked the first one where he was taking us and he could not answer...

Anyhow, I highly recommend Kap's place if you are spending a few days in San Jose and would like to visit this very interesting city :)

Room Tip: Ask for a room away from the street... Sometimes it can get noisy from the hotel in front.
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  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with friends
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Binghamton, New York
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Reviewed May 25, 2011

My girlfriend and I, against my uncle's advise, had planned on staying at a place across the street, that was more well known, and had a good reputation, but we hadn't made a reservation (I know, I should have listened). Of course they were full, it was evening, and we didn't know what to do. They mentioned Kap's Place, across the street, and we decided to give it a try. Wow! It was so friendly, clean, homey, not noisy, beautiful tilework they did themselves, and so many nice personal touches. I would highly recommend this place to anybody.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reston, Virginia
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Reviewed May 16, 2011

I want to recommend Kaps Place as an ideal location for adventurous travelers seeking a genuine feel for the real and enticing Costa Rica.

Its industrial-appearing frontage belies a warm and inviting interior and a friendly, welcoming, and helpful English-speaking staff. It seems exceedingly receptive to the educated -- students, teachers, researchers, and those seeking quiet surroundings. A fine self-serve breakfast is included. And to-and-from airport service is available.

In short, its ideal central location, its warm, comfortable atmosphere, its sound security, and its variety of economical rooms make it attractive to both adventurous and experienced travelers. I recommend a visit.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled solo
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Antigua, Guatemala
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Reviewed April 26, 2011

My boyfriend and I stayed at Kap's Place three different times while traveling through Central America- since San Jose is the travel hub for the country, we relied on Kap's Place every time. It's a perfect combination between a B & B and a hostel. The shared kitchen is exceptionally clean, and the free breakfast is actually a real breakfast (instead of the gross "make-your-own-pancakes" that passes as free breakfast in most hostels)! The rooms were super comfy, and the shared bathrooms were spotless.

We found the staff very friendly and helpful, and all the amenities - free internet and free international calls- really added value to our stay. It was not the cheapest place we stayed during our travels, but for Costa Rican prices it really felt like a great deal. I would recommend Kap's Place to anyone staying in San Jose!

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 20, 2011

Difficult place to review. Does some things well, for example it's clean, has free wifi and they reliably arranged an airport pickup. But, it's all a bit earnest. Everywhere you look there are rules posted on wall, lying on tables, left on bedspreads. When you check in you are actually given a full page of rules to read. Also breakfast was poor, just along the road was a wonderful baker and yet the breakfast bread was awful sliced bread, some sort of industrial jam and orange margarine. So, for a reasonably cheap and clean place for one night this did the job. For anything longer I would recommend you look elsewhere.

  • Stayed April 2011
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Winnipeg, Canada
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Reviewed April 6, 2011

An excellent place to stay. Shared kitchen, and sitting space a help yourself style breakfast is included. Nice colorful decor and helpful staff.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
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Bocas Town, Panama
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Reviewed March 17, 2011

I stay here every time I pass through San Jose. Great location with good restaurants in easy walking distance. Safe area. The staff is excellent and alway friendly.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled on business
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Property: Kaps Place
Address: #1142 Street 19 | Between Avenues 11 & 13 Barrio Aranjuez, San Jose, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of San Jose > San Jose Metro > San Jose
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 69 B&Bs / Inns in San Jose
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Kaps Place 2*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
An authentic Costa Rican family will host and meet your needs providing accommodation, travel agency & personalized services (Spanish lessons, Post Surgery Care & meals). A clean, safe, colorful & comfortable setting w/kitchens, 1st class beds, safety boxes, cable TV, hot water. Complimentary: breakfast buffet, tea, coffee, WiFi, internet access, luggage storage & VOIP calls to more than 60 countries. Walk to: downtown, Gold, Jade & National Museums, National Theater, Plaza de la Cultura, Bolivar Zoo & Central Market. No sexual tourism. We also offer: Free Special Breakfast Buffet Free maps and tourist information Free fresh linens Free luggage storage Free Wifi internet and PC's with internet unlimited Free Parking Free table games (pool , pingpong & fussball) Kitchen facilities Free DVD movies/hometheater Book Exchange Hot showers Reception 24/7 And more…. In addition (optional & for extra fee) Laundry Service Airport Shuttle – Private service 24/7 Free International & local phone calls Tours Booking Car rental Bottled water, juice, beer and sodas for sale Discounted tours Spanish, dance, yoga & cooking lessons Massage &beauty in-house service Medical & post surgery recovery assistance Extra info Just 12 minutes walking distance from San Jose downtown Supermarkets, bars, restaurants, hospital, clinics, around the hotel Breakfast & taxes are included in the rate Front desk 24/7 Check in: 2:00 PM (if the room you booked is clean and available when you get here, you can check in) Check-Out: 12:00 MD (you can leave your bags in our luggage Room and pick it up later on) We offer anything you need during your stay. Kaps Place is Your home away from home "Su Casa en San Jose" PURA VIDA!!! ... more   less 
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Kap`s Place Hotel San Jose
Kaps Place San Jose
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