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“Excellent stay in central location” 4 of 5 stars
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Ranked #37 of 66 San Jose B&B and Inns
Chicago, Illinois
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62 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Excellent stay in central location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2012

This was the estate of the Italian who built the National Theatre and the architecture is charming. The dining area opens to a breezy open flower garden that attracts hummingbirds and other song birds. The rooms were clean and comfortable and the complimentary breakfast was fresh and substantial. The location was prime!! We could safely walk to all the downtown attractions, including the Cathedral and parks and museums. Ignor others complaint about noise. We were there for a weekend and found it peaceful and quiet. I highly recommend taking a tour on the Tren Tico which only runs on Sundays and Holidays through the downtown area. It is run by a gentleman with his two sons who are amusing and highly informative. Management at the Inn was friendly and accommodating. I would certainly return to this hotel. Excellent value.

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Essex
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57 reviews
23 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2012

If you believe the guide books you'll have nothing but problems in San Jose, but that's so far from the truth (if you take the normal precuations that is). This B&B is handily located and the staff are really helpful, they will help with directions, maps etc. Rooms are big and clean and our room had a huge bathroom. Breakfast is quite basic but enough to get you going before you go out for the day, would certainly go back if ever back in San Jose

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Wisconsin
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18 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2012

We began our trip to Costa Rica here after an evening arrival in San Jose. The rooms were clean and pleasant, if basic. The beds were very comfortable, and the atmosphere welcoming. The colonial architecture offers high ceilings and an airy feel, with each room opening onto a central courtyard.

This hotel is a short walk to the downtown area and shopping, museums, and food. Driving here, as anywhere in San Jose is, was a challenge. I would happily stay here again, if I was not driving.

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Vancouver, Canada
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102 reviews
53 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2012

In all honesty, this is not a bad little spot, for the $30 a night that I spent on a private room with two beds, one single and one double with my own private bathroom, I cannot complaint too much, however the layout is not that great, every room is in an open courtyard facing the main entrance along with the reception area, thus with this you get all the noise from all the guest´s coming back at all hours along with the noise of all the guests waking up and having breakfast starting at 5am.

However, if you can put up with this, like I mentioned above, it is very reasonable for the price and only a 7 block walk to the city center.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Naples, Florida
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175 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2011

Not what I expected but I had to stay in San Jose longer than I'd planned.
The staff here are so friendly and helpful that I liked it better than when I first arrived.
I'd stay there again simply because of the staff.

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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Brooklyn, NY
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29 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2011

We stayed here only one night because it's just a few blocks from the bus station,and our feelings are mixed. On one hand, the people are friendly and helpful, and it felt kind of homey. We enjoyed watching hummingbirds while having our breakfast.

On the other, the walls are very thin, and the century-old house is extremely creaky, so it wasn't the best sleep. Footsteps coming down the stairs were like clomping bricks. We stayed in the room right off the dining area, and every time someone pushed back a chair it was quite loud. Our room was a little shabby but kind of charming; acceptable for the price ($45 in early June). We would consider staying here again, and maybe a different room would have been better, but if I were spending a few days in San Jose I would prefer something a little more comfortable.

We didn't have a problem in the neighborhood--although we were too tired to stay out much past dark--but if you take a taxi from the bus station, be careful. I think we were seriously overcharged--it cost us half as much as a taxi from the airport would have.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Mississauga, Canada
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16 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2011

My husband and I booked a 3-night stay at this place after spending a week at a time-share unit in Uruca. We wanted to experience downtown San Jose on foot before
leaving Costa Rica! The reviews from TripAdvisor and the pictures convinced us that
this was it! We were welcomed by Alfonso the day before and when we checked in Andres was the one who gave us the room with the fridge since we had some stuff from the previous unit that we had that needed to be refrigerated. They actually have a huge
fridge in the kitchen that we could also use but it was more convenient to have our own!
The room was simple and decent w/ a double bed and 2 single beds. There was no
AC but a ceiling fan was all we needed. Our room was facing the street but the noise
was not enough to bother us or even wake us up! I find the furnishings quite interesting
and the owner of the place, Mr Taylor, was kind enough to tell us where they came from.
Breakfast was included-coffee, toast, butter & jam, juice , cereals and fruits. We were
also free to warm up food that we had in the communal kitchen. The dining area was
cozy and the great thing about the place was the free wi fi so we were in touch with
family and friends after a long day in town! For someone who's more into the character
of the place rather luxury-I would definitely recommend this! Thanks to Alfonso, Andres,
Mr Taylor and his beautiful daughter for a pleasant stay!

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Property: Taylor Inn B & B
Address: Avenida 13, Calles 03-03B, # 336 | 600 Norte y 50 al Este del Automercado, San Jose, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of San Jose > San Jose Metro > San Jose
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #37 of 66 B&Bs / Inns in San Jose
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Taylor Inn B & B 2*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Taylor Inn es located in Historical Barrio Amón, downtown San José. Conveniently located within walking distance to museums, art galleries, fine restaurants and bus station to the caribbean and pacific coast. Built in 1908 by italian immigrant Adriano Arie Baseli and restored into a charming bed and breakfast by the Taylor family, Taylor Inn offers 10 rooms with private bath, ceiling fan, cable TV, free WiFi, telephone, radio alarm clock, and safety deposit box. Continental breakfast included in room rate. Taylor Inn is also a great location to enjoy the best one day tours in Costa Rica. The Braulio Carrillo National Park (Rain Forest), Poas and Irazú volcanoes, Doka Coffee Plantation, Orosi Valley, Lankester Orchid Garden, Old Capital City of Cartago, White Water Rafting on the Reventazón or Pacuare rivers, all great one day tours from Taylor Inn. Tortuguero National Park, Arenal Volcano and Pacific Island Cruise tours are also available as full day tours. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Taylor Hotel San Jose
Taylor Inn Bed And Breakfast
Taylor Inn B & B Costa Rica/San Jose

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