Casa 69 was a perfect place to stay in San Jose - we had one night here at the start of our trip and 2 at the end. There really doesn't seem to be much to see in the city, apart from a couple of decent museums and the theatre, and it's not particularly attractive, but this hotel was a peaceful place to come back to and relax. It's about 20 minutes walk from the centre and it felt quite safe to walk around the area although it was quiet at night and it's usually more reassuring when there's more people around. Our guidebook recommended a few restaurants locally but we didn't manage to find them - I would suggest getting recommendations from the very helpful owners instead!
The room was spacious, clean and bright; the bed was huge and very comfortable. We were on the opposite side of the street to the main hotel and there was keys/entry codes to get in and out, there was also a safe in the room which was handy. The owners and staff were great and very welcoming, happy to organise taxis for us and look after our luggage after we checked out. Breakfast was simple but great, fantastic crusty bread with tasty jams and fresh fruit, and there were other options available at additional cost. The only slight downside (and it's obviously not the hotel's fault) is the train line which is very close - the trains start quite early in the morning and as they share the road with cars they make a lot of noise with their horns! As we were on European time we were awake anyway but it would probably wake you up if you weren't a heavy sleeper.
If you want to stay in the city (and I would recommend doing so for at least one night just to have a look around, but spend as much time as you can exploring the rest of the country), then Casa 69 makes an excellent base.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Historic house built by one of San Jose's most prominent families in 1938 is now a B&B. Let this beautiful old house be your home away from home in San Jose. Located just four blocks east of the National Museum, Barrio California, just 10 minutes walking distance to the center of town. Enjoy our rooftop view deck and garden. You can walk to all museums and places of interest like National Theater, Jade Museum, Plaza de la Cultura, Simon Bolivar Zoo as well as many very good restaurants, bars of all kinds and casinos in minutes, city center and PreColumbian Gold Museum. Shopping, San Pedro mall, central market, and the Artisan Market are within a comfortable walking distance. We also have a rooftop patio where you can enjoy the sun, a coffee or drink with friends, while you look out at the sights and mountains around San Jose ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Casa 69 Hotel San Jose
- Casa 69 Costa Rica/San Jose