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“Things Have changed after Manager Calvin Robinson is Not longer there”
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Hemingway Inn
Ranked #34 of 68 San Jose B&B and Inns
Reviewed 28 February 2016

Things are different and more organize..Hotel is run by a Chinese-Costa rican Family:The wife of the owner and her two daughters.Upon my arrival I was warned by one of the daughters that if I brought a friend is 20 dollars more.Also she brought it out that girls are not allowed in in they are Not proper dress..At the beginning they seems defensive and cold..Complaining about ex manager Robinson which I know from my previous stayed at this hotel..Finally after the ice melt they were nice to me and get me her personal dentist which I really appreciate it
Breakfast is OK...Coffee is 24 hours which she told me the day that I left.Dont ask for Mayonnaise in the breakfast because she said she dont use it..Orange juice is made from powder ..
No milk..Only cream in breakfast..For the price 47 dollars its OK...
Location is very Good .Blocks from teatro nacional and the infamous Del rey...Behind the INS building and the Holiday Inn
No girls hanging out in the Lobby like it used to be in Calvin times
Taxi is not a problem because they call one for U
I couldnt use my UBER app because like in all San Jose hotels WIFI was weak and never works
It was an amish family from Pennsylvanian in the breakfast dress as in their country .I wonder..Did they are allowed to use planes??
Hotel its for sale
They still got legals problems since the time Ex Manager Calvin was skimming money from the employees and pocket it .
Did anybody knows anything about Calvin??
I heard he is in Colombia Now.
This african american manager was a case but he was nice to me in the Hemingway and in The Tiquicia Hotel.However every place I went to San Jose he owns people money and skim somebody.
While on breakfast she seems to be bother everytime I asked for water or something.That happens When Owner Family are the employees.They dont feel to be polite or courteous to the guest.They really don't seem to care .Dont feed the birds in the breakfast area because they kept coming back at you.Atmosphere is great and U feel like in a Hemingway museum
U got a safe in the room
Rooms dont have phones inside and I need to do a lot of locals calls and it was frustrating because I had to asked her for a favor of using the front desk phone
I stayed only for a night
Hotel is Not doing well after the changes and its up for sale
She also warned that if anybody help her to sell the hotel she wont give any commission because by law person had to be in real state costa rican license
We depart as friends .I probably gonna stayed there again in my future dentist visits in San Jose....Breakfast began only after 730am so if U have to go earlier dont even bother ....
At the End I review this hotel as average.
Construction site outside my window.But it wasnt working that Wednesday
Be careful..Those hanging outside the hotel are trannies(she males) and Not girls
Shower got good pressure and its Hot and cold

  • Stayed: February 2016, travelled solo
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Reviewed 13 February 2016

I stayed here as a stopover on my way to Dominical. On New Years Eve, I had a friend up to my room. Apparently, this was not allowed and a small sign behind the front desk announced this rule (I truly did not see it, nor was this rule announced on the guest registration card). The next day, I was told I needed to pay $20 for my friend staying over. I've never had this experience at any "Inn" or even a "Hostel" that I've stayed at in the pas where I am renting a private room and bath. I asked to speak with the owner (the front desk staff doesn't speak english), an expat from the US. I was very rudely told that he "discouraged that type of behavior" as he "has families who stay at his hotel". I explained this was the first time I'd ever had an experience like this one and that I would happily pay $10 for the additional guest since we did have breakfast, but that I was renting a room, not a bed. I was forced to pay the additional $20 and had my privacy invaded by the owner, who claimed to be a former private investigator. I was approached VERY rudely. There is no Pura Vida from the owner at this hotel and he hates gay people. My next trip to SJO, I stayed at an AirBNB that was equally well located, a larger room, and cleaner.

To it's credit, this location is in an old mansion, the linens and room were clean and the breakfast was great for the price paid. The location is in the Sectora De Cultura in San Jose, and around the corner from Cafe Miel Garage which has fabulous coffee.

Room Tip: The cheapest availabe room is small, but great for a solo traveler
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  • Stayed: January 2016, travelled solo
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Reviewed 9 February 2016

I had a great experience here due to the professionalism and hospitality of the entire staff. This is an older building which is very well maintained and clean. The free breakfast was an added treat consisting of coffee, fresh squeezed orange juice, choice of scrambled or fried eggs, fresh fruit, toast, and rice and beans. The famous writer for whom this property is named after Earnest Hemingway actually used to come and stay here. There is a room also named after him where he stayed in. This property has many great photos of him as well. I would recommend earplugs to any light sleeps or stuffing toilet paper in your ears to counter the sounds from the street below. Although there was no air conditioning in the room, the fresh mountain air and ceiling fans were all I required to stay comfortable. Literally minutes away from great food, museums, parks, and shopping.The embassies and hospitals are also close by.

Room Tip: Room 8 has no exterior windows and would probably be the quietest.
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  • Stayed: February 2016, travelled solo
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Reviewed 10 January 2016

Lots of Charm and Atmosphere! Convenient walking distance to fascinating museums, banks, beautiful parks, good restaurants and everything downtown. Particularly interesting to those with a literary background. The present manager/owner and by far the best - is well versed on Hemingway and is a writer himself. He's an interesting character with many fascinating tales to tell - if you are lucky enough to meet him. Together he and his beautiful wife and family, run the hotel in a very efficient manner. I have stayed here every year for maybe 8 years and since they took over the place, it just gets better and better. Clean, friendly, safe, and definitely charming! Used to be the home of someone wealthy, I would say.

Room Tip: I've stayed in at least a dozen different rooms over the years - depending on availability and w...
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  • Stayed: January 2016, travelled with family
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Reviewed 10 December 2015

We had a reservation for ten days and gave notice and changed hotels after 2nd night. The beds are like bricks with no mattress covers and fitted sheets that don't tuck under so that you wake up with your face on bare mattress which was stained. The lighting consisted of a bare ceiling bulb so that reading and makeup was a blur. The bathroom sink was broken and glued back together and had only very cold water. The shower in the AM had only cold water and came out in slow dribble, making it almost impossible to ash and forget your hair. They started cement work on their sidewalk so we had a 10" board up to the office door which was locked as you balanced there waiting to get in. They did have a good breakfast which was cooked one at a time so rather slow and the staff did the best overall with what they have to work with.

Not that it would have made any difference to us but with tax it was $70 a night - only $10 less than many far superior hotel in San Jose. In fact we hit a sale on a room at a great downtown hotel for $70 per night inc tax.

The pictures looked great and I don't know where on earth all those positive reviews came from. The reviews and the three stars cause me o lose all faith in Travelocity. The hotel charged me for two extra nights and said it was Travelocity policy, so I not only had a miserable two nights but paid for four (like a fool.)

Room Tip: Lots of luck
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  • Stayed: November 2015, travelled on business
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Address: Avenida 9, Calle 9 | Barrio Amon, San Jose 10000, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of San Jose > San Jose Metro > San Jose
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
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Ranked #34 of 68 B&Bs / Inns in San Jose
Price Range: $47 - $102 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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