The place has charm/character. Its not in the best area-especially for a solo female traveler. Gated entrance, which is a hassle to be "buzzed in and out" some of my trips were very early in the morning. Young girls work the desk, some friendlier than others. I had 2 different rooms at different points of my trip, very basic rooms and bathrooms, clean enough. Walking through the common kitchen-this was not very clean and for this reason I did not eat breakfast at the hotel (really only had one opportunity to do so, as I was usually gone by 6AM)
My room was upstairs-so keep in mind if you packed on the rather heavy side you will have to carry your luggage us a slightly spiral staircase with 20 steps to the next full platform.
The second room I was in had a slate board bed with no box spring (do not remember if the 1st room had one or not, but it was a lot more comfortable) One of the boards seemed to be lifted up and right in the middle of my back.
There is free coffee on the outside patio available.
People who complain about the hotel itself should think about what they are spending-again you get what you pay for.
What I didn't realize through the reviews is how unsafe I would feel in the area.
There are ladies and gentleman of the night who solicit just a half a block down from the hotel.
Luckily, I found a wonderful place to eat just across the street at Don Carlos. I highly recommend eating here and its literally diagonally across from Hemingway Inn.
Would I stay here again? probably not as a single traveler. The airport is at least 45 mins away and that's in medium traffic (traffic in San Jose is terrible) A taxi cost me 30 dollars,
But as an over all experience. I had a true taste of San Jose :)
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Hemingway Hotel San Jose
- Hemingway Inn Costa Rica/San Jose