We stayed at Casa Abierta for the first two nights we were in Costa Rica. Casa Abierta is located in a gated complex with about 4 other houses/condos. The neighborhood seemed relatively safe and there was a security guard outside 24 hours a day. The house had a great energy to it (you have to go to see it) and was very clean. The room and bed was comfortable and the bathroom was huge. Each morning a delicious breakfast was prepared before we set out for the day.
Darrylle was an amazing host and a great conversationalist. We talked for hours about nearly everything. His stories about his past travels were absolutely fascinating. He was very knowledgeable about Costa Rica (and the world) and the area, giving us great suggestions on where to eat and where to go. Looking back on the experience it's refreshing to know that there are actually people like Darrylle out there and we are happy that we got the opportunity to meet him.
Bottom line -- We would strongly recommend to anyone traveling to San Jose to stay here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Why stay in the suburbs of Santa Ana and Escazu, far from cultural activities and requiring expensive taxis through heavy traffic to get you where you want to go? We are located in one of the best neighborhoods in the heart of the city - centrally located, safe, quiet and within walking distance to the University of Costa Rica, galleries, museums, parks, theaters, cinemas, fine restaurants, shopping areas and excellent public transportation. At the end of our street is a lovely park that runs along a creek for several blocks. Relax and immerse yourself in the beauty of our home's tranquil, multicultural and open-minded ambiance. Breakfast on fresh tropical fruits, homemade breads and jams, organic cereals, yogurts and rich Costa Rican coffee, share some stories, explore ideas on how we can develop a better world and enjoy an intimate inside experience of what life can be like in Costa Rica. Casa Abierta is well organized and clean, but relaxed, warm and meant to be enjoyed. Great conversation and daily breakfast are included. Laundry services are available upon request. Although not intrusive on your privacy, our host is available to share interesting conversations and meals and assist you in any way. Easy access to all forms of public transportation. We provide safe, comfortable and efficient airport transfers for a fee and can book other tours and transportation needs. ... more less