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“Excellent little hotel close to all the fun stuff”
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Hemingway Inn
Ranked #35 of 68 San Jose B&B and Inns
Reviewed 19 January 2012

I stayed at this hotel for 7 nights. I must say that I had a blast in San Jose and this hotel was a big part of why I did. The staff is great, everyone of them worked hard to make my stay a good one. Ellis the manager is a great guy. He was very helpful in arranging activities and answering any questions I had. The owner Calvin was also great. I had many good conversations with him. The people staying there were a lot of fun as well.

I paid 30$ a night plus tax, which is an amazing price. Breakfast was good (toast, eggs, juice, rice and beans/pancakes) and the room was nice and clean. I know Calvin is working on improving the hotel, once he is done the place will be a real gem. He is planning on adding a bar, and offer meals other than breakfast. As it stands, for the price you cannot beat the Hemingway Hotel. The rooms are comfortable, there is a decent selection of English language channels on the television, the common area is open air, and the staff keeps the room nice and clean. Understand, it isn't like a big chain hotel, so don't expect a Holiday Inn, but I would rather spend my money on activities while on vacation than drop a 100$ a night for a room I don't plan on being in other than to sleep.

Keep in mind that this hotel is not really a family friendly hotel. But for adults, backpackers, etc, it is perfect. The internet was free and had a good signal throughout the hotel. The hotel can book you whatever excursion you like and the staff is more than happy to tell you how to get anywhere, or in some cases, even offer to show you.

The area is quiet so you don't have to worry about a bunch of noise and it is conveniently located near all the main attractions of San Jose. There are 2 grocery stores within a 10 minute walk if you want to grab some supplies. The area is safe (at least from my experience) and well patrolled by police. The hotel will arrange transport to and from the airport for the same cost as a taxi.

All in all, I was very pleased with this hotel. I don't imagine my stay would have been as much fun if I had stayed somewhere else. Do yourself a favor and give this place a try if you are planning on being in San Jose.

Room Tip: Well the room I was in was nice and quiet. I don't think any of the rooms face the street, but...
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  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 16 January 2012

Ernest would be proud to stay at the Hemingway these days, new ownership has begun to turn her around and clean her up. While not a 5 star hotel, you get a great deal for the $45-$55 per night usd. Well situated for nightlife, clubs, restaurants and bars and in a reasonably safe area in barrio amon. Historic charm is everywhere from her winding stairway to the wood paneled rooms and original hardwood floors, real distinctive old world elegance indeed. For the budget minded traveler you can't go wrong and the gratis desayuna tipico is better than average with fresh gallo pinto, pan, guava jam, fresh coffee and usually a cast of colorful characters to mingle with in the peaceful open air courtyard. Don't be put off by some of the critical reviews from inexperienced travelers here, the Hemingway is a good place to lay ones head in barrio amon, safe, clean, plenty of hot water, walking distance to the main attractions in the area and priced right.

Room Tip: Don't park under the large tree in front, it is a popular bird roost and you'll be unpleasan...
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  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 31 December 2011

I have been staying at the Hemingway Hotel for the past 5 years. I am so impressed with the new owner, the new manger and the rest of the great staff - friendly, interesting with lots of enthusiasm for making great new changes. Finally, the Hemingway has gotten management that fits the unique, artistic feel of the historical building.

There is a family like atmosphere that makes the guests feel welcome and like part of the team. They get to know the other guests and often make arrangements to meet up again on their next visit. There have been some wild and crazy goings on in the past. Those days are over. Now, it's professional, clean, fun and improving everyday.

Be sure and visit the small, but fascinating Jade Museum filled with beautiful examples of Costa Rican Indian Pre-Colombian art - only one block from the hotel. There is also a small park across the street from the museum where you can join the locals sitting and chatting amongst the tropical flowers, magnificent trees and bamboo.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 6 December 2011

Found Calvin the new owner and all his staff to be super friendly and helpful. The have really been putting in lots of time making the place better and are very open to my thoughts. Its a great location and the area is clean and not too noisy, just some car on a not too busy road. My room was quiet and the perfect temperature. plenty of english and spanish on the TV and WiFi everywhere. Will come back and stay again. The new staff is just 2 months old so I wish them luck

Room Tip: $35 dollars for a single bed room is a good deal here.
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  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 19 April 2017
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Reviewed 24 February 2017
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Room Tip: Que de al interior del Hotel y no a las afueras, por la mannana el transito local es fuerte en dias...
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  • Stayed: August 2016, travelled solo
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Reviewed 25 November 2016 via mobile
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Stayed: November 2016, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hemingway Inn

Address: Avenida 9, Calle 9 | Barrio Amon, San Jose 10000, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of San Jose > San Jose Metro > San Jose
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #35 of 68 B&Bs / Inns in San Jose
Price Range: £25 - £54 (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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