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“11 trip to San Jose in 3 years best hotel in Downtown San Jose”
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Hotel Dunn Inn
Ranked #18 of 77 Hotels in San Jose
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“11 trip to San Jose in 3 years best hotel in Downtown San Jose”
Reviewed 5 November 2013

If You do not Speak Spanish this the place to be everybody speaks English.This a small place and every person in there staff will do everything to help have a good experience.I have stayed at 6 downtown hotels this the best.I was there from 10-23 to 10-28. They even have Depature tax form there.That will save 30 minutes at airport.The only thing I can complain about is when I came back from Jaco Beach 11-1 to 11-4.They were sold out had to stay at sleep inn.Sleep inn would not allow my local girlfriend in because she had shorts on. Dunn Inn is friendly to USA citizens.If Dunn inn don't have rooms.Stay out of Downtown San Jose.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled solo
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Laura B, Manager at Hotel Dunn Inn, responded to this review, 11 January 2014
Thank you very much for your nice comments. I will share your comments with our staff. It's good to know they helped to make your stay a pleasant one. We will be waiting for you in your next trip to Costa Rica
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Tacoma, Washington
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 September 2013

First, I'll say that we have not stayed at other places in downtown San Jose, so maybe this is comparatively better than other places. Still, for the money, probably not worth it. I booked online. When we got to the hotel, they showed us our room and it was right off the lobby behind the reception desk. That seemed odd. But they were happy to show us other options that would cost more. All of the rooms downstairs seem to be very near or right off the restaurant, and since I'd seen other reviewers say that it could be loud, and it seems weird to open your door into a bar/restaurant, I didn't want to deal with that. We ended up upstairs, apparently in the newer area, and it was fine. There was A/C and the sound of it seemed to drown out the sound of the music from the restaurant.

The location was good, easy to walk to places including the bus terminal for the Caribbean. Coffee was available in the morning.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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travelman321, Owner at Hotel Dunn Inn, responded to this review, 28 March 2014
Dear sir and madam , I am sorry your experience was just ok. We feel like we offer a conventional tico experience . It is not really like a Remada,Clation , or a chain hotel. Our hotel features local ambience, the smell of coffee , music, clean rooms, good service, and decent food. This is not a cookie cutter hotel , but we do not try to fit that profile either. Perhaps there was some confusion as to your expectations. Thank you for giving us a shot.
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 September 2013 via mobile

My daughter and I stayed at this beautifully restored Inn for my birthday. The staff as well as Geoff were very pleasant and attentive.

I would recommend your San Jose stay here per within walking distance, you will find the famous Gold Museum, shops, restaurants and a casino right across the street. If you do not wish to walk, their "most attentive" security staff at the door will flag down a cab for you.

Staff at check-in counter can arrange all of your tours, which they will pick you up. Airport is nearby as well.

We enjoyed our stay and plan on returning. Will also highly recommend to family and friends and YOU!

  • Stayed July 2013
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Baltimore, Maryland
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Reviewed 6 September 2013

Michael Kent from Baltimore,MD

I stayed 8 days here at this nice hotel in August of 2013. The first day I got here, while
starting to unpack tne TV went up in my room. The maid and the maintenance man both worked
on it to get it operational, but no luck. It was a blessing in disguise as they moved me immediately to another room across the hall that was a lot bigger, and had a much better layout..
The maid staff was wonderful and met all my little requests promptly and with a cheerful smile. There will be times when you will need earplugs. I would put mine on right when I went to sleep, and set my cellphone alarm and put it right next to me on the night stand. The food was very good overall and they have a wide variety of foods to choose from. I thought the prices were a little high though, on many of their items. They have a menu you can look at on there webpage to see prices and types of food that they offer. I want to specially thank all of the doorman / security as I am a night owl and love to stay up late and hang out. Many nights I would go out late and come in and the very early hours of the morning.........The ladies at the front desk were
awesome, especially Seilyn. She was so very helpful with getting me information, and directions to different places that I needed to go to...It was nice that she speaks perfect English but I speak pretty good Spanish. So we conversed in Spanish and in English. She had originally set me up with my reservation, so the whole process was smooth and easy.........The one thing that I wish that the Hotel Dunn Inn had was a Swimming pool, as that alone would increase your customer traffic flow......... I thank all the Staff for making my vacation a great experience... Michael K.....


Great overall experience as this was my second trip to Costa Rica. I was able to relax and unwind and do a little touring of the area.I see that they have a sister hotel in Jaco beach, so
I hope that by the time I return, that they will have really gotten that aspect of there buisness
running smoothly......

Room Tip: The rooms upstairs in the back section of the hotel are a lot quieter.... There will be times when y...
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled solo
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Laura B, General Manager at Hotel Dunn Inn, responded to this review, 12 September 2013
Mr. Kent. Thank you for choosing us as your place to stay in Costa Rica. I will like to thank you for your positive comments. Your comments about our staff are unique and I'll make sure to share them with our people. We look forward to welcome you back many more times
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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed 6 September 2013

Recently had the pleaure of staying at the Dunn Inn in San Jose Costa Rica. I had traveled with friends for one week and decided to stay a second week due to day trips I still wanted to take. Since I had already checked out of my original hotel one of my friends recommended the Dunn Inn where he was staying. I had no reservation just showed up and I was treated as if they had been waitng for me from the start. This hotel is well kept and clean with a nice decor. The rooms come both with AC or without your choice. One nice part about my stay was that a continental breaksfast was included with the price of the room. About $79 US, less if you choose a non A/C room. The Hotel location is great with a short walking distance to the center of town. The Staff at the Dunn were always ready to help with what ever was requested. They even got me a private van at the last minute to take a day trip the following morning to Jaco Beach which has a sister hotel there called the Nine. Also very clean and had a pool. I really could go on and on about the Dunn Inn but to keep it short all I can say is if you're needing a nice hotel on your next trip to San Jose you won't go wrong with the Dunn Inn it's a wonderful hotel.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Laura B, General Manager at Hotel Dunn Inn, responded to this review, 12 September 2013
Guadalupe it's very nice to find out that we were able to provide the quality of service you deserve. Thank you very much for your comments. We hope to welcome you back in San Jose or Jaco soon.
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Canton, Georgia
Level 5 Contributor
52 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 September 2013

I am a business owner and part time resident of Costa Rica,when I have business in San Jose I love to stay at Hotel Dunn Inn.The hotel has reasonable rates(60-80usd)a fresh and newly renovated sports bar a great restaurant comfortable rooms and is alking distance to many attractions downtown.The hotel has a friendly and capable staff that makes you feel at home,Seilyn Srios is one of these special people that makes sure your stay is the best anfd that you will return.Great value and great location.

Room Tip: ask for a room away from the street
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled on business
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Laura B, General Manager at Hotel Dunn Inn, responded to this review, 12 September 2013
Mr. Jon P. Our ain goal is to provide excellent service to customers who honor us with their presence. It's an incentive for our staff to receive such positive feed back on their performance. I'll make sure to share your review with Seilyn.
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Houston, Texas
Level 5 Contributor
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 September 2013

Can't beat the location but the rooms are small as well as the bathrooms only have one small sink, but a large shower. One of the few places that does have air conditioned rooms, so that is a plus. Beds and furniture are fairly old and uncomfortable but clean. This should be classified more as a business hotel. I would not advise this place for families with kids. Prostitution is legal in Costa Rica and this hotel is in the middle of the action. The staff was extremely helpful!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Dunn Inn
Address: Calle 5, Avenida 11, San Jose 11681-1000, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of San Jose > San Jose Metro > San Jose
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Best Value Hotel in San Jose
#15 Romantic Hotel in San Jose
#15 Business Hotel in San Jose
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Dunn Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are happy to help you while in San Jose, Costa Rica, if you don't speak Spanish or in case you want to feel more at home. This charming 1929 mansion is known for providing exceptionally friendly service and is a favorite among many locals. From the moment you arrive you will experience firsthand the warmth of Costa Rican hospitality and enjoy the benefits of a full service hotel with excellent value. The New Standard for San Jose Costa Rica Hotels...The 28 guests rooms are attractively decorated with warm, rich woods, original brick, hand-painted native artwork, colorful quilts, and have indigenous BriBri Indian names. All are equipped with quality linens, cable television with over 60 channels in English and Spanish, mini bar, direct telephone service, ceiling fan, private bath, clock radio, hairdryer, fresh flowers, local information and a free map of Costa Rica. The hotel has wireless internet in all rooms, two Internet stations, parking, 24-hour security, car rental and tourist information, laundry service, business services, safe deposit boxes, room service, and an onsite barbershop. The hotel offers complementary services of tea and coffee 24 hours a day and a late 1pm check out. You will also enjoy breakfast, lunch and / or dinner in the beautiful tropical restaurant and Tropix bar that is truly an oasis in the city; brimming with bromeliads, ferns, orchids and other tropical plants. The daily happy hour from 4pm - 6pm is sure to provide fun and interesting conversation. New to our long list of services is free in-house medical emergency assistance and reasonable medical insurance. Every effort is made to ensure an enjoyable visit and every one of our long term bilingual staff will gladly assist you in any way possible. ... more   less 
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