I took a few days to visit San Jose for the first time, I will review the excursions as well, but needless to say, all were excellent. As to The Dunn Inn, an early 20th century converted home (2 actually) with several single rooms, private bath, a small bar and breakfast area, as well as being very convenient to the central area of San Jose. From the time I called from the airport (calls are cheap, but get a pre-paid calling card at the airport) I was treated very well, and a room was had for about $60.00US, including taxes. I paid in cash but cards are accepted. I used an orange taxi (govt controlled, but red ones, private are fine as well) for $19.00US got a 20 minute ride to the hotel. Check in was quick, I was given a room on the main floor w/out air con (that's OK as the city is temperate) but I asked for an upstairs room with a window that opened, and they graciously accepted. I was given room #25 on the second floor, no elevator, so mobility could be a problem, but it was clean, with air con, a big private bath and a very comfortable bed. Sleep was no problem, hotel is quiet and other residents (lots of german, american, spanish) were very considerate. Continental breakfast was sliced fresh fruit, toast, and endless fabulous Costa Rican coffee, you could order eggs or oatmeal or whatever, but I wanted to eat out, explore, and learn about the country. I booked 2 tours through Gray Line tours, city walking tour, half day was $39US, and well worth it, lots to see, lunch was included, then I went to the Poas volcano, the Doka coffee plant, and Sarchi artist/furniture town/plant, well worth the $100US, but you could go zip lining, white water rafting, or see shows and the coast (about 3-4 hours away by bus). Met 2 great guides ( I can provide contact info) and had a private walk tour to the central market, well worth the trip, usual trinket stuff, but learned a lot about the people, the food, and a bit of the culture, for $20US it was a super bargain. Didn't have much more time as I was only there for 4 days, but had a great steak at Lukas in El Pueblo, enjoyed a few Imperial beers with the guides and other guests, all in all the Dunn Inn is top marks with me, I will recommend it to anyone. Taxis are very cheap, use them, keep off the streets after dark, not because of major crime, just petty stuff, although I didn't have any trouble. But check out was quick, everyone smiled and asked me to return, and I hope to do just that . I will be glad to answer any questions, just drop me a note.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Dunn San Jose