After reading the positive reviews, my husband and I chose Casa 69 for our stay in San Jose based on location, price and service. We stayed two nights before joining an Elderhostel birding program that took us around the country, staying at well-known ecolodges; then we returned to Casa 69 for three nights at the end of our trip. This very affordable B&B turned out to be better than anything we expected--modern, comfortable and clean facility, efficent service, and very friendly owners. We were eager to return at the end of our Elderhostel trip for a good rest and to see more of San Jose before we left the country. We will stay here again when we return to Costa Rica.
I wanted to submit a review, because some of those posted seem to imply that the place would appeal to a younger crowd. We are seasoned world travellers, now retired and watching the budget, who have had the chance to stay in world class hotels as well as humble rooms. This place is a gem. The on-line reservation process worked very smoothly. Kurt sent very clear directions to hand to a taxi driver at the airport, which made our arrival also smooth. Even though we arrived late (11:30 pm) from the airport, we were met by a courteous Jenns, who later told us that they take turns staying up late for airport arrivals and getting up early for departures. The room was comfortable--queen sized bed, Kandinski prints on the wall, TV (including CNN), desk, bedside lamps, a safe for valuables, reasonably-priced minibar, and modern bathroom with large shower stall. I had read that some hotels and B&Bs in CR have very thin walls and this proved true at several of the ecolodges we visited; however, this was not a problem at Casa 69. We slept well every night we were there--less traffic noise than closer to downtown and no noise from fellow guests, even though we shared an open courtyard. (One review mentioned a train that runs all day--this isn't true, nor an accurate observation. The train is a small electric train that runs during rush hour--no rumbling or clattering, but sometime between 6 am and 6:30 am it does start to sound its horn when it crosses intersections. It does not sound all day long. Although we were aware of it each morning, it certainly wasn't a problem.)
Breakfast in the covered courtyard was a selection of tropical sliced fruit, a juice that was a delicious mixture of fruit, a basket of fresh bread, two delicious jams, and an endless supply of Costa Rican coffee and milk served by a very friendly staff and prepared in a spotless, recently remodeled kitchen. For a reasonable price, we added the cold cut/cheese plate one morning. We could also have opted for eggs, pancakes, and some other selections. The outside of the B&B and the courtyard are painted a bright yellow, and so our memories of the place seem very sunny.
The hotel is a short walking distance to the National Museum and Jade Museum, and not very much further to the pedestrian shopping area downtown and the National Theater and Gold Museum. The area around the hotel has several colleges with evening classes, so there was a lot of foot traffic after dark. We felt comfortable and safe walking to nearby restaurants for dinner. Kurt and Jenns gave us some great restaurant recommendations; our only disappointment was the evening we walked around and chose our own restaurant. They will also advise guests about getting around town, taking tours out of town, etc. They spend a lot of time interacting with their guests, and the guests spend a lot of time interacting with Tina, a very well behaved dog who enjoys the attention. We were able to store our luggage for several hours after we checked out the first time, but still wanted to see some things in town. A telephone for local calls is available for guests in the breakfast area, which made it easy to reconfirm our flight home.
The morning we left, Jenns had ordered a taxi for shortly after 6 a.m. for us, got up early to serve us a cup of coffee, helped carry our bags out, and gave us a farewell hug. We will stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Historic house built by one of San Jose's most prominent families in 1938 is now a B&B. Let this beautiful old house be your home away from home in San Jose. Located just four blocks east of the National Museum, Barrio California, just 10 minutes walking distance to the center of town. Enjoy our rooftop view deck and garden. You can walk to all museums and places of interest like National Theater, Jade Museum, Plaza de la Cultura, Simon Bolivar Zoo as well as many very good restaurants, bars of all kinds and casinos in minutes, city center and PreColumbian Gold Museum. Shopping, San Pedro mall, central market, and the Artisan Market are within a comfortable walking distance. We also have a rooftop patio where you can enjoy the sun, a coffee or drink with friends, while you look out at the sights and mountains around San Jose ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Casa 69 Hotel San Jose