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“Beautiful guesthouse, great staff”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Casa 69

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Casa 69
Ranked #1 of 67 San Jose B&B and Inns
Los Angeles, California
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“Beautiful guesthouse, great staff”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2009

We had a lovely stay at Casa 69 our first and last night in San Jose. Kurt was extremely helpful over email ahead of our visit, providing information on transportation, directions, and recommended places to visit while in Costa Rica.

The location is in the city, and was not as difficult for taxis to find as I might have thought. It is quite hidden. The rooms we stayed in were lovely -- beautiful art, clean bathrooms, comfortable beds, and a nicely stocked mini fridge. The breakfast was simple and perfect - bread, jams, fresh fruit and juice, and delicious coffee. The staff was very helpful and polite. The rooms had satellite tv which was a nice surprise, we were even able to watch part of march madness!

The only cons that come to mind is that our room the first night was a bit noisy. But it wasn't really a big deal for us city dwellers. We would definitely go back! It's always nice to support gay friendly businesses (that are also straight friendly!).

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2009

Our party of eight: me, my husband, his parents, my parents, my son & family friend stayed on 3 different occasions over a 15 day period while traveling the pacific & caribbean sides of Costa Rica. We enjoyed just about every room this place of wonder has to offer. Kurt & Elephant we will be back! Peace & Love Idofish

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled with family
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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2009

One would expect to pay a lot more for the accommodations offered at Casa 69. The rooms are clean, nicely decorated and very comfortable...all with updated baths, mini-bars, cable television, wireless internet, and a large safe (big enough to hold your laptop). Kurt has invested wisely to make sure that everyone enjoys their experience. Casa 69 is conveniently located and the best option when you need a SAFE place to stay in downtown San Jose.

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled solo
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Wake Forest, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2009

A friend and I stayed at Casa 69 for 2 nights on our way in and out of Costa Rica. We were in the main house, downstairs, with 2 queen beds. One word describes Casa 69 - CHARMING! The house is so charming with tons of character but modern amenities and furnishings.

Room: The sheets were so soft and the room was very clean. The bathroom was spacious and the shower was delightful with great water pressure. The room also had a tv (with english speaking channels), a fridge with beverages, and a safe.

Main House: The rest of the house is so comfy. The courtyard was by far my favorite and made you forget you were in the middle of a city. The breakfast is very tasty (bread and jam is incredible) and the coffee is to die for. In fact, my friend and I purchased some to bring home - it was that good.

Staff: I cannot say enough about Kurt and his staff. The staff is super friendly and very helpful. Kurt is the most wonderful host and makes you feel like you are staying with an old friend. He was very helpful and a wealth of knowledge for the San Jose area - what to do, where to eat, and so on. And let's not forget about Tina...Tina is the B&B mascot of sorts. She is such a sweet dog, who enjoys a good rub and will howl when you stop. Too cute!

Overall this B&B is AMAZING! It definitely felt like a home away from home and when I come back to San Jose you can bet I am staying here.

Kurt and Staff - You have a wonderful place and thank you so much for making us feel so welcome. We had a fantastic time and can't wait to return one day. We wish you all continued success!

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled with friends
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St. Louis, MO
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2009

My experience at Casa 69 was as pain-free as it gets. First of all, when I made my reservation, the owner, Kurt, sent me an e-mail with detailed directions from the airport to Casa 69 in Spanish for me to print out and give to the taxi driver. I thought this was a superb idea which turned out to work just fine.
My room was impeccable and large. The bathroom was also very clean, although some users might find it a little bit small. The shower was excellent! Remember to leave your used towels on the floor.
Kurt was the best host you can find. I have stayed in $200-$300-a-night hotels, and I can say the attention at Casa 69 has been the best!! Kurt in completely fluent in English, German, and Spanish, so travelers will find it very easy to communicate with him. The staff at Casa 69 are very friendly and will make every effort to accommodate their guests.
The lobby in gorgeous, and serves as a relaxing place where you can plan your day in San Jose. There is free WiFi on the main house only, so you if your are on the other house you will have to go to the lobby to connect to the WiFi (bring your laptop).
A breakfast consisting of coffee, fresh bread, fruits, and natural fruit juice is included. They will prepare more substantial breakfast if you want, but you would have to pay a modest price.
A very important note is that they accept cash only at Casa 69, so be sure to have that in mind before you check out.
Overall, I would highly recommend Casa 69 to anyone visiting San Jose. The next time I return to the city, I will not even consider staying anywhere else.

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled on business
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Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2009

Very clean spacious rooms with all the amenities you need. Beautiful garden and a very fresh breakfast, the juice was awesome! One minus, it is situated right beside a rail line... not much you can do about that as all of downtown San Jose is pretty noisey.

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled as a couple
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Washington DC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2009

We took the room w/ 2 queen size beds. It's tucked away in the far end of the house and upstairs from everyone. The room is super spacious and so modern and clean.
I liked the layout as the two beds are not side-by-side to each other, rather diagonal from one another affording us a bit of space. There's also ample room for a little sitting area with a small rattan couch, coffee table, and 2 cushioned side chairs. There's also a terrace w/ a cafe table in front of the door for some covered outdoor space.

After having spent a week in the backpacker town of Montezuma, this place was like paradise --- big bed with nice sheets, modern original art on the walls, HOT WATER in a giant shower. Que RICO! and the rate was only $70/nite total, a real bargain.

The whole place is cute - from the main house to the the house across the street where most of the rooms are located. Bright yellow and well landscaped, It felt like a hidden gem.

I'd totally come back and stay here longer - our stay was too short. We used it as a place to rest our heads before our super early flight back to the States at 630am. It's in the far Eastern end of town from the airport so you have to cut through the city to reach the airport but at that early hour in the morning it took us less than 20 minutes to get to the airport from Casa 69.

I'd also recommend dinner at Trocadero, within 2-3 blocks walk from Casa 69 for dinner and drinks. It's a sophisticated restau/bar/lounge catering to San Jose Tico Yuppies and the like. Great original artwork, and a very friendly, engaged owner in the mix. GREAT FOOD too! I had a big steak delmonico of locally raised beef for $10 and it was perfect. My friend had a sea bass stuffed w/ big lump crab and it was AMAZING.
I believe it's address is Calle 21 and Avenida 2.

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled with friends
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Property: Casa 69
Address: 69 calle 25bis | Barrio California, San Jose, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of San Jose > San Jose Metro > San Jose
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 67 B&Bs / Inns in San Jose
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Casa 69 3*
Number of rooms: 8
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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