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Hostel Gran Imperial

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Hollywood, Florida
Reviewed 22 September 2013

was there last night for maybe 30th time in 25 years. great location, close to all bus stops and downtown. you can walk everywhere. rooms are spartan with nice bath and shower (hot water) at the end of the hall. very clean and safe. rooms just went up to $14 (a steal for San Jose). The shared kitchen is no...

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Tegucigalpa, Francisco Morazan, Honduras
Reviewed 29 January 2013

i spent 3 nights here because it was in front of the central market, and it was the cheapest i found in downtown San Jose, DUDE YOU DON'T HAVE TO PAY a TAXI, but this place scare the hell out of me because looks like a mental institution but you have internet, kitchen, i stayed at the cheapest dorm room...

1Thank David F
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
Reviewed 15 November 2012

This is the second time I have stayed here and probably the last. The central location makes it an easy walking distance from the Caribe Sur bus terminal and even shorter distance to the bus to the airport. This saves about $30 in taxi fares. We had a private room with private bath for $30. Very very basic but clean....

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Marseille, France
Reviewed 8 September 2012

Really good price for San José, The rooms are OK, the showers & toilets really good. Perfect location (center town), really close to most of the Bus terminals. But it is really noisy, and the kitchen is crap, oily, durty, and no equipement at all to cook... Good for one night but no much more!

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Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui, Costa Rica
Reviewed 16 August 2012

I was searching for a place to stay for one night in San Jose, if possible in the middle of the center and that is where this place is located. Was not sure about the hostel considering some of the other reviews, but I decided to check it out, also because a private room is just 14 dollars. The other...

Thank dutchguy61
Hollywood, Florida
Reviewed 22 February 2012

have been staying here more than 20 years. Great staff, high security, clean, sharing kitchen and a wrap around 2nd floor balcony overlooking mercado central. Can walk to many venues, no need to taxi. Close to bus terminal from Airport $1 not $15 and up taxi ride. Micro room with nice shared bath only $12.

1Thank bikedave5
San Jose, Costa Rica
Reviewed 8 July 2010

I went last october to san jose, costa rica and I stayed with a group of people in the hostel gran imperial...and it was awesome!!! the place, the staff, the service!!! IT WAS A REALLY NICE EXPERIENCE!! The staff of the hostel made us love the hostel...a nice room woth nice bathrooms, internet, kitchen, everything!!! and the BEST is that...

1Thank alex29_10
san jose costa rica
Reviewed 30 November 2009

Yes a couple of years ago it deserved a bad review. It is under new ownrship and under major renovation. The security is tops, no one gets past the front desk without being a registered guest. There are brand new tiled bathrooms although only cold water as of now. There is free coffee and a shared kitchen, the restaurant is...

Thank bikedave
Reviewed 11 May 2009

Okay so I checked into the Hostel Gran Imperial on June 4th 2008. I was shown to my matchbook sized room that cost 20 [--] dollars. As I was walking out my room, a lady with scabies all over her arms (obvious crack head) went into the room next to mine. I said hey neighbor and all she did was...

Thank boardfreak
Reviewed 27 July 2008

I went there in January 2008. I stayed one night and when I was visiting the city, somebody stole my stuff! I was in a private room, locked, but someone stole my stuff without breaking the door... The staff said they are not responsible and they gave me no help. Also, there was blood on the sheets. The room was...

Thank tristandd

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The hostel has been completely renovated and its daily supervision of its owners, makes the service be as good as being home! Just in the heart of downtown San Jose, across the Central Market makes it an unique place to stay, the site and easy access to all its surroundings, bus stations and airport is comfortable for all travelers and visitors. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Hostel Gran Imperial

Address: First Avenue, 8th Street | just across the west side of the central market, San Jose 1914-1000, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of San Jose > San Jose Metro > San Jose
Price Range: ₹ 1,297 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Hostel Gran Imperial 2*
Number of rooms: 30
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“farther back in you get less road noise”
bikedave5, 17 Mar 2015 | Read review
“If you want the view of the street, the hotel has rooms facing the streets. I do believe the noise-levels are about the same all over, but it´s part of the experience of this place.”
jackmikkelr2016, 9 Aug 2014 | Read review
“They have different rooms for a slight increase in cost.”
23scottd, 10 Feb 2014 | Read review
“ask for a room away from the balcony. it can get noisy”
bikedave5, 21 Sep 2013 | Read review
“you just bring you a couple of beers and you sleep out like a child”
DavidF924, 29 Jan 2013 | Read review
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