Hotel Kekoldi Garden

Hotel Kekoldi Garden

Avenida 9, between Calle 5 and 7, San Jose 10110 Costa Rica
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#39 of 78 hotels in San Jose
4.3 of 5 bubbles
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The only hotel with secluded garden in downtown San Jose, walking distance to all points of tourist interest, bars, restaurants, clubs, movie theaters, bus stations, museums, etc. 10 elegant, well appointed guest rooms. Free Internet terminal and wireless.
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Property amenities
Paid private parking on-site
Car park
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Laundry service
Wifi
Breakfast buffet
Room features
Flatscreen TV
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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2.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Residential Neighbourhood
Quiet
Languages Spoken
English, French, Spanish

Location

Avenida 9, between Calle 5 and 7, San Jose 10110 Costa Rica
Getting there
Great for walkers
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Juan Santamaria Intl Airport
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mondo107 wrote a review Jul 2004
New York City, New York4 contributions45 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I spent over a week at the Hotel Kekoldi and thought that it was a really great choice. It's a pleasant place near but not quite in the center of town, with spacious and comfortable rooms and an incredibly friendly and helpful staff. They also have a really pretty back garden, in which breakfast (included in room price) is served each morning with coffee available throughout the day. I would highly recommend Kekoldi, although probably just for a night or two (not because of the hotel, but because that's all you really need in the sleepy little city of San Jose...)
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salguc wrote a review Feb 2011
Canada68 contributions128 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We wanted to stay at Casa 69 but could not get a room there on the 3 nights we were looking for. A friend in Manuel Antonio (Costa Rica) suggested we stay at Kekoldi's. It's a great location just behind the Holiday Inn in downtown San Jose. Staff very friendly and helpful. Very clean. The only issue I had is that they put us in a room on the main floor right beside where they serve morning breakfast. and reception. At checkin we were told that room was quiet because it was not facing the road. Well it was not quite while breakfast was served because everyone in the hotel was talking and making noise and then when that was over the staff would be talking and making noise. We went out dancing each night so wanted to sleep in and were perturbed that we were misled about ours being a quiet room. Otherwise stay was pleasant and would go back but in an upstairs room. It was extra nice that they had a computer with internet we could use freely.
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Date of stay: January 2011
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Jim98122x wrote a review Sept 2004
Seattle WA7 contributions35 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at two gay hotels in San Jose, one on the way into Costa Rica, and one on the way out. The Kekoldi was on our trip back through San Jose, and was the nicer of the two. It was also a little more expensive, but you do get what you pay for. I suspect you're definitely paying a premium to be in a gay hotel, but all in all, it was still cheap, about $49 single or so (off season, Aug2004)

The rooms were comfortable, airy, though a little spartan. The back garden is a nice place to have breakfast, which is included with the room.

The staff at Kekoldi is very friendly and very helpful, and able to set you up with all the major sightseeing trips that every other hotel also pushes.

The only complaint I would have is that it's a bit loud. I had a room by the front door, and it's pretty much impossible to sleep late when people start coming/going in the morning. Try to get a room upstairs if you want to sleep in. Also somewhat annoying are the trannie prostitutes on ALL the corners in this fairly busy neighborhood at night. There were dozens, everywhere. They didn't seem dangerous but they could get pretty bothersome if you're walking by. Cabs are plentiful and cheap, take them to avoid the nuisance.

I wouldn't recommend more than a day or maybe two in San Jose-- it's a dump. For the day or two you'll be in San Jose, the Kekoldi is a convenient cab ride to the several gay nightclubs. Otherwise there's not a lot of reason to linger in San Jose.
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Date of stay: August 2004
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Guide24943 wrote a review Feb 2004
Sacramento, Cal.1 contribution11 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
They stuck us in the very front room facing a very busy street. The windows might as well have been open. Traffic, honking and people yelling most of the night. They gave us no soap. Most of the staff was very friendly and helpful except one guy who was very rude and indignant, especially when I forgot a few Spanish words. We stayed 2 nights. We reqested a back room when we got back from Manuel Antonio a week later (we had already pre-paid for this hotel). They put us in the exact same room with no apologies, but we got soap! Don't stay here! Forget it!
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Geoff-Vancouver wrote a review Mar 2005
Vancouver, Canada23 contributions41 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed a couple of night here. The hotel was well-run, the room (facing the street) was fine, and relatively quiet. The staff were very helpful. Breakfast in the back garden was wonderful.

San Jose is good for maybe 1 or 2 days, but it wears out fairly quickly. Best to travel to the rest of the country and experience some of the greenery.

When we go back to Costa Rica, we'll stay here again.

Oh yeah, most of the clients are gay, which is a good thing. It's fun to travel in the gay subculture, because people are so friendly and human, with lots of stories and advice to give. Make sure you are comfortable with that before you decide to stay there.
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Date of stay: January 2005
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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tksny wrote a review Jul 2007
Oregon1 contribution6 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
I went to Hotel Kekoldi for my honeymoon. We arrived around 8 am because we took a red eye from LAX. When we arrived, we were told by the manager, Nabil, that the room was not ready. He offered to take our bags and put them in storage while we had some breakfast on the house. So we left our 4 bags in the small lobby which also doubles as the buffet area for breakfast, and went into the courtyard. Nabil offered to get some eggs for me. We sat there in the courtyard adjacent to the lobby for the next 2 hours waiting for our room. Nabil never came back with my eggs.

After a couple hours, Nabil told us the room was finally ready. My husband went to claim our luggage and my backpack was missing. He looked everywhere in the storage closet and it was no where to be found. Nabil told my husband he didn't see the blue backpack and offered my husband someone else's green backpack. We quickly realized that the manager was not going to help us or take any responsibility. We told him we wanted to call our credit card company to cancel my credit card. He told us that the line for international calls wasn't working and would not provide the necessary calling codes that would have helped us dial out from our room.

The strange part of having my backpack stolen from the hotel lobby was that there was only one entrance and the entrance is secured. The hotel manager has to buzz people in and out of the building. So whoever the thief was that left with my backpack was let out by the manager.

When I finally was able to call American Express in the afternoon, my card had been charged USD$300 at a nearby shoe store. The purchase was made that same morning. My husband and I suspect that the manager, Nabil, allowed someone he knew to take my backpack with my credit card and other valuables while we were waiting in the courtyard. He was less than cooperative in helping us call our credit card company. When we questioned Nabil about the backpack he tried to push the blame onto the taxi driver and said that we probably left the backpack in the taxi. I know that I had the backpack in the hotel lobby because I remember opening it up to get something out of it.

This was the worst way to start our honeymoon and I regret to this day selecting Hotel Kekoldi for our first night in San Jose. We missed a tour that we'd scheduled for the next day and instead spent it at the American Consulate getting a new passport for me. I lost my driver's license, passport, camera, and credit card. This was by far my worst travel experience.
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Date of stay: December 2005
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
2.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesCheck-in / front desk
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
2.0 of 5 bubblesBusiness service (e.g., internet access)
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Tulemar_chico wrote a review Jul 2017
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica532 contributions14 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
My wife just had a terrifying experience in this hotel. Last night she was sleeping in the bedroom, when someone opened the window, and came into the room. My wife woke up when the window made noise while opening, and screamed very loud. The guy jumped back out right away (luckily), and ran around the back of the building, still inside the property. Then came back pretending to be the security guard, asking her to cool down, to not call the police, etc. The real security guard came (who by the way has no means for defending himself or anyone, no taser, no gun, no stick, nothing) asked the guy to leave, and that's when guy pulls out a knife and took guard's cell phone. The security guard closed the gates, and called the cops.
A very traumatic experience for my wife who happens to be in her 3rd trimester of pregnancy.
Never staying here again. The area doesn't look safe either.
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Date of stay: July 2017
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: Make sure you get a room with bars on the windows if you end up staying here.
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s0k wrote a review May 2016
Toronto GTA60 contributions10 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Located 1km from Holiday Inn and near to almost everything you need for short stay.
Vincent is the nicest hotel owner you'll meet; informative and accommodating. I found the rooms rustic enough to be amusing, comfortable, spacious and yet not wasteful. Breakfast (included) is sufficient to sustain you for the morning, especially when enjoyed in the garden. The coco crispies were hysterically good.
If you're looking for security, independence, local and not the Holiday Inn, I'm you'll love this.
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Date of stay: May 2016Trip type: Travelled solo
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kmardel wrote a review Feb 2016
Rome, Italy28 contributions25 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
This hotel had great reviews and beautiful pictures. We were terribly disappointed to learn the real state of this hotel. The room was in complete disrepair: the faucet, the electrical outlets, the tv was broken, the light bulb was burned out, the closed off its hinge... etc etc. The floors were not cleaned well and had dust bunnies all over it. The linens, lamp shades, cushions looked like they had been left out in the rain and started to mold. The wall was starting to mold and our room (number 3) was directly in front of the reception desk and within the breakfast area, so you are woken up with the first guests coming for breakfast. The bathroom window also opens out to the garden so if you don't close it, everyone can see into it. We were incredibly disappointed. Maybe for $25 USD/night it would have been barely acceptable for $50 + parking. It was definitely not. For a little bit more, we could have gotten a room worlds apart from this one. If you don't trust me, look at my pictures of the place for your own opinion.
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Date of stay: February 2016
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jbonobo wrote a review Mar 2014
florida18 contributions8 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I almost didn't go hear because if the last review but I am glad I did. First, calling this a hotel is being a bit pretentious. It is really a B&B which is fine by me. It was a mansion once converted into 10 individual bedrooms with individual baths. Nothing fancy but very clean. It is very convenient to the downtown but as such fairly noisy. The rooms facing the courtyard are quieter than those facing the street. Breakfast is simple but adequate with fresh fruit, juice, coffee, tea, some cereals and loaf bread for toast. The nice touch is that they will make you a couple of eggs to order included with breakfast. Give me fresh fruit, toast and cooked to order eggs and I am a happy camper. I would recommend that the owners replace the margarine like spread they provide with some real butter. Mostly though it is the staff what would bring me back. I am sure I could find other places where the rooms were more updated and on a quieter street (maybe) but the owner and staff made me feel like I was among friends. A note to the german lady who wrote the last review. Alajuela? With all due respect, do you think I would be looking for a hotel in downtown San Jose if I were interested in staying in Alajuela?
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Date of stay: March 2014Trip type: Travelled solo
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Rodrea818 asked a question Feb 2019
Los Angeles, California4 contributions2 helpful votes
Do you have parking available for your guests? Is there any kind of shuttle service to and from the airport?
Answer from AnnieL808
Kent128 contributions35 helpful votes
We do not know about parking but it is worth checking with the very helpful owner. We got in a shuttle at the airport to the hotel. We had to leave at 6am the following day so we booked an Uber cab which was punctual and cheap,
Answer from traveller2148
West Midlands459 contributions118 helpful votes
Sorry, I was with a tour group so we had transport organised for us from the area. However, we did an excellent full day trip from the hotel (organised with a local firm) taking in La Paz volcano area, waterfalls & wildlife park and coffee growing plantation which I would thoroughly recommend. Pick up was from hotel - I am sure they would organise ot for you.
Patty B wrote a tip Oct 2019
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The front room is a bit noisy due to it being close to the gate. However this was a minor issue."
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Armrest dominance wrote a tip May 2019
London, United Kingdom24,971 contributions168 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"As for a garden view room"
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AnnieL808 wrote a tip Feb 2019
Kent128 contributions35 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Our room faced the road. A room at the back would be even quieter."
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Bernieclown wrote a tip Nov 2018
Phnom Penh, Cambodia43 contributions12 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Room downstairs next to the garden"
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random_hexamer wrote a tip Dec 2017
Chicago, Illinois66 contributions5 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"the second floor might have not consistent wi-fi, but is quieter and may offer a good view of the inner garden"
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Which popular attractions are close to Hotel Kekoldi Garden?
Nearby attractions include Galeria Namu (0.1 km), Spirogyra Butterfly Garden (0.4 km), and Havana Humidor Room (0.1 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Hotel Kekoldi Garden?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and breakfast buffet.
What food & drink options are available at Hotel Kekoldi Garden?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Hotel Kekoldi Garden?
Yes, a parking garage and paid private parking on-site are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Hotel Kekoldi Garden?
Conveniently located restaurants include Cafe Rojo, Restaurante Silvestre, and Restaurante El Patio Del Balmoral.
Is Hotel Kekoldi Garden located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.9 km away from the centre of San Jose.
Are pets allowed at Hotel Kekoldi Garden?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Hotel Kekoldi Garden?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, and French.
Are there any historical sites close to Hotel Kekoldi Garden?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Teatro Nacional Costa Rica (0.5 km), Ruinas de Ujarras (2.0 km), and Chepeteando/ San José a pie (0.5 km).
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