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“Old School Costa Rica Hotel, real character”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Hotel Castillo

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Hotel Castillo
Ranked #43 of 85 Hotels in San Jose
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“Old School Costa Rica Hotel, real character”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2012

I have been staying at the Castillo for years now and am always greeted with open arms and kind words. Terrific staff, good location above the city in bario amon where you will find various types of entertainment, dining and clubs, plenty of nightlife. The rooms in the main building are turn of the century with wood floors, high ceilings and ceiling fans in most. Hot water is plentiful, beds comfortable and the maids keep the old lady clean. If you are looking for a bit of off the beaten path adventure, I highly recommend the Castillo, it's a true classic.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled solo
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Hong Kong
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2011

Hotel Castillo is a nice little hotel in the Barrio Amon district. Clean well appointed rooms in a peaceful setting, coupled with great service make this hotel an excellent choice for those who want to stay in this area and get a good deal at the same time. Perhaps more geared towards the single male adventure traveller than for families, as it is within easy walking distance to many of the cities' more exotic pursuits.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled solo
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Antioch, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2011

From the moment I made my reservation to the day I left the service was just outstanding.The staff will make you feel right at home making sure all your needs are met. I had a very pleasant stay and would book again on my next trip. Keep up the good work

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled solo
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San Antonio de Pereira, Colombia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 191 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2011

Hotel Castillo has been a favorite of mine since 2005. The hotel is nothing fancy, just plain and comfortable. The rooms are clean, and the manager and staff treat guests like family. For the room rates I pay, it is one of the best bargains in San Jose. I particularly enjoy the camaraderie of the other guests over breakfast and at the adjacent bar. I highly recommend it.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled with friends
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Punta Arenas, Costa Rica
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2011

Despite the previous reviewers thoughts, I decided to stay at the Castillo.
And if a Hilton style experience is what ur after, then skip this hotel and many others in the San Jose area, unless you have a lot of room on your credit cards...this one was great value.
I had a room in the rear motel style unit last weekend (#17) then this weekend, (#4 and #3), and in each case the bed was comfortable, supportive, and clean...the showers were large, and with ample hot water, free shampoo too was a nice touch, the tvs, phone (free local calls) and security all functioned great. The front desk staff were very helpful, and I did enjoy the included breakfast of hard boiled eggs (huevos duro) gallo pinto, toast, fruits, and hot coffee. The best part was meeting and chatting with other visitors who had traveled throughout the country and trusted the Castillo to be their beginning and end points. There is free wifi throughout, and computer access in the reading lounge, as well, the hotel is very central and taxi rides were between $2 and $5 most times.
I will be very happy to return, and as the price was about $45US per nite..it was a great value. As to the lack of bottled water, the front desk will arrange to get some in (for a small fee) or you do have a small fridge in most rooms, and the mercado (grocery store) isn't far.There is a friendly bar at the back and a very good thai themed restaurant providing lunch and dinners. I tried the pad thai and terriyaki chicken..both good and not dried out.
3 cheers for the Castillo Hotel!

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled on business
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Additional Information about Hotel Castillo

Property: Hotel Castillo
Address: Avenida 9 y Calle 9, San Jose 10000, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of San Jose > San Jose Metro > San Jose
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #43 of 85 Hotels in San Jose
Price range (per night): ₹ 2,955 - ₹ 5,204
Number of rooms: 29
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Guests who check-in starting January 15th at the Castillo Hotel will notice many changes from the previous hotel property. Along with a new third floor, the fully remodeled Castillo is equipped with balcony suites offering an outstanding view of the upscale Barrio Amon neighborhood. Three of the penthouse suites open onto 4th floor rooftop decks. Additions to the property bring the number of rooms to 29, of which at least 15 rooms will be open by January 15th. Consistent with the design of the original Castillo, the remodeling reflects the 19th century style of the privileged Costa Rica coffee barons, complete with wood paneled floors in the bedrooms and tiled common areas. Each room has been fully refurnished with Ashley Furniture, including a Simmons Beautyrest pillow-top mattress. ... more   less 

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