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Hostel Casa Colon Reviews

Paseo Colon, 24th Street N, Next to Mercedes Tower, San Jose, Costa Rica

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88 Total Reviews
  • 88%Value For Money
  • 88%Security
  • 78%Location
  • 86%Staff
  • 80%Atmosphere
  • 91%Cleanliness
  • 85%Facilities

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Large, very clean hostel. Stayed in a dorm room that was clean though a bit loud from traffic outside (bring earplugs). The staff were very helpful and the wifi was very fast. There is no kitchen to use but there is restaurant options inside. It's about a ten minute walk to the Centro area which may be a disadvantage for some but I think it's quite nice - makes for a quieter area. Felt safe walking around in the evening, just use your common sense.

  • 29th Mar 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Canada
  • Female, 31-40
  • (1 review)


More of a hotel with bunk beds then hostel, but I had a really good stay. Located very close to the downtown, the hostel also has a seating area and a bar within if you fancy a quiet few at the hostel. A good place to stay, would recommend.


Casa Colon is conveniently located near the center of San Jose. Our flight got in late and by the time we made it to the hostel, it was already 3AM, however someone was at the desk, ready to check us in. We rented a private room which was clean, comfortable, had a bathroom and a plasma TV! The free breakfast is delicious so definitely make time for that. When we asked for eating recommendations, the staff was helpful, friendly and knowledgeable. Highly recommended! No need to look elsewhere.


Lovely building, reasonably cared for and modernised. Stayed in a dorm room which had a very squeaky door and one of the bunk beds made a lot of noise. Not great in a dorm room with the obvious human traffic. Could be easily sorted with a little maintenance. Soap dispensers are provided in the shared bathrooms but a lot were empty or broken. Again should be easily delt with by routine maintenance.


Great clean hostel!!!! Really close to Tica bus and scotia bank!!! I only stayed for a night but I would certainly go back!!!! More like a hotel!!!


Good hostel that looks like a hotel, with really good beds. We stayed in a 6-bed dorm in the back of the building, so it was quiet. Toilets & showers outside but near our room. Breakfast is NOT INCLUDED for dorm beds (it's 4$ extra). They kept our bags for free for a few hours. It's just 5-10mins from the main city centre pedestrian streets.


The place was really lovely designed. Not your typical backpacker place with such a formal breakfast room and felt the lounge - though very pretty - was a little uncomfortable to hang around in. However, there are lots of little spots around the hostel that you can sit yourself down on and the beds were truly great. Friendly staff too. Would have loved some hooks in the bathroom.


Great place to stay. Staff was awesome and location is great. Close to the Tica Bus terminal is a plus.


This hostel is extremely loud being on the main street. Not having a kitchen or even fridge to place chilled items in is really poor. The shower area was dirty and the showers I see didn't drain properly, leaving you to stand in two inches of water.


Great place to stay if you need to get to the Norte Atlantico/transporte Cobano bus. Cheap and quick taxi, but also easy to walk. The hostel is really easy to spot from the city bus from the airport. It can be a little loud in the rooms that face the main street. Ear plugs :) Overall its a good hostel, I've stayed twice and would do so again.


Its worth the money


Beautiful place. Felt like a hotel. Shared dorms were good too. Comfiest beds of my whole 2 month trip. Food is yummy and very reasonable. The shared bathrooms and showers are small and takes a while for the water to heat up but all eco-friendly.


We had booked a transport through them from airport to the hostel. However after we landed there was no pick guy, so we called then abs they said that some one messed up the time but the guy is on his way he will be there in 10 mins. After 20 mins we called and he said the guy is coming... We waited for an hour and called few times and thru kept saying he is in the way. Finally they said the driver 'can't' come anymore.. And it was 1am. We got ripped off by a taxi guy who brought us.


Great place to stay with a great location. Close to the airport as well as the bus stops.


If "Breakfast included" it should be without any extra charge. Guest kitchen would be nice


This hotel was far nicer that I would have ever expected. It is an old house that his been converted. It is very beautiful and very clean. The staff is friendly and it's easy to get to by bus from the airport. Walking time to downtown is about 5 minutes. The only thing to warn you about (in case you believe in these sorts of things)... it seems to be haunted.


This has to be the best hotel I have stayed in. Huge place, close to all the bus terminals. Don't miss it.


Room pretty smelly and the lights from outside would reflect inside the room at night and you could hear the people talking and laughing at night from the lavatory of the WC area. No power plugs inside the room, that was very unconfortable when needed to charge batteries!! Staff very nice and helpful.


It's very well run, very clean, and very nice for a hostel, bordering on hotel nice. Dorm is on a busy a street corner where buses and cars run from late night to early morning and walk to bathroom is through common area and dining room.


The hostel overall was pretty good. Very clean and nice. It's also a restaurant. The general atmosphere is a quiet one. It's really a place to eat, sleep and have your own quiet time. 15 minutes walking distance to Alfraro; the bus station to go to Tamarindo - which is why I chose this hostel. It's also close to several other stations. One thing though: breakfast is only included in private rooms, not in dorms. Booking through hostel world it simply said breakfast included.

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