On a quiet side street in the Barrio Amón neighborhood, five adjacent wooden homes have been joined in an intricate maze of hallways and courtyards to create one of the best budget hotels in the country. The courtyards and hallways overflow with mature trees, tropical flowers, and potted ferns. These lead to quiet nooks for reading and a half-dozen or so common areas where guests gather to trade travel tales and play board games. Rooms vary greatly in size but most feature high ceilings and handsome antique wood or tile floors. A massive buffet breakfast with regional dishes is served each morning and the staff couldn’t be more accommodating and helpful. The only downside: Some of the nearly century-old walls in these homes are fairly thin, so noise can be a problem.
San Jose, Costa Rica
San Jose, Costa Rica› Hotel
Calle 19, btw. avs. 11 and 13
Our Rating Neighborhood Downtown San Jose Phone 2256-1825 Prices $40 double w/shared bathroom; $524 6–$66 double w/private bathroom; $75 superior, includes breakfast buffet. Units 35 units, 6 with shared bathroom Amenities Amenities: Free breakfast buffet, free WiFi, some free parking Web site Hotel Aranjuez
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