Mi Casa Hostel

Address: Sabana Norte, San Jose, Province of San Jose, \N, Costa Rica | Hostel
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This hostel, located on Sabana Norte, San Jose, is near Templo de la Musica, INBioparque, Aventuras la Carpintera, and Galeria Ocelote.
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          • Free High-Speed Internet
          • Kitchenette
          • Free parking
          • Pets allowed


          • Shuttle bus service
          • Continental Breakfast

          TravelPod Member ReviewsMi Casa Hostel San Jose

          Reviewed by mbryred

          A decent hostel, especially for hardier, not picky guests

          Reviewed Nov 24, 2016
          by (15 reviews) Hillsboro , United States Flag of United States

          Thursday 11/17: This is night one, and I give the place 2 stars. I was able to find it and Pablo was 5 star in his welcoming and accommodating me. It's just that when I walked into a dorm room, exhausted, to find 3 bunk beds and the bathroom right outside my door is shared... I was quite underwhelmed. I hope my opinion improves after I'm rested up, fed and watered tomorrow.

          Friday , day 1: The extra beds provide nice areas for organizing: laundry, medicine chest, pantry.... Then I did a walk through and met Eric on duty, saw what a beautiful patio they have, pool table (which was covered last night for a party), nice TV lounge room and kitchen with a 2 gallon pot of house coffee. I'm having a cup now. It's a bit earthy flavored, but I do like it. I forgot to ask about doing laundry.

          Saturday, day 2: It rained heavy last night and I had to move my bed away from the wall which had water running down it. Pablo said he would let the boss know today. I've gotten quite fond of having 3 bunk beds.

          Sunday, day 3 It's been a great 24 hours as I spend the mornings in my room, enjoying the pot of coffee that's ready at 8 am, and really settling in here. I boss was on duty when I was heading out yesterday afternoon and steered me next door to the "Gastro Artt" pizza (and more. Look them up on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/gastro.artt). It's run by a couple of young ladies, one from Spain and one local. Then I walked towards city center (east, southeast) in what turned into a pouring rain. The boss said it would be a 15 minute walk, but it took me 30 minutes just to get to Scotia Bank, where I holed up, dried off some, got some Colons from the ATM and a nice machiatto. Now, this morning, there's some sunlight and I hear the birds singing.

          Well, here I am, my last evening here and the place really has become like home. Use the fridge and stove and public facilities as you please, people friendly and helpful... and I can't say enough good about Gastro Artt next door. I've now eaten there 4 times, twice it cost 4,800 Colons for the Executive meal. Today when I walked in they were making some curried pork and asked if I'd like some. Great, healthy, delicious meal, 3,500 Colons (less than $7!) The chef is from Spain and from all I see of them and some decor, I suspect they have a Harley Davidson nearby. Wonderful experience here in San Jose, in great part due to Mi Casa and Gastro Artt!

          This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.

          TripAdvisor Reviews Mi Casa Hostel San Jose

          4.00 of 5 stars Excellent

          Travel Blogs from San Jose

          Hurricane Otto

          A travel blog entry by mbryred on Nov 24, 2016

          When I went to bed, (it's now 5:40 Am, Thursday 'Thanksgiving Day') the news said that Otto had picked up strength and was again a hurricane headed for the Costa Rica/Nicaragua border. From what I could see, even around 'my' airport this afternoon/evening, we could be seeing about 5" of rain and winds around 70 mph. Of course on the one hand, I …

          My last day (this time) in Costa Rica

          A travel blog entry by mbryred on Nov 23, 2016

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          And the most restful. I've slept, or tried to, on and off throughout the day. Ate twice at Gastro Artt. Went for short walk after each meal. This evening I went to the nearby am/pm and bought a few granola bars, a 32 oz Gatrorade powder packet (those for tomorrow's traveling) and a banana. Despite being here almost a week now, I still haven't …

          An exhausting few days

          A travel blog entry by mbryred on Nov 21, 2016

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          So, both yesterday and today involved hopping the bus to San Antonio de Belen for lunch and visiting with my Costa Rican family. Exhausting physically because I'm walking so much more than usual, and eating less.... Exhausting mentally due some to my rusty Spanish and some due to overload as I try to process all that's happened and is happening. …

          A restful, rainy day finished, a new day begun

          A travel blog entry by mbryred on Nov 20, 2016

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          So yes, I got out of here yesterday, in the afternoon, again, and had a late brunch next door at the Gastro Artt. Quite unusual but fun place, people and food. I asked for a mango smoothie and they steered me to a mint leaf one instead. It was delicious, and cost 1300 Colons. I asked what size the 5000 Colon ($10) pizza was and they showed me a pan …

          A rainy day

          A travel blog entry by mbryred on Nov 19, 2016

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          We got a downpour last night, some of which (a little) came into my room through a leak in the ceiling. Oh, more pluses though for Mi Casa. Maybe I'm used to China but it's so nice not to have to take your own toilet paper with you, but they have a big roll dispenser and even a paper towel dispenser which suggests using forearm to dispense. Nice!< …