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Hostel Gran Imperial

11/06/2017 12/06/2017
1 room 2 adults 0 children
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Oslo, Norway
Reviewed 15 April 2016 via mobile

The hostel is located very central, facilities are very clean and the security is on point which I was very happy about considering that San Jose is pretty sketchy. One point that I would like to particularly emphasize is the helpfulness & kindness of Jose who works at the reception: he did everything to help and definitely went the extra...

Thank Matilda C
santa barbara
Reviewed 28 January 2016 via mobile

Not really much like a hostel. More like a cheap hotel. My bed in a dorm room was $18 but would have been $14 if they had any other guests to put in it. The girl at the reception desk could neither speak Spanish slowly enough to be understood, or write legibly. (No English spoken). Not very helpful either. Had...

Thank johomama
Walla Walla, Washington
Reviewed 25 January 2016

I arrived late Sunday night on the bus I was spent and told myself the first hostile I see is where I will stay. A short walk from the station was the Gran imperial. When I went in I was expecting an expensive price ,to my surprise it was under $ 20.00 us. The staff is very helpful and the...

Thank gobot1901
Stockholm, Sweden
Reviewed 15 October 2015

Decent and quite large hostel hiding behind small steel gate that is not completely obvious from the street when there is much people on the street. Good kitchen and common area. We had a nice and clean room with a good TV set. Walls are thin, you will here traffic and noise from the street even if you are in...

Thank Johan B
Hollywood, Florida
Reviewed 17 March 2015

Clean, safe, friendly staff, great location to bus terminals and downtown. Computer lists price at $22 a single but I paid less than $18 in colones. There are 3 free computers and a kitchen if you chose to cook. food can disappear from the fridge. backpackers should really skip CR it has become to pricey.

Thank bikedave5
Reviewed 14 December 2014 via mobile

Stayed here for 1 night. It is close to the busstation from the airport and close to other terminals to leave the next day. Service was good and friendly. Rooms were secure as was the hostel. Though there were men selling things in front of the door so sometimes difficult to pass. Rooms were okay. Television with a lot of...

Thank katrienvhs
Reviewed 23 November 2014

The rooms were fairly clean, bed ok, but the walls are really thin and there were some slanted vents at the top of the wall next to the hallway which let in light and more noise... The staff seemed ok - the guy in the morning was very helpful guiding us to the bus stop for the airport and telling...

Thank Duffer87
Reviewed 9 August 2014

I used Imerial twice while in San Jose. This of course, is a hostel not a hotel and you´ll get what you pay for. The whole business is family run, meaning it´s a family that runs it for the owners. The price is awesome, since I stayed for a few days I got a discount on my room I also...

Thank Jack Mikkel R
Calgary, Canada
Reviewed 10 February 2014

For the price (8000 Colones, or 16 USD; single), you can not beat it. You are right in the center of town. Two markets and street vendors allow travelers the option of cooking a nice meal in the high quality kitchen. The rooms are clean and simple, and the showers have hot water. A rare luxury for backpacker priced accommodation...

1Thank Scott D
Matagalpa, Nicaragua
Reviewed 23 December 2013

You cannot find a cheaper place in San José with the amazing location of this hostel. The place is simple and without any decoration, the beds are small and the appearence is not like a warm place, but you can have a private room for US$14 dollars, in front of the central market, where you can have very good food...

4Thank Freddy M

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The hostel has been completely renovated and its daily supervision of its owners, makes the service be as good as being home! Just in the heart of downtown San Jose, across the Central Market makes it an unique place to stay, the site and easy access to all its surroundings, bus stations and airport is comfortable for all travelers and visitors. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Hostel Gran Imperial

Address: First Avenue, 8th Street | just across the west side of the central market, San Jose 1914-1000, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of San Jose > San Jose Metro > San Jose
Price Range: €18 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Hostel Gran Imperial 2*
Number of rooms: 30
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“farther back in you get less road noise”
bikedave5, 17 Mar 2015 | Read review
“If you want the view of the street, the hotel has rooms facing the streets. I do believe the noise-levels are about the same all over, but it´s part of the experience of this place.”
jackmikkelr2016, 9 Aug 2014 | Read review
“They have different rooms for a slight increase in cost.”
23scottd, 10 Feb 2014 | Read review
“ask for a room away from the balcony. it can get noisy”
bikedave5, 21 Sep 2013 | Read review
“you just bring you a couple of beers and you sleep out like a child”
DavidF924, 29 Jan 2013 | Read review
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