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Avenida 2 Calle 28 100m south Pizza Hut Paseo Colon, in front of the Garbo Room, San Jose 10101 Costa Rica
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#3 of 124 Speciality lodging in San Jose
Flying in or out of San Jose? Don't miss the opportunity to see the city!! At Aldea, we are perfectly situated to allow our guests to experience all the best the city has to offer while staying in a hostel of hotel quality. Located just off Paseo Colon, we are within walking distance of the Costa Rican Art Museum, National Museum of Costa Rica, National Theater, and central market, where you can experience the authentic hustle and bustle of locals shopping for food and goods. If you'd rather spend your time outdoors, we are a short 5 blocks from the large La Sabana Metropolitan Park. Here you'll find beautiful mountain views, a small lake, playground, and plenty of open space and walking paths, as well as the National Stadium. You may even get lucky and have the opportunity to watch a futbol game! The accommodations at Aldea match the luxuries of the city, too. Located inside a stunning Victorian mansion, we offer private rooms and dorms where you can relax in style. Each private room features a vaulted ceiling and ceiling fan, full bathroom with hot water, small closet, TV, and free wifi. Dorms include lockers and a shared bath inside the room, and free coffee is available for all guests each morning. For those who want to socialize with travelers from around the world, there is an outdoor kitchen and garden, spacious lobby with plenty of seating, and an attached restaurant and bar. With so much to see and do, you don't want to miss San Jose. So book your stay with us today!
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fumanchu1968 wrote a review Nov 2019
Playa Camaronal, Costa Rica9 contributions1 helpful vote
I’ve been living in Costa Rica on the coast for 18 years now and for the past five years when I go to San Jose I stay at Hostel Aldea. I find that it is extremely comfortable and the staff is super friendly. It’s like staying at home. The restaurant is also excellent. I recommend this place for backpackers and for people who are looking for a nice quiet and comfortable stay.
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Travelled solo
Jane M wrote a review Aug 2019
Oxford, United Kingdom185 contributions90 helpful votes
We took a group of 15 to Aldea Hostel at the end of a three week trip. It was the best hostel we visited in Costa Rica. Comfortable beds, warm showers and a great atmosphere. Lots of hang out areas, well equipped kitchen area and coffee on tap! The situation is very central, easy walk to shops and restaurants. Really great service, could not recommend enough. Curfew is 11pm. A really beautifully decorated, interesting building. Clean everywhere, rooms and communal areas. Outside space too.
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Date of stay: July 2019Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from hars_12, Guest Relations Manager at Aldea San Jose
Responded 4 Sep 2019
Thank you for the review, Jane! It was a pleasure having your group stay at Aldea! We are proud to be called the best hostel in Costa Rica, and we take great pride in providing clean and comfortable lodgings, efficient amenities and the quintessential ¨Pura Vida¨ atmosphere! Aldea Hostel is our pride and joy, and the spirit of the house is enlivened by the adventurers passing through! Thank you again for staying with us, and we hope to see you soon! Ser you soon!
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akebonolove wrote a review Jan 2019
Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo, Japan20 contributions8 helpful votes
The place is dirty and very noisy (window cannot be fully closed) in a terrible location (think homeless and drug addicts) with a manager who clearly has given up. I got an expensive private room where the shower a) didnt work properly and b) had wires exposed. As I didnt want to electrocute myself I asked staff to fix it. Their Turkish manager never bothered to even talk to me until his staff had given up trying to fix the problem. There was coffee in the morning but no cups no cream and no sugar which echos exactly how uninviting the whole place is - stay away!! 場所は明らかにあきらめているマネージャーと一緒にひどい場所(ホームレスと麻薬中毒者と思う)で汚れていて非常に騒々しい(ウィンドウを完全に閉じることができない)。 私はシャワーがa)正しく機能せず、b)ワイヤーが露出している高価な個室を手に入れました。 私は自分自身を感電消毒したくなかったので、私はそれを修正するようにスタッフに依頼しました。 彼のスタッフが問題を解決しようとすることをあきらめるまで彼らのトルコ人のマネージャーは私に話すことさえ煩わさなかった。 午前中はコーヒーがありましたが、カップもクリームも砂糖もありませんでした。
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Date of stay: January 2019
Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: Dont ever come here!
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Response from hars_12, Public Relations Manager at Aldea San Jose
Responded 6 Feb 2019
Hello, we're sorry you were not satisfied with your stay at Aldea. First of all, please kindly understand that San Jose is the capital city of Costa Rica so naturally it will be be sometimes noisy at night, that is beyond our control. Secondly, we are sorry you did not like the location. Many of our guests find Aldea to be in a very safe neighborhood and are quite comfortable not just in our hostel but in the surrounding area and very seldom do they report issues with the locals. As for our manager, we recall that he was quite willing to help address the situation you brought to our attention, but stepped away as soon as you quite aggressively informed him that any further attempts to help would escalate the situation. Naturally, he stepped aside lest your threats manifest themselves Lastly, if we recall correctly, the issues you brought to the attention of our staff were eventually resolved in your favor yet you still continued to berate our staff. While we understand it can be frustrating when service at a hotel, restaraunt, etc. does not meet expectations, it seems quite futile to us to continue creating problems once the issues at hand have been resolved. Regardless, you are always welcome back at Aldea, we would just please ask that next time you come in the true spirit of pura vida and have a more cooperative attitude when dealing with our staff here and wherever else your travels may take you. Safe travels and pura vida!
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Lisa wrote a review Jan 2019
46 contributions49 helpful votes
We chose Aldea as it was close to where we were picking up our rental car. It is great value for money especially with a yummy breakfast of pancakes and fresh fruit included. Being able to watch a Netflix movie in the lounge was an added bonus.
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Date of stay: January 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
Response from hars_12, Propietario at Aldea San Jose
Responded 29 Jan 2019
We are glad you enjoyed yourself here! Here at Aldea we pride ourselves on offering our guests a good, central location in the city of San Jose along with a nice place to eat both breakfast and dinner (we are glad you enjoyed The Corner Pizzeria!) and a spot to watch a movie or two all for a reasonable price. We hope if your travels ever bring you back to San Jose you will consider stopping by again, as our doors are always open to you! Safe travels and pura vida!
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Jody G wrote a review Jan 2019
Toronto, Canada237 contributions115 helpful votes
My room did have a large private bathroom, but with missing windows it was so loud sleep was impossible 4 nights out of 7. The house is very old so voices carry throughout the place. The bed was so hard it was like sleeping on the floor, with lumpy empty pillows. No housekeeping during the 7 nights. Moldy counter in the bathroom. The area in town has only crappy fast food outlets from North America. I don't eat any of it, so had long treks for something decent to eat. Bad breakfasts not good coffee. Will stay in another part of town next time I go to San Jose
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Date of stay: December 2018
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Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: choose a different place all together, unless you are a 20 something backpacker.
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Response from hars_12, Manager at Aldea San Jose
Responded 10 Jan 2019
Hi Jody, it was a pleasure to have your visit. Firstly, we regret the lack of cleanliness, it was our fault to not have shown you how the service works; according to our hostel policies, we can not enter the room without your authorization that is why each room has a paper sign which you must place on the door each time you require cleaning, we accept responsibility and apologize. On the other hand, Aldea hostel is an old house, it is part of its attraction being a one hundred year old mansion. We believe that your comments are personal point of view and we respect them, but they are not the reality. We apologize for the interior noise, sometimes we have late check ins who take some time to settle in and the house is made of wood and those are things that are out of our hands. For future reference, kindly inform the front desk reception of any noise disturbances. And also your comments about the windows very helpful to us as we continue to renovate and make improvements to the old building. Regarding the outside noise, we are actually in a quiet part of the city considering our location and enforce quiet hours every night. When staying in the center of the city however you will always have a certain amount of noise from the traffic. The coffee we serve in Aldea is not a mere gourmet coffee, it is the kind of coffee you would like to try in any Costa Rican house, we are proud of it, and we regret that it has not been to your liking. In the same way we appreciate your feedback, and your confidence in choosing us. If you need help in any other occasion Aldea has the doors open for you. Safe travels
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Frequently Asked Questions about Aldea San Jose
Which popular attractions are close to Aldea San Jose?
Nearby attractions include Correos de Costa Rica (0.3 km), Templo de la Musica (0.3 km), and Cementerio General de San José (0.5 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Aldea San Jose?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Aldea San Jose?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Aldea San Jose?
Conveniently located restaurants include Restaurante Grano de Oro, Aqui Es, and Lubnan.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Aldea San Jose?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, German, and Turkish.
Are there any historical sites close to Aldea San Jose?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Teatro Nacional Costa Rica (1.6 km), Ruinas de Ujarras (3.0 km), and Chepeteando/ San José a pie (1.5 km).