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Calle 31-33, Avenida Primera, #2985 Barrio Escalante, 300 Metros Al Este del Parqueo Trasero del Cine Magaly, San Jose 4988-1000 Costa Rica
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#17 of 98 B&Bs / Inns in San Jose
Hotel 1492 is a cozy hotel near downtown San José, with only 10 rooms you will feel this experience as if you are in your own house. Located in a safe residential area "Barrio Escalante", one of the first neighborhoods in the 1940's, with parking lot ideal for the passengers traveling with car, it is close to San Jose, downtown. Three words discribes our Hotel 1492 Peaceful, Art and History - come and stay with us!!! 12 excellent nearby restaurants, cinemas and shopping centers. Ideal for executives who visit Costa Rica for business or vacationing families. 10 conmfortable rooms that include cable TV, Wi-Fi, private bathroom with hot water, full a la carta breakfast served in the Typical Ranch surrounded by a beautiful green garden. Due to the very nice weather of San Jose, it is not needed the air conditioner, all our rooms have ceiling fans instead, hairdryer, phone, cable TV, security box. We coordinate transportation airport-hotel / hotel-airport car rental and tours for your enjoyment. We offer corporate rates for longer stays. We accept credit and debit cards.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Evening entertainment
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Airport transportation
Baggage storage
Car park
Breakfast available
Vending machine
Shuttle bus service
Car hire
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
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Ironing service
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Languages Spoken
English, Spanish


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Grade: 94 out of 100
115Restaurantswithin 0.5 km
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Jody G wrote a review Apr 2019
Toronto, Canada237 contributions115 helpful votes
Many complaints here. My room had no proper curtains and no screens in the windows.I want a dark room to sleep in and this room had no fan or AC.so its stuffy.In a country with tropical climate and bugs galore these are very basic requirements.Less of a problem was the tiny old tv my lap top screen is bigger.I had to ask for towels and a glass and was told I would have to pay 20USD for a fan. Clearly hospitality is really lacking here.Lastly the trains blowing their horn right outside every few minutes. Not my idea of. starting or ending a holiday. I came to this area for the food but will shop around for a hotel next time.
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Date of stay: April 2019Trip type: Travelled solo
Marcia H wrote a review Mar 2019
Carlsborg, Washington153 contributions53 helpful votes
Hotel 1492 was in a convenient location with lots of restaurants nearby. The staff was helpful and friendly. Our room was pretty small and didn't even have a chair, but there were nice sitting areas in the common areas. You can buy breakfast for an extra $5 (US) per person with three different options. We had breakfast and it was kind of mediocre. But the area where it was served was a nice little courtyard. The room had a window seat looking into our own private garden area, which you can't actually go into. But it was nice to see. The bathroom had a screened window which had tears in it and thus allowed bugs inside. It was an interesting place that felt a bit like being in Europe.
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Date of stay: February 2019
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Katharina S wrote a review Feb 2019
75 contributions13 helpful votes
Great value for money in this small, off-the-beaten track boutique hotel in San Jose's hip Barrio Escalante. Literally TONS of cafes, bars, restaurants within 5 minutes walking distance, in a safe neighborhood. Rooms are small and basic but clean, Wifi and TV work great.
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Date of stay: January 2019
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Trip type: Travelled with family
Mpls_Susan wrote a review Nov 2018
Minneapolis, MN55 contributions27 helpful votes
I generally love using small family owned places to stay. I don't expect 4 star accommodations, but I do expect at least a clean, non hazardous room. My first room: No water at all came out of hot water faucet. They came and made a show of looking at it, but clearly they knew about this issue. Lots of mold on walls in the room and on the shower curtain in the bathroom. Very dingy room overall. Modern TV worked fine. I complained about the room and they gave me a different room: Mold on wall in shower (not as bad as 1st room) Bathroom window broken and wont close. No screen on it. Hot water didnt last very long. Old tv. No remote. Volume button broken. Bed felt really damp. I luckily had a small blanket in my luggage and wrapped myself in that so I couldn't feel the damp bed. No place to put luggage but on floor. Door opens out...could become trapped in a fire. The next morning i told them I was checking out and they offered me another room that had 4 or 5 beds in it, and when I tested the water, there was no hot water so I refused it. They then offered me a 4th room but the current guest was still in it so I couldn't check it. After 3 rooms being unacceptable, I declined and asked for a refund for the 2 nights I wasn't going to stay there. I also asked for a refund of the 2 breakfasts I had paid for separate from the room. The desk person said she had to wait until the next day to do a refund as my payment from the day before hadn't registered yet (a lie) and to send her an email the next day. I sent the email and she told me because they offered me a 4th room and I declined they would not refund my money. They also did not refund my money for the 2 breakfasts I was not there to eat. Eating area: Dirty floor Dirty table Broken down rusty thing in garden Raggedy unkempt garden Muddy ground Whole place felt unclean and damp. This could be a charming hotel if they would clean it and fix the water problems. It is within 2 blocks of a lot of very good restaurants. I got very sick after staying in this hotel. I had been in Costa Rica for 9 days before staying here and I can't help but think sleeping in a damp bed and being exposed to mold and maybe some insect that flew in the broken, unscreened window had something to do with that. When I left here I went to KC Hotel which was the same $50 per night price and was very nice. The fact that the desk clerk told me she would refund my 2 nights and then the next day tell me they offered me a 4th room that I declined they wouldn't refund my money is nothing short of trickery and theft of my money.
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Date of stay: October 2018
Sleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: I checked 3 rooms in this hotel and none were habitable.
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becca62272 wrote a review May 2018
Houston, Texas29 contributions29 helpful votes
We arrived to the hotel on a Friday night and were greeted by Jorge, he checked us in, He put us in a room that had a large screen television from the 1990's the beds were very old and the bathroom had a urine smell. Jorge moved us to another room that was better. They gave us two towels and no towel for the floor. out of the 3 night we stayed only one day our room was cleaned, I really don't think that was in their control because that was the same morning that there was not hot water. We had to wait after breakfast to take a shower in order for the staff to fix the problem. The staff was very friendly and did their best under the circumstances of a very old hotel that has not updated their rooms. The breakfast served was very good, they give you three choices, We had the traditional costa rican breakfast, the Gallo Pinto was very good, and the fresh fruit was fresh, The coffee was o.k, we asked for milk and Jorge gave it to use without charging us. I would suggest to bring ear plugs because its near the train, you can hear the train whistle in the hotel. Also Calle 33, the gastronomy street is nearby very close to Pandelli, Sofia among other restaurants. The hotel only offers breakfast, they had snacks for sale at the reception at inflated prices ($3 for ramen noodles). The wifi is excellent
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Date of stay: May 2018
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: right side of the hotel away from the train tracks, and not the first room not he left.
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US$41 - US$63 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hotel 1492
Which popular attractions are close to Hotel 1492?
Nearby attractions include Banco Central de Costa Rica (0.3 km), National Museum Of Costa Rica (0.1 km), and Cine Magaly (0.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Hotel 1492?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Hotel 1492?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Hotel 1492?
Yes, free parking, a parking garage, and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Hotel 1492?
Conveniently located restaurants include Cafeoteca Coffee Shop, Limoncello, and Arbol de Seda.
Does Hotel 1492 have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Hotel 1492 offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Hotel 1492?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at Hotel 1492?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Hotel 1492?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Are there any historical sites close to Hotel 1492?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Teatro Nacional Costa Rica (1.3 km), Ruinas de Ujarras (1.4 km), and Chepeteando/ San José a pie (1.4 km).