About This Listing
Hello. We live inside a coffee plantation, the house is furnished, 1-2 car garage, and it is perfect if you want.
•An area with local shops, bars and good restaurants.
•For seasonal rent or long term.
•Close location from/to the airport (15-20 minutes), shuttle service available forth, and back.
The price of the accommodation includes the following:
Electricity, gas cooker, water, Cable TV, Internet, house cleaning, garbage (not organic), clothes cleaning (negotiable), house & yard maintenance and transport from the airport.
•Wireless internet access
Public access, password required.
Shower (over bath). Help yourself to shampoo, conditioner, soap and shower gel. I provide two fresh bath towels in your bedroom.
There's a shared garden if you like to relax outdoors.
Santa Bárbara has restaurants, supermarkets stores and bus stops nearby.
Close to public transport access and proximity to the cities of Alajuela, Heredia and San José.
The house has an internal security alarm and we’ll share the same main gate. Santa Bárbara has a lower crime rate.
Well behaved pets are permitted BY PRIOR ARRANGEMENT at the cost of $35 per pet.
We don't own any pets, but the house it’s in a coffee plantation, so cats, dogs and other animals will come by occasionally. Please ask if this is a concern.
•Damages and Breakages
Please take care with our properties. You are responsible and liable for any breakages or damages which you cause to the accommodation or its contents.
***Please report these as soon as they occur.***
We do not normally charge for minor breakages, but we may send you an invoice for repair or making good if the damage or breakage is significant, and we may make an additional charge if you did not report this.
••••••• How to book successfully •••••••
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I take bookings up to maximum of 7 days in advance. You may book from 2 night to a maximum of 5 years stay 1-4 guests. If you have any questions at all, please contact me and I'll reply within 24 hours. I have directions for travel from the Airport and Important Information I can send to you easily, after booking; just ask.
CHECK IN AND OUT
Check-in is anytime after 12 midday. Check-out is anytime before 11am.
Visitors is acceptable, any damage to the house or property will be an extra charge to the guest. I request that there are no visitors from midnight through to 5am.
This is a non-smoking house. We are not smokers. Smokers can use the front entrance (with window’s room closed) garage, or the shared garden.
Our phone is only available for emergency or special use.
MY PRIVATE CONTACT DETAILS
You are welcome to pass my private contact details in advance to a friend or family member should they need to contact you in an emergency.
We had a lovely stay. The house had everything we needed and was very clean. Luis was there to meet us when we arrived at 7:30 in the morning. We asked if there was any place to eat near by and Luis and his mother offered instead to make us breakfast which was delicious. They made us feel very welcome. The only thing to be aware of is that the water shut off at about 8pm and returned on at about 1am accompanied by some noise in the bathroom for about 15 min. That being said I would definitely recommend this place to anyone looking to stay near the airport. Thanks Luis and Family :)
La casa es cómo se describe, salvo lo siguiente:
1. No había conexión WiFi. El anfitrión compartió con nosotros la conexión de su casa, pero para usarla eficientemente, teníamos que utilizar un equipo portátil en el jardín, frente a su casa. No podíamos trabajar con una cobertura adecuada desde nuestra casa. Es cierto que estuvo intentando que tuviésemos WiFi propia, pero no es menos cierto que no funcionaba cuando llegamos, y en todo un mes no lograron que funcionase.
2. El anuncio decía que había televisión, pero sólo estaba el cable. Dado que nosotros pensábamos quedarnos a vivir después en Costa Rica, compramos un televisor.
He de comentar que a Luis Carlos apenas lo vimos. Todo el contacto se dá principalmente con su madre, que es la que está todo el día en la casa. Son una familia correcta en el trato, pero muy estrictos con algunas normas de la casa, que no están escritas en ninguna parte. Por ejemplo, nos regañaron seriamente porque dejamos a los niños de 9 y 11 años solos un rato en la casa. Tanto es así, que no pudimos volver a dejarlos solos, bajo la amenaza de que nos denunciarían por abandonar a los niños.
Otro punto a tener en cuenta es que son muy estrictos a la hora de valorar los deterioros de la casa. Es de comprender que si rompes algo lo has de pagar, sin embargo hay cosas que parecen excesivas e incluso abusivas: Tuvieron en cuenta incluso si habíamos roto algún vaso. Al utilizar la cocina, se salió agua y entró en el interior del aparato por un agujero de óxido que tenía (evidentemente el agujero ya estaba allí cuando llegamos) Pues nos hicieron pagar toda la reparación. Había una cortina toda llena de zurcidos, de puro vieja. Se volvió a rasgar y mi mujer la volvió a zurcir. Aún así querían cobrármela.
Me cobró mucho dinero, y no tuvo en cuenta las reparaciones de fontanería y mobiliario que realicé, porque ya estaba mal cuando llegué.
Hay que tener en cuenta que, dado que la casa está en una plantación, hay hormigas todo el tiempo en el baño, y ocasionalmente, entran arañas e insectos en la casa.
También hay que tener en cuenta que, debido a las restricciones de agua de la zona, durante casi todo el día, la presión de agua es muy baja.
En cualquier caso, no todo es negativo. En una ocasión mi mujer enfermó, y tuve que acudir de urgencia al hospital. Entonces me ayudaron en llamar a una ambulancia, y se quedaron con los niños hasta que regresamos. Aunque teníamos poca intimidad, en esa ocasión su cercanía fue positiva, y su comportamiento correcto.
Si quieres desplazarte, queda muy lejos de todo. Para ir a San josé hacen falta un mínimo de 2 autobuses y una hora para ir más otra para volver.
Sospesando los pros y los contras, yo no volvería a ese alojamiento. No lo recomiendo.
La maison costaricienne de Luis carlos est un havre de paix au milieu de la ville. Elle est tres bien equipee avec tout le necessaire pour passer un court ou un long sejour. Elle nous a servi de base pour partir au Poas. Lui carlos ainsi que sa mere et le mari de celle ci nous ont tees bien accueillis et nous nous sommes senti comme chez nous. Le jardin de la propriete et immense, plante avec des cafeier et des orangers. Une adresse a recommander sans aucun doute.
The Costarican Typical House transaction was my first interaction with airbnd and with rental of a non-hotel vacation stay. I am very happy to share that the entire experience, from start to finish, was absolutely positive! The host, Luis Carlos, responds promptly and honestly to all messages communicated before, during, and after the trip.
Since minute one of our arrival to the house, my family and I were treated as one of the Muñoz Ramirez family members. Surprisingly, it felt as if we were reuniting from an extended period of time from not seeing each other. The host (and his family) will take time out from their scheduled activities to make you feel at home, provide recommendations, and even give you a personal tour of their city, nearby attractions, and insight to a true local experience.
I am very happy to have shared my visit to Costa Rica with such a loving, helpful, and considerate host. Thank you, LuisCa!
My husband, two friends of ours, and myself all had a wonderful stay with Luis and his family. Though we only stayed one night, Luis was so nice and communicated well before our arrival. His family was so kind and generous to offer us fresh fruit from their plantation, breakfast in the morning and the house had everything we needed. The shower was a little colder than we are normally used to, but it was not a problem because it was so warm there. We would definitely stay with Luis and his family again, they were so nice and very accommodating. We had a great time telling stories and getting to know Luis and the property for our one night stay. This is the perfect place to stay if you're looking for a place that is close to the airport or if you plan to explore San Jose.
We were excited to be here but were disappointed with the way that it turned out.
When we arrived on a Saturday, we were about an hour early. We didn't have a phone that made local calls, so I couldn't notify them. They were still cleaning and doing dishes when we got there, which is fine. However, five minutes after we got there, the water wasnt working for the house. Luis didn't seem too phased by this. I asked him if it was normal and he said no, and at he didn't know why there was no water, and left. So we had to walk around to find a store that sells water so we could cook, flush, etc.
The water came back on at 7 in the morning with this loud banging noise. When we arrived back at the house at 8 at night, the water was off again. I walked over to Luis's house but nobody came to the door. Luckily we had a car at this point so we drove around looking for a store that was open that late on a Sunday. The water came back on at 3 AM, waking everyone up with the loud banging noise. We investigated and realized the house uses a water barrel. And now that it was filling with water the pipes were banging against each other. After about 30 minutes of trying, we managed to silence it.
I had previously arranged our situation with Luis. My boyfriend and I would be there the first night with one of his friends who was leaving the next day. After his friend left, my boyfriends mother and brother would be coming to stay. He said this would be fine. 2 weeks before the trip, we found out that my boyfriends sister would be coming. I emailed Luis as soon as I found out asking how to pay the extra person fee, but never heard back.
On the last day, several people in my party asked if they needed to pay him. He said no, but then cornered me and told me i needed to pay him for the extra person. I didn't have any cash, and told him this is why I asked to pay ahead of time. He said he messaged me about paying in cash but there is no message in my BnB inbox. I told him we had to spend 50$ on water for the whole weekend and he said that it is my fault for not telling him about it (even though nobody was home and I didn't have a phone to contact him). He also questioned me about some people that came to pick up my boyfriends friend, sayIng that his mother thought i had 6 people spend the night because she saw them leave the house. Later in an email he said that the water was a city problem the first night and the second was because someone broke the toilet (nobody did). Overall, very disappointing.
About the Host, Luis Carlos
Hello, we are a family that live in a coffee plantation and we reconstructed this house for people who like to travel, study, work or need some comfortable place near to the SJO airport.
As host, we like to be funny, warm, and polite. Also we like to be an advisor host and help the guest to adapt quickly to our culture or help in the guest´s itinerary.
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