Luxury Living for Peanuts! ARENAL

House - Private room · San Rafael de Escazu, San Jose, Costa Rica
Your host, Liza
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The ARENAL room

This room is quite large, at 12 feet X 13 feet, with a private bathroom. with seven other bedrooms that serve various needs and price ranges.

Please see our other seven listings as well and over 125 positive reviews:


GARDEN # 266401 on airbnb

The Residence and Neighborhood:

Bed and Breakfast for short term guests or longer term with kitchen privileges. This beautiful home is in an upscale, safe neighborhood of Trejos Montealegre, Escazu (about 8 km, 15 minute bus ride from downtown San Jose) has 9 rooms to meet different budgets and needs regarding time. Stay for 2 days, or 2 months, perhaps longer.

There are restaurants in the immediate neighborhood, movies, shopping center, medical/dental offices, hospital, Spanish lessons, grocery stores all within a short walk or taxi ride.

No heating or air conditioning needed in the Central Valley. All rooms have ceiling fans and this is good enough for room temperature control.

The GARDEN Room is small, but cute, with a private bath, one of our two most economical, all the amenities on a cozy scale. Door opens into the garden. There is Internet in the room and at a covered table just outside for gathering or working with Internet. Guests have been offered larger rooms but have chosen this one! This room is appropriate for only one person, with a TWIN BED.

The DELIGHT room is a comfortable 13 ft X 13 ft room with a private bath and a QUEEN BED. Sleeps two comfortably.

The MTN VIEW room is an even larger room than the DELIGHT with a shared bath and a QUEEN BED and TWIN BED. It is a "favorite" of many guests because it has a view of the lovely Escazu hills and is sunny and pleasant all year 'round. The one other person who shares the bathroom is usually out and on her way by 6:30 AM, 7:30 AM on week-ends, so it is almost like having your own bathroom.

The GRAND room is a huge room with jacuzzi (see photo)
It has a QUEEN BED and a SOFA or TWIN BED. Sleeps 3 comfortably with space to put more mattresses on the floor for friendly folks.

Weekly and monthly rates available. Guests are welcome for medical/dental tourism, internships, transition times, relocation exploration, international telecommuting or ???

International telecommuters wanted! Be in Costa Rica while on the job, then go off to explore after work!
House enabled with Internet infrastructure to meet the stringent business/work needs. Multiple Broadband high speed Modems and Routers enabling Wi-fi and wired connections in the rooms and throughout the house. We do our best to keep you connected 24/7 and we are (usually) successful!

All rooms nicely furnished with new high end mattresses. Movies galore! Books galore! Sunny garden. Wi-fi for free throughout the home, laundry service, maid service available. Near Multiplaza, hospitals, ...most everything you need!
Taxi service from the airport can be arranged in advance ($30).
Tours available.

Great connections/referrals for your medical and dental needs at a fraction of the cost of the U.S. or Canada but with equal, perhaps superior quality. Ask us for details.

2 adorable cats are OUTSIDE ONLY.

Separate listings with calendars have been created for the other rooms mentioned above. The calendars are updated usually on a daily basis. Please write if you have questions and/or specific needs.

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Thursday, 17 October 2013

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Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $245 /week
Monthly Price: $875 /month
Security Deposit: $200
Check In: 2:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Cat(s)
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • LIza is a very nice host.She helps in everything her spanish style house is cozy and confortable espacially for us from colder country.We can take some rest in a (email hidden)era are also many english books including some guides about Costa Rica.,not to mention guests from other countries .

    July 2014
  • We enjoyed our 32 days at Liza's place. Her house is a central and convenient hub where we can take the public buses to everywhere around Costa Rica. We were within walking distance to Walmart, the farmer's market, and local supermarkets to buy our groceries. Everything that you need is within walking distance. Liza is a very nice, reliable and indispensable host. We were very happy with our stay!

    June 2014
  • Thank you Liza!
    You have an amazing place that was perfect for my much needed get away. I wish I had enough time to get one of your world famous massages (that everyone raved about); but maybe next time.

    I booked my room site unseen and I was more than pleased when I arrived. My room was quiet, clean, with a tv, fan and wonderfully sized bathroom with clean towels. The two outside cats were soooo sweet and friendly!!! Thank you for showing me around and making your home feel like my home for the 9days. You are really a sweet lady and I appreciate your kindness more than you know.

    I loved the nice blend of people in the house during my stay which was nice to share trips with them too (to cut cost). Carlos is a really nice driver and he knows a lot about Costa Rica an will take you anywhere you wanna go (and very trustworthy). Thank you for the good energy and positive vibes...they were much needed. Until next time *Etta

    January 2014
  • A wonderful host and an unbeatable price for the swankest part of all of San Jose. Convenient to grocery stores if you want to cook and eat cheap, but equally close to a ritzy mall with movie theater and expensive food and clothes. Whichever you prefer, and the host is super diligent in helping you with any questions you might have!

    January 2014
  • Immense maison, les nouvelles chambres sont neuves, très confortables, très très propres. Liza habite au Costa Rica depuis plusieurs années et est très attentive à ses invités. Les autres résidents sont plutôt des américains, séjournant parfois ici pour du long terme. A savoir : Escazu est une banlieue de San José résidentielle chic = maisons gardées associées à des centres commerciaux. Si vous cherchez un quartier vivant et tipiquement tico, passez donc votre chemin. Si vous voulez séjourner dans un environnement extrèmement safe pour travailler ou faire des excursions à la journée avec un guide, vous êtes au bon endroit.

    December 2013
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University of Costa Rica, Framingham State College
Professor of English, Massage Therapist, Guest house owner
I have had many adventures (with what seems to be endless travel along with life experiences) and these adventures continue in Costa Rica. I had a guest house in San Francisco and I would love to welcome you to my home here in Escazu, Costa Rica for a short or longer stay. This home was picked and decorated with YOU in mind! Since arriving in Costa Rica in 2002, I have been a teacher specializing in English for Specific Purposes and English for Business Purposes which is very interesting because I get to learn a lot about all kinds of fields. Some of my students, along the way, have come from banking, nutrition, medicine, finance, small business, diplomacy, etc. I had an interesting time getting two Master's of Education simultaneously, one from the University of Costa Rica and one from Framingham State College. In 2010, I taught at EARTH University in Guacimo Costa Rica where they teach sustainable farming, so this city girl learned a lot about farming and I have gotten very interested in issues around farming and other matters about sustainability. I have also been a massage therapist for nearly 20 years, something I am very passionate about. Since June 2011, this very interesting house has had people who have come from India, Pakistan, France, England, Poland, Serbia, Russia, Switzerland, England. Germany, Reunion, Colombia, Argentina, Ecuador, Panama, Nicaragua, New Zealand, Canada, the U.S., and others. We just never know who might show up! Sometimes we have eight countries represented at the table, and yet, often there are unexpected and interesting connections. It is a house filled with blessings! I hope you will join us and continue the adventure!
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