A spacious house in a great neighborhood. A 5 minute walk from Paco Plaza in Escazu. Included with your room is a color TV w/cable and wifi, linens and towels. A great, shared gourmet kitchen (all American appliances) w/a big garden/yard, living room
Welcome to The Tiger's Den. I hope you'll enjoy your stay with me in breezy, sunny San Rafael de Escazu.
My name is Jilla, but almost everyone calls me Tiger. My house is about a block from Fresh Market at Paco Plaza. This is a secure gated community with a guard at the entrance at all times. It's a five minute walk to a great gym and about a 15 minute walk to a great pool. We're about 20 minutes from the center of San Jose and 25 minutes from the main SJ airport (Juan Santamaría International Airport). We're also about 20 minutes from the Tobías Bolaños International Airport airport in Pavas.
Provided with the cost of your bedroom are towels and linens, and a private or shared shower w/hot water, in room color TV and cable, plus high speed wireless internet.
I enjoy sharing my space with people who are easy-going, neat, healthy, or at least interested in getting healthy, non-tobacco smokers.
You will have access to the whole house (excluding my bedroom/upstairs private terrace and art studio) including the kitchen, living room with fireplace, dining room, an outdoor bar/BBQ area, that includes a 5th full bathroom and washer and dryer, a refrigerator and running water and seating for several people.
I have a big yard with a patio, tropical plants surrounding a bar/BBQ area. The garden offers the perfect environment to read, eat, or simply relax or meditate. The bar is also a nice dry place to watch the rain in front of the fireplace during the rainy season.
There's a dining room and a large eat in kitchen with all American-style appliances including a dishwasher. There is a large living room that includes cable TV and a fireplace.
Interaction with Guests
I interact with guests on an intermittent level. I'm in the house a lot, but also have an art studio so I'm in there for a big part of the day. I will cook meals at a cost of $10.00/per person, but usually require 24 hours notice. I'm friendly, but also busy.
There are over 50 restaurants ranging from McDonalds to one of the finest Italian restaurants in Central America. There is a huge shopping plaza, and my favorite, a great park with a river and tall bamboo less than 3 minutes away from my front door.
Yes, there is convenient public transportation! The bus stops practically in front of the entrance to this small gated community. It will take you almost anywhere for .60 to .80 cents. There are also numerous places to visit with in walking distance and taxis are abundant. If you drive there is safe street parking in front of my house.
Other Things to Note
Although I list the place as handicap accessible, there are 3-4 steps to enter the house. This is a gay, vegetarian and animal friendly establishment. You don't have to be gay or vegetarian but I do hope you like animals. I have two cats and two puppies. If you have allergies, or don't really thrill to the idea of animals in your space, just keep your doors closed and the animals won't enter your room. If you want animals to play with mine are very friendly.
There are a few rules here. Please don't use my chef knives unless you are willing to wash and dry them immediately and put them back up on the knife rack. They are important to me. Be nice to my animals, if you don't like animals you probably won't like it here, but you are welcome to close your door to keep them out. No loud noise after 10:pm out of consideration for me and my other guests. No loud, rude or mean drunks. Nice, quiet friendly drunks are welcome as long as they aren't lecherous. Conspiracy theorists please keep your theories to yourself.
Tiger was out of town for the two weeks I was in Escazu, but she let me know this prior to my booking. She had a friend (another guest) meet me at the house when I arrived, and he and the other guest in the house were very friendly and helpful. I was in town for dental work and the location was within walking distance to shopping and the dental clinic. The bed was comfortable. The pets were sociable.
I came to Costa Rica for Dental treatment and stayed at Tiger's Den for recuperation from Dental surgery and any follow up treatments. My Dental Clinic happened to be a 15 minute walk from Tiger's house. The walk is entirely on a sidewalk which is rare in the downtown area. Tiger's home is enclosed within a gated community and security guards patrol the streets so I never felt unsafe walking in her community.
Tiger is a fantastic host. She gives you your space but if you have any specific needs, she goes out of her way to accommodate those needs. Her housekeeper Joanna is also wonderful and even though I spoke no Spanish she helped with any protocols relating to Tiger's home. Meeting the other guests was also delightful. Everyone was so friendly and helpful. I guess you can tell I fell in love with Tiger's home!
An added bonus staying with Tiger is her emphasis on a healthy lifestyle. After a trip to the Farmer's Market "feria", Tiger prepared many delicious, nutritious meals and smoothies specifically for me. She is an excellent chef and will season your food to your specifications. Her food preparations helped my gums heal from extensive surgery. I was unable to chew my food so her smoothies and soups were a blessing. A side effect of the nutritious meals was feeling satiated and no longer craving food! I learned the most important weight loss secret: If your body has the proper nutrition, you will not feel hungry! It is not about eating less food but all about proper nutrition. (Tiger is in great shape and she never starves herself.) No fancy expensive diet program is needed. A complete nutritious meal will end your constant food cravings. So walking everyday coupled with nutritious meals has kick started my own healthy lifestyle and yes I am losing weight without feeling hungry and weak! Not only am I on my way to a beautiful smile, but I am beginning a positive, healthy lifestyle.
Tiger's home is beautiful, comfortable, modern and clean. If you need to heal from any medical treatments or just relax with a book in her backyard lounge chair or like me, start your own healthy regimen; Tiger's home provides a wonderful atmosphere to do all three!
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I'm a retired personal trainer and love to exercise and walk. I cook healthy food. My house is a great place to come if you're on a diet, or just enjoy healthy eating. I'm very laid back and love to have my breakfast outside, snooze in the hammock, or just hang out in the garden. I also do ceramic sculpture, and pottery, and enjoy making jewelry with polymer clays and resins. I like movies and love to read autobiographies, biographies, novels, and study books including Spanish, Travel, History and Spirituality. I love to travel and meet new people. I also love to cook and can prepare many various types of dishes. I particularly like curries. I enjoy having new people in my home and many of my guests have become dear friends who come back when ever they can. Sometimes I can be kind of private and just need alone time. It depends on what's going on and how many people are in the house at once. It can occasionally be a bit overwhelming when there are several people visiting at once. It almost never happens though. Usually only one or two guests at a time. Please tell me a bit about you and why you're coming to CR.