About This Listing
Welcome to Castle Tam Hostel. We're in the heart of lively, upscale San Pedro, only 400 meters from the University of Costa Rica and the student nightlife of Calle de la Amargura. Our newly renovated hostel is 10 minutes by bus from downtown San Jose and walking distance from San Pedro Mall, three supermarkets and many restaurants at affordable prices!
Our 15 rooms are a mix of dormitories and private rooms with WiFi and all of our bathrooms have hot water. We have two full kitchens, plenty of fridge space for your food and free coffee! If you don't like to cook there is also front door delivery service from nearby restaurants You can hang out with fellow travelers in the interior courtyard, or watch students pass by on the outside terrace. If you feel like staying indoors enjoy one of our two TV rooms. No laptop? No problem. We also have three Internet connected PCs so you can upload all of your photos from the beach.
San Pedro is a safe, upscale neighborhood in San Jose, so we enjoy taking our guests out for movie nights, skating, city walks and pub crawls on Calle de la Amargura. So if you are looking for a quiet place to lay your head before heading to the beach look no further then Castle Tam Hostel.
Computers, WiFi, cable television with English channels, hot water showers, two fully equipped kitchens, help from staff planning trips.
Interaction with Guests
I am currently back in the U.S. working on an engineering degree but my staff enjoys interacting with the guests and helping them any way they can.
Compared to downtown San Jose, San Pedro is a nice, clean and safe neighborhood. Guests can walk around at night, there are banks, restaurants, bars and other forms of entertainment nearby. Also within walking distance are bus stops to downtown and Cartago, the commuter train and three grocery stores.
Three blocks from the hostel there is a bus stop to downtown San Jose where guests can go from there to anywhere else in the country. There is also a bus to Cartago which makes for a nice day trip. You can also take the train, five blocks away, to/from the Parque Sabana, the large park on the other side of San Jose.
Other Things to Note
The hostel is American owned and operated so all of the staff speak fluent English as well as near fluent Spanish among other languages. We are all travelers ourselves and understand what guests are looking for on their journeys.
There is no smoking inside the premises and no drug usage of any form permitted. This is a quiet hostel so if you are looking for a place to stay up all night making noise please seek accommodation elsewhere.
Overall castle tam is an alright hostel for a stopover in San Jose after a flight, a little far but safe neighbourhood, great hot water and wifi, and the tico who takes care of the place makes a killer pancake and cup of coffee! The room we stayed in was in an awkward place, with the door litterally in the middle kitchen, and the windows opened to the "patio" shared area so it did get noisy and claustrophobic. The rooms upstairs are likely a little better, but you get what you way for. We did meet great people, and the hostel was perfect start to our trip.
Honestly I wouldn't stay here again. The reception was staffed by a volunteer from France who didn't speak Spanish or English well. The place was dirty (two cockroaches on my bedside table when I walked into room), sheets were stained with something... And there were some long term older residents from the U.S. Who were nice but I wondered why they were there for 2 months. Overall for the price you can find better in San Jose.
We had a good experience at the hostel. It was a very neat place with a really cool vibe. Johnathan and Andrew were both very kind and helpful. Inexpensive, clean, safe and friendly. Would definitely stay there again!
El trato del personal fue espléndido y los pancakes de desayuno excelentes.
El hostel está muy bien ubicado en el barrio de San Pedro, cerca de la Universidad y muy bien conectado con bus. Perfectas las indicaciones de "como llegar" de su web.
El hostel necesita una fuerte reforma ya que el edificio es viejo y hay hasta goteras en la habitación que nos tocó.
Por lo general, la limpieza no es precisamente la especialidad de la casa (la cocina ésta muy sucia. Mucho) y los pasillos y habitaciones no són demasiado acogedores ni suelen estar limpios.
A pesar de ello, es recomendable si se busca precio y ubicación.
I checked in to Castle Tam on my first day in Costa Rica. I arrived at the airport and took public buses to the UCR area. Jonathan's directions were very descriptive- I only got lost for a moment on the last step (be careful- there are TWO malls; someone advised me to hop out of the bus one stop early) After that, smooth sailing at Castle Tam. The volunteers were very friendly and helpful with information about the area. The room was large, clean, and the shared bathroom was well kept. There were pancakes for breakfast! Lastly, all of the travelers were very friendly- hearing their stories and tips got me very excited for the rest of my time in Costa Rica!
The hostel wasn't clean. When I arrived the sheets had all kinds of sketchy stains and the walls were filthy. In Tam's defense I walked upstairs and some nicer rooms so maybe I just had bad luck but imho the place needs a massive cleaning. Sorry to the hosts for the bad review but the sheet situation was disgusting. Also, there was no fan in my room and my window was three inches from their garbage cans and recycling. You can't put toilet paper in the toilet (common for costa rica) but they do have hot water (not common) which was good.
The staff were friendly and helpful but the absolute bare minimum seemed like it was being done to make the place clean and livable. We spent about 5 nights in 5 different hostels and this was by far the worst.
Great place to stay, the location is great, very easy to go to everywhere around the City. The place is clean and the Staff is always there if you need anything.
I definitely recommend it.
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About the Host, Jonathan
During my last semester at University in the Spring of 2007 I decided to study abroad in France. I did a lot more traveling then studying and was able to see most of Western Europe and went to North Africa twice. I graduated while (email hidden) in Madrid, Spain sipping a glass of Jack Daniels and Coke. Upon returning to the U.S. I joined the Navy and during my service was able to see such beautiful locales as Iraq and Saudi Arabia in the dead of summer. As much as I loved the 130 F (49 C) temperatures I sought a more tropical setting in my post Navy life. After being honorably discharged in February 2011 I headed south for Costa Rica (my third trip) with the intent to backpack for a few months before returning to the States for football season. When a lockout threatened to cancel the whole season I looked for an opportunity to stay in Costa Rica. I had thought about getting into the hostel business while standing the endless watches at sea but did not expect to do it so quickly.
While trolling through the “hostels for sale” ads I came across this place in San Pedro near the University. The day after a drunken St. Patrick’s Day Party I hopped on a bus and head across town to check it out. I thought the place had a lot of potential and the terms of the sale were very good. After doing a border run to Nicaragua and securing a loan from my parents I achieved the backpackers dream and became a bona fide hostel owner.