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.
Tried to reserve a room, was told by the Host that I had to pay double the amount because there must have been some sort of error. Asked to pay extra when I arrived. Seemed really sketchy and as a way to skirt the Airbnb rules so we didn't stay.
This error was explained immediately after the reservation was made. Below is the transcript:
I just realized that you are two people. There is some weird glitch that shows up on AirBnB that shows the same price for two people as it does for one. So the cost for both of you would be $40 total. There is no need to make another reservation if you wish. I just need the name of your friend. Let me know if I can help you with anything else. Have a nice day.
And this is her response:
No worries! Thanks for letting me know so quickly. The second guest is Todd Schmiedlin. We're still finalizing some travel plans so I will reach out if we need a shuttle.
Have a great night!
I would have gladly cancelled the first reservation due to the glitch but she did not want me to do that as she said there were "No worries". She should not have made a review for a place she did not stay at.
Friendly staff and guests - everybody very helpful and forthcoming. Jonathan even helped us with getting onward travel tickets at a reasonable price. Even though the neighbourhood looked a bit dodgy, we felt safe there. Not exactly a family place but we knew what we're going for when choosing a hostel. A nice surprise was the complimentary breakfast at a place just around the corner. We will definitely stay there again when visiting San Jose.
This hostel rules it. Where to start? I guess the barrio, San Pedro is a good start. I love it. Its right by the university and the students i've met are so patient and fun. I've seen some awesome graffiti around the hood (which is safe), some street preformance artists, and even a huge protest the other day. I got to learn a little about the country's politics thru these happenings from Ticas and not the newspaper. So I am stoked for that. Now for the actual hostel. Its rad, super cheap, clean, tvs, group outtings, a good kitchen, really awesome and attentive staff, the other guests are of good people/company, and the free breakfast is i think the best food I've had in Costa Rica!!! They helped me get to Puerto Viejo easily and recomended a great hostel there (shout out to Rockin J's). I've come back, well this is my third time here. I'v been traveling throughout the country and had to stop in San Pedro, SJ a couple of times to rest while onn my way to the coasts. THIS IS THE PLACE TO BE while in San Jose!
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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.