SIMPLY THE MOST AFFORDABLE OPTION IN THE AREA EL CACIQUE OFFERS 5 COZY ROOMS WITH PRIVATE BATHROOM, HOT WATER FAN CABLE TV & WI FI
WE SIT AT 1000 MTS GIVING US FRESH NIGHTS
PARK & MOUNTAIN VIEW RIGHT OFF OUR DECK!
It is the most affordable, clean, friendly option by Juan Santamaría International Airport!
Guests will get a set of 2 keys, room & front door. There is a deck upstairs where guests can seat & share traveling stories!
Interaction with Guests
Depends on their arrival time & how busy my day has been, but I always take a few minutes to welcome the guests & answer their questions!
It is a very small town with a Church, School & a park that used to be a vast coffee plantation.
It is very safe area, you can go out at anytime!
Walking distance there is a Casino with Live Music, 5 Restaurants & all Rent a Car offices.
Domestic Flights, Private Shuttle or Public Transportation (Taxi & Bus) very easy to get going to any destination in Costa Rica!
Other Things to Note
You can always ask Johnny first!
I expect guests to relax & get some rest while they get set to start their vacation or depart CR!
This place was convenient to the airport, clean and had all the amenities you would need. However, we were less than thrilled with our host. I sent an email the day before we arrived asking for instructions to the place, and only got an "address", with a passive aggressive note saying that all that info was already in my reservation (it wasn't.) The cab couldn't find the hotel, even after pulling over and asking upwards of 15 different people. We finally had to pull over and call a second local cab who knew where it was. When we arrived, the host showed us to our room- no additional info, no tour of the hostel, nothing that really made us feel super welcome. He did call me a cab for the airport, and the stay was easy and clean, but we weren't thrilled with the lack of helpfulness on his end. A good place to stay for airport convenience, but that's about it.
Jonny was there to meet me when I arrived. Was just stopping over before an early flight the next morning so it was perfect for me. I walked to the airport which you can do its about 5mins but you do have to cross a main road so wouldn't advise it in rush hour.
I had a very good experience. Johnny is a good host and is very comfortable to be around. He is good at suggesting things to do around the area and will help you get on your way to a good Vacation.
On our second night at Johnny's we really enjoyed sitting on his cool enclosed deck looking through the trees at the sunset, mountains and the jets taking off and landing dramatically nearby! One can also watch the highway traffic and be glad to not to be stuck in rush hour, and contrast that with kids riding by on bikes and neighbors walking their dogs on the quiet street in front. Room was clean, bed comfortable and earplugs blocked the city noises just fine. Enjoyed the light breakfast and deliscious coffee. Since our Spanish is rudimentary Johnny answered our questions clearly in English. With his directions we took the nearby bus into Alajuela to go to the bank, picked up supplies and had lunch in the cafeteria at Mas X Menos supermarket. All in all it was a great budget stay that met all our needs and (website hidden): Don't be confused by the name on the Airbnb ad like we were. The signs on the front of Johnny's place say "El Cacique" . This clean historic Costa Rican guesthouse is across the street from a park (with dramatic obelisks symbolizing a coffee bean to remind all that the land was once used for coffee farming. ) We had had a special first evening with some guitar playing and singing by another guest and sharing travel stories with others. We enjoyed having a private bath on this our 6th visit to CR where most budget places we stay have shared baths. Since an earlier reveiwer had trouble we are including Costa Rican Eco Shower 101 - turn the single handle on all the way then adjust it way back to slower flow for warmer water. There are three switch positions on the shower head. Not sure which one to choose? Ask Johnny, he's a cool dude, a great , very experienced host , and more than glad to help answer questions and arrange onward transport. Thanks Johnny. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at your comfortable inn.
Super chill spot, very close to the airport!! Secure location with everything you need! Awesome restaurant around the corner called Mojitos. I will always stay at El Cacique when passing through San Jose! Gracias a Johnny por todo!
Our stay at the hostel generally met our needs. The beds were comfortable, the fan worked well, there were fresh towels and bedding, and we felt very safe. Also, it is incredibly close to the airport which was great (we walked there). Johnny introduced himself and offered assistance should we need.
The downside - There were several bugs crawling in the room. The water temperature only reached luke warm/cool the night we arrived, which was unfortunate because we desperately wanted a hot shower from the day's exhausted activities. We never contacted Johnny about it, so I don't know if that's always the case with the water or not. Additionally, the kitchen was uninviting (leaves and dirt on the floor, smelled a bit unfresh). The breakfast that was included was 2 bunches of bananas lying on the counter.
I would recommend this hostel for very low-maintenance people or for the night before one's departure to the airport.
Close to the airport was very convenient to begin our travels in Costa Rica. Clean, basic accommodations.
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I AM THE OWNER & HOST
OF SAN JOSE COSTA RICA AIRPORT LODGE
LOCALLY KNOWN AS
EL CACIQUE LODGE
I am a General CR Guide,
Licensed by The Costarican Tourism Board
been there! done that! I do half day tours to POAS VOLCANO, LA PAZ WATERFALLS, ETC...
I have been renting rooms to travelers from all over the world since 2004!
I own & host EL CACIQUE LODGE, sometimes I share funny stories over a few drinks, but most importantly I like to make sure people chill & have a good time! My place sits at a 1000 mts above sea level, giving us fresh evenings all year round! Everything safe & hassle free!!!
OFFICIAL CHECK IN TIME IS AFTER 3PM & CHECK OUT IS 11AM
but I can bend the rules if possible, just ask!