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Yermy was wonderful. Told me about the whole city and helped me get acquainted. Also gave me advice that saved my life. My personal advice to anyone traveling to Costa Rica: don't walk home alone at night, take a cab.
Well, I had a pretty awesome time with Yermy Matamoros family. I felt good and they took care of me. There was no issue at all. Very nice people and I did not want to leave because I felt like in my hometown, but I have no other option. I meant my stay at Yermy house was fantastic. They had my breakfast ready every morning. I went fishing with them, to the beach and many more. In fact, I have been to Costa Rica before, therefore I managed the rest. I suggest future tourists or visitors to stay at Yermy Matamoros house. His Mom and Dad are quite amazing. They help me improve my Spanish. Surely, I will miss them for they meet my objectives and made my vacation wonderful.
Rocío and Francisco made our stay very special! We enjoyed their Costa Rican hospitality and felt very much like home! Thank you so much for all the warmth and friendship!
The people who hosted were extremely nice and friendly. I felt like I was being watched over and very safe. It's unfortunate that they didn't speak English and I don't speak Spanish. I will try to learn the language before my next trip to Costa Rica. This was my first.
This is a nice house in a safe location in Santo Domingo. I speak fluent Spanish and have other friends in the village, so I was able to find my way around and ask questions. Directions to the house need to be clearer. There are pros and cons to this location. It was very loud because of the wind and the room is on top of the garage. There is a wonderful dog named Orion who I walked around the nearby "poli-deportivp" track. Rocio left me some yummy bread. Overall it was convenient for me, but if you don't speak Spanish, make sure you know exactly where it is and expect a dog to greet you!
We absolutely love Rocio and her husband! This was a wonderful stay with a lovely costarican couple. They speak almost no english. And we relished the opportunity to exercise our (limited) Spanish skills. They were very pleasant and helpful and we had numerous conversations and many laughes together.
Rocio was very helpful with tour plans and suggestions. We were given keys and could come and go as needed and at our convenience without the need to coordinate with our hosts. We enjoyed numerous delicious Costarican meals together.
It was not easy to find the residence. When we first arrived in Santo domingo from the airport we drove around the streets asking directions and placing phone calls to the two phone numbers we had been given. There was no answer at either. No one could direct us to the residence by the landmarks we had been given. Finally after close to 2 hours of searching one of the phones was answered and we were pointed in the right direction. The house is near: "Polide Portivo de Santo Domingo" (that is the multiiple sports center of Santo domingo, it's a gymnasium and football field.). When we finally got that landmark name in Spanish we were directed there fairly readily.
The house is in a quiet neighborhood in Santo domingo, south east of Heredia. It is an older quaint 2 story house with living room and kitchen downstairs and 3 bedrooms up a narrow, steep, angled stair case. Our bedroom was small and simple. The double bed was a little short for me (i'm 6'2"). the matress an adequate 4" foam on bed slats.
The windows opened for cool night air, there is no A/C. The wireless internet worked well most of the time. There is no TV in the room. There is one downstairs.
We had a private bath (it is outside of the bedroom) with shower and hot water.
There are a number of pets in the house. Mostly the wonderful pet dog but also a duck and several chickens that roost in the laundry room.
Staying at the Mist House was a loving and rewarding experience. We love you Rocio and Francisco!
Mixed experience. It started pretty bad. We showed up at the location, didn't have an exact address, so we called the AirBNB supplied phone number, but it didn't work. So for the next 45 minutes we sat there in the rain with the taxi meter running while a bunch of friendly, helpful neighbours and neighbourhood guards called random phone numbers and somehow managed to find the host's son whose wife who came and let us in.
Normally that would be a fun adventure, save for standing in the rain, watching the taxi meter tick up, and stressing that I am going to have to get a random hotel on short notice.
Once we were inside, the internet worked well which is important to me.
The keys to the house didn't work though so we couldn't come or go without coordinating with our host. One day we wanted to go for a walk, but couldn't get out (the key to open the exterior gate wouldn't work, so we were stuck inside).
Rocio was nice/friendly and only spoke Spanish, so my rusty Spanish was definitely helped along a bit. She also fed us tasty foods.
Overall I wouldn't recommend it, but if you really need to improve your Spanish and you don't mind essentially not having keys to the place, this wouldn't be bad.
Note: the house is actually green, the photo isn't very recent.