Get an overview of this hotel3-star Colonial bed & breakfast, walk to Jade Museum


Situated in La California, this bed & breakfast is steps from Galería Andrómeda and Jade Museum. National Center of Art and Culture and Parque Nacional are also within 10 minutes.

Property Features

Coffee/tea in a common area, laundry facilities, and a 24-hour front desk are available at this smoke-free bed & breakfast. Free cooked-to-order breakfast and free WiFi in public areas are also provided. Additionally, free newspapers, multilingual staff, and a garden are onsite.

Room Amenities

All 14 rooms feature modern comforts like TVs with cable channels, along with free WiFi. Other amenities available to guests include free local calls, ceiling fans, and showers.

Hemingway Inn ratings based on 55 Verified Reviews

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3.3 out of 5
67% of guests recommend
3.6 Room cleanliness
3.8 Service & staff
3.1 Room comfort
3.1 Hotel condition
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2 out of 5
by from UK
Posted Feb 9, 2017
Pros: Check out.
Cons: Everything
Beyond basic hotel that hasn't been updated since Hemingway was there.
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Pleasant and excellent value

4 out of 5
Posted Jan 30, 2017
If you don't want to stay in the usual plastic Holiday Inn, this is an excellent choice. It's inexpensive, unique, pleasant, and many of the guests are interesting people. The staff is extremely knowledgeable and can help you get the most out of your stay.
Comment from Hotel Management
Feb 7, 2017 by Muchas gracias!
¡Gracias por alojarse con nosotros! Nos preocupamos mucho por hacer que la estancia de nuestros huéspedes sea lo más agradable posible, por lo que agradecemos sus comentarios.
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Comfortable and quaint

4 out of 5
Posted Jan 4, 2017
The Hemingway is a really cool, eclectic, and comfortable place with lots of charm. The place is run by Dennis and his family and they do a great job making everyone feel like their place is more like home than a hotel. The breakfast each morning is amazing. Great location! Great value for the price! I will definitely stay again!
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Warm, European ambience

4 out of 5
Posted Dec 19, 2016
Operated by very friendly and helpful ex-pat, great value for the room rate. Plenty of Hemingway memorabilia, the rooms all named after famous 20th authors, a comfoting european hotel atmosphere. Breakfast included was a pleasant surprise. Will definitely return if I return to San Jose.
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Highly Overated

1 out of 5
by from BRIDGEWATER, United States of America
Posted Nov 20, 2016
Pros: Nothing really.
Cons: Everything.
Location: Bus service, parks and other places to eat.
The pictures must be old as it is overgrown, not anything like I saw. The rooms smelly, small gnats from something, perhaps sewer gnats? Housekeeping only twice in my week stay when it said daily. I did get towels daily. Your site said it took Discover, but it did not. I had to pay cash and that cut into trips and food. Toiletries consisted of soap only. I saw payment for an "escort" as I was trying to check in. I was upset so if you have children...... No internet service as stated, though it had weak wi-fi and mostly spanish ts stations. Toilet clogged and I was told that you are NOT supposed to flush the TP, no sign and was not told. You take your used TP and place it in a waste barrel next to the toilet until they come for it. Not all that clean did not eat though breakfast was free. Any more experiences like this on your site, doubt if I book on Expedia know matter the price. VERY disappointed and that was the worse part of my vacation. The place did NOT look like what you show. Get rid of Hemmingway Inn.
Comment from Hotel Management
Nov 23, 2016 by THANK YOU!
Good Night Anna Maria The room is regularly cleaned every day, when you make a reservation for our hotel we specify that we only offer the basic supplements of personal toilet for the bathroom You made the payment in cash because you spoke with us that you have problems with your credit card and could not use the ATM that was not a problem of the hotel because we have dataphone for your cards We live in the city and it is very clear that for greater hygiene should not throw the toilet paper inside the sanitary service and it is normal to have a trash can next to the bathroom or but where our guests throw the kotex and other things, The toilet lever correctly His dealings with us were rude, if you remember every time you walked out the main door always angry. If you had a problem from the beginning and it was not what you expected you could cancel your reservation at the time from the first day. Well thanks for your comment and for the photos I attach
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Close to San Jose city center.

4 out of 5
by from US
Posted Nov 19, 2016
Several tourist attractions, museums and shopping, nearby. Hotel is situated in an area close to the Zoo, giving it a semi gentrified feel. Rooms are smallish, but adequate. Bathroom in my area was large and clean. A missing feature was a closet or Anwar, there was no place to hang up clothing. Bed was large and comfortable.
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Basic accommodation in a good location

4 out of 5
by from Victoria, BC, Canada
Posted Sep 27, 2016
Pros: Location, price, security (a safe in each room, 24 hour control of access to hotel), free wifi, also internet access through guest computer in lobby.
Cons: Not much given the very good price that was arranged through Expedia
Location: I covered this in my describing my experience.
I stayed at the Hemingway Inn from September 11 to September 26, 2016 which is considered the off season because of increased rainfall but this did not cause me any real problems because almost like clockwork the rain nearly always fell for an hour or two in the afternoon with the mornings and evenings usually clear. Since many of the tourist points of interest in San Jose, such as the jade museum, are in walking distance of the Hemingway I saw no need spend a lot of money taxis. Also if you take the time to familiarize yourself with the public transit you can save a lot of money. For example, you can take a public transit bus from Alajuala bus terminal in downtown San Jose to the Juan Santamaria international airport for 535 colones (equivalent to about one US dollar) instead of spending 15 or more dollars on a taxi. In addition to local attractions in San Jose I took a number of day excursions such a rainforest tours (hiking with rainforest guide, ziplining, aerial trams) which usually included a good buffet lunch and sometimes a buffet breakfast depending on the length of the tour. Other tours such as the Baldi hot springs, the Poas volcano and coffee plantations, or a short riverboat cruise where I saw crocodiles, monkeys and sloths I arranged through local tour operators during my stay in San Jose. All of these day excursions included pick up and drop off at the Hemingway Inn.
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Dirty, OLD and nothing like in the pictures

1 out of 5
by from Charlotte, NC
Posted Sep 19, 2016
Pros: Location
Cons: Everything except the location. It is Dirty, OLD and nothing like what it appears in the pictures.
Dirty, OLD and nothing like what it appears in the pictures.
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4 out of 5
Posted Aug 28, 2016
proprietor was very friendly, spoke great english and was helpful in all aspects. i am going back soon and will stay with them.
Comment from Hotel Management
Oct 15, 2016 by Romy H
Thank you for your views and hope to see you very soon. For us it is a great pleasure. Best regards,
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Staff tells all your business to your guests

1 out of 5
by from Chicago, IL
Posted Aug 9, 2016
Pros: location
1. Staff goes out of its way to tell your guests about your other guests. 2. Pay $20 per guest in cash and then said you did not pay them.
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Bed & Breakfast Amenities

Bed & Breakfast Amenities

Guests can enjoy a complimentary breakfast each morning. Public areas are equipped with complimentary high-speed wired and wireless Internet access. For a surcharge, the property provides a roundtrip airport shuttle (available 24 hours) and an area shuttle. This Colonial bed & breakfast also offers multilingual staff, a garden, and coffee/tea in a common area.

Hemingway Inn is a smoke-free property.

  • 24-hour front desk 
  • Airport transportation (surcharge) 
  • Total number of rooms - 14 
  • Number of floors - 2 
  • Coffee/tea in common areas 
  • Free newspapers in lobby 
  • Free breakfast 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Free wired high-speed Internet 
  • Laundry facilities 
  • Multilingual staff 
  • Garden 
  • Luggage storage 
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk 
  • Year Built 1920 
  • Area shuttle (surcharge) 
  • Smoke-free property 
  • Television in common areas 


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi , Free wired high-speed Internet

Room Amenities

  • Ceiling fan 
  • Phone 
  • Free local calls 
  • Daily housekeeping 
  • Private bathroom 
  • Free toiletries 
  • Shower only 
  • Television 
  • Cable TV service 
  • Free WiFi 

Where to Eat

A complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast is served each morning between 7:30 AM and 9:30 AM.


Start your day with a free cooked-to-order breakfast, available daily from 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM.

Bed & Breakfast Policies


Check-in time starts at 2 PM

Minimum check-in age is 18

Special check-in instructions:


Check-out time is 11:00 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.


  • Pets allowed for an extra charge of USD $ 20 per pet, per day

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.

No rollaway/extra beds available

No cribs (infant beds) available


Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.
  • Airport shuttle fee: USD $ 35 per vehicle (roundtrip)
  • Pet fee: USD $ 20 per pet, per day
The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

Bed & Breakfast Name

  • Hemingway Inn San Jose
  • Hemingway Inn
  • Hemingway San Jose
  • Hemingway Hotel San Jose
  • Hemingway Inn Costa Rica/San Jose

We should mention

This property offers transfers from the airport (surcharges may apply). Guests must contact the property with arrival details before travel, using the contact information on the booking confirmation. Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.