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Title: Hotel Castillo
Post by: shadowman on May 07, 2014, 11:55:54 PM
Great budget selection in Barrio Amon right around the corner from Sportsmens. The hotel is bright and comfortable, but pretty bare bones and on occasion noisy depending on room selection. For the value traveler this is a very solid choice. No real food or drink  on premises. You might see an occasional girl around or next door, but generally not. Has the advantage of being right in the middle of the space between sportsmens and New Fantasy massage parlour, and very close to Scores/Zona 2.
Title: Re: Hotel Castillo
Post by: C.E.O. on May 08, 2014, 08:00:00 PM
Thanks alot for sharing,  do you have any photos?
Title: Re: Hotel Castillo
Post by: skyxchef on May 10, 2014, 01:45:08 PM
Just to add my 2 pesos (or in Costa Rica 2 Colones) to this I agree wholeheartedly with Shadowman on his description and take on Hotel Castillo. Every one of us are looking for different things from where we stay. The Castillo is definitely a budget place to stay with few frills. There is a restaurant on premises but has never been successful - it was Peruvian theme for a while and then Thai for about 6 months but none lasted. That being said they do still offer a pretty good continental style breakfast prepared by the hotel staff from 7-10 am. Great coffee, warm hard boiled eggs, Gallo Pinto(rice and black beans, fresh sliced fruit, breads, butter jams marmalade and juices. Simple but good enough for many but too simple some. Nice courtyard area for dining again not fancy but comfortable. The rooms are pretty basic and the beds good though some say too soft. The bedding like everything else is very clean however a bit worn. Kinda like staying at your retired relatives- very cozy but nothing is new. That said this is probably my favorite hotel in San Jose for several reasons. # 1 is the staff. Darryl the Manager, Maria and Patricia at the front desk, Danny the Handyman, Sasha the bartender, and every maid, cleaning person and helper are the warmest nicest most caring and welcoming people you can ever meet. Need more towels, laundry, advice, help, ect. the are at your beck and call. Number  2 is Location. It is perfectly central to all you need.
Title: Re: Hotel Castillo
Post by: shadowman on May 10, 2014, 04:08:13 PM
here's the link to the Castillo:  http://www.hotelcastillo.biz/index.htm (http://www.hotelcastillo.biz/index.htm)
Title: Re: Hotel Castillo
Post by: shadowman on May 11, 2014, 11:40:12 PM
Just to add my 2 pesos (or in Costa Rica 2 Colones) to this I agree wholeheartedly with Shadowman on his description and take on Hotel Castillo. Every one of us are looking for different things from where we stay. The Castillo is definitely a budget place to stay with few frills. There is a restaurant on premises but has never been successful - it was Peruvian theme for a while and then Thai for about 6 months but none lasted. That being said they do still offer a pretty good continental style breakfast prepared by the hotel staff from 7-10 am. Great coffee, warm hard boiled eggs, Gallo Pinto(rice and black beans, fresh sliced fruit, breads, butter jams marmalade and juices. Simple but good enough for many but too simple some. Nice courtyard area for dining again not fancy but comfortable. The rooms are pretty basic and the beds good though some say too soft. The bedding like everything else is very clean however a bit worn. Kinda like staying at your retired relatives- very cozy but nothing is new. That said this is probably my favorite hotel in San Jose for several reasons. # 1 is the staff. Darryl the Manager, Maria and Patricia at the front desk, Danny the Handyman, Sasha the bartender, and every maid, cleaning person and helper are the warmest nicest most caring and welcoming people you can ever meet. Need more towels, laundry, advice, help, ect. the are at your beck and call. Number  2 is Location. It is perfectly central to all you need.

Have they got the restaurant operating again? The last time I was there it had shut down completely, except for breakfast. Even the little bar was closed.  Of course, it's always more fun to go around the corner to Sportsmens anyway, but am still curious to know.
Title: Re: Hotel Castillo
Post by: skyxchef on May 12, 2014, 12:38:55 PM
No the Thai was the last they had and that closed over a year ago.
Title: Re: Hotel Castillo
Post by: Guardfather on January 11, 2015, 05:34:28 PM
Yes, I was there last week. It's closed and undergoing extensive construction renovation. We were walking by from La Amistad on our way to New Fantasy MP three doors down when we bumped into one of the American owners of La Amistad on the sidewalk out front. He bought the building at fire sale price a few months ago and plans to open in 2nd quarter, 2015, maybe by April. He invited us inside for a 20 minute tour of most of the rooms. They plan to allow guests at either hotel to have full rest/bar privs at either location. As most of you know La Amistad is the best deal in town with its all inclusive deal. With taxes I paid $100/night and had all the booze I could possibly quaff, as many meals as I wanted, no food rationing (one of my wings ate 5 meals a day), free laundry (did 2 loads), free local and long distance calls, strong wifi, totally guest friendly, no joiner fee like HDR, discount on the in-house massage (excellent), free one way taxi out to SJO, free round trip taxi service to Jaco Beach offered to all guests that check back in for another stay as we did (savings of $200 round trip). Absolutely best deal in town. No need to walk the streets looking for places to eat and drink. We plan on staying there (Castillo) on our next trip as it's a bit closer walk to the venues and away from the train noise that is the only drawback to LA. However, they now hire signal men to hold traffic thus stopping the train whistle. Works great now and alot quieter. The Sportsmen Lodge is OK, not hating but they don't offer the deal on food/booze/transpo, etc. Don't go anywhere else gents. Period.