Molino Rojo Hostel
Paseo Colon y Calle 32, San Jose, Costa Rica
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Molino Rojo Hostel San Jose Reviews
Molino Rojo without cabaret Jun 17, 2011
That night I arrived to one of 22+ bus station in San Jose, and after securing space on outgoing bus to Panama leaving next day I needed place to crash. Asking people around the station was not really fruitful, so I headed towards one large street that I have seen from the bus, and after short walk found Molino Rojo on the corner.
Hostel is very visible from the street due to number of flags that draw attention. It is closest place to TICA bus station that I have found, and it is a good one. Price for dorm is 10$ which is kind of standard for San Jose (but you can find better place for the same money), they do have some kind of breakfast (but I did not see it, aside of loaf of bread standing in the kitchen) and good, strong signal WiFi is available in whole place.
Area is secure, there is someone at the front desk at all times, small parking in the front lets you leave your car and hostel is fairly big. There are dorms on bottom floor surrounding courtyard-garden-bar area, and some private rooms on the second floor. People that were in hostel with me did not really fit “hostel type” and looked more as someone doing business in town being older and serious…
In the main part of the building there is usable kitchen (no fridge), nice community area with tables and couches to lie on, and area with three desktop computers for everyone to use.
Dorm room is large with bunk beds (I am not sure if there were 12 or 14 beds), bathroom and excellent metal lockers. Mattresses are not too comfy and beds are a bit shaky (especially on the top bed) but sheets are clean end there was no too many people while I was there. Bathroom is a bit dysfunctional and very slippery, but fairly clean (aside of tiles that get dirty as soon as there is some water in the bathroom which is inevitable due to shower location) and a bit cold during days that I was there.
Court area looks like great place to party and have fun when there are lots of people in hostel. Some posters on the walls are party posters for events happening in the hostel. Bar area with some hammocks and few tables is just perfect to chill during the day. You can bring your own drinks from outside.
Outside of hostel there are few restaurants, but mostly fast food, and you have to walk about 6-7 blocks to get to central pedestrian street. All things in San Jose could be seen in one day, and there is no real need to stay there for longer. Main attractions are few churches, Children museum, theater, and for good cheep local food use Mercado central that is located on the main pedestrian street. City has lots of potential, but it is run down a bit. Transportation is chaotic, bus system is slow due to traffic jams and taxis are way too expensive. I don’t get why they do not implement moto-taxis like most of other Central-South American cities.
Hostel is pretty good, but it could be couple dollars cheaper.
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