Several 1940s-era houses with extensive gardens and lively common areas—visitors swap travel advice here—constitute this family-run lodging. Each room is different; some have private gardens or small sitting rooms. The complimentary breakfast buffet is an amazing spread of eggs, pastries, tropical fruit, and good Costa Rican coffee served on a marvelous, palm-shaded garden patio. And, this property is very eco-friendly, a rarity in the heart of the city. It has solar panels for heating hot water, and it composts and recycles. Luxurious it is not, but this is deservedly one of San José's most popular budget lodgings; reserve well in advance during the high season. To be on the safe side, confirm your reservation 48 hours before you arrive and on the day of your arrival, giving an estimated arrival time. You'll get a small discount if you pay in cash.