Casa Lima Bed & Breakfast Reviews


View details

  • Guest room4.1
  • Service4.7
  • Value4.6
  • Cleanliness4.4
  • Onsite Dining4.2

Score Breakdown based on
80 Reviews

Write A Review

Nice B&B

3.8 on May 02, 2017

Nice, Comfortable and inexpensive lodging while visiting in Costa Rica for Dental Tourism, or general tourism. English speaking staff make stay easy.

Great experience at Casa Lima

4.8 on August 19, 2016

We returned to Casa Lima each time we passed through San Jose, so we stayed three times. Each visit was great. We had the traditional breakfast each time and once had a wonderful evening meal. It is a very safe location. Also there is a small airport nearby for in-country flights. The owner took us to the international airport himself for our departure. We highly recommend Casa Lima

My home away from home

4.8 on May 24, 2016

I returned to Costa Rica after a 4 years' absence, and when Nelson, the owner saw me walk through the front door of the Casa Lima, he gave me a huge bear hug and told me how happy he was to see my he reservation. We immediately began talking like old friends, I was soon set up in my very clean room, and we began planning a dinner for his family and friends. We went to the outdoor market and spent a great day shopping and catching up, and I was welcomed into his house for the cooking. Nelson is always the most gracious of hosts, and in watching his interaction with the other guests, I saw I was not the only guest he treated like family or friends; that is the way he treats everyone. I truly felt I had come home. The patio and garden area is very lush and green with two parrots, a white faced monkey, many parakeets, finches, and iguanas. There is a fountain and pools in the garden where he keeps all sorts of fish, and the garden really is a cool oasis from the heat of the city. If it is sightseeing you are interested in, Nelson knows about everything, including sport fishing as far away as Nicaragua. I have traveled all over the world and Casa Lima with Nelson at the helm is far and away the most welcoming and warm place I have ever stayed. The rooms are clean, the room service is great and readily available, and I would recommend this place to anyone without any reservations whatsoever. There is a convenience store just a couple of blocks away, a grocery store a couple of blocks further down, and restaurants of every kind within walking distance, although there is some very good food offered up out of the kitchens of Casa Lima, prepared by Nelson's mother and another cook.

Dental Work- close to Clinic

3.0 on February 16, 2016

Small privately owned hotel- rooms clean- owners friendly-- close to dental clinic- walk to restaurants and other areas- owner will arrange transportation and tours- recommended by my Travel Agent- would stay here again--

Quaint, with local charm

3.2 on December 08, 2015

The staff at Casa Lime were very friendly and helpful. The owner, Nelson, was eager to make sure you had everything you needed. He made good suggestions of things to do and gave excellent instructions so you were safe and knew where you were going. The rooms were showing their age.

San Jose's best B&B

5 on June 01, 2015

Came to San Jose for a dental clinic visit. Stayed at Casa Lima and it was a great experience. Nelson and his family were the best in making me feel welcome and helpful in getting me to and from the airport and the clinic. The residence is a magical place with all manner of native species in the courtyard. It was like living in the Costa Rican jungle while staying in the city. Listening to the waterfall outside the room was so peaceful at bedtime. Food there was great, no need to go anywhere for dining. San Jose is a neat city and enjoyed walking around to sample the local life, feeling very secure there, a lot to see. I will be returning to San Jose in the future for more dental work, and my wife and I are going in the fall to visit. Casa Lima will always be our main destination, Nelson can arrange all manner of trips for you to visit the volcanoes, the jungle, the Pacific or anywhere in country you may wish to see. Nelson and family at Casa Lima are the best, I highly recommend Casa Lima for a great and peaceful stay.


5 on October 20, 2014

exelente sitio a visitar el personal increible servicial y calido .... jeffry chico que se encuentra en el hotel preocupado por dar el mejor servicio agradezco jeffry tus atenciones y apoyo asi como la oportuniodad en la informacion que me brindaste pára hacer mi estancia mas placentera.....

Feels like a home away from home!

4.2 on September 23, 2014

Nelson and his family were such gracious hosts--always helpful and sincerely welcoming! The food they prepared for our group was always outstanding and varied. The rooms were cozy and clean, and there is a beautiful garden in the center of Casa Lima with many places to sit and talk. I would absolutely come here again, and I highly recommend it to other people that want to experience a lovely hidden gem of Costa Rican hospitality. :)

Great stay in San Jose

4.6 on July 29, 2014

The owners are excellent host. Nelson is very helpful and informative with travel tips and ideas. The grounds are exceptional. If you enjoy watching wildlife in your backyard, then this is the place for you.


4.0 on July 23, 2014

Nelson the owner could not be nicer or more accommodating as was his staff.Property as a whole is fun to stay at with a good location.Fresh fruit.biscuits.and great coffee and juice is more than adequate for "desayuno". Rooms are clean and fresh everyday. My problem ( my fault) is stairs.Bed was a little shaky with weak mattress. All in all it was fun. The staff definitely makes the place.The manager Kiko and his girlfriend Lucy are a trip.

A garden delight!!

4.8 on June 16, 2014

It was an unexpected pleasure to see the garden with the different flowers and plants. The birds, fish and Don Kiko were a lesson in biology. Peaceful and beautiful. Staying at CasaLima is good for your soul!

Kiko and the kitties

3.4 on January 07, 2014

The owner and family live in and run this oasis. Casa Lima is located in a quiet neighbourhood a few blocks from the American Embassy. It was a good landmark and kept us from getting lost. The Kittens Sunshine and Boots kept us amused. Kiko the monkey played catch with the kids while we finalized our daily schedule. The atrium is a relaxing oasis. We stayed in the adjoining family rooms and our teenage son and daughter were happy to have seperate beds. The view from the balcony was amazing. Showers had " hot water on demand", pure luxury. We took the bus downtown to the Market and churches, and took the Loma bus back to the Embassy. So easy. There was a farmers market on Saturday and I bought fresh, I mean FRESH, vegetables including Breadfruit. So fun. They even sell goldfish there. Great BnB , great hosts, great location . Highly recommend this spot 15 minutes from the airport $25 Orange taxi ride.

Casa Lima is the Place to Stay in Costa Rica!

5 on August 03, 2013

Casa Lima is the only place I'd stay while in San Jose- a true bed and breakfast with that home away from home feel and excellent food. The rooms are comfortable, the staff extremely helpful and the location is in the center of it all. Nelson and Judie were great in helping us make the best of our stay, recommending some awesome tours and local hotspots. Can't wait to go back- already planning my next visit!!!!

A Veritable Menagerie

4.6 on August 03, 2013

We recently stayed at Casa Lima at both the start and end of a whirlwind adventure trip through Costa Rica with 3 pre-teen - teenagers. Judie welcomed us thoroughly but what caught the attention of all included 2 cats, 1 monkey, 2 iguanas, a parrot, 2 turtles, and the wild birds that few in and out of the courtyard to check things out. This place has it all, in a safe residential neighborhood outside of downtown San Jose. As a way to get in/get out of San Jose as you move through the country, it's great.

Give this place a look!

4.4 on June 16, 2013

Had to make a stop in San Jose for some dental work. Surgery was extensive and I did not feel well. All of the folks at Casa Lima made our stay excellent. Everyone was helpful, responsive to all of our needs and could not have been more supportive. We will be staying at Casa Lima in the future and hope to enjoy there hospitality again. Want to try the pizza next trip!

Great location, service! We will be back!

4.6 on June 06, 2013

We very much enjoyed our stay. We checked in thinking we were getting a basic hotel that happened to be close to family and were pleasantly surprised. We stayed at Casa Lima at both the beginning and the end of our trip. The courtyard was amazing, a little oasis in the middle of Pavas! Don Kiko was a blast to play with! Our rental car was safe, there is outdoor parking, it's monitored, we had no issues. We felt secure, our rooms were on the 2nd floor and you needed a key to get to the upper level exterior hallways that lead us to our rooms. Our rooms were adjoining. One with 2 twins and one with a queen. Both had bathrooms, A/C, mini fridge and TV's. We were very comfortable. There was a couple, a single and a 5 year old in our party. The breakfast was great! I always enjoy the typical Costa Rican continental breakfasts, fresh fruit, juices, bread and plenty of coffee!! We will most definitely come back! We found our gem in the city! We stayed in April of 2012.

Casa Lima B&B

3.4 on May 23, 2013

I did enjoy staying at this B&B just be prepared for Kiko (the monkey) to wake you up in the morning.

Great value

4.2 on May 18, 2013

Great value for the price. The service was excellent and the food was good. However, if you're a big eater, the continental breakfast may not be enough. There is an option to purchase breakfast from the menu to supplement the continental breakfast. Rooms were a great size and were very clean, though the mattresses could be a tad softer, but that may just be a personal preference.

Très bon hotel quand on arrive a San José

4.2 on April 27, 2013

je recommande cet hotel a tous les voyageurs qui ont envie de s'immerger de suite dans la gentillesse des Costa Ricains... De plus l'accueil est super, très sympa quand on vient d'arriver après des heures de vol. Le cadre est magnifique car c'est déjà la jungle mais en ville a 2 pas de l'Ambassade Américaine, facile a trouver si vous louez une VL. bon repas, chambre de très bon niveau....

Cozy, very hospitable

4.4 on April 12, 2013

The staff and owner of Casa Lima are friendly and accommodating. They even loaned us the owner's GPS when we rented a car for a day trip. Between the attentive staff and the two cats, one parrot, capucin monkey and daring squirrel, we always felt at home and entertained. Good location, close to good restaurants and a big shopping center within walking distance.

Tropical retreat in middle of city

4.8 on April 12, 2013

I would recommend Casa Lima. beutiful tropical courtyard gets you in the mood of Costa Rica. Good food, service and people. close to all, especially if you are connecting to Nature Air departures to other parts of the country as it near the Pavas airport.

A fantastic experience and warm atmosphere!

4.0 on March 31, 2013

My experience in Casa Lima was very good. It was my first time being outside the US for an over night extended stay of over a week. The room I had was nice and comfortable and very clean. The shower was a new experience to get used to, but the shower is typical in Costa Rica and was just fine once you learn how to use it. What really made this an amazing experience was the live animals and a rainforest type atmosphere which was only superceded by the owner and staff. They became friends more than the owner and "hired help". Except for staying at the homes of friends I would choose Casa Lima as a home away from home again. Thank you Casa Lima for a great introduction to Costa Rica.

my stay at Casa Lima

4.6 on March 25, 2013

Friendly considerate service. Safe and good location. Great atmosphere. Good food.

The people make the difference.

4.4 on March 24, 2013

The rooms are a bit old & there is no place to put anything, but they are clean & comfortable. The interior of the Casa Lima is hard to describe, you have to see it to appreciate it, so much hard work goes into maintaining such a tropical paradise in the middle of the city. Nelson. the owner/manager is very hospitable, informative, & helpful. The housekeeping ladies do an excellent job & are friendly & will be patient with you if you want to practice your Spanish. Danny also makes the effort to make your stay enjoyable. They have an excellent restaurant with authentic Cuban food & the breakfast will get your day started just fine! And they can provide reliable tours.

A warm welcome to Costa Rica

4.6 on March 21, 2013

I booked into Casablanca Lima based on the photos that showed a lush, green central courtyard surrounded by clean and well appointed rooms at a very reasonable rate, and that's exactly what I found on my arrival there. What I hadn't anticipated was the open friendliness of the staff, who were available aalnd eager to do their part in seeing to it that I enjoyed my stay not only while at Casa Lima, but also while I was out and about in San Jose and the rest of the country. Daniel met me at the front desk and soon proved himself to possess a wealth of knowledge about places to see, both in the city and the country at large. More importantly, he never treated me as a friend as did Nelson the proprietor. On the night of my second day at Casa Lima, I joined Danny and Nelson in the kitchen and we cooked a meal of fresh caught dorado together, then sat down and ate together with a few other guests, laughing and talking as if we were old friends, not people who had met only the day before. This feeling of easy comradery apparently was felt by the other guests, as I left there with a pocketful of business cards and exhortations to call when I was in their area. There are two friendly cats that wander the grounds, a very friendly white -faced monkey named Don Timon, a green macaw who will let you scratch her head with a minimum of encouragement, and budgies and a pond full of goldfish that is fed by a charming waterfall, and a wild squirrel that comes down every morning fornfruit and tontaunt the cats.

My stay at Casa Lima, wonderful experience!

5 on February 23, 2013

My stay at Casa Lima was wonderful! I have stayed there twice and they have the best food and atmosphere! Nelson the owner will do everything and anything you need to make your stay enjoyable. He goes out of his way to help you and then some. He even went to the market with me, the bank you name it, he will do it. Everyone who works there are so nice and so kind. It really shows to. If you are looking for a five star hotel,then this is not the place for you, it is neat, clean and it was good enough for me. I was there having Dental Work at Prisma Dental. It is very close and easy to get to. When Nelson was not busy which is rare he would run me over there. It is cozy and a family run business. Just do not get to close to Kiko the Monkey. He is adorable and like a human. I wanted to take his picture he he decided to throw his arm out the cage at me. It startled me and I went into the fish pond with my camera as well. It broke my camera submerging under water. When Nelson came to get me out, I looked up and Kiko was laughing and jumping up and down that I could not be mad, pain from falling, but hey what is a vacation without some action right? Enjoy your stay, so much fun there with the guests in the Lobby as well hanging around in the evenings.

Great people, place and location convenient to Prisma Dental

4.2 on December 03, 2012

The value is fantastic, the poeple are great and the location to Prisma Dental was just what I needed. Highly recommended!

Pretty, comfortable, friendly, very helpful staff

5 on August 13, 2012

My husband, son and I stayed at Casa Lima for one week. A lovely tropical courtyard and very comfortable accommodations. The staff helped tremendously with finding tours, drivers. They knew where to go in city, and what tours were available for excursions to other places. Also, all the folks who worked there were friendly, available and so welcoming. It was like being with friends. Very upbeat; relaxing.


4.2 on May 21, 2012

I'll leave it at that: simply a wonderful place: very welcoming and oh so clean! I just hope that when I return, PANA, will still be working there. He is a big part of why Casa Lima is so great.

Great Service for on the Cheap

4.0 on May 02, 2012

I can't say enough about the service which was fantastic. Everyone from the owner to the waitstaff to the cleaning services were wonderful. Every night when we got into our room not only was it cleaned but clothes were folded and the room was organized which was great. The rooms were more spacious than I was expecting which was also a bonus for such a great price. The breakfast was delicious and included rolls, fresh jams, fresh fruit, pineapple juice, and coffee with a great selection of hot breakfast items to supplement for a very reasonable cost. The options for lunch and dinner were limited to pasta and pizza but were tasty. The only negative that I can say is that it is not located in the best neighborhood but the bed and breakfast itself left little to be desired. All in all I would recommend it to anyone who is looking to stay near San Jose for a reasonable price.

My Stay at Casa Lima March 2012

3.8 on March 21, 2012

The personnel and owner were very helpful and friendly. I would certainly book there again on my next visit

Home away from Home

5 on November 14, 2011

This place is GREAT!!!! Highly recommend staying here. They treat you like family and make you feel right at home. Thanks guys!!!!

Exceptionally friendly B&B

4.4 on November 13, 2011

Great hospitality, with good food. Made you feel like you belonged there. Found out from other guests that St Jose is the place to go for extensive dental work, so I'll be going back.

Casa Lima, a great experience

5 on October 11, 2011

My wife and I went to St. Jose for extensive dental treatment. A friend in Atlanta recommended Casa Lima for our stay which was close to Prisma Dental and at a reasonable cost. We found it to be a charming B&B with guest rooms enclosing a tropical jungle garden that contained a caged monkey, parrots, fish, and exotic plants. The guest rooms were clean and comfortable, all different, and our room overlooked the garden. The entire staff made us feel at home. Nelson Ruiz, the inn keeper and his brother, Ricky, accommodated every need. Cheerful, diminutive Pana, the all-purpose person, cooked, carried luggage, and was the resident artist who had decorated walls with his folk art. Nelson, the consummate travel advisor, having seen most of destinations first hand, helped us plan tours. The food is Cuban/Costa Rican and the pizza is the best I have ever tasted. The intimate dinning area is a social gathering place where we met a host of interesting people having exciting adventures. All in all, Costa Rica and Casa Lima was a great experience.

Tropical BnB in a Great Neighborhood

5 on August 18, 2011

I stayed at Casa Lima for 10 days while on business. I've been to CR many times before and usually stay in Escazu. This was centrally located and extremely convenient. Casa Lima is charming. The courtyard is a lush jungle complete with a trickster monkey :-) The rooms (I've stayed in 2) were clean and well furnished. The continental breakfast is out for those seducing breakfast rolls. The owner, Nelson, and his extended family, are on site daily and help with anything you might need. It's in a quiet, safe neighborhood within easy walk of a great Tico restaurant. I will be staying there again in November.

Casa Lima is a wonderful place to stay. Good food, atmosphere and staff.

4.6 on August 06, 2011

The rainforest atmosphere with parrots, monkey, birds, koi pond was refeshing in contrast to the chain hotels we had stayed in before. The rooms were simple, clean and very reasonable. Because of the convenient location we were able to walk instead of taking taxis. The fool was excellent. The tilapia and pizza were best we've had. I would definitely recommend Casa Lima. The owners and staff went out of their way to make us feel welcome.

terrific b and b

4.4 on July 30, 2011

lovely, warm, welcoming, indulgent, fun place to be; delicious fruit and biscuit breakfast; good hang-out space; beautiful garden; friendly. accomodating owners; excellent value.

Wow!! What great hospitality!!

4.4 on July 28, 2011

My fiance and I stayed at Casa Lima this past July for 2 nights. We were impressed from the moment we stepped foot into the cute little B&B! We had just finished a 10 hour drive from Mal Pais (lots of traffic!!) and were late arriving into San Jose. We arrived to CL around 1015 and as soon as we walked in, were greeted by lovely Judie. She offered to feed us (despite the fact that their kitchen had closed at 9pm) and promptly relayed to us a phone call that we had received earlier in the afternoon. We felt at home immediately! At dinner, Nelson and his daughter were sweet enough to share with us pictures of a Pacuare river rafting trip that they had done a few years before...the same rafting trip we were planning on doing the following day. After dinner at the pizzeria attached to the B&B, we were escorted to our clean & comfy room. The next day, we realized that we had left the light on in our car & our battery had died. But Nelson was there to the rescue! Within 5 minutes, he had his car backed in near ours and the jumper cables out...what a relief! All in all- this is a great little bed & breakfast in a neighborhood near some great restaurants with the most amazing staff ever!

Very nice, quiet bed and breakfast

4.6 on July 19, 2011

Casa de Lima bed and breakfast is a very nice, quiet, family oriented place to stay. I have stayed there twice and would recommend it to others. The owners and staff are very nice and make you feel like you are at home. They are very accommodating and are happy to assist you with anything you need. Evenings are nice sitting in the courtyard. And the price is excellent.

It was a pleasant experience!

3.8 on July 14, 2011

We had a very nice experience at Casa Lima! People there really made us feel like home! The place is so beautiful, it seems like a litlle cozy shelter in the middle of a jungle...!

Sweet little oasis in San Jose

4.0 on May 08, 2011

Had a brief but pleasant stay - very good pizza, comfortable beds and engaging hosts. Had to leave to early for breakfast so unable to comment on that. After a long day of travel would have been nice to sit back with a beer or rum and coke without going down the street to a convenience store but other than that was a really nice place - would definitely stay again.

A delightful and pleasant Haven

4.0 on January 31, 2011

My wife Rosie and I spent a few days at the Casa Lima in January and we enjoyed it so well that we returned for a few more days upon our return from the beaches. The Hotel is beautifully arranged and the rooms are comfortable and roomy. Nelson and his staff are really freindly and outgoing and they made us feel so special. The tropical garden is a beautiful and serene place to relax, and we spent considerable time there. We ate most of our meals in the cafe and found there menu quite unique and the food delicious. We are hoping to return next year.

casa lima

4.4 on November 28, 2010

Very nice and comfotable place.Great service and hospitality.Nelson was a big help in setting up taxis and telling us where to go and what to see. very


4.8 on November 07, 2010

A truly outstanding B&B perfectly located family owned and operated. I've stayed at Casa Lima on 3 different occasions over the past 2 years, Nelson and his staff are always willing to help with the smallest details of your stay including any activities in the San Jose area. The food and the atmosphere at Casa Lima are 2nd to none in Costa Rica and Don Kiko provides great entertainment for kids and adults alike. If your planning a trip to San Jose be sure and visit Casa Lima. You'll be glad you did!

Little pricey for what you get

3.0 on September 28, 2010

Staff was great. There was a mini rainforest like garden which was nice. Kiko the monkey was cute. The room was average. Couldn't get HOT shower, luke warm at best. Biggest complaint is that there were tons of bugs in my room. Mostly dead ones which shows that it hadn't been used or cleaned in a while. But also there were tiny ants which I didn't notice until I put my laptop on the floor one afternoon n when I came back to use it, they were crawling out as I typed. I doubt I would stay here again unless I had to. Oh, and there has to be a plant in the lobby that smells like pot cause I doubt the staff is smoking weed 24/7....


2.4 on September 22, 2010

Shower in bathroom sparked when turned on, thought we would get electrocuted. Dishes and coffee pot not clean. Could not find B&B in our GPS. Tea was stale. Staff was friendly, Patio and lobby was very cozy.


5 on June 19, 2010

Nelson, Pana and Kiko are our familia now!!! Only family can make you feel as comfortable as we did. Connie, Monica and myself are looking forward to returning again and again!!!


5 on June 16, 2010

A great, clean, reasonably priced place to stay. Arriving at night we arranged airport pickup through the Casa Lima at $25, same price as for a taxi. The drive is about 25 min. We thought it good value and saved time. We stayed in two different rooms #11(executive) and #12(standard). Both were on the second floor and towards the back so very quiet. We preferred #12 as it had a much bigger bathroom and we did not need the desk area in #11. We had actually requested #15 and it was confirmed and reconfirmed we were in #15. We didn't care we weren't in 15, but if you're fussy it might be worth trying to get a specific room by calling them. As mentioned the rooms were very clean and comfortable with very good AC and TV. The bathrooms supplied the usual amenities. Breakfast is continental (large fruit plate, juice, rolls & jam, coffee) but there is also a menu to order from if desired. Lunch and dinner are also available at very reasonable prices. The banana pizza is delicious. We didn't need much in the way of extra arrangements, but what we did require, two very early morning taxis to go to the airports, were dealt with very efficiently by Pana, Casa Lima's seemingly jack of all trades. All the staff were friendly and helpful and we felt would go out of their way to help guests. A focal point of Casa Lima is the rainforest courtyard. Beautifully maintained and sets it apart from other places. Casa Lima is in a very nice and safe neighborhood a ten minute walk from the US embassy. We parked our rental car at Casa with no problems. If you want a little excitement walk to the embassy cross the street and take the #104 bus (.50c) into the city center. It's like an amusement park ride. We felt we didn't just stay at Casa Lima we enjoyed Casa Lima. We will definitely stay there again.

A Jewel in the Heart of San Jose

5 on June 14, 2010

We went to Casa Lima upon our arrival in San Jose, and we were delighted with our stay at this amazing place. It was our first trip to Costa Rica and we did not speak Spanish. Casa Lima was the perfect place to transition into this lovely country. The Inn itself is charmingly decorated, and the staff is very competent, friendly and accomodating. A terrific continental breakfast comes with the room -- fresh fruit, great coffee, home-made muffins. A full breakfast is available if you so desire, as well as lunch and dinner...a very nice menu at reasonable prices. We were so pleased with our stay that we returned for a few added nights before coming back to the U.S.

I'm going back, this is a great place

4.6 on June 14, 2010

The Casa Lima is a secure and lovely place to stay. It has a beautiful tranquil courtyard and is located near all the hustle bustle of the city. Easy ride from the airport. The food is very good, surprisingly so as I didn't expect that. Everyone is very kind and helpful and accomodating. I won't stay anyplace else. I highly recommend this, while it's not the Ritz, it doesn't have the Ritz prices. I think it's the best value you can find. A really great place.

We love Don Kiko!

4.2 on June 12, 2010

We had a wonderful stay. Nelson set up our transportation from the airport and was there to greet was when we arrived, he made us feel right at home. He and the rest of his staff were amazingly helpful; we just let him know which tours/excursions we wanted to do and he set it all up for us. The food was delicious too. Casa Lima is located in a very quiet and safe area. It is about a 10-15 minute taxi ride to downtown San Jose depending on traffic, but there is a convenience store within walking distance that had anything we needed. The service we received was far beyond our expectations, thank you for helping to make our first trip to Costa Rica a fantastic experience! -The Olivers

Home away from home

4.4 on April 10, 2010

We cannot say enough good things about Casa Lima! The staff is SO accomodating- they booked our tours every day and even help get our wallet back when we left it on the tour bus! We couldn't get enough of Don Kiko, the pet monkey they have. We can't wait to come back!

For long stays as well as short ones, Casa Lima is the place!

5 on March 28, 2010

Last October 2009, I enjoyed the most beautiful experience, at a very affordable price! Booking just for a few days, to "test the place", I ended up staying for a whole month. The personnel is friendly, highly service oriented and they really exceeded my expectation. I highly recommend Casa Lima for short as well as long stays. If you look for quality service, for an exotic surounding (there is a tropical garden right in the middle of the place), for convenient location (proximity to all services including the US Embassy), and for a family atmosphere, look no more: Casa Lima is the plac, for they are committed to your most memorable experience in San Jose, Costa Rica. Claude P.


5 on March 07, 2010

Nelson, I just want to thank you and Marlene for taking us into your "home" during a very stressful part of our trip. If you recall we are the couple that had everything including our passports stolen during a home invasion in Playa Potrero. We had to come to San Jose to have our passports replaced. You all made us feel so relaxed and safe during our stay at Casa Lima. Even when the power went out just after we checked in. Of course only on your block. :-) You really made a nightmare turn into a very pleasant event in San Jose. We can not thank you enough. We may however, have to figure out a way to have you send us some more Chilero. That stuff is amazing. Again, I will highly recommend your B&B to all I speak with. Your food, staff and rooms are simply amazing. Please also give Marlene my best, she too was a great source of comfort during a difficult time. All of your other guests were amazing people also. We felt like part of an extended family for the short time we were your guests. Deepest Thanks, Jennifer PS Another Big thanks for keeping the wine flowing. It was so needed. :-)

Our Extended Stay in San Jose

4.0 on February 25, 2010

As owners of a Bed and Breakfast, We always look for unique and special Bed & breakfasts. My wife and I, extended our stay after a wonderful trip of 10 days with Caravan Tours. We stayed for four days. We did just want a place to totally relax before heading back to the states. Nelson was a wonderful host, the food was great and the gardens a wonderful retreat to sit and read. Enjoyed spending time with Kiko the freindly white faced monkey. Great food and the gardens were a wonderful place to relax and enjoy the

friendly hospitality

3.6 on February 25, 2010

Clean rooms. Friendly, attentive staff. Great Food. Safe and convenient location. Comfortable, relaxed atmosphere. Good value.

Most Welcoming Place Ever

4.6 on February 15, 2010

Best Host, Good food- onsite restaurant, Beautiful gardens, Big rooms. Felt like family from the moment we walked in. The beds were excellent. Nelson helped arrange transportation from the airport, and a rental car for us. He introduced us to new foods, and helped us when we needed to contact the USA with an emergency at the end of our stay. Couldn't have been better. I will definitely stay ther again, and recommend to anyone staying in the San Jose area.

The best kept secret in San Jose

4.6 on February 13, 2010

The staff at Casa Lima was Amazing! Ask for their Spaghetti or Pizza. It is increidible. We were newlyweds looking for cozy, quite, and simple. We got it! If you are a resort type of person- don't go there. If you are looking to experience true Costa Rican life, then this is the place to go. All around, I wouldn't have gone any other place. Be sure to say hi to Don Kiko! :-)

Great little B&B near San Jose

3.8 on February 10, 2010

We spent 10 days at Casa Lima in January. We were in Costa Rica for dental appointments at Prisma Dental. The location was excellent for a short cab ride or longer walk for appointments. Nelson the B&B owner is bi-lingual and was an excellent host. Answering all questions, arranging transportation, providing a good continental breakfast, we were very comfortable for our stay. The B&B has a unique tropical courtyard and offers lunch and dinners at very reasonable cost. The B&B is walkable to Sabana Park and soon to be new soccer stadium. We enjoyed Sabana Park several occasions watching the local 'ticos' enjoy soccer games, pony riding, picnicking, rollerblading and just leisure strolling. We actually walked to San Jose and back twice and took the bus once. San Jose was a cool experience walking the many market areas and lunching at the small 'sodas'. The staff at Casa Lima were very nice and we thoroughly enjoy our stay. The trip worked out perfectly. Though my wife spent many hours in a dentist chair, she was very happy with the results at Prisma Dental and our stay at Casa Lima

The Very Best Of B&B'S

5 on February 08, 2010

If we never get back to Costa Rica we will still always remember The Casa Lima. We were taken such good care of neither my husband or I wanted to leave. The food is outstanding, the rooms are really nice and very clean.The nicest people we have ever met took care of us for 9 days there aren't enough stars to rate this experience. It is so beautiful and peaceful and the gardens are just so well taken care of. If given the opportunity please give the Casa Lima a try you'll love it. My husbad andI left our hearts with the people there and can't wait for the day we can go back. Donald & Helen Hudson- louisiana

Casa Lima Experience

5 on January 24, 2010

I enjoyed my stay at Casa Lima very much. It is nice and clean with lots of plants and a few birds plus Don Kiko, a naughty white head cappuccino monkey. It offers a family environment and the staff is service oriented. It is located in a nice neighborhood near downtown San Jose.

A lovely B&B with a tropical garden

3.8 on January 19, 2010

This is a beautiful B&B with a good location, lovely restaurant, clean, well appointed rooms, a beautiful jungle growing in the courtyard, friendly staff and a conscientious owner, and it's definitely worth the price.

casa lima

4.0 on December 30, 2009

very small room, not very clean in bathroom. Please don't stay in front street, there is a lot of noise. Breakfast could be better with eggs free for the price, is expensive.

You Must Stay Here!

5 on October 21, 2009

We felt like God totally smiled on us when we arrived at Casa Lima. It is a beautiful BB, the rooms were so clean, smelled delicious, fresh flowers, all we needed was there. Rooms are mini suites. It was an amazing experience. Would not trade a five star hotel for this place. Location is super safe! Good neighborhood, centrally located. Lots close. The food, I frankly say has been the best I have eaten in CR. The attention was outstanding. I felt I was home and spoiled. It was raining and we wanted to stay home, they gave us a bag that included a DVD player and 5 new releases to choose from. Nothing is overlooked at Casa Lima. The price well very hard to beat as well. This place is a MUSt to stay at even if, your planning to visit other parts of the country, you must first experience Casa Lima.

Incredible stay at Casa Lima B&B, San Jose, Costa Rica

4.8 on October 14, 2009

We were amazed at the value, service, surroundings, beauty, and staff at Casa Lima. We loved all of the exotic birds, but Don Kiku was definitely the biggest hit! He is the funniest, friendliest monkey we have ever seen. The food was very tasty, and reasonably priced. Even their pizza is great! We could never have found a nicer place for the money, and we loved every person that worked there. They are also extremely helpful in setting up tours, and they really do make you feel as if you are right at home. We could not have been more satisfied! Nelson, the Innkeeper, has great taste in decorating, and is a delight to talk to! Do yourself a great favor, and stay here when you are in Costa Rica.

Simply Wonderful

4.0 on August 10, 2009

Joanne and Tara USA Rooms are uniquely different. The bed felt great and the room was spacious. The neighborhood very upscale minutes from the American Embassy. I felt secure-safe. It is within walking distance (5-10 min) mc donalds-shopping strip. Also close to bus to San Jose. Miguel very knowledgeable of bus-distance traveling - just very helpful for our one night stay. The lobby is so peaceful. You have a private atrium. I would definitely stay here again and recommend it to friends.


4.2 on June 24, 2009

Mi nombre es Elizabeth. y me hospede en Casa Lima por varios dias del mes de junio y la verdad estoy increiblemente satisfecha con el servicio, realmente me senti como en casa y los empliados son demaciado AMABLES, RESPETUOSOS y TRABAJADORES. Los cuartos son muy limpios y comodos. La comida es deliciosa tipica costaricense al igual que ofrecen opciones para otros gustos. Me volveria a quedar en casa lima en mi proxima visita. Muchas gracias a los duenos y trabajadores por todas sus amabilidades y atenciones.

Slice of tropical paradise

5 on May 30, 2009

We just finished a 4 day/3 night stay at Casa Lima. What a wonderful place! The atmosphere is breathtaking, the staff (especially Miguel and Xenia) are very helpful and friendly, the rooms are spacious and clean, and the food was excellent. We were so taken with Casa Lima that we have already recommended it to our friends. Miguel was wonderful as front desk/waiter/tour coordinator. His English is excellent, his recommendations were right on target, and his customer service was beyond compare. We will be back again.


5 on May 12, 2009

I stayed in Casa Lima for a weeks time and I was blown away with the immense detail that they have put into the place. The minute you walk into the bed and breakfast you feel as though you have been transcended to another place, where all is beautiful and good. There garden is spectacular with all different kinds of exotic plants. The rooms were super cozy and I could hear the waterfall all night long, which was very soothing. The rooms have a lot of air circulating, I was never hot. The food was good and the staff was phenomenal. All in all it was a fabulous trip and Casa Lima made it even better. These pictures just don't do the place justice. I recommend you go and check it out for yourselves.

“Just what I was looking for….”

5 on April 22, 2009

I have been to Costa Rica several times now. This time I wanted to stay away from downtown and Casa Lima was just what I hoped it would be. Although it lacks some of the amenities of the big hotels, it makes up in its charm and romantic environment. It is in a great location, walking distance to several restaurants, shops, etc. Ideal for someone who is there to tour different regions of Costa Rica . Front desk staff helped us with the tours and directions on how to get to different places… Overall very satisfied! Will recommend and we’ll return….


4.0 on April 21, 2009

Visiting Costa Rica was a breath-taking experience! Casa Lima was quaint and exotic. Our room was cozy while allowing us to listen to the beautiful sounds of nature. Also, the courtyard was an exceptional place to sip a cool drink as well as relax. The prices were economical and the hospitality was exceptional!

Hidden Gem

5 on April 19, 2009

I went with my wife last month to Casa Lima. She wanted that romantic feeling and she got it. We loved the patio. The manager was very friendly and upon our return from a long exhausting tour, we had a complementary bottle of wine awaiting for us in our room. Great touch! My wife loved the decor and all the different types of plants EVERYWHERE. Great place to stay totally worth the value.

Wonderful Stay!

4.8 on April 11, 2009

I just got back from Casa Lima b&b & WOW!!!!...This place was AMAZING!!! The hospitality is so nice (Miguel was so kind & helpful, & speaks english very well). The set up of the place really makes you feel as if you are in a rainforest, with all the plants, trees & animals. I loooooved 'Kiko', the monkey...He is too cute! The food, service, & b&b itself was the best! They also upgraded our room for free & treated us to a free bottle of wine...this was so kind & shows how they go the extra mile to please their guests. The area is great to walk around in...not far from stores/restaurants. I will DEFINITELY stay here again when I return to San Jose. I highly recommend this b&b!

your wife will love it!

4.4 on January 13, 2009

I was looking for a quick getaway not too far from the states when a friend recommended I check out Costa Rica. I had never been there before but I had heard about what a beautiful place it is. I got online, booked the flights and found this inexpensive bed and breakfast called Casa Lima. Located about 25 minutes from the airport, Casa Lima was more than I expected, a charming little place that set the tone for a very special weekend. The staff at Casa Lima was fabulous and helped me with selecting 2 tremendous excursions which picked us up right in front of Casa Lima. The first tour started with a spectacular tour of a volcano called Poas, then proceeded with a visit to La Paz Waterfall Gardens which contains some of the most amazing species in the world. The second tour was an incredible Canopy adventure, something I never thought I would ever do, became the coolest thing I ever did in my life as I safely "soared" from tree to tree by traversing along a cable from one mountain side to another. What a thrill! What a weekend! My wife loved it and I became a hero!

A wonderful surprise!

4.4 on December 17, 2008

I'm a producer and I had to go on a location scout for a possible shoot in San Jose. I wanted to stay in a non-conventional well known hotel, because I like to be with the people one-on-one. It helps me to get a true feel and vibe for the place... So an associate recommended we stay here, just to see what its all about, and... What a wonderful surprised! I stayed in a Family suite and the service was wonderful. Great space, internet and everything... The next time I go there I'll be at Casa Lima FOR SURE. It's a great value for the pocket and exceeds your expectations on the whole experience.

I didn't want to leave!!!

5 on December 13, 2008

I just traveled to Costa Rica for the thanksgiving holiday. I stayed at Casa Lima and loved it so much, that it was tuff when it was time to leave. It's a mini paradise...the lush greenery sorrounding the courtyard is breathtaking paired with the soothing sound of their waterfall. What a peaceful and beutiful place. Staff was amazing!

Loved it!

4.4 on November 12, 2008

Loved the place…tranquil and relaxing. There is a man-made tropical courtyard right outside your window. And “KIKO” was adorable. Every morning, my friends and I had breakfast, which was included in the price, and head out for a day of adventure. The atmosphere in the hotel was just what we needed after a long day.


4.2 on November 09, 2008

I just came back from spending a week in Costa Rica. Flew in to San Jose and stayed two nights at Casa Lima. It was a very unique bed and breakfast. I loved the courtyard, reminded me of being in an actual rainforest. This is so different from a hotel. I so much rather stay at a b & b. I loved it so much that after spending 3 nights in Manuel Antonio, I returned to Casa Lima for another 2 before returning to the states. Would definitely stay again.

Beautiful Place!!!

4.0 on October 16, 2008

I had never been to Costa Rica, and was very apprehensive on where to stay. I am from Miami and found Casa Lima via the internet. The service, the cleanliness, and the lush paradise that surrounds this picturesque bed and breakfast really made me connect with the beauty of Costa Rica. The food was spectacular and the friendly and helpful staff made me feel right at home. I would definitely recommend Casa Lima. It was a wonderful choice!!!!!

A must see!

5 on October 14, 2008

I stayed this summer at Casa Lima. How quaint and adorable it was and the price totally unbeatable. The staff was very friendly and attentive to my needs. You have to try the restaurant!! Specially the “ropa vieja”. It was AMAZING! The Court yard was very romantic and made me feel like if I was in the rain forest. A must see!

Casa Lima Bed & Breakfast


  • Nightly Rate $50 - $65
  • Reviews (80) 4.4
  • Rooms 23

Contact Innkeeper

  • Phone 1-3059646017
  • Phone 506-22310064
  • Fax 786-342-0962
  • Mobile 506-8601-3400
  • Toll free 305-810-8999
Top check