About the Homestay
I am a peculiar retired Kinder garden and Spanish teacher living in my home located 10 minutes from the city. Our home is surrounded by gardens filled with hummingbirds, butterflies, and a variety of birds. My older son lives with his family in his own house located in the back side of the lawn. Our home has a total of 5 bedrooms. Foue of them are available for rent. It has a living room with comfortable furniture, kitchen made of fine wood, large dining area, terrace with a grill, and an outside terrace with a view of one of the orchid gardens. There is also a mini studio apartment available for rent which is completely separate and located in back of the house. The backyard has furniture for relaxing or reading among the banana trees, sugarcane, mango trees, and more. in the gardens we have some chickens and roosters. Marlene is "The Lady" who loves cooking, sowing plants, swimming, reading, and art. We love taking care of and getting to know our guests. Spanish lessons are also available for an extra fee. Also, if you are interested in doing volunteer work during your stay, we would be happy to set you up with something that interests you.
speak Spanish and English. There is parking for three cars
- Internet Access
Bedrooms available for booking
About the Area
Our home is located 10 minutes from the city. Nearby, we Also have a small grocery store, schools, and a pharmacy. The bus stop is only 150 meters away, Which can take you to the center of our capital city (20 minutes). In San Jose there are supermarkets, various types of stores, shopping centers, restaurants, banks, hospitals, museums, theaters, universities, and more. There are many bus terminals Also That can take you all over Costa Rica to see the different volcanoes, beaches, mountains, rainforests, and Also to the airport.
Local Area Facilities
- Shopping Centre
- Amusement Park
- Sports arena
- Health club
- Bus Stop
- Train station
Hosts can offer a complimentary light breakfast at their discretion. All other meals, including a full breakfast, might incur an additional cost, if offered. Meals and any additional payment should be arranged directly with your host.
Included in the stay
- Complimentary Light Breakfast
- Use of Kitchen
Available on request at an extra cost
- Full Breakfast
- Half Board
- Full Board
We ask you please That Maintain a clean room, only smoke outside in the garden, be Careful with kitchenware, be honest, and Have respect for our home. Also, please ask for permission before Having outside guests in our home.
Smoking is allowed outdoors only.
Marlene was exceptional. Her home; a botanical oasis and one that travelers looking for serenity about 20 minutes outside San Jose will appreciate. She has an incredible friend named Francisco who is a local driver in the country. You are sure to have a very safe ride to and from the airport and anywhere else you want to go! The public transit, is right down the road, very convenient but do your homework in advance as the lines are a little confusing but so worth the cost. I can’t say enough about Marlene; a loving soul who has deep love for Costa Rica, botanicals and makes a breakfast to get your day started just right. A cozy place to call home while in Costa Rica. Thank you Marlene for such a wonderful trip and for me, the first time out of the country :) Pura Vida!
Marlene is truly a fantastic hostess! I would recommend her to anyone especially if you are in San Jose for the first time like I was. On the day I arrived she went with me on the bus to downtown San Jose and helped me become familiar with the area. It really eased my anxiety especially since I was traveling alone. She is also great if you are practicing your spanish since she will speak slowly and clearly when talking with you. Her house is very secure and very beautiful, and only a short 3 minute walk to the bus stop. If I am in CR again I'll definitely have to stay with her again!
Takes a while to get to the centre but worth the effort to stay in a home from home. Marlene is a gem.
Marlene is very friendly. She made us feel home from the first minute.
Marlene is a fantastic hostess. She is very sweet, helpful, and would do anything for you. Her English is pretty good, and she is a great Spanish teacher. I have truly enjoyed my stay here. I believe I have made a friend for life.
Her home is very beautiful. She has chickens, baby chicks sometimes. There are beautiful flowers everywhere. I felt right at home in her house. It was very comfortable.
If you are looking for something different from the usual hotel, you cannot go wrong with this beautiful home and hostess. She is one of a kind. Full immersion in a tica home was a great choice.
Marlene is a lovely lady and her breakfasts and dinners are wonderful although I did not eat dinner here I saw what she prepared and the other guest said they were wonderful. When I booked this house it said on the map that it was in a different location closer to downtown but infact it was a ways out of the city. I was told by the owner not to walk in certain areas near the house so my daily run was not considered safe. I stayed for 19 days but was supposed to stay for a month but I had problems sleeping with the dogs barking and the 4 roosters sceaching at 1 2 3 in the morning. She is a lovely host and is happy to take her guests on all sorts of tours, simply a beautiful lady. As a guest I cleaned my room and bathroom also did the laundry of my bed before I left, also cleaned the dishes in the kitchen many night after dinner and breakfast dishes to thank her for the time she spent showing me around. Carol Ann
She is like your mother. Give you the best she can and more. Made a trip with us to beautyfull places no tourist knows. Helps you with locale things and is a food cook.
Gracies Marlene por su hospitalidad.
Marlene è fantastica!
Molto gentile ,ospitale e la sua marmellata fatta in casa è super!!!
La casa è molto bella,spaziosa e pulita..ci siamo trovati benissimo anche se x poco tempo:)
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