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
Please note that only a light breakfast is included in the room rate. All other meals will incur an additional cost. Meals and any additional payment should be arranged directly with your host.
Included in the stay
- 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.
If I have a chance to go back Costa Rica, I will stay in her house again.
I had a wonderful experience with Marlene. I stayed with her twice. Once for 3 months and then again for the weekend. Marlene makes sure that you are taken care of and you feel safe. The breakfast is fresh fruit everyday. Marlene is a great person to have conversations with, you can learn all about Costa Rica and really up your Spanish with her because she was a Spanish teacher! Marlene felt like my second mom, she is a lovely, caring, kind lady. Her is beautiful and has a garden with butterflies and rabbits. I live in Costa Rica now and we still talk to this day! I will go to her house again maybe for a weekend just to hang out with her, that's how awesome she is. Thank you Marlene for everything, mi tica familia! Un brazo!
My stay with Marlene was a memorable experience, Marlene has a natural motherly instinct and puts extra effort into making sure that all her guests are well taken care of. She knows her country well and is very helpful with booking transportation, and in planning excursions, She is very easy to talk to and I felt as if I had known her a long time. She makes a special effort to make her guests feel at home and I felt very honoured to have been included in some private family events. Breakfast was always very nicely presented and I had the pleasure of having several suppers with her, she is an excellent cook, and would not hesitate to stay with her again, should I ever re visit Costa Rica, Thank you Marlene from the bottom of my heart, you are a wonderful woman, I adore you.
Would reiterate all the positive comments about staying with Marlene! So lovely, amazing cook, took us to a local village festival on Sunday which was such a great experience and only knew about because of her local knowledge. Also a former Spanish teacher so that's a plus!
I had the best time in Costa Rica thanks to Marlene. She was so helpful and kind. I can't wait to go back. Her cooking is excellent. I ate breakfast and paid extra for dinner. it was totally worth it not just for the food but the conversation. I enjoyed so much coming home form excursions to a home cooked meal and company. She is an amazing woman. My trip would have not been the same without her:)
We stayed with Marlene three times during our 3 week tour of Costa Rica.
Marlene was always welcoming and helpful.
Her breakfasts were delicious especially her homemade jam!
evening meals were extra but also good and very reasonable.
Her son Max speaks excellent English, was a mine of local information and would be pleased to arrange tours.
Chris & Lynne UK
Fue una linda experiencia estar en casa de Marlen, quien es una persona muy amable, tiene mucho carisma, cuenta lindas anécdotas, conoce mucho sobre su lindo País Costa Rica, su historia, cultura, costumbres etc, etc., Marlen cocina delicioso y prepara una exquisita mermelada de frutas sin preservante alguno, me encantaron las mañanas de desayuno con pan tostado y mermelada se las recomiendo. La casa de Marlen es muy acogedora y esta muy cerca del centro de la ciudad, incluso el bus pasa a cuadra y media de su casa para ir y regresar de San José. Muchas Gracias Marlen por hacer de esta experiencia algo inolvidable.
Marlene and her family are excellent examples of tico warmth and hospitality. Safe and secure in her comfortable home you can experience the flow of Costa Rican everyday life. Marlene herself is the consummate host. Kind and generous with her time, each guest is special to her and receives special consideration according to need. Once you stay with Marlene, you will always want to return.
I had a fantastic time with Marlene and her family . We had lots of great conversations and laughs over wonderful dinners that she prepared for me . Marlene was great in taking me around and showing where to take the bus and helped me to understand a little Spanish . Marlene had another guest while I was there and we all developed a great friendship . I am planning to return and visit Marlene, before leavingCosta Rica . I highly recommend this lovely home to anyone visiting the area . Danielle
Marlene was a fantastic host in every way. Friendly and caring, a fabulous cook, with breakfast included and optional, reasonably priced, delicious evening meals. She also was a mine of information about local transport, sights to see etc. I loved my mini apartment in her garden. There was lots of bird life and tropical plants and it was safe and secure. I would definitely recommend Marlene's hospitality to all who like a more authentic Costa Rican experience.