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Sr y Sra Ese Factory Tour
Open today: 07:00 - 17:00
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Inside look at how wood products are made.

An interesting exposure to souvenir production. You'll see some of their products around the... read more

Reviewed 30 October 2015
kazi7
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carrollton, tx
What a great shop!

So glad we found this. Made a great last-day stop to pick up gifts. They have everything... read more

Reviewed 23 July 2015
Smrdi G
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Reviewed 8 July 2014

We hadn't found a lot of souvenirs on our 10 day trip, and I was itching to spend my colones before heading to the airport. Sr y Sra Ese was recommended by the Trapp Inn nearby. We did not have time for the tour, coffee or lunch, but was able to purchase a few things that were perhaps slightly more expensive than I had seen similar items elsewhere. The variety and quality were amazing. I would have liked to spend much more time here, but we had a Dollar rental car to return. Contrary to our hotel's certainty that the shop could give us easy and exact directions to the Dollar return area, it soon became evident that even though the airport was nearby, the rental car return location was unknown. A gentleman, perhaps Sr Ese, volunteered to lead us there as he was picking someone up at the airport. He was a wonderful leader, waiting for us at every move and when it became evident that Dollar Rental Car was not where expected, he looped through the airport and drove us to the other rental car agencies to sort out where Dollar was hiding. He even used his own phone, and when there was no answer he found a passerby who knew where to go. He then led us there, and drove off with a wave, after spending at least 30-45 minutes as our Good Samaritan! So Señor, whoever you are, God bless you! Wish I had been able to spend more time and money in your store!

Date of experience: July 2014
1  Thank 4pojkes
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Reviewed 12 March 2014

We found this shop on Trip Advisor, and good thing. We were near the end of our nearly two week trip to Costa Rica and hadn't really encountered any good souvenir shops. This shop was within a mile or two of where we were staying at the Courtyard by Marriott near the airport. It's a little hard to find--it's kind of an oasis within a residential/light industrial area. The shop owners were gracious enough to give our family a quick 15 minute tour of the wood factory right before the workers were about to leave for lunch. The tour was great. We got to see how the wood is aged, cut, polished, drilled, and arranged into the many jewelry and decor products they sell. The hard woods are very beautiful--the use them as-is with no stain/color or finishes--and it was interesting to see them after having toured the forest in Guanacaste and learned about the native and imported hardwoods. In addition to wooden jewelry, the souvenir shop sold t-shirts, non-wooden jewelry, hammocks, furniture, you name it. It was extensive. We were able to buy lots of little, inexpensive items that would fit in our luggage, yet still represent uniquely Costa Rican product made by local craftsmen. To top it off, there is a nice outdoor restaurant decorated with large pieces of hand-carved wooden art where you can buy refreshments and enjoy lunch. Sr y Sra Ese is a great place to load up on very nice souvenirs and enjoy a half a day of factory touring and eating lunch.

Date of experience: February 2014
Thank dmresource
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RobertoSolano, General Manager at Sr y Sra Ese Factory Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 14 March 2014

We're glad you liked our store. Is our goal to offer the widest selection of local produced souvenirs so you can take back home a little piece of our country. It's great to know you liked our store and enjoyed your visit. Thank you very much for your awesome review. We will love to see you again in your next trip!

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Reviewed 17 September 2013

This is a nice place to tour the factory and purchase the wood products which are all hand made in the factory. Tour the factory first and then walk through the gift shop and gardens. They offer free coffee and snacks to the visitors. The tour is free and the wooden souvenirs are not too expensive. After you tour the factory you will appreciate the prices in the gift shop.

The wood is aged for 15 years and they use wood from around the world for different products they make. It's a interesting tour and worth the time if your in San Jose.

They also have a nice restaurant on site; however we did not eat there because everyone was still full from breakfast.

Date of experience: September 2013
Thank Brian P
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Reviewed 3 September 2013

Having lunch with my tour group at this great spot. They have a gift shop with some incredible wood products. During the week they give tours of the factory where everything is made. Great last minute souvenir stop.

Date of experience: August 2013
1  Thank Christopher H
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Reviewed 7 August 2013

If you need to buy souvenirs of your trip, just go there before taking the plane!
You will find plenty of things: earrings, necklaces, bracelets, home furniture, t-shirts, bags...
We bought the most of souvenirs there. We could find all that we wanted.

Date of experience: June 2013
1  Thank AnnaPetita
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