This little hotel is a gem! Absolutely darling, clean, and with a very warm, friendly staff. Nicely decorated to make you feel like an invited guest into a grand Victorian home.
The location to museums, city squares, the mercado de artesanías and some really good restaurants (although we LOVED the hotel restaurant) makes this place perfect!
Breakfast was good and basic. What we loved the most was the little restaurant in the front of the hotel, as it was the perfect place to meet both hotel guests and locals alike and enjoy a wonderful meal!
Yes, it has creaky wood floors (added to the character!!) and a train goes by fairly often, neither of which bothered us at all. We read about the train, so were prepared (turns out it was not nearly as loud as we had read!).
I rated it as "quiet", because for us, it really was. The hotel was at 100% occupancy and yet the only creaking floor we heard was when we ourselves walked on creaky boards. We have been in bigger, more expensive hotels that were much, much louder without any trains going by. So we felt it was quiet!
My only advice is to make sure you bring the address and phone number of hotel with you. San Jose does not have "normal" addresses, and not all taxi drivers know of this hotel.More