The room is great, the water is hot, the condo is very clean with lots of tile and wonderful tropical wood trim. It's in a really convenient and totally safe neighborhood of upscale Escazú, a 10 minute walk to the bus which will take you directly into the heart of downtown San Jose in 20 or 25 minutes for about 60 cents US. Or, local restaurants, shops, even Wal-Mart are within a 10 or 12 minute walk*. (*I've moved, Walmart is now a little farther) Tiger is a fantastic hostess, kind, considerate and really helpful. Talked me through the bus, getting around in San Jose, and cooked some wonderful meals taking into account some special dietary issues.
I will be back again!
-Bill Hawker 2010
The apartment is very large. There is a beautiful courtyard within the apartment! We were mom and son (both adults) staying with Jilla. The kitchen is big and has all the amenities of home. Each bedroom is quite big with plenty of light, great storage, a lock box, a fan, (never was needed) plenty of linens and towels. Tiger is an expert in physical training and gave my elderly mother some great exercises for balance. She, a creative and helpful person. All the bowls, cups, and plates, were thrown by Tiger on her own potters wheel. They are beautiful pieces of ART!! From the plants to the paintings, she has added so many artistic touches to her apartment. Extremely convenient location for San Jose theaters, businesses, museums, parks, great restaurants, the new plaza, San Jose's Jewish community, and the Synagogues. This area is one of the few that has real sidewalks making walks and jogs a pleasure. The views of the mountains from walking on the street are stupendous. And good internet connection!
-Kurt Mehl 2010
Hola, I have know Tiger for 3 years and have been impressed with her graciousness and welcoming spirit. I would recommend her for anything she decided to take on. Great woman.
-Sharon Ann Wildey 2010
I had a wonderful stay at Tiger's house. In particular I appreciated how helpful she was to me after my dental surgery. I was alone and would have had a hard time without her help. She fixed nourishing, delicious smoothies and purees for me, catering to my tastes. Tiger is a great cook and I can't wait until I can go back for a meal I can chew. Her place is an easy 5-15 minute (depending on the bus) bus ride to my dentist so I saved a lot in cab fare. There is also banking and grocery shopping within walking distance. All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed my stay with Tiger. She is fun, interesting and she took good care of me. It was a great place to recover from surgery. I look forward to a return visit.
-Jan Rhoades 2011
I recently returned from my third stay at Tiger's Den. This time I got to stay at her new place. It is even better than the previous one. She still has all the comforts and amenities, you will immediately feel at home. This time I got to eat a real meal (see previous review). It was spectacular. She happened to be giving a dinner party when I was there and I got invited!
Thank you, Tiger. Hope to see you again soon.
-Jan Rhoades 2014
Escazu is a lovely neighborhood with a multi-plaza mall, Walmart, TGIFs, and many other stores a short walk away.
I had stayed with Jilla for 2 weeks during my surgery and major orthodontics. CIMA hospital, where I had my surgery, is a short 10 minute walk away. (again, I've moved, now it's a short 10 minute ride) During my recovery, I was not in my best sorts. Jilla was a kind and gracious host, allowing me to use the bedroom with the TV while I recuperated. When I encountered complications, she called the doctor and helped as she could. She is a very healthy eater, making numerous shakes, of which I enjoyed a few. Thanks, Jilla.
I stayed 10 days at Jilla's place, Jilla is a great person and fun to be around. Unfortunately she had plans to travel during part of my stay and spent too few hours with her. Her location is fantastic and in a very safe area. Transportation is few blocks away. The only objection I had is the mattress in the bed was worn out and too soft for me, and noisy if you move around*. Over all I do recommend Jilla's place.
* I have since replaced the mattress with a brand new pillow top one. Tiger
The lovely first floor condo has a great location in an upscale area of Escazú and excellent security. The home, bedroom, and bath are very clean. Although Tiger was away when I stayed, she had a delightful hostess, Raquel, staying there to help everyone. Raquel answered all our questions about directions and things to do. I was there to receive outstanding dental treatment from Dr. Vinicio Prada and was familiar with the area. The other guests while I was there were absolutely great! Friendly and interesting, we enjoyed the time we were in the the communal area. Had a great experience!
-Alma Darling 2011
I really enjoyed my stay with Tiger. She took me to the best places to eat and shop. Her condo is incredible, convenient to all of Escazu. She was very helpful with everything. I highly recommend staying at the Tiger's Den
-Joseph April 2012
Tiger was very hospitable - she made Brenton juice when he was sick, spun pottery for us to carve, and even invited us to her Thanksgiving dinner where we cooked, ate, and laughed with good company through the evening! Brenton and I were pleasantly surprised to find that her neighborhood is close to the Farmer's Market (where Tiger invited us to join her on Saturday mornings), a great place to go on a walk, and conveniently located near the bus line. I highly recommend her place if you are looking to stay in San Jose, whether short or long-term.
-Brenton and Julie Bird April 2013
Jilla is one of my favorite people on the planet. She's a warm and gracious host, fun, interesting, smart. She's an inspired cook and nutritionist. As a seasoned traveler, she creates a laid back, low stress environment for folks to enjoy before taking off on the next big adventure. In a word, Jilla is amazing. In fact, she's a great reason to visit Costa Rica.
-Kimberly Esslinger 2013
Jilla (AKA Tiger) is such a hospitable, caring hostess. She cooks amazing food and has great tips if you're interested in healthy living. Definitely try her infamous fruit shakes! The neighborhood is very convenient to various restaurants, grocery stores, the major hospital, shopping, etc. The entire, surrounding area is very safe and the weather is the best ever! The hammocks and outdoor seating are lovely to just kick back in. I highly recommend staying here for a pleasant CR visit!
-Laura Leff 2010-2011
Tiger is a great hostess and a fabulous chef. I was a colleague of hers when she offered personal training and nutrition services at a very popular fitness center in the heart of San Francisco. We miss her out here but if you are traveling and cross paths with her...well, then our loss is your gain!
-Matt O'Brien 2012
Tiger is an amazing host! She is friendly, caring and always willing to go above and beyond for her friends and family.
I say family because that's what I feel I became after staying in her home in Costa Rica for a few weeks. I didn't really know what to expect from booking a stay in a stranger's home, but I was pleasantly surprised. She instantly made me feel welcome and comfortable. She was always very caring and thoughtful. Two things I value highly in a friend. Her cooking skills were also a fabulous perk during my stay. I left with new skills and lots of memories. I highly recommend a stay at the Tiger's Den in Escazú. It was an experience and a new friendship I will forever cherish.
-Tatiana Lopez 2013
Over the course of a half dozen stays at Tiger's house I have come to know her, and her hosting style, very well. In bringing an air of calm and graciousness to her relations with guests, and by keeping a well-organized living space, she creates a very relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. If you have requests, or need any assistance, she is more than willing to be helpful, often by going the extra mile with you to make sure your needs are met. I think of Tiger as a true practitioner of the Golden Rule. Her easy manner and hosting skills will put you at ease, and her well-appointed rooms will provide you with all you need for a pleasant stay.
-Mark Myers 2013
Thank you so much for making me feel so "at home" in your house. I enjoyed staying with you and always felt I and my belongings were safe. Your kitchen is equipped with many so items I have in my own, it was like being in my own kitchen, but larger! If your house is still available early next year, I'll be back. I hope your construction goes well and it you are happy with it when it is finished.
-Sandra Krause 2014-2015
Tiger is the most amazing Airbnb host ever! She was very helpful and accommodating in assisting me as a solo traveller with my first visit to San Jose and the upscale neighborhood of Escazu. Her place is conveniently and securely located in a gated community within walking distance of nearly every amenity imaginable. A beautiful park is a few steps away and from there endless walking and hiking possibilities exist into the surrounding neighborhoods or mountains. Her home is spacious with a large well equipped kitchen, lounging areas inside and out and even a cozy fireplace, if required. There was a great sense of community created with Tiger and other travellers staying at her place making for a very enjoyable experience. Highly recommended. I will return again soon!
-Richard Naden 01/03/17 –01/19/17
He estado viviendo en casa de Tiger cada vez que visito Costa Rica (~3 meses) y aunque no sean periodos largos he llegado a querer a Tiger como si fuera de mi familia. Ella es una persona espectacular, super amable, alegre, carismática, amorosa... en fin, como una segunda madre. La casa es super cómoda, tiene todo lo que puedes llegar a necesitar, está en un excelente vecindario, es tranquilo, silencioso, y cerca de supermercados y restaurantes. Las mascotas dan un toque de alegría a la casa. Siempre vas a querer volver a casa de Tiger!
I have been living at Tiger's house every time I visit Costa Rica (~ 3 months) and although they are not long periods I have come to love Tiger as if she were family. She is a spectacular person, super kind, cheerful, charismatic, loving ... well, like a second mother. The house is super comfortable, has everything you could need, is in a great neighborhood, peaceful, quiet, and close to supermarkets and restaurants. Pets bring a touch of joy to the house. You will always want to go back to Tiger's house!
Andrés Moreno 2015-2017
This place was really everything I needed. I was getting dental work done and Jilla really is a super host. She offered to make me just about anything I felt like eating and would that would be ok with my teeth work. Also she knows all there is to know about eating healthy and she stocks healthier food then you would get eating in a restaurant. She took me hiking and she's a few decades older then I am but she's in way better shape.
She lives right by the mountains so it's just a matter of going up the neighborhood roads.
She lives in a gated community with nice neighbors and outside of the community is a gym called Arena Trek that lets you get daily or weekly memberships and it's a five minute walk with a Fresh Market and several awesome restaurants in the area.
She also has a friendly little dog named LuLu and two friendly house cats.
I'm looking forward to coming back!
Mike Dee August 2017