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About San José
San José is the capital city of Costa Rica. Although it doesn't necessarily concentrate as many touristic attractions as other parts of the country (with beaches, volcanoes, mountains, and national parks) it is the starting point for most travelers when visiting the country. San José receives so many travelers a year that is very likely you'll make friends with other foreigners visiting Costa Rica during your stay.
There are plenty of San José hostels and accommodation options available. There is a high concentration of budget accommodation and hostels in San José. In fact, there might be a shortage of higher-end hotels, but budget travelers and backpackers are guaranteed to have plenty of choice according to their preferences and budget! Depending on your travel plans, you might want to stay in the city centre or closer to the airport (for early departures to the rest of the country, for instance). If the latest suits you best, Alajuela is the place in which to look for accommodation, since the airport is at least an hour-and-a-half drive because of the traffic.
As the main city in the country, it has plenty of little luxuries that might not be that common in the most touristic areas, that tend to be more rural. There are plenty of shopping opportunities and you'll find so many international fast food chains in the main streets that will make you think for a moment that you are somewhere in the USA.
There is a very lively nightlife scene in San José. Street life is important, and, particularly on Thursdays, you'll have the chance to see a lot of people partying in the streets, where entertainers tend to perform. The city is also very open when it comes to the gay scene.
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"Hostel Pangea has a great atmosphere and setting, but these do not make up for the negative experiences we had with staff. The Location Hostel Pangea is located quite close to the downtown area and closer to a lot of the bus stations and terminals that transport you to other parts of Costa Rica. You will find that, despite this, it is in a fairly dodgy area of the city and not somewhere you would want to venture outside of the hostel...
Costa Rica Backpackers Hostel
"Costa Rica Backpackers is one of the efficiently run hostels in San Jose. The organization is clearly accustomed to backpackers, and they've set up the entire place to cater to that market -- they've got a pool, restaurant, room options, large open kitchen, and even guard out front for safety. The Location The hostel is about a ten-minute taxi ride from the main bus terminal. It is a little outside of the downtown area, so it's...
Gaudys Backpackers Hostel
"Gaudys Backpackers Hostel is a bright, well-kept, and safe place to stay in San Jose's city center. The staff are friendly and helpful, and the included breakfast is deliciously substantial! The Location This hostel is located only a couple blocks off the Paseo Colon, three blocks from the bus stop to the airport, nearby to all the other bus stations, and a about a twenty-minute walk into the heart of the city. The area is fairly clean...
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Barrio La California
"Very safe. Very polite and helpful staff. They get to know your names, say hi and do whatever they can for you. The coffee is great — the toast not so much. The location is alright... don't bother with the KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken). You can get that at home." … "This place is a super sweet place to hang out, although it can get boring after a few weeks. There is free internet, good coffee that's free, free toast for breakfast, two...
Mi Casa Hostel
"… and nice neighborhood that is also close to the airport, main bus terminals and many more facilities that will make your stay with us easy and pleasant. We are next to La Sabana, the biggest recreational park in San Jose!! Our hostel is a very good option for backpackers to start their trip; we have many different options for visiting the best places with a variety of tours and excellent prices. Not only is it a great place to...
Green House Hostel
"The Green House Hostel has recently opened in San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica. It is a modern hotel offering complete tourist assistance. We welcome you with our famous warm Costa Rican hospitality. The Green House Hostel provides maximum comfort at a minimum price." … "… metros al norte, edificio color verde a mano derecha Our convenient location allows you to enjoy a nearby park with a swimming pool and playground. We are...
Pension de la Cuesta
"Pension de la Cuesta hostel is a simple, budget-friendly option for accommodation in San José; the hostel is centrally located in the city center, only a few minutes' walk from the National Theatre, many restaurants, supermarkets, bakeries, and shops. The Location The hostel is located centrally in the main city center of San José, only about a five-minute walk from the National Theatre and the National History Museum. The actual street...
Casa Yoses Hostel
"If you want to have a good time, there are lots of bars around. I also went to the volcano and to some canopy. They also have surfing trips. Your vacation is setup at Casa Yoses." … "Nice place. We had some good times in the bars around. "Viva la Calle de la Amargura !!!"" … "Recommended - Only stayed here one night but I liked the quiet neighborhood much better then downtown San Jose. Front desk staff spoke English and were...
"… aim to make your stay with us as much like staying in your own home as possible, but like staying at your own home with 40 friends. We offer a peaceful environment where you can relax and enjoy your time here, and actually get some sleep too. If you want to have a great time out on the town, no one beats our location. We're stumbling...err, walking distance to so many bars and restaurants it makes it hard to stay in for too long....
Hostel Casa Del Parque
"Located within an easy walk of all amenities, including the bus station to/from the airport, Hostel Casa del Parque offers up just about everything a traveler would need during a Costa Rican excursion. The Location “Del Parque” here refers to the beautiful, tree-lined Parque Nacional that the hostel opens up onto. The neighbourhood is surprisingly quiet for a central location, and you'll find groceries, bars, a taxi stand, and much more...
Hotel Plaza Real Suites & Apartments
"… periods of rent due to Tourism, Medical or Dental Treatments in Costa Rica . Please contact us forthis special rates. Our Hotel is located at one of the best zones in San Jos. There are three types of apartments. All include: living room, dinning room, full equipped kitchen additional king size sofa bed and free Continental Breakfast. a) Master. Two bedrooms, two bathrooms. b) Senior. Two bedrooms, one bathroom. c) Junior,...
"… Central. The Avenida Central is a pedestrian lane stretching for several blocks on end, with the Museo del Nino (Childrens Museum), Museo Nacional (National Musuem), the Teatro Nacional (National Theatre), Museo de Arte Contemporaneo (Museum of Contemporary Art), Museo de Jade (Jade Museum) and the Museo de Oro (Gold Museum) on its peripheries. The Hostel has a wonderful old colonial feel to it and offers any you may need at an...
Hostel Van Gogh
"Nice, clean and quiet - Nice, clean and quiet. Got to meet a bunch of great people. Owner, David, is really helpful with regards to planning further travel. All in all, a fun stay." … "Welcome to Hostel Van Gogh!! We are a well organized, relaxed hostel in a cool and safe area. It is a small and personal hostel - but professionally managed. We offer a lot of extras for our guests without great expense, all at very affordable prices,...
"… feel like cooking its ok, there are also so many restaurants with all kinds of food just one or two blocks away from the hostel (university prices!!) Our friendly, local and international staff will be more than happy to provide you with plenty of information about the city, its surroundings, how to get around, along with insight's of the best places to go and were to eat out, ensuring you are able to make the most of your stay...
Hostel Nomadas Backpackers
"Hostel Nomadas Backpackers is located just two kilometers away from the city center of San Jose, in a quiet but very safe area of the city -- really near the Parque Savana and the National Stadium. This is an oasis in the city and the small garden in the backyard is perfect for relaxing. Don't expect a party hostel, as the sympathetic family that runs the hostel prefer to keep things quiet and relaxed for everyone, and they will help you to...
Aldea Hostel San Jose
"… find exactly what youre looking for. At night you can enjoy a drink with your new friends at our bar-style counter-tops. At Aldea wev got all it takes to offer the best and we deliver. Great team, full of fun young, enthusiastic people, who are all bilingual. Always attentive to your personal needs to make sure your stay in San Jose is unforgettable. We can say from experience that where you lay your head must be immaculate. Our...
In&basic Hostel Lounge
"The best Hostel i Ever been in Latin America!!! - The best Hostel In Latin America, Clean, Safe, The best Location, Funny and has attractive prices. Wi-fi inside The rooms, Hot Showers, A Big garden With BBQ, Pool Table, Air Hockey Table, Has The best Bars NearBy, Best Club, 2 block from mall san Pedro, 2 block from the bus station and supermarket. In&Basic Hostel Has the Best beds i ever sleep in all my trip in latin america. I Believe is...
"… stadium. Some of the major embassies, such as those of the UK and the United States, are also nearby. If you want to feel like you’re at home and between friends, come to Aldea Hostel. We’re waiting for you We can say from experience that where you lay your head must be immaculate. Our rooms of 4, 6, and 8 follow this idea, starting with bunk-beds that contain great quality, thick mattresses. Personal bathrooms for each room that...
"… bus stops, to the most visited tourist areas of the country. The Hostel has in common living areas comfortable TV room, cooking area fully equipped. It also offers meeting rooms and special events. Offers the following rooms 2 private double with bathroom and private toilet (double bed) 1 double private bathroom and shared toilet (double bed) 1 double private bathroom and shared toilet (with cabin) 1 double private bathroom...
Yurustí Costa Rica Hostel
"… and a spacious living room with comfy sofas and tables for having a meal, playing any of the board games we have available or reading any of the books or magazines we constantly update. - Free wi-fi in the entire property. - Continental breakfast is provided free of charge and includes all sorts of fruits, white and whole wheat bread for toasts with assorted jams, at least five types of cereal with regular as well as lactose free...
Hostel Casa Colon
"… new orthopedic mattresses and clean 300 thread linens, deluxe wood ceiling fans, WIFI in room & lobby, key card access and security lockers, surrounded of a beautiful colonial hand-carved wood decoration from 1945. Honeymoon suite: - New Queen size wood bed with new orthopedic mattress and clean 300 thread linens, private balcony for the two of you, 42” Flat Cable TV screen, Telephone service, key card access, Spanish Tiled bath...
Hostel Bekuo San Jose
"Hostel Bekuo is the top hostel in San Jose Costa Rica. Our hostel is located in one of the safest areas in San Jose. A high concentration of foreign embassies in the area helps to deter crime. Bekuo is a relaxed hostel and we pride ourselves on giving our guests a good time and a good night's sleep, but the vibe is in the moment and we often have small parties on the front patio and we always go out to the nearby bars and clubs....
Castle Tam Hostel
"… You can hang out with fellow travelers in the interior courtyard, watch students pass by on the outside terrace or if you just want to chill enjoy one of our two TV rooms. No laptop? No problem. We also have three Internet connected PCs so you can upload all of your photos from the beach. San Pedro is a safe, stylish neighborhood in San Jose so we enjoy taking our guests out for movie nights, skating, city walks and pub crawls...
Costa Rica Love Hostel
"… from the supermarket, bus stop, pharmacy, beauty salon, dental clinic, sports area and a lovely green open area. Our safe area has a mix of colonial and modern architecture, surrounded by mountains and rivers, great for picnicking. Send us your flight info - we offer a cheap shuttle pick-up service from the airport, only $16 for two people maximum ($7 each additional person). It's just a 15 minute journey from the International...
"Stolas is a rooming house located in Los Yoses, San Jose, Costa Rica. Conveniently located in the city, Stolas is equipped to provide every service and amenity required by backpackers and tourists visiting Costa Rica and requiring a medium or long time stay. Stolas is the ideal rooming house for those who seek the perfect combination between rest and leisure. Please note: Cancellation policy: 24h advance notice Payment upon...
"… and clean sheets for a good night sleep, we DON’T let the bed bugs bite! Dorm guests are provided a locker in which to store their belongings. All dorm guests have complete access to the hostel’s services, including free breakfast each morning! Private: Stolas has three private rooms which can either be rented as single or double rooms. Each room is equipped with a bunk bed, a small desk, a night lamp, and unique...
Hostel Van Gogh
"… us special is that we are a well organized, relaxed hostel in a cool and safe area. It is a small and personal hostel - but professionally managed. We offer a lot of extras for our guests without great expense, all at very affordable prices, besides hostel van gogh is close to everything!. Services and amenities: Free Wi Fi / High speed Internet Satelite TV, with Play station 3 ( PS3 extra charge) Pool Table Full equipped...
Costa Rica Love Hostel 2
"… the cheapest and the best option you have in Costa Rica to see Arenal attractions in 1 day better than public bus and better than any tour agency in fortuna or san jose do not miss this opportunity!! Poas volcano economy combo tour Rates:$29(4pax) $35(3pax) $39(2pax) $55(1pax) poas volcano+ botos lake + la paz waterfall OPTIONAL- La paz waterfall gardens private park with buffe lunch Manuel Antonio economy combo tour...
Hostel Sol y Luna Costa Rica backpackers
"… Norte, San Vito, Paso Canoas), Puntarenas, Cobano, Montezuma, Grecia. Nicaragua, Panama, El salvador. • International Airport: the bus stops right in front of the hostel. We could help you to enjoy Costa Rica and its great biodiversity on a safe way, please check our tours where you will find adventure activities like: canopy, rafting, hiking, jungle, sport fishing, bird-watching, volcanoes, mountains, coffee plantations...
"… Coffee Free Tea Free community Kitchen Hot Showers Outdoor Cable TV Linen Included 24 Hour Security Free Parking Bicycle Parking Free Tour Info Luggage Storage Currency Exchange Long Term Stay or Short Term Secured Enviroment Clean and quiet place 24/7 transportation available Near Shopping Centers With in Walking Distance to San Jose With in Walking distance to the...
Hostal del Este Santa Fe
"… Computer for free use by guests - Coffee or tea Free backpackers rooms for men and women This Santa Fe hotel has 6 rooms of this type, uniquely decorated with organic materials extracted from nature A unique experience!. These rooms include: - Free Wifi Services and activities kitchen area for the breakfast service, laundry, refrigerator for guest use, free internet. free wifi Surroundings close to supermarkets, bus station,...
"Relax Hostel is the number one backpacker destination in San Jose. Make us your hub for excursions out into the exotic Costa Rican wilderness. Join us for a clean, relaxing night downtown with the cheapest beds in all of San Jose. If you need help planning trips anywhere in Costa Rica we have the connections to get you on the go for a reasonable price. Come join us between adventures to Relax." … "100 meters east of Soda Tapia, 100...
"Galileo Hostel looks like it was pulled out of Alice and Wonderland -- the interior decoration could not get much wackier. That being said, such a hostel is sure to come with a whole lot of life and energy. The staff are friendly and youthful and the guests are trying to enjoy life to the fullest! The Location The hostel is quite centrally located in San Jose, making it easy to find. From the airport, you can take a bus and get off at...
Hostel La Botella de Leche San Jose
Lado Norte de Torre Mercedes 75 metros oeste
"Kabata was awesome! The owner was so kind, helpful, and genuine. He drove us around — even to the grocery store — and helped us with travel and arrangements in other cities. No detail was overlooked. I was so impressed and grateful. Thanks again Kabata!" … "Kabata Hostel is clean and the owners are great (Mauricio, Federico and Katya). Mauricio set up our 18-day itinerary before we left home and he did a fantastic job especially with...
Hostel Sol Y Luna
"Very good for a budget accommodation hsotel - Service is great, hostel is clean, the have free internet 24 hours for guests, garage, I really think it is so well located, near to almost all the bus stations to travel in and out the country." … "… center, No Curfew, parking lot for two car. We offer private double and triple with private bath and tv/cable, plus private double, private twin and dorms (shared). We are located so...
"Amazing place - This is an awesome place. It looks like it could be a cool frat house in the states. The staff was really cool, spoke excellent english, knew a lot about what there is to do in town, and very helpful with maps and restaurants. The place is big, very clean, nice beds and rooms, hot water, and excellent breakfast. It is a little of a walk from the Coca-Cola bus station, but talking to the staff, it is in a safer area of the...
Dream House Vista
"Peaceful location on a hill overlooking San Jose away from the smog and congestion of the inner city yet easy access to San Jose center with a bus stop in front of the hostel . Walking distance to shopping centers, several colleges and local artisan shops in Moravia. Offers full meal service with adjoining restuarant or kitchen facilities for "do it yourself". A great central place to relax and unwind under the cedar trees while preparing...
Casa Ridgway Hostel
"Casa Ridgway is a project of the growing Quaker community in San Jose, and as such it is every bit as calm, friendly, and clean as you would imagine. The Location Next door to The Friends Peace Center on a dead end street, Casa Ridgway is just about as quiet a place as you could find in this bustling city. It's just two blocks away from the Plaza de la Democracia with its pleasant artisan market to wander through, and one more block...
Carpe Diem Hostel
"… traveller and small student groups. The San Pedro area is full of friendly bars, cafes and restaurants to keep you busy during the evenings. Carpe Diem provides you with a cheap base from which to explore the Central Valley, and a fully bilingual and super friendly staff to help you with anything you need. We offer you beds in dormitory style accomodation and private rooms. Free breakfast, free coffee and tea all day, free internet,...
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