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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...
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
"… o" … "Our adress: Plaza Viquez, calle 11 ave 16 y 18 edificio mano derecha color verde. Local adress for taxis: Plaza Viquez, Del Restaurante Meiling 100 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 located in a very safe and secure zone that is a short walk or taxi ride to the city center with banks, restaurants,...
Pensin de La Cuesta B&B
"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
"$15000 worth of camera gear stolen by staff from security room. - Long story short I put my gear in the security room and it was stolen within 3 hours by one of the staff members. The police didn't follow up with and investigation after I reported it. The management did everything they could to avoid responsibility (saying someone broke into the room). There was no sign of forced entry. Only one bag was looted. I would strongly recommend...
"… 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...
"… on its peripheries.The Hostel has a wonderful old colonial feel to it and offers any you may need at an extremely low cost: a friendly and English Speaking Staff, free Internet access, 24 hours Security and Reception Attendance, private secure Lockers, Bar and Food service, Laundry service, Currency exchange - if needed, Phone and Fax availability at a low rate, Airport Transportation upon request and a Common Area with TV, DVD’s...
Hostel Van Gogh
"Overpriced and poor customer service - The good -- location, and cleanliness. The bad -- the guy at the reception needs to get his attitude checked, he is arrogant and treats the guest poorly. The place is totally overpriced, cramped dorm is 14 dollars and laundry is 15 dollars. No lockers either. And what really sealed the deal for me was the fact that they have a "curfew" -- you stay out past midnight and you get locked out. Never heard of...
"… 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
"… where you can try Tico dishes such as gallo pinto, arroz con pollo, casados and tamales. If you’re in the mood for foreign food, there’s a host of international restaurants and cafes, including Brazilian barbecue, Lebanese, Argentinean and Chinese in immediate the vicinity. Aldea Hostel is also close to the exclusive neighborhoods of Escazu and Barrio Amon. Our proximity to La Sabana offers quick and easy access to the brand new...
In & Basic Hostel Lounge
"Great place - Really friendly staff and patrons." … "Very Good Experience - I had a very good time at In&Basic. The hosts are very kind and very helpful. The accommodations are clean and well organized. The location is safe and secure and the kitchen area is very clean. You can take a walk around the neighborhood and find good places to eat and drink. I would recommend this Hostel to a friend." … "The best Hostel i Ever been in...
"… of the best restaurants the city has to offer, where you can try Tico dishes such as gallo pinto, arroz con pollo, casados and tamales. If you’re in the mood for foreign food, there’s a host of international restaurants and cafes, including Brazilian barbecue, Lebanese, Argentinean and Chinese in immediate the vicinity. Aldea Hostel is also close to the exclusive neighborhoods of Escazu and Barrio Amon. Our proximity to La Sabana...
"Shakti Hostel located in the center of the capital city of Costa Rica and embodies what the name signifys, which is energy, strength and power, to create a healthy, comfortable and different accomodation type, near the center of interest of this important city. It's that creative energy that gives the guest an environment that encourages their senses, and serves as a place of rest and relaxation. Our visitors can also enjoy a...
Hostel Casa Colon
"… dorms, with 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...
Hostel Bekuo San Jose
"A Must in San Jose - Hostel Bekuo was like a home away from home when I arrived there for my last few days in Costa Rica. They are also very concerned about recycling and sustainability which is always nice to know when staying somewhere abroad. The pancake breakfast was epic! Everyone there is so chill and we went out with Dany the owner and had a ball. The hostel is centrally located, but really the garden and ambiance of the house make it...
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
"… distance from the bars and restaurants. We're only 50m 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...
"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...
Casa Areka Costa Rica
"… of Costa rica. It has 8 private rooms, kitchen, common areas (TV room and dining room), a courtyard with barbecue and connection Wi-Fi. The Hostal Casa Areka Costa Rica offers simple, modern, private and shared. The bathrooms have hot water. Some rooms have cable TV. Casa Areka serves a daily continental breakfast in the dining room. The reception staff provides information on San Jose touristic. Mall San Pedro just 5 minutes walk...
"… rooms. Each room is equipped with a bunk bed, a small desk, a night lamp, and unique decorations. In order to serve the ever-growing community of foreign exchange students, interns, and other people visiting Costa Rica for extended periods of time, Stolas has three rooms that are equipped to be rented at discounted rates. Rooming House: Our rooming house provides students and interns with all the services that they...
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
"… $29(1pax) braulio carrillo national park+ juntas river+ sucio river +colonial church OPTIONAL- braulio carrillo national park trails $10 OR telesferico $60 Tamarindo economy combo tour Rates:$75(4pax) $85(3pax) $95(2pax) $115(1pax) tamarindo beach+langosta beach+ las baulas marine national park + conchal beach + brasilito beach + flamingo beach (2DAYS AND 1 NIGHT) Caribbe economy combo tour Rates $70(4pax) $80(3pax)...
Hostel Sol y Luna Costa Rica backpackers
"… Samara-, Arenal Volcano, Coca Cola station, Southern Zone (Manuel Antonio and Quepos, Parrita, Domical, Uvita, Golfito, Palmar 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...
"… 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...
"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." … "… If you're coming by bus from...
Golden Frog Hostel
"… books, vinyl records, and local art pieces for sale. *Best summary of San José’s cultural calendar. *Free earplugs for light sleepers. Please Note: Cancellation policy: 24h before arrival. In case of a late cancellation or No Show, you will be charged the first night of your stay. Check in from 12:00 to 23:00 . Check out before 11:00 . 24 h reception Payment upon arrival by cash. Taxes included. Breakfast not...
"… on the weekends. We have live music, drums, guitar or just friends coming around to hang out with you. We also have a Travel Shop which is called Sibotravel where you can get your free maps, information for your trips, rent a car, book your next trip or next hostel Accomodation goes from twin individual beds on female, male or even mized dorms with nice wooden floors Private doble accomodation for couples is also available. We also...
TripOn Open House
"… minutes walk away. TripOn Open House Hostel is located in one of the safest areas in San Jose - the current president is living just 50 meters away. Juan Santamaria International Airport is a 30-minute drive away. The rooms are clean and the beds are quite comfortable using real sleeping mattress. The bathrooms are private or shared with free toiletries and shower. We have a small bar area, kitchen, hammock area, pool table area...
Hostel Boutique A Cachete
"… have wide and comfortable rooms, clean facilities with high security and awesome customer service. We offer female and mixed dorms, as well as private rooms for those who want to have their own space. Hostel Boutique A Cachete Policies and Conditions. Check in from 12:00 Check out before 11:00 Cancellation policy: 72 hours before arrival. This property may pre-authorize your card details before arrival. Payment upon...
"… a full kitchenette with a microwave and a refrigerator. Featuring a shower, private bathrooms also come with free toiletries. Prado Hostel Policies and Conditions. Check in from 13:00 Check out before 11:00 Cancellation policy: 48 hours before arrival. This property may pre-authorize your card detail before arrival. Payment upon arrival by cash, credit cards, debit cards. Taxes not included - occupancy tax 13 % per...
San Jose Backpackers
Barrio la California
"… LED tvs, dorms with orthopedic mattresses. While San Jose Backpackers contains 5 dormitories, it feels much more like an oasis in san jose , with 10 large private rooms, each of which is equipped with a modern bathroom with hot wáter , wi-fi and 3 suites with a 50 inch flat- screen TV King size bed with beauty rest mattresses. San Jose Backpackers Policies and Conditions. Check in from 14:00 Check out before 11:00...
HI - San Jose - Toruma Hostel
Barrio La California
"Average place, no free breakfast as stated. Creaky beds, no atmosphere - Paid for a private twin. Had 2 bunk beds, which were incredibly creaky. Hostel had zero atmosphere, but may have just been a quiet time. Staff spoke good English and were pretty friendly. A bit annoying when they are yelling outside your door at 6am though!! Was reasonably close to town, but there are closer. Nice building, nice swimming pool. Beer is $3 each, which...
Hostel La Botella de Leche San Jose
Lado Norte de Torre Mercedes 75 metros oeste
"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 keep the budget low. Costa Rica was one of the most adventurious trip we've had. Mauricio and the gang really try to accommodate the travellers. Well done! Pura Vida!" … "Kabata was awesome! The owner was so kind, helpful, and genuine. He drove us...
"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...
Gallo Pinto Pension Hostel
"… of tourists by providing accommodation, complete personalized assistance & travel agency services. Gallo Pinto hostel is the perfect blend between a hostel and a hotel. It has all the facilities and commodities of a fancy hotel with the price you would pay at most hostels around town. It is located in one of the nicest parts of downtown San Jose, right in the heart of town. At walking distance from the major bus stops, just...
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