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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
"I´d go back with friends or family - The staff was really helpful and knowledgeable of the area and local services ... that's really important when you're a newcomer. The room was clean and included a huge dresser and comfortable couch and the availability of so many computers was a pleasant suprise. The only unfortunate issue was that the cook didn't show up for dinner, but Maria pointed out a market that I walked to in 5 minutes. It had...
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...
"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...
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 !!!"" … "Good hostel in a good location. Although it is a bit of a distance (about seven-minute drive) from downtown San Jose (quite a sketchy place) the area is...
"… 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,...
"… and La Avenida 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...
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." … "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...
"… 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
"… 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 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 have hot water unlike many Hostels. Well circulated cool fresh air thanks to the tall spacious rooms and of course for those couples...
In&basic Hostel Lounge
"In&basic Hostel - It 's amazing that the Owner are super friendly and helpful, they even ordered me takeout and drove me to the supermarket. I have spent the past 2 months staying in hostels around South America and this hostel has by far the most modern and trendy decor and by far the best breakfast (pancakes with strawberries, chocolate sauce and maple syrup, and filter coffee and hot tea). Nice quiet place to stay. I am definitely going...
"… 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 national soccer stadium. Some of the major...
"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...
Yurustí Costa Rica Hostel
"… reach you directly on your bed dialing a local number. - Daily "supermarket-run", you tell us what you need, we go get it for you. We go once a day in the afternoon. - Super-low-cost transportation service from the hostel to and from 3 important urban centres morning and afternoon - On-site groceries, laundry room (per load fee) Lots more At Yurustí we have various room types to match any traveller’s budget and personality: - 6 bed...
Hostel Casa Colon
"Hostel Casa Colon is the number one and First new “Premium Hostel” in Central America, at Hostel rates, with high quality accommodations, located in the best tourist-residential, quick access and safest area in San Jose, Costa Rica. We also have private rooms with private bathrooms, flat screen TVs, big lounge with free wire/wireless high speed internet access, security, International Restaurant & Café-Bar, airport pick ups & drop offs...
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
"… on Calle de la Amargura. The University District is close enough to ensure there are always activities going on but with the hostel being a few blocks from the main highway you can also get a quiet night’s rest. Castle Tam Hostel has 14 rooms with a mixture of privates and dorms. We can easily change a private room into a dorm or the other way around based on guests' needs. Private rooms can be either a single queen bed or two twin...
Costa Rica Love Hostel
"… of Costa Rica. We want our clients to feel as at home, in a comfortable space and within easy access to public transportation (located in front of the property) and walking 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...
"… service* • Drinks* *These services are not free. In case you require anything else, our staff will gladly try and tend to your needs. 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. Our rooming house provides students and interns with all the services...
"… a safe and calm neighborhood just outside downtown San Jose. Once mainly residential, in the past years a lot of people have left Los Yoses, giving way to an array of business such as law firms, restaurants and bars. Dorm: We have a mixed dorm that can accommodate up to eight people. Our bunk beds have quality mattresses and clean sheets for a good night sleep, we DON’T let the bed bugs bite! Dorm guests are provided a...
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
"… rain forest+peñas blancas river point view+fortuna town+ arenal lake + fortuna river + free hotsprings = special to see homming bird+blue jeans poison red frog+oropendulas birds+tuccan+guatusas+sloths! OPTIONAL( fortuna waterfall private wild life refuge $10 extra). this is 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...
Hostel Sol y Luna Costa Rica backpackers
"… Sarchi, Jaco, Beaches: Brasilito, Flamingo, Coco, Panama, Tamarindo, Nicoya, Nosara, 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...
"… 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 is a hostel in the heart of the Sabana neighborhood of San Jose. We are conveniently located to restaurants, shops, bars, parks, and museums, as well as several bus stations and the airport bus line. We have ample common space, a full kitchen, and a bar. Our staff is friendly and knowledgeable about the local and national attractions. We look forward to helping you find your way around Costa Rica!!" … "… coming by bus...
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...
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." … "… We offer private double and triple with private bath and tv/cable, plus private double, private twin and dorms (shared). We are located so near (1 to 3 blocks) from Bus stations to...
"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...
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