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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
"Mi Casa Hostel is the ideal place to rest while travelling in Costa Rica. We have all the amenities so you will feel like at home. If you need information to continue your trip or start it, our staff will be happy to provide all the information about the best places that we, people from Costa Rica, recommend. It really is the place to enjoy and to feel like at home. Mi Casa Hostel is located near La Sabana Park, in one of the most exclusive...
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 !!!"" … "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,...
"… 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 and Board Games for entertainment. If your choice is to go out and explore the city at night during your stay in San Jose, do not worry the Hostel does not...
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
"… 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 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...
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...
"… quick and easy access to the brand new national soccer 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,...
"… 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
"… white and whole wheat bread for toasts with assorted jams, at least five types of cereal with regular as well as lactose free milk, coffee and tea. - Unlimited access to our fully equipped kitchen. For vegans we have a dedicated "no-meat-products" fridge as well as veggie only cutting boards and knives. - Free access to shared computers with headset and HD web cam in case you don't have a laptop with you. - Unlimited calls to the US...
Hostel Casa Colon
"… in our 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,...
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
"… is to provide security and client satisfaction. Our hostel also offers students the possibility taking great Spanish lessons, dancing lessons and trips to different areas 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,...
"… 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...
Casa Areka Costa Rica
"Casa Areka in Los Yoses, San Pedro Montes de Oca. Our Hostal is located in a private, secure and quiet neighborhood. Walking distance from downtown. With 8 rooms with a newly decorated comfortable, some with bathroom and TV, hot water, comunity kitchen, TV CABLE lounge, internet in the lobby, WI/FI in all the rooms, private parking. Close to attracton, theaters, restaurants, university. Airport transportation (surcharge)." …...
"… 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 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...
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
"… 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 or san jose do not miss this...
Hostel Sol y Luna Costa Rica backpackers
"… • 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 learning, rainforest aerial, dolphins and whale watching, scuba diving, skytrek, skywalk, and more......
"… 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
"Ok - A little too unclean and noisy." … "… 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...
"… 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...
HI - San Jose - Toruma Hostel
Barrio La California
"We backpacked in Central America for two months with our 10- and 11-year-old boys. This was their favorite place to stay. They said it felt like home." … "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." … "Awsome...
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." … "… Rica and its great biodiversity on a safe way, please check our tours at RicaCostaRica where you will find adventure activities like: canopy, rafting, hiking, jungle, sport fishing,...
"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...
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