Central & South America
San José Province
San José Hostels
Find Beds & Compare Prices
from all the hostel booking websites!
Barrio La California
Tobias Bolanos International
Terminal Autobuses Empresarios Unidos
Terminal de Autobuses
Estación de Sánchez
Within 2 Km / 1 mi.
Within 5 Km / 3 mi.
Within 10 Km / 6 mi.
Within 20 Km / 12 mi.
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.
Hi, I'm zararock, the Hostelz.com local expert for San José. Welcome.
Other Nearby Cities
(4 Km / 2 mi.)
(8 Km / 5 mi.)
(17 Km / 11 mi.)
(20 Km / 12 mi.)
(20 Km / 12 mi.)
(21 Km / 13 mi.)
(27 Km / 17 mi.)
2014 - August
2014 - September
2014 - October
2014 - November
2014 - December
2015 - January
2015 - February
2015 - March
2015 - April
2015 - May
2015 - June
2015 - July
2015 - August
Azerbaijan New Manat
CFA Franc BCEAO
CFA Franc BEAC
Costa Rican Colon
Dominican R. Peso
East Caribbean Dollar
Hong Kong Dollars
Israeli New Shekel
New Zealand Dollars
Nicaraguan Cordoba Oro
Papua New Guinea Kina
Peruvian Nuevo Sol
Romanian New Lei
South African Rand
Sri Lanka Rupee
Utd. Arab Emir. Dirham
Find Dorm Beds
Find Private Rooms
Map — Click to Resize
"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...
HI - San Jose - Toruma Hostel
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
"Run by young Costa Rican owners, Mi Casa Hostel is an ideal place to stay for backpackers looking to explore Costa Rica. We have great knowledge of the area and the country and can help you get the most out of your stay. We offer a variety of tours at excellent prices and are always on hand to give you help and advice on what to see and do for the most adventurous of travellers. If you are looking to feel part of our culture while visiting...
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
"Nice place. We had some good times in the bars around. "Viva la Calle de la Amargura !!!"" … "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." … "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,...
"… 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 hold any curfew or lockout hours. A Continental Breakfast and Bedding is Included in...
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
"… while sharing a film on movie night with the fellow guests on our big screen TV. We offer several state of the art computers for your convenience and free WiFi for your laptops. Our ample backyard has ping-pong table and a grill dying to be lit, and our large eat-in kitchen is great for watching passersby. If eating out is your thing then take a walk in any direction and you will find exactly what youre looking for. At night you can...
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...
"… 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
"… 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
"… 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
"… 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 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...
"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
"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)." …...
"… 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
"… wild life refuge economy combo tour Rates: $29(4pax) $35(3pax) $39(2pax) $55(1pax) White sand beach + mantas beach + crocodiles + Jaco beach + Hermosa beach + pitas beach + Herradura beach + FREE snorkel tour+2 view points Arenal volcano economy tour Rates:$39(4pax) $45(3pax) $49(2pax) $65(pax) angels cloud forest+tropical rain forest+peñas blancas river point view+fortuna town+ arenal lake + fortuna river + free...
Hostel Sol y Luna Costa Rica backpackers
"… 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... WELCOME GROUPS - SPECIAL...
"… 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
"… 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, clinic, trade, shops, mall, taxi station, government offices, typical restaurants, nightly...
"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 are located so near (1 to 3 blocks) from Bus stations to travel around and outside the country: Guanacaste, Cities: Santa Cruz y Liberia. Grecia, Sarchi, Jaco, Beaches: Brasilito,...
"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...
And 44 more listings...
If you've visited San José, add your comments and tips...
San José comments only.
Don't discuss the hostels on this page
, post a review on the hostel's page instead.
Submit a New Hostel
Copyright © 2014 Hostelz.com
A portion of proceeds goes to support