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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...
HI - San Jose - Toruma Hostel
Barrio La California
"This area was so safe. The staff especially is wonderful. The receptionist during the day, Rosa, was AMAZING and SO helpful. The atmosphere is homey, clean, and peaceful. We met some wonderful people there. This is the best hostel we found so far in San Jose. It's very easy to get to downtown, but far away enough that you don't have to worry about your safety." … "Awsome place. The staff are courteous and helpful -- they go out of...
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
"… is a classic example of a tropical wood-frame home and has been painted an eye-catching pink with blue and white trim. _________________ "Good Value" -We offer free Wi-Fi -Public computer lounge with internet access -Full Continental Breakfast -Free luggage storage -Free city map,Bus schedule -Fare international Calls. "Great Location" __________________________ We are located within walking distance of the heart of San...
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
"… for longer 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 José. 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)...
"… 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
"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, besides Hostel Van Gogh is close to everything." … "… Free Wi Fi / High speed Internet Satelite TV with Play station 3 ( PS3 extra charge) Pool Table Full equipped...
"Trianon is run by Mrs. Aida, the Administrator; Andres, the Assistant; and Linda, the baby sitter. As you can appreciate, we are a family that operates this comfortable and calm inn where you will like you are in your own house. Our services are the following: We have 3 rooms, all with cable TV and internet service free. You can take a bath with hot water and have breakfast with us." … "… cost you around 25 US dollars.By bus...
"… today) if you dont 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...
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
"… With our unique dcor and ambiance, Aldea is like no other place. We pride ourselves in having a chill out environment with a touch of sophistication. The Main Room allows you to socialize over a game of billiards or 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...
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...
"… Amon. Our proximity to La Sabana offers 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...
"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
"… own bed. - Free and unlimited incoming calls from any of the seven countries where we have local numbers. Your family and friends can 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,...
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 nights 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. check in: 12:00...
Castle Tam Hostel
"… city walks and pub crawls 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...
Costa Rica Love Hostel
"… 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, 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...
"… 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...
"… /> 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 rooms which can either be...
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
"Please call us from the airport and we will pick you up, we are cheaper than the taxi rates Be careful of taxi drivers, they try to take people to other property to get a commision and at the end you will pay double... Welcome to Costa Rica Love Hostel: free breakfast, free coffee all day , free wi-fi and internet access. Please send us your flight info, we offer a cheap shuttle service pick up at airport which costs 16$ for two...
Hostel Sol y Luna Costa Rica backpackers
"… 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 RATES....
"… 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...
Collage Hostel Boutique
Barrio Los Yoses
"Combine these beautiful twin houses with a friendly staff, lots of design details, a bar- restaurant and a movie theather inside the property!And still.. this is San Pedro, city of universities and amusement. We´re located 2 blocks away from the Mall, in a safe neighborhood with plenty of stores and restaurants, very close to downtown . Welcome to Collage , a premium hostel. check in: anytimecheck out: 11:00breakfast includedcredit cards...
"The Natural Property is a comfortable and hospitable Backpackers Hostel. We are located on Paseo Colon in the center of the capital San Jose, where many shops, cafes, restarants, bars, theaters, cinemas, bus terminals to move anywhere in the country. On the west side is La Sabana Metropolitan Park which is a peaceful retreat away from the commotion of downtown San Jose. It has wooded areas, open space, playing fields, source and...
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." … "… Golfito, Palmar Norte, San Vito, Paso Canoas), Puntarenas, Cobano, Montezuma, Grecia. Nicaragua, Panama, El salvador. We could help you to enjoy Costa Rica and its great biodiversity...
"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...
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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