Hostels in City Centre, San José

Hostels near City Centre

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Hostels in San José

Distance to City Centre: 0.6 km / 0.4 miles
Party Hostel
"…The hostel provides lockers for securing valuables; however, guests are responsible for their belongings. The hostel is not liable for lost or stolen items. Guest Conduct: Respectful and … More
Distance to City Centre: 0.7 km / 0.4 miles
"…There are several common areas, some with books, hammocks, and tables, others with television. Private rooms are plentiful and affordable, and even the common rooms are smaller so the noise level … More

Hostel Casa Colon


Free Breakfast
Distance to City Centre: 0.8 km / 0.5 miles
Digital Nomads Party Hostel Solo Traveller Youth Hostel
"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 … More

Stray Cat Hostel


Free Breakfast
Distance to City Centre: 0.9 km / 0.5 miles
Digital Nomads Party Hostel Solo Traveller Youth Hostel
"…From our facilities, you can visit and explore some of the finest attractions of San Jose such as the National Museum of Costa Rica, Museo Calderón Guardia, the National Theater of Costa Rica, … More
Distance to City Centre: 0.9 km / 0.6 miles
"Our Hostel is located in a safe, beautiful and quiet area, in the heard of the city. We offer: hot water, full kitchen, telephone, washer machine, TV cable, lockers, Internet, fax, airport … More

Selina San José

Barrio Otoya
Distance to City Centre: 1.3 km / 0.8 miles
Couples Digital Nomads Female Solo Traveller Groups (10+ people) Older travelers (+50) Party Hostel Solo Traveller
"…Common Spaces There is a huge area of common space here that is centred around the bar, where they serve drinks and food as well. It is a really great place to hang out and meet people, and … More

Gaudys Hostel


Free Breakfast
Distance to City Centre: 1.5 km / 0.9 miles
Digital Nomads Party Hostel Solo Traveller Youth Hostel
"…Nice breakfast as well! This is the best hostel I ever saw in Central America with the nicest people you can imagine. Gaudys is a very relaxing hotel. The layout is beautiful, with open enclosures … More
"…They beds are great, there is a common area with a t.v. and free internet access as well as a kitchenette. I would stay here again just for the cause of what they do for Costa Rica and the world! … More
Distance to City Centre: 0.9 km / 0.5 miles
Family-Friendly Hostel Solo Traveller Youth Hostel
"…We offer two different types of accommodation options to diverse sorts of guests and travelers. Thus, we have the premium room that is private rooms are fixed with one double bed and one bunk bed … More
Distance to City Centre: 0.9 km / 0.6 miles
Avenue 2 Calle 28100 metros sur, de Pizza Hut de Paseo Colon More

Hostel Shakti


Free Breakfast
Distance to City Centre: 1.2 km / 0.7 miles
Digital Nomads Family-Friendly Hostel Solo Traveller Youth Hostel
"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 … More
Distance to City Centre: 1.5 km / 0.9 miles
Party Hostel Solo Traveller Youth Hostel
"…to 8:00 p.m. Children over 15 must be accompanied by an adult or legal guardian. no pets allowed." …"To get from the airport you must take the General Cañas highway until you reach Paseo Colon … More
Distance to City Centre: 1.5 km / 0.9 miles
"…It has wooded areas, open space, playing fields, source and horseback riding. Please Note: Check in time: 12.00pm Check out: 14:00 pm Only cash is acepted on arrival Breakfast is not included … More

Relax Hostel


Free Breakfast
Distance to City Centre: 1.5 km / 0.9 miles
Digital Nomads Party Hostel Solo Traveller
"…Summary The staff here are excellent and super helpful. There is also the entire bus schedule along the wall to help you in planning to get to your next destination. Overall, this is a great … More
Distance to City Centre: 1.6 km / 1 miles
Digital Nomads Female Solo Traveller Party Hostel Solo Traveller Youth Hostel
"…They help you with recommendations, organising tours, etc. Dorms are clean. Big shared public space with restaurant, bar and pool. Good location. I'd definitely go there again. it's a lively, a … More

Eco Stay


Free Breakfast
Distance to City Centre: 1.9 km / 1 miles
Digital Nomads Party Hostel Solo Traveller Youth Hostel
"…Check in from 15:00 to 22:00 . Check out before 11:00 . Doors are close from 1:00am - 6:30am Payment upon arrival by cash Taxes not included - 13.00% General: 08:00 to 22:00 Hours … More

Hostel Finca Escalante

Barrio Escalante
Free Breakfast
Distance to City Centre: 2.2 km / 1 miles
Digital Nomads Family-Friendly Hostel Solo Traveller Youth Hostel
"…Finca Escalante is located between San Jose downtown and the popular university area of San Pedro. We are close enough to the city where all the bus stations to the outskirts of the country are … More

Stolas Hostel


Free Breakfast
Distance to City Centre: 2.4 km / 2 miles
Party Hostel Solo Traveller
"…Cancellation policy: 24h advance notice Payment upon arrival by cash Check in from 13.00 Check out before 12.00 Taxes included All guests and visitors must be 18 + Lights out: 11 pm" …"… … More

Chillout Escalante Hostel

Los Yoses
Free Breakfast
Distance to City Centre: 2.5 km / 2 miles
Digital Nomads Family-Friendly Hostel Solo Traveller Youth Hostel
"…It's very uncomfortable. The food itself is not great. Also, there is only tea -- no coffee or sugar to be found. Breakfast is very disappointing. Wi-Fi is very good. There are lots of bins … More

Casa Escalante Hostel

Barrio Escalante
Free Breakfast
Distance to City Centre: 2.5 km / 2 miles
Family-Friendly Hostel Solo Traveller Youth Hostel
"…Casa Escalante Hostel Policy and Condition: Cancellation Policy: 1 days before arrival.In case of a late cancellation or No Show, you will be charged the first night of your stay. Check in … More

Hostels in San José, Costa Rica

29 hostels available. Prices start from $14.00 for a dorm bed.
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San Jose City Center: Urban Oasis for Budget Explorers

Welcome to San Jose City Center, where the vibrant spirit of Costa Rica converges in a haven for budget-conscious wanderers.

This guide is your passport to the beating heart of the city, tailored for backpackers seeking an authentic and timeless experience. Discover enduring landmarks, reliable transportation, and longstanding amenities that make this urban district an unparalleled destination.

Landmarks with a Legacy

Step into history at the National Theater of Costa Rica, an architectural gem standing proud since 1897. The Parque Morazán, a green escape in the urban landscape, invites you to unwind under the shade of ancient trees.

These landmarks narrate tales of the city's past, inviting you to become part of their timeless story.

Transportation Time Capsule

Embrace the simplicity of travel with the historic electric train that has woven through the city since 1910.

Navigating San Jose City Center is a breeze as you ride this enduring transportation legacy, connecting you effortlessly to the soulful streets and cultural treasures that await exploration.

Timeless Amenities

Your budget-friendly refuge awaits at the Costa Rica Backpackers Hostel, a cornerstone for travelers seeking affordability without compromising comfort.

Need a taste of the local culinary scene? Mercado Central, a bustling market since 1880, serves as your culinary compass, offering an array of flavors that have stood the test of time.

Cultural Insights and Tips

Immerse yourself in the local rhythm by joining a salsa class at Amon Solar, an open-air venue resonating with Latin beats. For a timeless tip, embrace the "Pura Vida" lifestyle—a cultural mantra that encapsulates the Costa Rican way of life, encouraging you to live fully and enjoy every moment.

Why Stay Here?

  • Historic Haven: National Theater and Parque Morazán offer a glimpse into the city's rich past.
  • Transportation Legacy: Explore effortlessly with the historic electric train dating back to 1910.
  • Backpacker's Oasis: Costa Rica Backpackers Hostel provides budget-friendly comfort in the heart of the district.
  • Culinary Exploration: Mercado Central, a culinary landmark, invites you to savor flavors that transcend time.
  • Cultural Immersion: Amon Solar and the "Pura Vida" mantra ensure an authentic experience beyond the ordinary.

San Jose City Center, where the past dances with the present, beckoning backpackers to indulge in the city's timeless charm. Navigate through history, find solace in budget-friendly havens, and immerse yourself in a culture that stands as a testament to the enduring spirit of Costa Rica.

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