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What travelers to San Jose are saying

San Jose is very crowded city, too much traffic and seems to be dirty. between the morning hours traffic is horrendous. the country is beautiful with mountains and scenery. the people are very educated and friendly. the tours are long but exciting, and might be pricey. the GPS on your phone might cause you delays , but i rent one for 10.00 dollars a day and worked beautifully.
willie o. Oct 31, 2015
San Jose is nothing special, I would recommend spending your time going to see the amazing nature and scenery that the Pacuare White Water Rafting Tours (Exploradores Outdoors is excellent!) and Eco-Lodges down on the Osa Peninsular have to offer.
Jamie p. May 18, 2015
Bad dont go.
Sean P. Aug 16, 2015

Hotels in San Jose

Travelers visiting San Jose, Costa Rica will find that the country's Central Valley is rich with diverse opportunities for unique experiences. Located along the mountain range of Cordillera Central, the area surrounding San Jose is filled with volcanic hills and water-fed valleys that define many of the country's attractions. A nature enthusiast may be fortunate enough to catch a glimpse of an ocelot on the way to the La Paz Waterfall, while a coffee lover may wish to take a quick jaunt to Heredia, which serves as the center of the country's coffee production.

Key facts

The most popular locations to stay in San Jose are in the historic Barrio Amon, which is close to the Plaza de la Cultura. For travelers looking for a quiet place outside of the city, there are many places to stay in Alajuela, Escazu and Santa Ana. The city itself is simple to navigate, and taxis and buses are readily available.

Hints and tips

San Jose boasts an active nightlife and rich history. Its popular modern dance scene is considered one of the best in all of Central America. Festivals and celebrations happen regularly in Costa Rica, including the famous Palmares Fiestas, which in held in January just northwest of San Jose.

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Cheap San Jose Hotels

From $56

1 Radisson San Jose - Costa Rica

4 stars
4.0 / 5 7 reviews

San Jose, Costa Rica

Save 20% on your stay

Relax and Unwind at the Radisson Hotel San Jose, Costa Rica Boasting a convenient location near the historic city center, the Radisson Hotel San Jose, Costa Rica offers comfortable accommodations...

Day before joining a tour
The hotel needs some maintenance. Rooms are large. Hot tub is hot. Food is good. Overall good but not quite up to Radisson brand but it is Costa Rica after all.
Oct 17, 2015
rooms assume
We got there 3 am the staff was great the breakfast just OK rooms very nice quiet a/c close 2 dountoun 2 dollar cab ride I will stay again
Mar 26, 2015
From $96

2 Hotel Presidente San Jose City Center

4 stars
4.2 / 5 24 reviews

San Jose, Costa Rica

A four star hotel located in the heart of downtown San Jose, Costa RicaAn iconic landmark in San Jose, Costa Rica, Hotel Presidente is a contemporary urban retreat in the heart of downtown San...

Would recommed it to friends & family
I was in town to meet by brothers girlfriend and her family,and contact a friend I had not seen in a long time. I had a wonderful time .excellent food and great public transportacion. Visited...
Nov 26, 2015
Impressed
The Hotel was in downtown San Jose which is great if that's where you need to be. The staff was friendly and very supportive.
Oct 30, 2015
From $98

3 Balmoral Hotel

3 stars
3.7 / 5 7 reviews

San Jose, Costa Rica

Free Breakfast, WiFi, Parking & CALLS TO USA

Located in the heart of downtown San Jose and only 30 minutes from the International Airport. It offers 112 comfortable and spacious rooms and suites with all the amenities needed for a pleasant...

From $87

4 Casa Conde Hotel and Suites

3 stars
4.5 / 5 4 reviews

San Jose, Costa Rica

FREE Wi-Fi, Parking & Wi-Fi

Casa Conde Hotel and Suites is in downtown San Jose, 8 km (5 mi) from Central Park, the National Theater, the Gold Museum, and the San Jose Cathedral. Buffet breakfast is complimentary; the hotel's...

Excellent service, awesome trip
The service was excellent. The food was delicious.
Jul 13, 2015
From $62

5 Hotel Santo Tomas - San Jose Downtown

3 stars
3.8 / 5 15 reviews

San Jose, Costa Rica

Free Wi-Fi Free Breakfast!

Hotel Santo Tomas is a beautiful restored turn-of-the-century coffee plantation home with 30 non smoking rooms, which are embellished with King Louie XV furniture, queen size beds, private...

Great experience in San Jose Costa Rica
Great service at the hotel. Front desk staff spoke English and were helpful in recommending places to visit.
Jun 1, 2015
Excellence
Wonderful hotel with hardwood and tile decor throughout . Safe , clean , and accommodating . Staff go out of their way to be helpful and the owner , Thomas , can assist you in any variety of wishes...
Mar 18, 2015
From $75

6 Country Inn & Suites by Carlson San Jose Airport

3 stars
4.2 / 5 6 reviews

San Jose, Costa Rica

Save 35% on your stay

Country Inn & Suites is delighted to announce the reopening of Hotel Country Inn & Suites San Jose, located in Ciudad Cariari, Belen, Heredia, Costa Rica just 10 minutes away from Juan...

Close to airport
Always a wonderful place to stay! Quiet, comfortable and within walking distance to the mall. The only negative is their dinner menu, the food could definitely be better, on the other hand, the...
Oct 1, 2015
From $88

7 Wyndham Garden San Jose Escazu

5 stars
4.0 / 5 1 reviews

San Jose, Costa Rica

Wyndham Garden San Jose Escazu is located in an exclusive area of San Rafael Escazu, 20 minutes from Juan Santa Maria International Airport. Near to many corporate centers, shopping, entertainment,...

Not bad not great
I guess I got to the hotel a bit before check in.I was made to wait an hour before my room was ready, I wasn't even offered a glass of water, not even a are you ok. Apart from this one bad...
Jun 5, 2015
From $63

8 Hotel Morazan

2 stars
3.2 / 5 6 reviews

San Jose, Costa Rica

FREE Breakfast & WiFi

In the middle of the Entertainment Area in vibrant San Jose Downtown, close to bars and more!, Hotel Costa Rica Morazan offers 42 guestrooms.All of them Non -Smoking rooms. Balconies open to city...

A very good hotel
A good hotel centrally located in the heart of the city. Super helpful & knowledgeable staff will go the extra yard for their guests, excellent security, decent restaurant, 24 hour gaming on the...
Apr 25, 2015
Latin America
The hotel is clean the staff is very friendly. The location is good the hotel offers many expeditions.very decent hotel but not 4 star or 5 star but good nonetheless.
Sep 24, 2014
From $123

9 DoubleTree by Hilton Cariari San Jose Costa Rica

4 stars
4.3 / 5 6 reviews

San Jose, Costa Rica

Signature chocolate chip cookie at check-in

Doubletree Cariari by Hilton San Jose hotel a modern full-service hotel is conveniently located only five minutes from Juan Santamaria International Airport /SJO/ and 10 minutes from downtown San...

Very pleasant.
All worked out fine. Personnel really professional.
Jun 2, 2015
Perfect location if you want to be close to SJO airport
Hotel is very nice, staff are extremely friendly and helpful. There are restaurants, a little pizza joint, a supermarket (Fresh and Easy products) and a nice sports bar (C-Lounge owner is a...
May 19, 2015
From $115

10 Holiday Inn Express SAN JOSE COSTA RICA AIRPORT

3 stars
3.8 / 5 5 reviews

San Jose, Costa Rica

Hotel in San Jose, Costa Rica near the International Airport The Holiday Inn Express® San Jose Costa Rica Airport Hotel is located one mile from Juan Santamaría Airport and offers easy access to...

Great location for business trip
We chose this hotel because the location is great . The shuttle runs 24 hours-perfect for late night/early arrivals and departures. The staff is friendly, the rooms are clean and breakfast is...
Mar 21, 2015
Great way to start a great vacation
We really loved the location of the hotel and the staff was wonderful. It was close to the airport and the shuttle was extremely helpful. We were able to walk to a restaurant to get a nice meal....
Feb 18, 2015

11 Kekoldi Hotel - Bed and Breakfast

2 stars
4.0 / 5 1 reviews

San Jose, Costa Rica

FREE Breakfast, Local Calls and Internet

Welcome to the Kekoldi Garden. You can find us in the historic Amon neighborhood of San Jose, amongst colonial mansions of the coffee barons of Costa Rica. The Hotel is located in a 1920 art deco...

Great one day stopover
The hotel was a one day stopover for me so I didn't spend much time just a few hours but the staff were very helpful.
Jun 29, 2015
From $74

12 Colours Oasis - Lifestyle Inclusive Resort

3 stars
4.2 / 5

San Jose, Costa Rica

Coffee Free all day, Full Breakfast & WiFi

Verdant, tropical, warm & beautiful year-round raft the rapids, thrill to a zipline canopy, stroll rainforests, hike an active volcano or waterfalls, sample the hottest gay nightlife in Latin...

From $69

13 Rincon del Valle Hotel and Suites

4 stars
4.0 / 5 10 reviews

San Jose, Costa Rica

FREE Breakfast and FREE WiFi

Rincon del Valle Hotel and Suites is a 4-star, modern, boutique hotel, that was completely remodeled at the end of 2007. The hotel brings together rest, relaxation and good food, all the while...

Trip with friends
The hotel was great. It was a little far from most of the things we did, but there were a few restaurants that were within walking distance and we took a taxi everywhere else. The restaurant on...
Jul 28, 2015
Good location and good staff
It was a good saty because the hotel is like a new and the staff is very kind
Aug 13, 2014
From $83

14 Best Western Irazu Hotel and Casino

3 stars
4.0 / 5 8 reviews

San Jose, Costa Rica

FREE Breakfast and FREE WiFi

The Best Western Irazu Hotel & Casino boasts beautifully landscaped garden areas where guests can relax at the outdoor pool and Jacuzzi or play a game of tennis on the hotel courts. The hotel...

Awesome service
Great service, Wish drinks and meal could've been included to make it excellent service
Nov 25, 2015
family trip
excellent... had 2 adjoining rooms. was great to have my grand daughter be able to have space of both rooms. especially at night time.
Feb 15, 2015
From $118

15 Parque del Lago Hotel

3 stars
5.0 / 5

San Jose, Costa Rica

FREE Typical Breakfast & Wi-Fi

If location is key, then Parque del Lago is the right hotel for you. Our hotel lies at the crossroads of a cultural, business and entertainment medley. Situated on Avenida Dos, also known as Paseo...

From $101

16 Hotel Rio Perlas Spa and Resort

3 stars
4.0 / 5 1 reviews

San Jose, Costa Rica

FREE Daily Breakfast+Hot Springs+Kids stay FREE!

One of the most beautiful mountain resorts in Costa Rica With a hot springs pool open 24 hours and a full spa with different massages and perfect retreats for honeymooners. The Rio Perlas has...

From $103

17 Adventure Inn Hotel

3 stars
3.0 / 5 2 reviews

San Jose, Costa Rica

Modern Hotel conveniently located about ten minutes from Juan Santamaria International Airport. Adventure Inn is a full service Costa Rica hotel in the prestigious, up scale neighborhood of Ciudad...

Good value
Nice room for the price, clean, excellent staff, close to airport.
May 29, 2014
From $90

18 Crowne Plaza SAN JOSE COROBICI CONF. CENTER

4 stars
4.3 / 5 3 reviews

San Jose, Costa Rica

Rate includes Free Wi-Fi Internet Access

San Jose, Costa Rica Crowne Plaza Conference Center with Meeting Space The Crowne Plaza® San Jose Corobici Conference Center Hotel is located 15 minutes from the Juan Santamaria International...

great family trip
The hotel staff were incredible, we had a great time, the only thing was the mini fridge did not work they tried to fix it but did not work, but overall great service.
Aug 19, 2015
From $81

19 Hotel Dunn Inn

3 stars
4.0 / 5 1 reviews

San Jose, Costa Rica

The Hotel Dunn Inn is located in the first province San Jose in avenue 11 st 5thHave a Creole architecture understood and adjusted to the wooden constructive technique. Have 28 rooms and is...

From $80

20 Hotel Plaza Real Suites and Apartments

3 stars
4.0 / 5

San Jose, Costa Rica

Kids stay FREE+ Parking+ Wi-Fi & Use of Gym

Hotel Plaza Real is designed in an elegant Toscanini classic style, with full equipped kitchen, living and dining room. The bathrooms with fine marble, silent conditioned air, wireless Internet and...