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Costa Rica Backpackers - Hostel
2 out of 5
Avenida 6, between Calle 21 & 25, San Jose, San Jose
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The price is $7 per night from Sep 19 to Sep 20
3.8/5Good! (140 reviews)
Great stay

"Super cute out door area. Backpackers always brings about a certian vibe of friendly and warm hearted people"…"

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2020

Costa Rica Backpackers - Hostel
Hotel Suites Cristina
3.5 out of 5
300 meters north ICE building, Sabana Norte, San Jose, San Jose
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The price is $73 per night from Sep 19 to Sep 20
4.4/5Wonderful! (430 reviews)
Very comfortable and easy, but nearby noise

"Roomy and well appointed suite! It had a full kitchen with roomy fridge and even pots and pans! Oddly, we saw no coffee maker though. Great closet space. The included breakfast was wonderful. Service was also friendly and helpful. Our only complaint was the very loud music coming in presumably from ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 13, 2020

Hotel Suites Cristina
Hotel Posada Canal Grande
3 out of 5
Del cruce de Piedades 400 sur, 100 oeste, Piedades de, Santa Ana, San Jose
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4.4/5Wonderful! (999 reviews)
Great place at a great value, limited wifi

"At first they asked us if we wanted ground floor, and w said yes and got placed in room 4. It was a total nightmare with a rattling door and a shower with no edges. We asked if we could move, they said yes, and we moved to room 7, which was amazing. Clean, great shower, lots of space, a separate ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 23, 2020

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Hotel Luisiana
3.5 out of 5
100 west and 400 south from Cruz Roja, Santa Ana, San Jose
The price is $30 per night from Sep 19 to Sep 20
4.2/5Very Good! (1,009 reviews)

"Very clean and confortable, nice and helpful staff"…"

Reviewed on Aug 27, 2020

Hotel Luisiana
Wyndham Garden San Jose Escazu
3.5 out of 5
San Rafael Escazu, West side of Play & EPA Store, Escazu, San Jose
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4.2/5Very Good! (999 reviews)

"The rooms are clean and comfortable. The continental breakfast is the best I’ve ever had for a hotel breakfast. Offering a gym and pool until 10pm is a huge plus. The location is close to the freeway and all the shopping you need."…"

Reviewed on Mar 16, 2020

Wyndham Garden San Jose Escazu
City Express San Jose Airport
3 out of 5
Diagonal a McDonalds, del Centro Comercial Real Cariari, Ciudad Cariari, Heredia
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The price is $48 per night from Oct 2 to Oct 3
4.1/5Very Good! (880 reviews)

"Good location basic hotel they let me park long term, high season they normally don't have long term parking"…"

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2020

City Express San Jose Airport
Radisson San Jose-Costa Rica
4 out of 5
Calle Central y Tercera Av. 15, Calle Blancos, San Jose, San Jose
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The price is $92 per night from Sep 19 to Sep 20
4.1/5Very Good! (1,082 reviews)

"Nice business hotel within walking distance of city center."…"

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2020

Radisson San Jose-Costa Rica
Hotel Aeropuerto
3 out of 5
4 km west of SJO International Airport, Alajuela, Alajuela
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The price is $82 per night from Sep 19 to Sep 20
4/5Very Good! (940 reviews)

"Everything was pretty good. Costumer service could have been a littlebit better."…"

Reviewed on Mar 29, 2020

Hotel Aeropuerto
Crowne Plaza San Jose Corobici
4 out of 5
North Savanna adjacent to La Sabana, Metropolitan Park, Mata Redonda, San Jose, San Jose
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The price is $81 per night from Sep 21 to Sep 22
4/5Very Good! (445 reviews)

"Very friendly staff, clean room and service is exceptional"…"

Reviewed on May 24, 2020

Crowne Plaza San Jose Corobici
Auténtico Hotel
3 out of 5
Ave 5 and 7, Calle 40, Sabana Norte, San Jose, San Jose
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The price is $63 per night from Sep 19 to Sep 20
4/5Very Good! (458 reviews)

"Great hotel. Quiet. Friendly, helpful staff."…"

Reviewed on Mar 16, 2020

Auténtico Hotel
Costa Rica Guesthouse
3 out of 5
Avenida 6, Entre Calle 21 y 25, San Jose, San Jose
The price is $28 per night from Sep 19 to Sep 20
4/5Very Good! (303 reviews)
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"Very helpful and very easy"…"

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2020

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Hotel Novo
3 out of 5
100m N. del Hospital San Juan de Dios, Calle 14 Av Central y Primera, San Jose, San Jose
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The price is $39 per night from Sep 19 to Sep 20
3.8/5Good! (162 reviews)
Helpful staff

"Hotel and room clean and tidy. Scrambled eggs bacon, rice and beans Breakfast was available from 7am. Excellent location to access town centre. Reception staff very helpful in arranging tours and assisting with any issues. They also arranged to have a filled roll ready for an early departure before ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 6, 2020

Hotel Novo
Wyndham San Jose Herradura Hotel & Convention Center
4 out of 5
Autopista General Canas, 3 Miles South of Intl Airport, Ciudad Cariari, Heredia
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3.8/5Good! (1,063 reviews)

"We loved the 3 pools and jacuzzi with A waterfall and beautiful landscapes all around. Unfortunately the swim up bar And pool snack bar were closed due to virus."…"

Reviewed on Mar 28, 2020

Wyndham San Jose Herradura Hotel & Convention Center
Hotel La Guaria Inn & Suites
2.5 out of 5
Alajuela, 2nd. Av., 1st. Street, Del Teatro Municipal 200 m. al Este, Alajuela, Alajuela
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The price is $39 per night from Sep 19 to Sep 20
3.7/5Good! (327 reviews)

"Location Perfect for a day around flights to explore the area and walk around the town"…"

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2020

Hotel La Guaria Inn & Suites
Morazán Hotel & Casino
2.5 out of 5
1st avenue and 7th Street, San Jose, San Jose
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3.6/5Good! (473 reviews)

"I've been staying here few times in the past years, It's still a good place to stay as far as being close to everything in central San Jose and the price. However don't expect too much, this place was renovated about 3 years ago and now is ready for another renovation. the bathroom was clean but ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2020

Morazán Hotel & Casino
Hotel El Maragato
3 out of 5
Ave Central, between street 1 and 3, San Jose, San Jose
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3.6/5Good! (463 reviews)

"Very reasonably priced and the location was excellent."…"

Reviewed on Oct 29, 2019

Hotel El Maragato
Hotel Quinta Avenida
2.5 out of 5
Paseo Colón, 300 Norte y 200 Este, Calle 20, 22 y Av. 5, San Jose
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The price is $22 per night from Sep 19 to Sep 20
3.3/5 (91 reviews)

"The staff here were awesome! Everything I asked for was immediately taken care of. At one point, I asked if they knew where I could get a couple of shirts repaired. They called a local tailor, who dropped by within a few minutes to pick up the shirts. Within an hour, I had them back, in perfect condition. ..."…"

Reviewed on Apr 7, 2020

Hotel Quinta Avenida
Best Hostel San Jose
3.5 out of 5
Avenida 9 - Calle central, San Jose, San Jose
The price is $9 per night from Sep 19 to Sep 20
3.3/5 (444 reviews)
Nice basic low cost hotel. Great people, great bar

"It is a nice, basic, low cost hotel. If you are looking for 'stars' you won't find it here. But for the price it is great and I'll be back. The bartender is pleasant and makes great Fresco Naturals … (Think fruit smoothies) and he'll ask your preference for sweetness and make it to your ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 10, 2020

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Cheap Hotels in San Jose

San Jose offers cheap accommodation options and a range of things to see and do, making it a great choice for a budget-friendly getaway. In addition to its well-known attractions like National Theater and Gold Museum, this destination is home to Parque Nacional and La Paz Waterfall Gardens, which you can enjoy while spending very little.

If you're hunting for low-cost places to stay in San Jose, you can choose from the 73 budget accommodations in the area. These options offer competitive rates and have positive reviews from travelers searching for a bargain:

Hotel Luisiana - 3.5-star family-friendly hotel. You'll find free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool at this property. Guests who stay here appreciate its comfortable rooms and overall condition.

Hotel Posada Canal Grande - Customers like this 3-star hotel for its overall value and overall condition. It offers free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool.

Costa Rica Backpackers - Hostel - At this 2-star hostel, you can take advantage of free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking.

Cocoon Hotel - 3.5-star hotel. You'll find free cooked-to-order breakfast, free WiFi, and a restaurant at this property. Guests who stay here appreciate its clean rooms and overall value.

Hotel Quinta Avenida - Customers like this 2.5-star hotel for its central location and helpful staff. It offers free WiFi and a restaurant.

Planning Your Trip to San Jose

Haven't picked your travel dates? Find out more about the local climate with these monthly averages so you can make the most of your money.

  • Hottest months: April, May, March, and June, with an average temperature of 83°F
  • Coldest months: January, February, December, and November, with an average temperature of 62°F
  • Rainiest months: September, October, June, and August, with an average rainfall of 11.66 inches
  • Driest months: January, February, March, and December, with an average rainfall of 0.54 inches

Sightseeing In and Around San Jose

San Jose attracts visitors with its top museums and major shopping area, and offers plenty to see and do without spending a fortune. You can budget for the top local attractions on your list, such as National Theater and Gold Museum, and then make time for other wallet-friendly activities. Head to Mercado Central and San Pedro Mall for some bargain shopping, or hunt for deals at Multiplaza del Este Mall.

San Jose is also notable for its:
  • Bird watching
  • Volcano
  • Tours
  • Entertainment
  • Cafés
  • Parks

Getting Around San Jose

The nearest airport is in San Jose (SYQ-Tobias Bolanos Intl.), 4.4 mi (7.1 km) away from the city center. If that doesn't suit your budget, the next closest is 9.6 mi (15.5 km) away in San Jose (SJO-Juan Santamaria Intl.). If you'd like to explore more of the area, hop aboard a train from San Jose Pacific Station, San Jose Procuradiria Museum Station, or San Jose Viquez Square Station.

Frequently asked questions

What is San Jose like for travelers on a budget?
San Jose has a variety of cheap accommodations and things to do, making it a budget-friendly vacation choice. In addition to its well-known attractions like Poas Volcano National Park and Morazan Park, this destination is home to National Park and Sabana Park, which you can enjoy while spending very little.
What's the best accommodation for a budget-friendly stay in San Jose?
Based on reviews, Hotel La Guaria Inn & Suites is a popular 2.5-star hotel for our travelers looking for an economical choice, and features free full breakfast and free WiFi. Other choices to stay on the cheap include Hotel El Maragato and Hotel Luisiana.
How many cheap hotels should I expect to find in San Jose?
Choose a hotel that suits your wallet among Expedia’s 108 budget hotels in San Jose.
When is the best time for a budget trip to San Jose?
Weather will likely play an important role when you plan your trip to San Jose, and keep in mind that cheaper options are usually available when the weather isn’t as good. The hottest months are usually April and May with an average temp of 73°F, while the coldest months are January and February with an average of 70°F. The rainiest months in San Jose are October, September, June, and August, with each month seeing an average of 12 inches of rainfall.
What is there to see and do in San Jose?
San Jose attracts visitors with its top museums and majestic volcano, and offers plenty to see and do without spending a fortune. You can budget for the top local attractions on your list, such as Morazan Park and National Park, and then make time for other wallet-friendly activities. Hunt for bargains with some shopping at San Pedro Mall and Multiplaza Mall Escazu, or check out the area’s cultural spots like National Theater.
How can I get to San Jose and get around on a budget?
Scoping out the transportation options in San Jose is a smart way to keep your trip affordable. The closest airport is 9.6 mi (15.5 km) from the center in Juan Santamaria Intl. Airport (SJO). However, if that doesn’t suit your budget, you can look into flights to San Jose (SYQ-Tobias Bolanos Intl.), which is 4.4 mi (7.1 km) away. San Jose might not have many public transit choices so a rental car could be a reasonable alternative to explore more of the area.

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