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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
0.76 mi from city center
3.8/5Good! (139 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
Sportsmens Lodge - Adults Only
3.5 out of 5
200 Oeste de la rampa del Hospital, Calderón Guardia, Calle 13 Ave 9 y 11, San Jose, San José
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The price is $65 per night
0.6 mi from city center
4/5Very Good! (108 reviews)
great staff

"great staff."…"

Reviewed on Dec 15, 2019

Sportsmens Lodge - Adults Only
Hilton Garden Inn San Jose La Sabana
3.5 out of 5
Boulevard de Rohrmoser, La Sabana, San Jose, San Jose
The price is $119 per night
2.05 mi from city center
4.5/5Wonderful! (201 reviews)

"Great Location in San Jose, CR"…"

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2020

Hilton Garden Inn San Jose La Sabana
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Barceló San José
4 out of 5
Autopista General Canas 3km, El Robledal - La Uruca, San Jose, San Jose
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1.95 mi from city center
4.4/5Excellent! (1,211 reviews)

"The hotel is exceptionally well maintained inside and out. It is located in a rather nondescript location just off the Hwy which makes it rather noisy all day. The staff is very warm and welcoming; however they should be more fluent in English (I assume English speaking persons are their majority ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 22, 2020

Barceló San José
Hotel Presidente - San Jose City Center, Costa Rica
3.5 out of 5
Avenida Central, Calle 7, San Jose, San Jose
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The price is $86 per night
0.27 mi from city center
4.4/5Excellent! (996 reviews)

"The restaurant on the 4th floor was excellent. The staff was very helpful."…"

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2020

Hotel Presidente - San Jose City Center, Costa Rica
Palma Real Hotel & Casino
3.5 out of 5
200 Mts. Norte del ICE, Sabana Norte, San Jose, San Jose
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The price is $76 per night
1.59 mi from city center
3.9/5Very Good! (831 reviews)

"Breakfast is excellent. Enough fruits and different choices in the buffet breakfast every morning. Parking your car is like a ballet parking. every day when you arrive give the key to a gentleman waiting for you in front of the entrance of the hotel and just in the morning you ask for the keys and ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 10, 2020

Palma Real Hotel & Casino
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 $76 per night
1.63 mi from city center
4.4/5Wonderful! (428 reviews)

"Fantastic free breakfast! Near La Sabana Park in nice area. Staff are good, although with some there is limited English."…"

Reviewed on Mar 8, 2020

Hotel Suites Cristina
Colours Oasis Resort - Lifestyle Inclusive Adults Only
3 out of 5
Blvd Rohrmoser, NW Corner of Triangle, San Jose, San Jose
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The price is $44 per night
3.64 mi from city center
4.3/5Excellent! (311 reviews)

"Amazing staff make this place for like a 5 star resort! Amazing job to everyone!"…"

Reviewed on Apr 1, 2020

Colours Oasis Resort - Lifestyle Inclusive Adults Only
Gran Hotel Costa Rica, Curio Collection by Hilton
4 out of 5
Central & Second Ave, between 1 & 3, San Jose, San Jose
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The price is $155 per night
0.15 mi from city center
4.8/5Exceptional! (144 reviews)

"Center city location. Beautiful hotel, attentive staff wonderful breakfast. Received an upgrade. Corner view looking at plaza."…"

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2020

Gran Hotel Costa Rica, Curio Collection by Hilton
Park Inn By Radisson San Jose
3.5 out of 5
Ave. 6, Calle 28, Barrio Don Bosco, San Jose, San Jose
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0.86 mi from city center
4.3/5Excellent! (995 reviews)

"Bit of a walk into downtown Pool area could be more inviting On the plus side, the rooms are very clean and the staff are friendly and accommodating"…"

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2020

Park Inn By Radisson San Jose
La Sabana Hotel Suites Apartments
3 out of 5
De Rostipollos 150 metros norte, Calle 48, Ave. 5-7, Sabana Norte, San Jose
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The price is $71 per night
1.53 mi from city center
4.5/5Wonderful! (244 reviews)

"I loved how quaint this hotel is. I appreciated the smaller size and yet the great amenities: beautiful pool area, sauna, and amazing brunch to be enjoyed in the cute breakfast room or poolside. The staff were all friendly amd helpful. The rooms and bathrooms are a little smaller than we are used ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 11, 2020

La Sabana Hotel Suites Apartments
Casa Conde Hotel & Suites
3.5 out of 5
South-west of Peace Park, Suroeste del Parque de la Paz, San Jose, San Jose
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The price is $75 per night
1.64 mi from city center
4.1/5Very Good! (718 reviews)

"The property was meticulously maintained. The staff were busy working all the time, but still always has time for smiles and any request we might have. I have nothing but good things to report about Casa Conde.."…"

Reviewed on Mar 21, 2020

Casa Conde Hotel & Suites
Isla Verde Hotel
3 out of 5
200 Oeste de la Embajada Americana, San Jose, San Jose
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The price is $79 per night
3.38 mi from city center
4.4/5Wonderful! (201 reviews)

"Everything was perfect. Friendly and helpful staff, our room was clean, spacious and well equipped. Had dinner and breakfast in the restaurant, both were delicious. Highly recommended"…"

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2020

Isla Verde Hotel
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 $78 per night
1.41 mi from city center
4/5Very Good! (442 reviews)

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

Reviewed on May 24, 2020

Crowne Plaza San Jose Corobici
Hotel Santo Tomas
3 out of 5
7th Avenue, between 3rd and 5th Street, San Jose, San Jose
The price is $63 per night
0.37 mi from city center
4.1/5Very Good! (884 reviews)

"The location in San Jose can't be better for travellers. The area is safe and convenient to stores and restaurants. The staff is very helpful"…"

Reviewed on Mar 20, 2020

Hotel Santo Tomas
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Visiting San Jose

Nature enthusiasts will enjoy exploring San Jose, and visitors give high marks for the fascinating museums, volcano viewpoints, and shopping. Tourists who journey to this vibrant city can discover its cafés, local tours, and entertainment choices. Top sights in the city include National Theater, Gold Museum (Museo de Oro), and Jade Museum.

  • There are 559 hotels and other accommodations in San Jose
  • The closest major airport is in San Jose (SYQ-Tobias Bolanos Intl.), 4.4 mi (7.1 km) from the city center
  • The next closest is in San Jose (SJO-Juan Santamaria Intl.), 9.6 mi (15.5 km) away

Sightseeing and Staying in San Jose

Well-known for its museums, the city's cultural venues include National Theater, Gold Museum (Museo de Oro), and Jade Museum. Attractions like Spirogyra Butterfly Garden, Ojo de Agua Spa Park, and Amusement Park San Jose are fun for kids of all ages. The city is notable for landmarks like San Jose Cathedral, Plaza de la Cultura, and Plaza de la Democracia.

In San Jose, there are 559 hotels and other lodging accommodations so you'll have ample places to choose from for your holiday retreat. These are highly ranked ones based on our user reviews:

  • The Retreat Costa Rica - With a stay at this 4-star hotel, guests can enjoy access to a full-service spa and free breakfast, along with free WiFi. It's a favorite with Expedia travelers for its helpful staff and comfortable beds.
  • Tiriguro Lodge - Our customers like the breakfast and clean, quiet rooms at this B&B. This 3-star bed & breakfast features free breakfast, an outdoor pool, and free WiFi.
  • Peace Lodge - With a stay at this 4.5-star lodge, guests can enjoy access to a full-service spa and 4 restaurants, along with an in-room fireplace. Expedia customers like its overall value and pool.

Other favorite sights in San Jose include National Center of Art and Culture, National Museum of Costa Rica, and Parque Nacional. One of the top places to see in the surrounding area is Irazu Volcano National Park, located 16.3 mi (26.2 km) from the city center.

Getting Around San Jose

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. San Jose might not have very many public transit options so consider a car rental to maximize your time.

Dressing for San Jose

  • Between January and March, you can expect average temperatures of 83°F during the day and 61°F at night
  • From April to June, the average during the day is 84°F, while the average at night is 64°F
  • July through September has daytime averages of 81°F with nighttime averages of 63°F
  • In October-December, you can expect daytime averages of 80°F and nighttime averages of 62°F
  • Average annual rainfall for San Jose is 72.76 inches
  • Usually April and May are the hottest months with an average of 83°F, whereas January and February are often coldest, averaging 62°F

Frequently asked questions

Where is the best place to stay in San Jose?
Alajuela City Hotel & Guest House is a favorite property for Expedia customers. This hotel offers free breakfast and free WiFi. Traveler reviews also recommend Gran Hotel Costa Rica, Curio Collection by Hilton and Sheraton San Jose Hotel, Costa Rica as top choices for your stay.
If I need to cancel my hotel reservation in San Jose, will I receive a refund?
Yes, the majority of hotel bookings are refundable provided that you cancel before the hotel’s cancellation deadline, which often is within 24-48 hours of your check-in date. If your reservation is non-refundable, you might be able to cancel it and be given a refund within a 24-hour period of booking. Enter dates in and click on “Search”, then you can filter by “free cancellation” to view the best deals in San Jose.
Where can I learn more about changing or cancelling my trip to San Jose?
To find more details about rescheduling or cancelling your trip to San Jose, click here.
What's the best place to stay on a budget in San Jose?
Based on reviews, Hotel Luisiana is a popular 3.5-star hotel for our travelers looking for an economical choice, and features free WiFi and an outdoor pool. Other options for your budget-friendly stay include Wyndham San Jose Herradura Hotel & Convention Center and Wyndham Garden San Jose Escazu.
What's the best hotel for a stay in La California?
Based on our traveler data, Hotel Casa 69 is one of the top choices for your stay in La California. This hotel is a short 6-minute walk from Parque Nacional, and it offers free breakfast and free WiFi. Other good choices for your stay in the neighborhood include Ara Macao Inn and Angels Hotel.
What's the best accommodation in Chinatown?
When looking at places to stay in Chinatown, Hotel Colonial is a top choice. This 3-star hotel offers free breakfast and an outdoor pool. It is located a short 4-minute walk from Jade Museum. Casa Mayela Guest House Room V and Guest House Casa Mayela Room lll are other good choices for your stay in the neighborhood.
What's the best accommodation for families in San Jose?
Hotel Luisiana is a top 3.5-star hotel on Expedia for families, and features a children’s pool and a restaurant. Other good choices for your family trip include Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, San Jose Aeropuerto, Costa Rica and Courtyard by Marriott San Jose Airport Alajuela. Attractions like Ojo de Agua Spa Park and Amusement Park San Jose are also fun for kids of all ages.
What's the best place to stay for a romantic getaway to San Jose?
Xandari Resort And Spa is a favorite 3.5-star resort for couples, and features premium bedding and bathrobes. Other good choices for a romantic stay include Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation and Inn and Studio Hotel Boutique.
What is the top LGBTQ-friendly hotel in San Jose?
Colours Oasis Resort - Lifestyle Inclusive Adults Only is a top 3-star LGBTQ-friendly hotel that features a restaurant and an outdoor pool.
What's the best pet-friendly accommodation in San Jose?
Arborea Flats by Corporate Stays is a top apartment for people traveling with their pets, and offers an outdoor pool and a fitness center for its human guests. La Riviera Hotel Bed and Breakfast is another good option for a stay with your pet.
Where is the best hotel to stay with easy access to University of Costa Rica?
Adjacent to University of Costa Rica, Hotel Ave del Paraíso is one of the top choices for your stay based on our traveler data, and this 3.5-star hotel offers 2 restaurants and free breakfast. Other good choices within a short distance include Tico Rent Aparments 1 and The Garden Boutique Hostel.
What about the best place to stay close to La Paz Waterfall Gardens?
One of the top choices for your stay is Peace Lodge, located a short 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from La Paz Waterfall Gardens, and this 4.5-star lodge offers a full-service spa and 4 restaurants. Poas Volcano Lodge and Hortensias Chalets Vara Blanca are a couple of other good and close options.

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