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"Quaint boutique hotel" -- Frommer’s

Hotel Santo Tomas

Calle Blancos, Costa Rica
  • A former coffee plantation house, with traditional Victorian style
  • Provides a more local vibe, a few blocks away from main touristy areas, though some say it's a little too gritty
  • An interior courtyard has a pool and Jacuzzi, and there's free daily breakfast
  • Pleasant and helpful staff
  • Quality Checked by Travelzoo
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  • No Booking Fees


7th Avenue, between 3rd and 5th Street
San Jose
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Hotel Santo Tomas used to be a coffee plantation house, and it keeps a lot of its original charm and colorful tilework -- you feel like you are staying in a house more than a hotel. The street is busy, but the interiors manage to stay mostly quiet. The rooms are small, yet they don't feel cluttered, instead simply furnished with Victorian-style items to match the architecture. There's no air conditioning.

Within a pleasant and quiet central courtyard sits a pool and an elevated hot tub, which are connected by a waterslide. Next to the pool are a decent-sized gym and a super casual restaurant, El Oasis. The cuisine is international with an emphasis on traditional Costa Rican cuisine, and is highly recommended by locals and past guests. Breakfast is free with your stay.

Hotel Santo Tomas is a seven-minute walk from the center of San Jose, where there is a pedestrian mall with shops, restaurants and fast food. It's a five-minute walk to museums, local attractions and Morazon Park, one of several small parks throughout the city.

From the press:
  • “An oasis of quiet in the center of the city” -- Fodor’s
  • “All rooms are clean and well maintained” -- Frommer’s


  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Gym / fitness center
  • Hot Tub / Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor pool
  • Restaurant
  • Roof terrace


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge service
  • Currency exchange / ATM
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Safe in reception (fees apply)

Room amenities

  • Safe
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in guest rooms
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas


  • Hair-dryer


  • Parking (fees apply)
Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.


  • Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

Additional details

  • Pets not allowed Check-in time starts at 2pm Check-out time is 12pm

    You must present a photo ID when checking in. Your credit card is charged at the time you book. Bed type and smoking preferences are not guaranteed.Your reservation is prepaid and is guaranteed for late arrival. The total charge includes all room charges and taxes, as well as fees for access and booking. Any incidental charges such as parking, phone calls, and room service will be handled directly between you and the property.

    Know Before You Go

    • A resort fee is included in the total price displayed.
    • One child 10 years old or younger stays free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding.
    • Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.
    • No pets and no service animals are allowed at this property.


    The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.

    • Self parking fee: CRC 6498.00 per night (in/out privileges)

    The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

    Mandatory Fees and Taxes

    The charges below are included in your overall room price:

    • Resort fee

    We have included all charges provided to us by the property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

Getting there

Hotel Santo Tomas is 40-minute drive from Juan Santamaria International Airport, and a taxi costs about $25-$35.


  • 7th Avenue, between 3rd and 5th Street
  • San Jose
  • Costa Rica

Customer Service

Prefer to book over the phone?

Tel: 1-877-966-0000

Mon-Fri 9am-9pm ET, Sat-Sun 12pm-8pm ET

Questions? Check out our FAQs or give us a call.

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

You will pay the hotel in the hotel's local currency. The rate displayed (in CAD) is an estimate based on today's currency exchange rate.

The room rates listed are for double occupancy per room unless otherwise stated and exclude tax recovery charges and service fees.

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