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Hotel Santo Tomas

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Why We Love It

  • 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

"Quaint boutique hotel" -- Frommer’s

Map & Directions

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

Rooms & Rates

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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



  • Gym / fitness center
  • Hot Tub / Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor pool
  • Restaurant
  • Roof terrace
  • 100% smoke-free


  • 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)


Check-in: Standard Time is 2pm.

Checkout: Standard Time is 12pm.

Cancellation: 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

Know Before You Go

  • Pool access available from 8 AM to 10 PM.
  • 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.

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Customer Service available Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm AET

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

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

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