$53 Avg/night
Rate and special offer based on Check-in: Jul 9, 2015 Check-out: Jul 12, 2015

Hotel Santo Tomas - San Jose Downtown

3 stars
View map of Avenue 7th Street 3 and 5, Barrio Amon, San Jose,

Hotel Overview

Reviewer score
3.6
out of 5
103 reviews
1000 Satisfied

What a great gem of a hotel/experience. Owner has put his heart and sole into hotel, and works... See full review

  • Jeremy S.
  • Apr 28, 2015
Excellence

Wonderful hotel with hardwood and tile decor throughout . Safe , clean , and accommodating . Staff... See full review

  • nadie
  • Mar 18, 2015

A beautifully restored, turn-of-the-century coffee plantation house, the Hotel Santo Tomas offers an intimate guesthouse experience in downtown San Jose. Popular downtown attractions like the National Theater, Simon Bolivar Zoo and the Central Market sit within walking distance of the Hotel Santo Tomas, and the hotel is about 12 miles from the international airport. Guests enjoy free high-speed Internet access in guest rooms and a complimentary buffet breakfast every morning.

Rooms

With just 20 guest rooms, the Hotel Santo Tomas offers personalized service with a great downtown location. Each room has its own style, and most feature hard wood or tile floors and 14-foot ceilings with ceiling fans. Standard guest rooms come with single queen or double beds, while larger guest rooms are available with pairs of queen-size beds. In-room amenities include free high-speed Internet access, laptop-size room safes, telephones, color cable televisions and hair-dryers.

Property features

The intimate downtown guesthouse Hotel Santo Tomas offers a small number of quiet rooms and amenities ideal for travelers looking for affordable accommodations at the city center. The property features a solar heated outdoor pool and a Jacuzzi, as well as a fitness center. Parking is available (fees apply). Guests get a complimentary breakfast each morning. Guests can find free high-speed Internet access in the guest rooms, and other on-site amenities include laundry services, tour arrangements and luggage storage.

Highlights
  • Central downtown location
  • Solar-heated outdoor swimming pool and hot tub
  • Parking (fees apply)
  • Complimentary breakfast buffet
  • Free high-speed Internet access in guest rooms

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Hotel Santo Tomas - San Jose Downtown Rooms

Deluxe Room
Room comes with two queen size beds, private bath, phone, cable TV, alarm-clock radio, hairdryer, High Speed Internet, ceiling fan and dresser.
Superior Room
Room comes with one queen bed, private bath, phone, cable TV, alarm-clock radio, hairdryer, High Speed Internet, ceiling fan and dresser.
Standard Room
Room comes with one double bed, private bath, phone, cable TV, alarm-clock radio, hairdryer, High Speed Internet, ceiling fan and dresser.

Amenities

  • WiFi
  • Outdoor pool
  • No smoking rooms/facilities
General
No smoking rooms/facilities
Concierge
Activities
Outdoor pool
Fitness Center
Dining
Bar/Lounge
Services
In-Room Safe
Tour desk
Doctor on call
Currency exchange
Internet
WiFi

Nearby points of interest

  • Parque Espana: 0.2 mi
  • Precolumbian Gold Museum: 0.2 mi
  • Plaza de la Cultura: 0.2 mi
  • National Theater: 0.3 mi
  • Parque Zoologico Nacional Simon Bolivar: 0.3 mi
  • Museum of Contemporary Art and Design: 0.3 mi
  • Central Park (Parque Central): 0.3 mi
  • Spirogyra Butterfly Garden: 0.4 mi
  • Jade Museum (Museo Nacional del Jade): 0.4 mi
  • National Museum (Museo Nacional): 0.4 mi
  • El Pueblo: 0.4 mi
  • Museo de los Ninos: 0.4 mi
  • Museo de Arte Costarricense: 1.6 mi
  • Correos de Costa Rica: 3.8 mi
  • Pueblo Antiguo (Parque Nacional de Diversiones): 4.1 mi
  • Parque Espana: 0.2 mi
  • Precolumbian Gold Museum: 0.2 mi
  • Plaza de la Cultura: 0.2 mi
  • National Theater: 0.3 mi
  • Parque Zoologico Nacional Simon Bolivar: 0.3 mi
  • Museum of Contemporary Art and Design: 0.3 mi
  • Central Park (Parque Central): 0.3 mi
  • Spirogyra Butterfly Garden: 0.4 mi
  • Jade Museum (Museo Nacional del Jade): 0.4 mi
  • National Museum (Museo Nacional): 0.4 mi
  • El Pueblo: 0.4 mi
  • Museo de los Ninos: 0.4 mi
  • Museo de Arte Costarricense: 1.6 mi
  • Correos de Costa Rica: 3.8 mi
  • Pueblo Antiguo (Parque Nacional de Diversiones): 4.1 mi
  • Orosi River Valley ( El Valle del Rio Orosi ): 14.9 mi
  • Parque Nacional Braulio Carrillo: 17.8 mi
  • Chirripo National Park: 50.7 mi

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
2:00 PM
Check-out:
12:00 PM

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

Ratings and reviews for Hotel Santo Tomas - San Jose Downtown

Overall score

3.6 / 5
5.01.0
103 out of 103
Amenities:
3.7
Cleanliness:
4.1
Hotel staff:
4.3
Comfort:
3.8
Location:
3.6
Value:
4.2

83% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Hotel Santo Tomas - San Jose Downtown

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
haypeores
new york
Oct 17, 2012

the best of the best

is like been at home,cozy,if you go to c,r you have to stay in there

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Review of Hotel Santo Tomas - San Jose Downtown

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Darling B.
Business
Arlington
Jun 1, 2015

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.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Hotel Santo Tomas - San Jose Downtown

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Jeremy S.
Business
concord
Apr 28, 2015

1000 Satisfied

What a great gem of a hotel/experience. Owner has put his heart and sole into hotel, and works every day to ensure an amazing, charming, warm, affordable luxury smack-dab in the heart of San Jose. About the hotel: all around wonderful. Clean, elegant rooms. Historic (converted from 19-20th century mansion) with fascinating charms and nooks everywhere. Fun inner sanctum with refreshing pool and awesome, best-in-city hot tub. Our room: spacious, with private separate bathroom with spacious shower. (most rooms in Costa rica have showers but not baths.) About safety: Ignore everything you read about this being a dangerous location. It is no more, or no less dangerous than any other place in San Jose. It's an urban, modern, Latin city. Be smart, but don't be worried. Easy to get to. Easy parking. Easy to walk/bus to anyplace. Would be great for Families Couples Backpackers who want affordable lux Business trips

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Hotel Santo Tomas - San Jose Downtown

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
nadie
Business
N/A
Mar 18, 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 you may have. I highly recommend you check it out .

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Hotel Santo Tomas - San Jose Downtown

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
nadie
Business
N/A
Mar 18, 2015

More than a room , an accommodation

Beautiful hardwoods throughout the entire hotel . Artistic tile work , splendid architecture , decorated with unique works of the colonial era . Absolutely clean and safe environment . The owner , Thomas can assist you with any of your desires ranging from medical procedures , to all the tourism opportunities , legal work , and anything else you desire . Here your wishes will be accommodated . Just a fantastic place , I highly recommend it .

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Hotel Santo Tomas - San Jose Downtown

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
sam b.
Business
San Francisco
Feb 18, 2015

One night

it was just fine for one night. central location . All taxis seems to know it. The breakfast was basic.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Hotel Santo Tomas - San Jose Downtown

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Wild Goose
Business
Anchorage, AK, USA
Nov 19, 2014

Very nice hotel near the center of San Jose

My wife and I spent two nights at the Hotel Santo Tomas and really enjoyed it. It is an old building but it is kept very clean and we found the rooms to be very comfortable. Our room was good size and very quiet. There are several nice sitting areas where you can be inside or outside and access the wifi. The location is very good. It is near many nice restaurants and a short walk from the main downtown areas. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Besides handing the details of our stay, they booked tours and arranged cabs for us. Breakfast was included in the price of the room and there were several options. We chose the typical Costa Rican breakfast of gallo pinto with eggs. It is served in an outdoor restaurant area that was nice.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Hotel Santo Tomas - San Jose Downtown

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
fooded
Business
San Jose, Costa Rica
Aug 5, 2014

Terrific vacation spot

My husband and son loved this hotel. I am envious I wasn't along on this trip. They raved about the hotel, staff, etc. We are planning a 2015 trip to Costa Rica and plan to stay in the same hotel.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Sightseeing tip: Short walk from hotel

Major attractions in San Jose are only a short walk from the Hotel Santo Tomas.

Review of Hotel Santo Tomas - San Jose Downtown

Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
MAURY
Business
HOHOKUS, NJ
Jul 11, 2014

Dangerous area, There were no reservations when arrived

wE WROTE A NEGATIVE REVIEW....BUT YOU WOULDNOT PRINT IT. THERE WERE NO BRAND NAMES MENTIONED, AND NO PROFANITY...GUESS YOU DO NOT WANT NEGATIVE REVIEWS.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
2
Comfort:
1
Location:
1
Value:
1
Trip purpose:

Business

Nightlife tip: Not Applicable

tHERE ARE A LOT OF GREAT RESTAURANTS..INCING "ESQUINA DE BUENOS aIRES CALLE 11, AND NUESTRO TIERRA ON sECOND AVE... BUT TAKE TAXIS, THEY ARE CHEAP (USE ONLY ONES WITH METERS) DONT WALK ALONG AT NIGHT. CAN BE DANGEROUS.

Review of Hotel Santo Tomas - San Jose Downtown

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
KT Travel Bug
Business
Monteverde, Costa Rica
Jun 16, 2014

Depends on your standards...

Hotel Santo Tomas is a very quaint hotel in the wrong place. While it is very close to downtown (only three blocks away from La Plaza de la Cultura) it's on the edge of the not-so-nice part of town. During the day it was fine, but I didn't feel comfortable going out at night (granted I am a woman and I was traveling alone... it would probably be fine in a group). On the bright side, the room was very comfortable and clean. My room was fairly quiet because it was in a back corner, but in the main part of the hotel it could get quite loud, especially on Friday night when you could hear the loud music next door. I could also hear people talking and the TV going in another room, but everything quieted down by the time I wanted to go to sleep. If you don't mind a little bit of noise, it's fine. I think the cleanliness and comfort of the room made it worth it, and the breakfast was great!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
4
Location:
3
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Kalu is a nice little restaurant and shop a few blocks from the hotel. A little pricey depending on what you get but the ravioli was fantastic!

Review of Hotel Santo Tomas - San Jose Downtown

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
haypeores
Business
new york
May 22, 2014

the best of the best

if you want to feel like you are at home this is the best place to go the owners the staff is like a family dont look anywhere else to go this is the best hotel in costa rica

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: In Hotel

the chef is the best just try it once his food

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