$65 Avg/night
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Hotel Santo Tomas - San Jose Downtown

3 stars
Avenue 7th Street 3 and 5, Barrio Amon, San Jose,
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
3.5
out of 5
138 reviews
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  • May 22, 2014
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  • Oct 7, 2013
Restored coffee plantation home with outdoor pool and open-air dining

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.

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
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.

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, and the Restaurant and Bar El Oasis serves affordable and delicious seafood, steak, and pasta dishes throughout the day. 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.

Transportation
  • Coca Cola Bus Station (1.2 mi/1.9 km)
  • Juan Santamaria International Airport (11.7 mi/18.9 km)
Attractions
  • Central Market (0.5 mi/0.9 km)
  • Simon Bolivar Zoo (0.5 mi/0.9 km)
  • National Theater (0.6 mi/1 km)
  • National Museum (0.8 mi/1.2 km)
  • Museum of Costa Rican Art (2.6 mi/4.1 km)
  • La Paz Waterfall Gardens (31 mi/50 km)
Business
  • Free high-speed Internet access

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
Restaurant
Room service
Services
In-Room Safe
Tour desk
Doctor on call
Currency exchange
Internet
WiFi
Parking
Parking
Accessibility
Handicapped rooms/facilities

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Hotel Map

9.9368 -84.0761
Area served
San Jose, Costa Rica
Nearby airports
SJO- Juan Santamaria and Tobias Bolanos.
Area description
Located in Barrio Amon, protected by the national patrimony laws of Costa Rica. Within 4 blocks of eight museums and 4 blocks from the national theater and gold museum -Plaza De La Cultura. Within easy walking distance of all shopping. Easy tour and car rental pickup and drop off.

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:
1400
Check-out:
1200

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.

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Guest Reviews (138)

Ratings and reviews for Hotel Santo Tomas - San Jose Downtown

Overall score

3.5 / 5
5.01.0
138 out of 138
Amenities:
3.6
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4.2
Room comfort:
3.7
Location:
3.5
Value:
4.1

79% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Hotel Santo Tomas - San Jose Downtown

Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
Anonymous
Boston area, MA
Jul 12, 2011

Lost out on this reservation!

We arrived at 11:00 pm and found the area seedy - shacks across the street and hookers all over the area. Parking area didn't look secure and person manning the desk just smirked at our reaction. We left and went elsewhere! Pictures online very deceiving but can't speak for the hotel interior.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
1
Room comfort:
2
Location:
1
Value:
2
Review of Hotel Santo Tomas - San Jose Downtown

Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
Anonymous
san jose, costa rica
Jun 26, 2011

bad

the hotel did not look anything like the pictures showed. no parking lot made it impossible to get to it. location was less than ideal. did not like it at all

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Room cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
2
Location:
1
Value:
2
Review of Hotel Santo Tomas - San Jose Downtown

Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
Anonymous
san jose, costa rica
Jun 26, 2011

bad

the hotel did not look anything like the pictures showed. no parking lot made it impossible to get to it. location was less than ideal. did not like it at all

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Room cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
2
Location:
1
Value:
2
Review of Hotel Santo Tomas - San Jose Downtown

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Anonymous
Keene, NH USA
Jun 21, 2011

Ok but nothing to write home about

Got in late at night from airport and a little surprised that fellow at desk did not even try to help my daughter with her bag. Also, the towels were dirty (one had hair on it which really grossed out my kid). On the positive side, the breakfast was good (rice beans huevos fruit) and the dinner was a great deal (about 5 bucks for a real good Cosado plate of rice beans pollo or fish, plantains, salad). Some of the staff were friendly. The neighborhood wasn't great but it was located just blocks from the central market which is good. Ok if you don't want to spend a lot of $$.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
3
Location:
3
Value:
4
Review of Hotel Santo Tomas - San Jose Downtown

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Anonymous
Keene, NH USA
Jun 21, 2011

Ok but nothing to write home about

Got in late at night from airport and a little surprised that fellow at desk did not even try to help my daughter with her bag. Also, the towels were dirty (one had hair on it which really grossed out my kid). On the positive side, the breakfast was good (rice beans huevos fruit) and the dinner was a great deal (about 5 bucks for a real good Cosado plate of rice beans pollo or fish, plantains, salad). Some of the staff were friendly. The neighborhood wasn't great but it was located just blocks from the central market which is good. Ok if you don't want to spend a lot of $$.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
3
Location:
3
Value:
4
Review of Hotel Santo Tomas - San Jose Downtown

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
highland, ca
Jun 19, 2011

san jose trip

San jose is a small city, we walked all downtown in 3 hrs, besides museums there is not much to do. Its definitely not a city if you are looking for nightlife. There are not a lot of clubs or bars that appear safe for tourist. Most streets are tiny, most building have babe wire and gates, a lot pf people walking at all times. Try not to rent a car, there is no free parking, no street signs, people drive crazy, pedestrians walk in front of the car if you slow down a little. The tour companies offer transportation, it might look pricey but its worth it. Hotel Santo Tomas is a romantic hotel. The rooms are small but really comfortable and clean. The staff is super nice and helpful. The food at the restaurant is delicious. The location of the hotel might look great but its a typical street in the city; its few blocks away from the downtown strip, museums, and zoo. There is only two complains about the hotel, on their description they do not mention a parking charge, there is a$ 11 per night charge per parking. The second, the phone on my room didn't work, asked several times to be changed but it wasn't. Overall really nice small hotel on which you ail enjoy your staying.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
3
Value:
5
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Everything is in a walk distance

Review of Hotel Santo Tomas - San Jose Downtown

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
highland, ca
Jun 19, 2011

san jose trip

San jose is a small city, we walked all downtown in 3 hrs, besides museums there is not much to do. Its definitely not a city if you are looking for nightlife. There are not a lot of clubs or bars that appear safe for tourist. Most streets are tiny, most building have babe wire and gates, a lot pf people walking at all times. Try not to rent a car, there is no free parking, no street signs, people drive crazy, pedestrians walk in front of the car if you slow down a little. The tour companies offer transportation, it might look pricey but its worth it. Hotel Santo Tomas is a romantic hotel. The rooms are small but really comfortable and clean. The staff is super nice and helpful. The food at the restaurant is delicious. The location of the hotel might look great but its a typical street in the city; its few blocks away from the downtown strip, museums, and zoo. There is only two complains about the hotel, on their description they do not mention a parking charge, there is a$ 11 per night charge per parking. The second, the phone on my room didn't work, asked several times to be changed but it wasn't. Overall really nice small hotel on which you ail enjoy your staying.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
3
Value:
5
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Everything is in a walk distance

Review of Hotel Santo Tomas - San Jose Downtown

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
usa
Jun 18, 2011

Ok but

allegric to cleaning solution they used. front staff seemed annoyed to be bothered by normal questions or did not seem knowledgable about area. sometimes didn't even remove sheets when came to clean room. bugs everynight- didn't supply bug spray. no ac but fan. gated!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
2
Room comfort:
3
Location:
3
Value:
3
Review of Hotel Santo Tomas - San Jose Downtown

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
usa
Jun 18, 2011

Ok but

allegric to cleaning solution they used. front staff seemed annoyed to be bothered by normal questions or did not seem knowledgable about area. sometimes didn't even remove sheets when came to clean room. bugs everynight- didn't supply bug spray. no ac but fan. gated!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
2
Room comfort:
3
Location:
3
Value:
3
Review of Hotel Santo Tomas - San Jose Downtown

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Las Vegas, NV
Jun 7, 2011

Cute San Jose Hotel

Cute little hotel in a very convientient location. Very nice little rooms with old world style decorations. The restraunt was great. On par with the old time casino rooms in Vegas as far as value for the price and amenities.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
5
Dining tip: In Hotel

The hotel restraunt was very good.

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