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Hotel Santo Tomas

#13 of 86 Hotels in San Jose
Certificate of Excellence
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Avenue 7 Between Streets 3 and 5 | 250 Meters West from INS Building, San Jose, Costa Rica
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This hotel was by far our favorite of the trip. Such a neat old building with an awesome pool and hot tub. The staff was all wonderful and the owner made us feel very welcomed and taken care of. I would stay there again in a heartbeat!

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Phoenix, Oregon
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We came into San Jose on our first trip to Costa Rica, our flight got in at 6am, we were so tired we just went straight to the hotel, they let us check in early for $20 with free breakfast and Thomas even gave us a free room upgrade. Very clean, safe and secure with great staff who are very... More 

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Davis, California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a lovely property owned and built by a great guy. Very nice furnishings, nice pool and spa with adjacent weight room. Old world atmosphere with tall ceilings, original wood floors and elegant woodwork and fixtures. The owner knows the town and the area very well. Visits with the guests every morning at breakfast and provides advice, directions and suggestions... More 

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AdvisorHST, Owner at Hotel Santo Tomas, responded to this review

Hola FlyingWaldo, I love that TripAdvisor name you have ! The hotel has lots of clients having dental work performed as well as other medical procedures, Costa Rica is a really great place to save lots of money , have a nice vacation and get every thing , replaced, repaired, tucked , puckered , enlarged and well you know know... More 

Long Island, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed here for two nights in April 2015. Staff was very friendly and accommodating. The owner, Thomas, met with us one morning at breakfast and was able provide us with advice and information on our stay in San Jose as well as the rest of the country. He was a great resource and very welcoming. Rooms are clean however... More 

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AdvisorHST, Owner at Hotel Santo Tomas, responded to this review

Hola Colin, Clean and good location, toss in a Free Hot Cooked Breakfast and Wifi along with a hot soak in the jacuzzi and Hey I call that a vacation! Always love meeting and greeting the hotels clients in the morning over a cup of good Costa Rica coffee. Lots of couples stay with us and enjoy all of the... More 

Tallinn, Estonia
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64 reviews 64 reviews
62 hotel reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed in Santo Tomas in two different occasions - when we arrived in Costa Rica and three weeks later when we left. Both occasions were pleasant ones. For the first two nights we booked a room on the top floor with a balcony and a view to the pool. This was an excellent choice! The room was ok, even... More 

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AdvisorHST, Owner at Hotel Santo Tomas, responded to this review

Hola EstTraveler, Many travelers do just what you did and stay several times during their travels. We also have free baggage storage for those clients that need to store items during their vacation and pick them up later. The hotel location is really good and we can assist 24/7 with tours and car rentals. Just a note, if you plan... More 

Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
24 hotel reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Only a few blocks away from main walking and shopping streets, this sit good hotel for coming into and out of San Jose.. I personally wouldn't spend much time it the city.... The staff was friendly, breakfast included was fine.. The the hotel is a pleasant surprise when you enter the pool and breakfast area. Be careful walking at night..... More 

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AdvisorHST, Owner at Hotel Santo Tomas, responded to this review

Hi Fred, Hey, clean and safe is pretty important! Yes Harrys, now run by Larry ( how funny is that ) is across the street and full of interesting people. Lots of clients, especially Europeans stay several days to relax, unwind and recharge in the jacuzzi and just enjoy the nice weather here in San Jose. Great having you stay... More 

Prescott,AZ
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

We stayed here for several nights in April 2015. We enjoyed the breakfasts, great pool, and friendly staff, especially night clerk Raul. The owner, Thomas, an American expat met with us every morning at breakfast to chat, and provided invaluable advice and information on touring the country, and even helped make arrangements to secure a rental vehicle. He is a... More 

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AdvisorHST, Owner at Hotel Santo Tomas, responded to this review

Hola HarleyDude77A Always great having a fellow biker stay , I rode a big BMW for many years in the states. I do enjoy a good cup of Costa Rica coffee and a lively chat in the morning! Everyone has an interesting story to tell and something to learn, you just gotta listen and get them to do it. Thank... More 

Seattle, Washington
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Difficult to locate initially ( we drove from Tamarindo), but once there, we appreciated this property. Tom, the American owner, has resided in Costa Rica for 29 years. Suspect that he is from Texas or somewhere else in American Southwest. Helped us to find our way to Escazu to the CIMA Hospital for health checkups. He and his wife have... More 

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AdvisorHST, Owner at Hotel Santo Tomas, responded to this review

Hola Restaurantpeople, Great that your checkups went well and you have a fantastic location and restaurant in Tamarindo. I have lots of clients that stay here going to hospitals and dental clinics all year long. We always provide a 10% discount for those clients , just as you, whobooked direct on the hotels website and paid cash to receive that.... More 

Everett, Washington
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
3 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Our group of seven adults chose this hotel for a relaxing day and hot showers between nice, but primitive, lodging in Puerto Viejo...and headed to another rental in the cloud forest. The hotel is lovely and staff friendly and helpful. Omar got us taxis, helped us find transport up north, recommended dinner spots, and told us the safest places to... More 

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AdvisorHST, Owner at Hotel Santo Tomas, responded to this review

Hola Elaine, I remember your group , you guys were pretty lively in the breakfast area that morning, I had a lot of fun , laughing it up with the group. The rooms you reserved were the original dining room built in 1908 , 10 children plus everyone else in there back then , well you can image the size... More 

Bend, Oregon
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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 hotel reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015 via mobile

Much like The Very Best Marigold Hotel except everything here actually works. This is a lovely little oasis in the heart of San Jose. Built over 20 years ago by the current owner, Thomas, a journeyman from North Carolina, it reflects his vision and values. It's always important to interpret these reviews with a bit of perspective about the writer... More 

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AdvisorHST, Owner at Hotel Santo Tomas, responded to this review

Hi John, WOW , thank you for taking the time to write such a wonderful , descriptive review! It's great that you both enjoyed exactly what I have been trying to provide all of these years. I really love to see our guests sitting around talking, taking a hot jacuzzi and many times over the years, friendships are made here... More 

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