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Hotel Santo Tomas

#12 of 86 Hotels in San Jose
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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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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Burlington, North Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

What a Find ! I am a 70 year old single traveler and based on the reviews here I selected Hotel Santo Tomas. Best decision I could have made. I booked my entire stay here , 8 nights on the hotels website and they even gave me a discount for paying cash. I selected the economy room, it was small... More 

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Graham, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great Value ! This was our third trip to Costa Rica and we elected to stay at the Hotel Santo Tomas again for our first two nights and our last night. It was great to see the smiling faces of the same staff members and Thomas again. The place is clean, friendly and really a great value for price, breakfast... More 

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Houston, Texas
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4 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We arrived in San Jose from Houston in the middle of the night. We knew we had to stay around downtown and leave for Jaco in the morning. I book this hotel a week in advance. When we got there by taxi, it was very dark. We were scared there wasn't going to be anyone there to help us. After... More 

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

Hi Melody, I see based on your other reviews this most likely was you first time out of the US. Yes if you arrived in the middle of the night it will be dark and as a non Spanish speaker you would feel uncomfortable. It is a funny thing how impatient clients are when ringing a hotel door bell. They... More 

Dublin, Ireland
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have loved this place. It's so clean, Central, good breakfast, and such friendly staff. The owner went out if his way to talk to me, which was a lovely touch. After 2 months of backpacking this place was poor luxury. Thanks so much for a great stay!

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

Hi John O !! Hey that was great meeting you in the breakfast area, how could I miss you with the flaming red hair, guess what: my son in law has the same !! Gotta be something Irish. Loved your travel itinerary, sounded like a blast and hope you will return to CR for more time in the future. We... More 

Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was my third time at Santo Tomas in 9 months . Outstanding security , wonderful staff , clean throughout . The beautiful decor and amenities are obvious , but is the intangibles that make Santo Tomas so unique . It feels like home , not a plastic monolith . The wide variety of clients and their specific interests are... More 

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

Hola Herb, It's always great to see your smiling face it the morning, as you enjoy your breakfast by the pool and with avocados! Just a concise, wonderful review you have presented, my staff and I strive to deliver what you stated every day. We love the business and are here 24/7 to arrange the many day tours that leave... More 

Germantown, Maryland
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Would like to thank everyone at the Santo Tomas! Thanks for awesome care and advise. My family and I stayed for a week, we had a fantastic time! Loved the old world vibe of the hotel. Man do I miss the breakfast! Great start to feeling like a Tico! LocoJonny and Family

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

Hola LocoJonny, that was so cool meeting you and family. Learning your story, was also one of the best ones I have heard in a long time. I know you did a great job of getting your papers in order in the US first and accomplished so much here in one week, I have never had anyone do that in... More 

San Salvador, El Salvador
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Got a curious room with old maps on the wall and a wonderful old bath...full sized. Comfortable bed. Breakfast included. Helpful staff and nice environs pool, fountain. Walking distance from Mayan Gold Museum, city markets, churches, all the eating options you could want.

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

Hi Cabato, That is a really nice review- Thank You! I love the way you wrote it, no one has used the word curious, I will take that as it means character. Original was built in 1908, it's spectacular! Maps are important, those have all of the Nation Parks in Orange , so it makes it easy to see. Safe... More 

Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've visited Hotel Santo Tomas about 5 times in 2 years. From the owner Tomas, to the staff (front desk staff, cooks, the maids, handy men), everyone was polite, courteous & very friendly. The rooms are pretty, comfortable, very clean & safe. The hotel is centrally located and close to the park, restaurants, museum, malls etc. This is my favorite... More 

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

Hola Eugene, Always a pleasure to have you return and I really do enjoy seeing everyone again. Thank yo for the fine review and for bringing your friends . I've been doing this now for over 25 years , can't believe it! You review says, what I think most travelers are looking for in a small hotel. We are here... More 

Moab, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We used Hotel Santo Tomas as a home base in San Jose as we returned from Arenal, set off to Tortuguero, and then returned for our flight home. We truly LOVED the beautiful hotel as it truly made you feel that you were staying in the home of a wealthy friend or relative. The staff was very attentive, the rooms... More 

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

Hola Rbrapper, WOW what a nicely, well written review , Thank you so much for those 5 green dots! You pegged it on the head , there is a lot to see and enjoy here in San Jose and our location is only 4 blocks form Central Avenue and the main cultural plaza, National Theater, Gold Museum Central Market, Jade... More 

New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have to say this has to be one of the best hotels I've stayed in. To begin I stayed 4 nights, this is a beautiful hotel in the middle of San Jose it kind of makes you feel like your not to far away from home because of the decor. I stayed with my cousin and our room wasn't... More 

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

Hola Michelle, yes I do remember the both of you, Love those New Yorkers. I am so happy we were able to assist in making your stay special with enjoyable memories. San Jose received a bad rap in a previous review, so I really want to say a big Thank You for letting travelers know it is OK and enjoyable.... More 

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