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“Pleasantly Surprised” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Santo Tomas
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Avenue 7 Between Streets 3 and 5 | 250 Meters West from INS Building, San Jose, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #10 of 85 hotels in San Jose
Bethesda, Maryland, United States
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“Pleasantly Surprised”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

I need to get dental work and the closest hotel with a good room rate was the Santo Tomas. It was rated as a 3 star and my experience is whatever the stars, they're usually less - Marriott 5 stars to me rate 3 or 4 at best. Other hotels, and I've been in at least 30 of them in Panama and Costa Rica, rarely meet my expectations.
I'm spoiled and like to be spoiled.
First, the owner is at the hotel almost every day assuring that each guest is accommodated and feels like a guest, instead of a mark. Every employee of the hotel was pleasant, although the room only had a queen bed, I was apprised of this beforehand and the bed was fairly comfortable, the room was a nice size and the shower was excellent. Give me a comfortable bed and a great shower, nice hotel employees and I am usually satisfied.
Here the employees went out of their way (or maybe it is their way) to make me feel welcome and glad to be on the property.
There's a gym to work out in, which I loved, a swimming pool, a Jacuzzi, and last but not least, a coffee machine in the lobby that makes better coffee than any place in town - and this is Costa Rica, the country that makes great coffee.
If you're looking for a very clean, comfortable place to stay in San Jose, at a rate that is very reasonable, this is the place. I'll be back, as I visit Central America 3-5 times a year and LOVE San Jose.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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AdvisorHST, Owner at Hotel Santo Tomas, responded to this review, March 20, 2013
Hola Sam ! It was wonderful having you stay with us and to see the fantastic dental work that was performed for you here in Costa Rica. At the time you were staying I think it was about 18 days , I had another 4 to 6 clients having work done as well. We are a great spot for medical stays. My staff has seen your comments and all send a warm thank you for your kind words. I love being in the hotel in the mornings with our guests in the breakfast area and assisting with what ever they require. A heartfelt thank you for the wonderful review you posted Sam. Hope to see you in the future Thomas
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  • Location
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

We were using San Jose as a pass through to Manzanillo on the Caribbean coast. We arrived and got to Santos Tomas late in the evening. The person at the desk lead us to a nice quiet room. The room was in a part of the hotel that is one of the older homes, it was nice, clean and happily quiet. Breakfast the next morning was an excellent Gallo Pinto with salsa ingles and toast. The hotel was very nice on the inside, something you would not know from the exterior. The owner stopped by during breakfast and chatted amicably with all those in the dining area. He was a warm, US expat.

For the return trip we were dropped off by our shuttle at 6:30 pm and shown to a room in the new upper floor. Very nice. The view from the balcony was great, overlooking the courtyard and pool. We decided to eat at the Oasis, the in-house restaurant. There was not much for us Vegans to choose from, but Carlos, the only person visibile, came up with a blend of vegetables in the house pomidoro sauce over pasta. It was tasty and fit the bill for us. The staff was excellent and very professional. If I need a hotel in San Jose again, i will certainly see if Santo Tomas is available.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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AdvisorHST, Owner at Hotel Santo Tomas, responded to this review, March 20, 2013
Hi Glenn, You are correct we are a great spot for traveling from west to east and vise-versa , many guest stay here just for that . We also offer free baggage storage so that you don't have to lug around all of your stuff. Your descriptions of the two different sections of the hotel are accurate and most appreciated by me. What is really nice for me is that you enjoyed the free breakfast, this represents a real cost and it's nice when clients are appreciative. Hope to see you again in the future and than you for the most pleasing review. Warmest Regards Thomas
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Reston
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

Not a cookie cutter hotel. Lots of outdoor spaces attractively sited around a landscaped pool area. Our large room overlooking a second floor outdoor seating area had comfortable beds, spacious modern bath, and charm. Staff was friendly and helpful. Breakfast was freshly prepared. We enjoyed the convenient location in walking distance to downtown San Jose and major museums. We would definitely return and would recommend the hotel to others. The art, ironwork and ambiance make this place a distinct contrast to chain hotels.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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AdvisorHST, Owner at Hotel Santo Tomas, responded to this review, March 20, 2013
Hola LMBReston, Hey I like that about not being a cookie cutter hotel. Instead of building all of the property just for rooms , I chose to create all of these patios, covered and open areas and terraces so that clients may have a nice environment . All of the gardens and flowers make a relaxing space to enjoy. The location is as you stated is very convenient for all of the attractions here in San Jose. The part of your review I really like is " The art, ironwork and ambiance make this place a distinct contrast to chain hotels." Wonderful that you enjoyed it so much . Thank you very much Thomas
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

We have stayed in San Jose before. In fact this is our third trip to Costa Rica. I can honestly say that this is the best hotel that we have stayed at in San Jose. The hotel staff was very helpful and our room was clean and comfortable. I would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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AdvisorHST, Owner at Hotel Santo Tomas, responded to this review, March 20, 2013
Hi Len, nice, you just say it all very short , concise and to the point. Great review, look forward to your next visit and remember the best price is found on our hotel web site. Thank You Thomas
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Sterling Heights, MI
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

We stayed at Hotel Santo Tomas on Feb. 22nd, 2013. It was a great point to walk to the downtown area or relax in their pool and hot tub. Our second floor room was spacious, clean and had a very nice bath and tiled shower. The breakfast was tasty and filling with several options from which to choose. Thomas, the owner was present at breakfast and was very helpful answering questions about the area. They have a tour operations desk in their lobby to help set up day tours and travel. We didn't use their help, but wish we had as our week in other parts of the country progressed.
We really enjoyed our stay. It was like an oasis in the city. We parked our car in their guarded lot next door for $11 a day. Daytime walking around town was good. It is not advisable to walk anywhere in San Jose after the crowds thin out in the evening.
We recommend this hotel. If we return to San Jose we will stay there again.

Room Tip: We stayed on the second floor. Our room looked more modern and had less traffic passing by it that...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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AdvisorHST, Owner at Hotel Santo Tomas, responded to this review, March 20, 2013
Hi Timjan 1995, Your title “An oasis in the city” is what many clients say. Our tour desk and all front desk staff are well trained to assist clients 24/7 with what ever is required . This has always been my hotel philosophy and I make sure it is carried over to my staff. You are correct the new rooms upstairs are are great bargain. Wonderful to know you will return. Warmest Regards Thomas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013 via mobile

This place was the best place to be. Extremely friendly people make all the difference. It is safe and secure, the food is good especially the breakfast, and it is not that expensive.

I am a young female traveling alone, and I wanted to feel safe and secure. This hotel was perfect for my budget and the people I met were so wonderful, even though I stayed for only a few days

I will recommend this hotel to anyone staying in San Jose for a long time.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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AdvisorHST, Owner at Hotel Santo Tomas, responded to this review, March 20, 2013
Hola Evan, Great having you stay and your are correct, I train my staff to be extra sensitive to the traveling female clients . We know that you want first of all safe, clean and a friendly environment . Please come back to visit . Thomas
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

We had a great stay at Hotel Santo Tomas in January 2013. The hotel is beautiful, very clean and run by very friendly staff. We met Thomas himself at breakfast on our second day at the hotel and he could not have been more friendly. He even gave us advice on driving to various locations while in Costa Rica (we would probably have got lost otherwise). The hotel is in a safe neighborhood and has plenty of restaurants and bars nearby. The included breakfast is excellent - be sure to get the gallo pinto (rice and beans) with some house-made hot sauce over the top. We will hopefully stay again in the future. - James

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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AdvisorHST, Owner at Hotel Santo Tomas, responded to this review, March 7, 2013
Hola James, Great to hear that you had a wonderful vacation here in Costa Rica and also that the Hotel Santo Tomas provided you with outstanding service for value. Your title is very much appreciated by me, “A great hotel in central San Jose” that is exactly what we strive for. Also very pleasing that you enjoyed our free breakfast , it really is a nice added value to the hotel, especially since we have rooms for two from around $52.00 US dollars with Free Wi-Fi. Hope you return and please send us all your friends from the Great Down Under !! Thomas
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Address: Avenue 7 Between Streets 3 and 5 | 250 Meters West from INS Building, San Jose, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of San Jose > San Jose Metro > San Jose
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in San Jose
#6 Family Hotel in San Jose
#13 Business Hotel in San Jose
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Santo Tomas 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A Great downtown location in San Jose, Costa Rica . Hotel Santo Tomas provides Free Hot cooked to order breakfast, FREE Wi-Fi 10 Mbps, security box, swimming pool, Hot Jacuzzi, Gym, secure on site parking. Only four blocks from San Jose, Central Avenue and an easy stroll to most local attractions. Offering 30 non smoking rooms and has been newly renovated and expanded. Also available 24/7 : tour, travel & car rental services, currency exchange and laundry for our guests. Come and enjoy our wonderful open air gardens,flowers and covered terraces all to enjoy the volcano views here at Hotel Santo Tomas in San Jose, Costa Rica. ... more   less 
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