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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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Free Hot Breakfast & WI-F
Ranked #9 of 85 hotels in San Jose
Boston, Massachusetts
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“lovely hotel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

Stayed at this hotel in Costa Rica'great old house,loved the ambiance, rooms with balcony is the best rooms to stay in, loved the the furnishings, breakfasts we're the same ,that's a bit tiresome, staff were great,just needed fridges in room.the area hotel was located in wasnt the best, but we felt very safe and it was centrally located near park's,restaurants, zoo and lots of other attractions.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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AdvisorHST, Owner at Hotel Santo Tomas, responded to this review, October 9, 2013
Hola Beverley, Wonderful , concise and to the point review ! Thank You ! Our Free breakfast consists of eggs cooked to order, a small fruit plate, two fresh made juices, toast, jam, coffee, tea, and gallo pinto along with special sauces to liven things up! Not too bad for a FREE breakfast , across the street it is a 6 dollar value not counting the coffee. Yes we are close to everything, I have many dental tourist staying here as well !
Again thank you for the wonderful review
Warmest Regards
Thomas
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
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Mobile, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

The staff was very helpful from the time we arrived and the time we left. We rented a car through CR Save Rental Car, the rental company that works directly with the hotel. Once we arrived at the hotel, they called the company to pick up our car right away. The rooom was very clean and comfortable. We spent some time at the pool and the restaraunt bar. They were having happy hour at that time and although the happy hour drink specials weren't anything to note the drink prices themselves were pretty standard and and the cocktails quite tasty. We had dinner at the hotel restaruant and I would say the food was mediocre. We came from Puerto Viejo though where the food everywhere was truly spectacular. Although the restaraunt staff were very nice, our beverages were neglected and the food was bland. Overall it was a great last night in Costa Rica and we would stay there again if we return.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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AdvisorHST, Owner at Hotel Santo Tomas, responded to this review, October 9, 2013
Hi Sara, thanks for the kind words and positive comments. No good for someone not to be able to get a drink when you want one, so needless to say I have had a word or three with my waiters. We've got some great plates on our menu and our chef ( Manuel) was trained at the Marriott and Intercontinental hotels just to name two. Very clean rooms, comfortable, pool and Jacuzzi in downtown San Jose, no one else has it and all for around $52.00 including Free Hot Cooked Breakfast and Wi-Fi ! Great to know everything else was really good and that you would return, that is what is important. Again thank you for the nice review. Thomas
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Gothenburg, Sweden
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

Located fairly close to the city center in a less than average (?) noisy street in San Jose, this good value hotel offers clean and spacious rooms together with a nice pool area. We had a great evening meal at the restaurant and the owner Thomas was very helpful and kind!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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AdvisorHST, Owner at Hotel Santo Tomas, responded to this review, September 28, 2013
Hi Mikael, Nice to have met you and enjoyed a pleasant conversation. Your review is outstanding and we have many European clients do what you did , by staying a few days to adjust and just relax, recharge your batteries and unwind. We assist them with info and planning and off they go for a nice vacation. Again Thank you for the great review ! Thomas
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Monticello, MN
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

We liked this hotel - very reasonably priced, clean, cute rooms and courtyard. We stayed in two of the least expensive rooms and found them to be fine. My husband and son ate at the restaurant and were very pleased with their meals. It is within walking distance to the city center. I think we spent $25 US in cab fare from the airport, so if you don't want to spend time in the city stay in Alajuela.

Room Tip: Second floor rooms would be a quieter choice.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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AdvisorHST, Owner at Hotel Santo Tomas, responded to this review, September 28, 2013
Hola Flyonthewall! Very nice review and wonderful to hear you enjoyed the restaurant, if you have been traveling here for a while and want something other than beans and rice we are the spot! The El Oasis serves great, healthy food in a nice portion at a fair price . Happy Hours from 3 to 7 pm. Thank you for the kind words , Thomas
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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

Nice and clean hotel in San Jose. Everyone was very nice and very helpful. It is close to everything to the main attractions et the city. The restaurant was closed during our stay and we were not ablr to try it.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 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, September 28, 2013
Hi Christiane, nice and clean hotel is something I think most travelers are looking for especially if it has a good price! Yest the restaurant is closed on Monday, but open all the other days with Happy Hours from 3 pm to 7 pm. Come and enjoy a cold piña colada in the hot jacuzzi! Great Review Thank you very much ! Safe Travels Thomas
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

Located in the city center - Close to main city attractions -
Wonderful staff - Very kind, professional, and helpful staff
I enjoyed the small details of the room and hotel (decoration, traditional furniture, different bedding style every day...) It is indeed "a wonderful hidden gem". I strongly recommend Santo Tomás.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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AdvisorHST, Owner at Hotel Santo Tomas, responded to this review, September 28, 2013
Hola to Petitetrotteuse, How nice that you commented on the small details, I genuinely appreciate that . I will be sure my staff sees your comments as well. A wonderful hidden gem is as good as it gets , a Big Thank you for these wonderful comments. Warmest Regards Thomas
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Round Rock, Texas
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8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

This is a great value in downtown San Jose and our go to place when we are in the area. The workers are very friendly and helpful. It's a very well-maintained, locally operated, small boutique hotel in a good location. There are a few bars and a nice art gallery right in the immediate area. The restaurant has very good food and the rooms are comfortable and nicely decorated. You can't beat it! The pool and slide are great too!

Room Tip: All rooms are great!
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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, September 28, 2013
Hola Straightup123 from Roundrock, Texas,. love your photo very appropriate for your home towns name! Outstanding review and all of my staff works very hard to keep the place spotless and running smoothly, I thank them here for that. Your comments are really concise and exact and give an excellent description of the hotel. Thank You very much for them ! 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:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Romantic Hotel in San Jose
#7 Family Hotel in San Jose
#14 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 and restaurant/bar El Oasis ( Happy Hour 4 to 7 PM Carlos Bartender ) closed on Mondays. 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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