Even in Paradise s#£t happens. As we were three weeks into our exciting six-week round trip of Costa Rica we had to return suddenly to San José for urgent eye surgery. We had already had a good experience at the Hotel Santo Tomas at the beginning of our visit and, luckily for us, they had a free room — not a given as it’s a popular place. After the surgery I was instructed to stay put, mostly sitting, for four weeks before being allowed to fly home, so instead of rambling through rain forests, sloth-spotting, basking on beaches or venturing up volcanos we were stuck sitting in the hotel. This is where the owner, Thomas, took pity on us and offered us a deal on his smallest room to help us out in our hour of need. His offer turned the word “generous” into an understatement. He saved our bacon! We will be forever grateful. Thomas obviously has the right feel for choosing his staff as everybody who works there from the guys on reception to the chambermaids and the people making breakfast could not have been more friendly, helpful and concerned. Once you are through the gate, Hotel Santo Tomas is a peaceful oasis in the middle of busy, bustling San José. The house once belonged to a coffee baron and the dark woodwork and colourful floor tiles lend the place a classy and authentic atmosphere. I couldn’t use the well-equipped fitness room but did enjoy the hot tub almost every day. We can’t possibly thank everyone by name but thank you David and Dave and special thanks go to the lovely Omar, philosopher and gentleman who enriched our stay. When in San José, stay at Santo Tomas. Highly recommended!…
We found HST after our tour got cancelled and were desperate for last minute accommodations, and HST supplied in full. The rooms were large, spacious, and with a clean/functioning bathroom. There is always someone at the door to assist you with booking tours or suggestions in town. The pool and gym were clean and in good condition. Breakfast is very nice, a local cassadas, and one morning we got to meet Tomas himself just saying hi to multiple guests. 10/10 wound recommend.
Reviews I looked at put this Santo Tomas with four or five stars, and I agree. Simple but clean and comfortable rooms, friendly and helpful staff. Very pleasant courtyard. One thing I would add is that the owner is an American who has lived in CR 30 years, and built much of the hotel himself. I know this because he made a point of visiting all the guests at breakfast, where he checked on our well-being, offered helpful information, and shared interesting stories about his experiences here. Having this reassuring experience our first days in-country was an additional benefit of staying at Hotel San Tomas.
We were greeted by Omar, a delightful and very friendly and helpful host. He showed us to our room and was exceptionally helpful during our 3-day stay with suggestions, directions and helping open the gate to the garages any time we wanted in or out. We also got to meet Thomas, the hotel's owner, who is also quite friendly and went into great detail about how he had refurbished the original mansion into the hotel. Location is very convenient for short walks to central market and several varieties of restaurant in San Jose.
A true diamond in the rough. We stayed here 2 nights and it was very reasonable. We booked directly through the website, paid cash and it was 62 a night. The breakfast was great and the staff also. A very short walk to museums and stores. Thomas and the staff were very friendly and helpful. I will be staying here again.