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Hotel Santo Tomas

Avenue 7 Between Streets 3 and 5 Barrio Amon, 250 meters west of INS Building, San Jose 10101 Costa Rica
Update from hotel: This property is temporarily closed until 12/17/2020.
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#9 of 85 hotels in San Jose
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A great downtown location in San Jose, Costa Rica. Hotel Santo Tomas provides free hot cooked to order breakfast, FREE Wi-Fi 20 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.
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Property amenities
Paid private parking on-site
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Car hire
Baggage storage
Secured parking
Hot tub
Outdoor pool
Breakfast buffet
Vending machine
Currency exchange
Non-smoking hotel
Sun terrace
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Laundry service
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Room features
Private balcony
Flatscreen TV
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Good to know
Historic Hotel
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish


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92Restaurantswithin 0.3 miles
28Attractionswithin 0.3 miles
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wanderhorn wrote a review Apr 2020
Kassel, Germany224 contributions48 helpful votes
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!
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Date of stay: February 2020
Sam L wrote a review Mar 2020
Boston, Massachusetts12 contributions3 helpful votes
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.
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Date of stay: March 2020
Philip N wrote a review Mar 2020
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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.
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Robert W wrote a review Mar 2020
Mogadore, Ohio72 contributions9 helpful votes
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.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Ron B. wrote a review Mar 2020
3 contributions1 helpful vote
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.
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
$64 - $91 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Costa RicaProvince of San JoseSan Jose MetroSan Jose
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hotel Santo Tomas
Which popular attractions are close to Hotel Santo Tomas?
Nearby attractions include Carpe Chepe (0.3 miles), Galeria Namu (0.04 miles), and Teatro Nacional Costa Rica (0.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Hotel Santo Tomas?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
What food & drink options are available at Hotel Santo Tomas?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Hotel Santo Tomas?
Yes, paid private parking on-site and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Hotel Santo Tomas?
Conveniently located restaurants include Restaurante Silvestre, Cafe Rojo, and Tenedor Argentino.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Hotel Santo Tomas?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness center during their stay.
Is Hotel Santo Tomas located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.5 miles away from the center of San Jose.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Hotel Santo Tomas?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Are there any historical sites close to Hotel Santo Tomas?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Teatro Nacional Costa Rica (0.3 miles), Ruinas de Ujarras (1.3 miles), and Chepeteando/ San José a pie (0.3 miles).
Is Hotel Santo Tomas accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.