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Hotel Santo Tomas
Ranked #7 of 77 Hotels in San Jose
Certificate of Excellence
California
Level 5 Contributor
63 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Convenient location”
Reviewed January 9, 2014

The location is good, within a few minutes walk to the central square, and to museums such as Museo del Oro (highly recommended). I think it is worth it to pay a little more for the nicer rooms - nicer bathroom and more space. The included breakfast is also OK - you can get eggs+beans and rice, and a small plate of fruit, plus some juice and coffee. It would be preferable if the breakfast started earlier than 7am for those of us who needed to catch an early flight.

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank S K
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AdvisorHST, Owner at Hotel Santo Tomas, responded to this review, January 12, 2014
Hi Sk, WE have many couples, stay with is and really enjoy exactly what you described, plus a nice cocktail in the jacuzzi at Happy Hours from 3 to 7 pm with Adrian, our wonderful bartender and Manuel the chef! Thanks so much for your nice review. Thomas
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed January 9, 2014

Have stayed here for several years in a row. Friendly staff, very helpful. Handy to Central Avenue. Pretty pool/dining/breakfast setting. Relaxed. Really nothing further to add although I am supposed to do 200 character minimum.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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AdvisorHST, Owner at Hotel Santo Tomas, responded to this review, January 12, 2014
Hi Denise, Great review and the fact that you keep retuning year after year speaks for itself. Looking forward to seeing you on your next return. Thank you so much again for the review. Safe travels. Thomas
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Chicago
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Reviewed January 7, 2014 via mobile

If you need to go to San Jose, I would definitely recommend staying here! San Jose is not a pretty city, so I would suggest visiting only if absolutely necessary. The hotel, though, was very nice and comfortable. Highly recommended!

Thomas, the owner, greeted us upon our entry and gave great directions to nearby attractions/restaurants. The rooms have minimal amenities (bring your own soap!), but the bed was super comfortable. Cable TV and a nice breeze. We were very happy!

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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AdvisorHST, Owner at Hotel Santo Tomas, responded to this review, January 12, 2014
Hola Nlown, Nice review , Thank You , should have been soap in the room, first time I have had this one, I apologize for that, just ask the front desk.
All rooms are fully furnished , about the only item not there is a mini fridge. FREE HIGH SPEED RELIABLE WI-FI, Flat screen LCD Cable TV, Free Safety Box, Blow dryer, Alarm Clock and all the hotel standards. Plus, FREE Hot Cooked Breakfast, Pool , Jacuzzi, Gym, Gardens, ect. Again thank you for the review. Thomas
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Reviewed January 6, 2014 via mobile

This is a really nice hotel just north of the central area of San Jose. The rooms are large and very clean, the showers are excellent and it seems very safe.

There is a nice little pool and the breakfast is fine, nothing special but does the job. The staff were particularly friendly and accommodating to our requests.

It is a short walk to the central shopping streets. The area was a little deserted at night and on Sunday, but taxis go past frequently if you want to get a cab. No problem during the day.

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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AdvisorHST, Owner at Hotel Santo Tomas, responded to this review, January 7, 2014
Hi JamesTP, Very nice review - Thank You Your first sentence is really important to travelers , so I guess we are getting it right ! We try the best we can to accommodate guests that have reasonable requests. All of my staff are trained that service has to be top notch. All of the day tours we arrange and car rentals are services are designed to be of the best service and quality. It's our pleasure to assist. Many clients get their rental car the morning after breakfast right in our hotel parking lot. Taxi in the night before and reduce the stress! Safe Travels Thomas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed January 6, 2014

So San Jose is not really why you go to Costa Rica, the neighborhood is a bit grotty and then you enter this amazing place. If you like old, renovated buildings - its heaven. I could spend hours just looking at the doors, the floors and the ceilings. The owner, Thomas is an amazing guy who has renovated this place over 24 years, he is also super friendly as are his team. Plenty of nice common areas. Nice hot tub and pool. We put our cases in the lock room and they had no problem with us using the facilities until later. Very centrally located. I would give it a 4 for the rooms but the amazing team, owner and building put it to 5

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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AdvisorHST, Owner at Hotel Santo Tomas, responded to this review, January 7, 2014
Hola Sounder999, Great to have your and your family stay with us. Thank You ! We are more than happy to have clients leaving later in the day, stay after check out and enjoy. Wonderful that your kids enjoyed the pool and jacuzzi. This old house is a pretty neat place and I urge guests to really go around and poke into all of the nooks and crannies. San Jose is a typical Latin city with all different types of sights. There are many parks close by that have trees more than 100 years old along with only 4 blocks to the Cultural Plaza, Gold Museum and National Theater , just to name a few. Lots to see and do. Warmest Regards Thomas
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Rathdrum
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25 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed January 5, 2014 via mobile

Traveled to Costa Rica for the first time. I was also traveling alone to a foreign country. Chose Hoel Santo Tomas because of tripadvisor reviews. At first I was a little concerned because of gates that had to be opened, etc. Maurice put me at ease when I checked in. Stayed two nights before meeting family. The owner Tomas visited guest each morning during breakfast and was friendly and helpful to all who wished it. I received great help with directions on how to explore San José on my own and the staf seemed genuinely interested to hear of my adventures. Maurice helped me identify the buildings I took pictures of on my walking tour. A great place to stay if you don't need the big box hotels.

Stayed January 2014, traveled solo
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AdvisorHST, Owner at Hotel Santo Tomas, responded to this review, January 7, 2014
Hi Claudia, Yep we have many single travelers stay with us. When traveling solo it's great to have a place that is really friendly. Sometimes , just a warm hello and smile when you come and go makes a big difference. Thank You so much for your comments on Mauricio,e has been with us for over 10 years and is a great asset to the business. He is very good at helping clients get that day tour arranged the next morning , even up till 10 pm. I will be sure he sees your comments. As you stated I am there early in the am to chat and assist , I enjoy what I do. Outstanding review Claudia . Thank You so much , Thomas
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Dundalk, Maryland
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31 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed January 4, 2014 via mobile

We used the hotel for our first and last night in Costa Rica. As others have said, the hotel is centrally located, in walking distance, to all the historical places, museums, and shopping areas you would want to see in the city. The rooms and public areas are all very clean. The staff is friendly and helpful. We had a room on the second floor and it was quiet and roomy. If you are driving, there is a fee for parking. We would definitely stay again.

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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AdvisorHST, Manager at Hotel Santo Tomas, responded to this review, January 5, 2014
Hola Dundalk, Wonderful review, Thank You ! We have many clients that use us for their first and last night travels, most allow us to assist them with their rental car. Usually it's delivered here the next morning and after a leisure breakfast off they go. Great way to start the trip, taxi in, don't stress and the rental car company comes and picks it up here as well or they drop it off at the airport. Everything being very clean as you stated is really important , again thank you for the wonderful review . Safe Travels Thomas
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Property: Hotel Santo Tomas
Address: Avenue 7 Between Streets 3 and 5 | Barrio Amon, 250 meters west of INS Building, San Jose 10101, 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 Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in San Jose
#2 Best Value Hotel in San Jose
#5 Romantic Hotel in San Jose
#6 Family Hotel in San Jose
#11 Business Hotel in San Jose
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Santo Tomas 3*
Number of rooms: 30
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 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. ... more   less 
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