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Santo Tomas Hotel & Wellness Center

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7th Avenue, between Calles 3 & 5 250 meterswest of the INS Building, right hand side, large sign on roof, San Jose 10101 Costa Rica
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What you can expect during your stay
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Daily temperature and symptom checks for staff
  • Contactless check-in
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Updated 26/12/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 26/12/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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#8 of 97 hotels in San Jose
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Travellers' Choice
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)
Pool
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Kids club
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Secured parking
Wifi
Hot bath
Outdoor pool
Breakfast buffet
Vending machine
Car hire
Baggage storage
Concierge
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
Safe
Flatscreen TV
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
HOTEL STYLE
Quaint
Classic
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish

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Grade: 100 out of 100
96Restaurantswithin 0.5 km
34Attractionswithin 0.5 km
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Indy wrote a review 26 Jan
London, United Kingdom253 contributions136 helpful votes
Positives: It is budget hotel in the downtown area. If you plan to use buses for travel across CR, it is a good location as bus stations are a walking distance. It has a swimming pool and gym. Negatives: It’s location is also a negative. The staff advised us not to go out in the dark as it is unsafe (possibility of mugging). They even advised us against waiting outside the hotel for the Uber. The area around and the road on which it is located looks rough. We stayed for one night and our room had dirty bedsheets and pillow covers. The decor of the room and bathroom are very dated, which wouldn’t be a problem if maintained and cleaned properly. The pictures do not reflect the true condition of the/our room. Breakfast felt very minimal. Conclusion: If you can afford a little bit more stay along the national museum area.
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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imsmilin wrote a review 20 Jan
Saint Louis Park, Minnesota21 contributions22 helpful votes
Everything was pretty perfect. Omar the manager was delightful and funny and very welcoming, the place was clean and quiet and in a great older building that was extremely charming but also very spacious in every way (a lot of old charming buildings have small rooms and low ceilings-not this one) The breakfast was actually a very good breakfast with fresh eggs and many choices, not just some juice and coffee and stale bagels. Thomas the owner is on-site and is on top of everything and very engaging. Also a cool pool with a jacuzzi and a small gym and very centrally located. Perfect.
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Travelled solo
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Madeline R wrote a review 14 Jan
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Such an amazing time and helpful staff. Will be staying again definitely!! Within perfect walking distance of so many sites and restaurants. Great breakfast every morning and time by the pool. Perfect stay in the city of San José.
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from William Douglas, General Manager at Santo Tomas Hotel & Wellness Center
Responded 1 week ago
Hi Madeliner, Our pleasure to assist everyone, and such good fortune that we have an in-house doctor in our Anti-Aging Clinic, that was able to write you a prescription for your dental infection. It's nice all of you were able to take the tours we suggested and arranged. That combo to Poas Volcano, Doka Coffee Farm, and La Paz waterfalls on the same day is a winner. You were also very smart and booked directly on the hotel's website for the best price, availability, and quick service if you have to make any changes! Great Review, we all thank you and looking forward to seeing you again in the future! Thomas, Heidy and Our Staff
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galinamf wrote a review 14 Jan
New York City, New York120 contributions58 helpful votes
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Hotel is located in a historical building with beautiful old tiles on the floor, high ceilings, lovely backyard with outdoor restaurant seating and even a small swimming pool. Good size rooms, large bathroom. Breakfast was good and tasty. The hotel is close to the city center. Would stay there again.
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Date of stay: January 2022
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Response from William Douglas, General Manager at Santo Tomas Hotel & Wellness Center
Responded 1 week ago
Hi galinamf, Yes, built-in 1908 and we just celebrated our 32 anniversary, this January 15, 2022 ! Wonderful having all of you stay and it was great seeing everyone in the mornings. Thank you very much for the fine review! Thomas, Heidy and Our Staff
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al16 wrote a review Dec 2021
chicagio,il75 contributions31 helpful votes
This is my second time back. I'm not going to write a detailed report. Stay at The Holiday Inn which is visible and behind this hotel if you want a typical and boring stay. Or stay here and get taken care of!! And take care of the staff with many being here behind Thomas for decades. Al Red Frog Beach Bocas Del Toro Panama
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Date of stay: December 2021
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Response from William Douglas, General Manager at Santo Tomas Hotel & Wellness Center
Responded 12 Dec 2021
Hi Red Beach, that was such a cool story you told me! Your comments mean a lot to us, as you stated you worked at large hotels for over 20 years. You were also here for one of the many weddings my wife has performed over the years. As a lawyer and notary, not the same as in the states. You are a lawyer first and then you study another year to become a notary. She has married all types of couples from all over the world, it's pretty cool to meet all of these people! What a fun job I have. Hope to see you again soon. Thomas, Heidy and Our Staff
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PRICE RANGE
US$64 - US$91 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
Costa RicaProvince of San JoseSan Jose MetroSan Jose
NUMBER OF ROOMS
30
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Frequently Asked Questions about Santo Tomas Hotel & Wellness Center
Which popular attractions are close to Santo Tomas Hotel & Wellness Center?
Nearby attractions include Carpe Chepe (0.4 km), Galeria Namu (0.06 km), and Teatro Nacional Costa Rica (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Santo Tomas Hotel & Wellness Center?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
What food & drink options are available at Santo Tomas Hotel & Wellness Center?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Santo Tomas Hotel & Wellness Center?
Yes, paid private parking on-site and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Santo Tomas Hotel & Wellness Center?
Conveniently located restaurants include Cafe Rojo, Restaurante Silvestre, and Tenedor Argentino.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Santo Tomas Hotel & Wellness Center?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness centre during their stay.
Is Santo Tomas Hotel & Wellness Center located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.8 km away from the centre of San Jose.
Are pets allowed at Santo Tomas Hotel & Wellness Center?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Santo Tomas Hotel & Wellness Center?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Are there any historical sites close to Santo Tomas Hotel & Wellness Center?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Teatro Nacional Costa Rica (0.4 km), Ruinas de Ujarras (2.0 km), and Chepeteando/ San José a pie (0.4 km).
Is Santo Tomas Hotel & Wellness Center accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and facilities for disabled guests. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.