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7th Avenue Between Calles 3 & 5, 250 Meters West of the INS Building, 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 20/04/22 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 20/04/22 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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#6 of 97 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 typical breakfast to order, FREE SECURED PARKING, FREE High-Speed Fiber Optic EVERYWHERE WIFI, security box, swimming pool, hot Jacuzzi, gym. Only four blocks from San Jose, Central Avenue, and an easy stroll to most local attractions and walkable to major bus stations, 7-10, El Caribe. By Costa Rican law no smoking inside the property anywhere. Available 24/7: tour, travel & car rental services, currency exchange, free baggage storage, and paid laundry service for our guests. A great place for Dental Patients and Digital Nomads to come and enjoy our wonderful open-air gardens, flowers, and covered terraces, to enjoy the volcano views here at Hotel Santo Tomas in San Jose, Costa Rica.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Kids club
Car hire
Car park
Wifi
Hot bath
Pool / beach towels
Fence around pool
Breakfast available
Taxi service
Full body massage
Massage
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Concierge
Currency exchange
Non-smoking hotel
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Desk
Housekeeping
Safe
Seating area
Cable / satellite TV
Flatscreen TV
Walk-in shower
Hair dryer
Telephone
Clothes rack
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Radio
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Room types
Mountain view
City view
Pool view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
HOTEL STYLE
Classic
Family
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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99Restaurantswithin 0.5 km
34Attractionswithin 0.5 km
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Denise P wrote a review Apr 2022
Tucson, Arizona188 contributions50 helpful votes
Hotel's Favourite
Adorable boutique hotel in a vintage building in the historic center of San Jose. Staff were incredibly friendly & helpful, and the owner was there every single day of my 3 night stay. Exterior from the street is not so impressive, but the interior, courtyard, pool, and breakfast area are beautiful and peaceful - I had a front room and heard absolutely no noise from the street. Wifi also worked great once I managed to get logged in! Walking distance to museums, shopping, parks, restaurants and casinos - I'm a slightly older woman with bad knees but had no problem walking anywhere. Also felt incredibly safe as a solo traveler. Would definitely stay again, and recommend to anyone looking for something a little different than a generic chain hotel!
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Room Tip: no a/c, not really needed, but ask for room with window if you like a breeze
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Response from Willaim Thomas Douglas, Owner at Santo Tomas Hotel & Wellness Center
Responded 3 weeks ago
Hi Denise, a real pleasure having you stay and I do enjoy my chats with our guests. You were smart and booked directly on the hotel's website and we upgraded you for free. Your description will be really helpful for future travelers. A wonderful review. Thank you so much. We are looking forward to your return! Happy Trails Thomas, Heidy and Our Staff
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Tamara K wrote a review Apr 2022
Paris, France30 contributions14 helpful votes
We loved this place ! A little hidden gem in the center of San Jose. The building is very nice, the breakfast area with the pool is so relaxing. We had a great chat as well with the very friendly owner who gave us excellent recommendations about what to visit in Costa Rica ! Would definitely recommend it
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled
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Response from Willaim Thomas Douglas, Owner at Santo Tomas Hotel & Wellness Center
Responded 13 Apr 2022
Hi Tkucelj, Very nice having you stay with us. It is always my pleasure to meet and greet our guests. We have been doing it here now for 32 years and it is OK for all of my staff to do the same. Some of them have been with us for over 25 years. Looking forward to seeing you both again in the future! Thank you so much Thomas, Heidy & Our Staff
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Pat C wrote a review Mar 2022
Oceanside, New York88 contributions26 helpful votes
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Charming building, home to wealthy family with 10 children, provides gracious and secure stay in the center of old San Jose - easy walking distance to Plaza de la Cultura, Museo de Oro, Teatro Nacional and the many other attractions in San Jose. Half a block from TripAdvisor favorite Cafe Rojo restaurant. - Secure, Off street parking. - Complimentary Breakfast with fresh fruit and juice, choice of eggs and toast, cereal or rice and beans with egg. - Hotel staff available round the clock to arrange car rentals, tours, etc - Friendly, knowledgeable front desk - NO AIR CONDITIONING - but we didn't need it or expect it. San Jose is cooler than the coast. - we met the owner and were delighted to hear the history of the original building and subsequent improvements
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Date of stay: March 2022
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Room Tip: Some of the upstairs rooms have balconies overlooking the pool
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Responded 30 Mar 2022
Hi Pat, Well I must say what a wonderful writer you are and you were smart and booked on the hotel's direct website for the best rate, availability, and service with our Whatsapp number.! This is such a concise, accurate, and informative posting for our future guests. almost all of the rooms have 15-foot tall ceilings and as such with the mild climate here in San Jose at 3600-foot elevation, ac or heating is not required. All rooms have nice ceiling fans. Just lovely meeting you. Looking forward to your return. Thank you so much Thomas, Heidy, and Our Staff
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Diego S wrote a review Mar 2022
Keller4 contributions2 helpful votes
If you are looking for a place to stay when you arrive in San Jose this is a good, clean, safe place. In downtown San Jose, the place is near the attractions and bus terminals to other parts of Costa Rica. The best part is the people who run the hotel. The owner Thomas is always around to greet you and answer any questions. The guys at the desk like Jair and Omar go out of their way to help you out. You can’t ho wrong by choosing this place.
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Travelled
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Responded 22 Mar 2022
Hi Diego, I will send a screenshot of your review to my hotel personal chat, Wonderful that you mentioned some of the staff by name. All of them are such an important part of the organization. It was great having you stay and thank you so much for the kind words. Looking forward to your next visit! Happy Trails Thomas, Heidy and Our Staff
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W. Thomas wrote a review Mar 2022
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I have been to San Jose many times and this is my favorite hotel. The rooms are generally spacious, clean and convenient to central San Jose. Staff very friendly and owner goes out of his way to help his guests.
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Travelled
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Response from Willaim Thomas Douglas, Owner at Santo Tomas Hotel & Wellness Center
Responded 7 Mar 2022
Hey, Mr. Thomas, Always a pleasure to have you return and see your smiling face. You are one of the many repeat clients we have and one of the nicest, from over the past 32 years. All of the return clients book direct and receive the best price, room, and service. And now with Whatsapp, you stay in direct tourn with the owner! How many hotels do that? Looking forward to seeing you again in the near future and as always a nice chat to ensue. Thank you Thomas
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PRICE RANGE
US$69 - US$79 (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.
Which room amenities are available at Santo Tomas Hotel & Wellness Center?
Top room amenities include a flat screen TV, a desk, and a view of the mountains.
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, free parking, a parking garage, 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.
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).
Does Santo Tomas Hotel & Wellness Center have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the city view available here.