I stayed at the Hotel Santo Tomas five nights. It is an old hotel with a lot of character. The location is great and I could walk to almost everyting I wanted to see in San Jose. I stayed one night, than took a tour, which they recommended. I was able to leave my luggage in a secure room while I took the overnight tour. The tour picked me up and dropped me off at the hotel entrance. The reception staff were friendly and helpful. There is a nice courtyard with a small pool, which I didn't get to use. I thought the food in the restaurant was a little overpriced. I ate there twice and it was very good. Breakfast is minimal but sufficient. The street looks rundown when the shops are closed; however there was never a time when I felt unsafe, and I was there alone. The hotel has a very secure/locked front gate. The hotel is located on a heavily traveled street, so there is street noise, which didn't bother me but may bother some people. If you are looking for a new, luxurious hotel than this is probably not the place for you. If you are looking for an old hotel with a lot of character, good beds, friendly staff, great location and a great price, than I would recommend this hotel to you. I would also recommend the public bus system. It costs less than $1 and will take you to any part of the city you want to go to.
- 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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