Try to avoid staying in the first floor rooms overlooking the road. The sound from vehicles passing is very bothersome. When heavy vehicles like buses pass, the place actually vibrates. The rooms upstairs are partitioned by wooden walls that are not very dense, so noises in the corridor and adjoining room can be disturbing.
The room was small, just a ceiling fan, no air-condition, but that was indicated in their advertisement.
Generally, staff was very helpful and courteous. Meals were tasty and not expensive, however the free breakfast was a disappointment in terms of content and amount. Various artifacts, including original paintings and fresh flowers adorn walls, corridors and sitting areas. That was great.
Although the neighbourhood tended towards the seedy side, I did not feel unsafe while in the hotel. The hotel definitely has some good things going for it, but the fact that it was once a private residence remained evident.
Do not expect any toiletries except a small bar of soap, tissue paper and a bottle with some type of rose-scented water.
- 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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