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Hotel Santo Tomas - Historical Property

Victorian hotel with outdoor pool, connected to a shopping center, near National Center of Art and Culture

  • Free local cuisine breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking

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7th Avenue, between 3rd and 5th Street, San Jose, 10101, San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Hotel receptionist Jair, (who resembles boxing champ Tyson Fury), was quite helpful!

    Sep 24, 2021

  • This is an adorable hotel. Loved the staff and Tom (the owner) was so nice and helpful…

    Sep 11, 2021

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Official standards

This property advises that it adheres to COVID-19 Guidelines (CDC) cleaning and disinfection practices.

Enhanced health and safety measures

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Staff wears personal protective equipment
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Social distancing measures are in place
  • Guests are provided with free hand sanitizer

Guests rated location

Dining options
  • Free WiFi
  • Free parking
  • Pool
  • Non-smoking
  • Gym

Property highlights

Main amenities

  • 30 smoke-free guestrooms
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Restaurant
  • Outdoor pool
  • Rooftop terrace
  • Fitness center

For families

  • Free cribs/infant beds
  • Private bathroom
  • Premium TV channels
  • Television
  • Garden
  • Terrace

What’s around

  • In Amón
  • National Center of Art and Culture - 6 min walk
  • National Theater - 6 min walk
  • National Park - 7 min walk
  • Jade Museum - 10 min walk
  • Spirogyra Butterfly Garden - 10 min walk

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Enter dates for 2 guests

  • Economy Room, 1 Double Bed
  • Standard Room, 1 Queen Bed
  • Superior Twin Room, 2 Queen Beds
  • Deluxe Room, 2 Queen Beds
  • Superior Plus Room
  • Panoramic Double Room, 1 Queen Bed, Mountain View

What’s around


  • In Amón
  • National Center of Art and Culture - 6 min walk
  • National Theater - 6 min walk
  • National Park - 7 min walk
  • Jade Museum - 10 min walk
  • Spirogyra Butterfly Garden - 10 min walk
  • National Museum of Costa Rica - 10 min walk
  • Mercado Central - 11 min walk
  • Museum of Costa Rican Art - 36 min walk

Getting around

  • Juan Santamaria Intl. Airport (SJO) - 20 min drive
  • San Jose (SYQ-Tobias Bolanos Intl.) - 11 min drive
  • San Jose Atlantic Station - 11 min walk
  • San Jose Fercori Station - 13 min walk
  • San Jose Procuradiria Museum Station - 14 min walk
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7th Avenue, between 3rd and 5th Street, San Jose, 10101, San Jose, Costa Rica

At a glance

Hotel size

  • This hotel has 30 rooms
  • This hotel is arranged over 2 floors


  • Check-in time 2:00 PM-7:00 PM
  • Check-out time is noon
  • Express check-out

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions.

Special check-in instructions

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • One child stays free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding


  • No pets or service animals allowed


  • Free WiFi and wired Internet access in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Free secured, covered onsite self parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking on site
  • Onsite parking limited
  • Onsite garage

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
*See fees & policies for additional details or extra charges

In the hotel

Food and drink

  • Free local cuisine breakfast daily
  • Restaurant
  • Microwave in a common area

Things to do

  • Outdoor pool
  • Waterslide
  • Fitness facilities
  • Spa tub
  • Rafting nearby
  • Pool sun loungers

Working away

  • Computer station


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Multilingual staff


  • Number of buildings/towers - 1
  • Year Built - 1908
  • ATM/banking
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Rooftop terrace
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Television in common areas


  • Accessible bathroom
  • In-room accessibility
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair-accessible path of travel
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking
  • Grab bar - near toilet

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

In the room

Home comforts

  • Ceiling fan

Sleep well

  • Premium bedding

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Shower only
  • Hair dryer

Be entertained

  • 37-inch LCD TV
  • Premium TV channels

Stay connected

  • Free WiFi
  • Free local calls


  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe (laptop compatible)

Fees & policies

Pool, spa & gym (if applicable)Pay at property

  • Pool access available from 8 AM to 10 PM
  • Children under 8 years old are not allowed in the swimming pool or spa tub without adult supervision

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitizer; cashless payment methods are available for all transactions; masks are required in public areas.

Contactless check-out is available.

Enhanced food service safety measures are in place.

This property affirms that it adheres to the cleaning and disinfection practices of COVID-19 Guidelines (CDC).


Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.

This property does not have elevators.

Guests can rest easy knowing there's a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, and a first aid kit on site.

Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.

This property accepts Visa and Mastercard. Cash is not accepted. 

Also known as

  • Hotel Santo Tomas
  • Hotel Santo Tomas
  • Santo Tomas Historical Jose
  • Hotel Santo Tomas - Historical Property Hotel
  • Hotel Santo Tomas - Historical Property San Jose
  • Hotel Santo Tomas - Historical Property Hotel San Jose
  • Hotel Tomas
  • Santo Tomas Hotel
  • Tomas Hotel
  • Tomas Santo
  • Santo Tomas
  • Hotel Santo Tomas Costa Rica/San Jose

*See fees & policies for additional details or extra charges


  • Yes, Hotel Santo Tomas - Historical Property does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
  • This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitizer, social distancing measures are in place, and staff are given personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
  • Yes, there's free self parking. Parking spots may be limited.
  • Yes, there's an outdoor pool. Guests have pool access from 8 AM to 10 PM.
  • Sorry, pets and service animals aren't allowed.
  • You can check in from 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM. Check-out time is noon. Express check-out and contactless check-out are available.
  • Yes, there's an onsite restaurant. Nearby restaurants include Azafran (4-min walk), Café-té-ria (4-min walk), and Stiefel Pub (5-min walk).
  • Have fun during the warmer months with activities nearby such as rafting. Enjoy a relaxing soak in the spa tub and an invigorating swim in the outdoor pool. Hotel Santo Tomas - Historical Property also has a waterslide and a fitness center, as well as a garden.
  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Santo Tomas

    This hotel has beautiful rooms that are clean and very well equipped. The breakfast was excellent. The staff are super knowledgeable and very friendly. They are able to arrange trips, tours, car rental etc. The area at night has prostitutes and drug addicts no of which were threatening but should be considered.

    Michael, 1 night trip, Sep 5, 2021

    Verified guest review

  • 10.0.Exceptional

    It was an amazing stay. Beautiful location. Great staff

    Keith, 1 night trip, Aug 29, 2021

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    charming secure oasis in the center of the city

    Loved the ambiance of the hotel, polished original century+-old tiles, wooden ceilings, cool little pool and courtyard area, open air hallways and ceiling fans, the hotel felt like a throwback, but in a very good way. Lots of character, lots of charm, and with the offstreet secure parking and breakfast included, it was like a safe little oasis in the middle of an otherwise bustling city. The area (near Morazon park) is right in the center of San Jose, and can seem a little gritty at night, but the hotel provides a secure relaxing rest from all of the busy street activity, and is surprisingly insulated from city noise. I loved it, and loved the condition that it was in, and the friendliness of the staff. Would definitely stay again next time im in San Jose.

    Brian, 1 night family trip, Jul 31, 2021

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Classy Hotel

    The hotel is in a great location close to restaurants and the city center. All off the staff was extremely helpful and kind. I personally got a call from the owner the next morning to ask how my stay is going. Don’t think that has ever happened before will traveling. He restored the hotel and looks amazing. The bed was comfortable, excellent Wifi and great hot water

    John, 2 night trip, Jul 31, 2021

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    The place was cute. Services was excellent.

    Natividad, 1 night trip, Jul 29, 2021

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Best hotel in San Jose!

    Great hotel. Room was comfortable, breakfast was excellent. Very nice pool and hot tub, great gym on site with plenty of good equipment. Staff was nice and the owner Thomas super very kind and helpful, he talked with us for a while, helped us get a rental car, and gave us recommendations for our trip. Excellent location in San Jose, lots of good restaurants around. Would highly recommend and would definitely stay here again!

    Jared, 1 night trip, Jul 20, 2021

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    We only stayed one night after a week at Jaco and going to the airport, but the place was great. It was a very charming place, quiet and in good walking distance to so many things downtown. Most importantly the service was great, Dave helped us out when we arrived and was such a nice guy and the owner the following morning was very nice and super helpful. The place was great, but the service was even better, well done!

    1 night family trip, Jun 15, 2021

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Good value in San Jose.

    Large nice rooms, relaxing common areas by the pool. Walkable to restaurants.

    Scott, 1 night family trip, Jun 12, 2021

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Loved it. Stayed here 7 years ago and it is as wonderful as ever. The rooms are large and nicely appointed. And bed was sooo comfy. The staff was as pleasant and helpful as could be. Hot breakfast was delicious. And eating next to a pool with slide was the perfect surrounding. I stayed an extra day. The owner is hands on and it shows. Having a hotel like this is important especially now with covid restrictions. Everything closes at 9pm. It was great to have a pleasant retreat like this. Goid traditional reasuranrs like La Crilloiata are very close by. Hotel Santo Tomas is on my "definitely recconnend" list.

    6 night trip, Jun 5, 2021

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  • 2.0.Poor

    Expedia and this Hotel stole 180$$ from me! I made a reservation at Hotel San Tomas in Ensenada not Costa Rica! I never even searched for Costa Rica. I showed up at the hotel in Ensenada and they said the reservation was cancelled. So I didn’t think anything of it. Checked my account when I got back to the states and they indeed charged me! Called to tell them and the hotel refuses to give my money back for a reservation I supposedly made in another country that I was not in! I will NEVER use Expedia again! only! Expedia agent would not help either and lost connection and never called back. Absolutely horrible service and caring!!!

    2 night romance trip, May 29, 2021

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