Hotels of Costa Rica in the Central Valley San Jose

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Best Western Irazu Hotel & Casino

It is ideally located just 15 minutes from Juan Santamaría International Airport and 10 minutes from San Jose downtown, in a nice residential area. The hotel features 320 Premier and Premier Plus guest rooms recently renovated. All rooms include wall-to-wall carpeting, air conditioning, cable TV, telephone, coffee maker, radio alarm…




Crowne Plaza Corobici San Jose

Ideally located only 15 minutes from downtown San José and 15 minutes from Juan Santamaria International Airport, the Crowne Plaza Corobici is also very close to the La Sabana Metropolitan Park, considered "the lungs of San José" and the Museum of Costa Rican Art, a beautiful Spanish-style building that served…




Aurola Holiday Inn

It is located downtown San José, just in front of Morazan Park, near the main attractions of the capital city. The hotel has 200 nicely decorated rooms, with excellent views of San José; the rooms are divided in different categories, including 8 Suites, 3 Junior Suites, one Presidential Suite and…




Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation Resort

Located in Santa Barbara de Heredia, only 15 minutes away from the Juan Santamaria International Airport, Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation & Inn is an artistic, free-form design property, set in an organic coffee plantation. This luxury sustainable hotel offers two extraordinary Master Suites, and eleven elegant Junior Suites, four…




Real Inter‐continental

It is ideally located in San Jose, within the exclusive area of Escazu, across from Multi Plaza Shopping and Entertainment Center. The Real InterContinental Hotel & Club Tower offers 372 elegantly appointed rooms and suites and 20 meeting rooms, which make this property the ideal location for most important…




Park Inn San Jose

Located in Barrio Don Bosco, three blocks from Paseo Colon and only 20 minutes from Juan Santamaria International Airport, the new Park Inn Hotel is conveniently situated very near San Jose downtown. With 125 spacious rooms that include complimentary wireless Internet and 32-inch flat screen televisions, the hotel provides comfortable…




Wyndham San Jose Herradura Hotel

It is located just 5 km. away from Juan Santamaria International Airport and 15 minutes away from San Jose downtown.  This open air walkways property features 229 rooms in different categories: Superior rooms, Executive Floor rooms, Junior Suites, Master Suites and Presidential Suite.  The spacious and tastefully decorated rooms include…




Costa Rica Marriott Hotel San Jose

Just 10 minutes away from the Juan Santamaria International Airport and 20 minutes from the capital city of the country, it is found the Costa Rica Marriott San José. This beautiful hotel located 700 meters West from Bridgestone/Firestone, in San Antonio de Belen, was designed as a cozy colonial…




Doubletree By Hilton Cariari San Jose

Doubletree Cariari by Hilton is a modern full-service hotel conveniently located only five minutes from Juan Santamaria International Airport and 15 minutes from San José downtown.  It offers 222 comfortable and well-appointed, air-conditioned guestrooms, including Executive Rooms and Suites. All rooms are equipped with Sweet…




Hotel Alta Las Palomas

Located in the exclusive area of Alto de Las Palomas, approximately 5 miles West of the capital city of San José, the new, first class Alta Hotel with its classic spanish colonial ambiance overlooks the beautiful Valley of the Sun. Alta’s offers 23 spacious and comfortable guest rooms, 17 Deluxe…




Peace Lodge

Set in the midst of the tropical forest, sharing the same scenic beauty of La Paz Waterfall Gardens and built with an original architectural style and creative details. It is located less than an hour drive from the airport. Peace Lodge features 17 guestrooms in three different categories : a…




Hotel Presidente

The hotel is set in the heart of San Jose, a perfect location to explore the main attractions of the capital city and at only 30 minutes from Juan Santamaria International Airport. The hotel offers 80 guestrooms in three different categories: Standard, Superior and Suites. Each room is equipped with…




Radisson Hotel San Jose Costa Rica

Boasting a convenient location near the historic city center, the Radisson Hotel San Jose offers comfortable accommodations in the city's vibrant financial, commercial and government district. The hotel is also close to major attractions including the National Theatre, the Golden Museum and a range of shopping and dining options. The…




Studio Hotel

Studio Hotel is located in the city of Santa Ana, on the West side of San Jose and less than 20 minutes from Juan Santamaria International Airport. It offers 75 Deluxe rooms (four of them are specially equipped to meet the needs of guests with disabilities), 5 Superior rooms and…




Xandari Resort & Spa

This splendid and cozy property is only 15 minutes away from Juan Santamaria International Airport, and a few minutes from the city of Alajuela. The hotel features 23 individually designed villas of different categories: Prima, Prima Plus, Ultra and Ultra Plus and the newest and largest villa, Xandari Star Villa,…




El Silencio Lodge

El Silencio Lodge & Spa is an eco luxury hotel located in the tropical cloud forest of the central volcanic valley, in Los Bajos del Toro, a small rural town, 90 minutes from Juan Santamaria International Airport. The property lies in a 500-acre private reserve, blessed…




Hotel Buena Vista 

Buena Vista hotel is located in Alajuela about 15 minutes from Juan Santamaría International Airport. Its location at the top of a mountain offers panoramic views of three volcanoes in the Central Valley: Poás, Barva and Irazú. This Spanish colonial…




Tryp By Wyndham San Jose Sabana 

Recently renovated, the Tryp San José is located in Paseo Colón, 20 minutes only from Juan Santamaria International Airport and 10 minutes from San Jose downtown. The hotel has 98 guestrooms of different categories (STD, Junior Suite and Suite).  In addition, four of the Suites have been specially equipped for…




Hotel Don Carlos

Located in the oldest historical section of San Jose, the hotel is a small but significant part of Costa Rica’s rich heritage. A few minutes away, there are several tourist attractions such as the zoo, the Pre-Columbian Jade Museum, the National Museum, the Gold Museum, some famous parks, a variety…




Soluxe El Sesteo Hotel

The hotel is conveniently located 15 minutes from the international airport and 5 minutes from downtown San Jose, in a quiet, residential neighborhood. The Sabana Park is just a few blocks away, along with a variety of shops, restaurants and business. It has 18 Standard rooms and 21 Apartment-style rooms…




Chayote Lodge

Located only 50 minutes away from Juan Santamaría International Airport, between de towns of Naranjo and Zarcero, Chayote Lodge lays in the outskirts of the Central Valley, in Llano Bonito de Naranjo, at 1500 m above sea level. Inspired by the rich coffee culture of the region, the lodge’s architecture…




Hilton Garden Inn San Jose La Sabana

The hotel is conveniently located in the Sabana Business Center Building in San Jose downtown, between floors 13 and 20, in front of the Costa Rica National Stadium. The lobby is located on floor 13 and guest rooms are found on floors 14-20. The Hilton Garden Inn San Jose La…




Grano De Oro Hotel 

Situated on a shady street just off Paseo Colon, San Jose’s main thoroughfare, Hotel Grano de Oro is a true oasis, a sanctuary in the heart of the city. Converted from a Tropical Victorian mansion, this 40-room hotel maintains the warmth and comfort of a private home. Hallways lined with…




Bosque De Paz Lodge

Bosque de Paz Rain/Cloud Forest is a 1000-hectares (3000-acres) privately-owned Biological Reserve that acts , as a natural biological corridor, connects the Poás Volcano National Park with the Juan Castro Blanco National Park. It is a spectacularly rich ecosystem because of its privileged location, on the Continental Divide, at an…




Parque Del Lago Boutique Hotel

Check-in: 14:00 – Check-out: 12:00 Parque del Lago hotel is located in San José, very close to La Sabana Metropolitan Park and the Costa Rican Art Museum. The hotel offers 40 guestrooms in different categories and personalized service in order to bring a very pleasant stay of the guests.…




Quality Hotel Real San Jose

It is conveniently located in Santa Ana, the heart of the new business district of San José, in front of the Business Center Forum, and within 15 minutes of Juan Santamaría International Airport. Multiplaza Mall, one of the biggest mall in the country, is just ten minutes away, while one…




Poas Volcano Lodge

The hotel lies between the Poas and Barva Volcanoes at 1900m above sea level on the ridge dividing the Atlantic and Pacific zones of the country. The Lodge comprises of twelve charmin and confortable bedrooms, including five luxurious master suites in the main bulding. One of these rooms is…




The capital city of the country, San Jose, hosts years and years of solid history and culture, which can be seen in its architectural buildings, its museums, some of its hotels, and of course, in its friendly locals and nightlife fun.

In the city remains the aspects of a traditional Central American town but mixed with all the characteristics of a cosmopolitan city. San Jose is the cultural center of Costa Rica and this is the reason why visitors can find a lot of museums, art galleries, designer stores, and a wide artistic agenda plenty of activities to enjoy and discover.

This way, this province provides both, local and tourists, an incredible collection of attractions to enjoy and activities to participate in when enjoying some great Costa Rica vacations. The city is perfect for those who travel with their family, with their friends, for business, or even alone.

Attractions in San Jose

Now, talking a little bit about which attractions can you find and take advantage of when in the city, we could mention a lot of them but we are going to give you these ideas:

When visiting the heart of San Jose, it is possible to find different nice parks to spend a sunny morning. Those places are very close from each other so you can visit them by walking. This way we have the Central Park, the Morazán Park, the Spanish Park (Parque España), the Democracy Plaza, and the National Park.

There are also a great variety of interesting museums, if culture and art are what you are more into. We need to mention the Jade Museum, which is one of Costa Rica’s most exceptional museums for hosting the largest American jade collection of the world.

The place is home to an incredible art collection that will teach and introduce its visitors into the different stages of the artworks with this precious material. Besides, the museum is interactive so kids find it very attractive: a perfect idea to visit with your family when vacationing here.

The Gold Museum is a great way to spend a day in San Jose, as this place is full of art pieces made in real gold from the pre-Columbian era. Also, the museum hosts different artworks in different materials and it is common to find other art exhibitions open to the public from time to time.

Now, if you are traveling with your family and little kids, then the Children’s Museum can be a great option to spend a morning. The place was once a jail in the heart of the capital city and now it has been restored in order to convert it into one place of learning, fun, science, and culture for both, kids and grownups. Here it is located also the National Auditory which hosts important theater plays and different artistic presentations.

Other museums that can be included in your vacations' itinerary are the National Museum, our museum of national history and archaeology, the La Salle Museum, the Museum of Art and Contemporary Design, and the Museum of Costa Rican Art; just to mention some of them.

A visit to the Central Market located in the Central Avenue of San Jose is always a must. Here, visitors can see the real day by day of thousands of “ticos”, and here it is also possible to try the typical food of the country, buy local crafts, and get closer to products that are made and cultivated here... that you probably haven’t seen before.

The offer of local tours is great, and San Jose is an ideal place to take incredible one-day tours and to be a meeting point for tours that are located in other regions of the country too. The easy access to different spots is what makes it possible. Visitors will find that this possibility of varied activities is a great way to enjoy and remember forever their vacations.

Some of the most popular tours departing and returning from the main San Jose city hotels are the visit to the volcanoes –which usually takes half of your day, or the complete day if you join this visits to other local attractions-, and different adventure tours like zip lining through the forest or the exciting opportunity of white-water river rafting. It is possible to arrange your transportation back and forth from the main downtown lodges, so transportation will never be a problem.

The most important... Where to stay in San Jose Costa Rica?

The province sits in the middle of the country, in the Central Valley, this is the main reason why it serves as the gate for the first and the last night of stay during the Costa Rica holidays. But, it doesn’t have to be just for those two nights.

As we mentioned before, there are a lot of tours and activities that will catch your attention, and your time there. And the endless offer of hotels to stay here, for all budgets and tastes, is a good point to be taken into consideration. Visitors perfectly can spend more than two nights in the city without being bored.

The options of accommodations vary according to what you are looking for. It ranges from familiar chain hotels and business hotels, to small and cozy boutique properties in the heart of the most tranquil and beautiful neighborhoods of San Jose downtown. Clearly, you won’t find all-inclusive resorts here, but the amenities of these hotels will make you feel comfortable like in your own home.

The scenic beauty of some of these hotels lies in the fact that many downtown properties are housed in old mansions that have been beautifully restored and converted into the lodging options they are nowadays. Visitors appreciate so much this, as it is a way of feel like if you are staying in your home with all the luxury and comfort deserved by the travelers during vacation.



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