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Hotel Grano De Oro
Hotel Grano de Oro is a favorite of honeymooners and it’s not difficult to see why...
Costa Verde Inn
The sister lodge of the famous Manuel Antonio hotel, this homey stone inn is surrounded by gardens that contain a hot tub, a mosaic-tile swimming pool, a BBQ area and even a sundeck with wi-fi...
Posada El Quijote
This Spanish-style posada on a hillside rates as one of the top B&Bs in the San José area...
This industrial-strength, Tico-owned hostel – 25 dorms and 25 private rooms – has been a popular 20-something backpacker hangout for years...
Casa Yoses Hostel
A mellow spot, this nine-room Spanish Revival–style house from 1949 is perched on a hill that offers lovely views of the valley from the front garden...
Apartotel La Sabana
This lovely, well-maintained apartment complex has 32 units in various configurations that draw long-term business travelers as well as families...
Fleur De Lys
A pristinely maintained, century-old Victorian mansion painted a bright shade of lavender that houses 31 spotless wood-paneled rooms with firm beds, ceiling fans and wicker furnishings...
Set on 4 hectares about 6km outside of town, this efficient hotel is surrounded by an expansive, well-manicured garden dotted with old-growth trees, stunning flowers and plenty of statuary...
Hotel Casa Las Orquídeas
Casa Las Orquideas offers a welcoming, cozy place to stay despite being located directly on the thoroughfare that is Av Central. It has quaint, homey rooms, some of which have low stone-walled shower stalls or hand-painted murals.
Guests at this 1940s Spanish-style inn are greeted by an intricately carved baroque-style carriage door and an arched poolside promenade...
Casa De Las Tias
In a quiet area of San Rafael, this yellow-and-turquoise Cape Cod–style house (complete with picket fence) has five immaculate, individually decorated rooms, all with private bathrooms...
Hotel Rosa Del Paseo
Though it’s right on Paseo Colón, don’t let the small facade fool you: this sprawling Victorian mansion (built in 1897 by the Montealegre family of coffee exporters) reaches into an interior garden courtyard that provides a respite from city noise...
Of the four hotels in this local chain, this is the best deal. It is centrally located just south of the church, and though unspectacular in design, it's clean and comfortable. Tile-floor rooms come equipped with cable TV, safe and fan.
Hotel Santo Tomas
This stately early 20th-century colonial-style mansion is a Barrio Amón landmark that once belonged to the Salazar family of cafetaleros . Thirty rooms occupy the mansion itself and a newer annex in back...
Steps from the Teatro Nacional, this simple two-story structure surrounds a bright covered courtyard around which nine guest rooms are located...
Hotel Rincon De San Jose
Centered on three colonial-style houses in Barrio Otoya, this tidy spot, popular with couples and families, has 40 guest rooms – some of which are modern with bright linens and ceramic tile, while others are equipped with period-style pieces and polis...
Gran Hotel Costa Rica
The city’s first prominent hotel was constructed in 1930 and is recognized as a national landmark (John F Kennedy and soccer legend Pelé have both stayed here)...
Colours Oasis Resort
This longtime gay and lesbian hotel in the elegant Rohrmoser district (to the northwest of La Sabana) is located in a sprawling Spanish colonial–style complex...
Hotel Le Bergerac
A whitewashed building contains a bright lobby accented with fresh flowers and 25 rooms that overlook a tropical garden at this Los Yoses standard-bearer...
Hotel Don Carlos
Built around an early 20th-century house that once belonged to President Tomás Guardia, this lovely Barrio Amón inn exudes a slightly campy colonial-era vibe...
Costa Rica Backpackers
This extremely popular hostel has 15 dormitories and 13 private double rooms spread out over several structures that surround a spacious garden with hammocks and a free-form pool...
Overlooking Av Central from a small hill, this graceful neoclassical home once belonged to José Figueres, the Costa Rican president who abolished the army and granted women the right to vote...