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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...
This industrial-strength, Tico-owned hostel – 25 dorms and 25 private rooms – has been a popular 20-something backpacker hangout for years...
This graceful neoclassical home once belonged to José Figueres, the Costa Rican president who abolished the army and granted women the right to vote...
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...
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...
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...
This funky little spot in Barrio Amón has 17 rooms in a rambling cafetalero house dating to the 1920s. With a garden, shared kitchen and murals adorning the walls, the inn has a relaxed and friendly ambience...
Casa Cristal Boutique Hotel
This chic, whitewashed hotel is situated on what has to be the best piece of real estate in Escazú: at the end of a winding mountain road, on a hillside overlooking several dozen hectares of uninhabited parkland, with the twinkling lights of San José ...
Inter Continental Real Costa Rica
A top-end option. An outpost of this esteemed luxury chain located across the street from the Multiplaza mall.
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...
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...
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)...
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...
The Alta Hotel
Three kilometers west of Escazú is the affluent expat suburb of Santa Ana. On the road between the two is the Alta Hotel, a graceful Mediterranean-style villa with 23 whitewashed rooms decked out in terra-cotta tiles and contemporary wood furnishings...
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...
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...
Hotel Posada Del Museo
This posada (country-style inn) is at a diagonal from the Museo Nacional, in a 1928 structure with a dramatic entrance that features a Juliet balcony overlooking the foyer...
Green House Hostel
This attractive hostel is adorned with hanging plants, historic photographs and antiques. The rooms themselves are a bit modest, though the perk here is that they all have private bathrooms (even the dorms)...
In a vintage house east of Parque La Sabana, this snug, friendly hostel has several dormitories and four private rooms with shared bath. The colorful dorms are tight but clean, and are the cheapest in town...
Costa Rica Guesthouse
This guesthouse, dating from 1904, has simple, graceful rooms with spacious bathrooms and hallways lined with Spanish tiles. Furnishings are basic (creaky beds), but it’s a tranquil, couples-friendly spot...
El Pizote Lodge
Good family spot in a peaceful garden setting west of town.
Hotel La Cuesta
Situated on a hill behind the Asamblea Legislativa is this 1920s wooden house, whose exterior looks as if it was painted by Ken and Barbie...