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Hotel Presidente - San Jose City Center, Costa Rica
Hotel Presidente - San Jose City Center, Costa Rica

Avenida Central, Calle 7, San Jose 2922-1000

3.5 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (817 reviews)

This family-friendly San Jose hotel is located near the airport, steps from Morazan Park, National Theater, and Gold Museum …

£74
Best Western Irazu Hotel & Casino
Best Western Irazu Hotel & Casino

General Canas Hwy KM3, San Jose

3.5 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (779 reviews)

This family-friendly San Jose hotel is located near the airport, within 2 mi (3 km) of Estadio Nacional, Museum of Costa …

£74
Hotel Luisiana
Hotel Luisiana

100 west and 400 south from Cruz Roja, Santa Ana 00506

3.5 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (2,214 reviews)

A restful alternative to the busier resorts of Costa Rica, Hotel Luisiana is 10 minutes' drive from the international airport …

£34
Balmoral Hotel
Balmoral Hotel

Central Ave, between 7th and 9th St, San Jose 3344-1000

3.5 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (577 reviews)

This family-friendly San Jose hotel is located in the historical district, within a 5-minute walk of Morazan Park and …

£71
Hotel Santo Tomas
Hotel Santo Tomas

7th Avenue, between 3rd and 5th Street, San Jose

3.0 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (504 reviews)

This family-friendly San Jose hotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Jade Museum, Gold Museum, and …

£53
Wyndham San Jose Herradura Hotel & Convention Center
Wyndham San Jose Herradura Hotel & Convention Center

Autopista General Canas, Ciudad Cariari 71880 1000

4.0 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (1,091 reviews)

This family-friendly Ciudad Cariari hotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Plaza Real Cariari, Ultrapark …

£71
Holiday Inn San Jose-Aurola
Holiday Inn San Jose-Aurola

5th Avenue and 5th Street, San Jose 1000

3.5 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (350 reviews)

Located in the heart of San Jose, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Morazan Park, Jade Museum, and Gold Museum …

£65
Courtyard by Marriott San Jose Escazu
Courtyard by Marriott San Jose Escazu

Autopista Prospero Fernandez, Escazu 5024005

3.5 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (241 reviews)

Situated in the business district, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Multiplaza Mall Escazu, Museum of Costa Rican Art …

£66
Adventure Inn
Adventure Inn

50m east from Los Arcos, Ciudad Cariari

3.5 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (439 reviews)

This family-friendly Ciudad Cariari hotel is located near the airport, within 2 mi (3 km) of Cariari Bowling Center, Plaza …

£78
Hotel Fleur De Lys
Hotel Fleur De Lys

13th street between 2nd and 6th avenue, San Jose 10736-1000

3.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (160 reviews)

This family-friendly San Jose hotel is located in the historical district, just steps from Plaza de la Democracia and …

£42

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Pocket Guide: San Jose

Hotels in San Jose

Perched on a plateau in the Central Valley, San Jose is the capital of Costa Rica, and home to about half of the country’s population as well as a great selection of hotels from budget-friendly to upmarket luxury. Crammed with interesting museums, parks and cultural attractions, San Jose makes an excellent base from which to take guided excursions to explore the country’s natural wonders.

San Jose

San Jose is a bustling capital city where the ancient and modern, and the natural and man-made, collide in exciting fashion. There are plenty of excellent eateries that showcase the best of Costa Rica’s natural produce, with a colourful range of zesty fruits and fresh vegetables, washed down with a cup of real Costa Rican coffee. There is much to see and do in San Jose – seek out the Pueblo Antiguo, a fascinating recreation of a turn of the twentieth century Costa Rican town, and the Teatro Nacional Costa Rica, a handsome architectural relic of a bygone age.

San Jose’s Museums

San Jose is home to a number of museums that highlight the best of Costa Rica’s pre- and post-colonial cultures. The Pre-Colombian Gold Museum is a fascinating repository of gold artefacts fashioned by the native inhabitants before the arrival of the Europeans. The craftsmanship involved in the working of these ceremonial objects, plates and utensils, and animal and human figures, is breath-taking. The Museo de los Ninos is a children’s museum with displays ranging from dinosaurs to Costa Rican history, art and culture – there are lots of hands-on activities to keep younger visitors occupied.

Costa Rica’s Natural Wonders

Even in your hotel in the bustling heart of the capital, you’re never far away from Costa Rica’s natural wonders. The Braulio Carrillo National Park is a wonderful region of unspoiled rainforest, which visitors can enjoy in exhilarating fashion by taking a treetop zip-line ride, or cruising through the forest canopy in a sky gondola. The Orosi Valley makes for a beautiful day excursion from your accommodation in San Jose - enjoy the striking river and lake scenery, the rainbow colours of the natural flora, and the pretty local churches, and can also take a guided tour of a coffee plantation.

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