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Santo Tomas Hotel & Wellness Center

7th Avenue Between Calles 3 & 5, 250 Meters West of the INS Building, San Jose 10101 Costa Rica
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A great downtown location in San Jose, Costa Rica. Hotel Santo Tomas provides free hot cooked typical breakfast to order, FREE SECURED PARKING, FREE High-Speed Fiber Optic EVERYWHERE WIFI, security box, swimming pool, hot Jacuzzi, gym. Only four blocks from San Jose, Central Avenue, and an easy stroll to most local attractions and walkable to major bus stations, 7-10, El Caribe. By Costa Rican law no smoking inside the property anywhere. Available 24/7: tour, travel & car rental services, currency exchange, free baggage storage, and paid laundry service for our guests. A great place for Dental Patients and Digital Nomads to come and enjoy our wonderful open-air gardens, flowers, and covered terraces, to enjoy the volcano views here at Hotel Santo Tomas in San Jose, Costa Rica.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Kids club
Car hire
Car park
Wifi
Hot bath
Pool / beach towels
Fence around pool
Breakfast available
Taxi service
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Concierge
Currency exchange
Non-smoking hotel
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Desk
Housekeeping
Safe
Seating area
Cable / satellite TV
Flatscreen TV
Walk-in shower
Hair dryer
Telephone
Clothes rack
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Radio
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Mountain view
City view
Pool view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Quaint
Family
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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7th Avenue Between Calles 3 & 5, 250 Meters West of the INS Building, San Jose 10101 Costa Rica
Santo Tomas Hotel & Wellness Center
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jonneh126 wrote a review Mar 2024
Cascade, Idaho96 contributions29 helpful votes
Hotel santo tomas is A gorgeous old building, lovingly maintained. The wide plank wooden floors glowed with polish. Lovely staff. good breakfast. My room was gigantic, but unfortunately didn’t have a window for fresh air, so it felt a little stifling. There was a very tall ceiling of bead board and period lights and it did have an overhead fan. Also, there was a free-standing fan. A word of caution: Bathroom floor and shower floor are extremely slippery. Good options for the entire range of restaurants, shopping, and sight-seeing within walking distance.
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Date of stay: March 2024Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: Downtown San Jose is frenetic after peaceful beach escape. Be sure you are prepared for change...
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10JBT wrote a review Feb 2024
Whitby, Canada2 contributions
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We stayed one day here and loved it. The hotel has a lovely vintage charm. Breakfast was great. Room was very spacious and clean. Beds were comfy. A very nice restaurant steps away. Close to the free city walking tour that we had come to do. Pool area was beautiful but the water was a little chilly but had been overcast the day before so that may account for this. Over all I totally recommend and hope I have the pleasure of staying here again.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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MItravelwriter wrote a review Feb 2024
Detroit, Michigan30 contributions1 helpful vote
We loved this small hotel. It was clean with nice sized rooms. The location was great. There is a park nearby and a grocery store. You can walk easily to the center of the city. The staff was very friendly and helped us with several things. I would highly recommended this for a low key experience.
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from William Douglas, General Manager at Santo Tomas Hotel & Wellness Center
Responded Feb 19, 2024
Hi Echrish, Hey this is a nice review! We are also within walking distance of the two main bus stations, the 7-10 and El Caribe. Great having you with us. Thank you very much Thomas, Heidy, and Our Staff
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Nick H wrote a review Jan 2024
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This was the most hospital and clean place I have ever stayed in. The owners are hands on to help with anything. Thomas (the owner) saved my life down there. without the help from the staff and owners I would have been lost. They have great advice and you feel safe there. Oh yeah.. best hot tub in the world.
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Room Tip: The pool is cold , in a good way. and the hot tub is hot in the best way
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Response from William Douglas, General Manager at Santo Tomas Hotel & Wellness Center
Responded Feb 3, 2024
Howdy ! Great meeting you and having our conversations in the morning over coffee. Feeling safe, when you travel is important and the place has gotta be clean. My mom said soap is cheap and elbow grease-free! All right Mom. Hope your socks are in the best position. Thank you so much. Thomas. Heidy and Our Staff
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harvey i wrote a review Jan 2024
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Hi Thomas, I stayed 8 days. met you at breakfast, thanks. great service, great breakfast, great staff, I was to busy to make use of the pool but watched as your staff meticulously cleaned every day. clean room and hot shower. wish i could have stayed longer. maybe next time. cheers from Canada. Harvey room 7
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Response from William Douglas, General Manager at Santo Tomas Hotel & Wellness Center
Responded Jan 27, 2024
Hola Harvy, very nice of you. Room 7, 118 years old in the original building. Many travelers see the original floors and think they are not clean, it's clean they just have personality. Hand-made mosaic tiles and wooden mahogany floors are polished twice a day. We found the grandson of the original Italian tile maker and remade the molds and remade the same tiles for the newer second-floor annex, we added. Looking forward to your return Harvey ! Happy Trails Thomas, Heidy, and Our Staff
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Janey207 wrote a review Jan 2024
Lakewood Ranch, Florida44 contributions20 helpful votes
We loved staying at Hotel Santo Tomas! The location in the city center is perfect, there are lots of restaurants nearby and major attractions are a short walk away. Although in the city, the hotel is an oasis with many cozy seating areas, a large outdoor breakfast room and a pool and hot tub. The decor is colonial with beautiful period artwork. Our room on the second floor was roomy, with a large bathroom and a very comfortable bed. However, what sets this hotel apart is the staff! . They are all so professional, yet friendly, warm and accomodating. The cooks and servers at breakfast, the room cleaners, the front desk people, all went out of their way to provide excellent service. We fell in love with Jeremy, who was amazing, opening the door for us, asking about our day, answering our questions, and always with a smile. We stayed ten days and found it difficult to leave. Kudos as well to the owner Thomas, who was extremely prompt in answering my many inquiries. Hotel Santo Tomas is a great place to stay in San Jose and I am already missing it!
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Response from William Douglas, General Manager at Santo Tomas Hotel & Wellness Center
Responded Jan 12, 2024
Hi Janey, your title is exactly what we want to do every day. Provide lasting Costa Rican vacation memories. I had a recent client describe the facilities this way for the first time. ( Said the place has great bones) The home was built in 1908 for a family with 10 children. Almost 9000 sq. feet with original mahogany floors, handmade mosaic tile floors, and a 15-foot-tall ceiling along with the natural ventilation system take one back to a bygone era. All of our staff is on board for this mission. We have employees that have been with us for 27 of the past 33 years. Wonderful having everyone stay. Thank you so much for the wonderful review. Happy Trails Thomas, Heidy, and Our Staff
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Aimster77 wrote a review Jan 2024
Austin, TX220 contributions108 helpful votes
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The room was not as clean as I would like particularly the linens. The towel were very worn. No shampoo provided. Would be nice if they had shampoo in a dispenser on the wall if they don’t want to offer shampoo bottles. Literally the worst shower I’ve ever been in. Didn’t spray hardly any water and it went in every direction. The location is quite convenient and the pool is charming, the staff is pleasant. Might not be the safest place to walk around late at night but fine during the day.
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Response from William Douglas, General Manager at Santo Tomas Hotel & Wellness Center
Responded Jan 27, 2024
Hi Aimster, I have met with our head housekeeper and she is more vigilant about replacing towels and linens. Thank you for that input. The cleaning department is trained to turn on every shower and inspect them while cleaning the rooms and then call the maintenance department right away by walki-talki if there is an issue. So needless to say I have gotten into their dish on this as well. It's never-ending, the list in a hotel. My wife and I travel the world and we carry a small bottle of shampoo/conditioner, that we like along with a Lufa and soap. I never like hotel extras. Rest assured, we are always replacing linens and doing maintenance. Thank you Thomas, Heidy and Our Staff
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Di H wrote a review Dec 2023
21 contributions2 helpful votes
The room was clean, the bathroom had enough towels and we didn't hear any noise, despite the fact we were not far from the street. This hotel has old world charm, good cleanliness standards and a delicious breakfast.
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Response from William Douglas, General Manager at Santo Tomas Hotel & Wellness Center
Responded Jan 5, 2024
Hi Diannah, What a well-written description! The original property was constructed in 1908, requiring two years. A little over 9000 sq. ft and with 10 children in the family you need something this large. Fortunately, over the past 33 years, my wife, Heidy, and I have been able to purchase the two adjoining properties and continue with the expansion based on the same original style, but adding modern facilities. We continue to strive to provide lasting Costa Rica vacation memories. We are now having young married couples with small children, who came as little children with their parents 33 years ago, stay with us again. How cool is that! Thank you so much for your wonderful review. Thomas, Heidy, and Our Staff
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LosViajes8 wrote a review Aug 2023
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania20 contributions7 helpful votes
Solo traveler on a budget. Quick one night stay here. The staff were fantastic, Javier took excellent care. I didn’t have the opportunity to enjoy the breakfast or the pool but based on my overall impression of this quaint little spot I imagine they would be just as lovely. Would definitely recommend.
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Date of stay: August 2023Trip type: Travelled solo
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Francois v wrote a review Jul 2023
4 contributions3 helpful votes
While the location may be a little "on the edge", this hotel is a real gem. The architecture, also reflected by the rooms, is based on a well preserved/ restored, century old, higher end city residence. It has retained the charm of decades past, while integrating the comfort expectations of modern life. Its main asset though, is the staff, at all levels: friendly, helpful, efficient...and much more. Saint Thomas or not, it is all unbelievable but true.
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Date of stay: July 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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C$84 - C$134 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
30
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Frequently Asked Questions about Santo Tomas Hotel & Wellness Center
Which popular attractions are close to Santo Tomas Hotel & Wellness Center?
Nearby attractions include Teatro Nacional Costa Rica (0.4 km), Pre-Columbian Gold Museum (0.4 km), and Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana) (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Santo Tomas Hotel & Wellness Center?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Santo Tomas Hotel & Wellness Center?
Top room amenities include a flat screen TV, a desk, and a view of the mountains.
What food & drink options are available at Santo Tomas Hotel & Wellness Center?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Santo Tomas Hotel & Wellness Center?
Yes, free parking, a parking garage, and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Santo Tomas Hotel & Wellness Center?
Conveniently located restaurants include Cafe Rojo, Restaurante Silvestre, and Tenedor Argentino.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Santo Tomas Hotel & Wellness Center?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness centre during their stay.
Is Santo Tomas Hotel & Wellness Center located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.8 km away from the centre of San Jose.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Santo Tomas Hotel & Wellness Center?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Are there any historical sites close to Santo Tomas Hotel & Wellness Center?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Teatro Nacional Costa Rica (0.4 km), Ruinas de Ujarras (2.0 km), and Chepeteando/ San José a pie (0.4 km).
Does Santo Tomas Hotel & Wellness Center have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the city view available here.