City Guide: San Jose

     In San Jose, Costa Rica, beauty is on your doorstep.

     Tourists usually bypass the city en-route to Costa Rica's other landscapes, but San Jose is well worth a stop. It is a far cry from the usual entertainments, but it will offer you an unforgettable adventure in Mercado Central and a dose of local culture in its green suburbia like El Pueblo.

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City Guide: San Jose

     In San Jose, Costa Rica, beauty is on your doorstep.

     Tourists usually bypass the city en-route to Costa Rica's other landscapes, but San Jose is well worth a stop. It is a far cry from the usual entertainments, but it will offer you an unforgettable adventure in Mercado Central and a dose of local culture in its green suburbia like El Pueblo.

     If you want out a break from your day-to-day routine, then complete your trip to San Jose with Booked.net. Be it a room in cheap hotel in San Jose to luxury offers all available with maps, photos and secure forms at Booked.net.

     San Jose offers any type of vacation. For example, culture buffs should pay a visit to the National Museum for a bite of history or enjoy art in Jade Museum. When the experiences of San Jose make you tired, take it easy in cafetaleros or coffee houses with a cup of hot coffee.

     Meanwhile, backpackers can occupy themselves with the city's green neighborhood. Just look at your surroundings. San Jose sits against a volcanic mountain background where you can go hiking or enjoy water rafting. Whatever you prefer from colonial architecture to lush green landscapes, San Jose offers a non-stop vacation.

Other attractions include;

- Avenida Central, a pedestrian-friendly street packed with restaurants

- El Pueblo offers night entertainments in restaurants, discos, galleries, and more

- Teatro Nacional de Costa Rica, Costa Rica’s grandest architectural building

- The Simon Bolivar Zoo offers animal species on display

- The San Pedro Mall, the largest in Central America

- Mercado Central, a local market perfect for buys

     In San Jose you can also find other shopping centers to make purchases to fill empty space in your backpack. It just depends on what you are looking for. For instance, Barrio Amón specializes in souvenirs, while all kinds of crafts can be found in downtown Galería Namu.

     After shopping you can join in on the weekly parties in San Jose. On weekends the city brims with local fiestas, salsa and merengue. You can make a stop in harbor Latino bars or join a crowd of teens to bar-hop the night away.

     Otherwise, there is always abundance of dining choices to relax in the evening. If you are on a tight budget, you should find a cafe in Mercado Central that offers the cheapest dishes in the city. More sophisticated cuisine is served in Escazú packed with fashionable restaurants. Regardless of your budget Booked.net can organize your stay within the city.

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  • Gran Hotel Costa Rica

    4 star hotel
    Avenida 2ª Calle Central, San Jose, Costa Rica, 527-1000 (Map)
    7.6 - Excellent
    Based on 11 reviews
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    The Grand Hotel Costa Rica enjoys a prime setting in the very heart of San Jose, allowing its guests to explore the renowned museums, art galleries, theatres and upscale shopping venues. More details

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    US$66
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  • 700 Metros Oeste De La Firestone, San Jose, Costa Rica (Map)
    8.8 - Exceptional
    Based on 22 reviews
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    Costa Rica Marriott Hotel is a 5-star property only 4.5km from Cathedral, Correos de Costa Rica and Poas National Park. More details

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    US$186
    per night
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  • San Antonio De Belen, San Jose, Costa Rica, 357-2120, (Map)
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    The comfortable Country Inn And Suites By Carlson San Jose is a decent example of a 4-star hotel in San Jose. Major San Jose attractions, such as Intercultura Language School and Cultural Center, Britt Coffee Tour and Refugio Herpetologico de Costa Rica are located nearby. More details

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    US$98
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  • Autopista General Canas, San Jose, Costa Rica, 40101 (Map)
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    Blending a comfortable ambience with impeccable services, the 4-star City Express San Jose Aeropuerto provides ideal lodging in San Jose. The excellent hotel is set in close vicinity of Intercultura Language School and Cultural Center, Britt Coffee Tour and Tee Times Costa Rica Golf Tours. More details

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    US$86
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  • Po Box 458-1150, El Robeldal, La Urca, San Jose, Costa Rica (Map)
    6.8 - Very good
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    Comfortable hotel Barcelo Premium San Jose Palacio is a worth representative of the five-star hotels in San Jose. You can benefit from such services as beauty salon, laundry and room service. More details

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    US$97
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  • 1 Km East Of The Juan Santamaria Intl Airport (Sjo, San Jose, Costa Rica, 2-10173 (Map)
    8.6 - Exceptional
    Based on 56 reviews
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    The comfortable Holiday Inn Express San Jose Airport is placed on the beachfront. Since 2008, it has been a prominent hotel in the center of San Jose. More details

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    US$111
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  • El Maragato

    3 star hotel
    Street 1St And 3Rd, San Jose, Costa Rica, 00000 (Map)
    7.2 - Very good
    Based on 12 reviews
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    The peaceful El Maragato is a 3-star property located in the heart of San Jose. The perfect location gives quick access to Universidad de Costa Rica, Parque La Sabana and Poas National Park. More details

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    US$53
    per night
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  • Hotel Santo Tomas

    3 star hotel
    Avenue 7, Street 3Rd And 5Th, San Jose, Costa Rica, SJO-1000 (Map)
    7.8 - Excellent
    Based on 94 reviews
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    Located in the center of San Jose, the four-star Santo Tomas hotel is only a few minutes away from the National Theater, Jade Museum and San Jose Cathedral. Built in 1908 the property offers traditional design, antique furnishings and state-of-the-art equipment. More details

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    US$57
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  • 200 Mts. Norte Del Ice, San Jose, Costa Rica, 0 (Map)
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    The sophisticated 5-star Palma Real Hotel And Casino San Jose is a great place to stay in San Jose. Major San Jose attractions, such as Museo de los Ninos, National Theater and Central Park are located nearby. More details

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  • Avenida 6 Calle 8, San Jose, Costa Rica, 0 (Map)
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    The contemporary Hotel Park Inn By Radisson is a decent example of a 5-star hotel in San Jose. The property is located in a downtown of San Jose, close to Museo de los Ninos, Parque Zoologico Nacional Simon Bolivar and Precolumbian Gold Museum. More details

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  • Autopista General Canas, 3 Miles South Of Intl Airport, San Jose, Costa Rica, 718820-100 (Map)
    8.4 - Exceptional
    Based on 2 reviews
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    Wyndham San Jose Herradura is a 4-star property only 4.4km from Pueblo Antiguo (Parque Nacional de Diversiones), Poas National Park and Correos de Costa Rica. More details

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  • Barcelo Palma Real

    4 star hotel
    Del I.C.E. 200 Metros Alnorte, San Jose, Costa Rica (Map)
    9.6 - Exclusive
    Based on 1 reviews
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    The 4-star Barcelo Palma Real is located in cultural San Jose, minutes away from Central Park (Parque Central), Chirripo National Park and National Theater (Teatro Nacional). The comfortable building was renovated in 2007 and now mixes European architecture with the modern technology. More details

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  • Ave. Escazu Complex Prospero Fernandez Hwy, San Jose, Costa Rica, 1250 (Map)
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    The excellent 4-star Residence Inn By Marriott San Jose Escazu is a great place to stay in San Jose. Excellent location within close proximity to Refugio Herpetologico de Costa Rica, CREN Day Tours and Pueblo Antiguo . More details

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  • Plaza Real

    3 star hotel
    La Uruca Del Banco De Costa Rica 200Mts Sur 100Mtr, San Jose, Costa Rica, 3794005 (Map)
    9.2 - Exceptional
    Based on 19 reviews
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    The comfortable Plaza Real is rated 3 stars and offers accommodation overlooking Central Valley. Founded in 2000, the hotel underwent a complete renovation in 2005. More details

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  • 350 Mts Oeste De Multiplaza En, San Jose, Costa Rica (Map)
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    Sheraton San Jose Costa Rica is located in a charming area of San Jose in close proximity to Tee Times Costa Rica Golf Tours, J.LANG Atelier & Showroom and Travel Around Costa Rica Transportation and Guides. More details

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  • Studio Hotel

    4 star hotel
    750 Mts. Sur Del Centro Empresarial Forum I; Santa, San Jose, Costa Rica, 00000 (Map)
    9.2 - Exceptional
    Based on 26 reviews
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    The high quality Studio Hotel with its BBQ facilities, a rooftop pool and a cocktail lounge is a nice place to stay in San Jose on holiday. Built in 2011, the hotel is a combination of innovative architecture and modern facilities. More details

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    US$96
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  • Central Street & 3Rd -15Th Ave, Calle Blancos, San Jose, Costa Rica, 538-2120 (Map)
    7.2 - Very good
    Based on 27 reviews
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    The five–star property is situated near the centre of San Jose, and is close to the Gold Museum and National Theater. The property is decorated with an elegant mix of beautifully carved wood and stone from Ecuador's rock quarries and offers the latest technology. More details

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  • San Antonio De Belen, Ciudad Cariari, San Jose, Costa Rica, 40701 (Map)
    8.8 - Exceptional
    Based on 50 reviews
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    The attractive Doubletree By Hilton Cariari San Jose offers panoramic views of San Jose from many modern guestrooms. The building was renovated in 2012. More details

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  • Cocoon Hotel

    3 star hotel
    Avenida 9, Calle 0, San Jose, Costa Rica (Map)
    8.0 - Excellent
    Based on 23 reviews
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    The contemporary Cocoon Hotel offers air-conditioned accommodation located close to Pueblo Antiguo (Parque Nacional de Diversiones), Universidad de Costa Rica and National Museum (Museo Nacional). More details

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    US$50
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  • Hotel Robledal

    3 star hotel
    400 Mts. Oeste De La Iglesia Catolica Del Roble De, San Jose, Costa Rica, 0000 (Map)
    8.8 - Exceptional
    Based on 42 reviews
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    The affordable Hotel Robledal is a 3-star hotel in San Jose offering an outdoor swimming pool, a casino and a cocktail lounge. The building was renovated in 2009. More details

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    US$93
    per night
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  • Autopista Prospero Fernandez,, San Jose, Costa Rica, 5024005 (Map)
    8.2 - Excellent
    Based on 50 reviews
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    The stylish Courtyard San Jose Escazu offers 120 cosy guest rooms as well as a lift, currency exchange and a gift shop. This colonial building was refurbished in 2009. More details

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    per night
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  • Best Western Irazu

    4 star hotel
    Km 3 Autopista General Canas, San Jose, Costa Rica, 1000 (Map)
    7.0 - Very good
    Based on 22 reviews
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    The well-equipped Best Western Irazu with its a cocktail lounge, an outdoor swimming pool and a casino is a nice place to stay in San Jose on holiday. Founded in 1970, the hotel underwent a complete renovation in 2006. More details

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    US$86
    per night
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  • Sleep Inn

    4 star hotel
    Avenida 3, Calles 9 Y 11, San Jose, Costa Rica, 1655 1000 (Map)
    7.8 - Excellent
    Based on 30 reviews
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    The pleasant Sleep Inn offers accommodation in a tranquil area of San Jose. Setting next to a train station provides an easy access to Poas National Park, Pueblo Antiguo (Parque Nacional de Diversiones) and Universidad de Costa Rica. More details

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    US$93
    per night
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  • Cuidad Cariari San Antonio De Belen,Belen, 800 Met, San Jose, Costa Rica, 357-2120 (Map)
    8.0 - Excellent
    Based on 33 reviews
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    The pleasant 4-star Country Inn & Suites By Carlson offers airport transfer, room service and a turndown service on site. Founded in 1972, the hotel underwent a complete renovation in 2003. More details

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    US$77
    per night
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  • Balmoral

    4 star hotel
    Ave. Central Entre Calle 7 Y 9, San Jose, Costa Rica, 3344-1000 (Map)
    6.4 - Good
    Based on 3 reviews
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    Hotel Balmoral is located in the heart of San Jose. You can walk to the business and financial district, the best entertainment and shopping areas. More details

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    US$99
    per night
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