Bargains Abound at the Best Budget Hotels in San Jose

Without sacrificing cleanliness or scrimping on hospitality, these 10 Best budget hotels in and around San Jose, Costa Rica offer rooms for two starting at or below $100 per night, and all include breakfast. Atop the list is the Adventure Inn, so named for its proximity to so many of Costa Rica's adventures, it's also a short shuttle ride to Juan Santamaría International Airport. In the heart of the city, an Italian couple have created La Gioconda House Hotel, complete with Da Vinci's, an excellent Italian restaurant on-site. At the modest yet cozy and modern Hotel Aranjuez ,in a quiet neighborhood of downtown San Jose, sparklingly clean rooms come equipped with flat screen tvs and air conditioning, and a bountiful buffet breakfast is served in a pretty sunken garden each morning.  Comfotable, if quaint, rooms await behind an unassuming facade at the Hotel Santo Tomas, where an on-site cafe overlooks the swimming pool and it's a quick walk to the Museo de Oro Pre-Colombino and the sights of downtown San Jose. At Grandpa's Hotel, the quaint name is matched with old-fashioned hospitality, and it's a comfortable place to call home while visiting Cartago, the Irazu Volcano and Las Ruinas de la Parroquia.

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The Best Western Irazu is a huge hotel- 325 rooms- designed to suit travelers on their way in or out of Costa Rica. Free airport shuttles in both directions, currency exchange, conference rooms, and free breakfast are just some of the amenities...  Read More

Hotel Santo Tomas
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Like many a treasure in San Jose, Costa Rica, Hotel Santo Tomas lies behind an unassuming facade of steel gates, but once inside it opens into a spacious place, a French Victorian style mansion. Rooms are of varying sizes, solo travelers and...  Read More

The Costa Rica Guesthouse is quite a bargain just outside the center of the city of San Jose, within walking distance to the Museo Nacional. A tour desk and a car rental desk come in handy for getting around and booking excursions. Kept...  Read More


Casa 69 is a nice, affordable hotel in the city of San Jose that boasts comfortable rooms, a dry cleaning service, luggage storage and a laundry service. This is a bed and breakfast style hotel, and it's well-located for sightseeing in San Jose-...  Read More

Owned and operated by a friendly Italian couple, Vincezo and Antonella, La Gioconda House Hotel is a charming bed and breakfast in a remodeled house in the heart of the city of San Jose, Costa Rica. It is conveniently located within walking...  Read More

Grandpa's Hotel is a delightful and affordable find in Cartago, Costa Rica. It is close to the Irazu Volcano and makes an ideal base from which to explore downtown Cartago and its Plaza Mayor, the ruins of Santiago Apostle Church, and the farms-...  Read More

Aranjuez Hotel
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The Hotel Aranjuez is a multi-level maze of indoor and outdoor spaces, designed and laid-out to capture the experience of a real traditional Costa Rican home. Interspersed with tropical gardens and casual seating areas, this bed and breakfast is...  Read More


As the name suggests, this bed and breakfast style hotel is located in a beautiful property dating back to 1915, updated with all the modern amenities that don't detract from the beautiful architecture of the time. Each of the rooms is...  Read More

Far from the maddening crowds of San Jose- and anywhere else, for that matter, Hotel Posada del Canal Grande is just that, a beautiful Victorian hacienda style hotel beside a large lake, up high on a lush green hill on the very outskirts of the...  Read More

The name actually refers to the proximity of many of Costa Rica's adventures, but the grounds are quite peaceful and guests are also able to head into the city and visit a variety of cultural attractions, too, such as the National Theater, the...  Read More


Meet Sophia LaMonica

On Sophia's first trip to Costa Rica, she came face to face with white-faced monkeys, gasped at the sight of giant purple crabs, and rode horseback through plunging waterfalls. Costa Rica...  More About Sophia
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