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The 10 Best Hostels in San José, Costa Rica

Some of the best backpacker spots in San José

Turtle Saving Hostel

San José

Set 2.7 km from National Theatre of Costa Rica, Turtle Saving Hostel in San José offers a garden and terrace. The property is close to several noted attractions, around 1.4 km from Simon Bolivar Zoo and around 1.7 km from Costa Rica National Museum. The tour desk can help arrange some activities and free WiFi is at guests' disposal. I love this hostel! Staff were so warm and friendly after a nightmare of a day travelling. Clean, comfortable, great atmosphere. Loved the area particularly, spoilt for choice for places to eat and drink, highly recommend to anyone visiting San Jose

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9.6
Exceptional
102 reviews

Capital Hostel de Ciudad

San José

Located in San José, 2 km from Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica, Capital Hostel de Ciudad provides accommodation with a shared lounge, free private parking, a garden and barbecue facilities. Among the facilities at this property are a shared kitchen and a concierge service, along with free WiFi throughout the property. Every room has a TV with cable channels. The beds! This place is so clean! It’s a cheap bus ride into the city Centre. The location is safe. The hostel is one of the best I’ve stayed in.

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9.5
Exceptional
456 reviews

Hostel del Paseo

San José

Located in San José, within 1.4 km of La Sabana Metropolitan Park and 1.6 km of National Theatre of Costa Rica, Hostel del Paseo provides accommodation with a shared lounge and free WiFi throughout the property as well as free private parking for guests who drive. The property is around 2.2 km from Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica, 6 km from Parque Diversiones and 7 km from Multiplaza Escazu. The property is non-smoking and is situated 2.1 km from Children's Museum Costa Rica. Ana and Claudia from the reception are awesome!

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9.2
Superb
725 reviews

Eco Stay Hostel

San José

Boasting a garden, terrace and views of garden, Eco Stay Hostel is situated in San José, 2 km from National Theatre of Costa Rica. Located around 5 km from La Sabana Metropolitan Park, the hostel with free WiFi is also 6 km away from Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica. The accommodation features a shared kitchen, a shared lounge and currency exchange for guests. The staff, the environment the Breakfast,something different every morning

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9.3
Superb
38 reviews

NATIVUS Art-Hostel

San José

NATIVUS Art-Hostel is set in San José, 2.5 km from National Theatre of Costa Rica and 6 km from Parque Diversiones. Among the facilities at this property are a shared kitchen and a shared lounge, along with free WiFi throughout the property. Private parking can be arranged at an extra charge. Breakfast is just out of this world, it is just deliciuos. And of course customer service at The hostel is great. May God bless you.

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9.9
Exceptional
31 reviews

Fauna Luxury Hostel

Escazu, San José

Fauna Luxury Hostel is set in San José, within 5 km of Parque Diversiones and 6 km of Metropolitan Hospital Costa Rica. Boasting a shared kitchen, this property also provides guests with a restaurant. The property is located 6 km from San Juan de Dios Hospital. Great location, friendly people, amazing breakfast, really luxury living!

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8.8
Fabulous
1,827 reviews

TripOn Open House 3 stars

San José

TripOn Open House is located in San José, the capital and largest city of Costa Rica. Free WiFi access is and complimentary breakfast is available to guests of this hostel.

The hostel is 1.9 km from National Theatre of Costa Rica, 1.9 km from Pre-Colombian Gold Museum and 2.1 km from Metropolitan Cathedral. Juan Santamaría International Airport is 17 km away. You can get all the important city information at the check-in desk. The staff is very friendly.

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8.6
Fabulous
1,100 reviews

Stray Cat Hostel

San José

Set in San José, within an 8-minute walk of San Juan de Dios Hospital and 1 km of Metropolitan Hospital Costa Rica, Stray Cat Hostel offers accommodation with a shared lounge and free WiFi. The property is situated 1.4 km from National Theatre of Costa Rica, 5 km from Parque Diversiones and a 15-minute walk from Metropolitan Cathedral. The accommodation provides a 24-hour front desk, and buying tickets for guests. I was going from San Jose to Pena's Blanca border - María the receptionist was very helpful and gave me a lot of information regarding the bus times and costs. The dorm was spacious and the bathroom was clean, although we did find a cockroach in our room. Security was good, you have to be buzzed in and out of the hostel but you didn't need to ask there was always someone on reception to do this. Value for money. If I were to go back to San Jose I would definitely stay here again.

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8.9
Fabulous
803 reviews

Finca Escalante

Barrio Escalante, San José

A continental breakfast is available daily at the hostel.

Parque Diversiones is 9 km from Finca Escalante, while Multiplaza Escazu is 11 km away. The nearest airport is Tobías Bolaños International, 10 km from the hostel, and the property offers a paid airport shuttle service. Very friendly and helpful staff, very clean room and bathroom, cool common area and good breakfast with pancakes. Barrio Escalante is one of the best and safest area in San Jose.

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8.7
Fabulous
571 reviews

Relax Hostel

San José

Relax Hostel is located in San José, 2 km from Metropolitan Cathedral. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. A pancake breakfast with fruit is included in the price.

Some rooms include views of the garden or city. Relax Hostel features free WiFi throughout the property. Amazing staff, very helpful and friendly. I had to stay for one night extra and Mike found a bed for me immiediately. Great place to make some friends if you're traveling solo for a longer time!

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8.3
Very good
210 reviews

Hostels. What are they?

Way more than just a cheap place to sleep, hostels are a social way to travel and meet like-minded people. Common areas like shared kitchens or games rooms are great ways to swap tips, tricks and travel stories with backpackers from all over the world.

Hostels have come a long, long way since the first youth hostel opened in 1912. From budget 'crash-pads' to five-star 'poshtels', today, hostels are for everybody, so whether you'd prefer a bed in a shared dorm or your own private room, you'll find most hostels are cheaper than a local hotel and far more fun.

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