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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. Youll really like the breakfast and its a great location in San Jose! Ive stayed here before and its the only hostel Ill stay in when Im in San Jose!

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9.5
Exceptional
115 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. Everything (towel, breakfast) included in the price, place was shining of cleanliness, comfortable beds, nice staff, simple but complete breakfast, good wifi, modern design, coworking & playground spaces

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9.4
Awesome
453 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. Super nice personal, good rooms, hot shower, good location.

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9.2
Awesome
742 reviews

Eco Stay Hostel

San José

Situated in San José and with National Theatre of Costa Rica reachable within 2 km, Eco Stay Hostel provides a tour desk, non-smoking rooms, a garden, free WiFi and a terrace. The property is around 5 km from La Sabana Metropolitan Park, 6 km from Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica and 9 km from Parque Diversiones. The accommodation features a shared kitchen, a shared lounge and currency exchange for guests. 👌🏾 It’s very clean and comfortable, I loved the furniture made from reused materials, also the staff is remarkably kind and helpful, I would definitely recommend this place it’s a very nice option in San Jose 😎♻️

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9.3
Awesome
45 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. It looks almost new! Neat art pieces throughout and decor is so comfortable. The staff take a personal sense of pride in where they work, and go out of their way to help. The breakfast choices/portions are very large. Wonderfully hot showers and so very clean. Definitely plan a stay here!

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9.7
Exceptional
43 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. Excellent Place travel alone everything was perfect good vibes friendly staff highly recommended.

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8.9
Excellent
1,848 reviews

TripOn Open House

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. Great staff! Highly recommended.

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8.6
Excellent
1,112 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 felt very welcomed, staff was helpful and warm, kitchen is full of equipment.Communal dinner was really good to meet people and was delicious.I stayed in a 8 bed dorm and it was clean and cozy.Nice breakfast and clear instructions from the staff made my stay smooth, safe and happy. Thank you!

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8.9
Excellent
848 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. The staff is pretty neat, they're amazing and not to mention the whole place, very convinience at a good price.

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8.8
Excellent
610 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. Adorable house with very kind and helpful staff. Very clean and comfortable place

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8.4
Very Good
210 reviews

Hostels – what are they?

Hostels offer so much more than a cheap place to stay – they're also a fun way to travel and meet like-minded people. Common areas like shared kitchens and game rooms give you the chance to swap tips, tricks, and travel stories with backpackers from all over the world.

Hostels have come a long way since the first youth hostel opened back in 1912. Nowadays there's something for everyone, from budget "crash pads" to 5-star "poshtels." Whether you'd prefer a bed in a shared dorm or your own private room, you'll see that most hostels are cheaper than local hotels – and a lot more fun, too!

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