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San José, Costa Rica
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Cheapest month:September
Most expensive month:December
Average price in San José:$172/night
Absolute cheapest price found:$6/night
Cheapest day:Saturday
Most expensive day:Tuesday
$90 - $279
Average price per night / 3-star hotel. Prices are not fixed and may vary with time.
$80 - $103
Average price per night / 3-star hotel. Prices are not fixed and may vary with time.

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Hotel Milan Costa Rica
Hotel Milan Costa Rica
8.3 Excellent
Calle 20 Con Avenida 7, Esquina, San José, Costa Rica
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0.8 mi from city centre,  

Hotel Milan San Jose is located in San Jose and features free Wi-Fi. It is ideally positioned for those wanting to visit the area's popular attractions.

$41
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Where to stay in San José

About San José

San Jose, affectionately known in Costa Rica as “Chepe”, is home to colonial-era neighbourhoods that reveal weekend markets, live music and museums. Encircled by cloudy forests, San Jose captures your attention with its open-air plazas and charming Costa Rican cuisine.

Things to do

Let your legs lead you through Barrio Amon, one of San Jose’s more historic neighbourhoods. It’s here you’ll learn why the city is considered Costa Rica’s cultural capital, where you can spend hours in a range of 19th-century mansions turned into restaurants and various art galleries. See the largest collection of pre-Columbian jade in America at the Jade Museum or learn more about the city’s past at the National Museum, housed in an old fort.

Nature is never forgotten in San Jose, where you can stroll among lush trees and gardens at Parque Nacional. This central parkland also has historical monuments and plenty of places for a shady picnic. Enter a completely different environment at Mercado Central, an old-world indoor market with over 200 vendors ranging from meat and coffee to leather and herbal remedies.

Parque Zoologico Nacional Simon Bolivar is popular among families for its collection of native and international wildlife, such as an ocelot, two-toed sloth, jaguar and Central American tapir. Looking for some live entertainment? Take in a musical or artistic show at the National Theatre of Costa Rica, known for its lavish Italian furnishings.

Adventurous travellers will find multiple attractions nearby that will lure them away from the city, such as the Irazu Volcano National Park, where you can see native wildlife and a picturesque green crater lake.

Getting around

Walking can sometimes be just as quick as catching a bus in San Jose, but the bus routes provide reliable transport around the city centre. Taxis are great for travelling at night, while rental cars give you the freedom of venturing beyond the city limits.

San José travel FAQs

  • Where is the best place to stay in San José?

    Pavas, Merced, and Uruca are some of the most favored places to stay in San José.

  • What are the best hotels in San José?

    Barceló San José (8.5/10 from 2,977 reviews), Wyndham San Jose Herradura Hotel & Convention Center (7.6/10 from 948 reviews), and Exe San Jose Center (8.4/10 from 1,562 reviews) are all highly rated places to stay in San José.

  • What is a good hotel near Parque Metropolitano La Sabana?

    Reviews of Barceló San José recommend it as a good place to stay near Parque Metropolitano La Sabana, scoring 8.5/10 from 2,977 ratings.

  • What is a good hotel in San José near San Jose Cathedral?

    Exe San Jose Center is rated 8.4 from 1,562 reviews and is close to San Jose Cathedral.

  • Is there a good hotel near Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica?

    If you’re planning to stay near Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica, you should consider Barceló San José, which has a score of 8.5 from 2,977 reviews.

  • How much do hotels in San José cost?

    Hotels in San José cost an average of $82/night according to HotelsCombined data in the last 72 hours. A 4- or 5-star hotel in San José had higher average prices of $120/night and $137/night respectively.

  • How much is a cheap hotel in San José?

    Over the last 3 days, San José hotels have been found for as cheap as $7/night in searches by HotelsCombined users.

  • What are the best hotels on Avenida Central in San José?

    Avenida Central is the city’s most popular pedestrian street. This avenue is in the heart of San José. It’s lined with shops and restaurants, and you’ll find the central Plaza de la Cultura here as well. Look for hotels in San José along the Avenida Central or near the Plaza de la Cultura to be well located in the city center. The Gran Hotel Costa Rica, Curio Collection by Hilton is located right on the pedestrian street and overlooks the National Theatre. It’s just steps away from a variety of cafés and top attractions. If you’re looking for cheap hotels in San José near this area, Hotel Trianon could be an excellent choice.

  • Are there kid friendly hotels in San José?

    When searching for kid friendly hotels in San José, you’ll want to stay near the main attractions conveniently located to be able to return at any point in the day. Look for places to stay near the downtown area, or neighborhoods nearby like El Carmen or Amón. Radisson San José - Costa Rica is located right outside of the downtown district. The hotel has an outdoor pool and offers kid’s meals. The Children’s Museum of San José is just down the road from it. The Hotel Santo Tomás is another good option for those visitors traveling with children. This hotel is closer to the historic district of Downtown San José located in the neighborhood of El Carmen. It has an outdoor pool, family rooms and it includes breakfast. The Zoo and National Botanical Gardens are an ideal place to take kids and happen to be just a 5-minute walk away.

  • How do I find a peaceful and quiet hotel in San José?

    For those looking for quiet neighborhoods in San José where they can enjoy time to relax as well as being close to the attractions, find hotels in the surrounding residential areas. The Aranjuez and Amón neighborhoods are located north of downtown San José. Here you’ll find an upscale section full of historic colonial buildings. The Hotel Aranjuez is tucked in a residential area and is known for its quiet ambience. From here you can get to the main attractions walking about 20 minutes. Farther from the city center there are quiet, residential areas you can stay in that are also not a long drive away and you can get to downtown easily if you wish. The Santa Ana neighborhood is a suburb of San José. It’s a quiet and charming area just about 20 minutes west of Downtown. Here you can stay somewhere like the Posada Nena to enjoy the perfect blend of city and nature.

  • What neighborhoods in San José have the best restaurants?

    Travelers interested in food culture should definitely consider staying near the San José neighborhood of Escalante. In Escalante you’ll find the Paseo Gastronómico La Luz, a street considered the center of San Jose’s culinary scene. Looking for San José hotels near this foodie destination, you can stay at Hotel 1492. It’s located just around the corner of Paseo Gastronómico where you’ll find an assortment of cuisines from Mediterranean to Peruvian as well as craft breweries and local after-work destinations. In Downtown San José you’ll also find a variety of dining options near and along the Avenida Central. Hotel Cultura Plaza is located in the heart of it all. From here you’ll be walking distance to various restaurants from chic Asian spots to laid back Argentinian and Costa Rican eateries. However, if you prefer having the option of cooking for yourself when you’re traveling, there are a few hotels in San José that have kitchenettes in the rooms, for example the Selina San José.