Best Places for Backpackers in San Jose, Costa Rica.

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The best backpackers destinations & accommodation in San Jose, Costa Rica.

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Top 32 hostels in San Jose, Costa Rica.

These are the 32 most awesome hostels and budget places to stay in San Jose, Costa Rica.

1
La Rosa del Paseo

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La Rosa del Paseo

Enjoy the Costa Rican golden age in this 1910 Victorian mansion Know a small hotel where you can enjoy the magic of our history in the comfort of today Discover a true treasure! First, the home of the wealthy coffee farmers, now a century later, restored and remodeled, preserving its historical s...
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Turtle Saving Hostel

97 /100

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Turtle Saving Hostel

You will be based just footsteps away from all the action of the capital’s rapidly expanding creative neighbourhood of Barrio Escalante. Subscribing to the functional bed, bathe and breakfast model our aim is to deliver a clean, comfortable stay in one of the capitals safest areas whilst doing our b...
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Capital Hostel de Ciudad

96 /100

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Capital Hostel de Ciudad

We offer you quality and personalized accommodation while experiencing San José. We embrace diversity in a co-living environment that provides you comfort in each of our unique spaces not only for a great rest but for creativity, relaxation, and cultural experiences. We're a small hostel and like...
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The Garden CR

95 /100

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The Garden CR

Our guests love us! We have many loyal, repeated guests and are one of the top-rated hostels in all of San Jose . Guests arrive as strangers and leave as friends! We offer exceptional personalized service. To us, serving our guests is our passion. You won’t find a more dedicated, and helpful team a...
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Robles Hostel

92 /100

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Robles Hostel

Robles Hostel is located in the best area in San Jose, Costa Rica, called Escazu - We are in the old Escazu center - it is like a little village - with many restaurants, bars, hospitals, clinics, malls among other shopping areas close by - close to the center and airport all at the same time. No n...
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Hostel Casa del Parque

91 /100

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Hostel Casa del Parque

Here at Hostel Casa del Parque we offer an oasis in the city. Although we're nestled right in heart of the historic district, the mansion is situated like a pilar amongst some of the oldest trees in the city. The vision of this Costa Rican family-owned hostel is to share the true tradition of th...
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7
Fauna Luxury Hostel

91 /100

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Fauna Luxury Hostel

Every single person yearns for something – this can take place in the open, or sometimes within your mind – all of us desire meaningful connections. Join us in the restructuring of the world of Hostels as we combine luxury and accessible pricing to ensure you “a champagne lifestyle on a lemonade bud...
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Hostel Del Paseo

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Hostel Del Paseo

Hostel del Paseo is an unmatched option that combines the comfort and low prices of a fine hostel with the elegance, quality, and service of a city hotel. Our commitment is to accomplish the perfect formula, one that can bring together clean, cozy, and modern rooms completing them with the amenities...
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9
In The Wind Hostel & Guesthouse

91 /100

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In The Wind Hostel & Guesthouse

A QUIET and RELAX hostel in a SAFE area, PERSONALIZED attention and PEACEFUL vibrations...this is what we are offering you. COME and start you BEAUTIFUL DAY with a GOOD CUP OF COFFEE and a PANCAKE and some SWEET MORNING MUSIC . If this is YOUR TYPE of morning then we are YOUR TYPE of HOSTEL....
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10
Hostel Urbano

90 /100

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Hostel Urbano

From backpacker to Backpacker, we are always here for you. On the east side of San José, only 0.8 miles from the city center Hostel Urbano is located in the pulsing Heart of the Capital City. Close to everything, you need in your San Jose experience: local art shops, supermarkets, banks, ATMs, up...
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Hostel Finca Escalante

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Hostel Finca Escalante

Finca Escalante is PURA VIDA! Feel at home and become part of our family the instant you walk in. Located in Barrio Escalante, an outstanding cultural and gastronomical hotspot in the whole country (Look it up in Google Maps). At Hostel Finca Escalante we are super passionate about our guests, we un...
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12
Relax Hostel

90 /100

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Relax Hostel

Best location!! Free pancake and fruit breakfast!! Great coffee!! Close to downtown, bus terminals and the airport bus stop. An ideal place if you're passing through San José on your way to another destination. Inside the hostel there is a fully-equipped kitchen, dining room, TV room, backyard...
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13
Stray Cat Hostel

90 /100

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Stray Cat Hostel

At Stray Cat Hostel we endeavour you to have authentic, creative and engaging travel experiences. Here we, the staff, are travelers' connection to the city. We are here to present you different ways to enjoy . Stray Cat Hostel is a social hostel, but not a party one. There is some writing on th...
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14
Gaudys Backpackers Hostel

90 /100

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Gaudys Backpackers Hostel

Over 900 reviews and still one of the top 5, on our way to be the voted hostel #1 in Costa Rica again!!!!! Best Location in Town! **Busstop from the airport............................................................................2 Blocks away from Gaudys. **Busstop to the airport.............
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Hostel Bekuo San Jose

90 /100

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Hostel Bekuo San Jose

So here is where we tell you why you need to stay with us…I'll start with some accolades, and then move to the important stuff. 2015 Lonely Planet gave Author's Choice honours to Hostel Bekuo as the #1 hostel in the surrounding area of San Jose area, and Tripadvisor's Award of Excellence from 200...
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TripOn Open House

89 /100

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TripOn Open House

Our funky Hostel TripOn Open House has a relaxed vibe. It is located in the best and safest area of San Jose, Costa Rica, in San Pedro, just 50 meters away from where the current Costa Rican president lives. Over 60 restaurants, 3 supermarkets, a mall, yoga schools and many banks are only a few minu...
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Mi Casa Hostel

88 /100

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Mi Casa Hostel

All our friends always come back… it just happens! Mi Casa is a homey and friendly hostel, where the actual owners used to live in. Since 2004 this beautiful house has been perfect for visitors who wish to experience Costa Rican life and culture. Located in one of the most exclusive locations...
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Aldea San Jose

87 /100

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Aldea San Jose

Flying in or out of San Jose? Don´t miss your chance to see the city!! At Aldea Hostel, we are perfectly situated in a safe and convenient neighborhood. Our guests can experience all the best the city has to offer while staying in a hostel with hotel quality amenities. Located just off Paseo Colo...
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Hotel Posada del Sol

87 /100

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Hotel Posada del Sol

Our comfortable atmosphere and friendly and helpful staff make us your ‘home away from home’. All of our rooms are fully equipped with private bathroom (with hot water), TV cable, and wifi that you can easily connect any of your mobile devices to, and our rates include private and secure parking on...
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20
Hostel Van Gogh

87 /100

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Hostel Van Gogh

Welcome to Hostel Van Gogh!! We are a well organized, relaxed hostel in a cool and safe area. It is a small and personal hostel - but professionally managed. We offer a lot of extras for our guests without great expense, all at very affordable prices, besides Hostel Van Gogh is close to everythin...
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21
Costa Rica Guesthouse

86 /100

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Costa Rica Guesthouse

Costa Rica Guesthouse is the perfect value for your money in downtown San Jose. Lovely staff, big comfy rooms, hot showers at budget price ! ** Private room with king size bed ** Wifi ** Licensed bar on site ** Free breakfast ** Free parking ** Free coffee & tea al fay ** Tropical pat...
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Selina San Jose

86 /100

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Selina San Jose

Selina has just opened its doors in San Jose, one of the most exciting cities in Central America. The up-and-coming Costa Rican capital will certainly surprise those adventurous spirits willing to explore it, and our brand-new location is the perfect place to do it from. A truly unique hostel concep...
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23
Hostel Shakti

85 /100

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Hostel Shakti

Shakti Hostel located in the center of the capital city of Costa Rica and embodies what the name signifys, which is energy, strength and power, to create a healthy, comfortable and different accomodation type, near the center of interest of this important city. It's that creative energy that giv...
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Costa Rica Backpackers

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Costa Rica Backpackers

Nestled between downtown San Jose and the hip neighborhood of Barrio Escalante, Costa Rica Backpackers is a slice of paradise in the heart of the capital. Our large tropical garden and pool offer an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Here you’ll find swaying palms and swinging hammocks –...
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25
Hostel Pangea

80 /100

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Hostel Pangea

Hostel Pangea the first & long standing hostel in Costa Rica! Opened it's doors in 2000 and since then until today it has been the Lonely Planet author's choice as the #1 budget option ,we are the hostel with more bookings and reviews from all the capital city ! That tells you our experience. Sw...
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26
Pension de La Cuesta B&B

77 /100

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Pension de La Cuesta B&B

Pension de la Cuesta B&B built in 1920, first Bed and Breakfast of the capital of Costa Rica, San Jose, it was once home and art gallery to a bevy of local and expatriate artists, including Otto Apuy, Diedre Hyde, and Guillermo Conte, as well as other poets, writers and filmmakers, a place where ar...
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27
Casa Yoses Hostel

75 /100

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Casa Yoses Hostel

Hostel Casa Yoses is the perfect destination for all of your traveling needs. + Located in a secure neighborhood in San Jose near tons of restaurants, shops, and bars. One block from the main road and 5 minutes from downtown. + 24/7 Reception, no lockouts, no curfew + Big, spacious,...
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Costa Rica Love Apartments & rooms 2

71 /100

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Costa Rica Love Apartments & rooms 2

Hello It is a pleasure for us to give you our best services, check this information and start saving money: Airport Shuttle service $17 6am to 11pm ( taxi $25 to $35) $25 11pm to 6am (taxi +$40 ) Meeting point at 'DELI MALINCHE' restaurant (no the cafeteria!) If you are going to...
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Hostel Casa Colon

69 /100

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Hostel Casa Colon

Hostel Casa Colon is a beautiful colonial house in the 50s, with an architectural design typical of the period, with artisan hand carved cedar. We are a boutique Hostel with excellent quality, higher standards of each of the services Located in an excellent tourist and commercial area with ea...
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Hotel Vesuvio

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Hotel Vesuvio

Hotel Vesuvio is one of the best three-star hotel in the happiest country in the world. We are located in Barrio Otoya/Amón, away from the noise and traffic of downtown, yet close enough to be able to walk to the most important attractions of the City, such as the National Theater, museums, shops, r...
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Tierra Magica

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Tierra Magica

Located in Escazu, the best quarter of San Jose, Tierra Magica is a new and quaint B&B and Art Studio. It offers beautiful and independent rooms with the choice of a king size or two queen size beds with wireless internet, telephone, safe and cable TV. A complete breakfast is available for $10...
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Hotel Casa Cambranes

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Hotel Casa Cambranes

The rich and tasteful 156 color palette makes this cozy and intimate hotel beautiful. Danish lighting and furniture design give the interior a decidedly European flair. In addition to top notch customer service, Casa Cambranes offers its guests a haven of peace, total relaxation and tranquility....
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