Check-In and Check Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.
Not all hostels in San Jose are necessarily safe, especially the one that offers the cheapest price in sketchy areas. It might be an illegal hostel, without proper license to run or if they don't have city tax San Jose requires.
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What are the best hostels in San Jose?
All of the absolute best hostels in San Jose are listed in this guide! Here they are again:
Update: Sorry dear readers, Hostel Urbano closed its doors permanently in late 2020.
Hostel Urbano ticks all the major boxes; it’s chilled, made with love and is close by to great nightlife and gastronomy options.
This modern, industrial style hostel is made for making new friends.
Actually, it offers a nice balance of social and solo time, depending on what you’re after.
Garden w/ hammocks & BBQ
Well equipped kitchen
Free tea & coffee
10GB of WiFi each
The budget rooms are basic, yet comfortable. And when you book a bed, you get breakfast thrown in!
Dorm rooms come with 8 and 10-beds, with an added female dorm with 6-beds.
Otherwise you can sleep in a double, quadruple or family room (sleeping 5-6 people).
The private rooms have a garden view and small terrace ideal for enjoying your morning breakfast.
Note: staff can help arrange an airport transfer. Get in touch with them before arrival to arrange this.
Location: On the East side of San José, less than 2km from the City Centre. It’s easy to walk to almost everything worth seeing and doing from here.
This is one of the best hostels in San José Costa Rica for
Female solo travellers
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Your Smart Packing List
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