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.
We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible!
All of San José best hostels are popular; especially in high-season. To make sure you end up in those stylish hostels, secure your room or bed as soon as you have your travel dates fix.
And last but not least, another great hostel to stay in San José is Turtle Saving Hostel. Staying at this hostel, 20% of the cost of your stay also goes to support the protection of endangered sea turtles. You can also join their volunteer turtle program. Read more about Hostel volunteer here.
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.
So in all fairness, it is best to check out Hostelgeeks.com because we feature safe hostels in San Jose. You can find backpacker hostel with top ratings! Keep a close eye on the overall ratings on booking platforms!
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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: Our previous 5 star hostel in San Jose has unfortunately permanently closed its doors.
Was it the word luxury that caught your attention?
Fauna Luxury Hostel is not just luxurious, but it is also one of the great 5 Star Hostels in Costa Rica!
Warning: this might be a San Jose hostel you may wish to stay forever.
That’s because of the energised staff, visual elements and homely vibe.
“Everyone needs a space; there is always a better place.”
Once again this is a boutique hostel offering up snazzy pod beds so you can enjoy your own preferred dose of privacy.
The dorms come with 6 and 8-beds, keeping them small and cosy.
Instead of curtains, you have blinds. And next to the bed there is even space to store your things.
So when you’re not snoozing, what is there to do?
Jump in the pool & jacuzzi,
Wander around the gardens
Cook up a storm in the kitchen
Play pool, ping-pong and foosball
Use the fitness centre for FREE
Join a yoga class
If that’s not enough, there is a superb bar & bistro on-site, too.
The extensive food and drinks menu will seriously tickle your tastebuds. Grab a cocktail and enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner here.
In fact, there is a free breakfast for everyone!
Make sure you head to the rooftop to enjoy a Costa Rican sunset with your cocktail.
Location: Located in an area known as Escazú, just a 20-minute bus ride from the centre of San José.
CLOSED: Hostel Urbano San Jose
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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