Soft Landings for your Costa Rica Journey: Where to Stay in San Jose

Where to stay in San Jose

You’ve made your way to San Jose, de-planed and now you can truly feel transported. San Jose will jump-start your trip experience. The capital city offers a variety of lodging options, from swanky boutiques to tidy hostels to eclectic B&B’s with stunning vistas. Whatever your preference and price point, San Jose has outstanding dwellings for you to touch down.

1. Hotel Grano de Oro

Yogi Aaron’s first pick!

Find old­ world elegance in the heart of the city, just off Paseo Colon, San Jose’s main thoroughfare and blocks away from the Parque Sabana. Grano de Oro is a luxurious boutique hotel converted from a Victorian mansion­­ your perfect home away from home. And no visit to Grano de Oro is complete without enjoying a sumptuous meal at one of Costa Rica’s finest restaurants, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily from 7am until 10pm.

Upon your arrival you are greeted with warm smiles and the feeling that you have returned home.

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Soft Landings for your Costa Rica Journey- Where to Stay in San Jose Hotel Grano de Oro

2. Casa Bella Rita

On a hilltop overlooking the city, this intimate and welcoming bed and breakfast inn is the perfect place to unwind after your travels. With just five rooms, each uniquely outfitted with local art and hand­crafted furnishings, Casa Bella Rita caters to all of your needs: from a freshl y­prepared gourmet breakfast served al fresco to an afternoon’s relaxation poolside as you take in the sweeping views. Get information at


Soft Landings for your Costa Rica Journey- Where to Stay in San Jose Casa bella Rita


Soft Landings for your Costa Rica Journey- Where to Stay in San Jose Casa Bella Rita B&B

3. Xandari Resort & Spa

Just 20 minutes from the San Jose International Airport, yet seemingly worlds away, Xandari Resort and Spa offers villa accommodations with spectacular views. You’ll enjoy room to roam, indoors and out; the lodging is spacious and is set on a 40­acre site with hiking trails, botanical gardens, two pools and a unique spa “village.” Rates and reservations are available at


Xandari pool at sunset

4. Adventure Inn

If you’re traveling with family, you won’t find a better value­­ with free breakfast, airport transfers, international calling and wireless internet. Adventure Inn is conveniently located between the airport and city center and is the ideal home base for exploring much of Costa Rica. Many vacationers take advantage of Adventure Inn’s expertise in planning excursions to nearby activities­­ from whitewater rafting to waterfall tours­­ and at day’s end, come “home” to enjoy the pool and a clean, comfortable room.

Blue Osa guests will receive a special 20% discount. Please use promotion code “BLUEOSA”.

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Soft Landings for your Costa Rica Journey- Where to Stay in San Jose Adventure Inn

5. Hostel Casa Colon

Here budget travel doesn’t require sacrificing comfort or value. Casa Colon is San Jose’s first premium hostel, with accommodations ranging from private rooms with private en-suite bathrooms to dormitory­ style housing with shared baths. And throughout, the colonial architecture and decor will transport you to another era. Visit​ h​ ​for a virtual tour and information.


Soft Landings for your Costa Rica Journey- Where to Stay in San Jose Hostel Casa Colon

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So whether San Jose is a quick stopover as you travel elsewhere in Costa Rica, or an extended stay jumping ­off point for day ­trips to the volcanoes, beaches and rainforest nearby, a host of lodging options are ready to play host to you. Find the one that’s your perfect place to land.

About the Author

When photographer/writer Leah Wyman found herself in the midst of a quarter-life crisis, she left her job in the church world for the sanctuary that is Blue Osa. A classical singer, composer and conductor with a B.M. degree from Manhattan School of Music and further studies at the University of Oxford in England, Leah is finding inspiring new ways to use her voice–in harmony with howler monkeys, scarlet macaws and crashing ocean waves at Blue Osa.



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