20 BEST Hostels in San Jose (2019 • Insider Guide!)

San Jose is a city that most backpackers will encounter in Costa Rica, and our epic guide to the best hostels in San Jose is here to make your life easy. Whether you are looking to party like a rockstar or get some much needed rest, our ultimate guide will show you the best hostels in San Jose...

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Costa Rica is undoubtedly the backpacking-center of Central America, and if you are flying in, it’s most likely going to be through San Jose.

While most travelers quickly flee San Jose for the jungles, volcanos and beaches of Costa Rica, those who choose to stay are often surprised by an affordable city with a ton to see and do. This is why I wrote the list of the best hostels in San Jose, Costa Rica.

Organized by your travel needs, this list of the top hostels in San Jose is meant to help you find the hostel that best suits your travel-style, so you can book easily, and get to exploring this highly underrated city.

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Best Hostels in San Jose

If you are backpacking Costa Rica, our guide to the best hostels in San Jose will help you find an awesome hostel

 

The 20 Best Hostels in San Jose

Take a more in-depth look as to why we consider these to be the best hostels in San Jose. We’ve not only listed the hostels and given you plenty of reasons to love them, but we’ve also split them into different types. So, it’s easy to see at a glance which would more suit your travelling style and accommodation preferences.

Whether you’re looking for the most affordable hostel in San Jose, the best hostel in San Jose for partying the nights away, a great San Jose youth hostel for solo travellers, or something else entirely, this list will help you book your hostel with confidence.

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Overall Best Hostel in San Jose – Hostel Urbano

Hostel Urbano Best Hostel in San Jose

Hostel Urbano is our pick for the best hostel in San Jose for 2019

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The award-winning Hostel Urbano is also our winner when it comes to the overall best hostel in San Jose in 2019. For such an affordable price it couldn’t have many more great facilities if it tried … a spacious shared kitchen, a cosy dining area, a comfy TV lounge, a garden with hammocks, a pool table, a tour desk, a book exchange, and currency exchange services. There are heaps of places to relax and socialise with other travellers. Stay connected with the free Wi-Fi and free-to-use computers. Another bonus: breakfast is free! In a lively and youthful area close to a university, Hostel Urbano is a comfortable base from which to make the most of San Jose.

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Best Party Hostel in San Jose – Hostel Bekuo San Jose

Hostel Bekuo Best Party Hostel in San Jose

The award-winning Hostel Bekuo throws BBQ’s and hosts club-hopping adventures making it the best party hostel in San Jose, Costa Rica

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– Free Breakfast
– Laundry Facilities
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The best party hostel in San Jose, a stay at the award-winning Hostel Bekuo San Jose promises to be bags of fun. Spontaneity rules here, impromptu garden parties and BBQ cook-ups as well as regular bar- and club-hopping adventures. The youthful staff are cool and friendly and always up for a laugh. A pool table, foosball, and Wii provide more low-key ways to chill if you’re still suffering from the night before, and the free breakfast helps to chase away some of the hangover demons. You can also cook your own comfort food in the well-equipped kitchen.

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Best Hostel for Solo Travelers in San Jose – In the Wind Hostel and Guesthouse

In The Wind Hostel and Guesthouse Best Hostel for Solo Traveller in San Jose

In a cool part of town, In the Wind Hostel also offers free breakfast and is our pick for best hostel for solo travelers in San Jose, Costa Rica

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– Restaurant
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The best hostel for solo travellers in San Jose, In the Wind Hostel and Guesthouse has a sociable heart and attracts a mix of cool backpackers. The members of staff are awesome too and the hostel is located in a lively part of town, close to the university. In addition to the eight-bed dorms you can opt for a private single room if you love meeting people but also having your own space to sleep. Breakfast is free and there are two communal kitchens where you can channel your inner Masterchef. Mingle in the indoor and outdoor seating areas, book a range of trips, do your laundry, and make loads of great memories. This San Jose backpackers hostel is vibrant, both in its atmosphere and its appearance.

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Best Cheap Hostel in San Jose – TripOn Open House

TripOn Open House Best Hostel in San Jose

Close to downtown, and included breakfast, TripOn is highly reviewed and the best budget/cheap hostel in San Jose

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A short distance from San Jose’s downtown, located in the calm area of San Pedro, TripOn Open House is the best cheap hostel in San Jose. A chilled –out hostel with a garden and lounge for socialising, it also has a large well-equipped kitchen where you can whip up a feast and save even more dough. Breakfast is included and you can buy cheap dinners if cooking isn’t on your agenda. Beds have curtains to protect your modesty as well as a light and power outlet, and lockers are available. Laundry facilities, tour booking, 24-hour reception, and free Wi-Fi are a few other perks at this recommended hostel in San Jose.

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Best Hostel for Couples in San Jose – Hostel Casa del Parque

Hostel Casa del Parque Best Hostel for Couples in San Jose

A beautifully designed hostel in San Jose, we like this for all travelers, but great private rooms make it especially enticing for couples

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– Restaurant-Bar
– Laundry Facilities
– Luggage Storage

A top hostel in San Jose for couples, the property oozes romance—when in the right company, of course! A beautiful youth hostel in San Jose that really reflects the natural side of Costa Rica, Hostel Casa del Parque is located within a lush park. It is still, however, just a stone’s throw from San Jose’s major historic sites. The family-run hostel is particularly popular with creative travellers. Dorms are en-suite and can sleep five or ten, and there are also amazing private rooms for two. There’s an onsite restaurant/bar where you can enjoy a meal, drink, and chats, or alternatively cook your fave quick dish in the kitchenette. The outdoor terrace is perfect for mingling or simply enjoying each other’s company.

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Best Hostel for Digital Nomads in San Jose – Selina San Jose

Selina San Jose Best Hostel in San Jose

A really solid hostel with plenty of value for all types of travelers, we think anyone who needs to get work done will especially appreciate the ample space

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One of the newest backpacker hostels in San Jose, Selina San Jose’s co-working space makes it a top San Jose hostel for digital nomads. Of course, Wi-Fi is free, but having a dedicated place to work makes hitting those deadlines that little bit easier. Take a break in the funky common areas, complete with pool table, board games, and musical instruments, catch up with pals old and new in the bar-cum-restaurant, laze in a hammock, or dazzle everyone with your culinary skills in the kitchen. Located in Barrio Otoya, the hostel has a wide range of dorms and private rooms.

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More of the best hostels in San Jose

If none of those quite hit the spot, don’t despair—here are 14 more of the best hostels in San Jose!

 

¡Upe! Hostel

Upe Hostel Best Hostels in San Jose

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– Restaurant
– Tour Desk

A recommended hostel in San Jose, ¡Upe! Hostel offers great facilities and a cool vibe for a low price. There’s an onsite restaurant as well as a kitchen, and a basic free breakfast is included in the price. Feeling extra hungry when you wake up? Upgrade breakfast for a small extra fee. Bond with your new pals over a game of foosball or darts, plan your San Jose adventures with the free Wi-Fi and tour desk, and catch up with the essentials with the laundry and ironing facilities.

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Relax Hostel

Relax Hostel Best Hostels in San Jose

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– PlayStation
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A top San Jose hostel near the airport, do as the name says and unwind and chill at the laid-back Relax Hostel. The comfy beds are sure to help you drift off into sweet dreams and lockers help to add to your peace of mind. If you’re heading off for other adventures in Costa Rica but planning a return to the capital, perhaps to catch a flight from San Jose, leave extra luggage here for safe-keeping. Areas to chillax include the TV room and patio—grab a book from the book exchange and lose yourself in the pages. There’s a kitchen and dining area too for total convenience.

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Hostel Van Gogh

Hostel Van Gogh Best Hostels in San Jose

Well reviewed and tons of bang for your buck, Hostel Van Gogh is one of the best hostels in San, Jose

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An intimate budget hostel in San Jose, Hostel van Goth is cute, clean, and chill. There are mixed and female-only dorms for six people, and facilities like an onsite café, currency exchange, bike parking, tour desk, free Wi-Fi, and laundry facilities held to make life that bit more comfortable. The bright and airy open-plan common area has a kitchen, pool table, comfy seating, and even a small lawn, providing the perfect spot to relax and meet other travellers. Perhaps obvious given the name, but there’s plenty of cool artwork too.

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Hostel del Paseo

Hostel Del Paseo Best Hostels in San Jose

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– Tour Desk
– 24-Hour Security
– Elevator

Whether you stay in a private twin room or an eight-bed dorm, Hostel del Paseo offers comfort for less. The spacious dorms have a few extra touches, like clothes rails, under-bed lockers, and small seating areas. Each dorm also has its own modern bathroom, complete with a hairdryer. Beds come with an individual reading light and power socket. Free Wi-Fi can be accessed around the hostel and common areas include a kitchen, dining area, and several small nooks where you can sit and chat.

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Fauna Luxury Hostel

Fauna Luxury Best Hostels in San Jose

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– Free Breakfast
– Swimming Pool
– Hot Tub

A boutique youth hostel in San Jose, Fauna Luxury Hotel offers, in its own words, “a champagne lifestyle on a lemonade budget”. Breakfast is free and you can purchase other meals onsite if you wish. Laze beside the swimming pool chatting with other travellers or enjoy a different type of pool—at the pool table. Weekly live entertainment adds to the fun and makes this the coolest hostel in San Jose. Cocoon yourself away from the rest of the world at bedtime in the pod-style beds. You won’t just find curtains, but a shutter that completely shields you from everyone else. Inside your sanctuary there’s a power outlet and light.

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Robles Hostel

Robles Best Hostels in San Jose

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– Free Breakfast
– Café
– Swimming Pool

Robles Hostel is in a charming village-like location within easy reach of both San Jose city centre and San Jose airport. Regular buses stop nearby, making getting round hassle-free. A top hostel in San Jose for fans of the outdoors, it has a huge garden with a river running through it. Find a quiet spot to read a book in the sunshine, swing in a giant hammock, or sit on the grass to swap travelling stories with your new pals. Or, cool down in the inviting swimming pool. There’s also an indoor lounge with a pool table and foosball in addition to a well-equipped kitchen, café, and tour kiosk.

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Hostel Urbano Yoses

Hostel Urbano Yoses Best Hostels in San Jose

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– Complimentary Breakfast
– Café
– Laundry Facilities

Among the best hostels in San Jose for 2019, Hostel Urbano Yoses offers high standards of comfort and good amenities for low prices—just what every budget backpacker wants! When it comes to socialising and relaxing you’re spoilt for choice. There’s a TV lounge, garden with hammocks and a BBQ, kitchen, dining area, and a sundeck. Freebies include Wi-Fi and breakfast. The homey vibes are strong at this San Jose backpackers hostel and you’re just a bus ride from the heart of town.

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The Garden CR

The Garden CR Best Hostels in San Jose

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– Free Breakfast
– Steam Room
– PlayStation

With spacious mixed and female-only dorms that have comfy beds and secure lockers, friendly members of staff, a warm atmosphere, and located in a calm and pleasant area, The Garden CR is a recommended hostel in San Jose for both solo travellers and groups of friends. Cook up a storm in the well-equipped kitchen or toss some meaty treats onto the BBQ. There’s free tea and coffee throughout the day if you’re in need of a little wake up call, and each morning you can start the day with energy after filling up on a Costa Rican breakfast.

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Capital Hostel de Ciudad

Capital Hostel de Ciudad Best Hostels in San Jose

– $$$
– Free Breakfast
– Games Room
– Luggage Storage

A fabulous hostel in San Jose, Capital Hostel de Ciudad would perhaps be our choice for the overall best hostel in San Jose in 2019 if it were just that little bit cheaper. Beds are still affordable though, and it’s still one of our all-found favourite hostels in the Costa Rican capital. The pod-like beds have curtains for privacy, a locker, small shelves, lights, and power outlets. From the kitchen and outdoor BBQ area to the lounge and reading area, the common areas are clean and attractive. There’s also a cool entertainment area with a projector, musical instruments, and a pool table. The yoga patio inspires a Zen-like vibe and there’s a desk for people who take their work travelling.

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Hostel Finca Escalante

Hostel Finca Escalante Best Hostels in San Jose

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– Free Breakfast
– Laundry Facilities
– Bike Parking

A cosy home-from-home, this recommended San Jose backpackers hostel has everything you need to feel happy. Join a walking tour to get your bearings and take some basic Spanish classes to help you communicate more. There’s free Wi-Fi and free-use computers, bike parking, laundry facilities, luggage storage, and hassle-free tour booking. Show off your culinary skills in the kitchen, grill a BBQ feast, chill in the garden, have a friendly game of pool with new mates, or laze in front of the large TV on the soft sofas in the lounge. The views from the balconies are superb and the hostel has a great location where you’re within easy reach of the city centre yet far enough away to be able to enjoy a sense of peace.

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Hostel Casa Yoses

Casa Yoses Best Hostels in San Jose

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– Restaurant-Bar
– Laundry Facilities

One of the coolest hostels in San Jose, Hostel Casa Yoses has something to appeal to almost everyone. Indoors, the sociable hostel has a movie room, a kitchen, musical instruments, a computer room, a pool table, circus-like games, heaps of funky artwork, lovely private rooms, and comfy dorms for ten. Outside, the huge garden has a BBQ area, hammocks, and table and chairs. Breakfast is included and you can buy drinks and snacks onsite. Lockers and round-the-clock security keeps everything safe and secure.

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Transilvania Hostel

Transilvania Best Hostels in San Jose

– $$$
– Complimentary Breakfast
– Restaurant-Bar
– Hot Tub

A quirky but cool youth hostel in San Jose, Transilvania Hostel is all about the medieval age … and Dracula! Enter another world and be awed by the shields and suits or armour, historic photographs, period clothing, and weapon collections. You can even sip on a chalice of blood! Well, not really—it’s only fruit juice, but you can always pretend! Chat vampires and ghouls, or travel and trips, with fellow backpackers in the lounge, play sports or chill in the garden, and have a top time in the medieval-themed restaurant and bar. It’s certainly unique!

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Hostel Posada del Sol

Hostel Posada del Sol Best Hostels in San Jose

– $$$
– Free Breakfast
– Restaurant
– Luggage-Storage

A child- and pet-friendly recommended hostel in San Jose, Hostel Posada del Sol has private rooms for one, two, three, and four, all with their own bathroom, as well as mixed dorms for seven. The charming hostel has a rustic vibe and you’re sure to feel right at home here. The garden is a major drawcard, offering a peaceful haven close to the city’s hustle and bustle. Facilities include a kitchen, dining area, lounge, free Wi-Fi, and luggage storage.

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Gaudys Backpackers Hostel

Gaudys Backpackers Best Hostels in San Jose

– $$
– Complimentary Breakfast
– Café
– Laundry Facilities

An award-winning backpackers hostel in San Jose, Gaudys Backpackers Hostel is ideal for groups of mates and solo travellers who are trying to maintain a modest budget. Stretch those funds even further by making some of your own meals in the kitchen, and fill up on the free breakfast each morning. Free Wi-Fi, laundry facilities, lockers, cable TV, a book exchange, and a tour desk are just a few things that will help to make your stay a great one. For fun in your downtime, play pool or board games, chill in the common room, swing in a hammock, or mingle in the courtyard.

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Why you should travel to San Jose

That’s the list! Now you know the highest reviewed hostels in San Jose, and because of their easy organization, you’ll be able to book quickly and with confidence.

Which hostel are you going to book? The best hostel in San Jose for couples? The Best hostel in San Jose for Partying?

Still can’t decide – just go with Hostel Urbano, our pick for one of the best hostels in San Jose, Costa Rica.

Hostel Urbano Best Hostel in San Jose

One of the best hostels in San Jose, you can’t go wrong with Hostel Urbano

 

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More Epic Hostels in Costa Rica and Central America

Hopefully by now you’ve found the perfect hostel for your upcoming trip to San Jose.

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Over to you

By now I hope our epic guide to the best hostels in San Jose has helped you choose the perfect hostel for your adventure!

If you think we’ve missed anything or have any further thoughts, hit us up in the comments!

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