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Top 16 Airbnb Vacation Rentals In San Jose, Costa Rica - Updated 2020

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San Jose may be a sprawling metropolis wrapped in the grit of urban lifestyle, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing appealing about Costa Rica’s cultural capital. Lovingly called “Chepe” by the locals, San Jose is a vibrant city, surrounded by lush mountains and valleys. Home to various government offices, an airport, and a university, San Jose is teeming with streets that are constantly filled with traffic. Despite this congestion, there are plenty of gems tucked behind its buildings and colonial-era structures. With its wealth of parks, European-style theaters, museums, and cultural events, it’s definitely not just the nightlife that makes San Jose so enriching.

The city was first established in 1738, to condense the residents of the Aserrí Valley. Since then, San Jose has been steadily growing at a rapid rate. As one of the country’s largest and liveliest cities, it has plenty of great accommodation to offer fun-loving vacationers and weary travelers alike. If you want your next holiday to be in Costa Rica’s urban cultural haven, here are top Airbnb vacation rentals in San Jose, Costa Rica to consider.

1. Studio apartment at downtown San Jose (from USD 24)

Surrounded by stunning mountain views, this tastefully decorated apartment is right in the epicenter of downtown activity. The studio apartment, just right for three guests, is permeated with plenty of natural light and is situated on the fifth floor. Guests are provided with a large double bed, a pull-out couch, a fully equipped modern kitchen, one bathroom, and laundry facilities.

Located in the heart of San Jose, guests are offered plenty of choices for a day trip or a night out. Aside from being only a five-minute walk from museums, the theater and the central market, there are also plenty of coffee shops and restaurants in the area that serve traditional Costa Rican cuisine. If you’re gearing up for a full-day excursion, Jaco Beach and Poás Volcano are only around an hour away.

San José, Costa Rica/ #501 Down Town Studio
San José, Costa Rica
290 reviews
Entire apartment 2 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the apartment looks like the photos
the internet was good and i was able to work online from the apartment
nice details inside the room has kitchen and bathroom amenities and even washing powder
the art and style of the apt is really well put together
the shower was excellent and she provided shampoo and conditioner
Cleanliness:
clean and well decorated
everything was very clean
great space clean convenient and modern
it was also very clean and secure
the communication with her went smooth the appartment was very clean
Host:
marie is so kind and quick with responses
marie is a wonderful host and replies promptly to any questions
marie is a super host
the host was so kind and answered all of our questions
marie was attentive and responsive throughout our stay
Location:
great location if you plan to catch a bus
great location for walking to places in central san jose
good location for exploring the city
great place that’s close to everything
this apartment is in a great location walking distance to everything
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2. Spacious and homey downtown apartment

Because this homey apartment is located in front of a bus stop, it’s not exactly what one would call a luxurious retreat. However, its convenience makes up for all the constant activity that surrounds it. Situated in downtown San Jose, this spacious, one-bedroom apartment is just right for two guests looking for basic accommodation, close to everything.

The apartment sits on the second floor and contains one double bed, a sofa bed, kitchen, one bathroom, and a small dining area. If you want to do your laundry, the washer and dryer can be found in the shared space on the third floor. Aside from the bus stop, there are also museums, restaurants, a supermarket, a small plaza, a pub and a casino, a few steps away.

Down Town stay
San José, Provincia de San José, Costa Rica
349 reviews
Entire apartment 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
good bed and beddings
living room and kitchen brings space for everyone loved it
Cleanliness:
its clean and pretty quiet
clean with everything you need
the space was very clean and cozy
the apartment itself was clean nice and spacious
the space is tasteful and clean in general
Host:
suly is a wonderful host
suly was a great host
sully was a great host
suly answered millions of questions for us and was so kind
suly was very responsive to our needs
Location:
super location to walk downtown sj
plus it is located in a secure place
the location was well situated close to many downtown attractions
but the location is vey convenient to attractions in walking distance
really nice property super location
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3. A cozy studio apartment (from USD 61)

Welcome to this studio apartment and enjoy a comfortable stay in San Jose. Situated on the 19th floor, you can enjoy the views of the city at anytime you want. The apartment comes with a bedroom and a bathroom for two people. In addition, you can also enjoy an equipped kitchen, a hot tub and a living room.

Luxery Studio Apartament 19th Floor Costa Rica
San José, Costa Rica
57 reviews
Entire loft 1 Bed 0 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the apartment is gorgeous it has a very nice view on san jose
all of the amenities (pool tubs jacuzzi sauna hammam and gym) were equally as clean
beautiful apartment in a building filled with busy professionals
however it was very hot and comfortable
pamela's place is very modern stylish and have all the basic necessities for comfortable stay
Cleanliness:
everything was clean
it's brand new very clean very well decorated
the apartment: beautifully decorated and extremely clean
the location and cleanliness were great
Host:
the hosts are kind and responsive
pam was really helpful and very quick with her responses whenever we had questions
very stylish place and great attention from host and staff
they were super helpful in advising us on places to go and things to do in cr
pamela is very responsive and polite
Location:
great location appartment totally recommended
nevertheless this was an excellent place
you can walk around at anytime and feel completely safe
this is the perfect place to unwind from the city
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4. A warm duplex (from USD 60)

The duplex is designed to provide a warm and relaxing atmosphere to all guests who are looking to indulge in a tranquil and peaceful stay. You will love seeing the brick walls and the large windows that let plenty of natural light come in. The living room is equipped with a comfortable space for four people to enjoy some quality time. The kitchen features necessary utensils and appliances so you can whip up your own gourmet meals. To relax your mind and body, head to the illuminated terrace that features a 150-year-old cedar tree.

Modern Sabana Duplex 1BDR
San José, Costa Rica
103 reviews
Entire townhouse 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
good work space and wifi connection
wifi worked great as well
patio was lovely and the bedroom and bathroom off the patio was cool
this is such a beautiful home the space fits up to 4 people and feels modern and comfortable
nice looking place with a lovely private outdoor area to enjoy dinner or breakfast
Cleanliness:
beautiful space and very clean
natalia’s place was clean and spacious
apartment was clean and easily accesible
the place was lovely super clean and as advertised
clean modern quirky in the best way
Host:
great stay with great host
natalie is a very kind and aiming to please host
natalia was a communicative & helpful host
i recommend this place and natalia as a host
Location:
excellent location with good food close by
location is pretty convenient in a walking distance to downtown
cozy place located right in the center of san jose city and super close to juan santamaria airport
the place is really cute
it is very close to a nice park and a good restaurant
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5. Private room in a boho chic apartment (from USD 25)

San Jose is a busy city, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have relaxing accommodation. If you’re an artistic soul, into making the best out of a cozy space, then look no further from this quirky property. Located in central San Jose’s Chinatown area, this chic apartment sits on the third floor and offers one room that can accommodate up to four people. Guests can make use of one double bed, one private bathroom, a shared kitchen, laundry area, small balcony and a spacious living room.

Evoking a tropical ambiance, the common area contains two large hammocks, perfect for lounging around. Outside, there are plenty of theaters, dining establishments and stores to suit your fancy.

Scott's Place 1-relaxed,artistic and fun space.
San José, Costa Rica
276 reviews
Private room in apartment 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
there's no central air but the space is really breezy and comfortable
the guest room is comfortable -with a bathroom next door which although is not ensuite feels very private
the apartment has big windows with great sight view
there are few rooms on airbnb the ones on the top floor have better light and cats
the bed in scott’s place was also the most comfortable of our entire trip
Cleanliness:
house clean and easy
the apartment itself was very clean and hip
the place is nothing fancy or extravagant but it was safe clean and comfortable
the place was great nicely decorated with different art pieces clean and spacious
their 2 cats are very sweet and the place is colourful clean and comfortable
Host:
the hospitality scott offers is kind and gracious
great accommodation and great host
scott is a great host
scott was a super nice host
scott was a wonderful host
Location:
the location is close to many great places
very close to good restaurants and bars
scott's place is very central i was able to walk to chinatown all museums and plazas easily
the place is ideally located and within walking distance to the interesting chinese neighborhood and the downtown attractions
scott's place is conveniently close to the amazing central avenue with its shops and restaurants
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6. Cozy room in an exclusive neighborhood (from USD 17)

Spacious and bright, this home is a taste of luxury in the city of San Jose. Located in one of the most exclusive neighborhoods in the city, the house contains one cozy room, which can accommodate a solo traveler. Aside from a large bed, guests can also make use of two shared bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen and a washer. Breakfast is also served every morning.

The apartment is located near a supermarket, park, stadium and a museum and you can even walk around safely, at night.

CUTE ROOM Y BIG HOUSE WITH INTERNAL GARDENS
San José, Provincia de San José, Costa Rica
143 reviews
Room in bed and breakfast 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 2 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
sweet room near mcdonald and coffee shop
wifi is great and location has many food options nearby as well as a market
Cleanliness:
dariel's place was clean and spacious
a great place if you're looking for clean cheap basic accommodations
rooms are clean and breakfast is delicious
during my stay the bathrooms were being renovated in order to improve their aesthetics and cleanliness
bedroom was clean and cosy and in a great location
Host:
dariel and his house staff are excellent
his house staff are just as helpful
dariel and andy are super friendly host
host answered questions very quickly and was very helpful
comfortable accommodations and kind hosts
Location:
the location was great
being located right near the park is a great plus
nice location near restaurants and the park
the location is great for being near supermarkets and the park
nice house in a great location
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7. A charming penthouse (from USD 50)

Situated in one of the best neighborhoods in San Jose, this penthouse is going to charm you with its facilities and amenities. From the large windows in the living room, you can enjoy the view of a lush landscape on one side and on the other the buildings of the city. Two bedrooms and two bathrooms are available for four people. The balcony makes a perfect spot to enjoy a glass of wine at night while listening to the sound of birds chirping. You can also enjoy the communal facilities that include a swimming pool and a gym.

NEW PENTHOUSE
San José, Costa Rica
236 reviews
Entire condominium 2 Beds 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
this place is amazing the pool and the balcony + view are unbelievable
great views infinity pool very nice place with tv’s in every room and great high speed internet access
this was a gorgeous apartment and had a great view of san jose
beautiful views a very comfortable apartment with lots of space
great place amazing view over san josé fantastic pool
Cleanliness:
clean and modern
luis’s condo was very clean and spacious
great place clean and safe
home was clean and as dipicted in the photographs
the apartment is beautiful clean and in an excellent location
Host:
the son of the owner was very charming and assisted us
host was also pleasant and helpful
luis was a great host and was extremely responsive to any questions we had
the guards were very helpful when we arrived and showed us up to the correct apartment
the host is very friendly and accommodating he answered all of my questions even before i asked
Location:
the best location in san jose
the location was secure and safe
location is superb to all major areas
nice place located at a about 15 minutes drive from downtown san josé
nice neighborhood peaceful location away from downtown congestion
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8. Modern room in a safe neighborhood

Located only a few steps away from Sabana Park, the National Stadium and the Museum of Art, this property offers the luxury of both breathing space and a safe neighborhood. This modern home, spacious and permeated by plenty of natural light, contains one bedroom just right for up to two people. Guests can access the large common area, dining room, fully equipped kitchen, shared bathroom and garden.

Breakfast is served every morning and there is a supermarket nearby if you want to do some cooking. If you want to explore the city center and the rest of the region, the bus stop is only a few meters away.

SPACIOUS ROOM IN BANANA HOUSE
San José, Provincia de San José, Costa Rica
164 reviews
Room in bed and breakfast 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 2 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the breakfast was good shower had hot water & the wifi was great
the bed was comfortable and we appreciated having access to the kitchen
awesome and comfortable stay central and amenities are perfect
we had a comfortable stay we slept well too
we liked the room a lot
Cleanliness:
the room is very clean and spacious
private and clean room shared bathroom breakfast was great
the house was spacious and clean
good communication nice spacious place
super clean lots of space quiet and good location in san jose
Host:
the hosts were helpful and knowledgeable and willing to assist with questions
dariel was a great host and accommodated my arriving later than expected
the host was warm and friendly & communicated well
the hosts were very nice and helpful
dariel is a generous host and a genuine person
Location:
we loved the location of this airbnb
really great location in san josé
nice place near the stadium
good location a little pricey
perfect setup and location in san jose
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9. Breathtaking boutique apartment in Sabana (from USD 49)

Wake up to a stunning mountain view of San Jose right from your bedroom in this spacious boutique flat. Decked with tasteful interiors and functional amenities, two guests will have access to the whole luxury apartment while vacationing to San Jose. Some of the previous guests enjoyed the modern decors and the convenience of having Wi-Fi access, and premium entertainment, like a flatscreen TV with Apple TV and Netflix. There’s also a 24/7 concierge, heated pool, and gym in the building for guests to use. The property is situated in Rohrmoser, one of the high-end neighborhoods in San Jose, close to the best dining and shopping establishments.

Breathtaking Boutique Apartment in Sabana
San José, Costa Rica
95 reviews
Entire apartment 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the bed and the furniture were comfortable
great view from the apartment
i was attracted to this apartment because of the view and it delivered in spades
a beautiful apt in san jose
awesome amenities such as the super sweet pool
Cleanliness:
the apartment was clean and convenient
upscale apartment super clean and comfortable
clean stylish and thoroughly modern
excellent place clean stylished
this apartment is awesome super clean and cute
Host:
the guards were helpful
friendly staff watching the door
owners are really nice people
patricio was very responsive with great hospitality
great host and nice cozy place
Location:
good location just outside the city
just unbelievable how amazing the location was
the location is very safe and closed to everything
nice location in rohrmoser close to many restaurants shopping centres and access to major access roads (39 circumvalacion)
we loved it here so close to everything
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10. Chic studio for three in the heart of Bajos de la Union (from USD 24)

Central to downtown San Jose’s most frequented hubs, this promising studio is close to the best local attractions, shops, restaurants, and cafes in Bajos de La Union. The spacious studio has one bedroom with a comfortable double bed and a functional sofa bed in the living room. The kitchen has everything guests would need for basic meal preps. Laundry facilities are communal and are open until 4pm on weekdays. The closest attractions are easily accessible by foot like museums, tour-meetups, and local parks.

San José, Costa Rica/ #501 Down Town Studio
San José, Costa Rica
290 reviews
Entire apartment 2 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the apartment looks like the photos
the internet was good and i was able to work online from the apartment
nice details inside the room has kitchen and bathroom amenities and even washing powder
the art and style of the apt is really well put together
the shower was excellent and she provided shampoo and conditioner
Cleanliness:
clean and well decorated
everything was very clean
great space clean convenient and modern
it was also very clean and secure
the communication with her went smooth the appartment was very clean
Host:
marie is so kind and quick with responses
marie is a wonderful host and replies promptly to any questions
marie is a super host
the host was so kind and answered all of our questions
marie was attentive and responsive throughout our stay
Location:
great location if you plan to catch a bus
great location for walking to places in central san jose
good location for exploring the city
great place that’s close to everything
this apartment is in a great location walking distance to everything
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11. Modern five-star studio with a pool and city view (from USD 35)

Great for couples or friends making their way around San Jose, this studio is tastefully designed with modern and functional interiors. Two guests will have access to the whole apartment, with full use of the kitchen that has been decked with a microwave and a fridge for heating and storage purposes. Entertainment facilities include Wi-Fi access, video projector for movies, as well as access to the coworking area where guests can mingle with other travelers in San Jose. Guests can also make use of a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, and gym for those who want to pack in some exercise while on vacation.

5 Star Studio with Great View
Nunciatura, San José, Costa Rica
77 reviews
Entire apartment 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the wifi was super strong
very sleek modern apartment with a stunning view
the building has amazing amenities (swimming pools cold tubs hot tub with a view of the city gym)
the photos are accurate and the flat is good and comfortable
liked the stylish place and the views from the apartment
Cleanliness:
so clean and trendy
andres studio unit was very clean and simple
the place is clean and cozy
great place modern and clean
super stylish and super clean
Host:
andres is kind welcoming and helpful
he was very responsive
andres is a definitely a super host
andres is a super nice and helpful host
andres was super responsive and awesome
Location:
lovely apartment in a great location - made the stay wonderful
really awesome alternative to a hotel safe and lovely location
easy walking to the grocery and restaurants
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12. Room with a view in downtown San Jose

Situated right next to a yoga studio, this property is great for those who love rejuvenating, even amidst the lively city center. With an outdoor garden and a yoga class available, guests are sure to feel fresh after a day of exploring San Jose and beyond. The house contains one spacious room, equipped with large windows, which provide plenty of natural light, as well as stunning views of the city and mountains.

Guests can make use of a queen bed, a shared kitchen and dining area, two shared bathrooms and an outdoor patio. Once you’re done with the yoga sessions, there are parks, museums, the theater, supermarkets, coffee shops and bars, only a few minutes away.

Free Yoga, Downtown Retreat #4, walk to top sights
126 reviews
Private room 1 Bed 2 Guests

13. Private room in safe and centrally located neighborhood

Located in one of the oldest neighborhoods of San Jose, this guesthouse offers not only comfort but a cultural atmosphere, as well. The house sits in a safe area and contains one large room, suitable for up to two people. Guests have access to one bathroom, a washer, a private bar, pool table, grill and the private outdoor areas. Guests can also request airport pickup and private transportation for an extra fee.

Although there is no access to a kitchen, free breakfast is available and there are plenty of restaurants, bars, and cafes to discover. Sometimes, there is live music at the private bar and guests can take part in jam sessions.

Casa de la Luna. Guesthouse at the center - R# 3
72 reviews
Private room 1 Bed 2 Guests

14. Homey bed and breakfast in a peaceful area

Located only 10 minutes from the city center, this bed and breakfast provides safety and comfort while being close to San Jose’s attractions. Situated in a peaceful area with large, traditional homes, this property contains one bedroom, suitable for up to two people. With a shared bathroom, common laundry area, living room and a shared kitchen, it is inevitable that you will meet other guests.

The property also has three gardens, where those seeking solitude are free to unwind. Aside from the downtown area, there are plenty of cafes and restaurants, nearby.

Mango 1 with breakfast in perfect location
22 reviews
Private room 1 Bed 2 Guests

15. Stylish hostel near parks and galleries

Located in Barrio Amón, one of the most beautiful areas in San Jose, Hostel Van Gogh is a refreshing retreat from the bustle of the city. Decked in a fusion of traditional and natural decor, the hostel contains one large dorm with four bunk beds, suitable for eight people. Guests can make use of a shared kitchen, four bathrooms, a spacious common room, a terrace with a pool table, a reading area, and a tour desk.

Guests are also provided with a free breakfast, every morning. If staying in isn’t your thing, there are bus terminals, parks, museums, banks, galleries, historical landmarks, pharmacies, bars, restaurants, taxi stops and a train station, located nearby.

Hostel Van Gogh - BARRIO AMON
San José, Costa Rica
217 reviews
Shared room in bed and breakfast 8 Beds 1 Bedroom 4 Bathrooms

16. Private room in a traditional home

Situated within a pedestrian zone, this home is where San Jose’s culture and history thrives. With only the sound of local chatter in the air, it feels like being transported back to the city’s colonial years. The traditional home contains one room with a double bed, which can accommodate up to two people. Guests are given access to a private bathroom, living room, shared kitchen and a patio.

Located nearby are museums, a plaza, a theater, a cathedral and a craft and souvenir market. Aside from local and international cuisine, there are fast food chains, located a few minutes away.

Casa Corte Downtown #1
San José, Costa Rica
131 reviews
Private room in apartment 3 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Experience the ways of San Jose

Costa Rica’s cultural hub is constantly busy, but its vibrant personality has its own charm and appeal. Aside from a plethora of cultural establishments, restaurants and shops, its accommodation provides a window into the city’s colorful way of life. If you want to experience the best of San Jose, there is no doubt that these great accommodations can truly do the job.

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