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Top 13 Airbnb Vacation Rentals In San Jose, Costa Rica

Updated May 06, 2019

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 13 of the best Airbnb vacation rentals to consider.

1. Studio apartment at downtown San Jose (from USD 40)

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.

Apartment Down Town San José #501
181 reviews
Entire loft 1 bed 3 guests

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2. Spacious and homey downtown apartment (from USD 35)

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
173 reviews
Entire apartment 1 bed 2 guests

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3. Stylish hostel near parks and galleries (from USD 10)

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
143 reviews
Shared room 8 beds 8 guests

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4. A cozy studio apartment (from USD 50)

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
21 reviews
Entire loft 1 bed 2 guests 0 bedrooms 1 bathroom

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5. A warm duplex (from USD 70)

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
San José, Costa Rica
14 reviews
Entire townhouse 1 bed 4 guests 1 bedroom 1 bathroom

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6. Private room in a boho chic apartment (from USD 18)

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-relaxed,artistic and fun space.
67 reviews
Private room 1 bed 4 guests

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7. Cozy room in an exclusive neighborhood (from USD 16)

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, breakfast, perfect location best area.
66 reviews
Private room 1 bed 1 guests

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8. Private room in a traditional home (from USD 27)

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
67 reviews
Private room 1 bed 2 guests

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9. A charming penthouse (from USD 58)

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.

Costa Rica
175 reviews
Entire condominium 2 beds 4 guests 2 bedrooms 2 bathrooms

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10. Modern room in a safe neighborhood (from USD 18)

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.

SJ Friends 3, breakfast/ perfect location
14 reviews
Private room 1 bed 2 guests

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11. Room with a view in downtown San Jose (from USD 37)

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

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12. Private room in safe and centrally located neighborhood (from USD 20)

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

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13. Homey bed and breakfast in a peaceful area (from USD 19)

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

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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.

This article was originally published on Feb 26, 2018

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