Costa Rica’s capital is alive with music. Book a stay at our San José hotels to experience the city’s bustling Downtown street scene. Marimba players perform on pedestrian-only stretches of Avenida Central, and the infectious rhythms of salsa fill the air day and night.
From our hotels in San José, you can mingle with locals at the city’s main square, Plaza de la Cultura. It’s also just a short stroll to the National Museum for a spellbinding overview of Costa Rican history. Nearby, the National Center of Arts and Culture showcases contemporary Latin American visual art and innovative theater and dance performances. An old military prison was transformed into the playfully interactive Children’s Museum, where your kids can direct a symphony orchestra, see life-size robots, or simply let off steam. Gaze at the splendors of the Metropolitan Cathedral, an elegant neoclassical relic of the city’s colonial past.
Our San José hotels are close to Central Market, packed with stalls offering fresh produce, coffee beans and takeout empanadas. You’re also near the Barrio Amón, a picturesque historic neighborhood packed with shops, art galleries and cafes. Downtown, dining options range from budget-friendly sodas¬—local joints serving hearty rice and beans and rejuvenating frescas (fruit smoothies)—to atmospheric restaurants dishing out the latest in fusion cuisine. Salsa dancers whirl to the beat in the El Pueblo complex of clubs. Zip over to the San Pedro and Los Yoses districts, near the University of Costa Rica, and discover inviting bars and hip live-music clubs.
Book a room at our Holiday Inn® San José hotels year-round to experience the brisk pace of this Central American city. Affordable entertainment, a rich culture and a vibrant street life await you as a guest at one of our San José hotels.