Experience the city’s colorful street action during your stay in our hotels in San José, the capital of Costa Rica. You’ll be in easy reach of the bustling Central Market, Plaza de la Cultura and the El Pueblo entertainment complex, home to more than 100 popular bars, clubs and shops.
Our hotels in San José are close to the easily navigable Downtown district. Here vendors tout locally produced goods at the Central Market and locals mingle in the Plaza de la Cultura. Look for buskers playing traditional folk music on pedestrian-only portions of Avenida Central. From here you can stroll to the lavish National Theater and neoclassical Metropolitan Cathedral, both reminders of the city’s colonial past and symbols of national pride. Relax in La Sabana, an expansive park walkable from the Central Market, where locals fly kites and play pickup soccer games.
Shopping is a snap from our San José hotels. Visit Central Market and haul away rustic sacks crammed with coffee beans harvested in nearby mountains or clothing emblazoned with Costa Rican imagery. Flag a taxi and dash out to Barrio Amón, a historic neighborhood crammed with art galleries, souvenir shops and cafes against a backdrop of impressive colonial architecture. At night, point your dancing shoes toward El Pueblo, a nightclub hub where San José’s salsa dancers really dazzle. Admire the action from a distance while sipping a locally brewed Imperial beer, or join in on the dance floor.
Be a guest at our Holiday Inn Express® hotels in San José in mid-September to join Independence Day celebrations. With Costa Rica’s mild year-round weather, any time is fine for experiencing this energetic and hospitable city.