Hotel Don Carlos

Experience the warmth and charm of a San José historic boutique hotel.


San José.

Accommodation Type

Boutique Hotel

Accommodation Level

ModestA good option for the budget savvy traveller.

Price Guide

Hotel Don Carlos

Hotel Don Carlos boasts a significant history. The building was once home to two Presidential families. Run by the same family for three generations, the hotel is located in a historical part of the city and oozes that yester-year charm and warmth that you would expect. The corridors are all adorned with Costa Rican works of art that you can enjoy as you stroll through the hotel and out to the quaint gardens, adorned with fountains and exotic plants. Each room at the hotel is different, but all have received the same attention to detail and also feature local artworks. Enjoy breakfast in the hotel restaurant, or relax in the bar with a cocktail or two and soak up the atmosphere.

Why go to Hotel Don Carlos?

Steeped in history, this is the perfect place to base yourself while you explore San José and the surrounds. It has a unique Costa Rican feel and the friendly staff will make you feel at home the moment you step through the door. Nothing is too much trouble. The gardens are a wonderful place to relax and admire the orchids and the many statues that are dotted around. Even though you are close to downtown San José, it also feels a million miles away.

Wildlife around Hotel Don Carlos

Whilst there isn’t any wildlife as such at the hotel, but the birdlife is ever present in the gardens and nearby parks of San José. It is also possible to do day trips to nearby some of the national parks in the vicinity and discover their varied wildlife. Manuel Antonio is a popular destination, a mere 2.5 hours drive away. Here you can see plenty of monkeys, a huge variety of vibrant birds and even tapirs if you are lucky.

Hotel Don Carlos Highlights

  • Located in historical San José
  • 5 minutes from downtown San José
  • Walking distance of the museums
  • Excellent local and international cuisine
  • Friendly and helpful staff
  • Great selection of handcrafted souvenirs

Hotel Don Carlos Location

Hotel Don Carlos


  • 30 rooms
  • Open all year round
  • A continental breakfast is included
  • Children under 12 stay for free when accompanied by their parents.


  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Swimming pool
  • Gift Shop
  • Free parking
  • Each room has a TV, telephone, fan, safety deposit box, hair dryer.
  • Wi-Fi


  • Tours to Arenal & the hot springs
  • Tours to Poás & Irazú volcanos
  • Visit Manuel Antonio National Park
  • San José city tour
  • Tortuguero tours
  • White water rafting at Pacuare
  • Coffee and nature tours

Hotel Don Carlos Rooms

Hotel Don Carlos has just 30 rooms.

Standard Rooms

Superior Suites

Family Room

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