Hotel Don Carlos

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

Hotel Don Carlos Entrance hall
Hotel Don Carlos lounge area
Hotel Don Carlos pool
Hotel Don Carlos tiled picture of typical life in costa rica


San José.


Hotel Don Carlos is open all year round.

Accommodation type

Boutique hotel.


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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.


hotel-entranceWhy 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-toucansWildlife 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

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Hotel Don Carlos welcome sign made of tiles

Hotel Don Carlos


  • 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

What is included in the stay

A continental breakfast is included. There is free parking at the hotel and complimentary WiFi.


Hotel Don Carlos has just 30 rooms.

Standard Rooms:  These rooms are simply furnished and decorated, with one or two beds, cable TV, telephone, private bathroom with hot water, safety deposit box and hair dryer.

Superior Suites:  The suites are more luxurious and spacious than the standard rooms.  They have either a king size bed or two double beds, desk, seating area, cable TV, telephone, private bathroom with hot water, safety deposit box and hair dryer.

Family Room:  Two double rooms have been specially designed for families who like to have more space, comfort and privacy. One room has a double bed and sofa bed whilst the other has two single beds, separated by a shared bathroom with hot water and hair dryer, both have cable TV and share a telephone & safety deposit box


There is no charge for children under 12, accompanying their parents.


There is free WiFi in all rooms and throughout the hotel.

Swimmers entering the water during sunset on a costa rica holiday

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