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Avenida Central y Primera Calle 14, San Jose 10111 Costa Rica
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  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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#14 of 98 B&Bs / Inns in San Jose

Finding an ideal family-friendly small hotel in San Jose does not have to be difficult. Welcome to Hotel Novo, a nice option for travellers like you.

Free wifi is offered to guests, and rooms at Hotel Novo offer a refrigerator, air conditioning, and a desk.

During your stay, take advantage of some of the amenities offered, including 24 hour front desk and baggage storage. Guests of Hotel Novo are also welcome to enjoy free breakfast, located on site.

Close to some of San Jose's most popular landmarks, such as Correos de Costa Rica (0.4 mi) and Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana) (0.4 mi), Hotel Novo is a great destination for tourists.

While visiting San Jose, you may want to try some falafel at one of the nearby restaurants, such as Lubnan or Mantras Veggie Cafe and Tea House.

If you are interested in exploring San Jose, check out some of the nearby attractions, such as Teatro Nacional Costa Rica (0.5 mi), Precolumbian Gold Museum (0.6 mi), and Mercado Nacional de Artesanías (0.8 mi), all of which are within walking distance of Hotel Novo.

Hotel Novo puts the best of San Jose at your fingertips, making your stay both relaxing and enjoyable.

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Property amenities
Paid public parking nearby
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Kids stay free
Car hire
Business Centre with Internet Access
Meeting rooms
Baggage storage
Vending machine
Taxi service
Non-smoking hotel
24-hour front desk
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Air conditioning
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Clothes rack
Wake-up service / alarm clock
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Non-smoking rooms
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Centrally Located
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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Steinthor wrote a review Feb 2020
Iceland251 contributions172 helpful votes
Stayed for 3 nights and was impressed by the central location. All the other facilities were just so-so, bed comfortable and shower fine. There was a lack of electricity plugs in the room and I had to charge my mobile on top of the unplugged fridge on the other side of the room. Staff was pleasant enough and breakfast the usual hotel grub. Good coffee. Strangely the small bar was closed on Saturday evening just gone 9pm so I couldn’t have beer in the hotel. In my opinion this is a perfectly decent option for a one night stay, if I return to San Jose I will look elsewhere first.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
CHIEN-WU L wrote a review Mar 2019
Dallas, Texas278 contributions17 helpful votes
I was in hotel Novo for one night and enjoy it very much. The location just too good to be true. It just walk three minutes and arrive to main bus terminal to take bus to airport. Unbelelievable convenient ! It is very easy to walk around the busiest shopping area from hotel. It is very safe in this area. I had a wonderful sleep because my room is away from trafix noise (no window ) The staffs are very friendly and helpful too. The bus from Jaco to San Jose will stop very close to Hotel. If location is the important factor to choose a hotel in San Jose then hotel Novo is perfect for you. Plu 39 USD per night with air condition room is a good bargain!
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Date of stay: March 2019Trip type: Travelled solo
DLM5601 wrote a review Jan 2019
Beijing, China942 contributions90 helpful votes
This hotel is located a street near downtown, the room is ok. The staffs are friendly, local flavour served for breakfast (optional). From hotel, one can walk to downtown for the main attractions. If you stayed street side room, the bus noise will wake you up early in the morning. If you get there from airport, our suggestion is to take taxi or shuttle bus due to one-way road in San Jose.
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Date of stay: October 2018
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Queen J wrote a review Aug 2018
California2068 contributions725 helpful votes
PROs: As budge accommodations go, I thought this stay was ok. I think it really depends on your expectations and the price at the time of your stay. The price was cheap during the off season in mid-July - $30/night for a standard 1 bed room. For that price, the room is a very good value in San Jose. You would be hard-pressed to beat that. They actually charged me less than the reserved price on booking, which was $40/night. It would've still been ok for $40, but I don't think it's worth more than that. The breakfast here was small, but good. Guests can choose from a menu with about 4 different choices that are then cooked for them, along with a side of gallo pinto. The breakfast area was pleasant and spacious and the staff was friendly. The bed was only average in comfort, but the sheets were crisp and clean. The A/C and the fridge both worked well. The bathroom space was decent and the counter was long. The room and floor were clean, and the maid service was good. The location is very close to the 7-10 bus station - about an 8 minute walk, as well as about a 10 minute walk to the central avenue and downtown sights. There is an AM/PM convenience store a block away. The girl at the front desk was friendly. CONs: The standard 1 bedroom was definitely NOT 300sq ft. as advertised. It was more like 200sq ft. The room was a little small and the "balcony" was a narrow ledge with standing room only. The Wi-Fi was spotty and did not work the last day we were there, but there are 2 computers with internet that are available (free) for guest use. The neighborhood is a bit darker than the other downtown streets at night, but I did not see as many prostitutes or drug addicts here. There were many homeless people asking for money, but they were not threatening. I didn't really feel unsafe walking around the area day or night, but I did remain aware of my surroundings and vigilant. There really isn't anything in the immediate area except street markets and Chinatown. There are some fast food pollerias nearby, but the food isn't good. You really have to walk to downtown to eat.
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Date of stay: July 2018
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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brendabeachbum wrote a review May 2018
Vancouver, Canada1585 contributions179 helpful votes
Hotel Novo - it’s all about LOCATION There was not much memorable about Hotel Novo located on Avenida Central y Primera on Calle 14, in the Alajuela neighbourhood. However, realtors indicate LOCATION is everything. I think my friend flagged this accommodation for 2 valid reasons: 1. Easy bus routes: 570 colones for the directo Aeropuerto (2 blocks walking) and $11 US the Terminal de Autobus Atlantico Norte in Barrio Mexico (10 blocks), also directo buses to the eastern Caribbean coast 2. Credit card payment We spent the majority of the evening marooned in our room. It did not appear many people ventured out in the dark after the work rush hour had passed. I was disappointed that the WIFI was not working well. What else would I do in the bedroom? A “typical breakfast” of eggs, toast, wiener, rice and beans was included, but the portion was excessively small. Maybe I need to lower my standards. I am used to an overabundance of food from American and English breakfasts. The weiner was inedible. If I chewed further I may have chipped my tooth. We had to choose between a hot entree OR fruit. If only, they added a small piece of fruit as a garnish. We still needed nourishment, and purchased pollo empanadas at the butcher and deliacross the street. Cheap eats. I think the hotel was overpriced especially since WIFI lacked and it was noisy, but it offered what we needed. Our criteria of access to public transportation was fulfilled.
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Date of stay: May 2018
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: stay away from the window front side
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US$40 - US$50 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hotel Novo
Which popular attractions are close to Hotel Novo?
Nearby attractions include Central Market (Mercado Central) (0.3 km), La Bodega de Chema (0.1 km), and Turu Ba Ri Tropical Park (0.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Hotel Novo?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Hotel Novo?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a refrigerator, and a desk.
What food & drink options are available at Hotel Novo?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Hotel Novo?
Yes, paid public parking nearby is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Hotel Novo?
Conveniently located restaurants include La Sorbetera de Lolo Mora, La Casona Tipica, and Soda Tala.
Is Hotel Novo located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.7 km away from the centre of San Jose.
Does Hotel Novo offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to a business centre and meeting rooms during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Hotel Novo?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Are there any historical sites close to Hotel Novo?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Teatro Nacional Costa Rica (0.8 km), Ruinas de Ujarras (2.4 km), and Chepeteando/ San José a pie (0.8 km).
Is Hotel Novo accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.