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Casa Don Tomas is located in Barrio Otoya, one of the most secure and exclusive neighborhoods of San Jose. Several former Presidents of Costa Rica and other public figures made Barrio Otoya their place of residence in the late 1900's.
Famous for its '60 architecture, Barrio Otoya together with Barrio Amon and Barrio Dent just a few blocks away are a sample of the San Jose of 50 years ago. The Penthouse Suite of Casa Don Tomas dominates the highlands of San Jose Historical Center. Built in 1940, the house has been restored to its original beauty by his owner Don Tomas de la Ossa.
Casa Don Tomas, enjoys the serenity of its surroundings: The National Park on the South and the Simon Bolivar National Park on the West.
Surrounded by trees and tropical vegetation. It is gated, fully fenced and landscaped with abundant gardens with hundreds of flowers and thick grass lawn including a wide variety of tropical bougainvillea, amapolo, various palms, plumerias, and flowering tropical plants such as hibiscus, jasmine, heliconias, bromelias, tabacones and more.
Dozens of varieties of birds, multicolored butterflies, squirrels, and parakeets are just a few of the creatures you may see and hear right from your terrace. 'it feels like you are out in the mountains when in reality you are just a few minutes away from downtown San Jose' commented a guest.
Casa Don Tomas Penthouse Master Suite is fully furnished and consists of three bedrooms, one large bathroom, kitchen area, living room and dinning areas, Patio. The suite accommodates 1-5 guests comfortably in three separate bedrooms. The Master Bedroom of the suite is furnished with a Queen size bed, the other two bedrooms with a Double and a Single bed. The Suite is fully equipped with cooking and eating utencils.
Casa Don Tomas is close to train, bus and taxi stations. From Casa Don Tomas, you can easily walk to San Jose's business center and most tourist attractions: The National Museum, The House of Congress, The Electoral College Building, The Foreign Relations Ministry, Democracy Square, The National Theater, Cultural Plaza, The Gold and Jade Museums the Central Market and other art and cultural spots that make San Jose a multicultural waiting to be discovered city. Fine restaurants, souvenir shops; fitness centers, movie houses and theaters are also a few minutes walk from the Guest House.
Students: The University of Costa Rica Campus, ULACIT, La UACA, and other prestiguios high learning institutions are within walking distance from the house. Other academic centersn liken Costa Rica Language Academy (CRLA), Forester Language Institute and INTENSA Language Center are also within walking distance of Casa Don Tomas. The House has been home away from home to many Spanish language teachers and students.
Dental work and cosmetic surgery patients: Costa Rica's highly professional medical and dental services and the very affordable cost of both are some of the reasons many people travel and stay in San Jose during their treatment. The Penthouse strategic location and easy access to most dental and esthetics's clinics, together with the serenity and tranquility of its surroundings are an invitation to a fast recovery.
For the young at heart looking for an evening of excitement, within walking distance from the Penthouse you can find several popular night clubs, bars, discotheques, music and entertainment. The Sportsmen Lodge is only two blocks away, just around the corner, Hotel Del Rey, New Fantasy Night Club, Zona Blue Night Club, are all just blocks away. The Penthouse Casa Don Tomas is the ideal location in town! Drop us a line!
Please take time to read the reviews and comments of former guests of the of Casa Don Tomas. I think you'll agree with me that there is more to this place than just a room to spend the night. Your advance deposit payment is the first step to guarantee your dates. I would like the opportunity to match or better the price of similar accommodation and services quotes you might be considering at this time. Get back to me and let's talk !
It will be an honor and a pleasure to be your host during your next visit to San Jose.
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The Penthouse suite of Casa Don Tomas is totally private and independent from the rest of the house even has its own entrance from the street level. The living area measures 1400 square feet and offers its guests the best in comfort and ambiance. The penthouse has 3 large bedrooms and a large centrally located bathroom. The Master bedroom has a Queen size bed, the other two bedrooms have a double and a single bed each. It can sleep comfortably 2 couples or 3 single guests. Fully furnished with digital safety deposit box, ceiling fan, stove, coffee maker, cooking and eating utensils, cable T, V, Telephone for local calls, Internet wireless connection, housekeeping included, Linens and towels provided, Enjoy the garden of Casa Don Tomas filled with bougainvilleas and tropical flowers while sipping on a cup of Costa Rican Coffee, Relax and enjoy....moreless
Satellite / Cable:
ESPN Sports, HBO, FOX, TNT, TCM, WARNER, MTV and others...moreless
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Golf Privileges Optional
Seating for 6 people
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Over night public parking is available for a nominal price around the corner from the Guest House....moreless
This 3 bedrooms, 1 large bathroom Penthouse Master Suite accommodates comfortably 3-5 guests. The master bedroom is furnished with a Queen size bed, the second bedroom with a double size bed and the third with a twin size bed. Please ask about the possibility of renting the entire Penthouse Suite of just a bedroom of Casa Don Tomas.
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TOURISM: From the Casa Don Tomas as your headquarters you can visit different parts of the country in short one or two day trips. Don Tomas's choice of tours are: One day white-water rafting tour, The Coffee Plantation Tour and the Arenal Volcano National Park Tour. Last and the one I like the best a three day or more visit to Santa Teresa. A surfer's paradise and perhaps the nicest beach in the Pacific side. Don Tomas owns a Vacation Villa in Santa Teresa and will be glad to help you plan a visit to his villa or with your choice of any other tours. Nightlife is exciting in San Jose with fine restaurants, bars, disco dancing, nightclubs and casinos, Most major hotels like Hotel Del Rey, The Sportsmen Lodge, The Aurola Holiday In, are but a few blocks away.
Year Purchased: 1985
About the owner: I was born in Costa Rica a few years back. At age 18 I left home and went to California, USA in pursuit of a better education. During the Vietnam War I joined the USMC and serve with the 1st Marines in Vietnam. Upon my return to the USA from overseas I attended California State University in Los Angeles where I studied International Relations. During the 32 years I lived in the Golden State I worked at different things among them play and sang with a Mariachi Band in a night club in Los Angeles, Was Director of Data Processing for a large Insurance group. Toward the end of my self-impose exile in the City of Angels I served as Comercial and Public Relations Attache for the Costa Rica Consulate in Los Angeles, as a Consul of Costa Rica in Los Angeles, and last as Costa Rica Director of Tourism for Western United States and Canada, before retiring to live back in Costa Rica.
Why the Owner Chose San Jose: When I returned to Costa Rica to live, I looked to buy a home near the neighborhood where I grew up in San Jose. I found this old and beautiful home in one of the most exclusive neighborhood in San Jose: Barrio Otoya a no more than five or six city blocks barrio, caught between Barrios Aranjuez y Amon. Over the years I have restored the house to its original look.
The Unique Benefits at this Apartment: Its ideal location is perhaps the biggest asset of Casa Don Tomas, in the city but then again surrounded by the greenery of the Simon Bolivar National Park and the National Park that makes you forget you are but a few blocks away from the center of town. Tranquility, calmness, peace and serenity are the four words that best describes the apartment. Common visitors to Casa Don Tomas grounds are: brown tail squirrels, wild parrots, many, many different types of birds and multi color butterflies. Easy access, within walking distance of everything. in San Jose. Privacy and security.