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Penthouse Apt in historical San José, WiFi, Housekeeping, Best location !

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,237 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath Apt., Sleeps 4, Cable TV, WiFi, Housekeeping, best location

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, Amapola, various palms, plumerias, and flowering tropical plants such as hibiscus, jasmine, heliconias, bromeliads, 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.

The family-oriented 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 2 large bedrooms and a large centrally located bathroom. The Master bedroom has a Queen size bed, the other bedroom has a double bed. An extra single bed is available for the asking. The apartment can sleep comfortably 2 couples or 2 single guests. Fully furnished with digital safety deposit box, ceiling fan, stove, coffee maker, cooking and eating utensils, cable T, V, 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.

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 prestigious high learning institutions are within walking distance from the house. Other academic centers like 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 nightclubs, bars, discotheques, music, and entertainment. 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 visit to San Jose.

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Tomas de la Ossa
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english, spanish, portuguese
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
April 21, 2018

About Tomas de la Ossa

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.

Tomas de la Ossa purchased this apartment in 1985

Why Tomas de la Ossa chose Amón

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 neighborhoods in San Jose: Barrio Otoya a no more than five or six city blocks Barrio, caught between Barrios Aranjuez y Amón. Over the years I have restored the house to its original look.

What makes this apartment unique

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 to most tourist attractions, theatres, movie houses, restaurants and night clubs in San Jose. Privacy and security !!

Guestbook comments from the owner


We had a great time in San Jose, and an even better time at the beach. Thank you for all your hospitality (and for having the cleaning lady stop by on Saturday).

You driver Romeo is an excellent driver and a credit to your staff. You should keep him around at any and all cost.

I’d like to visit Costa Rica one more time (probably next year) and I’ll keep your place in mind when I return (if we don’t stay at the beach).

Until next then, be safe and God speed.

Best regards,

Keith Ransfer
Aug 2010
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Amón Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1237 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • The penthouse apartment is family oriented, we expect proper behavior from our guest.
  • No overnight guests of any kind. Only registered guests are allowed in the apartment compound.
  • The jacuzzi in the apartment grounds is private. Guests are not authorized to use it
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Elevator ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Nice and spacious.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • outlet shopping
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • kayaking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
We provide a full housekeeping service: Daily Housekeeping includes: Dusting, floor sweeping, making beds, change of bath towels, emptying of trash, cleaning bathroom and kitchen. Weekly Housekeeping includes: Change of linens, replenishing soap and toilet paper if needed. If you want additional full service cleanings, you can arrange for them at ($10.00 per service). You can also request a refresh service ($5 a service) when you want housekeeping to replace used towels, empty trash, replenish soap and toilet paper, and make your bed with existing linens. The washing of dishes is not included in any of our housekeeping options.


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Penthouse Apt in historical San José, WiFi, Housekeeping, Best location !
average rating of 4.888889 based on 64 reviews

very nice place to steay

  • 5 of 5

I really enjoyed the apartment it is very clean and very quiet and within walking distance to many attractions in the area. The host tomas is a very nice man who can answer your questions and help advise you on your vacation. This is way better than a hotel room.

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
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Great Location

  • 5 of 5

The penthouse is very close to the zoo and botanical garden so there are birds all around. The dead end street makes it relatively quiet for a city. Tomas could not be a kinder host. The location is close to everything

  • Submitted: Apr 14, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
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Lovely place with a wonderful host

  • 5 of 5

We arrived late at night after a long day of travel to a friendly and helpful host. The apartment was lovely with fresh flowers and the bottled water in the fridge was much appreciated. Tomas was ever so kind and helpful. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
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Great host

  • 4 of 5

Tomas is a delightful host. The location is very convenient to all downtown activities, so that we could walk everywhere.

  • Submitted: Mar 2, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
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A lovely penthouse apartment in the heart of San Jose'.

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Tomas's apartment for two nights after visiting the Quepos region. Tomas was very welcoming and had placed beautiful fresh flowers throughout the apartment. He also supplied us with plenty of support and information to make our drive into the city problem free. (If you are driving in the city, I would take the advice Tomas offered us and use Waze. It will work much better that your sandard, car rental gps.)

The apartment is well equipped with everything you will need during your stay. Our daughter was so happy to have wifi after a week of being unplugged. We loved the courtyard and beautiful gardens as well. Honestly, it was the perfect way to be introduced to San Jose'.

Pura Vita.


  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very Good Apartment, Perfect Host and Location

  • 5 of 5

Don Thomas penthouse is in a good neighborhood overlooking the back of the zoo. right out the window. The apartment has a bed room at either end, with the dining, living room and kitchen in between, perfect for two couples. Don Thomas, easily accessible, showed us how everything worked, and came to our aid when we were lost. Museums, embassies, historical sites and the central markets of central San Jose were within walking radius.

  • Submitted: Apr 14, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2016
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Nearest Airport
15 Kilometres
Juan Santamaria International Airport
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Sportsmen Lodge
Nearest Restaurant
300 Metres
Cafe Mundo
Nearest Beach
90 Miles
Jaco Beach
Car: not necessary

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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee. $50
Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 0.14%

This 2 bedrooms, 1 large bathroom Penthouse Master Suite accommodates comfortably 1-4 guests. The master bedroom is furnished with a Queen size bed, the second bedroom with a double size bed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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