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Penthouse Suite of Casa Don Tomás. Best Location !

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Last updated: 05/18/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Sleeps:5
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Apartment
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath Apt., Sleeps 5, 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, 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.

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 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 3 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 prestiguios 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 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 visit to San Jose.

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Member since: 2005

Speaks: english, spanish, portuguese
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/18/2017

Property Type

  • Apartment
  • On floor 2
  • 115 m²

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 5
  • Children Welcome:

    No kids younger than 7 allowed. ...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Smoking is allowed in the outside patio (Terrace) ONLY....moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible:

    Apartment is on the second floor...moreless

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 5

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen, 1 twin/ single


  • Bedroom 1: 1 double


  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Single beds (1)

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower


  • Nice and spacious.

Other Amenities

  • 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. ...moreless


  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable:

    ESPN Sports, HBO, FOX, TNT, TCM, WARNER, MTV and others...moreless

  • Stereo
  • Television


  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Theme Parks
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Mountain View

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Golf
  • Golf Privileges Optional
  • Kayaking
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street:

    Over night public parking is available for a nominal price around the corner from the Guest House....moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill

Building Type

  • House

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included


from 41 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $300
  • Cleaning fee. $50


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.

Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 05/18/2017
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15 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
Juan Santamaria International Airport
100 Metres
Nearest Barpub
Sportsmen Lodge
300 Metres
Nearest Restaurant
Cafe Mundo
90 Miles
Nearest Beach
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.


Owner info

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 Amón, San José, Costa Rica:
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.

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Speaks: english, spanish, portuguese
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/18/2017

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  • Casa Don Tomás

    Casa Don Tomás

  • Casa Don Tomás

    Casa Don Tomás

  • View of street leading to the Penthouse Apartment.

    View of street leading to the Penthouse Apartment.

  • Penthouse Casa Don Tomas neighborhood.

    Penthouse Casa Don Tomas neighborhood.

  • Entrance door to the Penthouse Site

    Entrance door to the Penthouse Site

  • Staircase to Penthouse Suite

    Staircase to Penthouse Suite

  • Dinning Room Penthouse suite

    Dinning Room Penthouse suite

  • Bedroom Penthouse Suite

    Bedroom Penthouse Suite

  • Bedroom Penthouse Suite

    Bedroom Penthouse Suite

  • Bedroom Penthouse Suite

    Bedroom Penthouse Suite

  • Laundry Service Area

    Laundry Service Area

  • Inside Patio

    Inside Patio

  • Main entrance casa Don Tomas

    Main entrance casa Don Tomas

  • Partial view of the Penthouse Casa Don Tomas front garden.

    Partial view of the Penthouse Casa Don Tomas front garden.

  • Neighbourhood of penthouse Casa Don Tomas.

    Neighbourhood of penthouse Casa Don Tomas.

  • Around the corner from the Penthouse Apartment.

    Around the corner from the Penthouse Apartment.

  • Staircase to the penthouse suite

    Staircase to the penthouse suite

  • The Penthouse.

    The Penthouse.

  • Bathroom Penthouse Suite

    Bathroom Penthouse Suite

  • Partial kitchen view Penthouse Suite

    Partial kitchen view Penthouse Suite

  • Entrance to indoor patio areas

    Entrance to indoor patio areas

VRBO #77704

This listing was first published here in 2005.

Date last modified - Thursday, May 18, 2017

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