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Selina San Jose

3-star hostel with restaurant, near Morazan Park

  • Free WiFi in lobby

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Ave. 9, Calles 13 y 15, San Jose, 10101, Costa Rica
8.2.Very Good.
  • I was hoping to mix with other travelers more, but never met English-speaking guests.…

    Jul 8, 2021

  • Amazing! Highly recommended.

    Jan 28, 2021

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Enhanced health and safety measures

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Staff wears personal protective equipment
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Social distancing measures are in place
  • 72 hours Gap period enforced between guest stays -
  • Contactless check-in is available
  • Guests are provided with free hand sanitizer

Guests rated location

  • Free WiFi
  • Pet-friendly
  • Airport transfer
  • Non-smoking

Property highlights

Main amenities

  • 46 smoke-free guestrooms
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Restaurant and bar/lounge
  • Rooftop terrace
  • Breakfast available
  • Business center

Feel at home

  • Garden
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry facilities
  • Barbecue grill(s)

What’s around

  • In Amón
  • Morazan Park - 4 min walk
  • National Park - 10 min walk
  • San Pedro Mall - 33 min walk
  • University of Costa Rica - 37 min walk
  • Sabana Park - 42 min walk

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Enter dates for 2 guests

  • Bed in Small Dorm
  • Bed in Large Dorm
  • Small Room Shared Bathroom
  • Standard Room
  • Deluxe Room
  • Suite
  • Standard Twin Room
  • 4-Bed Dorm Plus
  • Family Room
  • Studio Suite
  • Private 6-Bed Room


Ave. 9, Calles 13 y 15, San Jose, 10101, Costa Rica
  • In Amón
  • Morazan Park - 4 min walk
  • National Park - 10 min walk

What’s around


  • In Amón
  • Morazan Park - 4 min walk
  • National Park - 10 min walk
  • San Pedro Mall - 33 min walk
  • University of Costa Rica - 37 min walk
  • Sabana Park - 42 min walk
  • Plaza de la Cultura - 6 min walk
  • Parque Espana - 7 min walk
  • Children's Museum (Museo de los Ninos) - 7 min walk
  • Pre-Colombian Gold Museum - 7 min walk
  • National Theater - 7 min walk

Getting around

  • Juan Santamaria Intl. Airport (SJO) - 34 min drive
  • San Jose (SYQ-Tobias Bolanos Intl.) - 23 min drive
  • San Jose Atlantic Station - 14 min walk
  • San Jose Fercori Station - 16 min walk
  • San Jose Procuradiria Museum Station - 16 min walk
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)
  • Area shuttle (surcharge)

At a glance


  • 46 rooms


  • Check-in time 3:00 PM-10:00 PM
  • Check-out time is 11 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • COVID-19 alert: Travel requirements are changing rapidly, including need for pre-travel COVID-19 testing and quarantine on arrival.

Special check-in instructions

The front desk is open daily from 7:00 AM - 10:00 PM. To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property ahead of time using the information on the booking confirmation. If you are planning to arrive after 11 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation. Guests must contact the property in advance for check-in instructions. Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • One child stays free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding
  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • Pets allowed*


  • Free WiFi in public areas


  • Airport shuttle (available 24 hours)*


  • No onsite parking

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
*See small print for additional details or extra charges

At the hostel

Food and drink

  • Local cuisine breakfast daily (surcharge)
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Barbecue grills
  • Microwave in a common area

Working away

  • Business center


  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage


  • Rooftop terrace
  • Garden
  • Library
  • Television in common areas


  • Accessible bathroom
  • In-room accessibility
  • Wheelchair-accessible registration desk

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

In the room

Home comforts

  • Ceiling fan

Freshen up

  • Shower only


  • Daily housekeeping

Special features


Onsite venue - This restaurant specializes in international cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar.

Small print

Also known as

  • Selina San Jose Hostel
  • Selina San Jose
  • Selina San Jose San Jose
  • Selina San Jose Hostel/Backpacker accommodation
  • Selina San Jose Hostel/Backpacker accommodation San Jose

Optional extras

Early check-in can be arranged for an extra charge (subject to availability, amount varies)

Late check-out can be arranged for an extra charge (subject to availability, amount varies)

Local cuisine breakfast is offered for an extra charge of USD 10 for adults and USD 10 for children (approximately)

Pets are allowed for an extra charge of USD 10 per pet, per night

Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge of USD 15 per person (one-way)

Area shuttle service is offered for an extra charge


This property does not have elevators.

Guests can rest easy knowing there's a fire extinguisher, a security system, and a first aid kit on site.

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitizer.

Contactless check-in and contactless check-out are available.

Each guestroom is kept vacant for a minimum of 72 hours between bookings.

For transfers, guests must contact the property before arrival at the number on the booking confirmation.

The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation.

This property accepts credit cards and cash.

We have included all charges provided to us by this property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the unit you book.


  • Yes, Selina San Jose does have fully refundable rooms available to book on our site, which can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
  • This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitizer, social distancing measures are in place, and staff are given personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
  • Sorry, there's no onsite parking at Selina San Jose.
  • Yes, pets are welcome. There's a charge of USD 10 per pet, per night.
  • You can check in from 3:00 PM - 10:00 PM. There's a charge for early check-in (amount may vary, subject to availability). Check-out time is 11 AM. Late check-out is available for a charge (subject to availability). Contactless check-in and check-out are available.
  • Yes, there's an onsite restaurant that offers international cuisine. Nearby restaurants include La Estancia Argentina (4-min walk), Restaurante y Bar Criollita (5-min walk), and Azafran (5-min walk).
  • Yes, an airport shuttle is available. The charge is USD 15 per person one-way.
  • Selina San Jose has a garden.
8.2.Very Good.
  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Excelente hostel, el personal es muy atento, siempre intentando dar lo máximo para la comodidad del cliente, el único detalle es que no hacen limpieza en la habitación a menos de que se los pidas y pienso que esto es un factor muy importante, ya que esperas llegar a tu habitación y ver tu cama tendida. Si tú pides a la recepción que hagan la limpieza, ellos se encargarán de todo. Muy recomendable en tanto a sus instalaciones y a su personal tan alegre y servicial.

    Edgar, 7 night romance trip, Jan 7, 2021

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  • 4.0.Fair

    Not so nice.

    This place would probably be nice if you were staying in the dorms but we picked the suite because it looked nice. It was on the ground level about 8 feet from an intersection and none of the windows were sealed. Allowing ALOT of noise in and lots of mosquitos. The bathtub doesn't function because the stopper doesn't work and to use it as a shower water floods the bathroom because it is not flush against the wall and the shower curtains only cover the front half. After the water covered the bathroom floor it began to smell of sewage... so whenever we used the bathroom our feet would be wet and it would stink. The bed was extremely cheap and uncomfortable and there weren't even fitted sheets so as I rolled around the bedding came undone. The coffee machine also didn't work. Im not mad at the people running this place but the fact that it cost us 200 dollars was insane for a room without aircon in such bad condition with such a horrible bed and relatively disgusting bathroom. This property is cool and is in a fun part of town but this room was really misleading and in poor condition for the price we paid. So in short... I think it'd be fun if you wanted a super cheap dorm... stupid to book the suite and think its going to be nice.

    Nick, 2 night trip, Dec 14, 2020

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    ALL the staff was most helpful at all time. The food purchased at the bar was very good, but a little bit on the expensive side.

    Jacques-Andre, 3 night trip, Dec 5, 2020

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  • 4.0.Fair

    Too many noise after midnight. There were drunk people with their speakers in the bar until 2 -3 am. Not a place to rest. You can hear the cars from the streets too.

    John, 3 night trip, Nov 10, 2020

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  • 8.0.Very Good

    Very pretty hostel

    The hostel is very nice and the amenities very good. I have stayed both in the dorms, this deluxe private room and one of the micro rooms. I definitely like the private rooms, however the bed was much better in the door and the dorm was much darker during night which I prefer. In the private rooms it was very bright because of the light outside which made it a bit hard for me to sleep. But with a sleeping mask it would be fine.

    Pernille, 1 night trip, Feb 25, 2020

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Stayed in a suite and totally met our needs as a couple. In a great area, in the middle of cool neighborhoods like Escalante and Amon. Parks, museums, and central market all walkable.

    1 night trip, Feb 23, 2020

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  • 8.0.Very Good

    Location (outside tourist center but convenient) is great, the design of the hotel is lovely and feels more like a home than a hotel. Room was a little small but clean and had hot water. Only bad thing was the staff. They were nice but not very friendly and will not help you unless you get pushy with them.

    3 night family trip, Jan 30, 2020

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  • 4.0.Fair

    Liked open aspect of the dining place and spacious room, eclectic atmosphere. Liked the area in quiet residential neighborhood. Did not like the backpackers atmosphere and the sewage smell, noise in the room, You could not open the windowsbecause of traffic noise or lack of screens on the windows. Inadequate lighting.

    2 night trip, Dec 28, 2019

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  • 8.0.Very Good

    This property, like all Selina properties, is beautiful and the staff are amazing! In general I adore Selina because of their culture as a company and what they do! We met a lot of people and had a pleasant time at the hostel. I was not a big fan of the city of San Jose in general, but Selina itself is a whole different vibe, you kind of disconnect from the outside which is really nice. The room had no a/c so I was kind of unsure of how I felt about that, but once we got to bed the room was nice and cold and we only had the ceiling fan on. Check in was fast, we checked out at around 5am and the front desk agent waited for our Uber to arrive and he was extremely nice I wish I remembered his name. Selina is must if you go to San Jose or any part of South America. Beautiful location! Beautiful staff!

    2 night trip with friends, Nov 1, 2019

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  • 2.0.Poor

    I would stay in here only if this hostel were my last option. They placed me in a room just in front of the bar and people were laughing and talking that i couldnt get to sleep but until 1.30 am and when it finally came to happened there was a Chinese guy snoring so I decided to take my blanket and go to a relaxing area they have to check my FB and all of a sudden one of the staff members approched me and said that I needed to go back to my room. Long story short i couldnt sleep that night but fortunatelly I was flying next day. There are better places at CR to stay for a few dollars more

    1 night trip, Aug 8, 2019

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