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House, 3 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 1-4)

Casa Don Tomas is located in Barrio Otoya, one of the most 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.

The three bedrooms Penthouse Apartment Suite of 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 is located in a very safe and secure area of San Jose. The house has a 24 hour security monitoring system. This three bedrooms, one large bathroom Penthouse Suite accommodates comfortably 1-4 guests. The master bedroom is furnished with a queen size bed, the other two bedrooms with a double bed each.

From Casa Don Tomas, you can easily walk to San Jose's main 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 and the Central Market. Fine restaurants, souvenir shops; fitness centers, movie houses and theaters.

Spanish students: The University of Costa Rica Campus, Costa Rica Language Academy (CRLA), Forester Language Institute and INTENSA Language Center are some of the learning institutions within walking distance of the Penthouse. The Penthouse 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. Both dental and cosmetic surgery candidates may be eligible for a rental discount, please check with us.

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!

Casa Don Tomas Beach front Vacation Villa: Do you have some time to take advantage of this unique opportunity and take off from the city for a few days to a beautiful beach resort in the Northern pacific Coast? If this sounds good, please see 'All my Rentals Listings' immediately below the RATES in this page. Casa Don Tomas Beach front Vacation Villa is available for any number of nights at a discount rate to guests of the Penthouse in San Jose.

Please take time to read the reviews and comments of former guests of the Penthouse 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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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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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.

The Owner purchased this apartment in 1985

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.

Its ideal location is perhaps the biggest asset of the Penthouse 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 the Penthouse 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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Penthouse Suite of Casa Don Tomas, Jacuzzi, WiFi, Housekeeping
average rating of 4.888889 based on 36 reviews
Penthouse Suite of Casa Don Tomas, Jacuzzi, WiFi, Housekeeping
+506 8911 6161
San José Central Valley - San Jose
Tres Rios, Cartago


  • 5 of 5
My husband and I relocated to Costa Rica for his job in July. We rented the penthouse apartment for the first month we were here to give us time to find a place to live, buy a car, and get to know the Central Valley better. The house is located in a neighborhood that is very convenient to the city center and all the tourist destinations, like the Teatro Nacional and the Gold Museum and the Jade Museum. There are a handful of good restaurants within walking distance, though most days I walked to the grocery store and bought food to cook for our meals. Don Tomas was incredibly generous with his time, making sure we had what we needed. He helped us find parking when we bought our car, introduced us to some of his friends who had a rental home available and they are now our landlords, and he even offered to walk with me to a local furniture store and introduce me to the woman from whom he buys furniture for his homes. We ended up buying our bedroom set and living room furniture from her a couple weeks later. Not only did we have a comfortable stay during our international move, which can be a hectic time, but we also made a dear friend. Last details: Romeo, Don Tomas' trusted taxi driver, is a gem. We still call him now and then when we need a ride to the airport or somewhere else I don't want to drive. He helps me with my Spanish and with learning different routes around the city. Socorro, Don Tomas' housekeeper, is a very friendly lady and keeps the place absolutely spic and span. We enjoyed our time in Barrio Otoya very much and would recommend the penthouse apartment to anyone interested in spending some time in San Jose.
  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing
Owner's Response: Thank you Shivaugn for the nice review of my apartment in San Jose. It is always a pleasure to help out whenever I can. I wish you and Rob success and a happy stay in your new adopted homeland. I am looking forward to visit you in your new home and share a cup of coffee.

Don Tomas.
Penthouse Suite of Casa Don Tomas, Jacuzzi, WiFi, Housekeeping
+506 8911 6161
San José Central Valley - San Jose
United States


  • 5 of 5
We came to help our son recover from maxillofacial surgery, so our stay was longer than the norm. This was such a lovely, peaceful oasis and Don Tomas went out of his way to make sure we were all comfortable. This is a spacious and pleasant apartment, immaculately kept, and the garden is so inviting! The property is very secure. It is an easy 1 km walk to central San Jose (as long as you watch out for the traffic), where you can find the central mercado as well as a couple of supermarkets, plenty of shops and restaurants.

Words to the wise traveler: remember this is a big city with the usual problems associated with great socioeconomic diversity. Tall wrought iron fences topped with razor wire are ubiquitous throughout the city, and however exclusive, Barrio Otoya is no exception. Be sure those security measures are there for a reason. Take precautions especially if you choose to go out at night.

We would highly recommend this property if you are spending any time in San Jose. Thank you again Tomas, for your kindness during our stay!
  • Submitted: May 30, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Tourists without a Car
Owner's Response: Dear Laurie and Lawrence. Thank you for the review and the kind words. Many thanks for choosing the penthouse apartment for your stay in San José. I am happy your son is fast recovering from surgery. He is a lucky fellow to have mom and dad by his side. I wish you the best and hope you can again visit Costa Rica and join me at my beach house.
Don Tomás.
Penthouse Suite of Casa Don Tomas, Jacuzzi, WiFi, Housekeeping
+506 8911 6161
San José Central Valley - San Jose


  • 5 of 5
I had a difficult time finding lodging in San Jose that was in a safer neighborhood with historic charm until I stumbled upon Casa Don Tomas. I am always a bit leery paying full cash payments up front for a rental in a foreign country, but took a gamble on this one. I was glad that I did. Tomas was an incredible host. He was responsive to all of my questions prior to arrival (i.e. dates, location, confirming receipt of my cash deposit, etc), confirmed our reservation two days prior to arrival, and arranged an airport pick up for my husband, parents, and I, which I was grateful for after a long day of travel. Romeo, our kind driver even offered to stop by a market on the way to the penthouse so we could pick up some snacks and cold beverages.

The penthouse was perfect for our first two nights in Costa Rica. There are good restaurants Cafe de los Deseos for dinner and La-Criollita for breakfast) in the area and it was an easy 15-20 minute walk to the downtown center and the mercado central. The second story penthouse has a small kitchen and lovely dining/sitting area and downstairs there is very quaint garden courtyard surrounded by beautiful flowers and nesting parrots. We loved the tranquil garden so much we spent our second evening in San Jose enjoying the courtyard, which included a Jacuzzi.

Upon our departure, Tomas was gracious to share his personal cell phone with us in case we had any problems throughout our trip. Thank you Tomas for the wonderful visit.

Note to travelers: Heed the warnings to avoid driving in San Jose. If we had rented a car at the airport at 11 pm we would have never found Penthouse Don Tomas. Instead, ask Tomas to have Romeo pick you up from the airport and then check with your car rental company to see if they will pick you up at the Penthouse. San Jose is incredibly congested, parking seems non-existent, and the streets are not very well marked.
  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing
Owner's Response: Dear Lynsey:

Well it was a wonderful surprise to hear from you and to read such a great review. Thank you very much for your kind words. I was thinking about you folks last night while driving home from the movies and wondering if you had gone back home already or were still doing Canopy, and Bungee Jumping, volcano watching and all those fun things you had in mind doing.

I am happy you and the family made it back home safe and that yours was a good experience. Costa Rica with all its faults it is still a great place to visit.

Again many thanks and hope to see you back some day.

Don Tomás.
Penthouse Suite of Casa Don Tomas, Jacuzzi, WiFi, Housekeeping
+506 8911 6161
San José Central Valley - San Jose


  • 4 of 5
We were welcomed at the airport by Romero who then helped carry our luggage up the stairs to the penthouse. (We are senior citizens in our late 70's) Dom Tomas welcomed us with three beautiful large bouquets of flowers and a introduction to the penthouse and provided us brochures on tours and walking tours of downtown San Jose. We were surprised there was not hot water in kitchen or bathroom except for auxiliary heater on shower which gave us only lukewarm showers. Luckily we didn't plan on cooking meals as the kitchen was ill equipped, one skillet and one other pan. No toaster but Don Thomas immediately went out and purchased one for us to use. Sacora, the maid, was there each day except weekends to keep the penthouse spotless and provide clean linens and towels. We didn't realize there were that many hilly streets and dangerous sidewalks to navigate to get to the Central Plaza and Market and museums but taxi's were readily available when needed. I am sure this would be no problem for vacationers younger than us. We were able to connect with tours at a nearby hotel. The patio area and Jacuzzi was a very restful area in spite of being bothered by constant barking from from three dogs across the street day and night.
It was a nice vacation in the city of 'San Jose!
  • Submitted: Mar 8, 2013
  • Stayed: Feb 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing
Penthouse Suite of Casa Don Tomas, Jacuzzi, WiFi, Housekeeping
+506 8911 6161
San José Central Valley - San Jose
Melbourne, Florida


  • 5 of 5
Recently I had the opportunity to visit Costa Rica. We found the Penthouse on line – glad we did as I enjoyed our visit! There are 3 bedrooms and a nice sitting\living room area with TV, stereo, and wifi. The kitchen area afforded us the ability to have snacks and refreshments so we did not have to go out for every meal. I think I enjoyed the garden area outside the most due to the very nice Jacuzzi in a beautiful garden setting. Privacy is excellent and the Penthouse is very secure. Several restaurants are within walking distance. I found Taxi’s to be very cheap in San Jose – I mention this as drivers had no problem picking us up or dropping us off at the Penthouse. Overall great place to stay. I prefer the Penthouse over a hotel room. Especially since all 3 of us had our own private room plus a nice place to meet in the dining room and living room. I will return….
  • Submitted: Feb 4, 2013
  • Stayed: Jan 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Penthouse Suite of Casa Don Tomas, Jacuzzi, WiFi, Housekeeping
+506 8911 6161
San José Central Valley - San Jose
Melbourne FL USA


  • 5 of 5
This place was upstairs (2nd floor) and a beautiful turn of the last century home with modern features. The amenities were everything you could want or ask for and it was very clean. Downstairs is a landscaped and enclosed area with a jacuzzi. We found it to be very relaxing and comfortable. The security features are very adequate and easy to use. The maid service is exemplary with a washer dryer combo on site. There is wifi access which works very well. The property is very close to the Sportsman's Lodge and Cafe Mundo which are fine places to eat at and visit.
  • Submitted: Jan 31, 2013
  • Stayed: Jan 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Nearest Airport
15 Kilometres
Juan Santamaria International Airport
Nearest Beach
90 Miles
Jaco Beach
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Sportsmen Lodge
Nearest Restaurant
300 Metres
Cafe Mundo
Car: not necessary

TOURISM: From the Penthouse 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.

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Cleaning fee. $50
An advance deposit of 50% of the total rental cost is required. The rental balance is due and payable, in cash only, at check-in. Payment instructions will be emailed to you upon receipt of your rental request. Rental requests received with 45 days or less notice, require that the full rental amount be paid in advance.
Notes This 3 bedrooms, 1 large bathroom penthouse suite accommodates comfortably 3 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 lodging for 4 or more guest.
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San José Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Linens Provided
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Wireless Internet
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Internet
  • Towels Provided
  • Living Room
  • Iron & Board
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Pantry Items
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dining Room
  • Dining
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Single beds (1)
  • Stereo
  • DVD Player
  • CD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Lawn / Garden
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • museums
  • theme parks
  • zoo
  • cinemas
  • churches
  • library
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • sight seeing
  • shopping
  • gambling casinos
  • outlet shopping
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • golf
  • cycling
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 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, private jacuzzy, Telephone for local calls, Internet wireless connection (bring your laptop), 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 a warm Jacuzzi while gazing at the stars at night.
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