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The Tico hospitality is evident given the wide range of Costa Rica resorts and hotels available. Travelers can enjoy nearly every type of accommodation imaginable, from romantic bungalows steps from the beach and rustic cabins nestled in the rainforest to intimate boutique hotels and luxury mega-resorts. Costa Rica Experts works with the very best properties across the country, visiting them frequently to ensure that they meet our quality standards. Our expert-approved resort and hotel collection highlights all the best places to stay in Costa Rica for all preferences and budgets!
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Situated on the South Pacific coast of Costa Rica, Hotel Three Sixty is the only adults-only hotel in Ojochal. This brand new boutique hotel was built on a 58-acre trail-lined rainforest reserve but takes up less than 8% of the landmass. Dramatic views of the rainforest, beaches, and distant islands can be enjoyed from the […]
Reminiscent of the luxury tent camps of Africa and Asia, Nayara Tented Camp is a new luxury property in Arenal Volcano National Park associated with the award-winning Arenal Nayara Hotel and Nayara Springs Resorts. One of the first luxury tent camps in Central America, the Nayara Tented Camp merges with the surrounding forest for a […]
Hotel Royal Corin Resort is a modern, comfortable & luxurious property in the Arenal Volcano area. Their great services are located in one of the most beautiful areas of Costa Rica, not far from the volcano.
Hotel Arenal Manoa is close to many of the main attractions in the area yet maintains a silent tranquility. Surrounded by beautiful gardens, as well as a small stream and old growth trees, this hotel has some of the best views in Arenal.
Arenal Observatory Lodge was originally built in 1987 as a research station for scientists of the Smithsonian Institute. It is one of the most authentic and educational properties in Arenal, and serves as a perfect base for a wide range of activities and adventures.
Situated in the foothills of Arenal Volcano on the edge of a rainforest canyon, Amor Arenal is a luxury lodge with direct views of the volcano. Amenities Rainforest and jungle trails are accessible from your hotel room! Discover the Serenity Trail and Nanciton directly on the property. Amor Arenal offers on-site horseback riding which lasts […]
Located just 20 minutes from Arenal Volcano, Chachagua Rainforest Ecolodge offers an authentic jungle experience. The lodge is surrounded by 300 acres of lush rainforest with tours and trails to discover right on the property! Amenities Colibri Restaurant offers a variety of dishes inspired by Costa Rican flavors in an open-air setting surrounded by the […]
Inspired by the owner’s dream of balance with natural surroundings, Makanda by the Sea uses nature as a background to its architectural openness, allowing the rich tropical surroundings to become a part of the hotel’s environment.
Playa Cativo Lodge is an 18-room little hideaway in the Osa Peninsula region, one of the most unique and secluded destinations in Costa Rica. Looking out over the calm waters of the Golfo Dulce and surrounded by Piedras Blancas National Park, this boutique beachfront hotel is set on over 1,000 acres of private rainforest, leaving plenty of room […]
Crocodile Bay Sportfishing & Eco Resort is nestled in the rainforest, on the edge of the Golfo Dulce bordering Corcovado National Park on the Osa Peninsula. This region is celebrated as the most biologically intense place on earth. It is here, where luxury runs wild, that you will finally be able to slow down to the speed […]
Lush gardens, trails for hiking, natural pools and waterfalls, and abundant wildlife make Bosque Del Cabo on the Osa Peninsula a romantic getaway and a naturalist’s dream. Private cliff top bungalows have porches equipped with hammocks and easy chairs, where you can sit back and watch Scarlet Macaws, Toucans, Hummingbirds and White-faced monkeys, while enjoying […]
El Remanso Rainforest Lodge is located about 40 minutes from Puerto Jimenez on the remote Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica within one of the world’s most pristine rainforest. Activities Explore the flora and fauna of the region along wildlife trails. Brightly colored birds, exotic birds, and playful monkeys can be found on the trails surrounding […]
The lodge is located on the grounds of the private nature reserve offering five incredible waterfalls, lush gardens, butterfly observatory, and hummingbird feeders all connected by a unique trail system.
The Senda Monteverde Hotel is a new sustainable hotel located outside Monteverde Cloud Forest on Costa Rica’s continental divide. A modern design, local artwork, and cozy nooks paired with the cool mountain air make the Senda experience one of a kind. Area Activities A hike through Monteverde Cloud Forest with a naturalist guide is a […]
Origins Luxury Lodge is located in Upala in the mountainside overlooking a valley below in the Alajuela province of Costa Rica. The lodge features incredible 180-degree views over the estate, volcanoes, Nicaragua Lake in the distance. El Salto Restaurant The dining experience at Origins incorporates raw ingredients and fresh flavors to produce Haute Cuisine. Their […]
Surrounded by almost 2,000 acres of tropical forest with a superb white sand beach and a championship 18-hole golf course, the Westin Playa Conchal Resort is the largest and most sophisticated All-Inclusive Resort in Costa Rica.
Casa Chameleon at Las Catalinas is a luxury adults-only boutique hotel in the Guanacaste province overlooking the Pacific Ocean, tropical dry forests, and the newly developed beach town of Las Catalinas.
Jardin del Eden Boutique Hotel is located in Tamarindo on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. This kids-free boutique hotel is perfect for couples or singles looking for a relaxing private retreat. Amenities Jardin del Eden is set just steps away from the water. Walk along a short path (just 143 meters) onto their Private […]
Planet Hollywood is a new deluxe all-inclusive resort located on the Papagayo Peninsula in the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica. The hillside property looks out of over the inlets and islets of the coast. Dining Planet Hollywood has seven themed restaurants and three bar lounges with dining options like the poolside Guy Feri’s Burger Joint, […]
Kasiiya Papagayo Luxury Wilderness Retreat is located on the Bay of Papagayo on an exclusive private peninsula in the Papagayo region, just 45 minutes from Liberia international airport. Designed by world-renowned architects, Kasiiya features two unique beaches and five air-conditioned tented suites. Situated amid 123 acres of forest, each suite connects you with nature. The […]
Situated 2000 feet above sea level in a tropical rainforest overlooking the South Pacific Coast, Rancho Pacifico is an adults-only (guests must be over 18 years) exclusive boutique hotel that feels like a sprawling private estate. This is the perfect destination for guest who is looking forward to a chance to renew and rewind after […]
Stay at the Gran Hotel Costa Rica in the heart of the capital city of San Jose. The recently renovated Gran Hotel is set in one of the best locations for people watching along the pedestrian boulevard of Avenida Central with views overlooking the National Theatre. Spend a day exploring museums, shops, and other popular attractions within […]
Rafiki Safari Lodge, a safari style tent camp, is on 750 acres of jungle along the Savegre River on the South Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. The ten rustic safari tents are set atop hardwood decks and come with its own private bath and pristine views of the mountain. The lodge houses a restaurant, bar, and […]
This boutique hotel features 25 rooms decorated with an angel theme including stained glass windows and lampshades, carved wood details, tile mosaics and other artistic touches. Located about 4.5 miles south of Dominical Beach on the South Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. Cuna del Angel Hotel is set inland and up from the beach with easy […]
La Cusinga Lodge is a rainforest eco lodge set up from the beach offering guests sweeping views of the South Pacific Coast. A steep trail leads guests through the rain forest down to the very private Acro Beach. An excellent restaurant serves meals in a family style setting. Yoga is offered on a regular schedule and […]
The W Hotel at Reserva Conchal is situated on Conchal Beach in the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica. The hotel is nestled between beautiful Pacific beaches and tropical mangroves. W Amenities Relax by the pool or at the W Beach Club. Indulge at the spa, work out at the gym, or schedule a T-time at […]
Los Suenos Resort & Marina condos and home rentals are private residences with the services of a hotel. Accommodation options include one to three-bedroom villas and three to eight-bedroom private homes
Club del Mar Hotel is nestled at the end of Jaco Beach, where the rainforest meets the soft sand beach and clear emerald waters of the Pacific Ocean. The full-service restaurant will even cook anything you catch. Don’t forget to see the onsite iguanas and keep an eye on the sky for daily macaw flyovers! Activities […]
Finca Rosa Blanca is a beautiful family-owned coffee and art hotel in Heredia, outside of San Jose, renowned for its on-site coffee plantation. This boutique hotel is a charmer, especially when you notice its local touches. From the artisan crafts and murals in each suite to the bracelets in the gift shop, Finca Rosa Blanca is a comprehensive […]
Hotel Presidente is a stylish boutique hotel centrally located in downtown San Jose, Costa Rica. This colorful, modern hotel is decorated with vibrant artwork, vintage items, and foliage to create a fun and quirky atmosphere. Experience the bustling energy of Costa Rica’s capital city on foot! The hotel is within walking distance of restaurants, bars, […]
The Retreat is an 11-room luxury boutique hotel located 40 minutes away from San Jose International Airport in the Central Valley of Costa Rica. Amenities The Retreat amenities include a pool, Jacuzzi, yoga, fitness room, and steam room. There are morning Hatha Yoga classes and afternoon Restorative Yoga classes daily. A few hikes are available on […]
Set among 10 acres of lush gardens, the unique and comfortable Hotel Bougainvillea Heredia is a place where guests can truly experience the world famous beauty of Costa Rica. Balconies opening from rooms display a marvelous view of the mountains on one side and the San José skyline on the other. Massive beam ceilings, wood paneling and a […]
The Hampton Inn San Jose is a great way to begin any trip to Costa Rica. The 24-hour shuttle service from the San Jose airport means that no matter what time you get in, a friendly staff member will be waiting to usher you away from the crowds and into the comfort of your room. […]
Inspired by traditional banana plantation houses, Hotel Aguas Claras is a stylish boutique hotel located on Chiquita Beach, Puerto Viejo on the remote Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica. Charming white interiors with pops of color and unique decorative pieces are definitive of the Aguas Claras experience. With an emphasis on tranquility and delicate decor, Aguas […]
Located in the heart of the Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge on the Caribbean Coast, Almonds and Corals Tent Camp is a unique destination. Staying at Almonds and Corals hotel offers you the opportunity to get a feeling of the jungle while having luxury accommodations in the middle of the wild rainforest. Almonds and Corals Hotel calls […]
Among the Caribbean villages of Puerto Viejo and Manzanillo, in the South Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica, right in front of Cocles Beach, are the Azania Bungalows. The bungalows are just steps from the Caribbean sea, with a stunning backdrop of the tropical rainforest. This pristine area of the Caribbean is breathtaking and beautifully rugged, with […]
Hotel Banana Azul is a small and simple hotel that borders a virtually uninhabited stretch of sand on the Caribbean Coast. The miles of beach available around Puerto Viejo promises that guests can always find a bit of sand just for themselves! This is truly the secluded tropical vacation. Blooming gardens adorn the property, as […]
A member of National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World, Pacuare Lodge is one of the top eco lodge adventures in Costa Rica. This is more than just a lodge or a rafting trip, this is an experience. Just getting there is an adventure – many guests visit as part of a multiple day rafting trip on […]
Rios Tropicales Lodge is your Costa Rica adventure vacation hot spot. The lodge is located deep in the rainforest, with native wood furnishings, open-air pavilions, thatched roofs, and comfortable hammocks. Rios Tropicales Lodge was the first eco-lodge built on the Pacuare River and is currently the only one powered with hydro-energy. Even getting to the lodge […]
Nine cabins built along a mile-long reef coast, Punta Caracoal is dedicated to protecting the natural environment, where the only interruption to the crystal-clear waters is the occasional curious dolphin!
About 30 minutes from Tocumen International Airport in Panama City, Le Meridien Hotel Panama is a modern, stylish hotel located on the Bay of Panama in Panama City overlooking the old and new quarters and minutes from the financial center, restaurants, galleries, and nightlife. Le Meridien Amenities Hotel amenities include a year-round outdoor pool with […]
El Otro Lado Private Retreat is a stylish Panama boutique hotel on Portobelo Bay incorporating local and contemporary art design elements while highlighting the surrounding rainforest, mangroves, and coral reefs.
The Waldorf Astoria Panama City is a luxurious 35-floor hotel minutes from shopping and steps from the Calle Uruguay’s Financial and Entertainment district which showcases an incredible view of the Panama City skyline.
Situated in the Gulf of Chiriqui on the Pacific Coast of Panama, Isla Palenque is an intimate eco-lodge accessible by boat. This private island is made up of over 395 acres of jungle surrounded by seven pristine beaches – just waiting to be discovered! How to Get to Isla Palenque Once you arrive at Tocumen International Airport in […]
About 30 minutes drive from Tocumen International Airport, Central Hotel Panama City is located in the charming historic district of Casco Viejo. Panamanian decor with rooms overlooking the streets of the Plaza de la Independencia and cathedral or Old Town create an ambiance of comfort amid colonial-era glamour. The Central Hotel was the first hotel […]
Situated alongside the Pacific Ocean, the Westin Playa Bonita Resort is a 20-minute drive from Panama City, the vibrant capital city of Panama. Amenities Westin Playa Bonita amenities include beachfront swimming pools, kayak rentals, concierge, spa, fitness center, steam room, free in-room internet, beauty salon, gift shop, business center, and a complimentary parking facility. The hotel […]
About 2 hours from Tocumen International Airport in Panama City, Panama RIU Playa Blanca is a beachfront resort with all-inclusive amenities. The RIU provides a worry-free resort experience with a multitude of options for everyone. RIU Amenities Enjoy the warm peaceful waters and white sand beaches of this beachfront resort. Resort amenities include two swimming […]
How do we pick our hotels?
We visit them! Our hotels are carefully assessed for quality and experience before being added to our curated hotel collection. We aim to bring you the best selection and match you with the best hotel for you through first-hand experience.
Where to stay in Costa Rica:
Because of the wide range of Costa Rica resorts and hotel experiences, our Experts have categorized each by both style and budget to illustrate the differences between each unique property. By style, each accommodation is categorized as Lodge, Eco Lodge, Boutique Hotel, Resort, All Inclusive, or Hotel. By budget, each accommodation is categorized as Exclusive, Luxury, Deluxe, Moderate, or Budget. Several of our Costa Rica hotels have multiple budget categories as they feature multiple rooms with varying levels. Likewise, several have more than one hotel style and are labeled accordingly. As our labeled categories are intended to be a tool to compare Costa Rica resorts and hotels, they are representative of the comparative accommodation experiences within each destination. In addition, budget categories may increase during Costa Rica’s peak seasons and for holiday travel.
Exclusive Costa Rica Resorts
Guanacaste, in the North of Costa Rica, contains the country’s most exclusive resorts. Thanks to the Pacific Coast, this area has experienced the greatest tourism development, and Guanacaste is the only region in which a traveler can find all-inclusive Costa Rica resorts with luxury accommodations.
The best place for finding boutique Costa Rica hotels is either in Manuel Antonio or on the Nicoya Peninsula. In Manuel Antonio, the surrounding beaches are stunning. Hotels are more likely to be cliff-side than beachfront, but the views are worth it. On the Nicoya Peninsula, life runs a little slower, and yoga and surf retreats abound.
The South Pacific holds the best of luxury villas. These homes-away-from-home will delight every sense, with all the treats of the best of the best, yet the privacy that’s necessary for a truly relaxing (or romantic) vacation. What could be better than living in the lap of luxury?
Lodges and Eco Lodges
Eco-lodging is perhaps the easiest of accommodations to find in Costa Rica. Thanks to the push for environmental friendliness, many of even the larger resorts are dedicated to maintaining a carbon-neutral livelihood. However, if what you want is truly an eco-escape, check out the wild Osa Peninsula, where untouched forests and cove beaches are some of the most natural places you’ll find in the world. Monteverde Cloud Forest and Tortuguero, where the quetzal flies and the turtles lay, respectively, also contain eco-friendly accommodations for visitors. If you’re looking for rustic, head to the South Caribbean, where tourism hasn’t taken hold. The hotels and lodges in this area might be missing some of the trappings of home – like WiFi – but it’s perfect if you’re looking to get back in tune and disconnect from our technologically complicated reality!
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