Our collection of Costa Rica accommodations includes only intimate ecolodges and boutique hotels, each chosen for its authenticity, personalized experience, exceptional comforts, and proximity to the region’s best wildlife encounters. You won’t find large commercial lodges and cookie-cutter chain hotels among our offerings. The list here is meant as a sampler and is not inclusive—our Adventure Specialists can also help you select other accommodations not featured on our website. Explore the options and call 800-543-8917 to discuss details with one of our Adventure Specialists.
Just 25 minutes from the airport and 10 minutes from downtown San Jose, the Hotel Bougainvillea is a world apart, set within 10 acres of award-winning tropical gardens that showcase the Central Valley's lavish biodiversity. Abundant birdlife is attracted to the lush tapestry of native plants and flowers. Among those we see frequently are hummingbirds, blue-crowned motmot, palm tanager, tropical kingbird and boat-billed flycatcher. A walk through the grounds reveals more than 50 species of bromeliads, orchids, indigenous trees, herbs, cacti gardens and frog ponds. Coffee, cacao, pineapples and bananas are also grown on site. This boutique hotel offers spacious, well-appointed rooms with a contemporary vibe, each with a view of the gardens or the Central Valley and mountains. Rooms have a private balcony, one king or two full-size beds, flat screen TV, telephone, safe deposit box, Wi-Fi, coffee maker, radio alarm clock, ceiling fan and hair dryer. Additional amenities include a fine restaurant serving Costa Rican and international dishes, fireside bar, swimming pool, sauna, fitness center and tennis courts.
La Quinta Country Inn
Braulio Carrillo National Park, Costa Rica
La Quinta Country Inn is a charming ecolodge with easy access to Braulio Carrillo National Park, the Sarapiquí River and La Selva Biological Station. Owned and operated by a Costa Rican family dedicated to conservation and ecological education, the lodge has received the highest rating, a Level 5 Certification for Sustainable Tourism, from the Costa Rican Tourist Board. The facility sits on 10 acres within a private rain forest reserve and includes a reforested area with native trees, an old-growth forest on the riverside, tropical gardens, frog ponds, butterfly gardens, walking trails and a swimming pool. The inn has 28 bungalow rooms surrounded by tropical gardens filled with heliconia, ginger, palms and flowering trees. Rooms have private bathrooms, hot water, air conditioning, ceiling fan, closet, hair dryer and safe deposit box. Each has a thatched-roof porch facing the gardens with a hammock and rocking chair to enjoy the view of the flowers and birds.
Arenal Observatory Lodge
Arenal, Costa Rica
One of the most striking accommodations in Costa Rica, Arenal Observatory Lodge lies 1.7 miles across a deep river valley from the crater of Arenal Volcano, which was until recently one of the world’s most active volcanoes. Originally built in 1987 as a Smithsonian Institution scientific research station, the lodge was carefully positioned by scientists who needed a close but safe vantage point from which to study the volcano. Still the closest accommodation to the volcano itself, the lodge sits on 870 acres adjacent to Arenal Volcano National Park, which contains 270 acres of primary rain forest with well-marked trails, 400 acres of reforestation projects, and 200 acres of working farmland.
Most of the property's 48 spacious rooms have spectacular volcano views through huge windows. The restaurant and dining room look out on the southern face of the volcano through floor-to-ceiling windows. Meals are memorable, with the lodge's accomplished chef preparing international and Costa Rican cuisine using local fruits, vegetables and farm-raised meats whenever possible. Outside, a large deck offers panoramic views of the volcano and nearby Lake Arenal. After exploring the area, guests can relax in the infinity swimming pool or the sunken Jacuzzi that's covered with a glass gazebo framing Arenal Volcano.
Xandari Resort & Spa
Central Valley, Costa Rica
Xandari Resort is set within a 40-acre coffee and fruit plantation on a high ridge overlooking Costa Rica’s Central Valley, one of the most scenic coffee-growing regions in the country. Located in Tacacori, a rural village in the foothills of Poas Volcano, the property is just 20 minutes from San Jose's international airport, yet a serene world away. Xandari's architects envisioned a paradise reflecting the natural beauty of Costa Rica and achieved it in strides. The resort's private forest reserve, with five waterfalls, a year-round river and more than two miles of scenic trails through the fruit orchards for birdwatching, offers the natural experience guests seek on a visit to Costa Rica. Landscaped gardens, an orchid house and working farm all provide additional tropical greenery.
Twenty-four villas are individually decorated with bright tropical colors and contemporary flair and set within lush foliage. Each has a private terrace with spectacular views, a bar and kitchen, and either one king or two full beds. Organic fruits, vegetables and herbs from the plantation’s gardens complement Xandari’s health-conscious specialty dishes in the outstanding restaurant on site. The fabulous spa provides ample opportunity to unwind and absorb the surrounding nature, with treatments offered in five private, palm-thatched jalapas, each with its own hot tub and massage table in full view of the Central Valley.
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