Costa Rica's Best Airport Hotels Boast Charm and Convenience

Costa Rica now boasts plenty of hotels near Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) with prices to fit a range of budgets and amenities to suit travelers of all types. The Adventure Inn tops the list for its inviting grounds, including a solar-powered infinity pool, and its helpful tour desk, ready to arrange trips to forty of Costa Rica's top attractions. Business travelers and families with kids will appreciate the spacious, well-appointed rooms at the Best Western Irazu, which offers free shuttles to and from SJO and a Denny's on-site. You'll find all the amenities you'll need to keep your trip on track at the Doubletree Cariari Hotel in San Jose and the Balmoral Hotel San Jose, which has extras such as minibars and bathtubs in each room. Location is key at the Quality Hotel Real San Jose, ideally situated for visiting the best attractions of the city, and within walking distance to the Parque la Sabana, San Jose's largest green space in the heart of the city. For a luxurious escape within San Jose, book a stay at the boutique Hotel Grano del Oro, and be ensconced in this hotel's classic elegance and enjoy a short shuttle ride to SJO.


Costa Rican charm meets casual luxury at this 229 room hotel. Private terraces overlooking tropical gardens, three outdoor pools with jacuzzis, three restaurants, one cocktail bar and one casino are some of the features at this four-star, full-service resort. Well located between the Juan Santamaria International Airport and downtown San Jose, the Ramada Plaza Herradura offers free shuttle servce to the airport, views of the Central Valley and mountains, and guests have access to the nearby Cariari Country Club Golf Course and Tennis Courts. A good's night sleep is practically guaranteed with plush top mattresses, high-thread count linens, and jumbo down-filled pillows in every room.

Recommended for Airport Hotels because: Free shuttle service is offered to Juan Santamaría International Airport.

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For such a modern hotel, the Doubletree Cariari by Hilton San José maintains a warmth and attractiveness that is hard to find in other full-service facilities. Thoughtful decoration incorporates colorful textiles and local art work to complement the views of the mountains and the hotel's own tropical pools. Ideal for business travelers and families, the hotel is just five minutes from Juan Santamaria International Airport and ten minutes from downtown San José, and offers a signature warm chocolate chip cookie upon check-in. Going above and beyond, this Doubletree has been awared with four leaves by the Costa Rican government on its Certificate of Sustainable Tourism, meaning your stay helps contribute to the hotel's efforts to preserve the environment.

Recommended for Airport Hotels because: Just four miles from Juan Santamaría International Airport, this Doubletree is as conveniently located as it gets.

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The Barceló San José Palacio is a 5-star hotel that caters to business travelers, with its own 1000 person capacity conference center, spacious rooms, sports facilities, and a casino. This hotel is located in close proximity to the Tobías Bolaños airport and only a few kilometers from the center of San Jose. Find all the amenities you would hope to encounter at this internationally recognized hotel brand, and, especially for such a large hotel, it's notable that it has received the Certificate of Sustainability and goes above and beyond to serve its high caliber guests as well as the environment.

Recommended for Airport Hotels because: Transport to and from the Juan Santamaría International Airport are free upon request.

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Best Western Plus San Jose
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The Best Western Irazú is a huge hotel- 325 rooms- designed to suit travelers on their way in or out of Costa Rica. Free airport shuttles in both directions, currency exchange, conference rooms, and free breakfast are just some of the amenities available. A super-size swimming pool and big Jacuzzi are bonuses, as are a tennis court and a more modest sized gym. Perhaps one of the hotel's finer points is the attached Denny's restaurant, that is open all day and night, and the La Cantina bar with its free daily happy hour. Also onsite is Casino Concorde, Costa Rica's largest 24-hour casino.

Recommended for Airport Hotels because: Free shuttles run regularly to and from Juan Santamaría International Airport, which is just a few short minutes away.

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Despite its stature as a luxury hotel, this place feels more like a boutique bed and breakfast than a mega-resort, and offers all the creature comforts of home, if home were a 40-room converted "Tropical Victorian" mansion. Located just off of Paseo Colon, Hotel Grano de Oro is a sanctuary in the heart of the city. Beautiful flowers burst from the corners, hallways are lined with original art, and fountains of Spanish tile highlight the atriums, where the sound of water adds to the ambience. The rooms are impressive enough, but it's the restaurant that has folks writing home and coming back for more: French chef Francis Canal has turned the once simple café into one of the country's best dining establishments.

Recommended for Airport Hotels because: Shuttle transport to Juan Santamaría International Airport is easily arranged.

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Casa Conde Apartotel & Suites San Jose
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Apartotel & Suites Casa Conde is the largest and most modern combination hotel and long-term stay facility in the city, and caters to a cosmopolitan market of international and corporate tourists. But don't let its size fool you, this place may still be considered comfortable, and to some, even charming. 110 fully-furnished luxury suites come with all the amenities including full kitchens, home theater systems and sofa beds. Laundry service, wi-fi internet in all rooms, hi-tech business centers, and 24-hour security will make you feel right at home and ready to conduct business, pleasure, and whatever your heart desires right on-site.

Recommended for Airport Hotels because: Pre-scheduled transfers to Juan Santamaría International Airport are a bonus at this conveniently located hotel.

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Hotel Luisiana
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Hotel Luisiana was originally owned by an American, who built the hotel in the 1950s in his native southern-American style. In 2008, Italians took over and completely renovated the property into the boutique hotel that it is today, with a distinctive blend of European taste, American comfort, and delicious homemade Italian food. Every room is air-conditioned, has a flat-screen tv, wi-fi, and a refrigerator, and some rooms have full kitchens and jacuzzis. A generous breakfast is included with all rooms. Located in Santa Ana, Hotel Luisiana is well-situated for exploring the city, and boasts an enviable view of the city and the central valley from its grounds.

Recommended for Airport Hotels because: Checkout and download a big map to get you to Hotel Luisiana from Juan Santamaría International Airport.

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One of the main reasons to choose this aptly named hotel is its convenient location; perfectly situated just steps from the city's trendy Santa Ana district, The Quality Hotel Real San Jose is also only a stone's throw from the swank Multiplaza Mall and Valle del Sol Golf Course, and it's only 12 miles from the airport. Also nearby are the city's multitude of museums such as the Jade Museum and Gold Museum, and also Parque la Sabana, San Jose's biggest and perhaps best green space within the heart of the city. Guests enjoy free breakfast and 24-hour room service.

Recommended for Airport Hotels because: Close to a great golf course, 15 minutes from downtown San Jose, and only six miles from Juan Santamaría International Airport.

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Not your everyday Marriott, this beautiful luxury hotel is actually a colonial hacienda set on a 30 acre coffee plantation. With its exquisite architecture, enchanting grounds, and stellar service, it's no wonder Condé Nast voted it one of the best hotels in all of Central America and Mexico. It has two outdoor pools, a golf driving range, a coffee inspired Kuö Spa, and an amazing restaurant, La Isabela, recognized for its tapas and wine. While the staff is eager to arrange tours to the nearby butterfly and orchid gardens and volcano expeditions, an on-site gym with state-of the art fitness equipment, tennis course, and jogging trails can keep you entertained without leaving the premises.

Recommended for Airport Hotels because: The Costa Rica Marriott Hotel is just three miles from Juan Santamaría International Airport.

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The name actually refers to the proximity of many of Costa Rica's adventures, but the grounds are quite peaceful and guests are also able to head into the city and visit a variety of cultural attractions, too, such as the National Theater, the National Museum, the Gold Museum, and the Jade Museum. Another bonus is that the airport is only a short taxi ride away. Each of the 34 large rooms at the Adventure Inn Hotel features air conditioning and most offer views of the nearby mountains, and access to the pool- a treat for kids of all ages. A buffet breakfast is included for all guests.

Recommended for Airport Hotels because: It's only ten minutes from Juan Santamaría International Airport and shuttles to and from are free.

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