Costa Rica's 10 Best Hotels: Sleep Great and Be Happy

Costa Rica has the highest standard of living in Central America, and the highest-standard of lodging, too. For budget-conscious families, jet-setting socialites and honeymooners, great places to stay exist for all kinds of traveler in Costa Rica. With a national tourism board dedicated to 100% responsible tourism, the country's best hotels are eco-friendly establishments that have earned green leaves of sustainability demonstrating adherence to stringent environmental protection policies. In the bustling capital city of San Jose, The 40 room Hotel Grano del Oro in San Jose is a member of Costa Rica's exclusive group of Small and Distinctive Hotels, as is the nearby and no less exceptional Alta Hotel; both also have excellent on-site restaurants.. On the remote Osa Peninsula, the Iguana Lodge invites visitors to "take a walk on the wild side" among the lush vegetation surrounding its rooms, but it's the monkey decks and toucan verandas that give this hotel an extra cool edge. On the Caribbean coast, Le Cameleon Boutique Hotel boasts minimalist rooms set into the forest across from Cocles beach, where La Sula Lounge has hammocks and gazebos for relaxing after a long day. Closer to the center of town check into an air-conditioned suite at the Lizard King Resort, an oasis of a hotel hidden in plain sight.



Tropico Latino is a beachfront boutique hotel in Santa Teresa, a stunning white sand beach on Costa Rica's Nicoya Peninsula on the Pacific Coast. Four acres of unspoiled beach surround the hotel, with plenty of places to swim, snorkel and...  Read More

El Silencio Lodge and Spa


With only sixteen rooms, El Silencio is not only quiet, but small and cozy, too. Some rooms have fireplaces, other have balconies, all feature Egyptian cotton linens, down comforters and high-quality guest bathrooms. Guestrooms. 16 guestrooms...  Read More



The Iguana Lodge is in the little town of Puerto Jiménez on Costa Rica's little-developed Osa Penninsula, nestled on a prime piece of beachfront property that boasts views of the waves from many of the rooms. Touting the phrase "Take a Walk on...  Read More

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...  Read More



Hotel Le Caméléon is Puerto Viejo's most upscale and modern hotel, just down the road from the center of town in the quiet beach community of Cocles. The hotel takes its name not from the reptile known for camoflauging itself but for its...  Read More



Just about an hour south of San José, Savegre Hotel, Natural Reserve & Spa lies in a private reserve of 400 hectares, an the ideal base for exploring Costa Rica's amazing tropical cloud forest and many of its nearby attractions. Hotel...  Read More



The Alta Hotel is a subtly luxurious hotel located close to the historic district and within walking distance of many museums, shops and attractions of San Jose- it is also only seven miles from SJO International airport. In addition to modern...  Read More



The Lizard King Resort is a bed and breakfast hotel with a pool and cafe ideally located in Puerto Viejo de Limon. Modern yet rustic, the polished wood rooms are the perfect place to wait out a rainstorm with flatscreen tvs, high speed wi-fi,...  Read More



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 is no wonder Conde Nast voted it one of the...  Read More



Despite its stature as a luxury hotel, this place feels more like a boutique bed and breakfast than a resort, and offers all the creature comforts of home, if home were a 40-room converted Tropical Victorian mansion. Located just off of Paseo...  Read More


Meet Sophia LaMonica

On Sophia's first trip to Costa Rica, she came face to face with white-faced monkeys, gasped at the sight of giant purple crabs, and rode horseback through plunging waterfalls. Costa Rica...  More About Sophia