Costa Rica's Family-Friendly Hotels Make Traveling with the Tribe a Breeze

As more travelers choose Costa Rica for their family's vacation, a growing number of family-friendly hotels now cater to the needs of the whole tribe. The Costa Rica Mariott Hotel San Jose tops of the list of family-friendly hotels, offering all the amenities you and your kids could ask for right on-site, including two outdoor swimming pools that are practically guaranteed to keep little ones smiling day and night. At the Best Western Irazu, the whole family can let off some steam and practice serving aces on the hotel’s tennis courts, while the attached Denny’s restaurant open 24 hours is a bonus. If your family can’t live without a bathtub, you’ll find one in every room of the Balmoral Hotel in San Jose. Sometimes, it’s the  details that make all the difference, like the warm chocolate chip cookie served to each guest upon check-in at the Doubletree Cariari Hotel San Jose; a tasty touch that all ages can enjoy. This top ten list of family friendly hotels in Costa Rica will make your stay more delightful and relieve some of the stress of a group trip so you can focus on la pura vida and enjoy quality time with your loved ones.



As the name suggests, this bed and breakfast style hotel is located in a beautiful property dating back to 1915, updated with all the modern amenities that don't detract from the beautiful architecture of the time. Each of the rooms is...  Read More



Beyond Puerto Viejo de Limon a few kilometers to the south, this beachfront resort hotel is quiet except for the sounds of nature: waves crashing on beautiful Playa Chiquita and howler monkeys having fun in the jungle that surrounds the grounds....  Read More

Hotel Santo Tomas
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Like many a treasure in San Jose, Costa Rica, Hotel Santo Tomas lies behind an unassuming facade of steel gates, but once inside it opens into a spacious place, a French Victorian style mansion. Rooms are of varying sizes, solo travelers and...  Read More



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...  Read More



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...  Read More



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...  Read More

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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...  Read More



Balmoral Hotel has everything one might need within its 6 stories and 112 rooms. Perfect for business travelers, this hotel has a conference rooms, banquet halls, and fitness facilities. All of the amenities are included, like air-conditioning,...  Read More

Aranjuez Hotel
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The Hotel Aranjuez is a multi-level maze of indoor and outdoor spaces, designed and laid-out to capture the experience of a real traditional Costa Rican home. Interspersed with tropical gardens and casual seating areas, this bed and breakfast is...  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


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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