Costa Rica

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ShermansTravel experts know how to pick a good hotel. Whether in the budget, moderate, or luxury price range, the hotels we recommend always meet our highly selective criteria for what amounts to an unbeatable experience. We look at location, comparing the hotel to other offerings in the area; price range, determining where the hotel falls on the scale of affordability, and whether it merits the expense; and finally, experience, that all-important benchmark covering everything from aesthetics to service. We assess every aspect of the hotel experience, from beds and views to service and that indefinable thing called vibe.

Top Hotels in Costa Rica

Alta Hotel

In one of the San José area’s better heeled districts, thisAmerican-owned property ... more

Carretera Vieja Santa Ana
San José , 011-506-282-4160
Tags: moderate
Arenal Observatory Lodge

Some 11 miles uphill from La Fortuna, hang a left at Lake Arenal, drive anotherhalf-dozen miles ... more

Camino La Fortuna
Arenal , 011-506-2290-7011
Tags: moderate
Beija Flor

Beija Flor weighs in as a surprising good-value retreat. The 11 guest rooms andtwo villas at ... more

1km north of Cabo Blanco
Mal Pais , 011-506-2640-1007
Tags: beach | moderate | great value
Casa Roland

This beautiful boutique hotel in a restored colonial house is well located in aquiet ... more

Rohrmoser Blvd.
San José , 011-506-2231-6571
Tags: budget
Casitas Eclipse

Roughly midway down the hill to the sand, beachfront restaurants, and nationalpark, this ... more

Camino al Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio
Manuel Antonio , 011-506-2777-0408
Tags: moderate
El Grano de Oro

In the Nomosco neighborhood west of downtown, on a leafy street off main dragPaseo de ... more

Calle 30 between Avenidas 2 & 4
San Jose , 011-506-2255-3322
Tags: budget

Set amongst lush, flower-filled gardens, this secluded tropical paradise offersseven ... more

Playa Santa Teresa, 4km from the crossroads of Mal Pais
San Carlos , 011-506-2640-0232
Tags: luxury | expensive | trendy
Four Seasons Costa Rica

Opened in 2004, the Four Seasons’ only property in Central Americasprawls across 99 acres ... more

Peninsula Papagayo
Guanacaste , 011-506-2696-0000
Tags: luxury | family | golf | expensive | spa | beachfront | smart splurge | swimming pool | water sports | tennis | diving
Hemingway Inn

The Spanish-style hacienda in Barrio Amón, originally the home of coffeeplantation ... more

Avenida 9
Calle 9
San José , 011-506-2221-1804
Tags: budget | great value
La Mariposa

One of Manuel Antonio’s most venerable high-end properties, La Mariposa(the butterfly), ... more

Road to Manuel Antonio National Park
Puntarenas , 011-506-2777-0355 (800-549-0157)
Tags: moderate
Los Sueños Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort

Located on Costa Rica’s central Pacific coast, Los Sueños MarriottOcean & Golf ... more

800 meters west of Herradura entrance
Herradura, , 011-506-2630-9000
Tags: beach | romance | golf | moderate | spa | beachfront | swimming pool | views | eco-friendly
Monteverde Lodge & Gardens

One of Monteverde’s original eco-lodges, and still one of the mostvisited, this property ... more

3 miles from the Monteverde reserve
Monteverde , 011-506-2257-0766
Tags: family | budget | great value
Rancho Pacifico

Composed of 10 private suites and villas scattered along arain forest-cloaked hilltop in the ... more

1 Rancho Pacifico
Uvita de Osa , 011-800-621-1975
Tags: expensive | spa
Shawandha Lodge

Hotel Shawandha Lodge is a tropical village of sorts, lost amid the lush,coastal jungle between ... more

Playa Chiquita
Puerto Viejo
Province of Limon , 011-506-2750-0018
Tags: budget | great value
Si Como No

Created by a gringo, Jim Damalas, just over a quarter-century ago, one of thearea’s most ... more

Camino al Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio
Manuel Antonio , 011-506-2777-0777 (888-742-6667)
Tags: luxury | family | smart splurge | eco-friendly
Tabacón Hot Springs Resort and Spa

The offshoot of a famous, dozen-year-old hot-springs complex was built in 1998and quickly became ... more

Camino La Fortuna - Lago Arenal
La Fortuna , 011-506-2479-1010 (877-277-8291)
Tags: luxury | swimming pool | hot springs
Tortuga Lodge & Gardens

Located on a spit of land on the Tortuguero River, just before it meets theCaribbean, this ... more

Tortuguero River
Tortuguero , 011-506-2257-0766
Tags: family | moderate | great value | eco-friendly

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