Costa Rica is among the most popular vacation destinations in the world. The tiny Central American nation is filled to the brim with the most beautiful and exotic locations that you can imagine. With stunning beaches, dense jungle, gushing waterfalls, roaring rivers, national parks, steamy volcanoes, lush clouds, rain forests and mystical surroundings, it’s no wonder why visitors flock here from around the world for a vacation out of the ordinary. Costa Rica is ideal for honeymooners, couples, families and friends that just want to have a good time. It is the ultimate getaway for those that want to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. There is a plethora of adventurous activities including surfing, mountain biking, hiking, boating, swimming, snorkeling, camping and much more.
After a day of play and an evening of entertainment, it is important to be able to relax and unwind in some comfortable accommodations. Costa Rica offers the best in hotels, cottages and other accommodations to fit every budget and need. With many places offering all of the comforts of home and all of the amenities that you could ask for, Costa Rica is definitely on the “A” list for choices in accommodations. There are so many good hotels of various types in the country, at times it can be hard to choose. Here are some popular choices of seasoned visitors to the country that can help you get started.
The Hotel Grano de Oro
This San Jose hotel is a unique replica of an old mansion and is elegant in every way. There are 32 gorgeous rooms here to choose from and the options include three room selections, from Standard and Superior to Deluxe. All of the rooms are equipped with full baths and beautiful handcrafted wooden furniture. The hotel also offers two-room suites for families and garden suites that come complete with jacuzzis and private outside gardens. One of the most highly requested suites in the hotel is the Vita de Oro, which boasts tiled walls, wood paneling and antique furniture. On one Internet ranking page, the Grano de Oro has a five-out-of-five-star average, with over 260 reviews. That is impressive, and well deserved.
The Hotel Fleur de Lys
The Hotel Fleur de Lys is an old Victorian structure that has 31 rooms, and each one is decorated differently. Located in the cultural district of San Jose, you will absolutely love the accommodations here. You will be treated to a complimentary breakfast every morning or, if you prefer, you can dine in the restaurant located inside, which is known for its fine cuisine. All the rooms have large beds and are beautifully decorated in pastel colors. You can choose from single bedrooms, doubles, junior suites, master suites and master superior suites. For the grown-ups, the hotel bar also features happy hour on Tuesday and Friday nights.
The Irazu Hotel and Casino
This hotel is part of the Best Western hotel chain and is another great option for a place to stay in San Jose. It is located in close proximity to the city and the International Airport. The hotel is known for catering to business visitors and offers free airport shuttle service as well as rooms to hold meetings. The restaurant is open 24 hours a day and offers a wide variety of meal options. Each room is equipped with free Internet access, cable TV, full baths, comfortable beds and much more. The Concorde Casino is where you will find the La Cantina Bar along with all the gaming action you could hope for. From cards and roulette to hot tubs and tennis courts, the Irazu has everything for your family’s pleasure, and that includes all ages.
If you plan to stay in Costa Rica for a few weeks or more then you might consider renting an apartotel. An apartotel is similar to a hotel room but comes equipped with a full kitchen and other home-style amenities. They are a great option if you are looking to save some money. The longer you will be staying, the more you should consider this option.
Hitting the high country
If you are going some backpacking through the country, which many people choose to do, then a bed and breakfast inn might be another option to consider. Bed and breakfast lodgings are typically less expensive than traditional hotel rooms, especially the highly rated ones, and a more sensible choice if you are outside the capital of San Jose in such cities as Cartago, Alajuela, Puerto Limn and Puerto Jimenez. However, if your budget is a little more flexible and you can afford a cabina, then that might also be ideal for your lodging needs. Costa Rica lodging options cover a lot of ground, with many kinds from which to choose. Depending on where you go, what you want to do and how much you want to spend, you can select one of the fine hotels, an inn or cabina, private lodges, cabins, cottages and apartotels.
Be sure that you book your trip and lodging in advance, so that you are sure to get the accommodations that you desire. In order to get a good discount you might want to plan your trip during the green season that lasts from mid- April through November, and do not forget that you will be charged a compulsory sales and tourism tax of 16.39% year-round. No matter when you decide to head to Costa Rica, you are sure to be staying in the middle of paradise with lodgings that reflect it.