USA Today – Are these really the “10 Best Hotels in Costa Rica”?

The title of a recent article published in USA Today caught our eye – “10 Best Hotels in Costa Rica”. Click here to read the full article. Since Costa Rica is one of our top-selling destinations, we wanted to see how many hotels on this list would make our Top 10 List.

Four of the 10 properties listed are located close to San Jose. For the majority of our travelers, San Jose isn’t a destination they visit unless specifically wanting to include museums and/or the National Theatre in their itinerary. San Jose isn’t the original capital city of Costa Rica and Juan Santamaria Airport (SJO) is actually located in Alajuela, not San Jose.

We do agree that five of the properties on the list are highly regarded by our travelers as well as our own personal experience (Hotel Grano de Oro, Almonds & Corals, Savegre Hotel, El Silencio Lodge and Hotel Tropical Latino). If only one property in the San Jose area had been listed, more regions of Costa Rica could be included in the author’s list.

Arenal Volcano guided tour Reefs to Rockies
View of Arenal Volcano.

Here’s our take on the 10 Best Hotels in Costa Rica. This list is based on consistent client feedback as well as years of our own personal experience traveling throughout Costa Rica.

Note: This list is based on location, not specific hotel rankings.

1. Xandari Resort & Spa
Location – Central Valley near the SJO Airport

2. Casa Luna Hotel & Spa
Location – La Fortuna/ Arenal Volcano

3. Hotel Belmar
Location – Monteverde Cloud Forest

4. Celeste Mountain Lodge
Location: Tenorio Volcano

5. Hotel Tropico Latino
Location: Santa Teresa/ Nicoya Peninsula

6. Alma del Pacifico
Location: Playa Esterillos Este

7. La Cusinga
Location: Uvita

8. El Remanso
Location: Osa Peninsula

9. Casa Corcovado
Location: Osa Peninsula

10. Trogon Lodge
Location: San Gerardo de Dota

Costa Rica Manuel Antonio guided tour Reefs to Rockies
Costa Rica’s central Pacific coast.