Let’s start by defining what a boutique hotel is. According to the Oxford English Dictionary a boutique hotel is “A stylish small hotel, typically one situated in a fashionable urban location.”
But see, when it comes to Costa Rica and because 30% the country’s territory has been declared protected areas (be it National Parks or Reserves), a boutique hotel in Costa Rica bares a completely different meaning.
Boutique hotels in Costa Rica:
- Are located either in urban areas such as San Jose or more vastly at every single corner of the country. Most of the hotels in Costa Rica are boutique. Our country is small and our infrastructure for travelers is small as well.
- 80% of the best hotels in Costa Rica are boutique hotels. Most are not luxurious. Some are very rustic. All of them offer the highest quality of service and food.
- Lodging at a Costa Rica Boutique Hotel is an experience that will be essential to your vacation. Executive hotels in the urban area are not really different than any other small hotel you will find at any other place in the world. On the other hand, boutique hotels located across the country, by the beach, at the mountain and immersed in the jungle usually provide one or many of the following features:
Surround sound from nature!
Spa like amenities within a natural environment
Delicious bedding with a canopy saran
- Especially those immersed within nature are surrounded by bugs. Costa Rica is a tropical country after all and bugs are part of the experience. If you are not a bug person, then a resort is probably a better hotel choice for you.
Some of our favorite boutique hotels in Costa Rica are:
- Nayara Gardens and Nayara Springs: both properties have the same ownership and administration. Each room has a direct view of the Arenal Volcano and Nayara Springs offers a hot springs pool at each villa.
- Tortuga Lodge is rustic and raw and it is the best hotel at Tortuguero. It is located right on the Tortuguero Canals, it offers homey food that is truly yummy and you quickly feel at home from the way the staff treats you.
- El Silencio Lodge and Punta Islita hotel. They are owned by the same family and are supervised by the owners themselves. The staff at the reservations office and at the hotel have been working there for a very long time so they have the know-how to solve any problem and create new ideas.
- Monteverde Lodge: owned by the same company as that of Tortuga Lodge, Monteverde Lodge is intimate, cozy and surrounded by the Cloud Forest. White faced monkeys visit every day and so visitors are warned to keep their room windows closed…one would not want to have a bag stolen by a monkey! And they will steel your bag if you let them!
- Harmony Hotel: at the more upscale end of the boutique hotels range, Harmony does not look like a luxury resort because it has preserved its 80s looks. But as soon as you step into your outdoor shower and hammock, sit at Harmony restaurant and eat one of their heavenly meals or head out to Guiones Beach right from your room, you quickly realize why this is a luxury boutique hotel and you will agree that it deserves that title.
- Capitan Suizo: one of our most beloved beachfront hotel, Capitan Suizo is located at the end of the Tamarindo beach and away from the crowds of the town of Tamarindo. The owners are two Europeans who fell in love with Tamarindo and who still come to work every day. Here too you will find monkeys going around the property.
Want to explore some great options for your Costa Rica Vacation Package?
Contact your favorite Costa Rica Travel Agent (well us, of course) and run the longest list of questions you might think of. We will raise up to the challenge of answering each and every one.