Central Valley Hotels

Near the Airport | East of San José, Poas | Turrialba Area

East of San José: Alajuela Area | Santa Eulalia de Atenas| Escazú | Poas Volcano Area

Alajuela Area / Airport Vicinity

BUENA VISTA superior | ¢¢
Located a dozen kilometres from the international airport, on the way to Poas, this small hotel has 25 rooms of 3 categories: 11 standard rooms, 9 superior rooms, 5 junior suites. Built in Spanish colonial style, the hotel has a restaurant, a bar, a shop and a small pool. Pretty view on the valley and the volcanoes Poas and Barva.
Our Opinion: A good hotel of convenient size in a calm surrounding and a good departure point for various tours in the area.


POSADA CANAL GRANDE superior, charming | ¢¢¢
Conveniently located on a hill near the small residential town of Piedades de Santa Ana, 15km from the centre of San Jose and 10km from the airport. The hotel is surrounded by quiet coffee plantations and has a clear view on the central valley. 12 plainly decorated rooms with rattan (palm) furniture, beds with orthopaedic mattresses, private bath, cable TV, telephone and safe. This is a friendly home, offering a living room with fireplace, bar, restaurant (closed Monday), swimming pool, laundry service, parking.
Our Opinion: Definitely a good base in the Central Valley with excellent value for the money.


CORTEZA AMARILLA Lodge & Spa charming | ¢¢¢¢
Named after a beautiful tree with yellow flowers, this charming little address is located near Santa Ana, 25 min from downtown San Jose. Scattered in a beautiful garden you will find 3 rooms in the main house and 11 further rooms in three other buildings. All rooms (junior and master suites) are spacious and nicely decorated, with air conditioning, mini fridge, cable TV, and private bathroom (shower). Pleasant restaurant with a terrace overlooking the garden, spa, whirlpool, massage, shop, parking.
Our Opinion: A former mansion turned into a hotel. A charming address, only few minutes away from the capital and the international airport.


XANDARI charming | ¢¢¢¢
15 minutes from the airport, this high quality hotel is set in a beautiful area of coffee and fruit plantations in the heart of the Central Valley. 19 elegantly decorated villas of original modern architecture with a terrace overlooking the valley and a small patio. Restaurant and room service. Many fruits and vegetables are produced locally in an organic farm. Small paths lead through the property to waterfalls and a bamboo garden. Outdoor fitness room, spa, 2 swimming pools and whirlpool, library.
Our Opinion: A cosy place to stay, especially for the end of your stay.


MARRIOTT deluxe | ¢¢¢¢¢>
A brand new colonial-style facility in the outskirts of San José. 5 minutes from the international airport, set in the heart of a coffee plantation. 252 rooms, mostly with balconies. Bars, restaurants, 2 swimming pools, tennis courts, fitness room, sauna, golf driving range, whirlpool, jogging, and casino. Free shuttles to the airport and the city centre.
Our Opinion: A great Marriott location. Ideal for business, conferences and seminars and all those who want international comfort in a superior surrounding.

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Santa Eulalia de Atenas

EL CAFETAL INN superior, charming | ¢¢
This cosy house is located in Santa Eulalia de Atenas, a small town west of the capital – which was chosen by NASA and National Geographic as the place with the world’s best climate. The Cafetal Inn feels more like a home than a hotel and it offers nice views of the surrounding countryside. Several room categories with real allure. Restaurant, swimming pool, gardens, parking.
Our Opinion: A good base (surrounded by a coffee plantation) to visit the eastern and northern parts of the Central Valley.

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POSADA EL QUIJOTE charming | ¢¢¢
Lying on the hills of Bello Horizonte de Escazú (with a nice view of the Central Valley), a suburb of San José, this charming small unit has 8 tastefully decorated rooms in 3 categories. No restaurant, but breakfast is served. Numerous eating possibilities in the vicinity. Salon, parking, small, lovingly maintained garden.
Our Opinion: Good option for those who prefer peace and quiet. 20 minutes from downtown San Jose. Very well-kept and intimate establishment.

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Poas Volcano Area

Las CalasHOTEL & VILLAS LAS CALAS rustic | ¢
A small hotel, located in the mountain wilderness of a dairy farm. 7 bungalows of 2 types: "Cabaña Pequeña" with double bed and private bathroom with hot water; "Cabaña Grande" on 2 floors offers the same comfort and an additional kitchen and living room. Restaurant and an included visit to the farm (strawberries, trout pond). The surrounding protected forest is frequented by a variety of birds and other animals.
Our Opinion: The Villas offer rustic comfort in close touch with nature. Beautiful views on Poas volcano and the surrounding forest. The moderate prices are a plus.


POAS VOLCANO LODGE superior, charming | ¢¢
This small alpine-style lodge enjoys an unobstructed view of Poas Volcano and its surroundings. Lying amidst a finca, it is more of a guest house than a hotel. 11 rooms are decorated in simple and tasteful fashion. 4 categories: standard with shared bathroom, standard with private bathroom, suite and master suite with fireplace. Living room with fireplace, restaurant, billiards, table tennis, trampoline, horseback riding, mountain biking.
Our Opinion: The standard rooms are small but offer nice views on the garden. A great starting point for visits in the Poas area.


PEACE LODGE charming | ¢¢¢¢¢
Member of "Small Distinctive Hotels of Costa Rica"
Located in the middle of the La Paz Waterfalls park, this luxurious facility was designed in close touch with its environment (cloud forests at 1600 m). The spacious rooms (8 standard, 8 superior and 1 villa) are decorated with a particular taste. Gas fireplace, king size beds, mini-bar, satellite TV, DVD player and balconies overlooking the forest. The bathrooms imitate a cave with hot tub and… a waterfall (superior rooms). Several restaurants, swimming pool, parking lot and free access to all of the park’s conveniences.
Our Opinion: The lodge’s peculiar style might be a little kitschy but it is certainly luxurious. Enjoy yourself in an incredible ambience between James Bond and “The Sleeping Beauty". The superb La Paz Waterfalls make an exciting visit: they are like a miniature version of Costa Rica.

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Turrialba Area: Turrialba | Orosi Area | Pacuare River


TURRIALTICO rustic | ¢¢
A small, chalet-style lodge, perfectly located on a hill (720m) over the Turrialba Valley and 10 min from Turrialba itself. 16 single rooms with sink, shower (hot water) and WC. The restaurant offers tasty regional dishes. The beautiful private garden (with orchids) of the owners can be visited for a small fee. This is an ideal base for excursions in the region, to the Irazu and Turrialba volcanoes, for white-water rafting, or as a stopover between the Caribbean and Pacific coasts.
Our Opinion: The (very) rustic rooms are not quite soundproof but the overall impression is still good. Very moderate prices.


TURRIALBA VOLCANO Lodge rustic | ¢¢
Simple but well-maintained lodge with 12 rooms (private bathroom, wood stove). The mountainous site is only accessible by 4x4 and a good base for many pleasant strolls, including the crater of Turrialba Volcano (on foot or horseback). Only full board. Bar, reading room, restaurant.
Our Opinion: A distinctive place convenient for exploring this region, which was still spared by mass tourism.


GUAYABO LODGE superior | ¢¢¢
Located near one of the entrances to the Guayabo National Monument and 1h drive from Irazu volcano, this small hotel is well maintained by its Dutch owners. The 22 rooms (from 1 to 4 persons) are all distinctly decorated and equipped with all comforts: private bathroom (shower) with hot water produced by solar panels and toilet. Restaurant, pleasant living room with fireplace, open terrace with a beautiful view on the surrounding countryside, parking place.
Our Opinion: A nice, unpretentious hotel with good reputation. Good value for money.


CASA TURIRE charming | ¢¢¢¢
Member of "Small Distinctive Hotels of Costa Rica"
Nice replication of a colonial mansion in a mountainous setting amid tropical gardens with splendid views on volcanoes and rivers. 12 spacious and very comfortable rooms and 4 suites. Bar, elegant restaurant, swimming pool. Rafting, kayaking, horseback riding, hiking, tennis. A macadamia and sugar cane plantation on the property can be visited upon request.
Our Opinion: Makes a lovely stopover in this region! Good value for money.


HACIENDA TAYUTIC charming (eco-lodge) | ¢¢¢¢¢¢
This small, appealing hotel, which is more of a traditional "bourgeois country estate", is a little gem. In the heart of a major "finca" (organic macadamia, coffee and sugar cane plantations), this wooden house in the Turrialba Valley offers views on the lake and the surrounding mountains. The 5 bedrooms (3 in the main house, 2 in an outbuilding) are all different and were arranged with an eye for authentic details. The bathrooms are also originally designed by combining modern and traditional styles… Restaurant, small pool, many terraces, gardens, parking places. Free admission to the "Hacienda Experience" (see description in the appendix).
Our Opinion: One of the most charming and authentic addresses with tasteful decor. Ideal for a romantic stay… A small, perfectly restored 19th century church accommodates private concerts and other events.

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Orosi Area

OROSI LODGE superior, charming | ¢
Located 300 m from the town centre of Orosi. The Orosi Lodge offers 6 rooms on two floors with veranda or balcony. The pleasant establishment is well kept by its owners. Double or triple rooms with private bathroom and mini-bar overlook the Irazu and Turrialba volcanoes. Breakfast and home-made pastries. Parking places.
Our Opinion: The best (small) address for numerous walks and activities in the beautiful Orosi Valley: canoeing, horseback riding, mountain biking, visiting hot springs and the Tapanti National Park.


RIO PERLAS superior, charming | ¢¢¢¢
Very pleasant location, situated on the banks of Rio Perlas, a few kilometres from the small village of Orosi. This establishment offers 69 good quality rooms of 3 categories: standard rooms, junior suites and cottages (cabañas) – which we recommend for their charm and quiet setting. The cottages are small wooden houses, nicely built into the nature, with living room and terrace overlooking the river. 2 pools including a hot spring, spa, massage, restaurant, bar, parking place. Golf cart available to reach the “cabañas”.
Our Opinion: A very good address, rustic and comfortable at the same time… and very competitive rates. Great walking opportunities in the vicinity. We particularly recommend one of the 20 cabins.


TETEY LODGE superior | ¢
This new, motel-style lodge is located on the southern outskirts of Orosi. 9 tastefully furnished and comfortable rooms. Mini-bar, coffee machine, satellite TV, fan, one bedroom for the disabled, 2 bedrooms with kitchen. Internet Service. Breakfast is served but there is no restaurant for other meals. Eating possibilities are available in town.
Our Opinion: Excellent little address in the charming town of Orosi. There are many activities in the region: canoeing, horseback riding, mountain biking, visiting hot springs and the Tapanti National Park.

This small lodge has a beautiful view on the Orosi Valley. Some 10 cabin-style bungalows are well maintained and relatively spacious: 1 double and 1 single bedroom, bathroom (shower with hot water), telephone, parking. 12 new rooms are in a modern building. Trips offered by the lodge include horseback riding.
Our Opinion: Unpretentious but very suitable establishment for a stopover in the aesthetic Orosi Valley. Reasonable prices.

Pacuare River

PACUARE LODGE rustic, charming | ¢¢¢¢¢
This stylish lodge is only accessible by raft on the Pacuare river. Its rustic appearance is in perfect tune with the surrounding nature. The open cottages are built on piles, spacious and surrounded with flowers. Private bathrooms. All inclusive with fabulous cooking! Nice for a couple of active days – perfect for white-water rafting combined with a very romantic stay. Elevated prices.
Our Opinion: An ideal combination to escape civilisation on a raft… Hide away to find your peace in the jungle, near an Indian reservation. We strongly recommend the more secluded Riverview bungalows with a great veranda and an outdoor shower!

This list is not exhaustive. If you desire a hotel that is not mentioned here we will gladly take care of your booking.

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Hotel Classifications:

Because there are almost no “star classifications” in Costa Rica we have assigned our own categories to give you a more precise idea of the establishments:

orderly and simple, mostly rustic accommodations
neat, comfortable accommodations, mostly rustic
quality hotels with character and great comfort
high-class hotels, offering distinctive service
top end luxury hotels, Costa Rica’s best!

Price Categories:

¢: 40-60 USD | ¢¢: 61-90 USD | ¢¢¢: 91-120 USD | ¢¢¢¢: 121-180 USD
¢¢¢¢¢: 181-300 USD | ¢¢¢¢¢¢: 300+ USD

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The section "Our Opinion" includes reports of our frequent quality control visits at the facilities and customer feedbacks .

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