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This industrial-strength, Tico-owned hostel – 25 dorms and 25 private rooms – has been a popular 20-something backpacker hangout for years...
This sweet little backpackers’ abode has spic-and-span rooms tucked into a vintage home on a quiet street, 50m west of Hospital San Rafael. There are also three private rooms, with shared bathrooms, a communal kitchen, a TV lounge and free internet...
Hostel Casa De Lis
Just what Turrialba needed – a bright, new hostel right in the center of town...
Casa Yoses Hostel
A mellow spot, this nine-room Spanish Revival–style house from 1949 is perched on a hill that offers lovely views of the valley from the front garden...
Hotel Grano De Oro
Hotel Grano de Oro is a favorite of honeymooners and it’s not difficult to see why...
Costa Verde Inn
The sister lodge of the famous Manuel Antonio hotel, this homey stone inn is surrounded by gardens that contain a hot tub, a mosaic-tile swimming pool, a BBQ area and even a sundeck with wi-fi...
Posada El Quijote
This Spanish-style posada on a hillside rates as one of the top B&Bs in the San José area...
Poas Volcano Lodge
Find contemporary class at this high-altitude dairy farm, where a dozen rooms combine rusticity and elegance in an idyllic rural setting...
Vista Del Valle Plantation Inn
From the Interamericana, near the road to Grecia, you’ll see the well-signed turnoff for the Vista del Valle Plantation Inn , adjoining the Zona Protectora Río Grande...
Gran Hotel Costa Rica
The city’s first prominent hotel was constructed in 1930 and is recognized as a national landmark (John F Kennedy and soccer legend Pelé have both stayed here)...
Colours Oasis Resort
This longtime gay and lesbian hotel in the elegant Rohrmoser district (to the northwest of La Sabana) is located in a sprawling Spanish colonial–style complex...
Hotel Don Carlos
Built around an early 20th-century house that once belonged to President Tomás Guardia, this lovely Barrio Amón inn exudes a slightly campy colonial-era vibe...
Mansion Del Parque Bolivar Hotel
Occupying a quiet nook in Barrio Otoya, this elegant new hotel offers five rooms that provide respite from city stress...
Costa Rica Backpackers
This extremely popular hostel has 15 dormitories and 13 private double rooms spread out over several structures that surround a spacious garden with hammocks and a free-form pool...
Overlooking Av Central from a small hill, this graceful neoclassical home once belonged to José Figueres, the Costa Rican president who abolished the army and granted women the right to vote...
Mi Casa Hostel
This converted modernist home in La Sabana has polished wood floors, vintage furnishings and half a dozen eclectic guest rooms to choose from (two of which are dormitories). One room is wheelchair-accessible...
Costa Rica Guesthouse
This guesthouse, dating from 1904, has simple, graceful rooms with spacious bathrooms and hallways lined with Spanish tiles. Furnishings are basic (creaky beds), but it’s a tranquil, couples-friendly spot...
Hostel Casa Del Parque
A vintage art-deco manse from 1936 houses this quiet spot on the northeastern edge of Parque Nacional. Five large, basic private rooms (one with private bathroom) and one dormitory have parquet floors and simple furnishings...
Hotel Cortez Azul
The owner, Eduardo Rodríguez, is a local artist who displays his unique work throughout the property (check out the Last Supper mural). The hotel has 10 homey, clean rooms with polished wood floors, a common area and two kitchens.
This cozy hostel feels instantly welcoming, with its wood floors and friendly ambience. It has only five rooms, two of which are dorms. There's a shared kitchen and small garden in the back. Laundry service is available.
Hotel Posada Del Museo
This posada (country-style inn) is at a diagonal from the Museo Nacional, in a 1928 structure with a dramatic entrance that features a Juliet balcony overlooking the foyer...
The Kekoldi is set in an airy art-deco building in Barrio Amón that has 10 expansive, light-drenched rooms of various sizes, painted in light shades of pastel, and equipped with cable TV...