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Celeste Mountain Lodge
One of the most innovative and sustainable hotels we’ve ever seen, Celeste Mountain Lodge is proof that one can be ecofriendly without giving up comfort or style...
This converted elementary school is now a chic loft hotel, and would definitely feel more at home in trendy Miami than in humble Guanacaste. The saturated tropical colors of the lofts manage to be understated and minimalist...
Hotel Monte Real
Next to the Río Burío with a pool in the middle of the landscaped grounds, this comfortable hotel is run by an attentive Tico couple named Francisco and Nury...
Hotel Central Loft
This pretty yellow hotel has 12 spacious rooms with balconies, some overlooking a cute courtyard with a small pool. All rooms have air-con, cable TV, fridge, coffeemaker and hot-water bathroom with hairdryer...
Trapp Family Lodge Monteverde
The closest lodge to the reserve entrance (just under 1km away) has 20 spacious rooms with high wooden ceilings, big bathrooms and fabulous views from picture windows (which overlook either gardens or cloud forest)...
Hotel Arenal Kioro Suites & Spa
The 53 all-suite rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows with in-your-face volcano views, whirlpool tub, balconies and floral decor. There are eight beautiful thermal hot-spring pools surrounded by lush gardens...
Hilton Garden Inn Liberia Airport
Liberia’s newest hotel looks and feels like it was engineered in the soulless business-hotel laboratory, and plopped from the sky in the middle of a vast, parched, would-be business-park savannah...
Casa Luna Hotel & Spa
The snazziest joint on this road, this terracotta floored, adobe-style lodge has sex appeal. Wooden doors open into elegant split-level duplexes with tiny private patios...
In Cerro Plano, this attractive, wooden, family-run hotel consists of the main lodge and several bungalows that are spread out across a mountainside...
Hotel La Fortuna
The tallest building in town, this five-story, 44-room hotel is the newest and most modern hotel in downtown La Fortuna...
Hotel El Silencio Del Campo
This lovely resort 4km west of town has cabins that are luxurious without being showy, and have attractive tiling, plush bedding and soft lighting. Unfortunately, a hideously ugly and huge hotel has rudely put up its walls right next to the property.
Monteverde Lodge & Gardens
A progressive recycling strategy, a solar-energy system and a huge solar-powered – but nice and hot – Jacuzzi are among this nonsmoking hotel’s noteworthy environmentally sound practices...
Nayara Hotel Spa & Gardens
This intimate hotel has 24 casitas (cottages) with Asian-inspired architecture and minimalist decor...
Chachagua Rainforest Hotel & Hacienda
This hotel is a naturalist’s dream, situated on a private reserve that abuts the Bosque Eterno de Los Niños in Chachagua...
Ecoplaya Beach Resort
There are things we love about Ecoplaya. The rooms are huge with sustainable teak furnishings, there are cool design elements like soaring, slanted ceilings and a floating beam, and those views from 2nd-floor rooms are epic...
Borinquen Mountain Resort & Spa
Rincon de la Vieja
If you want to splurge, wallow here. The most luxurious resort in the area features plush, fully air-conditioned bungalows with private deck, minibar and satellite TV...
For backpackers seeking something a little unconventional, Tina's might do it for you. This complex of little rooms and cabins has paths leading through the garden to each room...
Sleepers Sleep Cheaper Hostel
Say it five times fast to ingrain it in your brain, because you'll want to take advantage of this terrific budget deal when you land in Monteverde. A new hostel on the block, this place offers loads of reasons to recommend it...
Cerro Chato Eco Lodge
Owned by Miguel Zamora, an avid naturalist who delights in leading tourists on nature tours. Rooms here are simple and sweet, with hot-water bathroom and great views of the volcano. About 1...
Cabinas Vista Al Golfo
Rooms in this bright, kitschy lodge are well kept, the showers are hot and the owners will make you feel right at home. The upstairs balcony rooms ($5 extra) have great views of the rainforest and, on a clear day, the Golfo de Nicoya...
Arenal Backpackers Resort
Set out on its own, this self-proclaimed ‘five-star hostel’ with volcano views is among the cushier hostels in Costa Rica. Dorm rooms have private hot-water bathroom, and you’ll sleep easy on the thick, orthopedic mattresses...
Casa Tranquilo Hostal
This wonderful little hotel is owned and managed by a delightful Tico couple, David and Elena (and their little one, Josue). Some of the wood-paneled rooms have skylights and views of the gulf...