The Road to La Amistad hotels and hostels
This, the freshest B&B in the region, is exquisitely run by a Belgian–Tico couple and located 5km south of town on the road between the Wilson Botanical Garden and San Vito.
This 2nd-floor hotel is located above a block of shops on the main road, though it’s fairly well insulated from the street noise below. Basic rooms with whitewashed walls are reasonably clean and comfortable, and staff are polite and courteous.
Hotel El Ceibo
The best option in town – though fairly subdued by any account – is El Ceibo, conveniently located about 100m west of the main intersection, in a private, secure cul-de-sac.
The Brunka Lodge is undoubtedly the most inviting option in Palmar Norte.
Hotel Vista Al Cerro
On the western edge of town, the Vista al Cerro is a modest family-run hotel with all the required amenities and a decent restaurant to boot. Long-term apartment rentals are available if you find yourself needing a cheap base in the region.
Centro Turistico Neily
Few people have reason to stick around town, though you can always grab a clean room and a hot meal at Centro Turistico Neily, a low-key resort in a quiet residential part of town.
Bar Restaurante Y Cabinas Boruca
The only regular place to stay in the area is at the Tico-owned Bar Restaurante Boruca, which consists of five basic rooms. For a few dollars you can also camp around back with your own tent.
At Hotel Andrea, paths of terracotta tiles are brightly scrubbed, leading guests through the maze of yellow buildings to cool, whitewashed rooms.