Boutique Hotels

Costa Rica has many small, unique boutique hotels. The commonly quoted statistic is that over 80% of the country’s hotels have under 20 rooms. Choose from our hand-picked selection.

Boutique hotels in Costa Rica

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Luxury boutique hotels in Costa Rica offer a unique experience, where you will be able to interact with local people and sample the local culture. The majority of these properties are owner-operated and have a high ratio of staff members to guest rooms. This ensures that you will have a personalized and friendly experience with staff throughout your stay.

Family-run, Eco-sustainable Businesses

Costa Rica is a country that started its humble roots in tourism back in the ‘70’s. During that time, many US and European Expats were looking for a quiet place in the sun. Costa Rica was a great option due to the proximity to the U.S. and its reputation as a peaceful haven (the military was decommissioned in 1948). Since then, many aspiring entrepreneurs have come to the country with the hope of starting their own small business, such as boutique hotels.

During the ‘80’s and early ‘90’s, these boutique hotels fueled the rapid growth of Costa Rican tourism. Many expats took their savings, bought their very own piece of paradise and either began a small B&B or transformed their own homes into boutique hotels. In some of these hotels you will find that the main building was the original housing of the owner’s family. These families unknowingly led the whole tourism industry by providing true Costa Rican experiences. Guests very much enjoyed their stays and noticed the difference between this type of travel and staying at a resort.

While staying in a resort, it might not even be clear what country you’re in. A resort in Mexico looks exactly like a resort in Belize. When at a boutique hotel, however, you will have no doubt that you are in beautiful Costa Rica. The “pura vida” vibe is clear.

During the late ‘90’s and 2000’s, larger resort hotels such as the Marriott, Barcelo, Westin, and Hilton were constructed, piggybacking off the success of the industry whose way was paved by these boutique hotel owners, however, for every one large resort in Costa Rica, you will still find dozens of small, unique hotels dotting the country. Many of the smaller luxury, boutique hotels in Costa Rica enjoy prime locations in popular areas, as they were purchased years ago, when such desirable property was more affordable. They offer a level of personalized service that a big chain hotel could never compete with.

Costa Rica is unique in its trend toward boutiques over resorts. It’s quite different from Mexico, for example, where you see resort after resort through entire towns. Both have a certain allure but many people prefer boutique style traveling because it’s calmer and more relaxing. You can still be near all the adventures you could dream of but enjoy knowing that when you’re ready to head in for the night you will be able to get a good night’s rest undisturbed, in a clean and comfortable beautiful boutique.

Best Boutique Hotels and Resorts in Costa Rica

Boutiques come in many forms. Some are quirky destinations in and of themselves, while others are modern and others rustic. Some are far away from it all and part of the fun of staying there is getting there. We even have one that’s only accessible by rafting or helicopter. Can you imagine the beautiful nature of a place so remote?

Each area of the country has boutiques. They are a specialty of Costa Rica and something that makes the country stand out from among other destinations. Each area has its own vibe and a different type of offering.

Jaco, for example, is all about nature and the beach. You can find boutiques with ocean views here. Staying in a boutique so near a tourist hotspot is a nice option because you can be hidden away yet close to tours, surf spots, restaurants, and nightlife.

Boutique Hotels near Arenal Volcano

The area around the Arenal Volcano is equally as much into nature, but in a bit cooler climate with volcano and rainforest views. Many La Fortuna boutique hotels have hot springs, heated naturally by the volcano, on-site! You can’t go wrong with this area. Arenal Manoa is a family-friendly hotel that is service-oriented. There’s a small farm on site that the children love to visit. There’s a pool, a Jacuzzi, a swim-up bar, a spa, and pretty gardens. The rooms all have a patio and rocking chairs to enjoy the view of the volcano.

Another Arenal boutique hotel we like is the Volcano Lodge & Springs. It’s comfortable, affordable, and nestled in gardens with a view of the Volcano. There’s a pool, Jacuzzis, a kids pool, a playground, nature trails, a spa, a sunken pool bar, and a restaurant. The pool is hot-spring fed for ultimate, natural relaxation. These boutique hotels are great home bases for all the activities in La Fortuna and around the Arenal Volcano.

Boutique Hotels in Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Guanacaste, on the northern Pacific coast, is where all the resorts are but there are a few boutiques thrown in, especially around the surfer and party town of Tamarindo and in Papagayo. Cala Luna is a clear favorite because it’s on a secluded beach and has a pool and pool bar, a restaurant, and gorgeous gardens. The area gets sun year-round and has tons of wildlife. While it’s surrounded by nature, it’s also just a 15-minute walk to Tamarindo, with many shops, restaurants, and activities. An added bonus is that there is a complimentary sunset beach cocktail. Another great option is Bosque Del Mar, an eco-conscious Papagayo boutique hotel. It’s right on the beach and away from the crowds. It rents out kayaks and paddleboards, has a pool and Jacuzzi, and offers gourmet cuisine.

Beachfront Boutique Hotels in Costa Rica

Le Cameleon is one of the Costa Rica boutique hotels on the beach. It’s by the golden sands of Cocles Beach. It offers seclusion in the jungle but not at the expense of luxury. It’s got A/C, cable, WiFi, and an iPod dock in each room. The rooms highlight a pop of color and this color changes daily, adding a bit of flare to the contemporary decor. This hotel offers a pool, yoga classes, live music, Happy Hour, and spa treatments.

Osa Peninsula Boutique Hotels

The Osa Peninsula is also known for boutiques. This off-the-grid location is free of big chain resorts, adding to its charm and allure. It has boutiques of various types, including options for glamping like you’ve never seen before. Osa is a favorite among nature enthusiasts because it’s largely untouched by humans. Many large cats, playful monkeys, and intriguing birds are spotted in the area. It’s a wildlife hotspot, for sure! Copa de Arbol is a secluded jungle hideaway, just minutes from the beach, with spacious cabins and a spectacular, multi-level infinity pool. It’s the only hotel in the area with A/C.

Santa Teresa, Costa Rica Boutique Hotel

Nantipa Hotel is a beachfront hotel. You’ll have the freshest dinner and fall asleep to the sounds of nature then spend the day at the spa, yoga studio, pool, or beach. Guests can use complimentary bikes and snorkel gear.

Boutique Hotels near Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Manuel Antonio has a great feel to it because there are only boutiques. No part of Manuel Antonio is bogged down by the noise of big resorts. All the offerings in the area are boutiques, creating a special kind of tourist town.

Adult-Only Boutique Experience

Seeking a bit of glamour and romance? Kura boutique hotel in Costa Rica is the place to be. This is a small hotel for just 12 adult guests. It’s never crowded and is always relaxing. Spa treatments are available. The sleek villas are spacious with a king bed, covered terrace, hammock for two, and double rain glass showers with panoramic views. Each villa has binoculars so guests can birdwatch from 1,300 feet above sea level, above the iconic “whale’s tale” sandbar.

Three Sixty Boutique Hotel Costa Rica is another adults-only boutique that offers a birds eye, 360 degree view of the Pacific coastline. It’s hidden among nature on a mountainside about an hour south of Manuel Antonio. It’s private, sleek, and peaceful. It’s outlined by a biological corridor and preserves 90% of its land as a safe space for wildlife.

We have a great relationship with our boutique hotels, and this ensures any potential issue can be solved at once. We appreciate them for the high quality experiences they provide our clients. To start planning your boutique experience, give us a call.

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