Trip to Costa Rica: Hotel Reviews

The Best Western, Costa Rica
Rating: 3.5 / 5 Stars
It was only 15 minutes from the airport and right in the middle of the city. I felt it was a good transition from being in the US to being in a different country as it is a large international hotel chain. All the people we spoke to spoke perfect English, but they were also locals so they were open to sharing any advice you might need. The rooms were pretty average and clean, with a great view of the courtyard and pool area in the center of the hotel. We swam in the pool during the day (very clean and well maintained) and the hot tub was located off to the side, a bit more private, with an “infinity pool” feel. Overall, it was a simple hotel that offered just enough for us.

Lomas del Volcan, San Carlos
Rating: 4/5 stars
To this day, it has been one of the most unique and memorable places I have ever stayed. It may seem sketchy when you have to get off the main road and drive a bit down this dirt trail on a slope, but then you hit a normal road and it takes you straight to the main hotel site for check-in. The staff were attentive and welcoming. It was a simple dining room, both indoors and outdoors, with an excellent buffet. From there, we had to continue up the slope and walk with our luggage to our own cabins. (Unfortunate downside: no one takes you around the resort) Flamingo-shaped towels were propped up on each bed accompanied by rose pedals. The bathroom was very large and open, which was nice when shared with others. We had a small front porch and a back porch that opened up to all of the beautiful surrounding nature. When we went out in the mornings, there were monkeys swinging around the trees, right outside our cabin! It is also very close to all the nearby activities, right next to the Arenal Volcano!

Condovac la Costa, Playa Hermosa
Rating: 4/5 stars
We stayed at this great resort next to the sandy beaches. There’s a constant uphill and downhill ride so a good workout awaits you, but luckily there were golf carts roaming around to help guests get around. The welcome desk was very nice, with a lot of people around to help you. The rooms were fine, not entirely worthy of a 4-star, but it was everything else that made me give it this rating. They had a tennis court, game room, pool area, karaoke, infinity pool, zumba lessons, salsa lessons, a great restaurant, gift shop, and most importantly – their private entrance to the beach that just takes you! to do more! We barely stayed in the hotel room, the amenities kept us so busy. We had no problems with anything here! Highly recommended.

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