The below hotels are hotels that we recommend because of guests comments to us about staying at one of these locations in the past. They are not afiliated with us and we can not book them for you, we just recommend them so that you have options for your arrival and departure (in the case that you need to stay in San Jose) and don’t have to look around as much.
Pura Vida Hotel
Alajuela – 4km from SJO airport
Recommended as a gateway to Costa Rica.
The Pura Vida Hotel is a former coffee finca converted into a small boutique hotel just north of the international airport. We have just 6 accommodations ranging from a room with private bathroom to a 6 person Casita with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. The Casitas are situated in a large neo-tropical garden with many bird and butterfly species. Within the garden you will also find an orchidarium and a specialized herb garden along with many fruit trees such as mango, durian, carambola, lemon and more. There is a private secure parking area in the compound.
Price range: Prices include an excellent breakfast and a free International airport taxi pickup on arrival. Prices range from $90 to $155 double occupancy plus 13% tax.
Amenities: Free wi-fi, free skype calls, gift area, in room safes and refrigerators,
in room coffee.
Airport pick-up: Complimentary taxi service from the airport on your day of arrival.
6km from SJO airport with free airport shuttle
Your home base to discover Costa Rica.
Convenient to both central San Jose and the airport (SJO), with free airport transfers before and after any flight. 34 large, modern, spotlessly clean, smoke-free deluxe rooms with new semi-orthopaedic hotel quality beds, A/C, cable, free international phone calls, strong WiFi, an in-room safe, coffee maker, hair dryer and remodelled tiled private bath with amenities.
Delicious all-you-can-eat American/Tico exotic buffet and hot served breakfast included, fun restaurant / sports bar, a solar-heated outdoor pool and Jacuzzi, three guest computers, a ten piece exercise gym, safe and pleasant walks through the exclusive Cariari neighborhood, nearby shopping malls, banking, restaurants, souvenirs, casinos, bowling, Cineplex and the Hard Rock Cafe. # 2 of 78 San Jose hotels on TripAdvisor with over 1600 five star reviews.
Price range: $70 to $117 double occupancy plus 13% tax, book direct for a 10% cash discount. Includes breakfast.
Amenities: Pool, Jacuzzi, restaurant, bar, gym, free international phone calls, free strong WiFi, free airport transfers, low cost car and 4WD rentals, safe, clean, quiet uncongested neighbourhood.
Airport pick-up: Yes, coordinate when making your booking.
Airport drop-off: Yes, coordinate when making your booking.
Hotel Grano de Oro
Recommended if you would like to stay in a luxurious boutique hotel
Located just off Paseo Colon, San Jose’s main thoroughfare, Hotel Grano de Oro is a sanctuary in the heart of the city. Converted from a tropical Victorian mansion, the 40-room hotel maintains the warmth and comfort of a private home. This hotel is a true beauty with original art throughout the hallways and Spanish tile fountains gracing intimate atriums.Accommodations: Vista del Oro Suite with in-room Jacuzzi, Family Suite with 2 rooms, Garden Suite with private patio, and Rooms with queen and king size beds.
We will send you the information of the available units so you can choose your own unit.
Price range: $130 – $367 Based on single or double occupancy. Includes taxes.
Amenities: In-room Internet, minibar, in-room safe, cable TV, room service, parking, rooftop terrace with Jacuzzis, gift shop and Spa.
Restaurant: One of San Jose’s finest dining establishments, this restaurant combines Costa Rican and European cuisine. The menu has a great variety of fresh salads, meats, fowl, seafood and pasta.
Airport pick-up: You can get a taxi from the taxi booth inside the airport.
Airport drop off: The hotel can arrange a taxi for you to the airport.
Hotel Buena Vista
Alajuela – 9km from SJO airport
Recommended if you would like to stay outside
of the city in a peaceful location
About 15 minutes from the International Airport in Alajuela, Hotel Buena Vista is located in the lush mountains with incredible views of the Poas, Barva and Irazu Volcanoes as well as the central valley, tropical forest and coffee plantations.
Accommodations: Villas, Three Bed Junior Suites, Superior Balcony with 1 King or 2 Queen beds, Deluxe Standard & Budget Standard rooms.
Price range: $94 – $209 Based on single or double occupancy. Includes breakfast.
Amenities: Pool, Free Wi-Fi, Massages, Gift Shop, Coffeetrail walk, free Airport Shuttle, Room service and Gardens.
The Quetzal Room (Restaurant): Offers an international and tico (local latin) cuisine.
Airport pick-up and drop-off: Free airport shuttle for arrival and departure, just ask at the time of making your reservation.