Most of the hotels or lodges in the jungles, rainforests, and on mountain tops offer special packages for their guest including roundtrip transportation to/from San José or Liberia along with specified tours and often including all meals.
In recent years, Marriott and other large chains have built elaborate resorts.
Phones are available in the rooms of most better quality hotels, but many of the budget hotels and all hotels often only have a phone in the lobby. This is where a good travel agent can help you out. Hotel web sites often have stunning photos but may not fairly represent the actual property. just about everywhere you might want to go in Costa Rica, there will be an something to fit your needs.
If you use a travel agent, make sure they have actually been here. Here is what to expect: [Top] Most of the hotels in Costa Rica are smaller hotels – with generally 40 rooms or less though this is changing. Therefore, most of the quality hotels that people read about fill up very early and very quickly and may not have any vacancies for the dates you want if not booked months and months ahead of time. Larger International chain hotels have come to Costa Rica; providing individuals the 5 STAR luxury at 10 STAR prices that these hotels are famous for. Costa Rica hotels are rated by the Ministerio de Tourismo of Costa Rica based upon their criteria.
The service from these larger hotels is exactly what you expect; with room designs and public areas equal to those in their other hotels worldwide – adapted, of course, for Costa Rica. Costa Rica has a ton of boutique hotels that are just out of this world. The star rating means that the hotels offer and have available to the guest those services the Ministerio requires for the star rating the hotel is given.
Saying that, you are going to get what you would get if you were in a fine hotel in the US or Europe. Many have 25 rooms or less, good restaurants, and excellent service plus a special ambiance not found in the big international hotels. These hotels will have all the services you generally expect, but may lack certain formalities that would be available in a similarly rated International hotel.
Many hotels, except the very small ones, will have English speaking employees at the front desk to assist you.
Many hotels have German & French speaking owners or employees.
It was fully furnished, had two bedrooms each with private bath. It had high speed Internet, cable TV and air conditioning. ) in the sliding tray thingy, and send your money to that person you never see! If you want food, you call for it and it is delivered and paid for the same way. Finally, some of them are just plain moms and dads looking to do the same as all the others...
A half bath near the living room, a dining "L", a living room (with hide-a-bed), and a fully equipped kitchen and bar (with booze! There was a nice swimming pool, a store where I could buy just about anything that would fall under the 'staple' category, and a really fine little restaurant that later closed... There are a ton of really nice hostels here, and they range from the very nice with decent rooms, clean beds, good security and private bathrooms to fairly crummy near flophouse variety with the bathroom down the hall. Within minutes of your arrival, you will be presented with your bill ranging from about 10,000 to 15,000 colones or .00 to .00. There are no windows though many motels have open access at ceiling level for natural light. seeking a little romantic (and inexpensive) getaway and again, away from the endless family that defines Costa Rica culture.
Almost all hotels will accept US Dollars at the hotels specified rate of exchange which is usually a few colones less than the exchange rate specified by the Central Bank, but in most cases is fair.
Most hotels, except the very small ones, will accept credit cards like VISA (the most widely accepted) followed by Master Card and American Express.
As with most B and B's, breakfast is offered and may be anything from continental breakfast to a "tipical' Costa Rican breakfast (Gallo Pinto, eggs, toast, cheese, etc.) to a first class sit down and chow down thing!