4 Reasons to Choose a Small, Distinctive Hotel in Costa Rica

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A boutique luxury hotel in Costa Rica is the best way to sample “la pura vida.”

Travelers to Costa Rica who book a small and distinctive hotel are often less concerned about the luxury (though that helps) and more concerned about unique adventures-in-living. Large resorts and international chains often lack the flavor and authenticity of the local culture. The big chains also tend to cater to visitors who are more interested in familiar surroundings and amenities than in unique style and experience. Small boutique hotels are recognizable by high ethical standards and personalized, quality of service.

We have four good reasons to choose one, or several, unique luxury hotels for your stay in Costa Rica.

Local flair

Locally owned, you can count on management and staff to be experts in the history, culture, and attractions in their vicinity. Small distinctive hotels general employ locals who have a vested interest in your satisfaction. These hotels’ décor and ambiance reflect their unique perspective on their location and their dedication to give you the best experience possible during your stay.

Rare Experiences

Boutique hotels offer guests an insightful experience into the history and culture of their specific location. Whether it’s a night hike in Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve or Piedras Blancas National Park, certified naturalist guides reveal the sights and sounds of Costa Rica’s wildlife. Couples seeking a romantic interlude can hardly go wrong with rooms overlooking the spectacular rainforest or clear waters of the Pacific.

Sustainable tourism

Today’s globally-minded traveler wants to see and experience different peoples, their culture, and their natural world without undue impact on the natural world. By balancing economic success with minimal impact on natural and cultural resources, sustainable tourism benefits local communities, as well as local and national economies. Frequently, small boutique hotels that have earned a certificate of sustainable tourism focus measures on the physical and biological impact of their operations, how they manage their services to benefit their clients and their socio-economic environment.

Top Quality

Staying at a small distinctive hotel typically means a more intimate, quieter experience characterized by

  • Fewer rooms, luxuriously appointed with an emphasis on light-filled and airy design
  • Top-flight amenities, including spa or massage services, a la carte restaurants, and personalized service
  • The absences of real estate development and gaming

Travelers who seek authenticity, immersion, and a unique experience choose properties that seek to embrace those qualities; properties like those proudly featured by Small Distinctive Hotels of Costa Rica.

Find out more about our member hotels and what makes them distinctive; we believe a stay at one of our properties will make all the difference in your Costa Rica travel adventures.