Where to Stay During My Costa Rica Trip?

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My trip to Costa Rica is quickly approaching, so I think it is time to make lodging arrangements. I typically book flights first and wait some time later to book hotels. I have been looking at properties in San Jose, Costa Rica and a resort just outside of the city. Here are the three hotel options so far.

First up is the Intercontinental Hotel in San Jose. The property is in an Escazu (upscale part of San Jose). The price per night is $125 USD at the regular rate. I checked the government/military rate and it was a few dollars more, $131. I have IHG Platinum Elite status due to having the IHG Rewards credit card, but it does very little in regards to room upgrades.


Next up the Costa Rica Marriott Hotel San Jose. The property is located just north San Jose near the airport. It offers complimentary shuttle service to/from the airport. This is a huge plus because it eliminates the need to haggle with “taxis” outside of the airport. The price per night is $129 at the government/military rate, while the regular rate is $170. I have Marriott Gold Elite status which gets me suite upgrades in the continental United States and one room upgrades when traveling internationally.


The last property is the Los Suenos Marriott Ocean and Golf Resort. The property is located one hour from San Jose in Herradura. There is no complimentary shuttle to the property. On my last visit to the area, the shuttle was easily $100 for the one way trip. The proximity to the beach, golfing, and the rainforest are definitely appealing, while the room rate of $210 per night is not.


Final Word

All three hotels provide different options. As far as amenities, the Los Suenos Marriott beats the others. The Costa Rica Marriott seems the most practical, from a logistical standpoint. There are some decent Airbnb options in the city as well. Whether it is a hotel or Airbnb, I am just happy to return to Costa Rica. Pura Vida!

all images courtesy of the respective hotel.

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