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From modern, state-of-the-art decor to breathtaking views and spas, San José, Costa Rica’s luxurious hotels set the scene for an idyllic setting for your next well-deserved vacation. Here, you’ll find big-name brands and boutique hotels tucked away in leafy gardens or standing proud in the heart of the city – perfect for sipping a tropical cocktail from the rooftop bar or lounging around in one of the plush cabanas by the pool. This fast-paced city full of some of Costa Rica’s best things to do is well equipped for all kinds of luxe stays and has plenty of beautiful hotels that go all out with the details. Not sure where to stay next time you head to San José? Read on for all of the best luxury hotels here!
With its colonial charm, elegant décor, beautiful stained-glass windows, ornate woodwork, and antique furnishings, it’s fair to say that the Hotel Grano de Oro goes above and beyond when it comes to impressing its guests. This luxury hotel is all about attention to detail and thoughtful touches throughout, from the beautiful rooms to the flower-filled communal spaces that rival any of the best resorts in Costa Rica. Head to the restaurant to feast upon its menu of farm-to-table cuisine, made using fresh local ingredients, or make the most of the hotel’s central location, which puts you within easy reach of many of San José’s top attractions and landmarks.
Rooftop garden terrace with two jacuzzis
Fitness center overlooking the rooftop sundeck
Home to one of Costa Rica’s finest fine-dining restaurants
A gorgeous hotel located just outside of San José (but definitely worth the extra few minutes in the car), Finca Rosa Blanca is a stunning boutique hotel located in the lush coffee region of Santa Barbara de Heredia. This is a place that particularly excels when it comes to the views that feature the stunning natural beauty of the region – rolling hills, verdant forests, and the distant mountains just behind. Elegant furnishings and colorful artwork sit inside every room here, while outside, you’ll find a beautiful infinity pool and a rooftop terrace with breathtaking views of the valley. You can also take a tour of the hotel’s own coffee plantation, with a cup in hand, of course.
Infinity pool and a rooftop terrace with breathtaking views of the coffee highlands
Farm-to-Table, seasonal Costa Rican cuisine at El Tigre Vestido Restaurant
Option to sign up for a tour of the organic coffee farm with a tasting
If you’re a foodie hitting up San José, there’s nowhere better to check in than InterContinental Costa Rica at Multiplaza Mall. Fusing luxury with a delicious dish or two, this five-star Central America resort is home to a range of restaurants to ensure you’re suitably wined and dined. Here, you’ll find Alfredo’s Steakhouse, Nau Sushi Lounge, Factory Steak & Lobster, and a range of bars, including the Zambra Lobby Bar, NAU Sushi Lounge Bar, and the Pool Bar. Other impressive amenities include a full-service spa with a range of treatments and services, a fitness center with modern equipment, and an outdoor pool with a swim-up bar and sun loungers.
Ideally located within Multiplaza Mall complex and two corporate centers
Exclusive spa and heated pools on-site surrounded by tropical gardens
Rooms with soundproof windows, soft bedding with 300 thread count Egyptian cotton sheets and feather pillows
Park Inn by Radisson San Jose, Costa Rica is all about being eco-friendly and is just shy of being an all-out Costa Rican eco-lodge with its solar panels, energy-efficient lighting, and a recycling program throughout the hotel. But don’t think that means it sacrifices luxury – this gorgeous spot is all about the premium experiences. Try an afternoon cocktail in the inviting poolside bar, or sit back and enjoy beautiful twinkling lights from your chic and spacious balcony room. When hunger calls, this suave spot has it all. Savor classic American dishes at the onsite restaurant or experience indulgent day spa treatments to help you completely unwind after an action-packed day exploring. Better yet, this place is also a pet-friendly hotel, so you’re free to bring your furry friends along for the stay.
Within walking distance of the vibrant downtown area, La Sabana Park, and Paseo Colón
On-site outdoor pool, fitness center, and restaurant
Complimentary breakfast and in-room coffee and tea
San José might only have a handful of five-star hotels, but the ones it does have are all pretty special. The Sheraton San José Hotel is a modern and seriously luxe hotel located in the upscale business district of Escazu, with a large range of rooms and suites to suit all tastes. Here, you can unwind in the poolside bar with delicious drinks and light snacks or enjoy a meal outdoors on the rooftop terrace while looking out over the city skyline. There’s also the suave and sophisticated Lobby Bar, which is the perfect place for a cocktail after a long day of exploring San José.
On-site restaurant, bar, outdoor pool, fitness center, and laundry
Soundproof floor-to-ceiling windows in every room
Poolside bar and rooftop terrace with views of city skyline
Hotel Presidente is a fusion of a fast-paced lifestyle and laidback leisure, offering the best of both worlds from its central location. This luxury hotel is a modern and stylish one, located in the heart of the city, with the personality to match. Rooms here come designed with a modern and minimalist style that combines form and function, offering great views across the city. But the coolest part of a stay at this spot? The hotel’s rooftop bar, which offers stunning views of the city skyline and a range of refreshing cocktails and drinks. It’s the best place to take in the vibrant energy of the city below, soaking up the atmosphere and the lively vibe of San José
Within walking distance of world-famous cultural institutions and top museums
On-site rooftop restaurant for light bites and cocktails
Not only does Wyndham San José Herradura Hotel & Convention Center offer a free airport transfer, but it’s also only a 10-minute drive away from the airport. This tranquil hotel is home to its own lake as well as an endless reel of other impressive amenities, and it’s a luxury hotel you’ll long to return to. Rooms at the Wyndham San José Herradura Hotel & Convention Center come in a range of colors and styles to suit all kinds of travelers. If you’re hoping to go all out, check into one of the hotel’s master suites. This top luxury hotel comes with in-room Jacuzzis in the most luxurious rooms, as well as a separate living room, a king-size bed, and a spacious bathroom.
On-site restaurant, casino, and three outdoor pools
24-hour fitness center and full-service spa with sauna and five hot tubs
Babysitting services, children’s activities, and a playground
Exclusive privileges at the prestigious Cariari Country Club and Golf Resort nearby
Picture this scene: You arrive at the Marriott Costa Rica Hotel Hacienda Belen and immediately find yourself almost a little overwhelmed by the beautiful surroundings. The hotel is situated in a former 19th-century coffee plantation that has retained its historic charm and elegance over the years. The lush gardens, towering trees, and bubbling fountains create a serene and peaceful atmosphere that you’ll soak up each morning at this hotel with some of the most stunning hotel room views, making it easy to forget that you’re just a short drive from the bustling center of San José. Start your morning with fresh fruit, pastries, and a variety of hot dishes before spending the day taking a dip in the pool, working out in the fitness center, and enjoying a massage.
Full-service spa, golf range, and tennis courts on the property
Outdoor pool with private cabanas and a swimming area just for kids
If your idea of luxury includes chic furniture and stylish decor, there’s nowhere better to check in than Barceló San José. This modern and stylish hotel is located in the heart of San José and is filled from top to bottom with sleek and contemporary design. While this is one of the most central hotels around, it sits in a peaceful residential area, ensuring a great night’s sleep without having to travel too far to see the sights. As well as its beautiful outdoor pool surrounded by lush gardens, this hotel features three restaurants that serve a mix of international and local cuisine, a bar, and a coffee shop.
Complimentary airport shuttle service (to and from)
On-site fitness center, spa, and outdoor pool
Three on-site restaurants and a bar with live music
Hotel Alta Las Palomas is located just outside of San José itself, but it’s close enough that you’ll easily be able to explore this thriving city in the daytime before venturing back to your peaceful palace as night falls. A luxury hotel that doesn’t hold back on impressing its guests, Hotel Alta Las Palomas is home to a beautiful outdoor pool, a full-service spa, and a fitness center. Rooms here feature all the essentials with a little extra style, including comfortable king-size beds, seating areas with a sofa and chairs, and a marble bathroom with a walk-in shower and a separate soaking tub.
On-site restaurant with organic and farm-fresh cuisine from the hotel’s own local farm
Balcony with mountain and volcano views from every room
A stay at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cariari San José – Costa Rica is probably unlike anywhere else you’ve ever stayed, and for one good reason: on arrival, you’ll be greeted with a warm chocolate chip cookie, a signature DoubleTree by Hilton welcome. And that’s just the beginning of the fun. This luxury hotel brings together all of the essentials you need during a trip to San José, including a large outdoor pool to cool off in under the hot sun, a spacious gym if you’re hoping to work out, and a stylish restaurant that serves food all day long.
Warm chocolate chip cookie on arrival
On-site pool, gym, and restaurant
Steps from the Cariari Golf Club and Plaza del Cariari shopping mall
Crowne Plaza San José Corobici Conf. Center is something of a regal sanctuary in San José. It’s just as good for business travelers as it is for anyone else looking for a taste of luxury. Here, elegant guest rooms come with glossy wood furnishings, stylish decor, flat-screen TVs, and complimentary high-speed WiFi. Elsewhere in the hotel, you’re free to check out the beautiful outdoor pool, the range of dining options, and the gorgeous skyline views from the rooftop bar. Don’t forget to admire the winding streams through the sheer blue marble fountains that adorn the entrance of this impressive hotel.
A stay at the Radisson San José-Costa Rica is sure to be one of the ultimate luxury. Slip into the plush beds with their high-thread-count linens, curl up in the glacier-white down comforters, and drift away to sleep in comfort. Each morning, enjoy a stroll around the immaculately landscaped grounds or take a dip in the sparkling pool while enjoying breathtaking views of the pastel-toned mountains in the distance. Radisson San José-Costa Rica also features an onsite casino, making it a great choice if you’re hoping to supplement your luxury hotel with slot machines, table games, or poker. And, if you’re hoping for some fine dining, head to the hotel’s onsite restaurant, Acuarelas.
Complimentary breakfast included
Costa Rican gourmet coffee and tea provided in the room