Hotels of Costa Rica in the Central Valley

Hotels in central valley: ALAJUELA | BAJOS DEL TORO AMARILLO | HEREDIA | SAN JOSE | NARANJO |



Best Western Irazu Hotel & Casino

It is ideally located just 15 minutes from Juan Santamaría International Airport and 10 minutes from San Jose downtown, in a nice residential area. The hotel features 320 Premier and Premier Plus guest rooms recently renovated. All rooms include wall-to-wall carpeting, air conditioning, cable TV, telephone, coffee maker, radio alarm…




Crowne Plaza Corobici San Jose

Ideally located only 15 minutes from downtown San José and 15 minutes from Juan Santamaria International Airport, the Crowne Plaza Corobici is also very close to the La Sabana Metropolitan Park, considered "the lungs of San José" and the Museum of Costa Rican Art, a beautiful Spanish-style building that served…




Aurola Holiday Inn

It is located downtown San José, just in front of Morazan Park, near the main attractions of the capital city. The hotel has 200 nicely decorated rooms, with excellent views of San José; the rooms are divided in different categories, including 8 Suites, 3 Junior Suites, one Presidential Suite and…




Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation Resort

Located in Santa Barbara de Heredia, only 15 minutes away from the Juan Santamaria International Airport, Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation & Inn is an artistic, free-form design property, set in an organic coffee plantation. This luxury sustainable hotel offers two extraordinary Master Suites, and eleven elegant Junior Suites, four…




Real Inter‐continental

It is ideally located in San Jose, within the exclusive area of Escazu, across from Multi Plaza Shopping and Entertainment Center. The Real InterContinental Hotel & Club Tower offers 372 elegantly appointed rooms and suites and 20 meeting rooms, which make this property the ideal location for most important…




Park Inn San Jose

Located in Barrio Don Bosco, three blocks from Paseo Colon and only 20 minutes from Juan Santamaria International Airport, the new Park Inn Hotel is conveniently situated very near San Jose downtown. With 125 spacious rooms that include complimentary wireless Internet and 32-inch flat screen televisions, the hotel provides comfortable…




Wyndham San Jose Herradura Hotel

It is located just 5 km. away from Juan Santamaria International Airport and 15 minutes away from San Jose downtown.  This open air walkways property features 229 rooms in different categories: Superior rooms, Executive Floor rooms, Junior Suites, Master Suites and Presidential Suite.  The spacious and tastefully decorated rooms include…




Costa Rica Marriott Hotel San Jose

Just 10 minutes away from the Juan Santamaria International Airport and 20 minutes from the capital city of the country, it is found the Costa Rica Marriott San José. This beautiful hotel located 700 meters West from Bridgestone/Firestone, in San Antonio de Belen, was designed as a cozy colonial…




Doubletree By Hilton Cariari San Jose

Doubletree Cariari by Hilton is a modern full-service hotel conveniently located only five minutes from Juan Santamaria International Airport and 15 minutes from San José downtown.  It offers 222 comfortable and well-appointed, air-conditioned guestrooms, including Executive Rooms and Suites. All rooms are equipped with Sweet…




Hotel Alta Las Palomas

Located in the exclusive area of Alto de Las Palomas, approximately 5 miles West of the capital city of San José, the new, first class Alta Hotel with its classic spanish colonial ambiance overlooks the beautiful Valley of the Sun. Alta’s offers 23 spacious and comfortable guest rooms, 17 Deluxe…




Peace Lodge

Set in the midst of the tropical forest, sharing the same scenic beauty of La Paz Waterfall Gardens and built with an original architectural style and creative details. It is located less than an hour drive from the airport. Peace Lodge features 17 guestrooms in three different categories : a…




Hotel Presidente

The hotel is set in the heart of San Jose, a perfect location to explore the main attractions of the capital city and at only 30 minutes from Juan Santamaria International Airport. The hotel offers 80 guestrooms in three different categories: Standard, Superior and Suites. Each room is equipped with…




Radisson Hotel San Jose Costa Rica

Boasting a convenient location near the historic city center, the Radisson Hotel San Jose offers comfortable accommodations in the city's vibrant financial, commercial and government district. The hotel is also close to major attractions including the National Theatre, the Golden Museum and a range of shopping and dining options. The…




Studio Hotel

Studio Hotel is located in the city of Santa Ana, on the West side of San Jose and less than 20 minutes from Juan Santamaria International Airport. It offers 75 Deluxe rooms (four of them are specially equipped to meet the needs of guests with disabilities), 5 Superior rooms and…




Xandari Resort & Spa

This splendid and cozy property is only 15 minutes away from Juan Santamaria International Airport, and a few minutes from the city of Alajuela. The hotel features 23 individually designed villas of different categories: Prima, Prima Plus, Ultra and Ultra Plus and the newest and largest villa, Xandari Star Villa,…




El Silencio Lodge

El Silencio Lodge & Spa is an eco luxury hotel located in the tropical cloud forest of the central volcanic valley, in Los Bajos del Toro, a small rural town, 90 minutes from Juan Santamaria International Airport. The property lies in a 500-acre private reserve, blessed…




Hotel Buena Vista 

Buena Vista hotel is located in Alajuela about 15 minutes from Juan Santamaría International Airport. Its location at the top of a mountain offers panoramic views of three volcanoes in the Central Valley: Poás, Barva and Irazú. This Spanish colonial…




Tryp By Wyndham San Jose Sabana 

Recently renovated, the Tryp San José is located in Paseo Colón, 20 minutes only from Juan Santamaria International Airport and 10 minutes from San Jose downtown. The hotel has 98 guestrooms of different categories (STD, Junior Suite and Suite).  In addition, four of the Suites have been specially equipped for…




Hotel Don Carlos

Located in the oldest historical section of San Jose, the hotel is a small but significant part of Costa Rica’s rich heritage. A few minutes away, there are several tourist attractions such as the zoo, the Pre-Columbian Jade Museum, the National Museum, the Gold Museum, some famous parks, a variety…




Soluxe El Sesteo Hotel

The hotel is conveniently located 15 minutes from the international airport and 5 minutes from downtown San Jose, in a quiet, residential neighborhood. The Sabana Park is just a few blocks away, along with a variety of shops, restaurants and business. It has 18 Standard rooms and 21 Apartment-style rooms…




Chayote Lodge

Located only 50 minutes away from Juan Santamaría International Airport, between de towns of Naranjo and Zarcero, Chayote Lodge lays in the outskirts of the Central Valley, in Llano Bonito de Naranjo, at 1500 m above sea level. Inspired by the rich coffee culture of the region, the lodge’s architecture…




Hilton Garden Inn San Jose La Sabana

The hotel is conveniently located in the Sabana Business Center Building in San Jose downtown, between floors 13 and 20, in front of the Costa Rica National Stadium. The lobby is located on floor 13 and guest rooms are found on floors 14-20. The Hilton Garden Inn San Jose La…




Grano De Oro Hotel 

Situated on a shady street just off Paseo Colon, San Jose’s main thoroughfare, Hotel Grano de Oro is a true oasis, a sanctuary in the heart of the city. Converted from a Tropical Victorian mansion, this 40-room hotel maintains the warmth and comfort of a private home. Hallways lined with…




Bosque De Paz Lodge

Bosque de Paz Rain/Cloud Forest is a 1000-hectares (3000-acres) privately-owned Biological Reserve that acts , as a natural biological corridor, connects the Poás Volcano National Park with the Juan Castro Blanco National Park. It is a spectacularly rich ecosystem because of its privileged location, on the Continental Divide, at an…




Parque Del Lago Boutique Hotel

Check-in: 14:00 – Check-out: 12:00 Parque del Lago hotel is located in San José, very close to La Sabana Metropolitan Park and the Costa Rican Art Museum. The hotel offers 40 guestrooms in different categories and personalized service in order to bring a very pleasant stay of the guests.…




Quality Hotel Real San Jose

It is conveniently located in Santa Ana, the heart of the new business district of San José, in front of the Business Center Forum, and within 15 minutes of Juan Santamaría International Airport. Multiplaza Mall, one of the biggest mall in the country, is just ten minutes away, while one…




Poas Volcano Lodge

The hotel lies between the Poas and Barva Volcanoes at 1900m above sea level on the ridge dividing the Atlantic and Pacific zones of the country. The Lodge comprises of twelve charmin and confortable bedrooms, including five luxurious master suites in the main bulding. One of these rooms is…




Costa Rica’s Central Valley is the union of the country’s main cities, San Jose –the capital city-, Heredia, Alajuela and Cartago. The area comprises the territory from Paraiso of Cartago (in the East) to San Ramon of Alajuela (in the West); to the North, the valley borders the mountains of Heredia, and the Barva and Irazu volcanoes; and to the South, it limits with the Talamanca mountain range in the Caribbean and, on the Southwest, with the Tarcoles river valley.

Geographically, the Central Valley is divided in two different sections: one is the Western Valley and the other, the Valley of El Guarco; both separated by the Ochomogo hill. An important fact to take into account is that more than half of the population of the country is located in the Central Valley, as it is also the center of most of the economic activities, the main public governmental institutions and the private ones.

The Central Valley oscillates between 800 msnm (meters over the sea level), in towns such as Alajuela and La Garita, and 1.500 msnm in other places such as San Jose de la Montaña and Tarbaca. The Central Valley weather has temperatures varying between 12°C and 35°C, depending on the time of the year and the altitude of the specific place. San Jose downtown, usually presents an average temperature of 20°C. This climate is favorable to live and to spend some days in the area if you are coming for vacations.

As for its geography, this is one of Costa Rica towns that tends to have smooth hills with different elevations. These differences in the terrain increases towards the mountains that define the valley. Despite of this, the place does not present variations in huge magnitude or extreme in some way. Thanks to its geographical and natural richness, it is crossed by different fluvial channels, the ones that originate its rivers. One of its main attractions for tourism as them represents the opportunity of enjoying different fun water activities all year round.

The main economic activities of the valley vary depending on the province; this way, for example, we have a culture of producers planting potatoes (mainly) and other vegetables in Cartago, and producers of the Intel’s International Company microprocessors in Heredia. This area has a huge development in commerce and services: hospitals, education centers, banks, entertainment places, some of the best city hotels, and more. The main international airport is located here too.

Besides its visually impressive beauty, there are a lot of different things to do in Central Valley that will keep you busy while visiting it. There are a lot of varied activities of arts and culture to enjoy, as well as you can also find close contact with natural landscapes and wonders. For example, in the Cartago province you can find the oldest colonial-style church that is still in use in the whole country: The Orosi church which was built in 1734, and you can also enjoy the scenic beauty of the surroundings.

Across the Central Valley you can find a lot of great museums to visit if you want to know about our culture and also you can also take different adventure tours to enjoy a little bit of adrenaline during the holidays. Some of these tours visit the different volcanoes located in the region, and which are accessible from San Jose.


Here you can find the Turrialba and Barva volcanoes, but the most popular are the Poas and Irazu volcanoes.

Both volcanoes are situated inside the national parks that feature the same name and have played an important role in the history of the country. The Poas Volcano National Park is one of the oldest and most famous national parks in the country and it is still active.

Central Valley is a worth-visiting place full of activities and ideal for everyone. Now, if you are thinking about a trip to the country, then you may know that we have a great selection of hotels of all budgets, sizes, locations and characteristics; so, find the ideal option for your vacation will not be a problem at all.

From cozy boutique hotels nestled in the mountains that surround the valley, to conveniently located properties within the city, here it is possible to find both, leisure and business hotels to discover and enjoy during your next travel to Costa Rica.

Here we list our top recommendations of hotels in the Central Valley, for you to choose the one that adapts better to what you are looking. Check them out!



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