Hotels to lodge in the Central Valley of Costa Rica

Best Western Irazu Hotel & Casino
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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…

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Crowne Plaza Corobici San Jose
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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…

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Aurola Holiday Inn
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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…

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Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation Resort
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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…

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Real Inter‐continental
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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…

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Park Inn San Jose
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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…

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Wyndham San Jose Herradura Hotel
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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…

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Costa Rica Marriott Hotel San Jose
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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…

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Doubletree By Hilton Cariari San Jose
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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

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Hotel Alta Las Palomas
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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…

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Peace Lodge
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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…

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Hotel Presidente
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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…

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Radisson Hotel San Jose Costa Rica
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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…

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Studio Hotel
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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…

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Xandari Resort & Spa
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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…

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El Silencio Lodge
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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…

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Hotel Buena Vista 
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Hotel Buena Vista 

Buena Vista hotel is located in Alajuela about 15 minutes from Juan Santamaría International Airport. Its location at the top of…

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Tryp By Wyndham San Jose Sabana 
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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…

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Hotel Don Carlos
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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…

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Soluxe El Sesteo Hotel
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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…

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Chayote Lodge
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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…

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Hilton Garden Inn San Jose La Sabana
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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…

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Grano De Oro Hotel 
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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…

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Bosque De Paz Lodge
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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…

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Parque Del Lago Boutique Hotel
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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…

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Quality Hotel Real San Jose
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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…

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Poas Volcano Lodge
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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…

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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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