Travel and tourism website TripAdvisor.com released its ranking of the 25 best hotels in Central America, and 16 are located in Costa Rica.
The “Traveller’s Choice 2013” lists top-rated hotels by travelers and users of the popular website that registers 60 million unique monthly visitors.
Hotel Nayara in San Carlos (northern region) tops the list, followed by three other Tico hotels: La Paloma Lodge in Drake Bay (South Pacific), Arenas del Mar Beachfront and Rainforest Resort (Manuel Antonio, Central Pacific) and The Four Seasons Papagayo in Guanacaste.
In fifth place is Victoria House in Belize.
The ranking also includes Hotel Grano de Oro in San José in sixth position and Villa Blanca Cloud Forest in San Ramón, Alajuela, in ninth.
Two hotels from Tamarindo, Guanacaste, were included – Capitán Suizo (#14) and Cala Luna (#16) – as well as four from Alajuela –, The Springs Resort and Spa (#15), Hotel Royal Corin (#17), Arenal Springs Resort (#18) and Arenal Manoa (#19).
Hotel Parador in Manuel Antonio National Park (#20), Westin Golf Resort & Spa in Conchal, Guanacaste at #24 and Hotel Mountain Paradise at #25 close the local list.
The website explained its list comes from regional information centers, where they have collected some 75 million comments and ratings of hotels worldwide.
1 Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens. La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
2 La Paloma Lodge, Drake Bay, Costa Rica
3 Arenas del Mar Beachfront and Rainforest Resort. Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
4 Four Seasons Resort. Papagayo Peninsula, Costa Rica.
5 Victoria House. San Pedro, Belize
6 Hotel Grano de Oro. San José, Costa Rica
7 Hotel Gran Mediterraneo. San Pedro Sula, Honduras
8 Coco Beach Resort. San Pedro, Belize
9 Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and Nature Reserve. San Ramón, Costa Rica
10 Grand Caribe Belize Resort and Condominiums. San Pedro, Belize
11 Las Terrazas Resort. San Pedro, Belize.
12 InterContinental Hotels Real San Salvador. El Salvador
13 Hotel Ciudad de David. David, Panama
14 Hotel Capitan Suizo. Tamarindo, Costa Rica
15 The Springs Resort and Spa at Arenal. La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
16 Cala Luna Boutique Hotel & Villas. Tamarindo, Costa Rica
17 Hotel Royal Corin. La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
18 Arenal Springs Resort. La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
19 Crocodile Bay Resort. Puerto Jiménez, Costa Rica
20 Hotel Parador. Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
21 Casa Santo Domingo. Antigua, Guatemala
22 Villas de Palermo Hotel & Resort. San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
23 Arenal Manoa Hotel & Spa. La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
24 The Westin Golf Resort & Spa, Playa Conchal. Playa Conchal, Costa Rica
25 Hotel Mountain Paradise. La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica