|One of the Original Boutique |
Hotels in Costa Rica
Does this mean the Boutique Hotel concept is ready to be added to the endangered list in Costa Rica?
The "boutique" style is said to have been created in New York back in 1984, though
|A Lovely Boutique Hotel in Arenal|
The most defining characteristics of boutique style hotels are that they are generally small properties, with less than 100 rooms and more often averaging between 3 and 50 rooms total. They take great pride in offering
|The controversial Mega Riu |
Hotel Costa Rica
Still a popular choice for hotels in Costa Rica, the concept of “boutique”, “design”
|The popular Marriott Hotel San Jose|
There are no longer cookie cutter molds for guests seeking the “Boutique experience”. Travelers are constantly looking for something new and different, while definitely expecting more than the simple comforts once acceptable to the average vacationista.
|Award Winning Lapa Rios |
Fabulous Boutique Hotel
Boutique hotels retain certain benefits when it comes to cost of operations and overall profitability. They often have a large customer base to work with, as well as being favored by smaller travel agencies or tour operators that are looking to sell
|Is this really what we want in Costa Rica?|
In the end, whether it's the most isolated green hotel getaway, the most unique historical location, the most private white sand beach, impeccable five-star white glove service, or you are just looking for that travel environment that loans their son’s boogey board, gives you cookies from their kitchen, offers the most incredible personalized guest services, or located in the most super chic locale, boutique hotels in every instance cater to their guests every need and whim. Who doesn’t want that kind of attention on their hard earned vacation? If we don't continue to support the Boutique Hotel Industry, Costa Rica could end up looking like this:
|Could Costa Rica end up like this?|
So for your next Costa Rica vacation, bypass that mega chain hotel and try one of the many Costa Rican Boutique Hotels, you will be personally helping keep these unique properties off Costa Rica’s endangered list!!
If you have a favorite boutique hotel you have visited, please feel free to share it with us in the comments section!!
Author: Kimberly Barron, originally from Malibu, California has lived in Parismina and Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica for 20 years. Starting as a certified tour guide, she spent 15 years managing fishing lodges on the Caribbean Coast and later 4* & 5* Hotels on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. Currently semi-retired, Kimberly still works as the Marketing Director for Byblos Resort & Casino and Hotel Makanda by the Sea.