This boutique hotel is only 10 minutes or so from the airport, on the road that leads to the summit of the Poás Volcano. It’s a quietly elegant option, with soft colors, plush appointments, and minimalistic decor, all at an amazing price. The hotel sits on 22 acres of land with tall native trees on a sloping hillside and is great for bird-watching. There’s a refreshing mid-size pool off the main lobby, with low-lying Balinese-style chaise lounges. The Pandora restaurant serves excellent creative concoctions rooted in locally grown ingredients, and sometimes has live music on weekends. This hotel can be a bit hard to find, so be sure you’re armed with good directions or a GPS. Note: Street noise can be a problem in some rooms.