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Fauna Luxury Hostel
2.5 out of 5
del Edificio Municipal de Escazú 150mts, Antiguo Hotel Beacon, Escazu
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The price is $17 per night
15.47 mi from city center
4.5/5Wonderful! (250 reviews)

"It was affordable with great and interesting people. The room was beautiful. The toilet paper was awful and the kitchen was dirty but everything else was great."…"

Reviewed on Feb 29, 2020

Fauna Luxury Hostel
Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton San Jose-Airport
3 out of 5
Hwy 1 Airport Blvd, Alajuela, Alajuela
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20.96 mi from city center
4.5/5Wonderful! (2,039 reviews)

"2 min from airport and every 15 min free shuttle. nice restaurant and car rentals walkby. Best place for airport stay overnight"…"

Reviewed on Mar 28, 2020

Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton San Jose-Airport
Casa Aura Boutique Hotel
3 out of 5
50 mts norte del ICE, Cartago centro., O bien 250 mts norte de Las Ruinas., Cartago, Provincia de Cartago
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The price is $61 per night
0.43 mi from city center
4.3/5Excellent! (19 reviews)

"It is right in the middle of the city. It is a small property and we slept there 1 night to go to Irazu volcano the next day. So it served its purpose for us."…"

Reviewed on Oct 7, 2019

Casa Aura Boutique Hotel
Hotel Las Brumas
2.5 out of 5
San Rafael de Oreamonu, 2 Km Al Este del Puente, Cartago
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The price is $68 per night
1.9 mi from city center
3.8/5Good! (33 reviews)
Good place but there may be better

"If you are going to the Irazu volcano, this hotel's location is perfect; however, the hotel is on a busy highway with many trucks using their brakes and horns. If you are not interested in their location, there may be better choices somewhere else in Cartago. The room was large and very clean, as ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 2, 2020

Hotel Las Brumas
Barceló San José
4 out of 5
Autopista General Canas 3km, El Robledal - La Uruca, San Jose, San Jose
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13.72 mi from city center
4.3/5Excellent! (2,231 reviews)

"The hotel is exceptionally well maintained inside and out. It is located in a rather nondescript location just off the Hwy which makes it rather noisy all day. The staff is very warm and welcoming; however they should be more fluent in English (I assume English speaking persons are their majority ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 22, 2020

Barceló San José
Country House, Cozy Fireplace and an Amazing View
Beautiful House, Master Bedroom With a Jacuzzi and Private Balcony, Nice View
The price is $180 per night
0.94 mi from city center
Beautiful House, Master Bedroom With a Jacuzzi and Private Balcony, Nice View
Hotel y Restaurante El Guarco
3 out of 5
1.5 sur del Parque Industrial, Tejar del Guarco, Cartago
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2.01 mi from city center
4.2/5Very Good! (60 reviews)

"En una semana y media me hospede 3 veces en diferentes días. Cada vez en la recepción fueron muy amables y serviciales, siempre atentos a las necesidades. En un día tuvimos problemas con el internet y con solo una llamada al servicio a recepción lo arreglaron rápido. Excelente servicio y atención. ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2020

Hotel y Restaurante El Guarco
Courtyard by Marriott San Jose Airport Alajuela
3.5 out of 5
Plaza Los Mangos, Radial Francisco J Orlich, Alajuela, Alajuela
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The price is $129 per night
21.69 mi from city center
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,751 reviews)

"Nice modern facilities - great food and excellent staff"…"

Reviewed on Apr 30, 2020

Courtyard by Marriott San Jose Airport Alajuela
Costa Rica Marriott Hotel Hacienda Belen
4.5 out of 5
700 meters West from Bridgestone/Firest, San Antonio de Belen, Heredia
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The price is $132 per night
19.24 mi from city center
4.5/5Wonderful! (789 reviews)

"I have stayed there during the corona virus crisis. The hotel was super clean. We felt very safe. The architecture is beautiful. The rooms are fully renovated. The pool area is charming and peaceful. We used the bar service at the pool, the restaurant by the pool, the restaurant at night and for ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2020

Costa Rica Marriott Hotel Hacienda Belen
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Visiting Cartago

Visitors to Cartago are sure to enjoy the coffeehouses. Tourists can also enjoy the city's cathedral, volcano viewpoints, and museums. Top sights around the area include Parque Nacional, National Museum of Costa Rica, and Jade Museum.

  • There are 53 hotels and other accommodations in Cartago
  • The closest major airport is in San Jose (SYQ-Tobias Bolanos Intl.), 16.2 mi (26 km) from the city center
  • The next closest is in San Jose (SJO-Juan Santamaria Intl.), 21.4 mi (34.4 km) away

Sightseeing and Staying in Cartago

Notable city landmarks like Our Lady of the Angels Basilica and Ruins of Ujarras might be worth a visit. The city's natural beauty is on display at Irazu Volcano National Park, Lankester Botanical Garden, and Turrialba Volcano National Park. A couple of additional sights to add to your agenda are Paseo Metrópoli and Terramall.

In Cartago, there are 53 hotels and other lodging options so you'll have ample places to choose from for a perfect holiday retreat. Below are highly ranked ones based on our user reviews:

  • Hotel Quelitales - This 3.5-star hotel features free breakfast, a restaurant, and free parking. It's a favorite with Expedia travelers for its dining options and breakfast.
  • Guayabo Lodge - Our customers like the helpful staff and comfortable beds at this resort. With a stay at this 3-star resort, guests can enjoy access to free breakfast and a restaurant, along with free WiFi.
  • La Casona del Cafetal - With a stay at this 3.5-star hotel, guests can enjoy access to free breakfast and a restaurant, along with free WiFi. Expedia customers like its dining options and helpful staff.

In the surrounding area, top places to visit include Parque Nacional, located 11.3 mi (18.2 km) from the city center, and National Museum of Costa Rica, which is 11.3 mi/18.2 km away.

Dressing for Cartago

  • Between January and March, you can expect average temperatures of 83°F during the day and 61°F at night
  • From April to June, the average during the day is 84°F, while the average at night is 64°F
  • July through September has daytime averages of 81°F with nighttime averages of 63°F
  • In October-December, you can expect daytime averages of 80°F and nighttime averages of 62°F
  • Cartago gets about 72.76 inches of rain per year
  • Usually April and May are the hottest months with an average of 83°F, whereas January and February are often coldest, averaging 62°F

Frequently asked questions

Where is the best place to stay in Cartago?
La Casona del Cafetal is one of the top choices for your stay based on our traveler data. This 3.5-star hotel offers free breakfast and a restaurant. Other good choices for your visit include Dantica Cloud Forest Lodge and Cedrela Ecolodge.
If I need to cancel my hotel reservation in Cartago, will I receive a refund?
Yes, you’ll find most room reservations are fully refundable as long as you cancel before the hotel’s cancellation deadline, which in most cases is within 24 or 48 hours of the scheduled arrival. If your reservation is non-refundable, you might still have the option to cancel and get a refund within a 24-hour period of your booking. Add your dates and click on “Search”, then you can filter by “free cancellation” to get top deals in Cartago.
Where can I learn more about changing or cancelling my trip to Cartago?
To find more details about picking new dates or cancelling your trip to Cartago, go to https://www.expedia.com/service/.
What's the best accommodation for a family vacation in Cartago?
Hotel Rio Perlas Spa and Resort is a top 3.5-star resort on Expedia for families, and features 2 outdoor pools and a restaurant. Other options for your kid-friendly vacation include Hotel Reventazon and Dantica Cloud Forest Lodge. Attractions in the area like Spirogyra Butterfly Garden and Amusement Park San Jose are also fun for kids of all ages.
What's the best accommodation for a romantic vacation to Cartago?
Dantica Cloud Forest Lodge is a favorite 3.5-star resort for couples, and features a garden-view restaurant and free WiFi.
What's the best pet-friendly place to stay in Cartago?
Mirador de Quetzales is a top dog-friendly lodge, and offers a restaurant and a coffee shop for its human guests. Other good options to stay with your pet include Turrialba Bed & Breakfast and Hotel Reventazon.
Where is the best place to stay near Irazu Volcano National Park?
Guayabo Lodge is one of the top choices for your stay based on our traveler data, and this 3-star resort offers free breakfast and a restaurant. You’ll find it 7.4 mi (12 km) from Irazu Volcano National Park. Other good choices around the area include Hotel Las Brumas and Casa Mora B&B.
What about the best place to stay close to Ruins of Ujarras?
One of the top choices for your stay is Hotel Rinconcito Verde, located a short 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Ruins of Ujarras, and this hotel offers free breakfast and an outdoor pool. Waterfall Earthship in Bird Sanctuary, located just 0.5 mi (0.8 km) away, is another good option.
What are some accommodations with pools in Cartago?
Hotel Rinconcito Verde is a top hotel with an outdoor pool, free full breakfast, and free WiFi. A couple of other options that offer an onsite pool include Hotel Rio Perlas Spa and Resort and Hotel Villa Florencia.
What is the best spa hotel in Cartago?
Hotel Rio Perlas Spa and Resort is a top spa hotel featuring a restaurant and a bar. Enjoy a facial, body scrub, or Swedish massage at RIO PERLAS. Other popular spa hotels in Cartago include La Casona del Cafetal and Dantica Cloud Forest Lodge.
What is the best hotel near Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO)?
Courtyard by Marriott San Jose Airport Alajuela is a popular 3.5-star hotel featuring a restaurant and an outdoor pool. It’s located a short 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Juan Santamaria Intl. Airport. Other options close to the airport are Holiday Inn Express San Jose Costa Rica Airport and Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton San Jose-Airport.
How is it to stay in Cartago?
Visitors to Cartago are sure to enjoy the coffeehouses. Tourists can also enjoy the city’s cathedral, volcano viewpoints, and museums. Top sights around the area include Costa Rica National Stadium (Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica), Irazu Volcano National Park, and Parque Nacional. In Cartago, there are 63 hotels and other accommodations to choose from.

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