Hotel Bougainvillea

Hotel Bougainvillea “Bienvenidos a Costa Rica”

View from back garden View of back garden

Introduction: Hotel Bougainvillea is a perfect place to relax after your international flight. It is located in a very peaceful setting away from the city. Its modern accommodations and pleasant temperatures will have you refreshed for your exciting holiday to follow. The enchanting gardens in the back are well worth a visit in the morning not only for the amazing array of beautiful tropical flowers but also for the birding. We can’t think of a better place to welcome you to Costa Rica.

Location: Hotel Bougainvillea is located near Tibas to the east of San Jose, 30 minutes from the Int’l airport.

Room interior Swimming pool

Accommodations: Hotel Bougainvillea has modern rooms, all located in a long, three story main building. The rooms are spacious and immaculate, the tiled bathrooms – impressive. They have a fine restaurant and bar on the lower level. The gift shop is often stocked with “The Birds of Costa Rica – a Field Guide” by Garrigues and Dean if you need a copy. Cable television in each room will catch you up on the news at the end of your trip. The swimming pool and tennis courts are located in the back gardens. These gardens are impressive and well manicured with walkways throughout. Simply put, it is a lovely hotel.

Climate: Cooler with slightly more rainfall compared to the San Jose area but very mild overall.

Lesson’s (Blue-crowned) Motmot
Birding attractions at Hotel Bougainvillea: Despite the neighborhood surroundings of the Hotel, there are some excellent birds to be found in the back gardens. The most significant of these is the uncommon and local Prevost’s Ground-Sparrow. Watch for this skulker in the early morning in thick cover along the stone fences. The attractive White-eared Ground-Sparrow outnumbers its cousin in the garden but is still a good find. Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl, Tropical Screech-Owl, Squirrel Cuckoo, Blue-crowned Motmot, Rufous-naped Wren, Plain Wren, Rufous-capped Warbler, and Melodious Blackbird are seen fairly regularly along with more common species such as Crimson-fronted Parakeet, Vaux’s Swift, Rufous-tailed Hummingbird, Hoffmann’s Woodpecker, Great Kiskadee, Blue-and-white Swallow, House Wren, Clay-colored Thrush, Brown Jay, Blue-gray Tanager, Grayish Saltator, and Rufous-collared Sparrow. As you can see, an early morning walk in these beautiful gardens can be very rewarding indeed and is a great way to start your birding holiday.



  • Double occupancy: $151.00 USD per room, per night ($75.50 USD per person). Includes Breakfast
  • Single Supplement: $75.50 USD per night.


  • Double occupancy: $162.00 USD per room, per night ($81.00 USD per person).  Includes Breakfast
  • Single Supplement: $81.00 per night.
Dining Room
Costa Rican milk cart
Price Includes:

  • Lodging.
  • Breakfast

Other activities or services at an additional cost:

  • Excellent restaurant and bar.
  • Phone and Internet service.
  • Gift shop.

Reservations: Hotel Bougainvillea reservations can be made directly through Costa Rica Gateway at no additional cost. We can also arrange private transfers from and to the airport.