Bed & Breadfast Crisis in Costa Rica

At least 10% of small B & B type hotels in Costa Rica are no longer active.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

It has been estimated that in San Jose alone 10 hotels have closed their doors, however, it is not known how many of these types of establishments are operating in the country. "The information comes from knowledge held by private sector authorities, including the National Network of Small Hotels of Costa Rica (Renaph) and the Costa Rican Chamber of Hotels (CCH), through which it can be inferred that they have been affected by the economic situation," reported

According to Jane Lemarie, president of the Rednaph, "in recent years some have failed to survive because standard hotels have lowered their rates too, until they were not able to breaking even. It is obvious then that tourists prefer to go to cheaper hotels than to go to a bed & breakfast ".

Some establishments are known to charge as little as $8 per night. However, the problem is not only due to price and competitors. For example, in Casa 69 located in San Jose, there are complaints about the dirty streets surrounding it, the garbage and the nearby bars.

According to Flora Ayub, executive director of the Chamber of Hotels another difficulty they face is that some of these establishments are run by families with little experience and few resources for tourism promotion.

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