Tourism officials have created a new category called boutique hotels to differentiate this type of lodging from the other seven categories.
According to the new regulation, the boutique hotels or Hoteles Boutique as it is listed by the Instituto
Costarricense de Turismo is one that offers at least five bedrooms with private bath and is characterized by personal and high quality service.
There are 45 hotels with 1,235 rooms that now meet this qualification, said the institute. Some 82 percent have been classified four- or five-star hotels, the agency said. The new category will be used in marketing luxury lodging.