Hotels and cabins throughout Costa Rica are once again allowed to operate, but only at 50% capacity. They are trying out different tactics to attract what little business they can. They offer discounts of up to 50% for the current low season.
One hotel in Puerto Jiménez lowered rates incredibly, from $1,000 a night to $250, for nationals. Nayara Springs reduced its rate from $750 to $450. The hotel Castillo El Arenal lowered its rate from $65 a night to ₡23,000.
Some also add in meals or offer other deals, like pay two nights and stay three. Tour companies are offering 2×1 tours in many locations as well.
Although the rates are significantly reduced, clients or potential customers have taken to social media to complain. They want to see rates of just 25%. Hotel owners ask for understanding. If they lower rates any more they wont stay above water. They wouldn’t be able to cover their costs. Additionally, they’ve been completely out of business for months. Those with fewer than 20 rooms were able to open in May and the rest in June. Still, it is not profitable to open at 50% capacity with more than 50% discounts.