Timeless Fun – Best Hotel in Costa Rica for Families


In Costa Rica, September 9 is a special day designated to celebrate children.  On El Día del Niño you may come across children’s activities going on around the city.  The origins of this day can be traced back to 1952 when the International Union for the Protection of Children declared the importance of every child’s right to well-being, high quality of life, and access to education.

Every day is a day to celebrate children.  Our staff is committed to making Villa San Ignacio the best hotel in Alajuela – San Jose Costa Rica for fun, affordability and safety for families.  Many of them include old-fashioned outdoor activity.  For families arriving later in the day, we also have the perfect way to enjoy the outdoors at night.  We will light up the fire pit by request…and what better campfire treat to offer than S’mores? 

Girl Scout Book

The first documented recipe for “S’mores” is found in Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts published in 1927.  The recipe for this easy to carry, non-refrigerated sweet snack for the scouts included:

8 of the best sticks you can find
16 graham crackers
8  chocolate bars broken into pieces
16 marshmallows

Instructions:  Toast two marshmallows over the coals to a crisp gooey state and then put them inside a graham cracker and chocolate bar sandwich.  The heat of the marshmallow between the halves of chocolate will melt the chocolate a bit.  Though it tastes like “some more” one is really enough.

Kid with Mashmallow

Fast forward to the year 2019, Costa Rica and the S’more recipe has evolved.  We discovered our favorite recipe from a Canadian mom, using a 100% Costa Rican cookie, Chiky Cookies.  The Villa San Ignacio recipe requires two bite-size cookies and one marshmallow.  It’s the best cookie, lined with chocolate and allows assembling the S’more without crushing your graham cracker or the chocolate sliding out of your sandwich.  The firm, small Chiky remains intact and can be managed with the stick in one hand and the two cookies in the other.


Chiky smore


For our signature tropical  S’more, we sometimes offer two tart passionfruit cookies, with some bulk and extra crunch to balance the sweet and sticky marshmallow. 

 maracuya Smore

The hotel firepit at Villa San Ignacio is spacious and located only a few steps from Pandora Restaurant.  Our pit is surrounded by Costa Rica trees and plants and gives the feeling that you had tramped into the woods and built a small bonfire.


Hotel guests can order a brown paper bag that contains a package of 6 Chiky cookies and 3 marshmallows.  We welcome families, both with young children and teenagers, to spend some time around the fire in our urban woods in Alajuela Costa Rica.

Book your stay at the best hotel in Costa Rica for families here