Around the world, the economy is struggling and people everywhere are tightening their belts when it comes to spending money, including on vacations. When your focus is on saving, making sustainable travel choices might not be high on your list of priorities – but good news! Sustainable hotels are not any more expensive than other hotels. Many are extremely affordable, and can even end up saving you money. These days, sustainable hotels really run the gamut in terms of price range. Our job at SustainableTrip.org is to make it easy for you to find sustainable lodging that fits into your budget and your interests. Here's our list of Top Sustainable Hotels Under $50 per Night:
Pantaví Inn, Ecuador
Pantaví Inn is a charming country lodge where guests have a window into the culture of a rural Ecuadorian village. You can venture to several nearby attractions, including the famous thermal springs of Chachimbiro, the Cotacachi-Cayapas Nature Reserve, the El Angel Ecological Reserve, the Golondrinas cloud forests, and several ancient archaeological sites. This hotel is perfect for nature enthusiasts and those who want an authentic experience of rural Ecuadorian culture.
Rates: Starting at $32* per night per person
Selva Negra Ecolodge and Coffee Estate, Nicaragua
Selva Negra is an ecolodge, organic farm, and bird-friendly coffee estate in the highlands of northern Nicaragua. The property protects more than 247 acres (100 hectares) of cloud and rainforest, and is part of the Cerro Arenal Natural Reserve. The estate is on the famous Nicaraguan Ruta de Café (Coffee Route) where you can experience first-hand the process of producing organic coffee, from bean to cup. Other activities include wildlife hikes, horseback riding, and bird watching. Accommodation options include youth hostel rooms, hotel rooms, chalets, and bungalows.
Rates: Hotel rooms starting at $45 per night per person
Hotel Maya Internacional, Guatemala
This hotel is located on the shores of Lake Pétén Itzá with views of the beautiful Flores Island. The lake is surrounded by a rainforest teeming with wildlife including jaguars, monkeys, parrots, and toucans. The onsite restaurant offers local fare, international cuisine, and live marimba music on Sundays. There is also a gym and a pool. Visitors can visit Tikal National Park to see the famous ancient Mayan ruins, or Flores Island to buy handicrafts and experience great restaurants and nightlife.
Rates: Starting at $26 in the low season and $50 in the high season.
La Laguna del Lagarto Lodge, Costa Rica
This jungle hideaway is in the northern region of Costa Rica, just a few miles south of the Nicaraguan border. The lodge is surrounded by 1,250 acres (500 hectares) of virgin tropical rainforest full of amazing plants and wildlife including monkeys, poison dart frogs, and more than 350 bird species, including the great green macaw. Guests can also visit small tropical farms nearby, where local people harvest pineapples and yucca, among other things.
Rates: Starting at $36 in the low season and $45 in the high season
Sachatamia Lodge, Ecuador
This lodge is located on a private ecological reserve in northern Ecuador that contains 300 acres (120 hectares) of subtropical rainforest and several rivers perfect for swimming, canoeing, rafting, tubing, and visits to waterfalls. Guests are completely immersed in some of the world's most diverse flora and fauna and have access to some of the best bird watching in the world. Enjoy rustic, elegant, and inviting accommodations, as well as a pool and Jacuzzi. Choose from rooms in the main building or outer cabins.
Rates: Starting at $30.50 per night per person
Hostal y Restaurante Barca de Oro, Nicaragua
Barca de Oro is located on a pristine beach in a small fishing village on the Pacific coast of Nicaragua. Visitors can venture to the nearby Isla Juan Venado Nature Reserve and explore a pristine mangrove ecosystem. The onsite restaurant offers guests fresh seafood, including lobster and shrimp caught daily. Situated just 12 miles (20 km) from the historic city of León, this hotel is perfect for travelers who want to visit the city but stay in a more tranquil and comfortable setting.
Rates: Starting at $10 per night per person
* All prices are in US dollars.
This is just a small sample of the hotels under $50 that are in our database; to see them all, visit our Search for a Trip page and pick your price range on the left-hand side.
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