We were visiting Costa Rican friends who live in San Rafael, so we chose this hotel because it was closer to them than San Jose. We were very impressed by the gardens-- our friends told us that this hotel is known throughout Costa Rica for its gardens, and Ticos (Costa Ricans) will stop there to have coffee and take pictures. You can see all kinds of beautiful bromeliads and orchids, as well as humming birds and butterflies. Inside, there is also an interesting collection of rocks that have been gathered from different parts of the country. The decorative tile and wood interior gives an elegant presentation.
Regarding the location, Sto. Domingo is a suburb of San Jose. San Jose has A LOT of traffic during rush hour, so keep that in mind if you need to get to the airport and be sure to allow extra time. Personally, we're not big fans of the city, so we enjoyed being "off the main drag" a bit. Also, the hotel is in a gated area in the town (not in the country), but it's a large area so we did not hear any traffic or other noises. Our room faced the gardens, and we had a very nice view.
The room was spacious and clean. The breakfast buffet was plentiful, and the gift shop was reasonably priced.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Only 20 min from the airport / A hotel inside a garden. 10 acres of the most beautiful gardens in Costa Rica. Experience Costa Rica: Come stroll in our beautiful tropical gardens; enjoy the fragrance of Costa Rica's refreshing air. Relax in our cozy rooms and facilities where our friendly staff will be happy to assist you! Enjoy our country, stay at Bougainvillea: A hotel inside a garden. Restaurant, bar/lounge. Indulge your appetite at our restaurant and bar, which offers a delicious fusion of international and local cuisine. The tasteful decoration of our restaurant compliments our personalized service. Enjoy a view of our gardens which sets the perfect backdrop for an enjoyable breakfast, lunch, dinner, or afternoon tea. Other amenities include complimentary wireless internet access and free parking. Balconies: Take a moment to notice all the beautiful details that the nature offers to you in our balconies with a mountain or garden view. Green mountains, colored tropical flowers and energetic hummingbirds will welcome you to Costa Rica! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bougainvillea Hotel
- Hotel Bougainvillea Costa Rica/Province Of Heredia