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“LaCatalina Hotel and Suites is a magical place, an intimate boutique hotel”

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La Catalina Hotel & Suites
Reviewed February 8, 2010

LaCatalina Hotel and Suites is a magical place, an intimate boutique hotel set in the lush highlands of the San Jose valley about 20 minutes from the airport. From this vantage point you can see the lights of San Jose, the volcanoes in the mountains and a sliver of the ocean. The hotel itself is set amongst 6 or so acres of varied topography, with an incredible range of flowers, foliage and native birds - seems there are poinsettias everywhere! There are two pools, one being converted to a clothing optional pool and the other with a sit down bar, a fitness center with outdoors table tennis (with an incredible vista view) and a full size tennis court.

The hotel property looks and feels like an estate, and there are three other villas on the property in addition to the Main House, all secluded from each other as if in their own world. The Main House is where the restaurant is located with a fine variety of items on the menu, which seemed to go on and on (but make sure you order before 10 or the kitchen closes without notice!). The lounge and dining area, along with the wicker rocking chairs on the veranda, harken back to the cozy hotels of the turn of the previous century, where conversations are struck with those at the next table and everyone ends upon knowing each other by the end of the night. The setting is conducive to sharing one’s travel experiences and other stories. The cozy atmosphere, with stocked library and rich wood everywhere made me feel comfortable and at home. The suite I stayed in had old world carvings, walkout balcony, immense bathroom with bidet, and a huge king size bed.

This hotel is in a good location for striking out to see and enjoy what Costa Rica has to offer - day trips are available to downtown San Jose, both coasts, the volcanoes, ecoforersts, zip line and white water rafting tours - which worked well for me. The hotel is a welcome sight after going into San Jose to see the sights, with the crowds, traffic and environments of a big city. Staff were courteous and helpful, but you have to be patient with their English. I will definitely return here as a welcome start to future trips to Costa Rica.

Stayed: January 2010, traveled solo
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Reviewed July 31, 2009

The staff is outstanding: very helpful and friendly. The food is very good. We had a comfortable apt. on the second and third floor with beautiful views of the valley.
(Some units overlook one of the 2 pools, including a lap pool.) The kitchen had a stove/oven, frig, microwave, and coffee maker. Although driving is ot easy in C.R.,
renting a car did give us freedom and economy. La Catalina is 20 minutes from San Jose airport via San Joaquin and Santa Barbara. However, if you choose not to rent a vewhicle, the hotel will provide trours and transportation to/from the airport.

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 22, 2009

Excellent service, comfortable & relaxing Suites.
Playground for the kids, pools,& spa, the food & natural juices were awesome.
I really recommend this place.

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled with family
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Thank Barbara P
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Reviewed July 6, 2009

After Stay at the copacabana in Jaco, we stay At La Catalina for 3 nights,
This hotel is amazing, the rooms are great an amazing view from SaN JOse Valley.
The Restaurant has Great Food , Good wine, and the massages an treatments are perfect. They have lots of tours, This two hotel are a great combinations.

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 13, 2009

La Catalina Hotel & Resort Heredia, Costa Rica
Tico hospitality at it’s best. Great accommodations, beautiful facilities and landscaping: a nature lover’s paradise. La Catalina is centrally located in the central valley so you are just a couple of hours from all of Cost Rica’s National parks and beaches. If you are a bird watcher this is a great place to spend some time and make your base camp. In just one day I spotted 20+ different species including nesting Montezuma- Orapendula, Motmot, nesting White & grey Tangier and many more. There is a great well maintained trail at the back of the property for animal watching, but you have to ask to find it.
There is a restaurant on site that is more like having a meal at your moms. The food is made to order and just fabulous traditional Tico food. (Tico = Costa Rican). You have to wait a bit for it but you can sit on the porch in a comfortable chair enjoying a drink or a cup of local coffee and look out over the central valley. Just the right spot for couples, families, singles, groups. And did I mention very gay friendly. La Catalina gets a two thumbs up all around. http://www.lacatalinasuites.com/

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 6, 2009

Great place to spend New Years Eve, can view lots of fireworks happening in San Jose and surrounding areas

Stayed: December 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 29, 2008

The grounds are very nice, the rooms basic but very clean and the facilities are good if aged.

The main hotel does have some wonderful woodwork.

The staff is efficient if not too pleasant. Food So-So.

Getting there is half the fun! After a rain, the road into La Catalina is barely passable with a 2-wheel drive.

Stayed: November 2008
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Additional Information about La Catalina Hotel & Suites

Address: beside Cetal LaCatalina, Birri, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Heredia > Birri
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Birri
Price Range: $106 - $122 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — La Catalina Hotel & Suites 3.5*
Number of rooms: 29
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
La Catalina Hotel & Suites is an adult couples only, majestic private, gated resort, located a few miles just outside the City of Heredia which is just outside the Capital City of San Jose, on 6 lush acres inhabited by tropical flowers, trees, ponds and other gracious amenities like tennis court,gym,billiards,jacuzzi and 2 swimming pools.One swimming pool is nude and the other up to topless. Fully furnished hotel rooms, suites and villas are offered - studios, one or two bedrooms, and even romantic private villa enclaves ready for your enjoyment.Some weeks in the year are totally clothing optional.La Catalina has the best food in the area from North American to South American to Asian to Seafood.La Catalina has a great weekly entertainment program. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
La Catalina Hotel And Suites
La Catalina Hotel Birri
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