We found our way to the Hotel Parador by sheer luck. We were booked into the Rancho Casa Grande and upon arrival found it to be sub standard. At 9:30 pm we were hoping for any clean room, and were so blessed by The Hotel Parador. We were greeted by hotel staff with cool drinks and scented, cooled towels to refresh ourselves. We had no reservations, however the staff put us in one of their superior rooms. From the moment we walked into the lobby we were in awe of the old world elegance of the hotel. The decor could not have been improved upon. There was a casual elegance and a warmth to this hotel. The staff made you feel like it was their joy to assist your in any way. The meals were on par with the best that Europe could offer. The views from this hotel were unsurpassed. The rooms were spot less, elegant and the beds were the most comfortable th that we experienced in our 14 days in Costa Rica. This is a hotel that exceeds your imagination of how travel should : feel, look, smell, and taste. The Ticos have an expression that sums it up, "PURA VIDA". I only hope to someday go back to the Hotel Parador!