Like many others, this was our overnight stop at the beginning and end of a holiday to Costa Rica. At the end of a very long day's travel, it was great to be able to check in quickly and go to sleep in a clean and comfortable room. Even although somewhat fatigued by our flights, we couldn't help noticing the design of the hotel. From the outside it looks fairly modern, but which a nice organic shape, but inside it has the feel of a cross between a grand hacienda and a cathedral built by a slight eccentric. It is definitely not a dull, concrete box.
The staff are friendly and welcoming and the restaurant enjoys a high reputation. When we stayed we were somewhat surprised at the number of things on the menu that were - "not available". That is to be expected in some of the less easily accessible parts of Costa Rica, but not in the capital city surely? The most surprising thing was to be told at an early breakfast on a Friday that there was no bacon or sausage left - and the hotel was pretty quiet.
The small garden is very pleasant and quiet with a mixture of sunny and shady spots and a clean pool - although we didn't use it.
Our only other criticism would be that it would be good to have ceiling fans in the rooms. Air conditioning is not necessary, but a ceiling fan would have been great.
Despite that, as a pre or post flight stop, this is a good choice.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Alta Las Palomas is a collection of 23 rooms with private balconies and expansive views of costa Rica's central valley. This means you'll often find an adventure-weary traveler dining at la luz restaurant+bar, kicking back and soaking up the views after an epic expedition, or regrouping to head out again. Their roomy balconies leading you to an exotic garden scene, or if staying in the master suite, the mountains, and volcanoes beyond Valle de Santa Ana. Local organic farmers supply the ingredients for la luz restaurant+bar whose menus feature an eclectic mix of influences. Let our chef indulge your senses with an exquisite culinary experience at la luz restaurant+bar, renowned as one of the best restaurants in San José. *We are not pet-friendly ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Alta Hotel Escazu
- Hotel Alta Las Palomas Costa Rica/Escazu