This small hotel has a lovely hillside location with views down over San Jose, the valley and mountains beyond, just 25 minutes from the airport. With just 23 rooms the hotel is intimate, a perfect place to rest before or after a flight at the beginning or end of your holiday, with shops and restaurants a short stroll away.
The eclectic architecture is an interesting fusion of Spanish, Moorish and medieval influences.
Rooms and suites are simply but stylishly decorated and have attractive black and white photographs of life in 1920s Costa Rica. All have private bathrooms and balconies.
La Luz restaurant, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, specialises in Mediterranean cuisine, using the freshest local produce to create exquisitely flavoured and presented dishes. Breakfast is a choice of continental fare, served with freshly brewed Costa Rican coffee. There's a bar where you can relax over a chilled glass or beer or wine, enjoy a snack and meet other guests.
Outside there's an attractive garden with a sparkling swimming pool. Spa and beauty services are available on site and recreational facilities include a gym, jacuzzi, sauna and tennis.
Open: Alta Hotel (also known as Hotel Alta Las Palomas) is open all year.
Location: Alta Hotel is in the fashionable suburb of Escazu, part way between San Jose (10kms away) and the popular residential neighbourhood of Santa Ana in Costa Rica’s Central Valley. The hotel is just 12kms from the international airport.
Rooms: There are 23 air-conditioned rooms and suites, consisting of deluxe queen rooms (maximum 4 people), deluxe king rooms (maximum 2), grand queen suites (up to 6 people), grand king suites (up to 6) and master suites (2 people), all with private balconies with views of the gardens. Amenities include TV, safe, hairdryer. En-suite bathrooms have supplies of toiletries. Suites have sitting rooms. Room service is available.
Activities: Hotel staff can arrange excursions on request, for example to a local coffee plantation, to Arenal volcano and springs, and to Manuel Antonio National Park. You can go sightseeing and shopping in San Jose.
Facilities: The hotel has an outdoor pool, sunbathing area and Jacuzzi, and pleasant gardens. Indoor there’s a welcoming lounge with plenty of seating and a large open fire. La Luz restaurant and bar offers a wide choice of local and Mediterranean dishes, many made from fresh, organic produce, much from the hotel’s own farm, and is open daily from 06:30 to 22:00. There is also a dining terrace.
Dining: Meals are eaten at individual tables in the restaurant or on the terrace.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome.
Health: Other than the province of Limon, Costa Rica has low to no risk of malaria.
Communication: There is Wi-Fi internet access in guest rooms and public areas.
Traversing this small country you'll be amazed by the richness and variety of the scenery and wildlife.
"Very pleasant. We were hoping to get a light poolside lunch, but the menu is the same as the evening restaurant where we ate later. Good food and friendly staff. The breakfast (we chose the continental) was not good. The bread and pastries were dry and hard and the jam(jelly) was more like a fruit coulis. However, the fresh fruit, yogurt and granola was as expected. "