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The Alta Hotel

Escazú, Costa Rica

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Why Stay At The Alta Hotel

This romantic Costa Rican boutique hotel in the quiet mountainside has sparkling nighttime views of San José, with close proximity to nearby rainforests and volcano parks.

The Scoop

The Spanish colonial buildings of the Alta Hotel cascade down a lush hillside above San José, coming to rest at the deck of a brilliant blue, glass-tiled oval pool. The views from the guest rooms take in the city below, the surrounding affluent expat neighborhood of Escazú, and on clear days, the Pacific in the distance. The 23 rooms feature balconies or garden-level patios and all the expected amenities of a resort, but the hotel feels more charming boutique than big-name anonymous: the tiered lobby serves as an art gallery and hosts monthly wine-and-cheese receptions with local artists.

Insider Tips

Pack a jacket or a pair of heels for dinner at the hotel's restaurant, La Luz, which serves Mediterranean fare and local Costa Rican cuisine; it attracts moneyed locals, and you'll feel out of place unless you dress up a bit.

Guests in the know request seating at one of the three wooden tables under the 160-year-old Guanacaste tree in the garden, where you can order off the full La Luz menu. It's a particularly nice spot for breakfast.

Preferred Airport

Arrive at Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO), which is approximately 14 miles from the resort. Anticipate about 30 minutes of travel time.

Alto de las Palomas, Escazú, Santa Ana, Costa Rica

Hotel Features

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Property Amenities
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Fitness Center
  • Business Center
  • 24-hour Reception
  • Concierge Service
In-Room Amenities
  • Balconies or Patios
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Air Conditioning
  • Flat-screen TVs
  • Luxury Linens
  • En-Suite Bathrooms
  • Bathrobes
  • In-room Safes
Dining & Nightlife
  • Wine-and-cheese Receptions
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Outdoor Dining
  • In-room Dining
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  • Rates are based on two adults sharing. Up to 2 children under 12 years may share accommodation for an additional $15 per child per night
  • Continental Breakfast
  • Welcome drink
Hotel Report From the editors of: Travel+Leisure

Why We Love Escazú

The capital city has a host of museums and theaters, parks, markets, and chic cafes, with easy excursions to destination nature sights—rainforest hiking, ziplining, volcanoes and waterfalls.

Don't Miss

Where to Eat: Beneath dark wooden beams and ferns, El Chicote (a 15-minute drive) has been serving steaks and grilled meats to well-heeled locals and expats since the late '60s; seafood highlights include fresh daily fish specials and the namesake Chicote, with octopus, shrimp, and mussels in butter and wine sauce.
Av. Las Américas, San José.
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Dinner for two $75.

Where to Drink: Located in the hills of the Escazú neighborhood, Mirador Tiquicia is a landmark bar that hosts native folk dance shows Friday and Saturday nights. Try a Costa Rican beer, such as Imperial or Rock Ice Limón.
Corner of Calle Central and Avenida 2, next to the Iglesia Escazú.
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Drinks for two $8.

Outdoor Excursion: The San Luis Canopy Tour (80 miles north) has 12 zip lines with 8,200 feet of cables for a bird's eye view of the cloud forest's wildlife habitats, exotic flora, and colorful birds.
San Luis, Route 606.
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$84 per person.

Best Day Trip: Poás Volcano National Park, 30 miles north, has a spectacular view of the Poás crater's live geysers and lava eruptions. Climb to the rim of Laguna Botas and peer inside the green lake or hike many trails amid the cloud forest.
Alajuela, off route 712.
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$10 admission fee.

Experience Costa Rica's natural wonders.

Experience Costa Rica's natural wonders.

Why Go Now

October 12-19, 2013
Limón Carnival
Costa Rica celebrates its Caribbean roots in the port city of Limón, 95 miles east of San José, with a big parade, calypso and reggae music, traditional dancing, and food.

November 1 - 30, 2013
Fiesta de las Carretas
Reminding the capital city of its agricultural roots, this event features traditional, hand-painted ox carts, (or carretas), slowly making their way past downtown's high-rises to Parque La Sabana. At the park, the oxcart drivers are greeted by food vendors, live music, and religious ceremonies.
San José.

December 26, 2013
Tope Nacional de los Caballos
During this horse parade (or tope), the country's most talented riders perform with over 3,000 horses.
Paseo Colon, San José.

The Alta Hotel

Escazú, Costa Rica

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