Located on a 30-acre coffee plantation halfway between the airport and downtown San Jose, this resort complex seamlessly blends business facilities across acres of park-like surroundings. The traditional 16th century colonial hacienda architecture gives it cultural appeal (the red roof tiles are 250 years old and come from a colonial Nicaraguan town), and its seclusion from traffic noise and activity downtown helps it to lure numerous conferences and visiting diplomats like Bill Clinton and Kofi Annan during their visits to San Jose. Not to mention that its coffee plantation still produces measurable beans for local and international consumption. Homage to Latin culture continues in the main patio area where conference groups gather in a space modeled after the Governor’s House of Cuba. Reception is an intimate space where local floral arrangements and friendly staffers welcome arrivals.
The hotel’s proximity to the airport is a boon for travelers who want to make this a convenient stopover before or after a flight. There is practically no airport noise, and its closeness to downtown San Jose makes it a good spot for individuals who have business in town.
The hotel was preparing for a further renovation during our visit, but the guest rooms were still in tip-top shape from their last overhaul. Soft carpeting underfoot pairs well with the artwork and sweptback drapery wrapped around the garden-facing windows. Business travelers, however, will immediately note the large desks with plenty of outlets for ample charging power. All rooms fuel guests with Costa Rican coffee, and minibars, safes, for-fee wireless and wired Internet and hairdryers are available. Bathrooms