BACK­GROUND

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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

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