Hotel Alta Las Palomas
What We Love
- Lazing by the pool in the shade of the ancient, sprawling guanacaste tree—a perfect parasol for sun and rain
- Subtle, stylish and unashamedly comfortable rooms that let the extraordinary views do the talking (all all rooms and suites have balconies overlooking the lush tropical garden)
- La Luz: unpretentious fine dining at its best. Don't miss the churrasco chomes
What To Know
- The Alta is a mountainside retreat, so you’ll need transport or a taxi to see the sights
- By law, all Costa Rican buildings are smoke-free
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
The Alta has settled into its spectacular mountain setting with a clever balance of contemporary style and Old World charm. The castle-like lobby and hallways blend terrazzo floors with soft lilac and gray walls strewn with black-and-white photos from 1920s Costa Rica. A reception desk of riveted metal gives a nod toward its owner’s classic tastes and airline background. The winding stone stairway brings a change of scene: terra-cotta tile floors and elegant guest rooms with Italian leather chairs, deep, soft beds and balconies that serve up sweeping views of the Costa Rican capital, volcanoes and forests that stretch all the way to the Pacific. Guest rooms tone down the Old World feel with a soft, muted palette, airy rooms to relax, and floor-to-ceiling wooden doors and simple stone balconies that put the spotlight on those gorgeous views. Back on ground level, the oval pool is a great place to relax with a cold Grenache Blanc from the well-considered wine list. Under the watchful eye of chef Angelo, the La Luz restaurant serves fine dining for breakfast, lunch, and dinner with organic ingredients bought locally. A light lunch menu blends traditional Costa Rica with Mediterranean touches (think sea bass ceviche, salmon quesadillas, and tuna poki), while dinner expands the pasta and meat options with local twists (rack of lamb with organic coffee sauce; huge churrasco chomes with homemade chimichurri sauce). Work off dinner in the small but well-equipped gym or book an in-room spa treatment from the nearby Portadas spa.
In the Area
The Alta is on the outskirts above San José, and the nearest hub is well-heeled Santa Ana, rich in artisan crafts stores, well-to-do locals and easy-living expats, all engulfed in the aroma of extravagant flower stalls and stands overflowing with sweet onions, a local crop. Browse indigenous arts and crafts at Ceramica Las Palomas, shop till you drop in Costa Rica’s largest mall, Multiplaza Escazú. And no Costa Rican experience is complete without a visit to a volcano; fortunately, the extraordinary Poas Volcano National Park is only a 45-minute drive away.
How to Get There
We only stayed one night while driving from puerto Viejo to Monteverde. First hard to locate on the GPS as one should only use Alta hotel and not more ( at least this was our case)
The Receptionist upon arrival was very friendly and helpful. She lent us a plug converter but made it clear that we would be charged $8 if we didn’t return it.
Our room overlooked the valle and panorama beyond. Breathtaking!. Nice sitting on the balcony. No hot water in the sink which is frequent in Costa Rica. Bed comfortable. The architecture is interesting. There is a small lounge area with excellent coffee and teas. True, no fresh cream or milk. Nice books to consult and dream with about the country.
The grounds are nice but the jacuzzi didn’t seem to be working late.
We requested the sauna to be heated up for us but it never got really warm and no way to add water to the stones..
The restaurant had a lovely atmosphere and the food very good for dinner and breakfast. People come from far to eat here.
I would recommend staying here as it is quite special and well situated.
Excellent service, a pretty location outside of San Jose, and the main areas are really nice - lobby, restaurant, etc. The rooms themselves are nice, but not super. They have older style finishes and furniture that could use updating, and the linens are pretty subpar. However, the price was right so I felt I got great value for the money overall.
On our recent visit to Costa Rica we stayed for unfortunately only one following our arrival from the UK via Panama. It was a beautiful hotel and we had an amazing room with a lovely view even at night. The dinner in the restaurant was lovely with on eof the best services we have ever had. Well worth a visit.
Spent only 1 night (Feb 2019) at this elegant property. Owner, manager, and staff all friendly and welcoming. Beautiful and comfortable room with great balcony looking out towards the city of San Jose and of the pool area. The hotel is built on a hill; the main hallway of the hotel has steps running down with the natural decline of the hill - very pleasant architectural feature. Bathrooms modernly furnished with sizeable glass-doored shower. Oh - and there's a hotel cat, "Alta" who patrols around the pool and gardens. A charming, relaxing place to stay.
Modern Moorish style interior with custom wood details and lots of distressed brown leather. Just beautiful. Great service in dining room by white shirt and tie waiters. Big balconies overlooking San Jose below. I would return.