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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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 went to this hotel on the last night of our Costa Rica trip because we were flying out first thing the next morning. The view from our fifth floor room was absolutely spectacular. The welcome drinks were also really delicious; we had mojitos, which were perfect. The front desk also gave us a great dinner recommendation which was Le Monestere which had even better views of the city. Overall, the hotel was great and very comfortable!
I had the pleasure of staying at this hotel for 4 nights in September 2019 with friends. The hotel itself is absolutely breathtaking, if you like a vintage, chic vibe. N.B. not all rooms (like my room #43 come with air conditioning, but that was not an issue because it so cool throughout the day. The restaurant on property has great food at a fair price for a hotel. The spa offerings were a bit pricey but to each his own. The pool area was always clean, with fresh towels readily available. For the most part, the staff was very friendly, with the exception of upper management and one of the front desk guys (the one with glasses). The other front desk guy (Daniel) was phenomenal and I greatly enjoyed interacting with him.
There was one sour note during our stay at Alta. On the evening of our 3rd night, items from our rooms were stolen. Not misplaced, but STOLEN. The hotel management give us the bs run around for the rest of our stay, finally telling us via email right AFTER we checked out that the camera showed no one entered our room and it was our responsibility for not utilizing the safe. First of all, the safe could not fit all of our valuables as it was so small, and so a few items had to remain out in the room. Secondly, I have since TWICE requested the footage during the time of the incident, with NO response from management. Why they didn’t show us the footage while we were on the property baffles me, probably because there is no actual footage. It's been two weeks since my stay, with no word or follow up from management. TERRIBLE handling of the situation. While the hotel itself is beautiful, I would not stay here again. But if you do, bring padlocks to lock your suitcases since everything won’t be able to fit in the safe and take photos every time you leave the room.
the rooms overlook the city from up in the quiet hills of santa ana. its a hipster boutique hotel . it has an outside pool , la Luz their restaurant and great design. but above all their staff are helpful. best i've had. when in this part of the country we stay here year in year out. but you have to kie stairs as they have them at least when going to La luz but there is an elevator to reduce the flights