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What We Love

  • Breakfast is included
  • Only 15-20 minutes from the airport
  • In the affluent hills west of San Jose
  • Spa with professional therapists, sauna and whirlpool
  • On-site mobile phone rentals
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What To Know

  • Rooms can be noisy
  • Staff speak limited English
  • No elevator in the 3-story building
  • Room service until 10 p.m.
  • The town has a big expatriate community

Amenities

  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap-accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Overview

The Review

Escazú is a small colonial town at the western fringe of San Jose, Costa Rica’s capital. Popular with affluent nationals and expatriates, the town’s name is said to come from the indigenous word izt-kat-zu, meaning resting stone, since traveling Indians would stop here en route to neighboring villages. Today, international visitors follow this lead, opting for Escazú over the chaotic and unsightly capital between trips to the white sand coasts and inland jungles.

The hotel reflects the tranquility of Escazú town, with just 27 bedrooms surrounded by lush gardens and fountains. Bedrooms are uniformly bright and airy, with high ceilings, cream walls, pale tile floors and crisp white Mascioni linens from Italy. The heavy wood doors, colorful artwork and stained glass window treatments highlight the region’s colonial heritage, while flat-screen plasma TVs, rain showers and iPod docks add 21st-century creature comforts.

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A full-service spa offers international treatments, a sauna and whirlpool, and the gym is surprisingly well equipped for a hotel of this size. Outdoors there’s a swimming pool (which can appear a bit dirty depending on how strong the wind is) and a decent French restaurant that faces the hotel’s rain forest–style gardens. Though not a destination for partiers, the hotel’s small nightclub, Silq, hosts frequent live music events.

While Escazú feels like a quiet haven away from San Jose, the hotel itself can be noisy, especially in the first-floor rooms. On my stay I heard guests arriving and departing, horns honking and an overall echo due to the tile floors. The management is working to resolve the issue, which would make all the difference to this otherwise hidden gem of a hotel.

How to Get There

Beacon Costa Rica Hotel & Spa
150 Meters West Of Bcr Bank
Escazu, undefined Costa Rica