True to its name, this modern, very comfortable, three-story hotel is awash in bougainvillea on the outside and decorated with an impressive collection of Costa Rican art on the inside. With 8 acres of lawns, and mature trees laden with bromeliads and orchids, you might even forget that you're only 20 minutes from San José. Spacious, carpeted rooms have plasma-screen TVs, laptop-size safety boxes, and coffeemakers; bathrooms have either a shower or a bathtub. Comfortable
mattresses, fine linens, and full-length, screened windows to let in cool breezes make for restful nights. Above the first floor, every room has a balcony with either a daytime garden view, or a nighttime view of sparkling city lights. Brilliant stained-glass windows and brightly colored tropical art decorate the lobby, which also displays an oddly beautiful rock collection of local geodes and minerals. The elegant, large restaurant ($$–$$$) serves a wide selection of slightly old-fashioned, Continental cuisine complimented by very good desserts. An adjoining, more intimate bar/lounge often has piano music on weekends. With lots of greenery and environmentally friendly practices, this hotel has justifiably been recognized for the example it sets for sustainable tourism.
Mar 2, 2005
This hotel was a wonderful surprise. I initially chose it because of the Frommers/Fodors type reviews, but I have to admit, I was a bit skeptical as I drove through a not really great (not bad, but not great) neighborhood on my way there. Once inside their secure and safe parking lot, though, my skepticism immediately faded. To begin with, everyone at this hotel is extremely friendly, and very helpful. From check-in, to waitstaff, to chambermaids,
they are all just plain nice. Then came the room -- spotless wouldn't begin to describe it. I mean it -- not just clean, but spotless. It was also well (not luxurious, but very nice) appointed. It had a TV, with movie channels, as well as a shower that had more water pressure (and consistently hot water) than any shower I've ever been in anywhere. Oh, and that's another thing -- the hotel has a private well that's 450 ft. deep, and the water from which is regularly tested. After not drinking the water throughout CR, we did here, and I can tell you it was great. Outside, there are four major attractions. First, there is a very nice pool. It is a little cold, but not too bad. Second, lighted tennis courts. Third, a sauna that was large and very nice. Fourth, and this is the best part, there are extensive trailed grounds -- hence the oasis type of feeling -- with beautiful flowering plants. I'm not kidding, I've paid $20 to go to botanical gardens that weren't as nice. They were nothing short of spectacular. The restaurant is also good for both breakfast and dinner. In particular, I had Duck L'Orange and it was great. Finally, it can't be more than an easy 15 minute ride to the Airport, plus it's fairly convenient to Barva and Volcan Poas. In short, I can't recommend this place enough. I travel on business all the time, and I know a find when I see it. Stay here and you won't be disappointed.
Jun 6, 2003
Our first night in Costa Rica was spent at the Bougainvillea. We had time to enjoy the grounds which are lovely but did not get to use the pool or other amenities. The small gift shop holds a huge variety of items and the public spaces are decorated with wonderful pre-Columbian artifacts and stained glass. Our evening meal as well as breakfast the next morning - delicious! We even had time for a bit of birding at sunrise before heading out for
our two weeks in the countryside.