Fodor's Expert Review Hotel Alta Las Palomas

2½ km (1½ miles) west of Paco shopping center, on old road between Santa Ana and Escazú, Alto de las Palomas, Santa Ana, San José, 10903, Costa Rica

The view from this hotel perched on a hillside above Santa Ana is impressive, but so is the building itself with its blend of colonial and modern style—think archways, hardwoods, and leather. Guest rooms are spacious, with handcrafted furniture and bathrooms with hand-painted tiles; ask for one on the fourth or fifth floor to take advantage of the view. The restaurant, La Luz, has plenty of windows for admiring the distant hills and the pool and gardens below. The eclectic and unusual menu includes rack of lamb with organic coffee sauce and Caribbean-style sea bass with coconut-milk sauce.


  • Classy service
  • Panoramic views
  • Excellent value for the price


  • Lower-floor rooms lose out on the view
  • Little to do within walking distance
  • Best to have a car to stay here




Phones: 2282–8882 | 800-242–0500-in North America


23 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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