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HotelChatter's Must-Stay Hotels 2014: San, Jose Costa Rica

July 28, 2014 at 5:36 PM | by | Comments (0)

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Introducing our newest hotel guide--HotelChatter's Must Stay Hotels--where we pick four hotels for four different types of travelers in a particular neighborhood of one major city. We started with New York, then switched it up to Maui and now we're doing the greater San Jose area of Costa Rica. This is also a seasonal guide so the options may change depending on when you're going. Got a question about where to stay and when? Email us.

Looking for a hotel in San Jose, Costa Rica? You can troll online review sites, crowdsource on Facebook and comb through endless “Best Hotels” lists but why do all that when we’ve done all the work for you already?

Here are four different hotels to try in the vicinity of San Jose, located in the Central Valley of Costa Rica, home to a majority of the country's population. Since most visit Costa Rica to explore the natural world and tend to bounce around, we're featuring hotels in a few different locations in the greater San Jose area, each serving a slightly different purpose in its approach.

Stay tuned this week as we'll be profiling these hotels below and more as we take a look at Costa Rica's sustainable approach to its hotel industry.

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Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Will Curate the Hotel Experience from Head to Foot

November 5, 2013 at 9:17 AM | by | Comments (0)

In case you thought your visit to the new Andaz Peninsula Papagayo would be just a sunny, luxe vacation filled with nothing but gluttonous me time, forget about it. Andaz has painstakingly curated the hotel experience with the help of its team of Cultural Insiders.

Who qualifies as a Cultural Insider? You may ask. Well, the team the hotel has recruited are all people at the top of their industries of art, music and surf. First up there's twin brothers, Alex and Mike Faherty of the Faherty Brand clothing label who will together take the position of Cultural Insider: Surf. The Fahertys will provide guests with their own ‘How to Surf Costa Rica’ guide, created exclusively for the hotel, which will reveal a list of the hottest hidden surf spots in the country. Guests who book the Witches Rock Surf Package, which includes a full day excursion to Witches Rock National Park plus a professional photographer to shoot the ride, will also receive Faherty Brand board shorts or bikini.

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Andaz Hotels to Open in Papagayo in December

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  Site Where: Peninsula Papagayo, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
August 16, 2013 at 11:18 AM | by | Comments (0)

Andaz Hotels was supposed to open their Maui property yesterday but alas, that's been pushed back to September 1st.

The good news is room rates have dropped a bit from $509 to $409 a night.. We hope this new opening date sticks. But in the meantime, we'll be fantasizing about the next Andaz to open--Andaz Papagayo.

Reservations for this Costa Rican resort will start in December. The property is planning 153 guest rooms along with 21 funky luxury suites and should feature "modern designs with touches of local character." There will also be three restaurants, a bar, two swimming pools, a private beach and an 11,000-sq.ft. spa, along with other amenities. No word on room rates but we should hope think it will be cheaper than Maui.

[Photo: Andaz Papagayo]

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Killer Morning View: Lapa Rios Ecolodge

February 22, 2013 at 10:34 AM | by | Comments (0)

Our morning cuppa Joe overlooking the rainforest and Osa Peninsula, at Costa Rica's Lapa Rios Ecolodge (Lapa means "macaw").

Flocks of the lodge's namesake, rainbow-colored parrots greeted us every morning as we sipped our caffeinated bevvies on the porch of our open-air bungalow nestled in the treetops… along with fluttering blue Morpho butterflies, wily coatis, spider monkeys, and enormous lizards. It's a wildlife-lover's paradise. GO.

High season (Jan-April) rates from $380 per person, double occupancy. Includes lodging in a private bungalow, meals, round-trip transfers to local airport, and guided nature tours. (Plus, the morning coffee delivery is complimentary!).

[Photo: Suzanne Steinert for HotelChatter/ Twitter]

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Costa Rica's Best Kept Secret: Corteza Amarilla Art Lodge

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  Site Where: Prospero Fernández Highway, Santa Ana, Costa Rica
February 6, 2013 at 2:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

On the same trip that took us to Costa Rica's sexiest new sustainable hotel back in October, we ended up acquiring a nasty bout of food poisoning (no, not from said sexy hotel, mind you!) a couple days before our flight home. When we stumbled upon San Jose's Corteza Amarilla Art Lodge & Spa, we knew we'd found the perfect spot to recoup. Sure, maybe it was all the antibiotics and electrolytes the local farmacia prescribed. But seriously, one night in this place and it was a miracle. We were cured!

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Four Seasons Costa Rica Challenges Guests To Toss Their iPhones

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  Site Where: Peninsula Papagayo, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
December 6, 2012 at 5:54 PM | by | Comments (0)

People swear when they go on vacation they are going to “disconnect” from the trappings of technology, jobs, and whatnot. What we’ve found? Many of them are filthy liars.

They lose their ever-loving minds if their room is without a television, nevermind cable, have fits of despair without WiFi, and if there aren't enough outlets to plug in all of the toys they swore they weren't bringing along on their getaway? Best get outta the way because there'll probably be hell to pay.

Well, the Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo has thrown down a gauntlet, a challenge of sorts with its “Disconnect to Reconnect” idea.

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Costa Rica's Sexiest Sustainable Hotel Opens Tomorrow

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  Site Where: Bahía Ballen, Uvita de Osa, Costa Rica
November 14, 2012 at 6:55 PM | by | Comment (1)

A few weeks ago, we hightailed it to Costa Rica's posh central Pacific Coast for a quickie first glimpse of the country's newest eco-licious spread, Kura Design Villas, during its invite-only soft launch phase.

Officially opening on November 15th, just in time for the high & dry season, even in the pouring rain (at the time it was wet, excuse us, "green" season), this place is bangin'.

After clamoring in our 4WD rental up to the hotel's steep mountaintop perch, bypassing signs like "WARNING: Very Dangerous Road!" while raindrops pounded our windshield, we were greeted warmly by the fresh faced, thirty-something owners Alejandra and Martin. "You made it! We were worried about you!" they genuinely exclaimed. She's a petite biologist with an edgy pixie cut; while he, an architect, master-minded the entire minimalist chic property head-to-toe (remarkably his first big project since finishing design school in San Jose).

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Pink Power! Barbie's Cruisin' to Costa Rica's DoubleTree by Hilton

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  Site Where: San Antonio de Belen, Ciudad Cariar, San Jose, Costa Rica, 40701
September 21, 2012 at 4:46 PM | by | Comments (0)

You know we're the biggest kids at HotelChatter. We see rooms intentionally designed for children and we get all pouty and think "we want that, tooooo!". But alas, we're big kids now, some with little tykes of our own, so we get our thrills when we see things like this--the new Barbie Room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cariari in San Jose, in Costa Rica.

We are positively entranced by all the pinkness that is Room 2036. It is filled top-to-bottom with Barbie-themed linens, clothes, costumes, games, dolls, movies and accessories galore. And do not ask about Ken. This is not about Ken!

Through Nov. 11, 2012, kids can spend the night in the Barbie room for only $139 per night (two-night minimum), and includes breakfast for two children. The room is attached to connecting parents room which starts at a rate of $109 per night for a king-size bed. And yes, you have to purchase the parents room, too.

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Checking Out the 'Whole Foods Hotel' of Costa Rica

February 23, 2012 at 3:45 PM | by | Comments (2)

Here's an instance where our experience of a hotel actually exceeded expectations set by the heavily photoshopped images on its website. We recently spent a couple nights at the Harmony Hotel on Playa Guineas in Nosara Costa Rica, and in our humble opinion, the reality was actually better than the hype. Check out the above photo, with an insert from the Harmony website in the top left corner

Check in / Check out: After a bumpy ride from Tamarindo to Nosara, we were excited to be greeted by smiling faces handing us some sort of tasty refreshing green-colored fruit juice. And at check in, the mood immediately changed from anxious to relaxed, while we sat in the open air lobby enjoying the free wifi and gazing out over the attached pool area. We could have cared less when we were told that our room wouldn't be ready for another hour.

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Aloft Costa Rica Won't Cost-a You Too Much

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  Site Where: Forum 2 Business Park, Lindora, Radial a Santa Ana, San Jose, Costa Rica
January 30, 2012 at 10:07 AM | by | Comments (0)

Aloft launches its second Latin American hotel this month with the opening of Aloft San Jose in Escazú, close to the Juan Santamaria airport. Though Aloft Bogota opened last year, this is the company's first location in Costa Rica. The budget, easy-in-easy-out appeal of Aloft must have outweighed its flashier big sister, W when it came time for Starwood to decide which brand to introduce.

A quick TripAdvisor search reveals that until now, Escazú has boasted little in the way of hotels. While Real InterContinental Costa Rica and Marriott San Jose are both viable options (and also both boast killer spa servies) $149/night rates will make Aloft very attractive to cost-conscious travelers.

And all the usual Aloft trimmings (w xyz bar, re:fuel snack station) are here. The website is also showing photos of a "backyard" space with tables and chairs—since we know how much Aloft loves its social butterfly guests...

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Inside and All Around the Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica

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  Site Where: Peninsula Papagayo, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
November 22, 2011 at 5:50 PM | by | Comment (1)

Less than an hour's drive from the little Liberia Airport near Costa Rica's west coast sits the exotic oasis of the Peninsula Papagayo. It is an exclusive area, mostly dedicated to upscale resorts, vacation condos and the pristine beaches they face. Alas, there's also an Arnold Palmer golf course in the middle of the action, owned and operated by the Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica.

What this means is the area is extraordinarily lush; just a drive down the hill to the entrance of the resort yielded us surprise spottings of white-faced monkeys, howler monkeys, a family of Coatis (omg baby Coatis!), and an iguana here and there. Once you've entered the lobby and checked in, however, the Four Seasons is a definite playground for more than just its natural environment.

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No Retouching Required: The Beach at the Four Seasons Peninsula Papagayo

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  Site Where: Peninsula Papagayo, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
November 21, 2011 at 5:19 PM | by | Comments (2)

You know how it is with vacation photos. Sometimes you forget to turn off the flash and that expensive five-star hotel room of yours ends up looking cheap in the harsh lighting. Or the pool water isn't the blue of your dreams or a topless sunbather ruins the background of your beachy family photo. Regardless, everybody retouches vacation photos a little here and there—it's got to look great for Flickr, right?

Well, we found one hotel where retouching is not needed, where the waters of the pool, the beach and the bay are that blue that sews jealousy into the hearts of your Facebook friends. We're speaking of the Four Seasons Resort Peninsula Papagayo on the Pacific side of Costa Rica. We've just returned from a weekend there and, upon flipping through our shots of the place, realized that they needed nothing more than a crop or two.

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