Alta - Escazu

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The Alta Hotel, among the best of Costa Rica's small boutique hotels, offers its guests a sublime combination of understated luxury, pampering services, and San Jose's finest cuisine.

Small, special, intimate: Alta consists of only 23 units: 18 double rooms, 4 suites, and 1 Master suite. The rooms have the overall look of elegant austerity as if an old monastery had been converted into an art academy. They are clean and simple, almost humble in design. The finishes are rustic. 

The beautifully sculpted hotel cascades down Alto de Las Palomas (the Hill of the Doves), providing exquisite views of the volcanoes, mountains and valley that surround San Jose.