about alta

the hotel

Alta las palomas, Costa Rica, basks in the high life, literally. clinging to the hills of Alto de las Palomas in the western part of San Jose (between the cities of Escazu and Santa Ana), hotel alta presides above Costa Rica's Central Valley overlooking the sprawling mountains and volcanoes beyond.

Upscale and sophisticated, alta’s terracotta roofs and tall ceilings lend it a timeless european village charm, while la luz restaurant+bar provides a relaxed setting for soaking up the views. the hotel is equally suited for honeymoons, romantic getaways, business meetings and quiet reflection after your costa rican adventures. the bustle of city life below remains reassuringly in reach.

And nowhere is bedding down for the night taken more seriously. the environment is set with handcrafted furnishings, atmospheric pendant lamps, fresh flowers, soothing color schemes, and leather chairs you just want to sink into. fascinating 1920s black and white photographs are standard features throughout the 23 rooms and suites.

Our private balconies lead you to an exotic garden scene, or if staying in the master suite, the forest-covered mountains and volcanoes beyond Valle del Sol (with a glimpse of the Pacific if you’re lucky).

Local organic farmers supply the ingredients for la luz restaurant+bar whose menus feature international, local and mediterranean flavors. it’s quickly gaining recognition as a major player in the San José dining scene.

as per conde nast


To be a boutique hotel & restaurant which offers memorable service and is known for its excellent personalized service; committed to safeguarding the local culture and native species of Costa Rica’s Central Valley.


To be recognized as the best boutique hotel and restaurant in the metropolitan area, with high standards of excellence which exceed our customer’s expectations, with satisfied employees trained in best sustainable tourism practices, who can achieve efficient relations with all providers in order to find the best products, prices, and mutual benefits.


award winners

We are proud to announce that hotel alta las palomas received the travellers choice award from tripadvisor and has been shortlisted as one of the best 25 small hotels of Costa Rica.

tripadvisor has highlighted the world’s top properties based on millions of reviews and opinions collected in a single year (2015) from travellers around the globe. winners were identified in the categories of top hotels, bargain, b&bs and inns, luxury, service and small hotels. the hallmarks of travellers’ choice winners are remarkable service, quality and value. additionally, hotel alta las palomas has been rated as the top hotel for the San Jose metro area on tripadvisor.

Earlier this year, hotel alta las palomas was also nominated as one of the top 3 urban hotel of North America, Caribbean and Central America by the renowned luxury travel site, conde nast johensens.


Hotel Alta las Palomas is certified by RainForest Alliance.

While our brand boasts the colour purple, we’re putting much efforts in being “green”! with the guidance of the Rainforest Alliance, we are went through an integral evaluation that resulted in a a renewed and improved internal energy efficiency strategy.

fresh towels and bed linens are available upon your request rather than being changed daily. If you would like your bed linens changed, please leave the related card on the bed or inform the front desk by breakfast time.

purified water is available for bottle refill at the library (next to reception). we also sell refillable bottles for which we give all profits to the association naturekids

naturekids foundation: conservation is not sustainable without education and economic benefits for local communities. nature air group of which alta is part, created the naturekids foundation to provide low-income families with the tools they need to build more self-reliant futures. naturekids teaches local community members english and computing as a way to ensure self-empowerment and better opportunities for employment. since 2006, we have taught over 500 students.

Creation of recycling collection station and placement of many recycling bins throughout the company to separate cardboard, paper, plastic and aluminum.

  • promotion of equitable business and paying fair prices to local providers when possible.
  • we particpate in reforestation activities in salitral de santa ana a few km away from the hotel.
  • we have our own sustainability committee within the company to coordinate recycling, reducing energy usage and environmentally
    friendly activities amongst the staff.
  • usage of local products including vegetables, fruits and coffee from local organic farmers’s fairs and coming directly from
    our farm, passghaleh estate, which is located only 5km from the hotel, in order to lower our carbon footprint.

  • creating local job opportunities in all our department including operations, maintenance, food & beverage and administration.
    we are giving equal employment opportunities regardless of gender, religion, race, political allegiances and sexual orientation.
  • Naturekids teaches local community members english and computing as a way to ensure self-empowerment and better opportunities
    for employment
  • chef leyman “shopping” at our farm passghaleh estate, for tonight’s dinner; we grow vegetables, fruits and coffee at our farm a few km away from the hotel and grow our aromatic herbs right here at the hotel.
  • all our menu is made with our own vegetables and herbs grown at passghaleh estate and purchased from the local farmers.

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