San José, Costa Rica
Just 25 minutes from the airport and 10 minutes from downtown San Jose, the Hotel Bougainvillea is a world apart, set within 10 acres of award-winning tropical gardens that showcase the Central Valley's lavish biodiversity. Abundant birdlife is attracted to the lush tapestry of native plants and flowers. Among those we see frequently are hummingbirds, blue-crowned motmot, palm tanager, tropical kingbird and boat-billed flycatcher. A walk through the grounds reveals more than 50 species of bromeliads, orchids, indigenous trees, herbs, cacti gardens and frog ponds. Coffee, cacao, pineapples and bananas are also grown on site. This boutique hotel offers spacious, well-appointed rooms with a contemporary vibe, each with a view of the gardens or the Central Valley and mountains. Rooms have a private balcony, one king or two full-size beds, flat screen TV, telephone, safe deposit box, Wi-Fi, coffee maker, radio alarm clock, ceiling fan and hair dryer. Additional amenities include a fine restaurant serving Costa Rican and international dishes, fireside bar, swimming pool, sauna, fitness center and tennis courts.