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4.7 out of 5

"So me and my husband had a one night stay here and upon reading reviews it seemed like a nice place. It's an adult only hotel in a secluded location. ... " More

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Hotel Description

Enjoy a romantic stay at this adults-only hotel with spa

In suburbs

Within 6 miles (10 km) of this Santa Barbara de Heredia hotel, you'll find Cafe Britt Coffee Farm and ARA Project. Ultrapark Free Zone & Business Center and Global Park Free Zone and Business Park are also within 6 miles (10 km).

Full-service spa, dining

This romantic hotel features a full-service spa, 2 outdoor pools, and a restaurant. Traveling on business? Take advantage of the business center, free WiFi in public areas, and airport shuttle. Enjoy the outdoor tennis court and perks like free self parking.

Balconies, refrigerators

The 24 soundproofed guestrooms offer minibars and room service. LED TVs come with cable channels, and other amenities include balconies and refrigerators.

Executive Room, 1 King Bed

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Presidential Suite, 1 King Bed, Jetted Tub

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Standard Apartment, 1 Bedroom

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

La Catalina Hotel and Suites ratings based on 33 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
4.7 out of 5 4.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.5 out of 5.0
Service & staff 5.0 out of 5.0
Room comfort 4.5 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 4.0 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for La Catalina Hotel and Suites

Couples (1)
5 out of 5

Great view of lush country

Pros: Free breakfast, Free Internet, Quiet
La Catalina Hotel and Suites Costa Rica is situated in the mountain area, on 6 acres of lush, green, tropical land, with coffee and banana plantations on either side. There are many outbuildings for your privacy and seclusion, two pools, a hot tub, tennis court, spa and much more. From the veranda of the stately main building you look out over the San Jose Valley with miles of lush green vegetation and breathtaking vista. Inside you will find ornately hand carved pillars, book cases and handrails all done by local artisans of the time. This would be a great setting for weddings, private parties, or corporate retreats. La Catalina Hotel and Suites offers lots of activities too, canopy tours, horse back riding, ATV’s, zip lining, and so much more. The food was great; the party we attended was fun, and the people so warm and friendly. Both management and staff of La Catalina Hotel and Suites deserve acknowledgement and thanks for the courteous, helpful and warm reception we received from them. We can’t wait to go back to Costa Rica; and stay at La Catalina Hotel and Suites.We have already talked to friends about joining us on our next trip. Woo-hoo let the fun begin!

Posted by , from Mississauga, ON, Canada on 6 Nov. 2011

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3 out of 5

I would say a 3 1/2 star....

Pros: Beautiful landscape, beautiful mansion, adult only.
Cons: Update the inside of mansion, advertise place more
Location: Secluded location down a private road. Not much to do nearby, does have a "restaurant" and bar.
So me and my husband had a one night stay here and upon reading reviews it seemed like a nice place. It's an adult only hotel in a secluded location. Two pool, a jacuzzi, the landscape was beautiful, the mansion had lovely ornate woodworkings. But the downside to the stay that made it super uncomfortable was that I felt like I was in a horror movie. We went on a weekday, and we're the only guests on the property. Mind you we were at a very secluded location so that didn't help to the uneasiness of this place. The guy who showed us the grounds said that people usually come on the weekends, I hope so because it was just weird. The room was a little musty but pretty. No English channels on TV. And I pretty much stayed up all night thinking I was gonna be sold to traffickers. Lol. I have a wild imagination. If there were more guests I strongly believe I would have had a better time that is why I would recommend this place because of its beauty and charm. But I wouldn't recommend going on a weekday unless your into that kind of secluded, different country, creepy shanangins lol.

Posted by , from seattle on 5 Jul. 2015

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1 out of 5

Absolutely the worst Hotel I ever stayed in, do not waste your money!!

Pros: Free breakfast
Cons: Nothing close, poorly maintained
The complete Hotel is very poorly maintained , for example we paid extra for a room with a Jacuzzi, the Jacuzzi was not functional due to the tub not being able to hold water, many of the fixtures in the bathroom literally fell off the wall, the shower was inoperable, only the hand shower worked, all window blinds were broken falling off the wall, upon arrival the bottles of beer, coolers, etc. in the mini bar fridge were all frozen cracked as a result and leaking into the fridge. The staff replaced the fridge and new bottles for the mini bar however they turned the fridge to the max cold setting and if not for our intervention the same scenerio as above would have occured. The mattress cover sheet had a blood stain on it. On our second night the toilets in the Hotel were plugged, the wifi was intermittent. The Hotel decription warns that the one pool is clothing optional but what it fails to tell you is that a number of people will be walking from the pool through the hotel grounds in the nude. If I wanted that I would have booked into a nudist camp. On top of all that the clothing optional pool is the one directly beside the Hotel instead of being the one secluded away from the Hotel. I could go on but I am sure that everyone will get the jist of this review. The only positive comments that I can make regarding this Hotel is that the food and staff were excellent!! Also this Hotel is a number of miles from San Jose so if you use a Taxi or a driver then expect to pay aprox. 60 USD for the round trip.

Posted by , from Ontario, Canada on 17 Mar. 2013

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5 out of 5

Wonderful staff in a beautiful setting

Pros: Free Internet, Quiet
We are a couple who were first time guests at La Catalina Hotel. The hotel is set on 5 acres of gardens with scattered buildings housing 3-6 apartments each. Some rooms are newly remodeled, but we found the older rooms had more charm. The main building has a cafe and bar with a long porch overlooking the lights of San Jose in the valley below. We sat on the porch at night drinking frozen marguaritas and enjoying the view. In the morning we strolled the grounds before taking a day trip. The hotel has the feel of a 5-star resort that hasn't quite been maintained to 5-star standards. We rented a car and had difficulty finding the hotel from the airport until we realized we could enter the hotel name into our iPhone map app and it took us right there. The car rental company was out of GPS devices. Without a GPS map device we would have been lost during our trip. Hotel staff was outstanding--very friendly and accommodating. We love this hotel. It has tons of character.

Posted by on 27 Dec. 2012

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5 out of 5

quite and comfortable

La Catalina is a hidden gem that allows you to get rid of any stress. The 6 acres of rolling grounds with 2 pools and hot tub give you a place to find what ever you are looking for. There are coffee plantations and plantation groves in the area. The staff are great, and the meals were good. This is a place I would go again.

Posted by , from Mississauga, ON, Canada on 14 Dec. 2011

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4 out of 5

It was a very nice place to spend a few days.

Pros: awesome views
We were given a cabana with a fantastic view for the price of a regular room. The service was wonderful and always with a smile. Admittedly, the buildings are a bit older than when the pics on their web site were taken, but they are in good condition. The only exception would be the gym facilities, which were in poor shape but we weren't there to workout anyway.

Posted by , from Florida on 3 Feb. 2011

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5 out of 5

Perfect Place, amazing views

This hotel is perfect, nice rooms, amazing views, great food, Friendly staff, close to many tours, we went to the Poas Volcano and La Paz waterfalls and front desk help us booking our tours and also the car rental. i will be back for sure.

Posted by on 21 May 2010

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5 out of 5


what a find! 20 minute cab ride from the airport(which they arranged for us, $* us. for three). An hour after getting off the plane ,we were through immigration, in a haven above San Jose on wonderfully landscaped,quiet and friendly oasis. Just what we needed after the getting ready to travel, 3am wake-up time for departure,hustle of the airports and flights...we were able to spend the afternoon and evening relaxing, soaking in the warmth, hanging out by the pool, having a nice dinner and being ready to take off well rested the next morning for our adventures! Our "room" was a two story apartment, king bed on the upper floor with bath and balcony, lower level was a living area (sleep sofa) and a mini kitchen. both levels with fabulous views of San Jose/central valley,the view was most impressive at night. Very clean and very comfortable. The front desk staff was wonderful, bilingual ( unfortunately I am not), they spent lots of time on the phone helping me coordinate some of the arrangements I had made for our trip. Can I say anything else about how wonderful this place was? I thought of one thing, even if you want to explore San Jose as part of your vacation, stay here, come home to this at night, makes the city that much more interesting. I love costa rica.

Posted by on 17 Jan. 2010

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5 out of 5

Welcoming and Relaxing

Felt very welcome and at home. Extremely clean and very friendly staff. Fantastic views of San Jose. Out of the hustle of bustle of the big city but close enough to be anywhere quickly. Great place to unwind and relax. Would go there again and again.

Posted by on 31 Aug. 2009

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5 out of 5

Fantastic Hotel

Its a nice hotel wth a wonderful view of the central valley of the city.If you wanna escape from the noise of the city ,this the place to stay.We had a nice stay with helpful staff. I enjoyed a lot in birds watching,the sunsets.I just wanted to let you what a amazing vacation cur family had.La catalina was a great place to stay.Ill love it....

Posted by on 27 Jun. 2009

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Property Features

La Catalina Hotel and Suites offers its guests a full-service spa, 2 outdoor swimming pools, an outdoor tennis court, and a spa tub. Along with a restaurant and a coffee shop/café, there's a snack bar/deli on site. You can enjoy a drink at one of the bars, which include a poolside bar and a bar/lounge. A computer station is on site, and both WiFi and wired Internet are free in public spaces. Business amenities include a business center and a meeting room. A fitness center, spa services, and a library are also featured at the business-friendly La Catalina Hotel and Suites. An airport shuttle (available 24 hours) is available for a fee. Free self parking is available. Smoking is allowed in designated areas at this 3.5-star Santa Barbara de Heredia hotel.

  • 24 guestrooms or units
  • 3 levels
  • 3 buildings
  • Built in 2005
  • Dining venue
  • Bar by the pool
  • Bar or lounge
  • Coffee shop
  • Deli
  • Umbrellas for the pool
  • Conference center
  • Business facilities
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Dry cleaning
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Express check-in
  • Express check-out
  • Staff is multilingual
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Front-desk safe
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Concierge
  • Wedding services available
  • Game room or arcade
  • Pool or billiards table
  • Library
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • BBQ grill(s)
  • Outdoor picnic space
  • Beauty salon
  • Newspapers in lobby (free)
  • Television in lobby
  • Bellhop
  • Elevator
  • Smoking in designated areas


Available in some public areas: Free WiFi , Free wired Internet


Free self parking


  • Airport: Juan Santamaria Intl. Airport (SJO) (11.8 km / 7.3 mi)
  • Property shuttles: Airport shuttle
  • Parking: Free self parking

Room Amenities

La Catalina Hotel and Suites offers 24 accommodations with minibars and safes. Rooms open to balconies. Beds feature down comforters. A pillow menu is available. Guests can make use of the in-room refrigerators and coffee/tea makers. Bathrooms include bathtubs or showers, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. LED televisions come with cable channels. Additionally, rooms include irons/ironing boards and ceiling fans. Housekeeping is offered daily and in-room massages can be requested.

  • Private balcony
  • Minibar
  • In-room dining (limited hours)
  • LED television
  • Cable channels
  • Refrigerator
  • Coffee maker
  • Down blanket
  • Pillow options
  • Bathtub or shower
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Local calls (free)
  • Massage in room (surcharge)
  • Hair dryer
  • Safe
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Sound-insulated rooms
  • Ceiling fan
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Connecting rooms available

Food & Drink

Temptations Restaurant - Overlooking the garden, this fine-dining restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar.

Room service (during limited hours) is available.

Spa Services

  • Hot stone massage
  • Deep tissue massage
  • Manicures and pedicures
  • Body wraps
  • Body treatments
  • Body scrubs
  • Facial treatments
  • Aromatherapy treatments
  • Massages

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 2 PM
  • Minimum check-in age is: 18

Special check-in instructions:

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

24-hour airport shuttle service is available. Fees may apply. Contact the property in advance to make arrangements.

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

Airport transportation is offered 24 hours a day. Fees may apply. Please make arrangements in advance by contacting the property.


  • Check-out by noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children younger than 18 are not allowed at this adults-only property. All guests 18 and older are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.

Pet Policy

  • Pets and service animals are not allowed at La Catalina Hotel and Suites


Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card, or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification may be required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges. Minimum Spring Break check-in age is 18 years old.

  • Staffed front desk
  • No rollaway/extra beds available
  • Service animals not allowed
  • Minimum guest age is 18
  • Caters to adults only


Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Breakfast fee: between CRC 3 and CRC 3.5 per person (approximately)

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • La Catalina
  • La Catalina Hotel
  • La Catalina Hotel Santa Barbara de Heredia
  • La Catalina Santa Barbara de Heredia
  • Catalina Hotel Santa Barbara de Heredia
  • Catalina Santa Barbara de Heredia
  • Catalina ta Barbara Heredia
  • La Catalina And Suites
  • La Catalina Hotel and Suites Hotel
  • La Catalina Hotel and Suites Santa Barbara de Heredia
  • La Catalina Hotel and Suites Hotel Santa Barbara de Heredia

You should know

  • La Catalina Hotel and Suites offers transfers from the airport (fees may apply). Please contact the property at the number on the booking confirmation with your arrival details prior to travel.
  • Reservations are needed for massage services. For reservations, contact the hotel before arrival using the contact information on the booking confirmation.
  • This is an adults-only property and guests under 18 years old aren't allowed.
  • Registered guests are the only ones allowed to be in guestrooms.
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property at the number on your booking confirmation.
  • Pets and service animals are not allowed on site.
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*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.