My husband and i stayed at the Best Western Zima for 3 nights while exploring some of the birding hotspots of San Vito. The hotel is centrally located in the heart of the city, but only a short drive from Las Quebradas Nature Reserve and about 30 minutes from the wonderful Los Cusingos, an excellent private reserve with reliable sightings of the brilliant Turquoise Cotinga, one of Costa Rica's most sought-after bird species. Guides can be hired at Los Cusingos to locate this incredible bird.
Immaculately clean and modern, the Best Western is an inviting respite from days of birding in the surrounding countryside. We booked the junior suite on the 2nd floor which was a huge room with excellent air conditioning, large bathroom, two comfortable queen beds and ample space to put all of our stuff. We paid a AAA rate of $260 for 3 nights.
Breakfast is included in the room rate, and though not a buffet, there is a choice of four menu combos that were adequately filling. The best part of breakfast, though, is watching the birds come to the fruit feeders for their breakfast! We saw Golden-hooded, Scarlet-rumped, Blue-gray and Summer Tanagers, Red-legged Honeycreepers and other colorful beauties.
The staff at the Best Western was top-notch -- especially the friendly man at check-in and the overnight front-desk receptionist who addressed and quelled a situation we had with noisy neighbors. The restaurant staff was always polite and attentive, clearing away our dishes and refilling our coffee cups when needed.
This was our 6th trip to Costa Rica -- the Best Western Zima is definitely a spot we'll return to on a future trip! less