Elegant hotel reopens as Grand Tara

The stately hotel in the hills above Escazú has reopened with the name Grand Tara, the management said Monday.

This is the hotel with the spectacular view of the Central Valley and located above San Antonio de Escazú.  The hotel has been closed for some time and has been called the Tara Resort Hotel, Spa and Conference Center and the White House Costa Rica Hotel, Spa and Casino under different owners.

The new management is K Hotels International, which also operates the Beacon Escazú Hotel in Escazú Centro. An announcement said that the interior has been remodeled completely.

Derek Derefaka, who spent many years in the hotel business in South Beach, Florida, is the new general manager, said the announcement. He said that plumbing and electrical systems were improved, according to the announcement.

The hotel was described as being three-story with 23-rooms and adorned with ornate white pillars, a spacious balcony and floor-to-ceiling windows. Inside, hardwood floors, natural wood accents and a winding staircase give the hotel an elegant appeal.

The hotel also has a bar and a restaurant, aptly called the Grand View Restaurant.

The announcement also said that the facility is a fully licensed medical facility for cosmetic surgery, ultra sound face treatment a personal consultation with the on-site doctor.

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