alta hotel

interior design / hospitality

Santa Ana, Costa Rica | 2013
Construction: CPG Constructora
Photography: Andrés García Lachner
In collaboration with Cloud9

Inspired by the elegant aviation years of the 1930s, we metamorphosed the classically beautiful 15-year-old Alta Hotel into an eclectic boutique hotel and restaurant. The design employs pop colors, mood lighting and theatrical ambiences throughout the 23 bedrooms and multiple common areas to create a charming setting that whimsically evokes the grace and glamour of the 30’s. From concept to branding this project was completed in a record time of 2 months, at the end of which The Alta emerged as a classy fusion of colonial architectural avant-garde design.

So, there is a strong narrative resource born of mythical narratives and their protagonists; highlighting the figure of the warrior, the so-called Jaguar Negro, a soldier of excellence, chosen by fate to perform with courage and appreciated by all within their culture. He, as a great host, is the starting point for the design of the soul, presenting itself throughout the space in various forms. And to maximize this experience and sharpen it, the aroma of copal (a type of incense used by these Mexican towns to clean the spirit and spaces) welcomes the visitor from the entrance hall. The mysticism is unique and acquires modernity in details such as the colors used, in emerald green, oranges and burnt gold, in honor of the totems and Gold, metal closely related to the pre-Hispanic tribes. Undoubtedly, the symbolism and cosmogony (understood as a way of perceiving the Universe) of these people, also have their place of honor in various decorative resources and in the signage, forcefully recalling the soul of civilizations already iconic.

All these resources coexist with the reminiscence of the enclosure to an old house, which could well be located in an Agave crop and stands out for its refinement and simplicity at the same time. These details of a Mexican hacienda, such as wood, wicker, mud and volcanic stone, can be observed throughout the space, generating together a visual spectacle full of harmony and movement. A large suspension in the middle of the main hall, as well as the railings, adorned in mecate and strategically placed pieces of macramé, are part of a contemporary language and a twist of this traditional past. The lighting, a relevant theme, allows to make Jaguar Negro a delight to the senses at nightfall, when the drama takes over the place, playing with pinkish tones and awakening the soul of the warrior. In synthesis, Jaguar Negro is a true tribute to Mexican identity and its essence, represented in a meeting of eras that go hand-to-hand and coexist to offer a magical and unique experience.