STAMFORD, CT—Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. has entered an agreement with Desarrollos Hoteleros Guanacaste S.A. (DHG) to debut the W brand in Costa Rica. W Costa Rica – Reserva Conchal will be the brand’s first property in Latin America.
“As we continue to pursue aggressive expansion in Latin America, the agreement to develop W Costa Rica – Reserva Conchal is an exciting addition to our pipeline,” said Jorge Giannattasio, SVP and chief of Latin America operations for Starwood Hotels & Resorts. “Following the recent successful opening of W Bogota, we are eager to premiere the iconic W brand in new countries in the region and look forward to bringing the brand to Panama in 2017, followed by Costa Rica in 2019.”
Part of a mixed-use development in Reserva Conchal located in the Pacific coast province of Guanacaste, nearby facilities include a Robert Trent Jones II golf course and a variety of outdoor recreation and nightlife entertainment options. The hotel will be located 45 minutes from the Liberia/Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport.
“Costa Rica is an exciting tourism market with tremendous potential, welcoming millions of international guests every year,” said Victor Vazquez, VP of development and acquisitions, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Latin America. “We continue to see interest from developers to bring new global, high-end offerings to this part of the world, and we are excited to sign our first W hotel in the country.”
“We are very pleased to be partnering with Starwood Hotels & Resorts to bring this project to life, creating a unique experience for travelers in Costa Rica,” said Helmuth Sauter, director, Desarrollos Hoteleros Guanacaste S.A. and Reserva Conchal S.A.
The beachside property will feature 151 guestrooms and suites; a signature restaurant; the W Living Room; the hotel’s destination bar; and an Away spa and WET deck, featuring an infinity pool with views of the tropical surroundings. The hotel will also include meeting space for special events.