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Ascend adds first Central American hotel

Posted by Paul Kandarian  March 21, 2012 07:51 AM

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The Gran Hotel Costa Rica in San Jose, just joined the Ascend Collection membership program, from Choice Hotels International as the portfolio's first hotel in Central America. The hotel stays independently owned and run, but gains a global reservation system and a guest-reward programs good at thousands of lodgings worldwide.

hotel.jpgTo mark the occasion, the hotel is offering a rate of $79 a night, through April 30. The historical landmark hotel is in the heart of downtown San Jose, Costa Rica's capital city, near the city's top museums, theaters and historic sites. The property, which was built in 1930 and was named a Costa Rican Historical and Architectural Landmark in 2004, has an open-air patio restaurant that faces activity and musicians on the Cultural Plaza.

Membership in the Ascend Collection grew 35 percent in 2011, company officials said. For information on the Gran Hotel, visit http://www.grandhotelcostarica.com/, and for the Ascend Collection, http://www.ascendcollection.com/.

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