With the recent opening of the international airport, this once sleepy cowboy town is being transformed into something of a tourist hub - visitors won't have any trouble finding tasty restaurants, hot bars, and entertainment to fill their days while staying here. However, this small town - with roughly 40,000 residents - is also one of Costa Rica's oldest towns, a fact that visitors can witness for themselves in the buildings, churches, and neighborhoods which make up Liberia. Indeed, colonial architecture abounds, with white-washed, red-roofed buildings making up a large percentage of the town's structures. Liberia also has some serious cowboy roots, and not surprisingly, is surrounded by cattle ranches. Every July 25 - called Guanacaste Day - there are celebrations which feature parades, bullfights, and a rural fair, all of which will please the cowboy-friendly tourist. In addition to its own gems, Liberia is surrounded by many outdoor attractions that visitors will likely enjoy. Tamarindo and a number of other popular beaches are nearby, as well as several national parks - Rincon de la Vieja, Santa Rosa, Barra Honda, and Palo Verde.
The Hilton Garden Inn caters to businessmen and vacationers alike, with a number of amenities that will help their guests travel smooth and keep their experience pleasant. This five story hotel has 169 beautifully designed rooms that offer the latest in technology and ergonomic comfort. The beds and chairs are billed as being therapeutic and comfortable, and the electronics which make up the room - a 32 in. HDTV, free wireless internet, MP3 player and telephone - are sure to fit any modern-day demand. In addition, all rooms come equipped with a private bathroom, coffee maker, mini bar, microwave, work desk, and refrigerator. The rest of the hotel is equally plush, with a fitness center, restaurant, bar, swimming pool, and business center. Guests are invited to begin the day with a heart-pumping workout, and then cool off with a swim in the refreshing outdoor swimming pool. If all the exercise has guests feeling hungry, the hotel's restaurant - Carao - serves up delicious food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The adjoining bar and lounge invites socializing in a leisurely, relaxing environment.
However, if amidst a flurry of activity and excitement some meals are missed, the hotel runs its own 24-hour convenience mart that sells beverages and ready-to-cook food that guests can grab and prepare in their room. For those traveling on business, the Garden Hilton Inn offers the use its business center and meeting rooms, which have state-of-the-art technology as well as on-site catering, should certain events require food. From weddings and business meetings to family reunions, anniversaries and religious celebrations, the team at the Hilton Garden Inn will gladly and efficiently help plan any event. The staff here is friendly and helpful, capable of answering questions about the area or helping guests organize tours.