Marriott International has signed an agreement with Saxum Group to debut its Fairfield by Marriott brand in Costa Rica, and open its second Residence Inn property in the country.

The two hotels will be located in the Greater Metropolitan Area of San Jose. The hotel group has chosen to expand in Costa Rica as it is a hub for business in Latin America, ranked by the World Economic Forum (WEF) as number one for innovation in Latin America and a sought-after market for direct foreign investment.

The 125-room Fairfield by Marriott San Jose Curridabat will be located in Guayabos de Curridabat, a growing business cluster east of San Jose.

The 117-suite Residence Inn Alajuela will be located in Coyol de Alajuela, which is regarded as the country’s new logistics hub. It has easy access to San Jose International airport, and is situated close to Qalma – a modern residential high-rise and the only vertical housing development in the area. Suites will include fully equipped kitchens, and the property will also have a grocery delivery service, a 24-hour grab-and-go market and complimentary breakfast.

Pablo Botero, Marriott International’s Senior Director of Development for Central America and the Caribbean, commented:

“We are proud to work with Saxum Group to bring the Fairfield by Marriott brand to Costa Rica and add the Residence Inn by Marriott to enhance the hospitality offering in the greater metropolitan area (GMA) of San Jose.

“The continued expansion of the GMA has become a draw for international companies seeking strategic developments in the country, and we are excited to be part of this expansion.”

Marriott currently operates 860 properties under the Residence Inn brand in 17 countries and territories, and 1,150 properties under the Fairfield brand in 13 countries and territories.