Real estate developer Ed Podolak, a former pro football player for the Kansas City Chiefs, and his partners have bided their time, waiting for the perfect moment to build their grandest hospitality project to date. They started building in 2015. With the recovery from the 2008 financial crisis, there has been a sense that this little pocket of Costa Rica’s Gold Coast is on the brink of something big.
Ed, who has a Super Bowl ring from his rookie year in 1969, has a track record for well-timed real estate developments. His prior condominium-hotel projects in Jacó attest to that. Pulling from his experience with luxury developments in Aspen, Colorado, he brought his eye for opportunity to Costa Rica in 1997.
After three years of scoping out Costa Rica for investment opportunities, Ed decided to start a business in Jacó, where he set up shop as a Century 21 real estate agency. A year later, fortune knocked, and he invested in a partnership to build the first of his Costa Rica developments, the Hotel Club del Mar. Two years later, he built Hotel Club del Sol on the adjoining property.