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“An Amazing Get Away to A Beautiful Bed & Breakfast” 5 of 5 stars
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Villa Pacande Bed & Breakfast
via Poas Volcano | 3 km from Alajuela downtown, Alajuela, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #13 of 54 Alajuela B&B and Inns
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“An Amazing Get Away to A Beautiful Bed & Breakfast”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2011

This bed and breakfast is absolutely amazing, i stayed here for 2 weeks during a medical retreat that I was apart of in poverty ridden parts of Costa Rica. The owner Marcela is an amazing cook, shows great hospitality and really makes you feel at home. If you really want to be engulfed in Costa Rican culture and learn about what a great place it really is this is the place for you! I highly recommend this place!

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  • Stayed May 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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tel aviv
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21 reviews 21 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2010

in this place there is nice staff and owners
it is in good location and the prices are ok
but
they should clean the rooms becouse we found a lot of Ants on the bed and we didnt like it so much
the bedding are smell old
I think the can fix all this small problems in minutes
i hope they will do it soon.
It is good place only for 1 night - on the way to somewhere

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Virginia
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20 reviews 20 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2010

I found Villa Pacande on the internet while staying in San Jose. We were looking for a good but not too expensive place near Poas to stay for one night and the website sounded as if this might be appropriate. First of all, the pictures on the internet are a bit deceiving. The "villa" is an old house/finca that appears to have seen better days. Yes, it has a yard but it doesn't seem to be kept in especially good condition. But what's most surprising is what many reviews say about "family run," "family atmosphere," "helpful, warm advice," etc. When we arrived, one of the ladies who works there came to open the gate for us. The man who apparently was the manager was youngish, somewhat distant and not overly "family-like" or welcoming. (And my husband and I are both fluent in Spanish, so there was no language barrier). We received a room off the main porch. It had a bed, a couple of night tables, and a tiny bathroom. It seemed clean but very small, in fact there was no space to even turn around in the bathroom. It was very, very basic--good, I imagine for campers, hostel fans and the like, but for older people or anyone expecting anything more, this would not be a great choice. We never saw any of the warm family atmosphere so many have mentioned. We had to pretty much guess everything--no information was given to us.
The breakfast was okay but nothing like what we've gotten in most similarly priced places where we've stayed. We did get gallo pinto as well as plain bread and some kind of fruit (I don't remember what). There was also cereal available The ladies who worked there in the kitchen and cleaning the rooms were friendly, in fact much more so than the manager.
I'm truly curious as to what happened during our stay to make it seem so different from the people who have given this hotel excellent ratings. I understand that the owners of Hotel Pacande in the town of Alajuela are also the owners of Villa Pacande--but apparently the head person wasn't at this place when we visited.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Texas
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2010

My husband and I just returned from a week long trip to Costa Rica and we began and ended our trip here. It's lovely and the people who run it are very very nice and helpful. Breakfast was nice....coffee, cereal, fruit... NO GALLO PINTO!! ; )
The price is right ($50) and the rooms are clean. Nothing fancy, but we weren't looking for that. I would stay here again. If you are wanting a lush hotel spa experience, then this isn't the place for you. It's a small and cozy bed and breakfast.

The restaurant is Mirador del Valle and it is great. The owner will probably recommend it.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Flagstaff
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2010

My family has stayed twice at Villa Pacande and enjoyed both stays. Family run with the best service you can imagine. The value can't be beat - great scenery away from the town center, great breakfast, clean rooms (but not fancy), but best is the friendliness of staff. Location is about 2 - 3 miles away from Alajuela central, so need to make sure taxi knows direction. Took about 15 minutes from airport to get to hotel.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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IL
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2010

Me and my spouse started our honeymoon at Cecilia and Hose Villa and we recommend it very very much.
Peaceful place and warm hospitality!

We promise to come back once we will be back to Costa Rica

Pura Vida

Dror & Oshrat

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bend, OR
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2009

This place is a great place to stay near the city but "away from the city". The owners will even spring for your cab from the airport. You get a very warm welcome and truly authentic Costa Rican experience by staying here. The rooms are simple and clean and the yard/garden is beautful. It's family run and the owners were our favorite people we met in Costa Rica. When we were leaving the B&B to visit the rest of Costa Rica, the owner said to us, "Feel free to call us from anywhere with any questions you might have". They were willing to answer any questions we had, show us directions to EVERYWHERE in detail on a map and literally come find us in our rental car when we got lost driving on the way to the B&B. It did help that I speak Spanish (mas o menos), but they do speak broken english pretty well.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: via Poas Volcano | 3 km from Alajuela downtown, Alajuela, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Alajuela
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
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Ranked #13 of 54 B&Bs / Inns in Alajuela
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
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