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“Great jumping off spot” 5 of 5 stars
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Pueblo Nuevo de Alajuela, Residential Alajuela, segundo entrada, 200 metro norte, Alajuela, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #2 of 54 Alajuela B&B and Inns
Tilaran, Costa Rica
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Great jumping off spot”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2012 via mobile

We have stayed at Alegria B&B more than once.

George is a fantastic host, has lived in the area a long time and can assist with virtually anything, plus will give excellent advice on places to eat, etcetera. The setting is a private home in a quiet residential area, with very few rooms, each with an independent or private bath. The living room or common area is huge, and there is an assistant separate TV area. The kitchen is a welcome place, we have brought our own food and drink which was well accommodated. However the is little need as George makes a filling breakfast with fruit, eggs and his home baked banana bread.

Not only recommended, but we will go there again when in the area!

Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Mounds View, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2012

Alegria was a great location to begin and end our time in Costa Rica. It is about ten minutes from the airport (though taxis seem to have a hard time finding it!) and a short walk from downtown Alajuela. George was a gracious and considerate host. He gave us excellent advice on places to eat as well as to shop for souvenirs, and he prepared a delicious breakfast that included homemade bread, fresh fruits, and an egg bake. Because we were leaving at 4:30 a.m. on the day of our departure, he not only packed a breakfast for us, but drove us to the airport when our cab failed to materialize. The house has a huge dining room/living room area with a table for playing games (George has a good supply); there is also a substantial lending library. George immediately made us feel like part of the family!

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Everywhere, USA
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2012

We stayed here on Super Bowl Sunday the night before flying home. George told us to make ourselves at home and he meant it. He has a large comfortable house with two rooms with sitting areas and our room had a very comfortable bed. A friend of his came over and they prepared a large variety of food for a Super Bowl party which they freely shared with another couple and us. Even though we had an early flight and were up at 5 a.m. he was up with a pot of coffee going and called us a taxi. The atmosphere was very low key and laid back meaning if you wanted to interact that was ok and if you wanted to find a quiet spot by yourself that was ok too. Will definitely return on our next visit to Costa Rica. One warning though: This is a residential neighborhood and if you don't have a car it's maybe a 15-20 minute walk to the nearest restaurants.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Southern California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2012

George was a great host. We felt like we were at home. Breakfast was great. George was always there when we needed him; even at 4 am departures to the airport!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Montreal, Canada
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8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2012 via mobile

This place is awesome for anyone spending his first or last light in Costa Rica and flying from San Jose airport. The house is really nice and the USA native host, George, knows how to make yourself at home. He gave us good advices for our short time in Alajuela and for our trip in general. The house is big and very clean. In the morning, he came up with this big plate of fruits and a slice of banana bread which was delicious! We will definitely go back there every time we come to Costa Rica. 
The house is located on a corner and look for the Alegria sign at the bottom of the fence. It is a little hard to find but it really really worth it!

  • Stayed May 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2012

My husband and I stayed at Alegria our first and last night in CR. It was very convenient to the airport (about 10 minutes and $5-8), very clean, relaxing and George was a great and friendly host. There was wi-fi, plenty of space to relax in the house with two separate lounge areas and access to the kitchen if needed. We had to get up very early both times we were there and George packed us a to-go breakfast (including his amazing banana bread) and made sure that we were up on time. It is about a 15 minute walk into town or a $2 taxi ride if you want to get something to eat. When George calls a taxi, they were always there in less than 2 minutes! If you're heading in or out of CR, this is the perfect place and price and much more fun than staying at an expensive chain hotel next to the airport. Thanks George!

Room Tip: We stayed in the Palm room. It was plenty of space with a bathroom just across the hall. The other...
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  • Stayed April 2012, 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

We had email communication back and forth and George arranged for two nights stay, one at the beginning of our trip March 25th and the last night before leaving at the end of our trip on April 4th. Alajuela was close to the airport and very convenient location. George had also arranged for our car rental in advance with Tri color, it was good that I emailed closer to the date because he hadn’t made the reservation until I reconfirmed with him. Also know in advance he would like cash to pay for your stay, so be prepared.
George had graciously picked us up at the airport when we had arrived which we appreciated very much. The accommodations were clean the town of Alajuela was about a 15 minute walk from Georges, We had grabbed a bite to eat where he had suggested and it was good local food. When we came back for the evening we were having difficulties connecting to the internet with our phone and I had asked if we could use the internet and he seemed very put out by having to get his lap top set up. He seemed to be on and off with his mood...I am not sure if he had alot on his mind, but we did know his wife had passed away sometime back and this could have been part of the reason.
He did fix us a very nice breakfast before we headed out on the road. We had asked for the rental to be automatic, turned out he rented manual seeing it was all he could get for us due to the late reservation (near the Holy week and all) He set up our pick up time for 10:00 am the next morning, which was a little later then we would have preferred, but it all worked out. We were able to trade up to automatic and we were on the road by early afternoon (took a while for the reservations) and we made it to our destination before night fall.
On our return trip back we weren’t sure how long the drive would take from Quepos , when we arrived at noon and George seemed put out again that we arrived earlier then he expected. We wanted to park the car in his locked patio and he was very disgruntled by this request. He did double check his reservations and had no one else coming in that day so he seemed to relax after this. He did check our flights for us and saw that things were on time. We kept the rental until the morning we flew out and that seemed easiest. George had made us muffins (burnt) to go…
On our next trip to Costa Rica we will look elsewhere for accomodations..I was a little uncomfortable with George's mood swings.

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Pueblo Nuevo de Alajuela, Residential Alajuela, segundo entrada, 200 metro norte, Alajuela, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Alajuela
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 54 B&Bs / Inns in Alajuela
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Alegria is a true Bed and Breakfast with guest rooms in our family home. We are only minutes from the San Jose International airport, convenient for your arrival and departure days. Enjoy the best of Southern Hospitality in a classic Spanish home with precious wood ceilings, hand-carved doors and welcoming porches. We are located in a friendly, secure neighborhood of professional Tico and international families. Convenient shopping and bus service are just steps away. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Alegria b&b
Alegria Hotel Alajuela
Alegria Bed And Breakfast Costa Rica/Alajuela

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