We stayed here on our first day of our Costa Rica trip on August 17th 2009. I couldn't ask for a better place to start our trip. We booked all three rooms for two families. George even came to greet us at the airport! I highly recommend this place to any one looking for Home away from home. George and Doris are wonderful hosts. George even let me use his personal laptop to upload the photos when the PC didn't have a SD card slot. George hooked us up with a wonderful driver, Luis, who took us around Costa Rica for the whole week we stayed over there. Luis took us where ever we wanted to go and always made sure we are having a good time. Luis came to pick us up at the airport along with George. We couldn't have asked for a better person to show us Costa Rica! He became one of us during the trip. After we checked into Alegria, we planned the trip with Luis and headed out to Lapaaz waterfall gardens in the rain. The next morning breakfast prepared by Doris was exceptionally good. Luis drove us to Monteverde in his very comfortable van. We had a blast on the Selvatura zip lines. Zipping through the clouds on the last zipline was truly magical. We then headed to Arenal. On the way to the hotel, we stopped on the road side around 7 PM, to see the hot lava flowing down the Arenal volcano. Luis even woke us up around 4 AM for a wonderful show of Arenal's magic. We also spent a night in LaFortuna for horse back riding and Canyoning. We then headed to Miravales volcano. There were hardly any tourists over there. There is a power plant nearby generating electricity from this volcano's energy. It meets 12% of Costa Rica's energy needs it seems! The hotel we stayed there even had natural hot springs and sauna with hotwater from the volcano. At the volcano's crater (not at the top), you could see sulphur fumes, water and mud bubbling in the pools. We had the whole place pretty much to ourselves. We all had mud baths and had good time in the hot spring pools. This was the high light of our trip. We then headed to Playa Hermosa and stayed there for two nights. Three of us went on Snorkeling. We could see a String Ray, Octopus, Puffer fish, a fish with spikes all around, Eels and several colorful fish. On our last evening in Costa Rica, Luis took us to Flamingo beach via back roads. On the way there, we saw a beautiful sunset at the Monte Carlo beach! Our trip ended with Luis dropping us at Liberia airport. We couldn't have had this much fun if Luis wasn't around. He was not only our driver but he was also our translator and guide. Thanks to George for hooking us up with Luis. Even though it was rainy season, except for during horse riding at Monteverde, we really lucked out on the weather. Horse riding in the rain was fun too. This was certainly a vacation of our life time.
- 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