I would have rated this motel with a 3 or 3-1/2 if it weren't for the driver (Barnabi) oversleeping and making my husband and I late to the airport! The house guard made at least 5 phone calls before successfully reaching Barnabi. Something similar to this happened to another TripAdvisor reviewer, so beware!
OWNERS: helpful, genial, warm.
DRIVER: Barnabi picked us up quickly at a predesignated location to bring us to the motel. The problem was him getting us to the airport by 4 am. There was no indication when I booked the room that an early lift to the airport would be a problem.
NEIGHBORHOOD: seems safe but looks worn-down. Very busy street one block from motel but quiet where the motel is located. Barnabi recommended Papavero to us, which is a very nice restaurant 3 blocks from the hotel with great service and wonderful wood-oven-baked pizza. Calzones, spaghetti also there. We walked to the restaurant from the motel.
THE MALL: downscale. Recommend only if you need to buy something you forgot or must have fast food.
OUR ROOM: The motel room photos on the motel's website are deceiving -- our room looked nothing like them. Our room was spartan, lacked charm, was like a Motel 6 or Super 8 room at best, and badly needed a new coat of paint. Sink drained slowly. Door seemed flimsy in construction, which gave me pause. However, the motel's gate is locked at night. The room did not have an in-room security box, in case that is important.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are a small Bed and Breakfast located 5 minutes away from the International Airport in Alajuela City. We are in the hospitallity business. Our rates includes breakfast served in the rooms, free wi-fi, shuttle service to the Airport and Alajuela downtown, free local calls. ... more less
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com so you can book your Melrost Bed and Breakfast reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Melrost Bed And Breakfast Costa Rica/Alajuela