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“Fantastic family-owned, close to airport. Great service! Why stay at mega-chains when you can have a genuine Tico experience?!” 5 of 5 stars
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Melrost Bed and Breakfast
Del Mall Internacional, 200 sur Urb. Santi, Alajuela, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #22 of 52 Alajuela B&B and Inns
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“Fantastic family-owned, close to airport. Great service! Why stay at mega-chains when you can have a genuine Tico experience?!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013 via mobile

Barnaby, Katya and Rolando Make us feel right at home every time we stay at Melrost. We have stayed at Melrost a dozen times when we fly in and out of Costa Rica. This is a family run hotel- warm, helpful and safe. The service is great, the rooms are clean and comfortable. The hotel isn't fancy, but comfortable. Great for families (we have 3 kids). Get the big room, has 2 bedrooms, fridge and coffee maker. I love Melrost!

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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melrostbnb, Owner at Melrost Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, July 29, 2013
Amigos,

Muchas Muchas Muchas GRACIAS for your comments. We hope to see you back in MELROST B&B soom to serve you even better. Un Abrazo y PURA VIDA.

Katia, Rolando, Barnaby & Karol
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Waltham, Massachusetts
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14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

We stayed here for our first 4 nights in Costa Rica. No, Melrost is not at all fancy. The rooms are very simple, and you may even have to ask for a bathmat or an extra towel. But the family owners are as nice and kind as can be. There is a casual, friendly atmosphere at Melrost. The other guests we met staying there were interesting, friendly, and, like us, looking for a genuine experience in Costa Rica.
Other pluses: A hot breakfast is brought to your room every morning, and transportation to nearby restaurants is provided if you want it. We walked to the Mall one night and ate at Ta Bueno which is in the midst of a large American-style food court where you would never think you could fine a good meal but we did at Ta Bueno. During the days, we took a few tours and one day, for a small fare, Barnaby drove us to Zoo Ave and picked us up when we were through.
Being close to the airport, Melrost is a good place to stay when you first arrive, and if you need a place to stay the night before you leave---which is what we did and after 2 weeks in Costa Rica.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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melrostbnb, Manager at Melrost Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, April 17, 2013
Muchisimas GRACIAS, we hope to have the chance to serve you again. Your comments means a lot to us in order to keep improving our service.

GOD BLESS YOU. MELROST B&B Staff
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Lakewood, Colorado
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

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.

Room Tip: Stay elsewhere, especially if you have an early morning flight.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

This may be a very good place to stay for people who are only looking for a convenient place near the airport to spend the night. However, for anyone who wants to see downtown San Jose and/or who does not have their own transportation, it may not be a good choice. This B&B is located in a small nondescript residential neighborhood where we would not have felt comfortable walking at night. There did not appear to be any restaurants, shops, or anything of interest close by. Getting into San Jose would have been expensive, difficult and/or time-consuming since this B&B is located about 20 miles away from the center. We had been booked at this B&B by a travel agency, but when we saw where it was located, we decided to stay at another hotel in the center of the city even though we had to pay for both hotels. We were happy with this decision because we had a whole afternoon to explore the downtown, and there was a good restaurant in the hotel where we stayed.

Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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melrostbnb, Owner at Melrost Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, February 24, 2013
Dear Visitors,

We always appreciate all comments, we have a friendly B&B, we are not in the lodging bussines, we are in the Hospitality bussines.

If anyone is looking for the RITZ, this is not the right place for sure, if you are looking for hopitality then you will have a big smile in your face.

For your information we are located only 3 minutes away from the airport, at Monserrat neighborghood , walkable distance to Alajuela downtown, 250 meters away from the Mall International Shopping Center with 4 diffents Banks, Stores, Cinema and more than 15 restaurants indoors and one restaurant outdoor, the friendly Papavero restaurant is just around the corner (with brick oven typical food).

We also provide free transportation to the facilities around the area such as, Airport, restaurants, Central Park in Alajuela downtown, bus stations, Fiesta Casino, rentacars .........ect....

By the way, because of this we can tell you this safe area, in fact the biggest shopping center in Costa Rica is going to be built next door, the City Mall.

We do not blame anyone for not knowing this, specially if they comment and have not stayed with us.

About a week ago we had a customer who made a reservation trough a travel agency, they drove here, did not get off the car and when the recepcionist approached to the car she smiled and asked what would they need but without a word they closed the window and moved the car a few meters ahead, she approached again to the car and they did the same and went away on her face. ......................... A SMILE IS ALWAYS IS BETTER THAN A 1000 WORDS, WELL-MANNERED always works better than a complaint.

If someone does not stay with us we understand, there are all kinds of hotel categories, all we have is a B&B category, with friendly people.

Travel agencies, B&B and hotels have cancellation policies, mainly when they are booked and have to refuse their repeat customers because they have to honor previous reservations.

We hope to have the chance to serve you and show you the beauty and the best of Costa Rica.......the Costarrican hospitality.

GOD BLESS YOU.

Rolando Torres
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Chantilly, Virginia
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

We stayed at the Melrost for the second year in a row and loved it even more! We were there in late August 2012. We were happy to see Rolando and Kattia again, and once again enjoyed their hospitality and their friendship. They even helped us get our Costa Rican driver's license. Great location, within minutes from the airport.They always have provided us with great advice and multiple services to handle any requests you many have of them. We highly recommend you stay there !

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

Rolando's and Kattia's B & B worked so well for us after a long trip in a packed airplane. Rolando's calm and grounded personality (and he speaks wonderful English) was comforting and he and his family so well represented the courteous and accomodating attitude of the people of Costa Rica. (One night he had his own taxi take us around Alejuela for about 45 minutes trying to find a vegetarian restaurant -- no charge.) Very kind family and the room was clean, relaxing, and the quiet neighborhood location very much an oasis right in the middle of the airport district. Jim and Marlena

  • Stayed July 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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melrostbnb, Owner at Melrost Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, August 21, 2012
Jim & Marlena,

Thank you for staying in MELROST B&B, we hope to see back here soon. We always try as hard as we can to do our best in order to offer you the best hospitality in Costa Rica.

PURA VIDA,

MELROST B&B Staff
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Santiago, Chile
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44 reviews 44 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2012

We stay here when we are leaving Costa Rica. 5 minutes for SJO airport!

The rooms are fine and comfortable, especially room 9. They bring hot eggs, toast, fruit, and juice to your room for breakfast and will shuttle you around Alajuela and to the airport for free. They also give great restaurant recommendations.

Highly recommend it and keep going back!

Room Tip: Room 9 is nicest, but if you want more space, choose a family suite downstairs.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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melrostbnb, Owner at Melrost Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, July 21, 2012
Muchas Gracias,

We always do our best in order to help our customers with their needs so we´ll love to have you back in MELROST B&B and make you feel again the costarrican hospitality. God bless you. MELROST STAFF
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Address: Del Mall Internacional, 200 sur Urb. Santi, Alajuela, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Alajuela
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #22 of 52 B&Bs / Inns in Alajuela
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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 
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