We were wrapping up a 10 day trip throughout the country, and needed a hotel near the San Jose airport for a next morning departure. The big name hotels right near the airport, like Hampton and Holiday Inn, wanted over $150 USD for 2 adults and a kid.(No prob paying that at other hotels ie The Observatory,with a view of the volcano, or on the ocean, but not next to an ugly aiport)
Our taxi dropped us at La Guaria..and while the price was not much, $65, my 1st thoughts were that this place looks like hell. Well, we took a chance figuring it's our last night, we can bare it. That was a mistake.
Shortly after we arrived and paid, another guest came to the front desk complaining about cock roaches in her room. Very Nice! OK well I didn't see any but this thought affected my sleep.
We ended up with a room on the ground floor no smaller than a postage stamp. It was very close to the front reception and this made for a very noisy night. Half of the noise problem came from employees chatting in this area forever, and the rest from guests coming and going and the wind slamming the door shut.
Let me point out that this hotel may as well have paper walls!! There is no sound deadening at all so you can hear everything. Of course with my luck, some new guests arrived and were having a bit of a re-union in a room right across the hall. Cant blame them at all, but OMG I may have well been in the room with them with the way I could hear everything. The hotel desk manager was borderline useless in assisting.
Luckily the wife slept fine, but at midnight I was so tempted to pack it in and all of us head back to a more expensive airport hotel.
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