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“Different But Not Impressed” 3 of 5 stars
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Resort Martino Hotel & Spa
3.5 of 5 Resort   |   In front of Zoo Ave | La Garita de Alajuela, Alajuela 20102, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #20 of 31 Hotels in Alajuela
North Port, Florida
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5 reviews
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“Different But Not Impressed”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

While traveling with family to bust property in southern Costa Rica, we spent our first evening upon arrival at the Resort Martino Hotel and Spa.

The main building features impressive stone and woodwork and an Italian restaurant that overlooks the pool and hotel grounds, as well as the actual sleeping buildings. The buildings that house the rooms all have exquisite, hand-carved doors and woodwork.

As we walked around, we noted several interesting features on the property, such as stone statues, gardens, and even a bird sanctuary. However, it seems as though we were in the off season because water features were not running and the general ambiance of the grounds was as if it was run down.

We ate at the restaurant for both dinner and breakfast the following morning. The food was delicious, the staff helpful, and the view was fantastic.

Overall, we were afforded a good nights sleep and departed the following morning.

Stayed February 2016, traveled with family
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Bel Air, Maryland
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely hotel, secure, breakfast was free and awesome! People are super nice and room is very cool! I would definitly suggest this place to my family and friends. I would also go back and stay there. Close to a few tour sites

Room Tip: All rooms were wonderful.
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  • Stayed February 2016, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Although the restaurant is not listed on TripAdvisor. Some thing has to be said about this place.

The restaurant has great views, outstanding food and friendly staff. The food is fresh and very old-school Italian. The spaghetti frutti di mare was sublime. The pasta was al dente and perfectly seasoned. The saffron risotto was another great hit. Very well balanced and the grain was cooked perfectly.

Overall I would recommend this spot in a heartbeat. You do not have to be a guest at the hotel to enjoy the restaurant.

Price: $20-$25 per meal
Recommendation: Spaghetti Frutti di Mare

Stayed January 2016, traveled with family
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Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

Martino is a resort, but not the slick US type. It has large, beautifully wood-veneered rooms, a large pool, free breakfast and wifi, an affordable spa service.

On the other hand, the furniture/bathrooms are a bit worn, the breakfast is simple (eggs, beans & rice). The staff is friendly, but relatively sparse. So think well-worn former luxury. If you go in with the right expectations, it's a very nice stay.

It's right across from a great animal park with tapirs, jaguars and monkeys galore. About 10 km from airport, 15 km to downtown on the Hwy 1, 25 km to Poas crater.

Room Tip: Southside building next to pool is the best.
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  • Stayed December 2015, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Benbrook, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

When you first arrive in the entry way you will see immediately all of the interesting wood all through out in this old hotel but kept very well all of these years. Has a very large beautiful pool that you can see from most of the rooms. The food was great as well with a breakfast buffet.

Room Tip: I would ask to be close to the pool, if that is something you like or ask to be away, if not.
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  • Stayed August 2015, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 via mobile

My husband and I stayed here to stay out of the main city thinking it would be safer and we could get massages on our last day of travel. We scheduled massages which and they only had a massage scheduled for him, not for me. Only one person spoke a little English at the front desk and she wasn't there at the time to discuss. The housekeeping staff has a master key to your lock box rendering it useless. We had issues with it and they had to come and reset it. We had someone call twice and hang up in the evening and later someone used a key to enter out hotel room and run down the hall before we could catch them (we were in the hotel room at the time and they probably noticed the light from the tv and ran off). When we checked out they had an additional restaurant receipt for a meal we didn't have with our hotel room hand written on the top. We tried to tell the man at the front desk about the issues above and he seemed concerned but not too surprised. My husband speaks a little Spanish but almost no one there speaks English at all. I would've preferred to stay overnight in a chair at the airport than to stay here again. I didn't feel safe and they tried to overcharge us intentionally . Another review stated to check your bill over as they like to overcharge rich international travelers. If you wanted to be robbed come stay here.

Stayed July 2015, traveled as a couple
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Playa Carrillo, Costa Rica
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Very large establishment. Friendly staff. Air conditioning not real great and if you actually looked at the walls in your room, YUCK!! Don't touch they were filthy!!! Pool was needing a vacuumed but overall clean of debri. Restaurant was big and most of the food was good.. The caprese salad was a no good for an Italian restaurant

  • Stayed July 2015, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Additional Information about Resort Martino Hotel & Spa

Address: In front of Zoo Ave | La Garita de Alajuela, Alajuela 20102, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Alajuela
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Spa Hotel in Alajuela
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — Resort Martino Hotel & Spa 3.5*
Number of rooms: 56
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ten minutes from the airport and Central America's biggest Casino, this resort is located in the central valley of Costa Rica, known for having one of the three best climates in the world. European style pervades guestrooms with Italian tile and fine wood furnishings; balconies, minibars, cable TV, and wireless Internet access. Surrounded by jungle, the property is within proximity of volcanoes, rainforests, and more. On-site amenities include a spa, modern gym, casino, pool, and restaurant. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Resort Martino Hotel And Spa
Resort Martino Hotel Alajuela
Martino Luxury Hotel
Martino Luxury Resort
Resort Martino Hotel & Spa Costa Rica/Alajuela

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