We chose OI as a non-chain hotel for a night at each end of a vacation in CR, and were drawn by good reviews and what appeared to be expansive and pleasant grounds. We were picked up at SJO and driven to the Inn. ($15). The Inn is situated on the edge of town which is really a suburb/exerb of San Jose, and there are sugar cane fields on one side and a pastoral scene down in the valley.
The road on the sugar cane side is a wee bit noisy, but not excessive. The rooms (same both times) was large and clean, and had a fan and AC.
We stayed in the block up the hill a short distance from the office. You can drive or walk. The view is very attractive, overlooking a large sloping lawn with fruit trees, and across to farmland.
The central office adjoins a dining/bar area and other accomodation.
The food was reasonably priced and tasty, both for dinner and breakfast, and offered overlooking a delightful pool.
Our departure was almost marred as we had booked a return drive to SJO, but the driver didn't show and disaster was averted by the quick action by the kitchen and security staff calling a taxi for us.
- Also Known As:
- Orquideas Hotel Alajuela
- Orquideas Hotel
- Villa San Ignacio Costa Rica/Alajuela
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Villa San Ignacio is located where previously Hotel Orquideas Inn operated for more than 20 years. Both Pandora, our Restaurant and Bar, and our standard rooms have been restored to their original, turn of the century decor. The hotel will open to visitors January 2014, and Pandora, February 2014. The spirit of Villa San Ignacio is a visit to the past with the all of the modern comforts. ... more less
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