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Hotel Aeropuerto Costa Rica
4km west from SJO International Airport | On the Interamerican Highway, Alajuela 20104, Costa Rica (Formerly Hotel Aeropuerto San Jose Airport Costa Rica)   |  
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Ranked #12 of 30 Hotels in Alajuela
Colorado Springs, Colorado
2 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

This is a family operated hotel close to the airport in Alajuela. I prefer to stay in hotels that are actually run by people in that country. This is not a US chain hotel. If you are looking for a US hotel chain, stay in the US. This hotel is an older hotel with recent upgrades to the restaurant. I have been staying here since the early 2000's and have seen improvements made throughout the years. It has an open air lobby that is very pleasant when the breeze blows through. Like all hotels located near the highway, it has highway noise. The grounds are very lush with many plants and birds. The staff work very hard to make this hotel a pleasant place to stay. It is not a luxury hotel, so if you want one of those, stay somewhere else. The price for this hotel is inexpensive considering how close to the airport it is. I have stayed here up to 3 weeks at a time and the staff have always made me feel like part of the family. The food in the restaurant was really good. The only drawback is there are no grocery stores or restaurants close to the hotel.
I know the owners and they have always helped me with anything I needed. Once I needed some aspirin, and the owner took me to the local pharmacy to get some. This hotel is located close to a bus line that runs into Alajuela, just ask the owners to show you where to catch the bus. It is cheaper(20 cents) to ride the bus to town than a taxi ( about $6-$8), if you have the time.
Costa Rica is a humid country. Sometimes when the rooms are closed up, they tend to feel a little damp, especially after a shower. The rooms are air conditioned, and there is hot water. One reviewer complained of black mold in the bathrooms. They are not "Covered" in black mold. One reviewer complained of the lack of a breakfast for early departing guest. The breakfast provided starts at 6 am.It is very good, consisting of fresh fruit, gallo pinto, scrambled eggs, juice, plantains, toast and cereal. It is a full meal by itself. Many flights leave the airport at 6 am meaning you get to the airport at 4 am. I don't think the hotel should be held responsible for feeding you just because you have to leave early. The airport has restaurants open early and you can always purchase fruit to bring with you. Overall this is a very good place to stay and especially if you are flying out the next day.

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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014 via mobile

I stayed overnight due to an early flight back to Canada. Extremely clean and comfortable.

The restaurant chef really puts a fantastic meal together. Excellent menu choices and nicely prepared.

Use the orange taxi service from the airport as this hotel picks up the tab. They will also arrange a free shuttle to the airport.

Highly recommend this hotel....next time I will stay longer.

Stayed March 2014
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Toronto, Canada
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6 hotel reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

This place seemed the best of our options based on pricing and reviews. I will say, it was very close the the airport, and it only took the shuttle they provide, 6 mintues to get there. The shuttle runs every half an hour, which is great. The restaurant that is attached to the hotel is FANTASTIC. It had some of the best food we had eaten on our entire trip. We ordered the chicken fingers for my toddler, and went with the traditional Casados for us. They actually seasoned their meat really well... which we didnt find most places did, for whatever reason. The chicken fingers were clearly made right there, no frozen fingers... I still think about them! The staff is friendly, and we actually purchased quite a bit of stuff from their tiny 'gift shop'. They were a little better priced here than other places (a pen was $4, as apposed to $5 every where else we'd seen). The room was spacious, and there was cable tv.
And now, the bad... our flight was very early and they refused to provide us with any breakfast, not even a bagged breakfast to go. I asked if they could provide us with some bannans to take with us, and they said no! We specifically chose a place that had breakfast because we KNEW we had an early flight. Many international flights leave at 7am, so that mean most or many of the travelers are leaving by 5am to get there... if they are an airport serving hotel, I don't understand why they don't account for this. We stayed at a similar concept place in Peru, and they provided a bagged breakfast for us with bread, cheese, a boiled egg and a bannana. It's not fancy, but it's something at least, especially when flights there days only give you pretzels!
The other issue... the BATHROOM! It was COVERED in black mold, even the walls. I don't know how great the breathability would be if you stayed in those rooms more than a night.

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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

We travel a lot and this was our second time in Costa Rica. This hotel was terrible. The rooms (we switched rooms) smelled very bad, the tub was rusty and dirty, we had a safe in the room very rusty. The pictures on the site are very misleading. Internet only works if you are in the lobby not in the rooms. It is better to pay a little more and stay at a chain hotel!! Very bad experience. We were glad we arrived there late and left very early because we couldn't wait to leave this place. I wrote a review for them and sent them two e-mails about this place and never heard back from them. Never had to do this in 40 years of traveling.

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Vacaville, California
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

We stayed here at the end of a long day of traveling. It was great to be able to just grab a cab, not have to haggle for the price, just sit back and be delivered to the hotel. It was close to the airport so it wasn't a long ride. The neighbor would not be good for walking around though. We arrived around 8pm and were still able to get a nice dinner at the restaurant, the fresh Ceviche was delicious. I was craving something refreshing and they made me fresh lemonade! Breakfast was very nice the next morning. The staff was friendly and helpful. Our original flight had been cancelled so we arrived 2 days later than our first reservation. When I emailed and ask to change the date, I got a response within an hour and they were very obliging. There was wi-fi as advertised, although sometimes you needed to go to the lobby to get good reception. Although the rooms are older and the decor from the 70's, the room was clean and the air conditioner was welcome. Our only complaint was the beds were quite hard compared to what we are used to, but we have noticed this throughout travels in Central AMerica. We would definitely stay here again. The small pool would be fun for families traveling with kids. The pictures on the hotel website are very accurate.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Seattle, Washington
2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

very nice staff but overall this hotel was sketchy. worth paying a little more to stay in a chain hotel closer to the airport.

Hotel was very hard to find. Room was not as nice as the photos on the website; ugly, dirty, old red carpet; bathroom smelled of mildew; found someone else's lingerie in the nightstand.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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rocky mountain house, alberta
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

We only had a brief stop at this hotel before catching an early flight. But, it met our needs. The exit to the hotel is a little tricky to find but once you get there the rooms are fairly nice. Cleanliness and comfort is average. We didn't find the restaurant food that great.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 4km west from SJO International Airport | On the Interamerican Highway, Alajuela 20104, Costa Rica (Formerly Hotel Aeropuerto San Jose Airport Costa Rica)
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Alajuela
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #12 of 30 Hotels in Alajuela
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Featuring free transportation from and to SJO International airport, this comfortable hotel is an ideal base for your trip (3 stars). Those traveling long distances will particularly appreciate the proximity of the hotel to the motorway. The hotel is located in direct proximity to the airport (4.0 km). The reception desk, which is manned 24 hours, also has a hotel safe. The hotel provides free WI-FI in your room or via a wireless connection in public areas. Feel free to enjoy room service or the wake-up facility when staying at the hotel. The hotel operates a suite of business facilities. The friendly team at reception will provide you with more information on the hotel's own car rental offer. Don't worry about finding a parking space, the hotel offers free parking for guests. The rooms benefit from cable television and telephones. All bathrooms are naturally equipped with a hairdryer. Do you want to book a non-smoking room? Are you traveling with your family and do you need a cot? We will gladly cater for your wishes - please indicate them when booking your room. Your room also has a safe. Air-conditioning ensures that the room temperature is always comfortable. Whether you just want to play around or you take your training seriously, the hotel swimming pool is there for you! Forget the worries of the day as you enjoy a relaxing massage. Treat yourself to a meal in the restaurant, with outdoor seating, where diabetics and vegetarians can find tasty dishes too. In the evening we will welcome you to the hotel bar. ... more   less 
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Aeropuerto Hotel Alajuela
Hotel Aeropuerto Costa Rica Alajuela

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