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“Never again a place like this...” 1 of 5 stars
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Pension Alajuela
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Alajuela, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #28 of 30 hotels in Alajuela
Zurich, Switzerland
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“Never again a place like this...”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2010

Room was not very clean and stinky from bathroom. Could not sleep good because of the road noise. The shower was cold. The breakfast miserably. My car was broken open before the pension! The owner are nice, but this is really not a good place for staying overnight and the price with 35 dollar is defintiv too high for such an accommodation..

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled solo
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    3 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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Toronto, Canada
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2010

Don't let the unassuming façade of this little gem fool you! Behind the lifeless front door lies an amazing garden-like courtyard with a small kitchen and seating area that is the centre-piece of this wonderful guesthouse in Costa Rica's "second city".
The rooms which surround the courtyard are basic but spotless, the bed's are comfortable and the sheets are clean and there's cable TV to boot.
What's best is that Alajuela is fast becoming a better jumping-off point to visit the rest of the country - it's only a $6 cab ride from Juan Santamaria airport, most bus connections can be made in town and there is a warm Tico pura-vida vibe everywhere!

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2007

We researched the web for hotel in Alajuela prior to our first trip to Costa Rica and really liked the photos of this place, so we booked it.

Front desk staff was great upon check-in but the rooms left a lot to be desired. Worst night's sleep ever! Full bed (which is fine for two people) with a twin sheet and twin blanket. It wasn't a particularly warm night so pretty uncomfortable. We were supposed to stay 3 nights, but ended up staying only 1 (paid for 1.5) and moving around the corner to a small place that was very clean with good beds.

We won't stay here again.

  • Stayed November 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Champaign, Illinois
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2007

We arrived early in the morning at Pension Alajuela without a reservation and they were happy to let us check into an available room well before the official check-in time. The woman at the front desk was extremely helpful and spent some time finding us a cheap taxi for a return trip to Volcan Poas the next morning (if you are planning on visiting the volcano I recommend taking a taxi to arrive early - when we visited clouds obscured the crater before the tours and public buses arrived).

The hotel itself is definitely a budget option, with not all rooms having AC and the hot water being provided by electric heaters on the shower heads. However the rooms were spotless and comfortable, breakfast was provided and the common area is very pleasant. Hard to beat in terms of value for money.

  • Liked — Helpful staff
  • Disliked — Shower heads
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Houston, TX
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2006

We stayed at the Pension Alajuela for 2 nights in June 2006 - one on the day we arrived in Costa Rica, and one the morning before we flew out of Costa Rica. It's a quick 5-10 minute taxi ride from the airport, and so was a convenient base for our travels. It's located right near the road which heads out of Alajuela to Poas Volcano, which was convenient since that was our first place to be visiting.

Things did not start well as when we checked in they did not have our reservation. However, it turned out not to be a problem since they still had rooms available. The room that they gave us was located right next to the road and the entrance to the hotel. There is no A/C, so the windows are open, which causes the room to be quite noisy due to the traffic both on the street and in and out of the front door. Their showers had the infamous electric water heaters attached to the shower head, which seemed to work but still made us a little nervous (we took quick showers).

The staff was very friendly and helpful, and there was a basic free breakfast that was included in the cost of the room.

Overall, it definitely wasn't the best night of sleep that we had in Costa Rica, but it was cheap ($50/night for a room with 3 beds), close to the airport, and served us adequately during our time there.

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Address: Alajuela, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Alajuela
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Ranked #28 of 30 hotels in Alajuela
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Pension Alajuela Costa Rica

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