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Hotel La Rosa de America
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   100 mts Sur y 75 mts Este de La Mandarina | La Garita, Alajuela none, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #5 of 30 Hotels in Alajuela
British Columbia
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“Great place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2011

Our family of 5 stayed here a total of 4 nights (3 upon our arrival in CR, and 1 just prior to leaving). It was about a 15 min cab ride from the airport, on the outskirts of San Jose in Alajuala. The rooms were clean, comfortable, and well cared for and the staff were extremely helpful and friendly. The grounds are pretty, and the pool was well maintained and great for our kids (aged 12, 10, & 8). Our shower worked fine, and I wonder if the reviewers that had trouble with the shower mentioned it to the staff (as the instructions asked) so that they could get it working. Some of the reviewers I've read on this place need to remember they are in Costa Rica, not the US or Canada. This is a developing country, and the amenities are not the same as home. It is noisy everywhere in the morning in CR, either from traffic if you're in the city, or the sounds of the jungle. We were up with the sun just about every day were were there, and we were in CR for 18 days.

The breakfast at the hotel was excellent: fresh fruit, fresh banana loaf, scrambled eggs, juice, excellent coffee, toast. What more can you ask for? Robert, the owner, was very helpful with local area knowledge, and we found the nearby restaurants served very good food. Again, you can't compare them to the restaurants at home, so don't bother trying.

A couple of the pool chairs were broken, but still useable, and I'm sure they will be replaced soon, as the owner seemed to take any problems seriously.

We would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rob_Hick, Owner at Hotel La Rosa de America, responded to this review, March 26, 2011
We would like to take the opportunity to thank you for your review!
We are very pleased that you enjoyed your stay and hope that your overall vacation in Costa Rica was up to your expectations and that your return to BC was relaxing!
I personally wanted to thank you for your indication of the attentive standard with which the Hotel operates and your recognition of our efforts despite occasional problems. We focus much of our employee training on understanding and accepting the different cultural needs and expectations of our guests. Last year, we received guests from 112 different countries and as an airport hotel, we try our best to introduce them to the Costa Rican, "Pura Vida" relaxed lifestyle, while ensuring all their holiday expectations are met in a timely fashion!

With regard to the pool deck chairs, they had been broken by a large group prior to your visit by having too many students sitting on one chair at a time. These chairs were sent off March 24th for repair to a local shop and should be back at the hotel next week - hopefully like new! In the meantime we still have plenty of chairs/recliners left at the pool. (Still, it definitely looks better when they are all in good repair though!)

Also, thank you for your positive comments about our ecological shower system. However, due to the difficulty some other guests have had with this new system, we have come to the conclusion that they are simply not suitable for the Hotel. Probably these are better used in a destination eco-lodge where guest expectation, location and desire meld into one. Thus, we have commenced installing a top quality replacement on-demand electric system imported from Germany. We have cabins 10, Suite 1 and Suite 2 now complete (as of March 24th) and the system is working perfectly... no need for any more explanations! Happily for us, we have still been able to maintain a low environmental footprint - even with these new showers. We intend to have the other two gas serviced cabins converted by early April.

Again, thank you for your comments. We are happy that you enjoyed your stay at La Rosa, and we hope that you and your family may return again soon!
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2011

We needed a hotel near the airport, and selected this one based on prior reviews. But it was a big disappointment. The "beautiful grounds" consisted of a patch of grass with mango trees. Yes, they are pretty, but the walkways were all full of half-smashed mangos that were dropping even as we walked to the office. Our room was tiny and very dark, furnished only with a double bed (no blanket), a tiny nightstand, and an old TV in the corner. Although there are a few restaurants within walking distance, the iron gates and window bars protecting every property were not reassuring, and the desk clerk admitted it was not a very safe area to walk (also no sidewalks, just a narrow shoulder on a very busy road). We don't mind no air conditioning, but this means leaving the window open, and putting up with LOTS of road noise. Also, the thin curtain was not effective in blocking the very bright lights from outside. Despite following the page-long directions for getting hot water in the shower, we never succeeded for more than 10 seconds; then it turns ice cold. Breakfast was poor quality. Also not as close to the airport as we hoped (a 25 minute cab ride). The staff was friendly, but overall this was not worth the price we paid, and we cannot recommend it.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2011

Stayed at this hotel our first and last nights in Costa Rica - it was great. The setting was beautiful, service wonderful, everyone was very helpful. Nearby restaurants were great. Should definitely learn a little Spanish before coming to CR. I would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2011

Stayed here with my family of five, the night before our flight back to Canada. It was okay.

Positives - beautiful grounds, nice woman at reception, has a pool, breakfast was nice

Negatives - room kind of smelled bad, decor/bedding was a bit outdated and "old lady-ish" (as my husband likes to say), pool chairs were old and broken, restaurant they recommended was bad, and worst of all was the shower (big long sign to tell you it is eco-friendly, and how to use it, but we still couldn't get it working and what am I going to do? Get all dressed again or go to the front desk naked?). The room, which is for five people, was small with no division really between us and I was up all night listening to the sounds of my 5 year old, who is apparently a noisy sleeper.

Note that the pool is very deep and so maybe not the best for small children, but they still had fun.

The directions on the website are helpful but need to be expanded for people who are coming from other places, e.g., the caribbean coast.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2011

La Rosa is a real value added accomodations when you look at what you are paying for and what you get. We stayed for a week at La Rosa on a two week vacation in Costa Rica. Set in a wonderful garden the units are clean and restful. You get secure parking for your rental vehicle if you have one. Things we enjoyed were the sound of the birds early in the morning, which abound in the many trees and shrubs on the grounds. The breakfast that was included with lots of fresh fruits, banana bread and juice and coffee. You can also have eggs and breads and if you want to head out early they make up a breakfast bag and put it outside your unit on a chair awaiting your wake-up, plus they have hot coffee outside the breakfast area if you get there before they open at 7:30 am. Just walking the grounds and enjoying the flowers, a couple of different types of mangoes growing in prufusion in a couple of the trees. The good supply of towels and the pool just outside our door with the underwater light which made for nice evenings by the pool. And of course the always helpful Robert and Grisska. As a example, when my wife got a stiff neck after a flight on one of the small planes from Golfito, they quickly arranged for a professional massage right in the room. They also arranged our car rental and had us picked up at the airport. Other things - We enjoyed being able to go get a bottle of wine and sit by the pool in the evenings after busy days exploring. The big fluffy towels were a nice touch as they were changed every day. Fresh flowers in the room another nice touch. Situated in a residential area it was nice to take the short walk to Cherry's, a local bar and restaurant which has a lot of locals that frequent it, plus of course us visitors - plus there were a number of other restaurants in walking distance.

We did have some issues with getting hot water, but they did thier best to deal with that and one night out of seven was noisy when a large group of kids arrived. But when you look at the price and all the extras, it is very much worth those minor inconveniences. You have to remember you are travelling in Central America, you arent paying big hotel rates and you are enjoying more a of a slice of real Costa Rica here. If you have spent some time travelling Latin American countries you really come to appreciate what a place like La Rosa offers - you will be aware that things are different here, as they should be!

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2011

Stayed here upon arrival in San Jose for 2 nights and then the last night.; in doing so we also got , a tour and a pick up at the airport (see web site for packages.) What a nice surprise for a budget hotel! We got in late , after the office closed, but were greeted warmly by night staff . The grounds are lovely, the pool was fine, the room was clean and and comfortable, the breakfast was good --lots of fresh fruit-- and the owner and staff were great at answering questions and offering assistance.. The hotel is a bit out of the way if you do not have a car but there are good restaurnts close by--even in walking distance. The location seems safe and quiet. It was comforting to come back and spend our last night after touring a wonderful country for 8 days.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Winnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2011

I don’t understand why so many travelers stay only one night at Hotel la Rosa de America. Yes, it’s advertised as an alternative to “airport hotels” in Alajuela/ San Jose but it deserves a reputation for more than that.
My husband and I stayed for five nights at the beginning of February before flying back to Canada...........family emergency upon arrival back home delayed this review.
The grounds are beautiful – not large but lovely; the cabinas modern and ultra clean with wonderful bathrooms; the atmosphere relaxing; the service attentive and the staff friendly and knowledgeable (thanks, Grisska). Beds are comfy. Evenings quiet.
Breakfast is buffet style with fruit, juice, bread, cereal, scrambled eggs and Doka coffee served in a lovely dining room. Sitting around the pool is relaxing even if you don’t swim.
We did not rent a car during our month’s stay in Costa Rica so were looking for places with bus and taxi access. Taxi to the airport was $15:00 We walked around the corner and a few metres up the street to several good restaurants .Up and around that same corner, buses regularly go into Alajuela or San Jose. We walked to Zoo Ave. We hired a guide(early morning bag lunch provided by the hotel) and birded near Poas and La Pas for a day. Another day we hired a driver/guide and toured the Orosi Valley and the Route of the Saints.
It is a place that I would go back as many times as I can get to Costa Rica. Well done, Robert...a superb, small, unique hotel.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 100 mts Sur y 75 mts Este de La Mandarina | La Garita, Alajuela none, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Alajuela
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Spa Hotel in Alajuela
#3 Business Hotel in Alajuela
#6 Romantic Hotel in Alajuela
#7 Family Hotel in Alajuela
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel La Rosa de America 3*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel La Rosa de America is a friendly and peaceful garden oasis conveniently near the San Jose Costa Rica Airport (SJO). With our emphasis on service, we are the vacation home base of choice for many guests visiting Costa Rica. Our staff have a wealth of information about the country and are happy to share that knowledge! The hotel is located on a gorgeous and carefully maintained property, in the sunniest part of the Central Valley - La Garita. We offer a selection of great accommodation options in rooms located around a large carefully maintained tropical garden and sparkling clean swimming pool. Rooms come in Superior and Standard types with Superior rooms having air conditioning, flat screen TV's, bar fridges and more! La Rosa is is ideally suited to guests arriving from a tiring flight and wanting time to adjust to the country in safe, friendly and beautiful surroundings. ... more   less 
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