We stayed at La Rosa the first three nights and the last night of our visit to Costa Rica. For comparison, we also stayed in three other hotels in different parts of the country. We can not imagine a better place to start and end a vacation. After our experience, we can honestly say that the poor reviews are totally unwarranted. The hotel manager Grisska speaks near perfect English and is the most pleasant, knowledgeable, helpful and accommodating person we met on our trip. It became obvious that the owners give her total authority and that appeared to be well justified. Grisska was an excellent source of information and assistance and a valuable resource. (We could call her from anywhere in CR to ask advice.) She also totally handled our car rental and made other personal travel arrangements for us with a local tour driver, Andre Polini. Andre is very polite, and excellent driver, very knowledgeable and speaks both English and French quite well. (Contact us for more information.)
All of the front desk staff spoke English well and obviously enjoyed their job. Breakfasts were made to order by a very gentle and accommodating Tica woman. (She did not speak English and we do not speak Spanish, but that did not seem to be an obstacle.) The rooms were well decorated, including fresh flowers, and were clean and well maintained. The grounds are beautifully landscaped and many trees had identification signs. There was no air conditioning so we had to adjust to keeping the windows open and using the ceiling fan. (We found this a common practice in CR.) It cooled down enough at night to require a comforter or blanket and the morning temperatures were cool but pleasant.
The only problem we had was with random noise during the night, mostly dogs off of the property. (There is no traffic noise due to the rural location.) During our trip we found that, in general, CR is a very noisy country. At other hotels we encountered loud traffic sounds, dogs, roosters crowing all night, geese, and loud music. After returning to La Rosa it actually seemed quiet by comparison!
Some comments were made in other reviews regarding proximity of restaurants. There is one restaurant with a wide variety of Tican fare just a few minutes walk from La Rosa. We found the food to be quite good and the owner very pleasant. Within a 15 minute walk on the main road there are several other restaurants. We felt quite safe walking at night so they are also an option. If you just want a fruit snack, ask the clerk at La Rosa.
In conclusion we would like to reiterate our feeling that La Rosa is a fine place to start and end a vacation. It is a Tico style hotel that is, by our experience, better than many others. If you want an American experience (then why do you leave the US?), you can spend much more to satisfy your needs. When we travel we want to experience the culture and to feel like a local. For that reason, La Rosa is the best for us and will always be our first place to stay.
- Also Known As:
- La Rosa De America Hotel
- Hotel La Rosa De America Costa Rica/Alajuela
- 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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