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“Oasis close to the airport - Great for a first or last night to meet your flight” 5 of 5 stars
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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 #6 of 30 hotels in Alajuela
Colorado
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Oasis close to the airport - Great for a first or last night to meet your flight”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

... or ... if you're exploring San Jose ... stay for a few days. The photographs are accurate. Our flight arrived at 9.30pm. Our shuttle driver (organized by Hotel La Rosa, was waiting for us at the airport with a sign with our name. The (approx 15 minute) drive through the backstreets had us wondering where we would end up, however the destination was perfect. As we were so late, we were met by the nightwatchman. He opened the gates as soon as our taxi pulled up. Carlos (the nightwatchman) showed us to our room and supplied us with water and snacks, which we paid for the following day. We slept comfortably, in air conditioning and awoke to beautiful gardens and a simple, but tasty buffet breakfast. Our rental car was delivered to Hotel la Rosa, and the next morning we happily left for our next destination and sitting by the pool in the AM. We will be back next week for our last night before leaving Costa Rica. We have a 7am flight out, and I am confident our taxi will meet us at Hotel la Rosa where we will depart with a pre-packed breakfast for the flight.

Room Tip: There was a small amount of noise from 2 stroke motorcycles, so maybe wear ear plugs if that worries...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Robert_Hick, Owner at Hotel La Rosa de America, responded to this review, January 29, 2013
We are very proud about our reputation as an Oasis in the Central Valley! Guests named us that a couple years ago and to see it reaffirmed in your review is gratifying! Thank you for taking the time to review our hotel. Guest experiences and satisfaction such as yours is very important to our business and our employees take great interest in all the online reviews as well. I am glad your car rental went smoothly, as sometimes guests renting by themselves, without hotel assistance can be less positive an experience! We hope that the remainder of your trip was as positive as your experience at La Rosa! Hope to see you again soon!
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

My wife and I, with our kids and grandkids, spent our first 2 days at La Rosa before setting off for 10 days around Costa Rica, and then our last day there before flying home. "Peaceful, beautiful and welcoming" are the words which come to mind to describe our stay. I loved the elegant gardens, with their trees, shrubs flowering plants, all beautifully arranged around the whole property. "El Jardinero" Don Luis is a masterful gardener tending and nurturing the garden with his special experience, judgement and care. Amanda, Grisska, Julio were very friendly and helpful, and the chef, whose name I missed, created wonderful breakfasts and dinners and was very kind too. It was a perfect way to begin and end our adventures in Costa Rica.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Robert_Hick, Owner at Hotel La Rosa de America, responded to this review, January 29, 2013
Your comments about Restaurante La Rosa are the very first we have received since our recent opening of the Restaurant! Thank you! We are glad that you enjoyed your experience and we value that feedback very much as our Restaurant is so new.
We are very glad that you enjoyed staying with us this January and that my staff were able to meet all your expectations! We have shown your review to all the staff mentioned!
We hope you enjoyed Costa Rica as much as you did staying with us here at La Rosa!
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Manhattan Beach, California
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14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

We stayed at Hotel La Rosa twice ....when we arrived in Costa Rica and the night before we left. Both times we were met with clean, comfortable accommodations, relaxing atmosphere and helpful and friendly staff. Our next stop was the Osa Peninsula via early morning plane, which meant luggage restrictions. The staff arranged for an early taxi, made a "to go" breakfast for us before the office was even open, and kept one of our suitcases in secure storage until we returned three days later. They arranged a rental car for us to pick up on our return from the Osa Peninsula ... . and every step along the way was smooth and trouble free. Gorgeous grounds, relaxing atmosphere and fabulous staff ... .Thanks, Hotel La Rosa ... . we really enjoyed our time with you!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Robert_Hick, Owner at Hotel La Rosa de America, responded to this review, December 31, 2012
I wish I was there to have met you myself! Unfortunately for both of your stays with us, I was unavailable. However I am very glad that the hotel team took great care of you! We very much value the overall guest experience and we are happy that you found our service to be of a very high caliber. Travelling to the Osa can be a challenge so if we were able to make it easier for you then we are happy!
Best Regards and Happy New Years!
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41 hotel reviews
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2012

This was a great place to spend the night after flying into San Jose late. We took a cab there ($15), and it just took a little while. Nice, simple room, with a good breakfast the next morning. They had a pool, but we hit the road to Rincon de la Vieja.

Room Tip: all rooms are fine.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Robert_Hick, Owner at Hotel La Rosa de America, responded to this review, December 31, 2012
Thank you for your positive review of our hotel! We are glad you enjoyed your stay with us and hope that your time up at Volcan Rincon was equally enjoyable! If you get an opportunity to return to La Rosa, we hope you will have the time to relax at our pool!
Again thank you for your review!
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Reading, United Kingdom
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34 hotel reviews
Reviews in 63 cities Reviews in 63 cities
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2012 via mobile

We stayed here for two nights at the start of our one month trip around Costa Rica as it was close to the airport yet far enough from the hustle of San Jose. All I can say is what a great place to start it all off, lovely garden setting, peaceful, great food and service. As this was the start of our honeymoon we even had a bottle of fizz in our room chilled!! Would definitely recommend it.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Robert_Hick, Owner at Hotel La Rosa de America, responded to this review, December 31, 2012
Thank you for your 5 star review of your stay with us! We were happy to be a part of your month long trip to Costa Rica! I hope that the remainder of your travels fare well and that you get a chance to return to Costa Rica some day!
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Bellingham, Washington
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2012

We booked this hotel for one night because it was fairly close to the airport. We had never been been to Costa Rica before, so after an exciting drive through the city we were very relieved to find the hotel was a quiet place away from the hustle-and-bustle of the city.

While making our reservations I mentioned that we planned to rent a car. The hotel offered to arrange our car rental and airport pick-up for no additional charge. We declined, but looking back it would have been much easier if we had accepted the offer. Our rental agency turned out to be 10 minutes from the airport.

All of the staff was very friendly and helpful during our stay. The property was clean and well-maintained. We had four adults, so we stayed comfortably in a quad-room with a double bed and a bunk bed. The only complaint I have is that our room was close to the entrance. The gate at the entrance locks at night and people kept honking to get someone to come open the gate.

Breakfast was delicious, buffet-style with fresh fruit, eggs, meats, breads, juice, milk, and (of course) coffee. For supper we had walked to the restaurant up the street. The gentleman that took our order did not speak English, but he had a great sense of humor and we managed to get everything we wanted. And it was delicious!

Overall, I would definitely stay here again for business in the city or as an "airport hotel."

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Robert_Hick, Owner at Hotel La Rosa de America, responded to this review, December 31, 2012
Probably the most important thing a guest can say to us is that they would definitely come back and stay with us! With all the other choices available, this recognition is so very important to us and lets us know that we are getting it right!
Vehicle rental in Costa Rica can be a challenge - even for us. If you return in the future, we would be happy to assist you in this endeavor.
We are aware of the periodic noise of the front gate for the cabin nearest to it. We are planning to replace the tropical style louvered windows in that cabin with sealing ones to make it more sound resistant.
Thank you for letting us know about the helpfulness of our staff and that you enjoyed the breakfast and our overall hotel location!
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Annapolis Valley
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Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

We booked our first night in Costa Rica at this hotel.
The grounds are beautiful and well groomed.
Amanda greeted us, she was so sweet and helpful. I had a million questions, she made phone calls for me and went out of her way for us.
At 3am at night I got up and asked the night concierge, who was a lovely and very courteous young man, to get me some water, which he promptly did.
Robert, the manager, told me next morning, that both of those employees were new and still on probation. Congratulations on finding such wonderful people to work for you, Robert!
Wishing you all much success in your future!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Robert_Hick, Owner at Hotel La Rosa de America, responded to this review, December 14, 2012
Haha! The title to your review sparked off a friendly competition between two of my employees.... Now my cook is standing around Reception hoping to get a similar comment from a guest!!! Actually she is very busy organizing the successful start of our new Restaurante "La Rosa".
It is of course very satisfying as the hotel Owner, that our extensive training programs at La Rosa are bearing fruit. One of our biggest challenges is to take new employees and train them in understanding the needs of guests from over 120 countries - none of which are the same! We see this at La Rosa as a great opportunity to not only improve our guest's experience, but also to be able to give back to our employees in the form of education - education that they do not receive in the public system in Costa Rica.
Both employees are aware and proud of receiving your review about them! We have also told our gardener as well as he works very hard but often is quite solitary and out of the spotlight!
We are glad you enjoyed our hospitality and we hope to see you back in Costa Rica again soon!
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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:
#3 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*
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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