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“What a nice place to start our Costa Rica vacation!” 4 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 #5 of 30 Hotels in Alajuela
Mt. Airy, MD
1 review
“What a nice place to start our Costa Rica vacation!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2011

Hotel La Rosa de America was an unexpected delight after a long day of traveling from the US. It felt very peaceful and secluded after driving through noisy San Jose. The grounds with all the plants and flowers was lovely, the rooms comfortable and roomy. Everyone was very friendly, and helpful in answering the questions we had. It was an easy trip out of the city to head up toward the Arenal region the next morning. If we had not already made other plans for the day before our departure, we would have returned here to stay.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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  • Cleanliness
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Arlington, Virginia
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19 hotel reviews
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2011

This hotel was lovely: beautiful garden grounds, simple but nice rooms, friendly staff. We arrived in Costa Rica that afternoon, and so after our flight, we just got a bottle of wine from the hotel and relaxed on our porch. The breakfast (included) was simple and good. And they directed us to a little local bar/restaurant down the road for dinner, which we enjoyed.

The only drawback to this hotel is its location. The area itself isn't bad, but it's VERY noisy, with (we guessed) many packs of dogs that barked loudly throughout the night. Because it was warm, we wanted to leave the windows open but had to shut them just to have a chance at some sleep.

I'd definitely recommend the hotel, but if you're a light sleeper, you might have some trouble.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 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, January 21, 2011
We would like to thank our guest for taking the time to write into Tripadvisor with so many positive comments about our hotel! We are very happy that they found our service and gardens to be of a high standard. However, the discomfort experienced by our guest due to unacceptable noise levels is unfortunate, especially as this Hotel prides itself on being a very quiet, semi rural hotel for our guests..
As an Airport Hotel, we strive to ensure that all our guests receive the opportunity for a good night's sleep in an area far more peaceful, safe and tranquil then that of our competitors. Normally this is something that we excel at, in part due to our fortunate location, just outside the noisy city of Alajuela.
Unfortunately, on the night this guest stayed with us, a number of unlikely events seemed to occur all on the same evening thus leading to an unacceptable level of noise both within the hotel and in the surrounding area. This situation was compounded by the fact the Hotel was completely full to capacity and that some of the guests were arriving very late due to the extreme weather complications experienced in the New York area. Some of these guests were "releasing pressure" after having been stranded in airports for up to three days. Our night staff chose to focus on the noise disturbance outside the Hotel and once they resolved that problem, they then focused on the arriving guests. Unfortunately, barking dogs are a reality in Costa Rica, and in our area, there are not many, however, once the "Twilight Bark" starts, it can be very hard to stop. Since last week, the staff have been told to talk with the local dog owners and to request that they manage their pets more effectively. Of note, all the dogs in our area are actually owned, and are no danger to locals nor guests.
Again, we would like to offer our apologies to this guest. Though we do not know exactly who you are (sorry but this forum is anonymous to us!) the night you describe is so atypical of our area it stands out clearly for us. Please know that we have already taken steps to try to ensure peaceful nights for all guests and that all our staff are aware as well.
Notwithstanding the above problem, we are very happy that you still enjoyed our Hotel enough to recommend us!
Thank you;
Robert Hick
Owner
Hotel La Rosa de America
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Angelholm, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2011

Planning a tour for the first time in a new country, this airport hotel is simply ideal as offering budget rates with an easy to access location next to the airport. But above all unlimited readiness to support with various travel arrangements and an inexhaustable flexibility for last mintute changes. Rooms simple, clean and comfortable of different sies and bed arrangements.
Simply give them a try and you won't be disappointed

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Ottawa, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2011

We stayed one night on our way to Playa Grande and on our way back because of its proximity to the airport. The staff really went out of its way to help us with car rental and answering questions that eased our stay in Costa Rica. The owner, also a very friendly man took time to talk to us and answered a bunch of questions and suggested plenty of interesting sites to visit. Although we didn't have time to visit Alajuela & San Jose area this time around they gave us a taste of the area and made us want to come back for a longer visit. I would definitely recommend Hotel La Rosa de America for people that are looking for a authentic local setting with clean rooms, good food and excellent and friendly staff.
Roch Lapointe
Ottawa Canada

  • Stayed January 2011
    • 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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Oakland, California
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43 reviews 43 reviews
31 hotel reviews
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2011

We spent our last night of a weeklong trip here and really liked it. We had the family suite which was two rooms with a hige bathroom. The kids slept in the front room with two beds and there was a double bed in the smaller room. The beds were comfy, the pool cld but refreshing. Sarah was amazingly helpful and friendly. We would stay here agin on the way in and out next time. Can't go wrong here. And, it s right down the street from the best food we had in CR- Delicias de mi Tierra. Yummmm...

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Atlanta GA
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70 reviews 70 reviews
42 hotel reviews
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2010

We stayed here for one night at the beginning of our trip and for two nights at the end. We took advantage of a special "three night stay" promotion which included pick up from the airport and a group tour to one of the volcanoes, Cartagna, and a coffee plantation. Be advised that if you do the tour you have to meet the bus at a hotel near the airport VERY early in the morning.
The LaRosa is a charming little place and the staff is very helpful.(Sarah did a super job with our laundry)! Rooms are rather small, but the beds are comfortable and the bathrooms well appointed. The grounds are lovely and it's nice to just sit and relax by the pool. Breakfast is good with a nice selection of fresh fruit. I'm not a banana bread fan but my husband told me it was very good.
There are a few restaurants within walking distance. I would caution anyone eating at Cherey's to avoid the fried meats.......both of us experienced severe discomfort the next day! That's about the only negative I can think of and is not reflection on the hotel.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Cologne, Germany
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31 reviews 31 reviews
22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2010

We stayed at the Rosa de America for three nights altogether. Two at the beginning and one at the end of our trip to Costa Rica. The hotel is really close to the airport and therefore ideal for a first or last night. It is situated in a very nice garden and has a nice pool. It invites to sit outside in the garden and watch squirells play along. The breakfast was one of the best we had in Costa Rica and if you have to leave early they prepare a "package" for you to take away. You have free fast internet access and a nice reception area to sit. The owner and also the stuff are very friendly and helpful. They have good recommendations and are always willing to make your stay a pleasant one and to assist with any problems you might have.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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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 ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Spa Hotel in Alajuela
#3 Business Hotel in Alajuela
#5 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: 14
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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