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Courtyard by Marriott San Jose Airport Alajuela
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Plaza Los Mangos, Radial Francisco J. Orlich, Alajuela 20109, Costa Rica   |  
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Denver, Colorado
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“Good launching point to return to the US”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

My family stayed at this hotel when transitioning from CR back to the US after our recent vacation. This hotel is in a perfect position to get to the airport early using their shuttle. There were a LOT of people waiting on the shuttle the morning we left so the hotel had several of its staff member's driving their cars back and forth to take care of the overflow. Awesome service.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013 via mobile

Great friendly staff. Very clean and good fitness equipment. Close to SJO airport for early morning flights. Shuttle service runs every 20 minutes starting at 0400. It's a 5 minute taxi ride to the Plaza that has good restaurants if you're not interested in eating at hotel. Hotel restaurants is nice and convenient for salads, club sandwiches, etc. New WalMart is next door.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 4 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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ithaca
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

We were vacationing and traveling from the rainforest of La Fortuna - Arenal and then spending time in OSA, when we decided to change up our plans. We actually booked the Courtyard for 3 nights and used it as a home base for daytrips in the nearby San Jose area. An excellent property, very accommodating staff and quite helpful. We were traveling with our older boys and needed to book 2 rooms..we got the upgraded larger rooms and at a very good price. After spending 10 days traveling, free laundry facilities were a welcome perk. It is a very modern facility.. I really liked how the temperature is keyed to your room key and as you leave, you tke it with you thereby saving energy. Overall we were pleased.

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  • 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

The hotel rooms are spacious and clean and the room was very quiet; a good way to relax after your trip in CR. There is a Wal-Mart located next store where you can resupply or purchase food from their cafeteria. Other than that, there is not much located within walking distance except a mall with US-fast food chain restaurants. The plus about this hotel is the free washer/dryer machines located on the 2nd floor. You can buy detergant at Walmart.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

I stayed there when it had just opened earlier this year and was surprised by how well everything worked. I had been a week on the road and had another one to go, and arriving here was a close to having a comfortable weekend at home as possible. I particularly appreciated the laundry room, the iPhone dock station, the gym, and the small pool area. Internet was excellent, and the distance to the airport (and to Wal Mart) was unbeatable.
I may have been the first person to stay in that room and the bedding and carpet were immaculate, which is a big deal for me. Staff was friendly and helpful. I found the food in the coffee shop a bit on the expensive side, but not necessarily more than other hotels in the area (for an airport hotel, though, it'd make more sense if they kept their prices below more upscale hotels' 20 mins away). I'd stay here over any other SJO airport hotel.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 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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Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

Very new just built property, very clean. Room has the new smell and was spacious. Convenient shuttle to the airport. Walmart right next door walkable to get some essentials. Internet was free and service was good. Fitness center was good. Card access to elevator and floors was secure. Parking was free and safe. Airport was literally in walking distance however 2 minutes by shuttle. Breakfast seemed a bit basic but expensive and not included most room rates. Staff were very new and a bit hesitant to offer anything extra or go beyond the rule set by their management – seemed a bit unflexible. Overall a good hotel to spend the night before a flight out of the international airport.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

Recently stayed for 2 nights at this hotel. Not a lot of character to it but brand new. This hotel could be anywhere in the USA for that matter. The Marriott Courtyard Escazu has more of a Costa Rican feel to it if thats what you are looking for. They have an airport shuttle that runs from 4 AM - midnight every 20 minutes. The shuttle takes literally 4 minutes to get to the airport terminal. I had dinner one night and the meal was decent. The hotel is located next door to a Walmart. If you want to bring back Coffee this is place to buy it and not at the airport. They also have a small cafeteria restaurant; the food was cheap and okay.

I would stay here again especially if my flight was arriving late at night or I was departing early the next morning. If you want a Marriott with more of a Costa Rican feel, stay at the one in Escazu.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Plaza Los Mangos, Radial Francisco J. Orlich, Alajuela 20109, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Alajuela
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Business Hotel in Alajuela
#4 Romantic Hotel in Alajuela
#6 Family Hotel in Alajuela
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Courtyard by Marriott San Jose Airport Alajuela 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The new Courtyard San Jose Airport Alajuela is the closest hotel to the International Juan Santamaria Airport in Costa Rica. From the International Arrival Gate, the hotel is just 5 minutes away towards downtown Alajuela. Our location provides the easiest and most convenient access to all the main tourist attractions in the Central Pacific: Puntarenas and Guanacaste, also National Parks such as Manuel Antonio, Carara, Poas, Braulio Carrillo, Volcan Rincon de la Vieja and much more. Some ideas to plan your Costa Rican Vacation are visiting Arenal Volcano, La Paz Waterfalls and other tourist activities and attractions, all starting at Courtyard San Jose Airport Alajuela, don't forget to take advantage of our free Airport Shuttle every 30 minutes. Courtyard San Jose Airport Alajuela offers all the essential services and amenities you will need to make your trip as successful as can be. Our new Refreshing Service will provide you a new lobby concept, casual food options and variety of beverage selection. We want to please you and make your stay a very special one! ... more   less 
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