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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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“Excellent All Around!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

Loved everything about this hotel! From the reliable complimentary hotel shuttle (every 20 min) to the room, the food, location, EVERYTHING was great!! Ok, the food was a bit overpriced at the restaurant as with any other hotel restaurants, but you can easily walk to Walmart right next door (2 min walk) if you're on a budget! It has a cafeteria there with decent food and a bakery. The hotel restaurant makes food fresh though and it was pretty good. One thing I liked about this hotel is that you always have options with everything. Service was excellent and there really is nothing bad I can say about this hotel. It really is nice and brand new. This is one of the first hotels where the management pictures online really matched and was on par with what you see when you really get there.

Room Tip: A room facing the front of the hotel was great as it let in lots of sunlight.
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  • Stayed January 2013, 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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  • 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

We stayed here the night before our return trip home, as we had an early morning flight. We flew up from Puerto Jimenez and had our hotel arrange the free shuttle for us. I heard the lady tell them we were flying SANSA and what time we were landing. She asked how we would recognize them and they said they'd have our names written down. We land at SJO and there's no one there. We wait 30 min and then ask the guy at the desk to call for us. They send us someone, but we waited there 45 min. We asked at the front desk why no one was there, and they had no record of her call and doubted our story that anyone called for us. Not how you want to start your stay. The room is very modern, quiet and comfortable. They have two bottles of water in your room at extortionate prices. There is a Walmart right next door. Go buy a 2L bottle for just under $2. They wanted $5 for a 1.75L bottle. The next morning there was a large queue at checkout and only one lady working. People were visibly becoming annoyed and anxious and we all had one eyeball on the shuttle to the airport. My other half just told her we used nothing and to charge it to the card we held the reservation with. Their inadequate service was a big disappointment.
I would stay here again, but only if I had an early morning flight.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Anchorage, Alaska
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

Stayed at the Courtyard for the end of a trip earlier this year. We usually try to stay at any of the Marriott family of hotels because we've come to know what to expect. This was the first time we've been quite disappointed with our experience. Our first room was on the ground level which left folks on the pool deck able to look (and get access) into our room. Luckily, we were moved after a short wait. The restaurant downstairs was out of most food selections hours before closing time (no pizzas, pastas, most of the salads). The staff was less able to communicate with us than any of the other 5 hotels we had stayed at over the past 2 weeks (I don't expect fluent English in a foreign country, but the difference in the Courtyard was staggering). Unfortunately, I had to make a 1-800 call to my airline due to flight changes. Due to the length of call (being on hold) the cost was over $200USD. Hotel wouldn't budge. I understand that is their right, but a few streets down the Hampton offers free US calls (we got moved by the airline and found this out).

Bottom line, I'd recommend another airport hotel for travelers. The only nice thing was the airport shuttle, which is offered by other hotels in the area.

Room Tip: Try to get a room on the 3rd floor or higher to avoid ground level access into your room.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 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
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

If you arrive at San Jose Airport late in the day and do not feel like travelling more, this is a quite convenient stop. It is only a few minutes from the airport, the rooms are well appointed, the grounds are very prettily done, staff is friendly and efficient and it has a pleasant restaurant.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rio Vista, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

This hotel is minutes from the airport, with a good shuttle. It is quite American; not a Costa Rican experience overall but with very friendly and helpful Costa Rican staff and some local touches such as beer and some food items, so it is a good transition from US home locations. Large rooms. Restaurant and small sundries "market" on the premises, and the hotel is just across the street from a huge Walmart if you are stocking up for adventure travel.

Room Tip: Rooms on the lowest floors at the back look out at a retaining wall.
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  • 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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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

We travel to Costa rica every year and usually have to stay at the airport on the arrival or return to get to Iguana Lodge. I tried the new courtyard and was pleasantly surprised. Nice clean comfortable hotel choice with a cute little cafe restaurant and funnily enough next to walmart.

Room Tip: I liked the front side for light. Away from elevators- they have a nice 2 room suite which works wel...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Reno, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

We stayed at the Courtyard the first night and the last two nights of our trip to Costa Rica. It was by far the nicest hotel we stayed at the whole trip.

The hotel is very new. The rooms are clean, the bathrooms are roomy and the staff is wonderful. Our airline lost our luggage and Antonio at the front desk called the airline for us (spoke with them in Spanish as we do not speak Spanish) and was able to have our luggage delivered to us at our next hotel. We also found Diego and Roberto very helpful!

The hotel is located next to a Walmart. It has everything from fresh baked goods to suncreen.

The hotel has a free shuttle to the airport that runs every 20 minutes starting at 4:00am. This allowed us to turn in our rental car the night before and save a days rental fee.

The hotel does have rooms with connecting doors for families, but does not have any roll aways. The hotel also has a laundry facility for guests. The parking is secure. The rooms were very quiet, we did not hear any noise from the room above us or the rooms next to us.

Not too far away is Plaza Real. It has a few restaurants that are great for dinner: La Fabbrica (pizza & pasta) and Los Antojitos (mexican).

I would definitely stay at the hotel again!

  • Stayed January 2013, 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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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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