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“Great home base for late arrivals and early departures” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Courtyard by Marriott San Jose Airport Alajuela

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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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Castle Rock, Colorado
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42 reviews 42 reviews
38 hotel reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
“Great home base for late arrivals and early departures”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

We stayed here our first night arriving late in the evening and everything went well. We were checked in promptly at a very good rate and the entire hotel was spotless and clean though it should be with the hotel being so new. We also stayed here our last night after five days close to Playa Hermosa. As others have mentioned you are right next to a Walmart to buy snacks and necessities.

We did have an issue in the restaurant and it was cleared up by the manager quickly and efficiently.

Check out both times was smooth, no issues getting back and forth to the airport which is very close by. Do not be afraid we did not hear any noise from the airport due to the takeoff and landing patterns. Shuttle runs every twenty minutes.

Notes:
- Like most airports you clear immigration first, grab any checked baggage and then head to customs. The currency exchanges are a rip off with the rates given up to 25 percent less than what you can get at a bank or ATM. Avoid them at all costs.
- Once you clear customs is where the fun part starts, do not fret... You will exit into an area where taxi drivers and others bombard you with help, just relax and go outside where you find an even bigger group of people. Find the person with the Courtyard Marriott sign, check in with him and within a short period of time an unmarked van will show up and whisk you away the five minute drive to the hotel. Please remember that the vans are unmarked and confirm your destination with the driver, we did tip the driver because he went out of his way to make us feel good.
- You have to use your room keys to get to your floor in the elevator. Just rub the card on the fob and select your floor.
- Same thing when you get to your room, they have the new style readers which just require a rub against the reader.
- The climate control in your room is also controlled by your room key. There is a white reader connected to you AC by the door, place the card in the slot and then adjust your thermostat to your desired temperature. Your room temp will be reset when you leave since you need to take the card with you when you leave, return, etc.

Again a great start/end to our vacation.

Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    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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Weaverville, North Carolina
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107 reviews 107 reviews
56 hotel reviews
Reviews in 71 cities Reviews in 71 cities
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

We stayed here upon our arrival in Costa Rica. Shuttle Service was good, hotel staff friendly and helpful. The rooms are large and well maintained. They have a small restaurant and bar. Offerings are limited, but the staff is friendly. In general it is a very good hotel if you have to overnight before going somewhere else. I would not stay here for an extended period of time

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

New in 2012, the hotel has large open rooms with fridge & coffee maker. People are very friendly & helpful. Small bar & restaurant. Nice fitness center with individual TV's. Little pool that sits in shade & not scenic. Next door to Wal-mart for anything forgotten and short walk up busy highway to a small mall. Must take a taxi to get to a good restaurant. A lot of new construction on office buildings around it.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 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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Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

It’s a first time in Costa Rica, for business and stayed a month here. The hotel rooms are spacious and clean. I must say its most Strategy and Convenience hotel than I expected. The surrounding is mentionable, near to Mall, many decent eateries(walking distance), other look-out places in Escazu. There is free shuttle to the Mall(only one way). A Hooter is just next door. And for travelling, it’s very much central route out to most place of interest. The hotel has good travel guide and gives free advice even if we don’t subscribe from them. The staffs were very nice and always willing help with all questions. As guest staying longer than a week, I find amenities like self-laundry and mini-mart useful too. The breakfast was okay and F&B people treat you with much respect. Overall, I enjoyed my stay in Costa Rica and this hotel. Will recommend.

Room Tip: Seek for room that face Multiplaza, so can have a good panaramic view of the mountains
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Burlington, Canada
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14 hotel reviews
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

If you need an airport hotel because of either an early departure or late arrival this is an excellent choice. Perhaps most importantly the shuttle service was reliable quick, and efficient. The price was also reasonable. I have stayed here twice and would stay again.

The hotel is very new with well maintained and well appointed rooms. I believe this is the closest hotel to the airport.

Staff made an effort to accomdate requests. A problem with an air conditioner was solved within minutes of the front desk being alerted to the problem.

Staff were also very friendly and polite to a customer who I witnessed arrive with a very curt and rude attitude. It is a Courtyard not the Ritz Carlton. You might have to wait 30 seconds to speak to someone at the front desk. I'm not sure I would have bit my tounge if I were in their shoes. Notice to all fellow travelers: as a rule, particularly in Costa Rica, all hotels put a hold on your credit card for incidentals. It should be expected - get over it.

I gave a 4/5 rating because it is not the Ritz Carlton 'nor does is aspire to be. This would not be a good hotel as a base of operations to see Costa Rica or San Jose. Also the restaurant service was slow.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Vista, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

Stayed one night in December. Was very impressed with the entire staff. We visited quite a while with our waiter. Very impressed with his service and his English was good. He told us he was taking English lessons.(I think his name was Daniel). Gave us lots of info on his counrty and his service was wonderful. The hotel is new and very clean. Shuttle service prompt. I would love to come back and stay again.

  • 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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Somerset, New Jersey
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
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
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Address: Plaza Los Mangos, Radial Francisco J. Orlich, Alajuela 20109, Costa Rica
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
#5 Family Hotel in Alajuela
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Courtyard by Marriott San Jose Airport Alajuela 3*
Number of rooms: 127
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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