Two weeks before we flew to Costa Rica. I was looking for the last piece for our DIY itinerary - an economical and yet decent hotel to comfortably stay our last night at Costa Rica. In our itinerary, our Interbus shuttle was scheduled to arrive at the San Jose area in Friday evening and we had to get to the San Jose (Juan Santamaría) International Airport very early next morning. So, we knew we wouldn't need anything fancy but just an inexpensive yet safe place to sleep over the night. And we hit an unexpected home run by choosing this hotel !!
We had to be at the airport around 5:00 - 5:30 AM next morning, and that was all about our worries, but this hotel not only soaked away those worries but also went way beyond our expectation in every sense. When we checked in, we were delighted to hear that the restaurant opens at 4:00 AM, their complimentary airport shuttle service starts at 4:30 AM (it operates every 30 minutes and takes only 5 minutes to get to the airport), and the front desk opens 24 hours a day. At a corner of the 1st floor are 4 big-screen PCs and printers that are all free for use. High-speed free Wi-Fi goes without saying.
Our standard room (2 queen beds) was very clean, spacious, modern and good looking, practically beautiful, and comfortable every inch. We felt like as if had been staying at a high-grade room which would normally cost $200 or more. Actually the normal rate for the room was $199 but we booked it for only $66 at Expedia ! The hotel's security was impressive, too. Without a valid card key, you can't even use elevators - they don't move until you pass your card key over the card reader inside the elevator.
One big bonus was that this hotel is located very close (2-minute walk) to Walgreens. The Walgreens store is pretty different from those in the United States. It is a huge store that has everything from daily foods to appliances (looks like Safeway + Target + Best Buy). And better yet, the prices (not quality) are cheap for everything. Originally we wanted to buy just a few water bottles but we ended up buying a lot more for souvenirs as well as for ourselves, including "Cafe 1820", packed ground Costa Rica coffee, which our friends and ourselves got eventually hooked on !
I highly recommend this hotel for anyone who needs to stay a night near San Jose (Juan Santamaría) International Airport.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Courtyard By Marriott San Jose Airport Alajuela Costa Rica