We did not have time to tour around San Jose so we chose a hotel for convenience to the airport. This hotel was perfect for that. Clean, big rooms, breakfast buffet and the added bonus of being next door to Walmart. We were able to get waters and drinks to pack with us (although it turned out we could drink the tap water at all the places we stayed without getting sick).
The free shuttle was waiting for us with a sign right outside of baggage check and the drive was less than 10 minutes. We also took advantage of buying the departure tax at the hotel and saving us an hour or so in line at the airport.
If you want to tour San Jose, this is not a close hotel. The cost of a taxi into the University District was $35/one way and there didn't seem to be much in Alajuela.
TIP: bring sun screen with you. We had expected to buy this at Walmart, but the cost of sun screen in Costa Rica is over $20 for average sized bottle and the mosquito repellant selection was very limited. Overall the prices at Walmart were similar in the states (no great bargains).
- 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