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“Very friendly, comfortable.” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Robledal
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   400 Oeste de la Iglesia de El Roble, Alajuela 20104, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #6 of 30 Hotels in Alajuela
Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Very friendly, comfortable.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

We spent 2 nights in this nice, friendly little hotel when we arrived in Costa Rica. Unfortunately we arrived just too late to pick up the shuttle from the airport, but it was a relatively short taxi ride and we had a warm welcome on arrival. The room was comfortable, although the fan in the bathroom was extremely noisy.

Manuel kindly tok my husband off birdwatching when he woke extremely early (on UK time!) then we were able to pay him to take us into San Jose for the day. We intrepidly found our way back on the bus!

A very friendly experience

  • Stayed March 2013, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Maine
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

We weren't sure what to expect after reading reviews but we booked for both ends of our trip We could not find the shuttle when we arrived and several drivers offered to assist us. We were a little nervous about this but one of the drivers called the hotel and the driver showed up a few minutes later. The driver was very friendly and helpful and showed us to our room. It was not a balcony room as requested but we didn't care. They offered us beers on arrival. The room was basic and clean. The next morning we had a delicious breakfast of coffee, juice, fresh fruit, eggs, rice and beans. The grounds were beautiful, flowers everywhere. The pool was refreshing. We returned on a Sunday and they let us check in early. They helped order a pizza and sold us some beers as the restaurant was closed. It was fairly cool and I was looking forward to the hot tub but it was cold. We had hoped to use the computer to check our flights but they said they could only call for us but did not have the number. We had a very early flight and a very pleasant man came out to meet us in the dark and was ready with a smile on his face. Very friendly and interesting people, we would return.

Room Tip: Balcony over pool looked nice but you get what you get.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Bellingham, Washington
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

Non-chain, family-owned Costa Rican (read: non-US-style) hotel with lovely lush grounds, calming feel, incredibly helpful and friendly staff that at the same time are not at all pushy. We got in late and hungry (restaurant long closed) and they ordered pizzas for us. I left my husband's meds on the plane, and one of the brothers took me to the local pharmacy the next morning and helped with translation to get refills. The main staff speak great English. Wonderful little open-air restaurant, where the kitchen has specific hours, but they will get you drinks or bar drinks or coffee or ice cream I suspect anytime. Great little pool has beautiful blue tile and a waterfall, and a shallow end with stairs not too deep for my 6yo to stand in. The kids chased butterflies and birds and lizards all around. It's not "in town", but it's a great place to stage-for or wrap-up an adventure--the large rooms make re-packing easy. We stayed there first night in and last night out, and it was a great decision.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Robledal_Manager, Propietario at Hotel Robledal, responded to this review, May 4, 2013
Dear Terri,

We are glad you enjoyed your visit in our hotel...! Our goal is that every single guest have a real Costa Rica's experience with an excellent service.

Thank you for your comments!

Josue Guzman
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New York
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44 hotel reviews
Reviews in 43 cities Reviews in 43 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

The Hotel Robledal was a good fit for our first night in Costa Rica. We had a very friendly pick-up at the airport and drop off at our car rental place. Our room was decent, pretty generic, and we slept well. The next day we had a splendid included breakfast. Service was friendly and helpful at all times. We didn't have time, unfortunately, to make use of their relaxing looking pool.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Heridia, CR
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

Quiet. Away from tourist areas. Good place to spend a few days reading, enjoying the weather, and laying out at the pool.
Food is great and reasonable. I eat there regurlarly.
They offer tours to points of interest.
Staff speaks English.

Room Tip: Have not stayed overnight there but have seen the rooms. Nice and clean. I eat lunch there often.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Bainbridge Island, Washington
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

My son and I stayed at Hotel Robledal our first night in Costa Rica and then our last. This family and their staff are amazingly kind and their hotel is perfectly situated to launch and end a Costa Rica adventure if you are flying in and out of San Jose. It is top notch all the way around - the rooms, the service, the breakfast, the dinners, the shuttle. Getting there our first night, in the dark, with a rental car was quite an adventure - as you drive through the narrow motorcycle and bike filled dark bumpy streets past the factories, little shops and houses you may wonder "am I going the right way?" or as my son said at one point "Mom, were those Trip Advisor reviews from 8 years ago?". But then you see the beautiful hotel sign, pull in, and it is a slice of silent heaven after a day of travel. We got in late but they had put aside a couple of delicious salads for us and boy did that taste great. Then, the next day they assisted us in determining the best route to take up to Monterverde, including stops at the fruit stands along the new toll Highway 27 (this is a much better option that CI 1. After 2 1/2 weeks of travel Costa Rica it was great to know we would end our trip at Robledal, with their restaurant, shuttle, and friendly service. Just note, when you come back into Alajuela on Highway 27, follow Robledal's driving instructions! If you miss the exit, you'll find yourself taking a tour of San Jose, which on a Friday afternoon during rush hour shows you a wholel different side of Costa Rica (a whole other story)!

  • Stayed February 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

Hotel Robledal was a welcome oasis of calm and tranquillity after the hustle and bustle of Alajuela! We had decided to have a day and night of relaxation before flying back to the UK and could not have chosen a better place to do it. The hotel was spotlessly clean, with a small swimming pool, complete with little waterfall and the grounds are well maintained and very pretty. The room was large, with a king size bed and two singles (we had the last available room). It had a nice shower with plenty of hot water (although in common with most sinks in Costa Rica) only cold in wash basin. The room was very clean and the bed lining and hand towels pristine. An added bonus was the onsite restaurant (substantial breakfast included in price) where you could also have a really good evening meal (the fillet of Red Snapper was gorgeous). You can also have lunch if you fancy. The staff were all very friendly and helpful and it helped that a lot could speak very good English!
We can really recommend this hotel as a stop when flying in or out of San Jose (only some 6km away) or even as a base to explore the immediate area. We are really glad to have used Trip Advisor to find this gem.

Room Tip: Book early as it is obviously popular! You may not want the extra beds! We did have very effective a...
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  • Stayed February 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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Robledal_Manager, Gerente at Hotel Robledal, responded to this review, May 4, 2013
Dear Lynda,

Thank you for your kind comments...! We hope to have you as our guest soon...!
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Address: 400 Oeste de la Iglesia de El Roble, Alajuela 20104, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Alajuela
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Family Hotel in Alajuela
#8 Romantic Hotel in Alajuela
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Robledal 3*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our well-situated 15-room hotel is located only three and a half miles away from Costa Rica's main airport, with free shuttle service to accommodate to all flight patterns. Our transportation service reach most of the rental car return offices, and the easy access to the Inter-American Highway makes the Hotel Robledal the perfect stop for travelers exploring Costa Rica’s beaches and national parks or doing business at the nearby free trade areas. Our complimentary breakfast includes the best selection of fresh fruit and costarican coffee. ... more   less 
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