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“Costa Rica Vacation” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Santa Maria Inn
2.5 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   800 M NE From the Pacific Gas Station, Rio Segundo de Alajuela, Costa Rica, Alajuela 20109, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #19 of 52 Alajuela B&B and Inns
Lima, Ohio
1 review
“Costa Rica Vacation”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

My husband and I stayed here for 1 night. The room was clean and comfortable and the staff was very friendly and helpful. We would definitely stay here again. We were robbed by a taxi driver in San Jose so the Hotel's shuttle service was highly appreciated.

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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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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Portland, Oregon
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

Cute and clean little inn close to the airport. They were very accommodating and helped us order takeout when we arrived late at night. It was wonderful to have someone there who spoke excellent English and was able to answer our questions. There is a very nicely outfitted tiny breakfast room with a balcony, microwave, refrigerator, dishes,etc that we were welcome to use any time and the tap water is safe to drink. The family room was very pleasant and roomy with a nice bathroom, coffeemaker and air conditioner. We would stay there again.

Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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santamariainn, Propietario at Hotel Santa Maria Inn, responded to this review, May 2, 2013
Thank you very much for your visit a Santa Maria Inn. it was a pleasure to serve.

Pura Vida,


Sary and family.
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Denver, Colorado
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

Stayed here for one night due ro early miening flight. Taxi from airport $5-7 US. Gated secure small inn. Restaurants and parks within walking distance. Very basic but clean and most friendly. Will return.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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santamariainn, Propietario at Hotel Santa Maria Inn, responded to this review, February 1, 2013
Thank you for your valuable feedback. It was a pleasure to serve them.


Pura Vida.
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

My friend and I stayed one night at the Hotel Santa Maria Inn on the home leg of our trip to Costa Rica. Clean, comfortable and well located, we were able to get a good night's rest prior to the long flight home.

Recommended for an overnight stop either when arriving or departing.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Thank you for your valuable feedback. It was a pleasure to serve them.

Pura Vida.
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

We stayed at the Hotel Santa Maria Inn three times during our 3 week trip to Costa Rica in December 2012 and January 2013. On arrival we were met at the airport and driven to the hotel, which was a very nice way to start our vacation. Rental car agencies are about 5 minutes from the hotel and they picked us up for our rental and dropped us back at the hotel afterwards. Breakfast is full service rather than the standard buffet style so let the staff know when you want to eat and any preferences you have. WIFI worked well but we did have to ask to get the router restarted once. We were also given a lot of good advice for places to visit once we asked about it. As I say in the title, if you need something just ask the helpful staff. The upstairs rooms are nicest and quietest. Everything was fresh and clean for each of our stays.

Room Tip: Upstairs rooms are the nicest.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Vancouver, B.C.
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Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

If you are a bit hesitant about getting that reliable taxi to a selected hotel when flying into San Jose, Costa Rica, chose Santa Maria Inn, because they will have a driver at the exit gate of the airport when you pass through customs with your name on it and take you straight to to this cute little hotel only about 10 minutes from the airport just outside of the town of Alajuela (the airport is not actually in San Jose). I felt secure and well looked after. The room I had, #7, was for a single person, plain, but with private bath, TV, and clean. In the morning you get the continental breakfast that was included on my Nov. 25, 2012 overnight stay -all for only $60 (and that included the shuttle service back to the airport). I had the chance to briefly meet the couple who run the small hotel (less than 10 rooms). All persons I came into contact with were very courteous and helpful. As you might expect, some understood English better than others, but communicating was really no problem. There's no restaurant within walking distance as you're not in the center of town, so get some food at the restaurant at the airport or bring some with you if you arrive around meal time.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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santamariainn, Propietario at Hotel Santa Maria Inn, responded to this review, December 4, 2012
Hi:

Thanks for your valuable comments. We are here to serve you. We continue to improve the welfare of our guests. It was a pleasure to serve you.
Pura Vida. !
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Port Orchard, Washington
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45 reviews 45 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

The Hotel Santa Maria is pretty much as it is pictured. It is small, but clean and has everything you need. We chose it because we couldn't find a place that would allow us to bring out miniture poodle. But we had to keep it "in it's jail". Not gonna happen. They also request that you put the used toilet paper into the trash and not the toilet (NGH either). They do have a free shuttle both to and from the airport. Breakfast was as you ordered it. If you speak Spanish, that makes it easier. The room we had was also small, but clean. They would also drive you to a place for dinner, if you needed it. This was a good price with friendly people. Staff did speak English. Long term stays might be tight on space.

Room Tip: Our room had a queen bed that filled the room. Ask about the size and number of the bed(s)
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 800 M NE From the Pacific Gas Station, Rio Segundo de Alajuela, Costa Rica, Alajuela 20109, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Alajuela
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #19 of 52 B&Bs / Inns in Alajuela
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hotel Santa Maria Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Santa Maria Inn located just 5 minutes away from the SJO international Airport will bring you a night full of rest and relax after or before taking a long flight. Our staff will bring you a great service with an important free airport shuttle, to and from. ... more   less 
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