Trapp Family Country Inn was the ideal place for my family to start and end our vacation. A scant five minutes from the airport, the Inn was like an oasis in an otherwise rundown and ill-kept neighborhood. Protected by a fence topped with barbed wire, the grounds were large, green, and included many fruit trees that our boys enjoyed climbing. The staff even allowed them to pick and keep some of the fruit. Although there are several "American" hotels near the airport, the Inn was recommended to us because it provided a more authentic Costa Rican experience. We really enjoyed our dinner, although it was a bit pricey for a family of five. Maybe fluffystella2004 had a different cook since her review of the meal was not great. The free breakfast was even better, and included eggs, toast, juice, fresh fruit, hot chocolate or coffee, and the BEST rice and beans I have ever had. The staff went out of their way to be helpful, providing advice, suggestions, and directions, all of which proved quite valuable. Having traveled extensively in South America, Europe, Russia, Mexico, Canada, Central America, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and the U.S., my husband and I have developed a great appreciation for opportunities to experience the local culture -- and one of the primary ways to do this is by staying in more authentic lodgings. Thus, while the Inn did not perhaps meet the exacting, sterile standards of a five-star American hotel, I found the accomodations to be a wonderful introduction to Costa Rica. Our fan did a great job of cooling the room without being noisy at all, the sheets had a fresh scent and feel, and the room was spacious. While I will concede there may have been a faint scent of mildew, I was not entirely surprised given the locale and annual rainfall (and thus the lush green surroundings) -- coupled with the lack of airconditioning. Overall, we had a wonderful experience and would definitely stay here again. While some of the complaints of those who have posted previously have some merit (e.g., we saw several bugs), I would encourage those considering the Inn to consider cultural differences, such as the lack of window screens and the tendency for unscreened open air dining in Central and South America. If you are interested in embracing the culture and having a more authentic Costa Rican experience, I recommend you stay at the Inn. If you want to feel like you are stil in the U.S., stay at one of the chain hotels near the airport.
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