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“Grossly overpriced” 1 of 5 stars
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3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Turrialba centro, Turrialba 997150, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #7 of 11 Hotels in Turrialba
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“Grossly overpriced”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

This is a very basic room. I had the twin bed and my husband had the double bed. My husband's bed was horrible. The room was clean and that is about the only good thing I can say about it. Way too much money for what you get. I've had cheaper and better rooms in the US. The most depressing thing was the turtles kept in the lobby. In the 3 nights we stayed, I never saw any food and sometimes no water. One turtle's shell was starting to shrivel up, probably from lack of proper nutrition. I understand turtles need sunlight to manufacture Vitamin D. These turtles got none. For a place that bills itself as environmentally friendly, I'm surprised that they have so little respect for wildlife. These turtles should be released in the wild if possible, or given to a sanctuary that can properly take care of them. I heard from a local that the hotel used to have many more turtles. I wouldn't be surprised if they died from lack of proper care. Terri D

Room Tip: If you decide to stay here, pick a room in the back, away from street noise.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Rome, Italy
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38 hotel reviews
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73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2012

Paid $55 for a room with smelly blanket, poor breakfast, very noisy (from staff shouting in the corridor) and other guests. Curtains did not close completely, lacking privacy. Cannot find anything positive to say, except it is in the center, close to amenities, and front desk staff were friendly.

Room Tip: If you want wifi, be closer to reception, but bring ear plugs, because it is very noisy.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Naples, Florida, United States
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4 hotel reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2012

Parking is very limited and tough to get in and out, but the hotel was perfect for us. Food at the restaurant was very good with a great breakfast included in the price of the room. The hotel is on a busy street that gets noisy at about 5am. get a room as far away from the check in desk as possible. Great location in downtown Turrialba. Staff is super friendly and spoke some english. For an affordable hotel, this is a good choice.

Room Tip: As far away from the check-in counter as possible.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2012

We wanted to be in town and this hotel was a good choice. It was convenient, clean, and breakfast was good. The town is busy and sometimes we heard street noise. Ask for a room near the back.

The courtyard interior set up is charming. But Watch the ramp and steps - it is easy to fall as the edges are not clearly marked.

Room Tip: Away from the front. 121 was about as quiet as we could get
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2012

My little group of five decided to stay at the Wagelia because we wanted to be in the center of Turrialba rather than up in a pretty, quiet, secluded resort hotel outside of town. I was concerned about the noise levels (the hotel is on a busy street) and the lack of A/C, but neither was a problem (after I switched rooms from the first one, nearest the street, to one a bit farther back). We liked being able to just walk out the door and cruise through the little, friendly town, checking out the shops and the people.
The staff was terrific, the breakfasts (included in the price, as is usually the case in CR) were plentiful and delicious, there's a nice little bar where we watched the Giants make the playoffs whilst drinking a cool Imperial beer.
Note: One thing first-time visitors to Costa Rica will find if they choose to stay in non-posh places is that beds are (generally) much harder than in the US! At this hotel and two others on our journey, the bed consisted of a wooden platform topped by a foam mattress, maybe 5 inches thick.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Turrialba
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4 hotel reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2011

We stayed at the Wagelia Hotel in Turrialba, Costa Rica. The rooms are very clean, a bit small, but vey centrally located. The staff was very friendly and helpful, the restaurant is also clean and good food to be had. A bit noisy being right in the middle if the town, but so convenient for errands, tours around the area, etc. 3 out of 5 stars....

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Winnipeg, Canada
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9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2011

This is actually one of Turrialba's best hotels, and the exterior and public spaces are attractive, but they hide very cramped and dated (as in 1970's) rooms. The rate was reasonable, but by no means a bargain. These rooms would be cheaper in Canada or the U.S. The restaurant and bar are attractive, and there is an outdoor seating area. We thought we'd have a few drinks on the patio at happy hour but as it took 40 minutes to get our drinks, we just made the one order and left. Having said that the restaurant was busy and the there seemed to be a shortage of staff. The server did apologize for the delay. Breakfast was decent.

The Turrialba area is likely the best place in the country for whitewater rafting and also a good stopover when travelling from the Pacific to the Caribbean or vice versa. It is also a good place for visits to Volcans Turrialba or Irazu. Otherwise, not much to do in the town itself.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Hotel Wagelia Turrialba

Address: Turrialba centro, Turrialba 997150, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Cartago > Turrialba
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 11 Hotels in Turrialba
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Wagelia Turrialba 3*
Also Known As:
Hotel Wagelia Turrialba Costa Rica

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