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Siempreverde B&B

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Km/5 MI Northwest Of Tribunales de Justicia de Alajuela, Turn Left At High School 12, Alajuela 20101 Costa Rica
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Tracy B wrote a review Sep 2016
Surabaya, Indonesia73 contributions14 helpful votes
Far from town, accommodations were dated and smelled musty. I was hoping for a peaceful stay for a night or two and learn a bit about the coffee plantation. I had spoke with someone on the phone that said they would send an email to confirm my reservation, which I never received. When I arrived I was shown a room and I did not feel safe or secure as a single traveler. I left and did not stay there.
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Date of stay: November 2015
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Laura F wrote a review Nov 2015
Austin, Texas409 contributions28 helpful votes
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The B&B is in an old renovated house, behind a gate on beautiful grounds. There are many tropical plants, flowers, and trails. Breakfast was also pretty good on a nice outdoor terrace. For us, that's where the good points end. This B&B is listed on the website for Doka Estate, a nearby coffee plantation with a great tour. It appears as though the B&B is on Doka grounds, but it is NOT. It is managed by people at Doka, but is NOT on property. It's a 5-10min ride away. I really thought I was booking a room on the Doka plantation and was disappointed to find out otherwise. The lack of information and website should have been a red flag - I took a chance, my mistake. We arrived by taxi in the dark on a rainy, chilly night. It was only 6pm but felt like midnight. We were tired and hungry from a long van journey from La Fortuna. To enter the property, you have to ring a bell which calls someone to open the gate. We got out with our bags and the night person/clerk stood there with his umbrella as we struggled with our bags in the rain. The look on my husband's face when he didn't offer to help with my bag was priceless. We hauled it down a long stair path inside and downstairs to reception area. The clerk spoke NO english. A note about this - I don't expect people in other countries to speak anything other than their native language, UNLESS they work in tourism, especially hotels. In this case, you need to have at least a basic vocabulary in order to communicate with your guests. It took us 20 minutes to determine that he was asking us what time we wanted breakfast. Frustrating when you're tired and hungry. We wanted to find a restaurant but didn't have a car. He called us a taxi that took us to a nearby bar/restaurant. All that was good. Upon return, we again had to ring the bell and wait for him to come out. It felt like we couldn't really come and go as we wanted, that he was "monitoring" our activities. What if we wanted to stay out until 2am? Would we be locked out?? I know he's just doing his job to open/close the gate, but this is what it felt like to us. He spent the night in the hotel, most of it in the common TV room just outside the guest rooms. It felt really weird to have to pass him to go outside and back to our room. Some Pros/Cons about our room (#2) and B&B... Pro: King-sized bed Pro: Lots of counter space Pro: Table and chairs in room Pro: Free Wifi Pro: Good breakfast service, food, coffee Pro: Nice outdoor terrace for breakfast Pro: Beautiful grounds, landscaping Con: Didn't feel clean Con: Ants in the shower Con: Very little hot water Con: Very squeaky floors Con: Lack of freedom to come and go Con: Hotel clerk could not communicate with us, felt weird We were looking forward to hot showers after our long van ride, but no hot water and ants kept us from using the shower. We paid $90/night for this room. For that price, I expect cleanliness and hot water. For much lower price, I might be willing to overlook some things. Felt more like a hostel than a B&B. One very positive thing are the grounds and landscaping. Jesus does a great job with the grounds and showed me many of his flowers as I took photos. He was also interested in us and we managed to have a good conversation, as he was very patient. Very nice man. Overall, if you're looking for accommodations near Doka Estate you can do much better. For our 2nd night, we moved to the Buena Vista Hotel for $40 more/night. It was lovely!
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Date of stay: November 2015
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Skye C wrote a review Mar 2013
Toronto44 contributions9 helpful votes
A wonderful way to start off a trip through Costa Rica. It was the perfect spot to decompress from the city and busy lifestyles we lead in the city. We took a gorgeous walk early in the morning along their discovery trail. We were treated with warm hospitality and had a great little breakfast before heading off for our coffee plantation tour, which was truly exceptional. The beds were quite squeaky and not the most comfortable, but we were so tired from our flight and happy to hear the outside nature sounds, so we slept fine. It's helpful to know a little bit of Spanish to communicate with the lovely staff.
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Date of stay: March 2013
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LifesGood wrote a review Mar 2013
Caldwell, NJ200 contributions61 helpful votes
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We were prepared to get lost (we did) but just did what another reviewer did and went to the Doka Coffee Plantation (somehow affiliated with this B&B) and they gave us direction to the B&B 5 minutes away. (By the way, the coffee tour was informative and fun.) If you are going to Siempreverde B&B, simply follow directions to Xandari resort which are very detailed on that hotel's website. If the resort is on your right, continue up the hill 2 km, then look for a gate that says "Hacienda Caledonia" and honk 3 times! It is so easy. When we arrived we were greeted by a worker named Jesus who couldn't have been nicer. He had limited English and our Spanish was worse, but we managed to converse. (It does help to have a dictionary or translator App if detailed questions are asked.) He let us choose our room as only one other couple would be there with us. (I noticed from the guest book that there are nights with no guests at all so it's possible to have the place to yourself.) The room was small but adequate and I thought the beds were more comfortable than most we were on in 2 weeks. This was the last night of our trip and we wanted to stay close to the airport. Siempreverde is about 20 minutes from San Jose airport in Alajeula. The bathroom was quite large. I guess there are different sized bathrooms, depending on your room. Our room was $95 for 3 people including breakfast which was quite good (fresh juice, local coffee, fresh fruit, gallo pinto, toast, eggs.) There are plenty of seating areas, including rocking chairs on the front porch, an upstairs and downstairs living room inside, and rocking chairs overlooking the back garden. There is a trail map and I took a nice morning walk. The views are spectacular. It was nice to open our windows and see the gardens and city in the distance. The property is gated and someone is on staff at all times. I noticed from the Xandari link that people complained about the noise. You will hear motorcycles and dogs but won't be paying $300+ a night! It is still restful and peaceful and a nice way to start or end a vacation in a great country with friendly people.
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Date of stay: March 2013
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Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: get one of the back rooms overlooking the garden.
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Rose A wrote a review Dec 2011
Cambridge, Canada11 contributions5 helpful votes
This is a great spot to start or end a trip to Costa Rica. This is a quiet and beautiful B & B which is less than 1 hour from the San Jose Airport. Also near the stunning Poas Volcano and the wonderful Doka Coffee Plantation (tours available).
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Date of stay: December 2011
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Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Frequently Asked Questions about Siempreverde B&B
Which popular attractions are close to Siempreverde B&B?
Nearby attractions include Hacienda Alsacia Starbucks Coffee Farm (1.4 miles), Our Lady of the Pillar Cathedral (4.5 miles), and Juan Santamaria Historical Cultural Museum (4.5 miles).
What are some restaurants close to Siempreverde B&B?
Conveniently located restaurants include Pesqueria da Limonta, El Chante Vegano, and Jalapenos Central.