My wife and I stayed 4 days at Hotel Bougainvillea and loved it. This was our first time to Costa Rica and really didn't know much about the area in which we were staying, but the staff of Bougainvillea made our stay a pleasant experience. The gardens were beautiful and the hotel itself was well maintained. The staff was always helpful if we had questions and was able to get us transportation when needed. Instead of renting a car we decided to get around by taxi. The hotel hooked us up with one of the best driver's by the name of Mario. One day he took us to Paos Volcano, La Paz Waterfall and to many other places for a great price. We even had lunch with him at a great restaurant he recommended near La Paz which served the typical Costa Rican cuisine for a great price. All three of us ate a great mean for only $14.00. I wish I could remember the name of the place, but I can't. So, if you ever go to Bougainvillea and need someone to take you around I highly recommend Mario to be your driver for a day.
The restaurant at the hotel is pretty good, but can be a bit expensive for some things. They charge you for refills on coke and tea. If you are in a hurry you may want to eat somewhere else, because the servers don't usually seem to provide quick service. This just might Costa Rican thing, I'm not sure. I do have to say that it was my birthday when I was there and our waiter brought me a piece of cheesecake with strawberries and whip cream, with a candle on it. Plus, they played Happy Birthday on the player piano for me and everyone in the restaurant clapped. So that was pretty cool. We ordered room service once and we had our food in about 15 minutes. So I was impressed by that.
There is no air conditioning in the hotel but you really don't notice it unless you are in the room during the day. At night time it was quite comfortable with the windows open. The only thing that kind of bothered me was in the mornings when some dogs next to the hotel barked constantly. There is also a school next door to the hotel and so if you like to sleep in -- forget it. One morning, about 8:00, they had band practice outside and they played for over an hour. The drummer was really going to town, if you know what I mean. Of course, we were already up -- but again, if you like to sleep in you probably won't get to.
Overall, our experience at Hotel Bougainvillea was a good one. If we take a trip to the San Jose area again we will definitely stay at Bougainvillea.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Only 20 min from the airport / A hotel inside a garden. 10 acres of the most beautiful gardens in Costa Rica. Experience Costa Rica: Come stroll in our beautiful tropical gardens; enjoy the fragrance of Costa Rica's refreshing air. Relax in our cozy rooms and facilities where our friendly staff will be happy to assist you! Enjoy our country, stay at Bougainvillea: A hotel inside a garden. Restaurant, bar/lounge. Indulge your appetite at our restaurant and bar, which offers a delicious fusion of international and local cuisine. The tasteful decoration of our restaurant compliments our personalized service. Enjoy a view of our gardens which sets the perfect backdrop for an enjoyable breakfast, lunch, dinner, or afternoon tea. Other amenities include complimentary wireless internet access and free parking. Balconies: Take a moment to notice all the beautiful details that the nature offers to you in our balconies with a mountain or garden view. Green mountains, colored tropical flowers and energetic hummingbirds will welcome you to Costa Rica! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bougainvillea Hotel
- Hotel Bougainvillea Costa Rica/Province Of Heredia