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“Great hotel and close to the international airport!” 5 of 5 bubbles
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1915 Hotel
Ranked #12 of 30 Hotels in Alajuela
Certificate of Excellence
Tucson, Arizona
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20 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Great hotel and close to the international airport!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2011

We were referred to this hotel through our guidebook and it turned out to be a gem. The hotel has been in the same family for many years and has been recently renovated. The building itself was built in 1915, hence the name. The rooms are very comfortable and quiet. There are 2 large common areas for relaxing, reading, and visiting. The owners and employees are very kind and helpful. The rooms have hot water, AC, and mini-refrigerators. The breakfast is terrific-fresh juice, fruit, and your choice of several breakfast dishes. It's right in the heart of the little town of Alajuela so there are a few nice cafes closeby for lunch or dinner. To top it off you're only minutes from the international airport! This is the place to stay when you just arrive in Costa Rica or you're just about to leave.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank trish1953
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San Francisco, California
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2011

I was pleasantly surprised by this very lovely quiet hotel. The interior was completely redone and it had a wonderful vibe to it. The rooms were clean and spacious, there was even a little covered balcony which was great for reading. Definitely recommend it!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Elena A
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Seattle, Washington
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36 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2011

We spent a week at the Hotel 1915 and found it very enjoyable. The staff is very sweet and took good care of us. Our room was on the street side and was very noisy at night with cars honking, etc., but nothing that couldn't be taken care of with a good pair of earplugs. We were with a group, so the various sitting areas came in handy as we met to play cards, etc. The breakfast is amazing - something to look forward to every morning! Our shower was a bit of an adventure as it was hot at times and cold at times - not unusual for Costa Rica. We will definitely stay here again!

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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank croozinsoozin
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Katy, Texas
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 2011

We were looking for a place to stay for a night near the airport and this was perfect. I was somewhat nervous driving through the city and the first place we looked at didn't help my nerves. However, once we checked out Hotel 1915, I was relieved. The staff was friendly (Darwin), the hotel was charming and cozy with nice decor and the sit-down breakfast was a treat. We had a very pleasant stay and would reccommend this hotel to anyone looking for a place to stay near the airport.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank NancyJill1
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2011

1915 is a gem in the city. DO NOT STAY in San Jose. Go to Alajuela and be 5 minutes from the airport. This hotel is clean and beautiful with a wonderful and helpful staff. The breakfast is also great and hotel is warm and cozy. It has the feeling of staying in someone's lovely home. Darwin at the front desk is FANTASTIC!! I loved it here and could not recommend it enough for those wanting to stay close to the airport to either begin or end their Costa Rican journey.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank MaSharon
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Huntington Beach, California
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485 reviews
141 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 459 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2010

I've stayed previously at Hotel 1915 for two continuous weeks while working with a church group. On a recent return trip, Hotel 1915 was used one night as a convenient location on arrival (before sight seeing at Monte Verde and La Fortuna) and two nights before departure. The hotel is still very convenient to the Airport -- about one mile directly down the street from SJO -- and still offers friendly service for reasonable accomodations. It is certainly not luxurious, and there are no frills, and it doesn't have a doorman or even a portico. But it is very convenient and the staff are very friendly and helpful. Staff speaks fluent Spanish and basic English.

Before my recent visit, I reviewed Trip Advisor Reviews for some of the common complaints, i.e., bars on the windows, the front door is kept locked and the hotel looks old, in order to structure my comments about my planned visit. Specifically, the hotel is older, it is located in Alajuela and the bars on the doors and windows -- none of the windows actually have openings to the exterior -- are consistent with every other building in the city, and, yes, the front door is locked at all times but visitors/guests who ring the convenient door bell are greeted promptly by friendly staff.

I had planned to check out the "Apartments" which are about two hundred yards/meters from the main building and down the street/across a main street. During the time of our visit, it was being used by survivors from a nearby hillside village that had suffered a landslide as a result of the heavy rains while they waited to learn the fate of those who were swept away and I was asked not to go there.

The hotel is clean, the bathrooms are quite small but the water in the shower is hot and the towels are large and fluffy and work well. I was fortunate to stay in Room 8, which is away from the street, and it was relatively quiet. There was heavy rain one night and there was some noise from the downpour. Breakfast -- "tipico" or American and included -- was cheerfully prepared by staff to order! There is a computer with Internet access albeit quite slow and Firefox works best. Staff arranged my taxi pickup for 4 a.m. and we (three of us) were dropped at the SJO airport in less than five minutes. Hotel 1915 is convenient and comfortable but not luxurious!

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank photoguy66degrees
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Astoria, NY
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 27, 2010

As other reviewers, we chose 1915 based on Lonely Planet guide, on our last night in Costa Rica, due to Alajuela's proximity to the airport. We made a reservation the morning of our arrival day, over the phone, and just left our first name with Adela, without having to give a credit card number. We notified that we would arrive early in the evening. As mentioned in the guide, the building does look like it is closed, but once inside it is absolutely charming. Speaking Spanish definitely helped when dealing with the staff. At arrival, we wanted to pay by card and first we were told that we would be charged more than if paying cash. It was going to be fine since we were trying to avoid getting more colones right before leaving the country. But then, the ladies at the front desk changed the story, saying that the credit card terminal was not working. I am positive it was a lie and it is the only reason why I bumped my rating to 3 stars instead of 4. After parking our car in a safe, private courtyard (be careful, someone from the hotel has to let you in and out), we went into our room (number 9) which was a cozy, comfortable, quiet space (again, be careful, natural light is limited - fine with us since we only needed the place to sleep). Breakfast conveniently started at 5AM so we were able to have a good, tasty meal before an early flight. After reading other reviews, I would like to note that we were given two keys: one for the room and one for the main entrance.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Alcama
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Property: 1915 Hotel
Address: Downtown Alajuela, Alajuela 20101, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Alajuela
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Hotel Class:2.5 star — 1915 Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 46
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