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“Nice Place and Outstanding Hospitality !!!”
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Condo Portofino
Miami, Florida
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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“Nice Place and Outstanding Hospitality !!!”
Reviewed October 29, 2013

Clean, safe, quiet , spacious, Wi-Fi, private parking, all you need to enjoy a wonderful stay in Alajuela , just right next to the airport, a good place to be used as a base to explore the central valley and beyond. The management of the Condo is very helpful and friendly.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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Reviewed August 7, 2013

Marjorie's hospitality was welcomed by us, a group of 10. She gave lots of tips and accompanied us to the poas volcano and doka coffee tour and also to a tour of the Basilica. We felt safe in the property despite the bolted gates on windows and doors in the neighborhood. Property was very clean and the rooms downstairs felt little cramped and dark and not much ventilation. 2 rooms had a/c though. Somewhat noisy and can hear street chatter but after midnight it was silent and we had good quality of sleep. Very conveniently located to supermarkets and other key areas. Marjorie also was very helpful in setting up transport. Airport very close, less than 10mins. Overall, a highly recommended place to stop by on way home.

Room Tip: upper floor has more light and feels spacious and has more ventilation.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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mrjr22aravia, Owner at Condo Portofino, responded to this review, August 10, 2013
Thank you for you the positive review. We try very hard to make everyones stay positive and memorable. I had a wonderful time with your family on the many tours... I don't generally have the time for this but it was well worth it as that was one of the clearest views at Poas I have seen. The apartments we offer are as large as many hotel suites at double or triple the price... each accommodation with 2 bedrooms a living room a kitchen and laundry area. But with 10 in your group staying in only 2 apartments I can see that it may have seemed a little cramped. We usually have just up to 4 people per apartment. There is a little more natural light in the upper floor rooms and this may make them feel more spacious but all rooms are actually the same size. Due to your comment though we have placed more lights and stronger bulbs in the lower rooms to brighten them up. Every room has a window or a/c in the bedrooms, and fans are available for all apartments as well... just need to ask. Sometimes there is noise from traffic I can't change that however on one of the nights of your stay there was a traffic accident late at night... this is not a normal occurrence. Thank you for choosing to stay with us.
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Gainesville, Florida
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Reviewed July 9, 2013

The place is very clean, comfortable, nice, and very close to the airport. The condo have two separate rooms, a living room and your own kitchen! Marjorie helped us with taxi arrangements, bus schedules, and recommended some great tours. The bus stop and the shopping market is just 10 min away (walking). I would most certainly recommend this place!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 24, 2013

This place is very clean, and cozy. The units have two rooms and they are nice and comfortable. The place is run by two sisters which will make your stay a problem free one. They will make taxi arrangements, food delivery arrangements and even tours of far away places if you need those.
I use the condo as a one night stop to be near the airport but I have seen other guests there that stay for longer periods. To me one of the best things this condo has is that is not in the center of San Jose which at night its not that safe. I prefer to be near the action but not in the middle of it. For families this is a good place

Room Tip: Second floor rooms are better
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
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Alajuela
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Reviewed November 16, 2012

I recently relocated from Calgary Alberta Canada to Alajuela Costa Rica. I was fortunate enough to aquire a long term lease at Condo Portofino. It is situated in a quiet part of Alajuela, minutes away from most local shopping experiences and only 20 minutes from San Jose international airport. The accomodations are very clean and secure. Management is very accomodating and helpfull concerning all needs. I highly recommend Condo Portofino to all my friends and aquaintences who are looking to travel to Alajuela to enjoy Costa Rican culture in the safest and most pleasurable manner.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
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BRACEBRIDGE
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Reviewed April 12, 2011

The other reviews were quite accurate but omitted were, noise from truck - engine brakes, hot water in shower only, used a bucket to bring hot water to the bathroom sink, the kitchen sink, the washing machine. Sonia seemed to be in charge and spoke very litte English hence a dispute over how much money we owed for the THIRD month of rental Jan, Feb Mar 2011. Would not rent again unless we had a car for which there was free parking, secured.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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tjlgbarber
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Reviewed March 10, 2010

This was our first trip to Costa Rica and we were not sure what to expect. The people at Portofino meet us right at the airport and brought us the short distance to the hotel. They were very helpful in assisting us in any way that we needed. We do not speak Spanish so it was nice to be able to speak english with them.

I hope that we will be able to return to Costa Rica for another family trip and we will definitely stay at Portofino again!!

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled with family
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Property: Condo Portofino
Address: 200 mts. NW Rectificacion Guido, Alajuela none, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Alajuela
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #15 of 41 Specialty Lodging in Alajuela
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are located 10 minutes from San Jose airport. Each accommodation is in a 2 to 3 bedroom 1-bath suite with a full kitchen. We offer free; parking, wireless internet, cable TV, A/C. We are with-in 10 min. walking distance of banking, shopping, and dining. Day-trips with-in an hour drive include: volcanoes, waterfalls, canopy tours, and more. ... more   less 
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