Trip Advisor reviews said good basic hotel close to airport for your last night in Costa Rica... they were right.. it's not far from the airport but you can do better!
We paid the same amount of money to stay here on the last night of our vacation as we did at the Hampton Inn & Suites the first night of our vacation.. and they were miles ahead of this hotel.
Hotel Eskalima is literally a basic hotel. Bathrooms are so small that you can not dress in them, even if you want to shower.. the fridge did not work.. and although I did check the mattress etc.. for cleanliness (which was good) the duvet cover was showing signs of past stains (although I'm certain it was clean it still gave you doubt). The included breakfast was no better than basic and tasteless, however the very young staff were friendly and were as accommodating as they could be.
The area is very sketchy to say the least.. we arrived around 5pm and although the hotel has a nice park across the street it was full of what can only be described as local female entertainment (for a PG rating). This we enjoyed full view of while eating breakfast the following morning!
My son of 15 yrs and myself did not feel safe at all in the area and wished that trip advisor reviewers of past had noted this as we would of stayed at the Hampton Inn again if we had known. The hotel staff advised us to not venture out after 8pm and the hotel doors were always locked, regardless of time of day. They did offer parking next door.. no idea if it was secure or not, but we didn't leave anything in the car so there was no issue there.
This is the only time that we felt unsafe in this beautiful country after 10 days of visiting Costa Rica.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Eskalima is a family hotel finely decorated and created for each of our guests feel the warmth as in their own home.We have 17 rooms, with private bathroom, hot water, cable TV, air conditioning and telephone.We are strategically located in the city of Alajuela, just 5 minutes from Juan Santamaria International Airport and close to shopping and bus stops.From our hotel you can easily move to all tourist attractions in the area as the Poas Volcano, a bird zoo, Crafts etc. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Eskalima Costa Rica/Alajuela