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Hotel Bristol Aeropuerto (Antiguo Villa dolce).
Ranked #32 of 61 Alajuela B&B and Inns
Reviewed October 15, 2012

I went here with a group of friends for a destination wedding the first couple of nights coming into Costa Rica. Our initial reservation (for three rooms) was for the two bed, single room type. However, due to lack of space, my boyfriend and I were allowed to spend our whole stay in a villa for the same rate, even after extending our time there! The owners/managers were very friendly and helped us out with anything from good places to eat, how to use the bus system, to hiring a driver to take us a long distance away (La Paz waterfall and gardens) on short notice.

This place was awesome for getting acclimated to the country and it was very nice and relaxing. There was a pool by the courtyard, not heated, but definitely did not need to be. It was a nice, unpretentious place that was great for hanging out with friends. The friendliness definitely was a plus.

Room Tip: Definitely liked the Villa Suite. It had a great hangout living room, and was good for bringing foo...
  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 18, 2012

There is a pretty hotel near the airport with swiming pool.

The rooms are clean and the breakfast are good.

It's great to stay the first or last night on your travel because is near to the airport and the center of the city.

We stay only for the last night of our travel.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 17, 2012

We have stayed here a few times because it is nice, clean, close to the airport, and an excellent value. As well as having great pizza which we (including our picky 2 year old) love. The last time we drove from Ojochal to fly out of SJO our car broke down 20km away. We were towed to the hotel and the staff (Randall, Jessica, etc.) dealt with a mechanic and had it fixed for us upon our return 6 days later! They were in constant contact with us while we were home in NY and it was such a relief to have it taken care. We are living in CR now and will be traveling back & forth alot, needless to say this is the place where we will always stay!

Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 12, 2012

Great place to stay for first night and last night in Costa Rica. Only 5-10 minutes from the airport. Staff is very friendly. Rooms are comfortable. Breakfast sets you up for the day. Owners also very friendly. Has a lovely pool area where you can relax. Also has a living room space in case it's raining. Restaurant does very tasty pizza. Would recommend to anyone to stay there.

Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 5, 2012

Although we only stayed one night, this was our second time staying at the Villa Dolce. We happened upon it last year (2011) when looking for a hotel to spend the night in before catching our plane home the next day. The room both times was absolutely spotless. The food was fabulous - homemade pizza!! But, what makes the Villa Dolce somewhere we will return to is the service we receive. The owners/staff are great. They go out of their way to help you with whatever your needs are - and do it with a smile! If you are staying in the Alejuela area of Costa Rica - the Villa Dolce is the place to stay!

Room Tip: You can't go wrong with any of the rooms. We have stayed in 2 different types and they were bot...
  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 3, 2012

This bed and breakfast was a slight adventure to find, but the rented GPS took us right to it. Once we arrived, we found a lovely little property with large, clean rooms, airconditioning, big bathrooms, and the warmest hospitality. I heard about the pizza he makes every night and wished for some but we missed it. However, he kindly whipped us up sandwiches and drinks to satisfy our late night hunger. I felt like I'd arrived at my long lost uncle's house. The next morning, we had a beautiful breakfast prepared by his daughter, as we sat on the patio and watched the birds in the foliage. There's a nice pool, beautifully landscaped. A wonderful home base for a few days in Alajuela. We look forward to our next visit.

Room Tip: Actually, I didn't see a fitness center...and I only said very good on location because it's...
  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 4, 2012

We stayed at Hotel Villa Dolce recently on our last night in Costa Rica and had a wonderful experience. We needed a place to stay near the airport for one night while in transit, and this was perfect. Jessica, the host and daughter of the owners, made us feel incredibly welcome, as if we were guests of the family. She arranged for their friendly taxi driver Marcos to pick us up at Pavos airport and then drop us off at Juan Santamaria airport early the following morning. Our family of 5 (three generations) stayed in a two-story villa with a ton of space at reasonable rates. The kids loved the pool, and since it was Sunday and most restaurants nearby were closed, Jessica called and ordered take-out lunch for us, which we ate while watching the Euro soccer finals on TV. Later, we took a walk through the nearby residential neighborhood. For dinner, Jessica's father made delicious pizza (he is from Italy and makes a fantastic thin-crust pie). The restaurant and reception area is in a restored farm house with beautiful wood work. The family also has two small friendly dogs -- one of our children often has issues with dogs, but these two were super-gentle and he loved them. If you need a place to stay near the airport, or as a base near San Jose, Hotel Villa Dolce is a great choice. We hope to return one day. Thanks again, Jessica and family!

Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Management response:Responded July 5, 2012

HOLA Matt & lovely family, thanks a million for taking the time to write this great review. You are so great !! It was a pleasure to have you here. YES, let´s hope we will meet again in the future. Thanks again and take good care.

I also wish to say thank you to all the guests who posted the latest reviews on Villa Dolce. Thanks for the kind words and any comments. It is because of your comments we can keep we can keep improving our service, rooms and villas so keep them coming.

To all of you, many blessings,
Jessica

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Additional Information about Hotel Bristol Aeropuerto (Antiguo Villa dolce).

Address: El Coyol de Alajuela | De la Rotonda del coyol 300 m este, Frente al antiguo Rancho Maba,, Alajuela 20101, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Alajuela
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #32 of 61 B&Bs / Inns in Alajuela
Price Range: $58 - $108 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hotel Bristol Aeropuerto (Antiguo Villa dolce). 2.5*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Bristol Aeropuerto (before Hotel Villadolce) is located 7 minutes away from the Juan Santa Maria Airport connected by one of the main roads of the country, the Bernardo Soto Expressway. In the same way the Hotel Bristol Airport, connects directly to different routes with the interior of the country, such as: Route 27. By means of the Radial El Coyol only 150 meters away, San José- Puntarenas via La Bernardo Soto, Alajuela San Jose, through the General Cañas. As well as Alajuela Atenas by Route 3 among others. A place that despite being very close to the city is surrounded by nature and with a traditional atmosphere of the Villas of the West of the Great Central Plateau of Costa Rica. We have 7 types of rooms at your disposal, all with amenities and complementary services so that your stay in our hotel is pleasant and relaxing. ... more   less 
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Dolce Hotel Alajuela
Hotel Bristol Aeropuerto (Antiguo Villa Dolce). Costa Rica/Alajuela

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