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Xandari Resort & Spa
Ranked #1 of 29 Hotels in Alajuela
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Canada
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23 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Relaxing, laid back stay”
Reviewed February 6, 2007

This is a wonderful spot, with great views and less severe weather than the coast. I recommend you take one of the free-standing villas, as they have great outdoor space.

The staff here are first rate. They learn your name, and address you personally the next time they see you. I had a phone call to my room while I was having breakfast, they tracked me down and brought the cordless phone to my table.

Food is very good and reasonable. Arroz con pollo and an amazing pumpkin/coconut pie thing were my faves.

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — no issues here
  • Stayed January 2007, traveled solo
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Scarsdale, NY
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed January 31, 2007

While the grounds and the food at Xandari were amazing; the walls are paper thin. If you're a light sleeper, you can hear the people in the next room and workers at 6 am. The hike to the falls is worth the trip.

  • Liked — Food
  • Disliked — Paper thin walls
  • Stayed January 2007, traveled with family
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Erie, Pennsylvania
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11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed December 26, 2006

SInce there were not a lot of people at the resort when we were there, they automatically upgraded us to a huge suite. It was absolutely gorgeous with two verandas, a sitting room and large private deck area. Only criticism was the odd shower layout which completely exposed the one in the shower to anyone sitting out on the deck by way of large glass doors which had no curtain. We hung a blanket over them. A small complaint given that everything else was beautiful, relaxing, and gracious. The grounds are truly wonderful.

  • Liked — The peacefulness and graciousness
  • Disliked — The exposure from the shower to the patio
  • Tips/Secrets — Stay here if you are flying in and out of San Jose
  • Stayed December 2006, traveled with friends
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berkshire
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed December 25, 2006

NIce place on the whole. Spa treatments a tad expensive and not really top quality ( have had a whole lot better)
Villas are nice, well presented, good layout and nice balconies. Beds a little narrow. Restaurant pomotes healthy eating but menu is poor and choices limited. Front desk disappointing,lacking local knowledge. Owner often in residence and staff seem to forget other guests whilst they look after him
Not somewhere to spend a lot of time, but a decent base for exploring the many attractions in the Central Highlands of Costa Rica

  • Stayed November 2006
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New York City, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed November 11, 2006

We spent our first and last nights at Xandari and I've never had an experience quite like it...the rooms, the staff, the FOOD! The food was amazing! We arrived at the hotel early, around 10am, and I didn't know if we were too early to check in, but when we got out of the van were greeted with freshly squeezed pineapple juice and told that our room was all ready.

Xandari is designed with the guest in mind - for sure. Private, beautiful, and with the best little kitty to keep you company. I've heard he will climb into bed with you if you let him.

There are books, games, a nice gift shop with local crafts, and seriously the food was the best I had in Costa Rica.

My only advice, or warning - when they say the restaurant closes at 9:00pm, they mean they close, not that they'll seat you till 9:00pm. On our last night we had just received our entrees when the music turned off, the lights turned up, and we no longer had any server...

  • Liked — Food, spa, and waterfall trails
  • Disliked — A little bit isolated if you like walking to other parts not in your own resort.
  • Stayed September 2006, traveled as a couple
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Fargo, North Dakota
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed August 5, 2006

We spent the final day of our six-day trip to Costa Rica at the Xandari, after spending five days at the Lapa Rios EcoLodge. It was more than we expected. On arrival, we were offered pineaple or mixed fruit juice, and then taken to our bunaglow. Since we were celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary, the staff had decorated the room with flowers!

The grounds are lovely, and provided about two hours worth of hiking through a bit of jungle, an orchard and a field of coffee bushes. Our room was gorgeous, with a view of the valley. The staff were friendly and attentive, and all arrangements were as we expected. Xandari arranged both airport transfers (to and from Xandari), and the taxi service was flawless.

We spent only one day at Xandari, enjoying the pool, hiking and dinner. They also offer several outings that seemed reasonably priced, but we were not there a sufficient amount of time to take advantage of these tours.

We highly recommend the Xandari!

  • Liked — The artwork and ambience
  • Disliked — Seemed a little distant from other activities in San Jose
  • Tips/Secrets — Let Xandari make airport transfers for you.
  • Stayed July 2006, traveled as a couple
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Knoxville, TN
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
Reviewed July 26, 2006

We stayed at Xandari our final night in Costa Rica, as it is only 10-15 minutes from the airport, but feels a world away from San Jose. Check in was smooth. the staff arranged a shuttle to the airport that was right on time. The room was large and clean. Our outdoor area had room to seat about 12 people. The shower had a window with a private back courtyard. Large glass doors let in the wonderful breeze, and a fully stocked mini-bar, where everything is free but alcohol. The food was very good, and it was our favorite hotel restaurant in Costa Rica. Dining outside, there were few insects, but several bit - so wear repellant. The botanical trail is nice and well worth the short walk. The trails to the waterfall are kind of a disappointment. You get a trail map in your room. The "xandari waterfall" is the best on the map - but pales in comparison to the other falls in the country. The spa has a lot of services (which we did not use). The pool is covered and you have to ask to have the cover taken off to use it - makes it less inviting.

A great place to stay, not far from San Jose - with atypically good food for a Costa Rican hotel restaurant and lavish rooms. Would stay there again in a heartbeat.

  • Liked — Patio/Food
  • Disliked — Hiking trails
  • Stayed June 2006, traveled as a couple
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Property: Xandari Resort & Spa
Address: 1 km northwest of El Diamante Bar | Tacacori, Alajuela 4050, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Alajuela
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Alajuela
#1 Family Hotel in Alajuela
#1 Spa Hotel in Alajuela
#6 Business Hotel in Alajuela
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Xandari Resort & Spa 3.5*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Xandari is a 40-acre plantation with botanical gardens, orchid house and over 5 kms of nature trails including five waterfalls. Xandari is the creation of an architect-artist couple, with 24 spacious villas overlooking the Central Valley. Only 20 minutes from Juan Santamaria International Airport. In addition, three fabulous swimming pools, including the new 125 ft. Long Sunset Pool with a stunning view, and two outdoor jacuzzis. The restaurant serves fresh, continental and Costa Rican menu, featuring many organic fruits and vegetables from our own gardens. Xandari Spa Village is harmoniously integrated with nature and consists of a Yoga Room and five private palm-roofed jalapas with jacuzzi perched on a mountain ridge, where natural ingredients are used in massages and body treatments. ... more   less 
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