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“A Nice Hotel in a Bad City” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Pacande
Ranked #2 of 56 Alajuela B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Fort Collins, Colorado
Level Contributor
11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“A Nice Hotel in a Bad City”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2012

The hotel itself seem very nice. The rooms were clean, the staff was very friendly and helpful, and it felt safe in an area that didn't seem safe at all. I especially liked how they were a sustainable hotel and very mindful about conservation and being "green." The garden in the back also had a nice atmosphere to it. The area in general though was not worth visiting. If possible, avoid staying in Alajuela at all. The city was very dirty and did not seem safe with every building behind bars and razor wire and policemen roaming the streets in groups of three. The hotel even had their front doors locked in the middle of the afternoon when we arrived. At least you can be sure no unwanted people will be strolling about the place and breaking into your room. But, if you have to stay in Alajuela I would recommend Hotel Pacande.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank MirMid
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Green Valley, Arizona
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48 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2012

We are staying here on our last night in CR, heading to the airport tomorrow. We think we have the best room in the house. Room number 8. Off the back patio, up a very skinny spiral staircase. A private balcony overlooks the back garden. The room is completely paneled in wood, has two beds downstairs and then a loft with a double bed. Very roomy, it would be a good room to stay in if you had kids with you. But perhaps not little kids because of the skinny spiral staircase.

Room Tip: Rooms 8 and 9 are upstairs and are bigger than the rooms off the downstairs hallway.
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank AnnaInGreenValleyAZ
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Los Angeles
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131 reviews
90 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2011

Very well maintained property.
Nice lobby with a receptionist 24/7. Free internet use.
We were charged 30 dollars for a private room with a shared bathroom and with a breakfast in the morning. The shared bathrooms rooms on the first floor are basic, but very clean. All of them have a TV with cable (buch of English language channels).
There is one shared bathroom per 2 rooms, and it's located right where those rooms are, so you don't really share bathroom with too many people.
The backyard (as well as kitchen) are superclean and well maintained.
It takes only 10 min to/from airport to this hotel.
The hotel called us a taxi in the morning (we had a very early flight) and it cost us only $5 dollars.
The hotel is also very close to the public buses to San Jose (Tuasa bus), volcano Poas etc etc. There is a cute soda place right across the hotel.
Very friendly staff and the owner, who is originally from Colombia.
A+ to this property.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank krolikv
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Chicago, Illinois
Level Contributor
4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 13, 2011

The owner was really friendly and offered us free use of internet. He was very helpful in recommending places to check out while we were in town. The rooms were small, but so nicely furnished. It's a little gem.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank jhof2
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2011

We stayed at this hotel for a few nights and had a lovely time. The room was comfortable and great value for money. Cecilia and Jose-Manuel were extremely welcoming and friendly and gave us good advice on where to go around Alajuela. Nice breakfast. We'd definitely go back.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank Stian23
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Boulder, Colorado
Level Contributor
5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 1, 2011

I made a reservation on line and thought that we would get a room with a double bed. Instead the room had two single beds and was cramped and uncomfortable. The shared bathroom was very small and cramped. The complementary breakfast was nice though. This hotel is adequate for one night. On our last night in Costa Rica we stayed at a much better hotel which was cheaper and cleaner.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank Lisa M
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Arkansas
Level Contributor
5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 31, 2011

The staff at hotel Pacande made the stay there like visiting relatives!

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank ArkansasGoatlady
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Additional Information about Hotel Pacande

Property: Hotel Pacande
Address: Avenida 5, calles 2 y 4, Alajuela 4050-1928, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Alajuela
Amenities:
Free Breakfast
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 56 B&Bs / Inns in Alajuela
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hotel Pacande 2.5*
Number of rooms: 10
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