We came late at night,had to take a taxi although they say they have free pickup.We were put in a sort of flat on top floor of reception.after 26 hours travelling,very tired. No hot water,no towels no soap,just a bed.The sofa was dirty from the dogs and ther seemed to be reperations ongoing. Not a sign of the nice rooms on the website.They might have changed owner,as I can not recognize him from other descriptions. Poor breakfast with beens,rice and bacon and a piece of bread. No fruits or jice as we had in all other places in Costa Rica.The strangest was the leaving: We were promised breakfast at 06 and a taxi 06.30. at 0610,no breakfast but a taxi came.It was agreed to take us to alajuela to catch the bus to Monteverde.The taxidriver and our host said hurry up and throwed our things unlocked in the back.the owner left. the taxidriver said something in Spanish like that the bus would not stop in Alajuela,so he would take us to San josé.We could say nothing. The bus would leave san jose at 06.30 and it was too far to be able to catch it. The taxi dropped us at the wrong place- we left the taxi in a hurry to try to catch the bus,but too late.So,we had to wait 8 hours for the next at 14.30 in the afternoon(only 2 buses/day)The worst thing was that I lost my Iphone in the mess and we had to pay 40 dollars for no use at all and spoiled an expensive trip-day.As it was our first day-it was just the worst start.I was so angry over lost time,money and Iphone and the stupid hotel-owner who should arrange everything in the morning.
I can not understand why it is recommended in the lonely Planet_I would not recommend it to my worst enemy!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Only 10 minutes away from Juan Santamaria Airport and 25km south of Poas Volcano exists a beautiful Orange grove that borders Itiquis river and is home to over 175 different species of birds and dozens of different species of butterflies, this villa is called Arilapa. Arilapa is a great place to start and end your vacation in Costa Rica, its lush vegetation, the river, and the waterfall are the best ways to be greeted in this beautiful country. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Arilapa Bed & Breakfast Costa Rica/Alajuela