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“Service-oriented, good with kids” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Hotel Robledal

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Hotel Robledal
Ranked #8 of 30 Hotels in Alajuela
Certificate of Excellence
Bellingham, Washington
Level Contributor
5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Service-oriented, good with kids”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

Non-chain, family-owned Costa Rican (read: non-US-style) hotel with lovely lush grounds, calming feel, incredibly helpful and friendly staff that at the same time are not at all pushy. We got in late and hungry (restaurant long closed) and they ordered pizzas for us. I left my husband's meds on the plane, and one of the brothers took me to the local pharmacy the next morning and helped with translation to get refills. The main staff speak great English. Wonderful little open-air restaurant, where the kitchen has specific hours, but they will get you drinks or bar drinks or coffee or ice cream I suspect anytime. Great little pool has beautiful blue tile and a waterfall, and a shallow end with stairs not too deep for my 6yo to stand in. The kids chased butterflies and birds and lizards all around. It's not "in town", but it's a great place to stage-for or wrap-up an adventure--the large rooms make re-packing easy. We stayed there first night in and last night out, and it was a great decision.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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1 Thank Terri v
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Robledal_Manager, Propietario at Hotel Robledal, responded to this review, May 4, 2013
Dear Terri,

We are glad you enjoyed your visit in our hotel...! Our goal is that every single guest have a real Costa Rica's experience with an excellent service.

Thank you for your comments!

Josue Guzman
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New York
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55 reviews
54 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

The Hotel Robledal was a good fit for our first night in Costa Rica. We had a very friendly pick-up at the airport and drop off at our car rental place. Our room was decent, pretty generic, and we slept well. The next day we had a splendid included breakfast. Service was friendly and helpful at all times. We didn't have time, unfortunately, to make use of their relaxing looking pool.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Gentlemanexplorer
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Heridia, CR
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

Quiet. Away from tourist areas. Good place to spend a few days reading, enjoying the weather, and laying out at the pool.
Food is great and reasonable. I eat there regurlarly.
They offer tours to points of interest.
Staff speaks English.

Room Tip: Have not stayed overnight there but have seen the rooms. Nice and clean. I eat lunch there often.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank SPWcr
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Bainbridge Island, Washington
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

My son and I stayed at Hotel Robledal our first night in Costa Rica and then our last. This family and their staff are amazingly kind and their hotel is perfectly situated to launch and end a Costa Rica adventure if you are flying in and out of San Jose. It is top notch all the way around - the rooms, the service, the breakfast, the dinners, the shuttle. Getting there our first night, in the dark, with a rental car was quite an adventure - as you drive through the narrow motorcycle and bike filled dark bumpy streets past the factories, little shops and houses you may wonder "am I going the right way?" or as my son said at one point "Mom, were those Trip Advisor reviews from 8 years ago?". But then you see the beautiful hotel sign, pull in, and it is a slice of silent heaven after a day of travel. We got in late but they had put aside a couple of delicious salads for us and boy did that taste great. Then, the next day they assisted us in determining the best route to take up to Monterverde, including stops at the fruit stands along the new toll Highway 27 (this is a much better option that CI 1. After 2 1/2 weeks of travel Costa Rica it was great to know we would end our trip at Robledal, with their restaurant, shuttle, and friendly service. Just note, when you come back into Alajuela on Highway 27, follow Robledal's driving instructions! If you miss the exit, you'll find yourself taking a tour of San Jose, which on a Friday afternoon during rush hour shows you a wholel different side of Costa Rica (a whole other story)!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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1 Thank Brenda P
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

Hotel Robledal was a welcome oasis of calm and tranquillity after the hustle and bustle of Alajuela! We had decided to have a day and night of relaxation before flying back to the UK and could not have chosen a better place to do it. The hotel was spotlessly clean, with a small swimming pool, complete with little waterfall and the grounds are well maintained and very pretty. The room was large, with a king size bed and two singles (we had the last available room). It had a nice shower with plenty of hot water (although in common with most sinks in Costa Rica) only cold in wash basin. The room was very clean and the bed lining and hand towels pristine. An added bonus was the onsite restaurant (substantial breakfast included in price) where you could also have a really good evening meal (the fillet of Red Snapper was gorgeous). You can also have lunch if you fancy. The staff were all very friendly and helpful and it helped that a lot could speak very good English!
We can really recommend this hotel as a stop when flying in or out of San Jose (only some 6km away) or even as a base to explore the immediate area. We are really glad to have used Trip Advisor to find this gem.

Room Tip: Book early as it is obviously popular! You may not want the extra beds! We did have very effective a...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Lynda V
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Robledal_Manager, Gerente at Hotel Robledal, responded to this review, May 4, 2013
Dear Lynda,

Thank you for your kind comments...! We hope to have you as our guest soon...!
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Midland, Canada
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6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Room was spacious and clean with comfortable beds. Quiet location. One downside was bathroom light was broken so we had to have the very noisy light/fan combination on if we wanted light. We were assured it would be fixed the next day but were only staying the one night. The front desk staff was very friendly. Typical short stay hotel, very close to airport with airport transfer included. Located in a subdivision of Alajuela and gated.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Trip_Reviewer194
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Ontario, Canada
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40 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

My husband and I stayed for our last night before flying home at Hotel Robledal. The staff was some of the friendliest we had encountered on our trip to Costa Rica.
The food was a great price and more than delicious! We enjoyed an amazing lunch ( that local business workers also come to enjoy) a beautiful dinner and a wonderful breakfast the next morning (which was included)
We arrived early in the day and arranged with one of the family members running the hotel ( i feel horrible that i cant remember his name) to go to a local souvenir factory which was good. He was so awesome showing us around the grounds at the various flowers and plants. Very client oriented!
The room was very large and exceptionally clean! The beds a little hard, as we found all over Costa Rica.
We will be staying here again when we bring our kids in December. Excellent hotel that I can not recommend enough!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Joiev98
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Property: Hotel Robledal
Address: 400 Oeste de la Iglesia de El Roble, Alajuela 20104, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Alajuela
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#6 Romantic Hotel in Alajuela
#8 Family Hotel in Alajuela
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Robledal 3*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our well-situated 15-room hotel is located only three and a half miles away from Costa Rica's main airport, with free shuttle service to accommodate to all flight patterns. Our transportation service reach most of the rental car return offices, and the easy access to the Inter-American Highway makes the Hotel Robledal the perfect stop for travelers exploring Costa Rica’s beaches and national parks or doing business at the nearby free trade areas. Our complimentary breakfast includes the best selection of fresh fruit and costarican coffee. ... more   less 
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