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“Wonderful with excellent views”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Altura Hotel

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Altura Hotel
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Dallas, TX
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Wonderful with excellent views”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2013

We stayed at this wonderful and tranquil property on the last night of our Cost Rican vacation. We decided to upgrade our accommodations and loved the villa. While it does get chilly at night (bring pants and a sweater), the villa had two fireplaces which kept the rooms comfortable. The room was very clean and offered plenty amenities. We also enjoyed a delicious traditional breakfast. The owner of the property was very pleasant and helpful. We will stay here again on our next visit to Costa Rica.

Room Tip: Spend the extra money and go for the villa. It's totally worth it.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank edtfire
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Fiji2076, Public Relations Manager at Altura Hotel, responded to this review, August 7, 2013
Dear customer,

Altura Hotel truly thanks you for your description of your experience with us,
We thrive to offer our customers the best service possible. Although we are certain
that our views give us a hand in that matter.

Non the less it is gratifying to read such a review.

Looking forward to have you with us again,

Best regards
Alejandro Esquivel
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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2013

After spending our first 4 nights in Costa Rica at very budget hotels, Altura Hotel was a great place to find while the sun was beginning to set after a long drive from the Caribbean. My girlfriend and I were looking for something close to the top of Poas so we could get up their early, and found Altura about 4kilometers from the top. While this was definitely a bit more expensive than the $30/night we'd been spending previously, it was worth every penny and still a bargain compared to what you would find in the States. Being greeted by Antonietta (their sheep dog) was a great start to the visit (made us miss our dog both a little bit less and a little bit more at the same time), but it is all about the property and the views. The room was great, spacious and comfortable, and the entire property is beautiful. We had dinner just up the road at Poas Lodge (totally recommended!), and the complimentary brekfast at Altura was delicious. Couldn't really ask for more!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Justin P
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Fiji2076, Public Relations Manager at Altura Hotel, responded to this review, July 17, 2013
Dear costumer,

Altura Hotel truly thanks you for your great description of your time with us,
We thrive to offer our customers the best expirience possible. None the less we are aware of our great surroundings which undoubtedly give us a hand in make it possible.

looking foward to have you with us again,

Best regards
Alejandro Esquivel
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Tainan, Taiwan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2013 via mobile

Great personaizedl attention! The place was a bit tricky to find, but we drove at night, however once there you definitive want to stay! It has a great view, warm facilities and a marvelous host, besides the lovely English Shepperd and Donkey that you can get to play with if you are an animal lover as I am.

  • Stayed June 2013
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Thank Manuel C
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Fiji2076, Public Relations Manager at Altura Hotel, responded to this review, June 27, 2013
Dear customer,

Altura Hotel thanks you for such a nice and heartfelt description of your experience with us,
we thrive to offer our customers with the best service possible.
And its great to have such a good feedback regarding Antonieta and Julieta, loved by our customers because of their natural charm.
You might want to follow us in Facebook and check out Julietas newborn in a couple of weeks when she is due.

Looking forward to have you with us again,

Best regards
Alejandro Esquivel
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Nashville, Tennessee
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 2013

We stayed at Altura Hotel for two nights in late May 2013. Let me start by saying there are many positive things about the hotel. First, it is located very near the Poas volcano. It is very modern and nicely decorated. I am responding to the previous reviewer who complained that the property was cool. This is true, the hotel is on the cooler side at night and only has a portable fireplace so bring warm clothes for the mountains, In their defense, none of the hotels we visited in the area had heat. The Altura did have nice warm bedding and blankets, The beds were very comfortable. The grounds are just lovely and the view of the valley is spectacular. There is a working dairy farm next door and each morning they herd the cattle up the hill. I wished we had got a video of this cause hey...you don't see that everyday, not where we live anyway. I loved the donkey on the property. She was so sweet. When we first arrived, I called her and she started braying and ran to me as if we were long lost friends. It was so sweet, We were later told she is pregnant. The foliage and flowers on the property are just beautiful. The staff were nice and friendly to us. We didn't eat breakfast because we were trying to get an early start each day. The only negative thing I can say is regarding the television. The screen is extremely small, it's probably a 17 or 19 inch screen. All in all, though we were not dissapointed and we liked this hotel. We would stay here again. We thought it was clean, modern, spacious and uniquely Costa Rican.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank MelissaBlack_12
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Fiji2076, Public Relations Manager at Altura Hotel, responded to this review, June 1, 2013
Dear customer,

Altura Hotel thanks you for such a heartfelt description of your experience with us,
we thrive to offer our customers with the best service possible. Such remarks regarding our facilities and staff encourage us to keep trying our best to make you feel at home with us.
We would like you to follow us in Facebook, so you can meet Julieta's newborn in a couple of months when she is due.

Looking forward to have you with us again,

Best regards
Alejandro Esquivel
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 26, 2013

We stayed in this hotel hoping to be close to the volcano and the city, so we could take advantage of the weekend. When we arrived it seemed like a very nice property, well kept and a fabulous garden. The owner was very polite and welcoming, he showed us around the place and was very friendly, recommending us where to go and eat out. The room was cozy, it had a heating fake fireplace, a small living room and small kitchenette. The TV was smaller than we expected, around 19". Apart from that, breakfast was great, typical costarican breakfast with a bowl of fruits. They had a sightseeing terrace at the back, with a very nice view and seating area. We were thrilled with Antonieta, their sheep dog, she was so cute!! and their donkey Julieta :)

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank vmeyi
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Fiji2076, Public Relations Manager at Altura Hotel, responded to this review, June 1, 2013
Dear customer,

Altura Hotel thanks you for such a nice and heartfelt description of your experience with us,
we thrive to offer our custumers with the best service possible. Such remarks regarding our facilities and staff encourage us to keep trying our best to make you feel at home with us.
And its great to have such a good feedback regarding Antonieta and Julieta, loved by our customers because of their natural charm.
You might want to follow us in Facebook and check out Julietas newborn in a couple of months when she is due.

Looking forward to have you with us again,

Best regards
Alejandro Esquivel
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 12, 2013

We stayed at this hotel in march 2013. The hotel grounds are spacious and the separate building where the rooms are is surrounded by a nice garden and green fields. The rooms are spacious and modern. There is a small kitchen and fridge. The bed is good and the views from the many windows of our room were like small paintings. Birds woke us up in the morning by tapping on the window with their small beaks. Outside you feel surrounded with nature and fro the porch with a nice swinging chair you have an amazing view over the valley of San Jose and Alajuela. The hotel is located along the road to the pops volcano, and the family tht owns the hotel will be able to tell you at breakfast from the clouds they see if you have a good chance of a clear view at the top of the volcano. The owners are really nice and hospitable people. The breakfast is homemade and served on the porch of their home. This area could use some refurbishing but the breakfast itself is great! Great hotel for staying outside of San Jose after your arrival or before your departure, although the ride up the mountain does take you around 45min. Would definitely recommend staying here!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank Marlies R
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Fiji2076, Public Relations Manager at Altura Hotel, responded to this review, May 14, 2013
Dear costumer,

Altura Hotel truly thanks you for your description of your experience with us,
we thrive to offer our customers the best service possible.
Therefore it is gratifying to read such a review.

Looking forward to have you with us again,

Best regards
Alejandro Esquivel
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Loenen aan de Vecht, The Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2013

Enchanting scenery, very pleasant and relaxing atmosphere. After the moist (or dry) and hot climatological places another change, cool and dry. Great place for dayvisits to Poas vulcano or waterfal park. Fairly close to the airport. Also an excellent place to overthink a great holliday beside a nice campfire. Room are as bug free as it can possibly get in Costa Rica. We don't recognize the critisism in the review of Tadej T. Don't let it scare you away. This place was an absolute cherry on our pie!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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1 Thank Eric S
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Fiji2076, Public Relations Manager at Altura Hotel, responded to this review, May 14, 2013
Dear costumer,

Altura Hotel thanks you for such a nice description of your experience with us,
we thrive to offer our customers the best service possible, remarks as yours encourage us to keep trying our best to make your trip memorable.

Looking forward to have you with us again,

Best regards
Alejandro Esquivel
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Property: Altura Hotel
Address: Nr. Estacion de Servicio de Poasito, Poas Volcano National Park 20802, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Poas Volcano National Park
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Poas Volcano National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Altura Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Altura Hotel is a small resort that blends the essence of the rural lifestyle with the comfort that offers a great hotel room, altogether at a mystical place filled with fog, rain, wild animals and an incomparable view of the central plateau and the Nicoyan Gulf on the Pacific coast.The Hotel located 24 km away from the city of Alajuela, and International Airport and 5 min drive from the Poas Volcano ... more   less 
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