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Central Valley Hotels

Orquídeas Inn

  • 2½ km/1½ mile northwest of the Princesa Marina Map It
  • Alajuela

Pros

  • Spirited environment
  • Great for first or last night
  • Excellent service

Cons

  • Rooms are ready for a face-lift
  • Roadside rooms noisy, opt for garden rooms

Updated 04/09/2014

Fodor's Review

A favorite with young couples and families, the friendly Orquideas proves that affordable does not have to equal generic—from a classy Spanish-style main building to a bar dedicated to Marilyn Monroe, this place has style. Deluxe rooms, on a hill with a view of three volcanoes, are spacious, with bamboo furniture, but can smell a bit musty. Smaller rooms have terra-cotta tile floors and Guatemalan fabrics that have seen better days; those on the garden side are quieter, and worth the extra $10. The distinctive member of the accommodation mix here is a two-bedroom geodesic dome, set off in the garden and perfect for families or groups. A sumptuous breakfast buffet is served on the bar's patio. The restaurant's ($$) eclectic selection ranges from straightforward Costa Rican cuisine to fun presentations (ceviche served in a half coconut, for one) that have to be seen (and tasted) to be fully appreciated. Orquideas is a favorite among posters to Fodors.com.

Hotel Information

Address:

2½ km/1½ mile northwest of the Princesa Marina, Alajuela, 20103, Costa Rica

Map It

Phone:

/2433–7128; /2433–9740

Hotel Details:

  • 20 rooms, 6 suites, 1 dome
  • Rate includes Breakfast

Updated 04/09/2014

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Apr 14, 2008

Couldn't ask for more.

The room was plenty spacious and comfortable. The service was very accomodating, the place was very relaxing. And, it's very convenient---there's a great restaurant there with a wide variety of offerings, and it's a great launching point for Poas/La Paz and for Grecia/Sarchi/Arenal. And, it's close to the airport.

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