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Orquídeas Inn

At a Glance

    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

Fodorite Reviews

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Orquídeas Inn 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.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 2½ km/1½ mile northwest of the Princesa Marina, Alajuela, 20103 | Map It
  • Phone: 2433–7128
  • Website:
  • Location: Alajuela

    Hotel Details

  • 20 rooms, 6 suites, 1 dome.
  • Rate includes breakfast.
Updated: 03-12-2013

Fodorite Reviews

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    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.

    by RAC, 4/14/08

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