a good hotel near the SJ airport for first night.

Old Mar 15th, 2006, 03:03 PM
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a good hotel near the SJ airport for first night.

Can anyone suggest a good hotel in the moderate price range to spend our first and probably last night in CR?
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Old Mar 15th, 2006, 05:28 PM
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http://www.orquideasinn.com/index.html

great place, great price, great food
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Old Mar 15th, 2006, 06:22 PM
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Pura Vida Hotel! First-rate relatively inexpensive hotel--beautiful gardens, welcoming staff,comfortable cabinitas etc. (10 min. from airport)
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Stayed two nights at Villa Bonita (arriving and departing) and very happy with the cleaniness and friendliness of the owners (Humberto and Carmine). For around $50.00, you also get a REALLY good breakfast (try the gallo pinto!!!)
They can be reached at www.hotelvillabonita.com
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Old Mar 15th, 2006, 09:55 PM
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that's simple. hotel grano de oro. my husband and i stayed there on our last two nights in costa rica. it was a gem. the room was exquisite, the food divine, and the staff superb. you can't go wrong.

http://www.hotelgranodeoro.com/
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Old Mar 16th, 2006, 03:10 AM
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Hotel Brilla Sol . Free breakfast , free pickup at airport , family owned , clean , cute , little pool , close to airport , lovley garden , $50.00 a night .
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Old Mar 16th, 2006, 04:27 AM
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Hotel Grano de Oro is memorable - 1st and last night. Be sure to have their coffee pie!
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Old Mar 16th, 2006, 07:28 AM
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My new favorite is Corteza Amarilla!
http://www.cortezaamarillalodge.com


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Old Mar 16th, 2006, 07:36 PM
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I second the vote for hotel Brilla Sol. We stayed there last March and were very happy with the service and cleanliness. Pay with traveller's cheques or cash to avoid credit card surcharge.
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Old Mar 17th, 2006, 06:31 AM
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We just returned from CR and would recommend Las Orquideas in Alajuela. This is a charming hotel just outside the city. It is located only about 20 minutes from the airport and they will arrange for a shuttle pick up and return. As an extra bonus...food is great!!!! We thought it was the perfect way to begin and end our vacation!
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If you choose Orquideas stay in the Deluxe rooms. Well worth the extra $10 more than the Garden Rooms. Much more room all around and more restful decor than the Garden and Roadside. Can even get flow through ventilation with the windows on each ends of the room. Has a view also with backdoor seating by the sliding door.
The restaurant is nice with good food and ambience. The breakfast is OK but not up to the raves I've read here. I must be spoiled from other CR breakfasts. The wife and I thought the coffee was bitter also, making it an unpleasant drink. Be prepared for road noise as it is next to a busy road which was it's biggest drawback for me. I crave quite. I'd stil consider returning as it is a pleasast Inn. An alternative with quite is the Hotel Buena Vista around the same price but in a quite hillside setting much easier to find than Orquideas if you are driving. Don't have experience with dinner there.
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Old Mar 19th, 2006, 05:59 AM
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Thanks for your replies. We now have a reservation and are leaving today!
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Old Mar 19th, 2006, 01:55 PM
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sandyc..What did you like about the Corteza? It was one that was recommended by the Tortequero Lodge that we are staying at. Is there a shuttle?
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Depeinding on what tiem you are arriving, the Hampton Inn is perfect. They pick you up and it is about 5 minutes from the airport. American style rooms, internet access, breakfast, etc. If you've had a long flight and/or it is late, it eases you into the country perfectly.
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