Hotel near airport

Old Sep 27th, 2004, 12:38 PM
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Hotel near airport

I'll be arriving in San Jose at 9:30 pm on Christmas Eve, and plan to spend the night near the airport before heading to Arenal on Christmas Day. Can anyone recommend a comfortable, safe hotel near the airport to just spend one night?
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Old Sep 27th, 2004, 01:07 PM
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Orquideas Inn... Fantastic hotel, close to the airport, great service, wonderful staff, great atmosphere and tastey food!! Its a short ride from the airport.. about 10 minutes or so

We loved it here and would reccommend it to anyone....
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Old Sep 27th, 2004, 01:12 PM
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I also recommend Las Orquideas Inn! We stayed there in August for 2 nights and loved it. The breakfast buffet is delicious. We paid $85.00 for a room for 4, which includes the breakfast. It is a Spanish-style inn with beautiful grounds.
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Old Sep 27th, 2004, 03:01 PM
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Ordinarily, I would recommend Las Orquideas as well. It is a very nice, well-run place. However, once you clear immigration and arrange transportation, you are going to be arriving there VERY late. And it is a little further than 10 minutes--more like 20. Trust me, I stayed there for a week this past summer and there's no way it can be driven in 10 minutes--even if you know exactly where it is and how to get there! Getting around in Alajuela isn't that easy the first time!

They do have a wonderful breakfast, but so does Vida Tropical or Villa Bonita (also well-run, closer to the airport and half the price.

Las Orquideas would better serve your purposes if you had a bit more time to spend there. It is a lovely place with a nice pool and gardens as well as a good restaurant and bar if you were going to arrive in time to enjoy them!
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The Hampton Inn or Hampton Inn and Suites would be perfect for you. Right next to the airport. They even will have a free shuttle for you if informed you need one. The Suites are a little more upscale-better breakfast buffet and free internet. Have stayed at the Orquideas Inn also,but Shillmac is correct in giving you the time needed to get there. Very helpful staff at both
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Old Sep 27th, 2004, 03:24 PM
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I agree the Hampton is also a good option. It's just me, I suppose, but the thought of spending $80 or $90 just to sleep bugs me! I'd rather pay $30 bucks for a bed for the night (and a nice breakfast). That and the fact that I don't like staying at American chain hotels when in Costa Rica. Again. . .that's just me!
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Thanks to all -- I've booked at Vida Tropical and it sounds perfect for us.
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Chris813 : I would consider staying at the Vida Tropical before heading on to Arenal.
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You'll like it. Very informal, everyone is right at home--breakfasts are excellent. And there is the resident white faced capuchin--George!
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