Hotel near the airport in Costa Rica

Old May 8th, 2007, 06:11 AM
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Hotel near the airport in Costa Rica

I am looking for tips on a good, moderate to inexpensive, hotel near the San Jose airport. I would prefer a pool and a little atmosphere if possible. Any suggestions?

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Old May 8th, 2007, 08:18 AM
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www.hotelbrillasol.com
Tico owners, very friendly, moderately priced, free breakfast, close to airport, lush little gardens, cute pool, clean....
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Old May 14th, 2007, 04:37 PM
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I second faithie's suggestion.
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Old May 14th, 2007, 07:27 PM
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Orquideas Inn also a good choice. Great bar, excellent food, nice pool, fun staff, terrific breakfasts. About 15 min. from the airport.
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Old May 14th, 2007, 07:32 PM
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And I will second Shillmac's!

We almost always stay at Orquideas Inn on our way in and out of San Jose.

Another plus here is that the restaurant is open fairly late. They don't feed you very much on the planes these days. So you will arrive hungry. Even if your flight is very late, the cook leaves some simple dishes that the bartender can serve.

I hope this helps! Let me know if I can offer more advice.

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Old May 14th, 2007, 07:52 PM
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Old May 14th, 2007, 08:14 PM
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I'll break the tie and vote for Orquideas as well - www.orquideasinn.com

It'll probably be a couple bucks more that Hotel Brillasol, but it's definitely got some atmosphere...especially the masrilyn Monroe bar. Nice pool, hot tub, and a little trail through the gardens as well.
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We drove our rental car to Orquidea Inn. It was rainiing, and a bit "frightening" as we drove through the small town near by (small busy streets, poor signage, and gutters to China on the sides). It took all of 45 minutes, with a stop at an ATM.

I would stay at Orquideas Inn in a heartbeat! I loved it, loved the grounds, and the people there. The rooms are very simple, but clean, spacious and comfortable. The view from our shared terrace was devine, and we enjoyed walking the path ways along their grounds. We stayed in the building separate and above the main building (wher the pool and bar are). I would be delighted either place.

Orquideas is lovely. We also stayed at a unique place the night before our departure. At this moment, I cant recall the name (I'm planning a June trip to Croatia, and well, you can imagine...) Anyway, an incredible place, a bit more expensive than Orquideas, but worth the 30$ more for a one night stay... I'll think of it, and try to post another reply. In the mean time, you can not go wrong with Orquideas. (BTW I'm in my late 40's....)



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Old May 15th, 2007, 05:17 AM
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Do you think that the Orquideas Inn would be suitable for a longer stay than one night? We are looking for a Central Valley "base" hotel for about 4 nights.

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Old May 15th, 2007, 06:17 AM
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Definitely...the Orquideas is PERFECT as a base hotel for your travels in the Central Valley.
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Old May 16th, 2007, 06:52 PM
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Grano de Oro is really nice if you're looking for something in the city. It's built in an old mansion - very charming with great service and a well-known restaurant. I don't believe they have a pool, but they do have a beautiful rooftop garden with two hot tubs.
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Old May 17th, 2007, 04:26 AM
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The QP was looking for moderate to inexpensive.... Love the other 2 suggestions, but to me they are in the "moderate-expensive". Although I guess it depends on how you look at it!!!
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Old May 17th, 2007, 07:41 AM
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That's why it's always better to post a dollar range...what is "moderate" to you may be "expensive" to me, etc.
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We stayed in the most basic standard room at Grano de Oro - I think we paid about 100 bucks.

They do have fancy rooms that go much higher, but the standard rooms are pretty affordable. Orquideas sounds nice too! We'll have to try that on our next trip. I keep hearing good things about it.
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Old May 17th, 2007, 01:28 PM
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Stayed at Grano de Oro on our honeymoon, loved it!
Hotel Brilla Sol is $50 per night, free pick-up at airport, and free breakie.
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I just booked a room at the "Garden Court Hotel"- it is near the airport (less than 5 minutes per website) with free 24 hour shuttle. I booked a room for $97.00 with free breakfast at Denny's (across the street). I read reviews on Trip Advisor and all the responses looked positive.

We arrive late the 1st night and will leave early the next AM so it seems to be perfect.
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