Orquideas Inn

Sep 27th, 2003, 07:55 AM
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Orquideas Inn

Hi there, Has anyone stayed here - any info about the property would be great! thank you!
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Sep 27th, 2003, 08:50 AM
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<<< Author: suburbantrain
Date: 09/26/2003, 09:00 pm
Message: We just got back from 10 days in cr. if this is useful to you, we stayed at orquideas inn in alajuela on arriving and before leaving - 15 min from sj airport - really nice hotel and super-helpful, friendly staff and owner.>>>

Above comment is a portion from another poster in a thread titled "Hotels in Costa Rica" --- http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...6&tid=34448503

I've also read other positive reviews on this website from posters who've stayed at the Orquideas; I think staying in Alajuela (outside city of San Jose) is preferable on your first/last nights in CR. Especially if you're renting a car to drive around yourself; OR if you're planning to fly in/out from one of the other cities in CR.

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Sep 27th, 2003, 10:26 AM
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assuming you're referring to orquideas inn in alajuela, cr, its a great place to stay. my wife and i just got back and stayed at orquideas after arriving and before leaving sj - its a short ride from the airport and they'll pick you up/drop you off for about ten bucks. they have nice rooms with a wonderful garden you can walk around - introduce yourself to the leaf-cutter ants before seeing them in the forest. they do a great breakfast (included) and the staff are extremely helpful in making hotel reservations/confirmations, renting cars and so on - they made things very easy for us. the new owner, gary, is a really nice, entertaining guy (even though he wouldn't give me a job there!) and the marilyn monroe bar is a nice place for dinner (the chef's pretty good) and cocktails - if luis is behind the bar he can fix some awesome south american cocktails (beware if you have an early flight next morning). its also a pretty convenient place to access if you're on your way to or or from arenal or manuel antonio.
i'm still hoping gary will give me a job there - so maybe i'll see you.
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Sep 27th, 2003, 10:28 AM
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by the way, your post doesn't have any reference to costa rica, so its not in the cr section.
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Sep 30th, 2003, 09:34 AM
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To 'suburbantrain',
I'm so glad you enjoyed The Orquideas! I've stayed there 7 times and just love it. One of the reasons we kept going back, besides the gardens, view, bar, and fabulous breakfast, was because we really liked the previous owners. I was wondering how things were running now with new owners. I'm very happy to hear it sounds like the same place I've come to know and love!
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Sep 30th, 2003, 08:14 PM
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ally - it was largely because of your enthusiastic recommendation that we stayed at Orquideas - thanks so much! i hope that if and when you return you'll enjoy it as much as you did before and we did - gary (the new owner) is a really nice guy and as far as i can tell most of the staff from before are still there. i'm still trying to get the "pool guy" job there - unfortunately gary was put off by my PhD. - i'll have to work on downgrading my resume!
pura vida,
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Oct 2nd, 2003, 11:34 AM
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We stayed there a few years ago in one of the cheaper rooms near the busy road. If you go there make sure to get a room away from the road. It was convenient to the airport. The bar was fun.
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