Hi all - we will be flying into San Jose at 9:30pm on December 18th and are looking into a hotel to stay in Alajuela before jumping the bus to Arenal the next day. Does not need to be fancy, but do not want to stay in a dump either :) Some hotels that have been suggested are:
Hotel Buena Vista (which I have read alot about in this forum!)
Casa Paz B&B
Hotel Santa Maria
La Guaria Inn
Hotel Los Volcanes
Can you guys help me narrow this list down? Actually, we will stay in Alajuela for one night when we arrive on Dec 18th, and one night right before we leave on Dec 24th. Saving money is always good, but maybe we can splurge a bit. So perhaps one night in Hotel Buena Vista, and one night somewhere a bit less expensive?