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Hotel Casa Alegre / Posada Nena
Ranked #5 of 8 Hotels in Santa Ana
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 25 January 2012

The Casa Alegre is one of the best value for your money when visiting San Jose. Completely modern and up-to-date, it is a locally owned hotel that is comfortable and well maintained. You have wifi which helps when it comes to staying in touch or looking at and booking things to do in San Jose. I highly recommend it. Located in Santa Ana, you will discover they are in the same area as the larger chain hotels, so the location is good. The hotel could benefit from additional signage as they are hard to locate, even for taxi drivers, so walk the area and pick out landmarks because you may have to give directions to get back. Conveniently located for local transportation which I relied on heavily. ps. reading the other reviews, this a locally owned and operated hotel not a 5 star hotel, so luxury standards are unfair.

Room Tip: Room was spacious, modern and clean with Double beds; very comfortable. My room (#1) sliding window...
  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 17 January 2012

We stayed in the „Posada Nena“ at the beginning of our roundtrip for 2 nights and at the end for one more night. At the first stay we`ve got a big nice room on the first floor and for the second time we`ve got a brand new garden room with a hammock on the terrace, I think we were the first guests.

The location of the hotel is very good, it`s close to the airport and the perfect place if you plan several more day trips. You can leave your big baggage there and only take a small bag with the basic needs.

A shopping center is close by and some good and cheap restaurants/pubs are reachable by foot.

All the rooms are very clean, tasteful and well appointed. They have A/C, cable TV and fridge. The breakfast is very rich. Volker, the owner, is very mindful and has a solution for every problem. We booked our hole roundtrip with his tourist office alautentico, (www.alautentico.com) which we found in the web. From the first contact on we were impressed about his service, know how, expertise and friendliness. The prices are really fair, we would even say they are a bargain. All in all we were very excited and for sure it was not our last trip to costa rica.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Christine R
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Reviewed 28 May 2011

Since switching owners in 2010, Casa Alegre has lost its local, feel-good charm. Firstly, their staff is far under-par; they seemed annoyed at having to serve you, and will ask the guest to do things such as calling for a taxi. In addition, the hotel were not able to provide us with the number of beds we had asked for more than four months in advance. The hotel has also attempted to switch from a local charm to a more corporate look - which has left it feeling cold and unwelcoming. To top it all off, the hotel now charges for breakfasts (in my oppinion it should be called a ´motel´, not a ´hotel´).

The hotel´s only positive attribute is its central location in Santa Ana. If this is not the most important factor in making your decision, I would recommend finding other hotels to stay at in Santa Ana.

  • Stayed: May 2011
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1  Thank Mawifo
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Reviewed 13 January 2011

Based on the excellent reviews from this site, I booked 2 nights here and was a bit disappointed upon my late arrival. Although, the poseda is located in a great spot as mentioned in other reviews, the quality of the place was lacking. We stayed in room 6, a corner room which was very small, low quality furniture and an uncomfortable double bed with barely enough room to get out of bed on the window side. I would not call the beds orthopedic beds, I could feel every spring I slept on and had 2 nights of poor sleep. Sheets felt like burlap. The desk looked like a discount store special. The bath was average with the water regulator for the shower flowing extremely hot water. We had to turn on the hot water in the sink to reduce the shower temperature. Cleanliness of the room was average; the shower looked like it had not a good cleaning. After a long day, there was only one desk chair to sit on such that comfort level was lacking. Breakfast is offered until 11 AM at a cost which I did not know of the additional charge until after I had already eaten. I thought it had included breakfast and that was not clear to me. That may have been my misunderstanding vs the staff, but, I assumed it was a "B&B" it would be inclusive. So check that out prior to eating for the $8.00 charge. For the money you can get a better breakfast elsewhere. There is a pretty pool, but we did not use it. The staff was very cordial and helpful, english is spoken. Overall, it was average. Would I go again...that depends. We stayed at another place in the area for the same amount of money which was much nicer. So check around. This was a last minute reservation and was the best I could find at the time.

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 November 2009

Wonderful, warm staff. Rooms are very comfortable with TV and air. Breakfast is too big. But great Gallo Pinto and fresh fruit. Just 15 mins. from the airport in the beautiful, typical city of Santa Ana. San Jose is about 30mins. And the beautiful upscale nieghborhood of Escazu is 10 mins. Great restaurants nearby for both fine dinning as well as typical food. I have stayed at this hotel on both business trip as well as personal vacations. This is what Costa Rica is all about.

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled on business
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Reviewed 23 October 2009

The staff at Casa Alegre merits the 5-star rating for the hotel alone. They were extremely nice and helpful. Made to order breakfast every single morning, help booking excursions, and helpful recommendations. But the A+ stuff is not all it has to offer; clean rooms, safe location and a short distance from plenty of Costa Rica's tours are among its other fantastic amenities. I highly recommend staying here if you want to be near the action, but not in it.

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled with friends
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Thank dajukie7
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Reviewed 24 August 2009

Casa Alegre makes an excellent base for exploring the Poas volcano,located at aprox.30 km.Sarchi ,the main artisan town, is another option at less than one hour drive. Casa Alegre is located in one of San Jose's suburbs,Santa Ana.Price is moderate,we payed $60 in low season.By staying in Santa Ana,you avoid the downtown traffic and if you rent a car you could park in the hotel's secure parking at no extra cost.The hotel rooms are nice,spacious and are decorated tastefully in south american style.There is an outdoor swimming pool in the backyard.
The staff, Luis and Dixie were very friendly and helpful and made us feel at home.Luis was a great host and gave us good advice .Breakfast is included and Dixie prepared a made to order fresh breakfast every morning.We had a great time!

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hotel Casa Alegre / Posada Nena

Address: Av. 7, between calle 2 and 3 | del Pali de Santa Ana 100 norte y 150 oeste, Santa Ana 6510, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of San Jose > San Jose Metro > Santa Ana
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Santa Ana
#4 Family Hotel in Santa Ana
Price Range: £51 - £62 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Casa Alegre / Posada Nena 3*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Posada Nena/ Casa Alegre is a charming Boutique Hotel conveniently located just outside of San Jose, Costa Rica in the town of Santa Ana. Posada Nena offers first class accommodations at a very reasonable price. Our rooms are fully equipped with AC and ceiling fans, cable TV, fridge, Phone (free national calls and free calls to USA and Canada) hot water showers, and wireless internet service. They are comfortable and tastefully decorated in a classic style. The bathrooms are spacious and airy. A free and tasty breakfast is available all the morning, lunch and dinner are served on request. At our little, cosy bar we offer fresh tropical cocktails and ice-cold beer. Just relax in our tropical gardens with the hot water Whirlpool. We offer a lot of activities and tours, leaving directly from the Hotel. ... more   less 
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