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Charly's Place Hotel
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Charly's Place Hotel
Ranked #51 of 60 Alajuela B&B and Inns
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“Physically aggressive”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2014

Owner told me $15 for a room. Went to bank to go to ATM and left our things there while we walked. Got back and then he changes price of room so I politely say never mind I will go elsewhere can I have my things back. We had not been in the room yet just left our stuff cuz it was heavy and Long walk. When I went to try to get my things he grabbed a metal baseball bat and tried to stop me and grabbed my girlfriend and would not let us leave. Eventually we got out with our stuff after threatening to call the police. Both owner and his nasty wife are terrible host stay far far away

  • Stayed August 2014
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Zonhoven, Belgium
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2014

The worst hotel ever ! The taxidriver at the airport totally ignored the hotel we were asking for and drove us first at La Guaria Hotel. When we made him clear that we won't stay there, he drove us to Charly's. Because it was late and dark, we got out and stayed there for one night. Unfortunately for the host we know spanish, so we understood what he was saying tot the driver. The taxidriver got 10 USD from him. Apparently the other hotel pays 20 USD to the driver who delivers clients !
The room was not clean and after a while he was willing to repair the bathroom so that we could take a shower.
The next day we got our hotel, clean room, view over the park and for far less money !
Stay out of this place ! If he can rip you, he does. Any tips from him, like a restaurant is working in the same way.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Chicago, Illinois
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2014

We heard of this hotel from one of the random guys at the airport. (Didn't do our research). Our flight landed around 10pm and we didn't have many options.

The hotel was semi-nice but definitely over priced. $55usd. The hotel host was very friendly with pretty good English.
Breakfast was minimal. Toast. Jam. Some fruit.

NO SLEEP. Our room was right next to the hotel check-in....literally 3 feet away. No solid window. Just a curtain. Door bells at night for entry. They were working he desk til about midnight then again at 7am. The room location was definitely unlucky. Not sure how the others are. If you get the room next to check-in I highly recommend looking elsewhere. If it's a back room it may work out in your favor.

Our traveling requirements are very relaxed when on the road. I would not stay here again. Room was clean but noisy. Felt safe.

  • Stayed March 2014
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St. Augustine, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2014

We came into Alajuela late and had our reservation at another hotel cancelled, we chose to give Charley's a try and it was amazing! Charley was so friendly and the room was reasonably priced. I slept very well. Breakfast is included- which for me is always a plus! It was a light affair with fresh fruit toast and coffee. It was very enjoyable to sit in the quiet courtyard with all the hanging plants surrounded by eclectic art works. The airport is also very close 1.5 miles which was convenient. Thank you Charley!

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank landscapeLady
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San Isidro de El General, Costa Rica
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2013

We enjoyed this place very much. It has an open and welcoming personality thanks to Charly and his family.

Everyone is always upbeat and engaging without getting annoying. English is spoken here.

Located in Alajuela only a short taxi ride from the airport.

Within 4 blocks you have easy access to excellent restaurants, the farmer's market, the central plaza, museums, and the bus terminals.

There is a double with bath upstairs that is away from the street, and also a good choice is the room next to the garden downstairs.

We will continue to recommend Charlys Place to others, and we consider it our own home base when passing through Alajuela.

Room Tip: Rooms on the street side have noice until 11pm. That's where we stayed and it was OK>
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2013

My friend and I ended up staying here by chance. Charlie is a super nice guy, who's always so patient with people do not speak Spanish like me :)
Rooms are spacious, and the one we stayed last night can hold 6-7 people, with a bath room inside. There is also a beautiful garden where you can have breakfast.
Lovely place for sure, and affordable. 35 for two.
Also it's quite close to all the bus terminals!

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
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Groningen, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2012

We were looking for a low budget place to sleep and at Charly's we found a average (small) room with no window to the street for a fair price. The owner is very helpful and friendly. The breakfast in the nice garden was good, WIFI in the room. All together a good first night in Costa Rica.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Charly's Place Hotel
Address: Av. 5 Juan Santamaria S/N | 200 mts north, 25 mts east from Central Park, Alajuela 20101, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Alajuela
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Ranked #51 of 60 B&Bs / Inns in Alajuela
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Charly's Place Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 12
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