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Tacacori EcoLodge
Ranked #8 of 27 Hotels in Alajuela
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Reviewed 19 January 2014

We stayed here on our last night in Costa Rica and just loved it. Very cozy and private, yet only 15 minutes from the airport. Which I know sounds crazy but is true.

Our cabin was perfectly clean and comfortable with a great shower with good, hot water. We enjoyed the tea service on our terrace as we soaked in the last few hours of good Costa Rica weather before we returned home to a cold winter.

Breakfast was fruit, toast and eggs served on the hosts' beautiful deck overlooking their amazing, lush landscaping.

Do not stay in a chain hotel next to the airport. Take this opportunity to enjoy the beauty of Costa Rica as you start or end your trip.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 December 2013

As many did, we chose to stay here because of its proximity to the airport (in our case, for the flight out). Though Alajuela is a fairly busy city, this joint is up on a hill and enclosed, so it feels much more secluded than it actually is. The gardens are beautiful here, and the rooms are well-furnished. The hosts were also charming, with wonderful dogs. Driving into the property can be a bit of a challenge; blink and you miss the entrance gate! Also, we had dinner at Xandari resort. Though the materials list this as walkable, it's down a very steep hill and is better to drive to.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 November 2013

Great garden, friendly and kind owners, good breakfast with great view of the garden and colibris, butterflies and bigger birds sitting in the branches. The cabins are great as well, nicely designed and spacious. It was a great start into our costa rica vacation.

The only thing I didn't like about the place was that the entrance is right in the corner of a road. That is very easy to miss and it feels really dangerous getting out of the driveway on the road because visibility to the left and right is very limited.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 14 November 2013

Pros:
Location, clean, great service, beautiful grounds, private

Cons:
Our room felt a bit humid due to heavy downpours of the rainy season but it was minor for what this place offers.

Tacacori is Fantastic! This is not how I would typically describe a hotel 15mins from any international airport but this place truly is that. As first timers to Costa Rica (CR), Tacacori was the perfect start for our trip because we wanted to feel and experience the natural beauty that Costa Rica is known for and this place did deliver just that. Our first destination was Manuel Antonio but since our flight came in after dark and it just plain crazy to attempt that drive at night, we needed a place close to SJO Airport to stay overnight before heading out on the 3hr drive the next day. San Jose had more options but we read reviews of how it was dirty and much longer drive from SJO airport so we opted against that. Getting to Tacacori was a bit of an adventure (a road closure, maps with no street names, no GPS) and despite the hotel's recommendation not to drive after dark; we were able to find it with a little bit of luck. Upon waking up the next morning and sliding the curtains of the patio door you cant help but get that WOW effect. The grounds are so lush and with only 4 casitas on the entire property, you get that sense of complete privacy. Our casita was nicely decorated, clean and comfortable. Walking up to the main building for our complimentary breakfast allowed us a better opportunity to see the grounds. The breakfast was delicious and cooked by the couple that owns the place. The service was excellent and you couldn’t help but feel as if you were staying with good friends. They told us about the property and all its unique stories, which made our stay even more memorable. This will definitely be our go to place on our future trips to CR should we arrive late or have to leave for an early departure flight.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 November 2013

Our flight got into Costa Rica pretty late (around 9:00pm), so we wanted to stay close to the airport our first night and then head out for our ultimate destination early the next morning. This hotel was the perfect fit for our need. If you're looking for a first night or last night stopover near the airport, stay here! It would be crazy to stay at a chain hotel near the airport when this beautiful spot is just a little bit further. The rooms are basic, but the property is gorgeous and the owners are wonderful, helpful hosts.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 September 2013

As you can tell from the title, this lodge is about as close as you can come to the Garden of Eden. Our casita was beautiful and clean. The showers are hot (not the same everywhere in CR), and the bathrooms are modern. I slept very well here.

Breakfast was served on the beautiful veranda of the reception area. The food was excellent. I especially remember the fresh juice that they have from one of the trees on the property (I don't recall the name of the fruit). It was delicious. Our hosts, were both friendly and accommodating. The view as you ate breakfast was indescribable. Beautiful tropical plants with humming birds feeding from them. There were also several other beautiful tropical birds that were eating fruit from the trees. It was just amazing.

We only stayed there one night on our way back to the airport, however I wish it could have been a week. Beautiful, quiet, amazing & friendly service. This is a place that truly allows you to relax and breathe.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Jesse P
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Reviewed 3 September 2013

Our family of 4 stayed one night at the Tacacori EcoLodge. The grounds are beautiful, the hosts wonderful, and the breakfast delicious. Just be warned that if you are looking for a typical hotel, this is not for you, no TV and there are numerous bugs. You are in a rain forrest, not a spa.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Tacacori EcoLodge

Address: Calle Burios | Tacacori, Alajuela 20106, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Alajuela
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Alajuela
#2 Family Hotel in Alajuela
#2 Romantic Hotel in Alajuela
Price Range: £75 - £107 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Whether you’re looking for a stop over or a place to spend at few days to find time relaxation in a beautiful tropical garden. TACACORI EcoLodge is your deal destination. Located 15 mn away from the Juan Santamaria International Airport in a peaceful neighbourhood withing Alajuela, Costa Rica and just minutes away from the business district, entertainment spots and shopping centers in San Jose.Tacaori Ecolodge is an exclusive rest place for tourists coming from the airport to stop over for a good night’s rest.Each of the 5 bungalows rests in harmony with its surrounding and included personalized services. ... more   less 
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