Stayed here the first and last nights of our trip to Drake Bay. A beautiful property, close enough to the airport for a quick trip. They provide shuttle service to and from the airport. The views are gorgeous, of the surrounding mountains and the Central Valley. Rooms were very nice, the beds comfy, bathrooms looked newly redone. The restaurant on site, the Quetzal Room, had a good variety of choices for lunch and dinner at reasonable prices - not as inexpensive as a soda would be, but still reasonable. The staff were helpful and friendly. We did ask to have a different room for our last night stay from the first room we stayed in, room 15. It overlooked the entrance to the hotel and the view was very nice. However, there is a yapping dog that lives next dog that likes to bark a lot. That afternoon/evening, it sounded like a group of teenagers were playing a loud game in the gym of the church across the street; then, the trumpet player started practicing around 7-8 that night. As there is no air conditioning, we enjoyed the cool evening breeze but it would have been too warm with the balcony doors and windows closed. Additionally, this room seemed to be located above the kitchen, so we could smell cooking odors (different from aromas) and hear pots and pans clinking and clanging. Not a deal breaker, but it distracted from the tranquil nature that the hotel encourages. Our room the last night was at the rear of the property and was perfect. One other thing to note - one reason I chose this property was the advertised "Coffee Trail". I was picturing a nice trail that we could walk for about an hour or so. It is a nice little trail, but would take you a max of 15 minutes to walk. You could turn it into an hour by stopping frequently and resting, look for birds, etc. Just don't plan on it being any type of exercise. The number of birds on property were good and we enjoyed observing them.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The comment ofter heard in this hotel is, "We feel like we are at home." This is exactly the impression the management and staff of the Buena Vista strive to create. We are high on the summit of a mountain with a climate of eternal spring yet only fifteen minutes drive from the International Airport below. We will pick you up there and show you the wonders of this exotic country. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Buena Vista Hotel
- Buena Vista Alajuela
- Hotel Buena Vista Costa Rica/Alajuela