I was more than happy to stay at La Rosa de America for the second time this year, this time as an impromptu visit when my stay in Panama ran into difficulties. Again, the reply to my e-mail was prompt, and they were able to accommodate even more impromptu changes to my itinerary. A ride was arranged to pick me up at the airport, and it was a great pleasure to meet up with Andre again whom I met on my first trip out in the late spring. There is something comforting about seeing your name on a sign and knowing that someone is there for you, knows where they are going, and speaks the language :)
The hotel itself is close to the airport, but once you go through the gate, you feel like you are miles away from anything. The expansive grounds are beautifully kept, full of birds and flowers and even the odd squirrel. Due to hotel logistics, I was placed in the family suite, so there was more than enough room for me to swing a few cats. Coffee most mornings served outside the reception area is a nice touch, I even ventured over in my old lady night shirt so I could feel as I do at home when I drink numerous cups of coffee or tea before breakfast, while reading the paper or catching up on the world via my computer. Breakfast was plentiful and hot - scrambled eggs, cheese, papaya, banana, pineapple, watermelon, juice, cereals, and the best banana bread I have ever had (sorry, Mom!).
Grisska and Amanda are two of the most exuberant yet professional manager/front office staff I have met in all my travels. From arranging taxis to ordering food delivery and anything else in between, they are bright, friendly and helpful. Nothing is too much for them to do for you.
I was privileged to meet owner Robert, a wealth of information, and fascinating to talk to. Because of him, I was able to visit the ARA project, which breeds great green and scarlet macaws for release into the wild, as well as acts as a rehab centre for the same. The people that staff the centre are wonderful, and a breath of fresh air from the usual canned tours and sites I have seen. A definite worthwhile excursion.
I travel extensively alone, so have come to rely on hiring private guides, and the tour company employed by La Rosa, Zamar 2000 is happy to oblige. Their guides took good care of me, whether they picked me up at the airport (thanks, Andre!) or took me to see yet another volcano (I have a thing for volcanoes, and thanks, Leffer (sp?)!). They certainly do not personify the crazy Central American drivers I have heard about (and experienced, elsewhere), at least not during business hours :) Professional, friendly and courteous.
I would never stay at a regular "airport" hotel with places like La Rosa around. It is a marvelous jump off point to Costa Rica, and is also a place to chill out and explore the local surroundings. Highly recommended, hope to return sooner than later.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel La Rosa de America is a friendly and peaceful garden oasis conveniently near the San Jose Costa Rica Airport (SJO). With our emphasis on service, we are the vacation home base of choice for many guests visiting Costa Rica. Our staff have a wealth of information about the country and are happy to share that knowledge! The hotel is located on a gorgeous and carefully maintained property, in the sunniest part of the Central Valley - La Garita. We offer a selection of great accommodation options in rooms located around a large carefully maintained tropical garden and sparkling clean swimming pool. Rooms come in Superior and Standard types with Superior rooms having air conditioning, flat screen TV's, bar fridges and more! La Rosa is is ideally suited to guests arriving from a tiring flight and wanting time to adjust to the country in safe, friendly and beautiful surroundings. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Rosa De America Hotel
- Hotel La Rosa De America Costa Rica/Alajuela