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Hotel La Rosa de America
Ranked #5 of 29 Hotels in Alajuela
Certificate of Excellence
Vancouver, Canada
2 reviews
“A small slice of paradise !”
Reviewed 2 April 2014

This fabulous little hotel in a quiet suburb west of the SJO Airport in Costa Rica is nothing short of sensational . . . what makes it so ? The smallness, the layout, the gardens, the pool area, the STAFF (!), and the food ! If you want a good rest in a quiet place with the best climate in Costa Rica, stay at La Rosa! We found it great for our 5 night stay . . . central to all the attractions in the Central Valley and yet a good jumping off spot to other key areas of this amazing little tropical country ! I plan to go back . . . every year !

Room Tip: You can choose a room to suit your budget. The rooms without A/C are just fine as it really cools o...
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Robert_Hick, Owner at Hotel La Rosa de America, responded to this review, 12 May 2014
It was a great pleasure to host you and your group here once more! We very much value our repeat customers and we hope that you enjoyed all the improvements completed since your time here last year!
Thank you for your very positive comments! We look forward very much to seeing you and your groups back here yet again next year. Best Regards!
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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed 30 March 2014

This is a very nice layover hotel near the San Jose international airport for when you have a departure the next day. A beautifully landscaped and secure courtyard greets you along with a very clean and refreshing swimming pool. The staff is incredibly friendly and helpful. The beds are sufficient for a single nights rest. Some may say it is located in a "dodgy" neighborhood, but we walked to a local restaurant with no qualms about it at all. As I said it has a large security gate which closes at night, and if you have an early departure before dawn like us.... make sure you make arrangements to have the gate opened for you. Enjoy the pool and the beautiful flowers on the grounds.

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Robert_Hick, Owner at Hotel La Rosa de America, responded to this review, 1 April 2014
Thank you for your review and your compliments of our hotel and staff. We ensure that our staff all read the comments on line - they take great pride in their "report card".
The neighbourhood is actually quite safe - except for rampaging cars but that is typical across Costa Rica. We are far more safe and secure than most locations near the airport.. We are very glad that you felt that once you entered our hotel, everything was beautiful, refreshing and safe! To us, these are important and necessary aspects of any night stay at a hotel!
We are glad that you enjoyed our pool area so much! Please know that we are actually improving this area as a focus for the hotel. All the deck furniture will be replaced with handmade teak furniture, recliners, sunbeds, tables, chairs etc within two weeks. So, if you come back to Costa Rica, our new and improved pool area will be waiting!
We appreciate you taking the time for writing your review.
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Porirua, New Zealand
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Reviewed 29 March 2014

A lovely place to stay before flying out of Costa Rica. Close enough to the airport without being right in the city and only a ten minute trip in time to catch an early flight. Very comfortable rooms set within spacious and attractive gardens and very helpful staff. Nice pool. Our shuttle arrived in plenty of time to get us to the airport and we were supplied with a packaged breakfast as we left before the kitchen opened for the day.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Robert_Hick, Owner at Hotel La Rosa de America, responded to this review, 1 April 2014
It was a pleasure to host you and talk with each of you! Apologies for the WIFI problem that suddenly materialized directly outside your two rooms! Fortunately it was an easy fix!
We hope that you had a comfortable trip back to New Zealand and England - both far away and beautiful destinations!
We are happy that both La Rosa and our service providers worked out well for you. Our service quality is very important to us.
Thank you for your review!
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Delta, Canada
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Reviewed 29 March 2014 via mobile

Our group of 48 teenagers and 6 chap's stayed here for first 4 nights, and final night (w middle 6 days travelling to other parts of CR). Our return was like coming home! Treated us wonderfully. Staff friendly, rooms perfect for our group, pool lovely, food was great, esp. the banana bread, the gallo pinto, and the tilapia!! Can't wait to go back! ¡PuraVida!

Stayed March 2014, travelled on business
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Robert_Hick, Owner at Hotel La Rosa de America, responded to this review, 1 April 2014
Hello Laurine! Small World! Not many can even pronounce your home town! I used to work there!!!
We very much enjoyed hosting your school group. A very well behaved group at our hotel! I do hope that your trip overall was a success and that your efforts at providing donations and assistance were well received throughout the country!
Definitely, hurry on back! We would love to have you back here!
Pura Vida!
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Drumheller, Canada
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Reviewed 29 March 2014

Stayed at La Rosa again on my holiday. I find it is the perfect place stay and relax at the beginning and end of a holiday if you are flying into San Jose. I have also stayed while in SJ between legs of my holidays. The staff have always been friendly and very helpful assisting with making vacation arrangements, both before and after arrival. The garden is beautiful and bird watching can start the moment you arrive!
The addition of dinner service is very welcome after a day of travel. Good breakfast and coffee available early.
It will continue to be my choice while in San Jose.

Stayed February 2014, travelled solo
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Robert_Hick, Owner at Hotel La Rosa de America, responded to this review, 1 April 2014
Thank you very much for the excellent bird photos that you took on our property!
We hope you had a great trip once again to Costa Rica and we certainly enjoyed talking to you again.
We are glad that you enjoyed our new Restaurant service. We have worked hard to provide a solid but reasonably priced experience for all and now the facilities have been enhanced further to allow breakfast to be taken to our new outdoor patio where you can sit surrounded by flowers, butterflies and hummingbirds (depending on season)... well... at least we hope they will be around most of the year!!!
Thank you again for your repeat business, your loyalty is very important to us!
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Boynton Beach, Florida
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Reviewed 24 March 2014

My family of four ( mom, dad, 14yo girl, 10 yo girl) stayed here on our final night in Costa Rica, before flying out of San Jose. The hotel was a welcome retreat after a busy day of touring the nearby volcano and waterfall gardens. We had been traveling all day, then went on two tours, so by the the time we made it to La Rosa America, we were exhausted. Dinner was a relaxing treat. We ate at La Rosa so it was nice to just stroll up to the dining room. Waiter was very friendly. We chose local/ typical food and enjoyed it. Our room was clean and had what we needed for the night. We were up early for a fresh breakfast--plenty of coffee, banana bread, scrambled eggs, fresh fruit. (The buffet also included local cheese, juices, beans, rice, hot tea, bread, cereal ) We loved the simple and quiet atmosphere. It was what we wanted after a busy traveling schedule. We did not want a big hotel. Besides, this hotel is about 15 minutes-easy trip- taxi ride to the airport. The staff is friendly and attentive, the grounds are well landscaped and maintained, the hotel rooms are adequate and what you should expect for the amount that you pay. (though I'd say better than I'd expected) The pool is very nice--we didn't have a chance to enjoy it. We felt safe and secure. It was surprisingly quiet despite being so close to everything. My family agrees that we would stay here again.

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Robert_Hick, Owner at Hotel La Rosa de America, responded to this review, 1 April 2014
Part of our objective as an airport hotel is be perceived by guests as an oasis or retreat in an urban area. We are glad that you felt this experience! Thank you for letting us know.
We also very much appreciate your comments about our overall value and rooms. We are working hard to improve the interiors of our standard rooms right now but we are trying to do so without having to raise prices.
We are actually replacing most of our electrical and shower systems in our standard rooms as I write this. It is a very big job due to the construction of the hotel but we feel it is important to stay in touch with our guest expectations and needs! The new systems will still be very environmentally friendly and low energy using but they will act much more like a shower found in Canada or the USA.
Thank you for letting us know about your enjoyment of both breakfast and supper. We have recently added a patio to our restaurant for guests to enjoy as well!
Many thanks for your review.
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Victoria, Canada
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Reviewed 22 March 2014

We arrived at this hotel from the airport via the shuttle they arranged for us and we were really tired so it was great to not have to hunt down a car rental. The trip took about 15 minutes and what a lovely place to arrive at! The gardens are really lovely and the artwork on the outside of the buildings is a nice added touch. The staff were really friendly, let us check in much earlier than most places allow, and asked us if there was anything we needed - so nice of them. We really appreciated the extra service.
Our room was very clean, not huge but had everything we needed. The bed looked brand new and was really comfortable. We had a nap in the afternoon and it was very nice and quiet. We stayed for dinner and I had a really tasty Costa Rican dish called a chifrijo which was very filling, and my husband tried the ravioli which was excellent.
The next morning we had a great buffet breakfast and then our rental car was delivered right to the hotel. Thanks to the staff for arranging that for us!
We would definitely come back to this hotel. It is perfect for people like us who like smaller, friendlier hotels - we are not fans of impersonal bigger hotels.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Robert_Hick, Owner at Hotel La Rosa de America, responded to this review, 1 April 2014
Thank you for your review! I note that you are from Victoria! A beautiful city... I have lived there for many years myself!
It is very important to us that we attract guests who enjoy the smaller hotel experience and we are glad that we were able to achieve your expectations both in the hotel and the restaurant as well!!
No problem with the early check in! If we can do it, space permitting then we are happy to help!
We hope that you enjoyed your entire trip to Costa Rica and that you will visit us again in the future.
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Property: Hotel La Rosa de America
Address: 100 mts Sur y 75 mts Este de La Mandarina | La Garita, Alajuela none, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Alajuela
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Alajuela
#2 Spa Hotel in Alajuela
#3 Business Hotel in Alajuela
#4 Romantic Hotel in Alajuela
#7 Family Hotel in Alajuela
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel La Rosa de America 3*
Number of rooms: 19
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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