We stayed at La Rosa for 1 week at the end of January, and really enjoyed our stay. For longer stays, they offer a discount off their already very reasonable rate, plus a free transfer to/from the airport.
La Rosa is located in a suburb of Alajuela, and is 100 metres off the main road. Consequently it is a quiet oasis in the busy central valley, but with services nearby. There is a bar, bank and convenience store within a 5 min walk, and 2 local restaurants within a 10 minute walk.
The hotel itself is lovely, cute white buildings with stencilling, beautiful landscaped grounds and a goodsized pool, and lots of shade and lounge chairs. Everything was super clean.
The room itself was on the small size, but we were only in it to sleep as there are lots of place to sit outside or in the lounge/restaurant area. Ours had a beautifully renovated bathroom.
Robert and his staff provide excellent friendly service and advice. During our stay they arranged tours and ordered taxis, ordered a pizza delivery for us when we were too tired to go to a restaurant, and even stored something in their freezer for us. We felt like it was a home away from home.
Included in the rate is a delicious, filling continental breakfast which consists of a fruit plate with 5 different types of fruit, a big bowl of cereal, toast or a homemade sweetbread and an excellent up of tea or coffee. They do not serve lunch or dinner, but do have drinks (beer, wine, tea, coffee, pop, juice, bottled water) available all day at a very reasonable price. We were always out at lunch time, and for dinner usually walked to one of the local restaurants (Mi Tierra was our favorite). One night we took a taxi (only $2) to a very nice restaurant at a local resort. Robert has a binder in the lounge with all the local restaurants listed and comments on each of them, which was very helpful.
We didn't have a car, but travelled around with a combination of local buses, taxis and tours for less than a car rental would have cost. To get to other parts of the country we used the Interbus tourist bus. The bus to Alajuela passes by every half hour, and there is a shaded bus stop where you can wait by the convenience store. It costs less than 50 cents to ride to Alajuela, and from there you can catch a bus to San Jose or other local towns for less than $1. Just be prepared that there are several bus stations within about 4 blocks in Alajuela and you may have to change from one to another. If you speak a bit of Spanish, the locals are happy to direct you. Riding the bus is great to enjoy the local culture. One day a Tican university student who had lived in the US for a couple of years struck up a conversation with us, and on another we chatted with an American ex-pat who was living in CR full time.
We found lots to do and see in the area during our week's stay. We visited Zoo Ave (Bird Zoo) which is only 1 km away to identify the local birds and animals which we hoped to see in the wild later in our trip. Other excursions were to downtown San Jose (beautiful parks, some historic buildings, don't miss the precolumbian gold museum), Doka Coffee plantation, Poas Volcano, a cart workshop in Sarchi where the machines were run by waterwheel, Inbiosphere Environmental park and the beautiful Orosi valley.
It was a great week, sorry we had to leave!
- 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
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