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Hotel Brillasol Airport
Ranked #10 of 29 Hotels in Alajuela
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“Great place in Costa Rica”
Reviewed 20 August 2009

Hotel Brilla Sol is a wonderful choice when starting or ending your trip to Costa Rica if you fly to and from San Jose, my husband and I really loved this place!
It is a family run place, very friendly, veryclean, nice breakfast which is included- with fresh fruits, scrambled eggs, rice and beans (gallo pinto), bread, juices , coffee, yogurt.

The hotel is only 10 minutes away from the airport. They offer a free shuttle service to and from the airport.

The hotel grounds and pool are very nice, the rooms are great, very clean and comfortable.
The food is excellent, we tried their homemade chichen lasagna,and chicken curry and they were delicious.

The staff´s main concern is making sure your stay is a good one. We stayed two nights when we arrived and booked another night before our departure, all of which worked out great.

We would recommend this hotel to anyone either entering or leaving CostaRica.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 August 2009

Brilla Sol provides clean, comfortable rooms, a nice garden area, and a delicious breakfast for a reasonable price. Its location near the airport makes it a convenient place for arrivals and departures, and the hotel driver is always there waiting for you. The best thing about the place, however, are the family/staff running the hotel. Their friendliness and eagerness to help are outstanding! I am exhausted after long flights, but when I arrive at Brilla Sol the atmosphere and friendliness make me feel that all is right with the world.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled solo
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Reviewed 13 June 2009

Arrived San Jose mid-afternoon after long flight. What a relief to be greeted at the airport and taken to this little bit of Costa Rican paradise. Although it's in a pleasent residential area, as you enter the walled gardens of Brilla Sol, filled to the brim with tropical flora, you suddenly know you've arrived in Costa Rica. The kids loved it. We spent the afternoon in and by the shady pool, and ate in. The restaurant serves good Costa Rican food, which I love. Breakfast was great, with tons for fruit and juice, and the coffee superb. The room was easily big enough for the 5 of us. No AC but the ceiling fans did the job. There is the occational flight noise but it didn't worry us. The staff were helpful in arranging our onward transport. We booked in for the return flight!

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 26 February 2009

After a long flight, what a delight to be picked up from the airport in the minibus and 10 minutes later to be welcomed by the lovely people at the Brilla Sol. It is not a faceless chain hotel with masses of rooms and no character. The Brilla Sol has good clean, basic en-suite rooms in a garden compound setting. It has a small pool and an outside covered dining area. We stayed one night on arrival and then chose to return for 3 nights before our departure. Food was basic Costa Rican, well-cooked and good value. The coffee was (as expected) wonderful! Reception booked a 1/2 day city tour (the bus was the only sensible way to see the city - it's a maze) and a day tour to the Irazu volcano and the Lankester Botanical Gardens. We would especially recommend the volcano tour! As it is close to the airport, there is occasional flight noise, but it is not too intrusive.
Other guests we met agreed that this is a great little hotel.

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled as a couple
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Boulder Creek, California
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Reviewed 11 February 2009

Highly recommended!

Nice simple clean rooms (cheap too!), excellent access to the airport, VERY good food (we ate two dinners and two breakfast) everything was quite excellent. The staff was not overly engaging but they were nice to us...no complaints at all. As some others have noted you drive through a very rough neighborhood and we did not feel like going out walking the area, but within the walls it was very nice and quite relaxing. The immediate neighborhood was better than the one along the main road also.

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  • Stayed February 2009, travelled as a couple
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los angeles, ca
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Reviewed 27 September 2008

I have stayed at this hotel twice already this year. My next trip to Costa Rica is in a few weeks and I booked this hotel. The rooms are very clean and decent. I never had a negative experience. The location is very close to the International Airport and you will hear the airplanes. If you want American style commodity, then go to the hotels near the casino.
This hotel is economical and very affordable. I never had a problem with the staff.
The breakfast is and overall meals are good.
The stay has been fine for 5 nights. There are taxis available.There is also a bus that takes you to Alajuela city which is small but has a bit of charm.
I am a female traveler with a friend in that area. I never had a problem in the area where the hotel is located. The staff are assuring and it is safe.
I would recommended it.
PS I never had any insects in the rooms I stayed which have been Room1 and 14.

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  • Disliked — no air conditioning
  • Stayed July 2007, travelled solo
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Reviewed 8 August 2008

First of all, our taxi driver started laughing when he pulled up to the massive security garage door to this place. Then when the second taxi driver that took us home from dinner laughed at the place as well, we knew we were in trouble. Neither one of them had ever heard of it or knew where it was. I guess if you say "at the end of the landing strip of a major airport", that would have helped.
There is NO A/C here, even though we were told it did. It does NOT have a/c, which would have helped to drown out some of the noise of the planes overhead. Our room shook every time they went over.
And yes, ants. LOTs of ants. And lots of barking dogs, lots of roosters crowing all night long. Not a place to get a nights sleep before an early morning flight. The sheets stunk, not moldy, but other smells. The bedspread had not been washed.
Our trip had been paid for by our tour company but the front desk tried to get us to pay again, and then suddenly realized it had been paid when we reminded them.
I realize we are in a 3rd world country, and in the jungle, but I stayed in other budget hotels in CR and did not have these problems.

Stayed August 2008
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Property: Hotel Brillasol Airport
Address: El Roble de Alajuela, Alajuela 17274050, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Alajuela
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #10 of 29 Hotels in Alajuela
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Brillasol Airport 3.5*
Number of rooms: 18
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