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“Lovely surroundings with quirky owners”

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Arilapa Bed & Breakfast
Ranked #42 of 65 Alajuela B&B and Inns
Reviewed 11 January 2011

The room was good, large with comfy bed but extremely poor lighting and very gloomy - definitely not the "bright rooms" as claimed in the Lonely Planet guide. There was a pane of glass missing from one of the louvered windows so not ideal security and made for a pretty cold night despite the very welcome thin duvet. The shared bathroom was reasonable although looked like it was undergoing some renovation as all the tiles had been riped off the walls and the shower temperature was mildly lukewarm at best. The owners were lovely though although pretty quirky. There is nowhere to eat around Arilapa within walking distance and as the hostel is at the end of a dark road in what looks like a pretty dodgy area of town, I would have reservations about recommending to single women travelling alone. The owners were very kind and did provide me with some food the evening I arrived as I really did not relish the prospect of trying to find somewhere to eat without any transport. There is no airport shuttle service despite what it says on Hostelbookers and the "gourmet" breakfast describe on Arilapa's own website leaves a lot to be desired. I'm a vegetarian and was given meat sausages! The grounds did look lovely but unfortunately I didn't have the time to appreciate them properly as I arrived in the evening and left the following morning. I would recommend this place with reservations though as described above. Bring ear plugs as the river is relentless.

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 8 January 2011

We stayed at the B&B in our last night in San Jose. We had a great spacious room - that was nice, but everything else was disastrous. Worst: tiny little ants were all over the bed and we couldn't get rid of them, so slept with/in them. The bathroom did not have tiles but painted chipboards and a continuous-flow water heater. Toilet and sink seemed as they hadn't been cleaned for a while.
The B&B was quite far away from the airport as well and due to the evening-traffic we paid 20 USD for the taxi. The way to the airport was early in the morning so they didn't drop us off as well (although advertised) - though it was cheaper then.
The owners have been friendly and helpful though. But we didn't ask for a new room as is was quite late and as I said the last evening.

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 June 2010

Gorgeously landscaped grounds, incredibly clean facility, a hilariously funny host with a doll of a wife and children, in authentic costa rica style decorated rooms and bulidings, makes this the most ideal place to stay coming in /out of San Jose, without actually staying in San Jose. An incredible value to boot. Just make sure you get good directions - it's not right in town. Better yet, just follow brown signs to Poas Volcano, and know when to make a right hand turn. We'll be back - next time with our 5 children to rent the whole house to ourselves and let the kids run the grounds. Owner also has his own line of genuine hand made brand of FROGS sandles - pick yourself up a pair. They are very nice. The best part of the grounds is the absolutely beautiful sounds of the roaring river going through the property. Try for a room near it and you'll sleep like a baby.

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 May 2010

i stayed at arilapa at the start and end of my 15 day stay and found the owners happy and helpful. i got to arilapa stressed out from some bad experiences i had in Peru 3 days by the river and the beautiful gardens soon had me back on track. would recommend arilapa to everyone for it's laid back relaxing vibe

Stayed: April 2010, travelled solo
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Reviewed 8 March 2010

My boyfriend and I stayed here because we flew in late and had an early flight out. If we knew how great it would be we would have stayed longer! Their website doesn't do them justice...We loved the owners, the dogs (if you like dogs-there are about 7 that sit on the couch with you and run around etc. feels like home!), and Santi, you are the best chef! We arrived late and he still prepared an amazing steak and curry dish for us. His french toast was out of this world! He went to the culinary institute... his practice definitely paid off!! We will go back for sure! Thanks to all of you!

Stayed: February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 February 2010

This is my third stay at Arilapa and it just keeps getting better. This place is truly a paradise. Each year there have been upgrades to make the place and even better stay. The rooms are always clean and if a person needs something more they only need to ask. The owners always try to make each person feels as though Arilapa is their home away from home.

  • Stayed: February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 February 2010

The owner seems more interested in cooking dinner than caring for the guests. We had an early morning flight and they were unwilling to provide any kind of breakfast. Their web site promises free airport dropoff and pickup but we had to pay for a taxi both coming and going to the airport. The place had an air of neglect, with missing bulbs in the light fixtures and a poorly-lit hallway that could cause a guest to tumble down the stairs on the way to the bathroom. Setting was nice but web site description is filled with exageration.

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Arilapa Bed & Breakfast

Address: Imas 2, Itiquis, Alajuela 50038, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Alajuela
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #42 of 65 B&Bs / Inns in Alajuela
Price Range: £25 - £36 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Only 10 minutes away from Juan Santamaria Airport and 25km south of Poas Volcano exists a beautiful Orange grove that borders Itiquis river and is home to over 175 different species of birds and dozens of different species of butterflies, this villa is called Arilapa. Arilapa is a great place to start and end your vacation in Costa Rica, its lush vegetation, the river, and the waterfall are the best ways to be greeted in this beautiful country. ... more   less 
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Arilapa Bed & Breakfast Costa Rica/Alajuela

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