We stayed at this place upon our arrival in Costa Rica. We got there just after dark which was a little tricky in finding. (Be SURE to get a GPS! There are no such things as addresses in the whole country, only names of establishments and/or descriptors. Yikes!) As directed, we left the main road and ventured down a dirt path of about 50-100 meters, scratching our heads and saying "uh, oh." At the end, there was a sign with an arrow for the Trapp Family Inn, and a little security shack-type abode that looked a bit ominous. We were immediately met by a young man who checked our name on the reservation list, after which he opened the gate and directed us inside. Rounding the bend in our rented little SUV (unless you are, perhaps, staying right in San Jose, a 4-wheel drive is a MUST in this country, trust me!!!), we were simply relieved and positively delighted at the sight before us. Gorgeous!
There are two buildings, both in classic/romantic Latin American style: one housed the reception area and the restaurant, as well as a couple other very attractive sitting spaces, the other housed eight sleeping rooms, each with a balcony that overlooked a small, clean swimming pool. (We normally avoid having a room that looks onto a hotel's pool, but this one actually melded beautifully into the graceful tropical landscaping.) Another young man appeared and both fellows carried our luggage upstairs. Our room was large and wonderful. Two sets of doors opened onto our balcony. The grounds were handsomely lighted and the whole scene really delighted us.
We were beyond hungry after traveling all day. We dined in the open air veranda of the restaurant on a table set with linen and silver. The wine selection was limited but adequate. Our waiter (one of the young men who helped us with the bags) was most attentive and courteous. (I'm annoyed with myself for forgetting his name, because I want to compliment him here on his good care. Could it have been Alejandro?) Monica (who normally does the reception, I believe) prepared our dinner and breakfast, in the absence of the regular chef who apparently had to call off ill. I had some sort of chicken breast with lemon sauce which was quite good, and I ordered some chimichurri sauce to add to my rice. Brilliant! My husband had a rib eye which was quite different than what one would get at home; just saying that as a heads up. Monica did a fine job (cooked us breakfast, too), and the setting and service were conducive to a lovely evening and a comfortable stay.
Other reviewers have described this place well, so we won't add to that.
Sorry we didn't have more time to explore the grounds and lounge by the pool. Looked so tempting. We were eager to relax, and this would have been a perfect place to do it. Very quiet and peaceful. But we needed to get on with the game plan!
We would definitely recommend this place, and suggest that you give yourself ample time to enjoy should you decide to stop in here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Trapp Family Country Inn is located only 1 mile from Juan Santamaria International Airport. We offer comfortable accomodations along with genuine family service in a peaceful atmosphere. This colonial style hotel is surrounded by beautiful gardens with centenary fig trees. From the private balcony of your room, in the terraze or by the pool, you will enjoy nature and relax with the musical sound of the birds. A true oasis in the middle of the city. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Trapp Family Country Alajuela
- Country Inn Alajuela
- Alajuela Country Inn
- Hotel Trapp Family Country Inn Costa Rica/Alajuela