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“La Princesa is not a princess”
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La Princesa Hotel
Poolville, Texas
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“La Princesa is not a princess”
Reviewed 30 May 2012

This hotel is located in San Rafael Norte, off the new Interamericana highway. The location is good for access to the city of San Isidro, but the truck noise from the highway is a pain. The view of San Isidro from our balcony was fabulous - day and night! The little private garden area was pleasant, the room appeared clean and well kept and we felt safe and secure. The manager, Billy, speaks excellent English. The downsides - the drive way down the hill to park (and back up the hill) is brutal. The beds and pillows were among the very worse we encountered on our entire trip to Costa Rica (and that is saying a lot!). They have a 'suicide' shower set up - so if you want warm water, the pressure has to be low - good pressure will give you cold water. The night we were there, the bathroom was swarmed with termites - not harmful but a little freaky. The ceiling fan was not adequate to keep us cool and there was no AC. The fridge barely kept drinks cool, much less cold, and the TV had only Spanish speaking stations. There was no breakfast (indeed no restaurant) but Billy did make coffee - however, no coffee maker in the room. We found the downsides far outweighed the good points (the view) - which is a shame, as the location and the view were great!

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with friends
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Asheville, North Carolina, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 April 2012

This place is by far the best deal for the money out of all the places we stayed in Costa Rica. Ask the manager Billy about the Boruca indians, and you might get to visit his father ranch.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Asheville North Carolina, USA
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Reviewed 3 March 2012

My husband and I were blown away by this place and the hospitality of Billy and his lovely family. We stayed here for about a week because it was so comfortable. We had been all over CR at this point in our trip and the other places we stayed didn't even compare. What we got was a clean, comfortable, and safe place to stay. However, it was much more than that. Here we felt like we got the most authentic Costa Rican experiences. Billy became our personal tour guide a few times. He took us to Boruca to see the indigenous Indians, to his father’s personal farm high above the village, and all around the surrounding mountains. This was our favorite part of the trip because it was the least touristy it had been since we arrived. It was authentic, beautiful, unique, and a time we will never forget. Words do not adequately express our gratitude to Billy and his family for making our last few days in CR the best!

Room Tip: All the rooms were very clean and comfortable.
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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NJ
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Reviewed 19 January 2012

This is a gem if you need to be in the San Isidro area. Small 8 rooms hotel but spotless, really clean and super friendly staff. GREAT hotel, great views, great staff.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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Florida
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Reviewed 13 August 2011

The hotel manager "Billy" made our trip. I had unfortunately broke my leg at the airport upon arrival. Billy took me to the hospital, interpreted for me as he is fluent in several languages, and helped me manage those critches throughout my trip. I came for a wedding with my teen son. I told Billy while they were casting my leg that I just wanted my son to enjoy the visit. He took my son 4 wheeling on his own vehicles, zip linning, and to the black sand beach. The hotel was also very beautiful and clean. The view is unbelievable and the gardens are breathtaking. This hotel manager takes care of the property and it's visitors like they are his own. He goes far above and beyond the call of duty to make visitors feel at home. He will take good care of you.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 13 June 2011

My sister and I stayed here as a base to Chirripo and Los Santos for two nights, and it was a wonderful place! Breathtaking view of San Isidro and the valley, immaculate room, and a garden below the rooms with all sorts of awesome bugs for two biology nerds to gush over. Staff were also wonderful and completely bilingual. There is a bit of road noise from the nearby highway, but it was never loud enough to wake us up and I appreciated being close to the highway for travel convenience.

Room Tip: Get a room on the 2nd floor, awesome vistas!
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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with friends
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Lier, Belgium
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Reviewed 9 February 2011

don't try to find hotel in san isidro, while 4km north (san raphael norte) the best hotel in a radius of 50km is waiting for you. Owner speaks english.
Large clean rooms (without airco, but you don't need it on this altitude) with frige and TV. Large balcony or terras. Try to have room on first floor.
no breakfast available, but free coffee.
super jacuzzi (at additional cost)
great panorama over the town of san Isidro and the valley.Beautifull garden with beautifull birds.
The panamerican Hwy is 200m from the hotel, so sometimes annoying sounds of trucks , exceptional during the night.
40$ per night.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: La Princesa Hotel
Address: San Rafael Norte, San Isidro de El General, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of San Jose > San Isidro de El General
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette
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Ranked #3 of 14 B&Bs / Inns in San Isidro de El General
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 8
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