Recommended Accommodations in Alajuela, San José, Escazú and Puriscal
Another spectacular Costa Rican sunset|
photo by Desa
The Juan Santamaría International Airport, Costa Rica's main airport and where a grand majority of international flights arrive, is located near the town of Alajuela. For travelers wanting or needing to stay near the airport on their first night or two in country, it is sometimes more convenient to avoid San Jose (16 kilometers away) by finding lodging in Alajuela or Escazú. There are a number of modestly priced places to stay near the airport. Many hotels in Alajuela provide airport pick-ups and breakfast.
Lodging in Costa Rica ranges from relatively cheap to quite expensive. We have updated the below information to the best of our ability, but would strongly recommend that you double check all information with the hotel before booking, as prices and other information can and does change frequently. A few recommendations for Alajuela, San José and Escazú are found below. They do not appear in any particular order. Phone numbers are written as if calling from the United States, with (506) being the country code. There are no area codes in Costa Rica, so disregard the 011 (506) if calling from within Costa Rica.
Hostel Mi Tierra, 011 (506) 2441-1974, 011 (506) 8830-3718, email@example.com , Av. 2, between Calle 3 and Calle 5 (350 meters east of the the north side of the Juan Santamaria Park). An excellent, moderately priced choice and a favorite of Rancho Mastatal guests.
Los Volcanes Hotel, 011 (506) 2441-0525, fax 011 (506) 2440-8006, firstname.lastname@example.org , Av. 3, Calles Central and 2, in front of the Juan Santamaría Museum. One of the best, moderately priced hotels in the area. The old renovated house has a lot charm. $45 for a double. Transportation to and from airport and breakfast included. Nice folks. Downtown Alajuela.
Hotal Casa Tago, 011 (506) 2443-5323, email@example.com, 75 meters east from the former Seguro Social . This hotel comes recommended by past Ranch guests.
Maleku Hostel, 011 (506) 2430-4304, 011 (506) 8880-5720, firstname.lastname@example.org, 50 meters west of the new hospital. Wi-Fi. Free airport shuttle. Private and dorm rooms. Recommended by Ranch guests.
Hostel 5ta Avenida, 011 (506) 2441-1563, email@example.com, 200 meters north and 50 meters east from the Central Park and Cathedral Boulevard, across from the Post office. Run by a nice man named Carlos. Great prices. Situated in the heart of Alajuela, 5 minutes from the international airport. Free Internet.
Hotel La Rosa de America, tel/fax 011 (506) 2433-2741, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.larosadeamerica.com 100 meters south and 75 meters east of the Bar y Super La Mandarina. Very comfortable. Restaurants close by. Quiet area. Nice owner. A bit away from the airport and city.
Hotel Mango, 011 (506) 2443-1200, fax 011 (506) 2440-0808, email@example.com , ½ kilometer east of the airport terminal on the old road to San Jose. Nice place. Clean with all of the amenities. Great swimming pool. Pleasant people. $75-85 for a double. Transportation to and from airport and breakfast included.
Mango Verde, 011 (506) 2441-7116, telfax 011 (506) 2443-5074, cell 011 (506) 8391-2177, firstname.lastname@example.org , 50 meters west from the Juan Santa Maria Museum. Decent budget choice. OK rooms. $10-12 for a single. $20-25 for a double.
Mi Casa Hostel, 011 (506) 2231-4700, fax 011 (506) 2232-3928, email@example.com, http://www.micasahostel.com/, in the Sabana Norte neighborhood, 50 meters west and 150 meters north from the ICE building. Spacious, secure, clean bedrooms. Sheets, linens, blankets and pillows included. Clean bathrooms and warm showers. Coffee, tea and broadband Internet. $12 for shared bunkroom and $26 for private accommodations.
Hostel Pangea, 011 (506) 2221-1992, 011 (506) 8396-0364, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.hostelpangea.com, 6 blocks north from Plaza de la Cultura, Central Avenue. Free calls to USA and Canada. Breakfast included in price. Free Internet. Free storeroom. Hot showers. Full kitchen. TV Cable. Great budget choice. $9 per person.
Costa Rica Backpackers Hostel, 011 (506) 2221-6191, fax 011 (506) 2222-0588, email@example.com , www.costaricabackpackers.com , Avenida 6, Calle 21 and 23, ½ block east from the northeast corner of the Supreme Court building. Good bang for the buck. Free Internet. Kitchen facilities. Swimming pool. Free tea and coffee. Hot showers. $8 for bed in dorm. Doubles $19.
Tranquilo Backpackers, 011 (506) 2223-3189, 011 (506) 8355-5103, www.tranquilobackpackers.com . From the Holiday Inn, ¼ block north on Calle 7. Hot showers, laundry service, mixed dorms, live music, Internet access. Dorms $7. Single $11. Double $17.
Hotel Aranjuez, 011 (506) 2256-1825, firstname.lastname@example.org Calle 19, Avenida 11 y 13, 25 metros sur de Iglesia Santa Teresita. Has gotten excellent recommendations and is said to be an excellent value.
Hotel Don Carlos, 011 (506) 2221-6707, fax 011 (506) 2255-0828, email@example.com , www.doncarloshotel.com. Simple but clean and recommended.
Hotel Talamanca, 011 (506) 2223-5033, fax 011 (506) 2233-5420, firstname.lastname@example.org. Avenida 2 between Calles 8 and 10. For those looking for a reasonably priced hotel right downtown. Breakfast included in price of room.
Casa de las Tías, 011 (506) 2289-5517, fax 011 (506) 2289-7353, email@example.com, www.hotels.co.cr/casatias.html, San Rafael de Escazú. If you want to be close to San José, but not necessarily in the city, and want to treat yourself, then this is the place that we would most recommend. Five rooms share three bathrooms. Close to restaurants and nightlife in Escazú, though far enough away to be quiet. $60 for a single, and $70/85 to $85/100 for a double/triple.
Costa Verde Inn, 011 (506) 2228-4080 or 2289-9509, fax 011 (506) 2289-8591, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.costaverdeinn.com. Escazú. This is a bed and breakfast with all of the amenities and a great value with friendly service. They have 18 rooms (6 apartments and 12 regular rooms), swimming pool, private parking, free wireless and great rates. This is one of our favorite places to stay in the Central Valley. See their website for rates and more information. Casa Laurin Bed & Breakfast, 011 (506) 2289-4198, fax 011 (506) 2288-0380, email@example.com, www.casalaurin.com/, Escazú. One luxury suite with Jacuzzi, and four large bedrooms, all with private bath, cable TV, and safety box. There is FREE wireless internet, a shared computer, gated parking and use of the kitchen is allowed. Tropical gardens provide a peaceful environment. All conveniences close by. Discounted rates for Rancho Mastatal guests: $45 - $85 including taxes and a delicious homemade breakfast.
Posada El Quijote, 011 (506) 2289-8401, fax 011 (506) 2289-8729, Apdo. 1127-1250, Bello Horizonte Escazú, www.quijote.co.cr . Hot water, cable TV, and fan or A/C. Some rooms have spectacular view of the mountain valley. Full north-American style breakfast included. Rates for a double are $65-85, plus taxes (16.39%). Rates are 10% lower during the green season. Additional $20 for each additional person per night.
Ama Tierra Hotel & Retreat, 011 (506) 2419-0110, Toll-free from USA 1-866-659-3805, fax 011 (506) 2419-0094, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.amatierra.com, San Pablo de Turrubares. 10-private suites, yoga classes, massage therapy. Please contact the owners for pricing information.
Cabanas Ensuenos, 011 (506) 2416-8860, email@example.com, http://www.facebook.com/cabanasensuenos.puriscal, Puriscal.
Casa Once B&B, (011) 506) 8478-8991, USA (828) 225-2558, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.casa11costarica.com, on the way to Mastatal. $40 per night.
Recommended Accommodations in Manuel Antonio, Esterillos Este and Esterillos Oeste
The Central Pacific Coast is one of the more popular destinations for Ranch visitors either before arriving or after leaving Mastatal. Therefore we're including below some of our favorite lodging options in this area.
Costa Verde Hotel, 011 (506) 2777-0584, 011(506) 2777-0187, fax 011 (506) 2777-0560, email@example.com, www.costaverde.com. Rooms and apartments $80-180. Three pools and three good restaurants. Free Wifi. Good value. Some rooms have
absolutely splendid views. Well run. Great choice. A Ranch favorite.
Wide Mouth Frog Hostel, 011 (506) 2777-2798, fax 011 (506) 2777-9105,
firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.widemouthfrog.org/index.html. International backpackers' hostel. Pool, kitchen, dining room, TV, free high speed WIFI, free luggage storage, free DVDs, free guarded overnight parking, no curfew, 10 minutes to Manuel Antonio National Park, free board games, book exchange, free breakfast, laundry service, surf board rentals, security guard and more. We've had many guests recommend this place over the years.
Hostel Vista Serena, 011 (506) 2777-5162, US/Canada: 909-440-8283, email@example.com, http://www.vistaserena.com/Vista_Serena_Hostel/Welcome.html. Dorm, private rooms and bungalows. Free international phone calls, free breakfast, free WIFI, safe parking, towels, lockers, communal kitchen, restaurant, hammocks, TV, beautiful views and more. Short bus ride to the Manuel Antonio National Park.
Hostel Costa Linda, 011 (506) 2777-0304, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.costalinda-backpackers.com/national_park.1.html#/1. Free wireless, great breakfast, laundry service, book exchange, restaurant, free coffee and tea, a short walk to the Manuel Antonio National Park, and dorm and private rooms.
Hotel Karahe, 011 (506) 2777-0170, fax 011 (506) 2777-1075, email@example.com, Manuel Antonio. Swimming pool and jacuzzi, as well as restaurant, close to the ocean. Rooms and villas. Great price for the area.
Encantada Ocean Cottages, 011 (506) 2778-7048, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.encantadacostarica.com. Great value. Nice pool looking out to the ocean. Cabins that sleep four run between $55 and $75 depending on the season. Prices included breakfast. A Ranch favorite.
Cabinas Cecilia, 011 (506) 2778-8485. This is a Ranch favorite. Owned by a tica. Pool looking out to the Pacific Ocean. Great rates. Cecilia's mom runs a nice little soda just around the corner of the hotel.