About This Listing
Please check out our sister property in Playa Carrillo de Samara
El Sueño Tropical / Tropical Dream Jungle and Beach Hotel, with large pool, kiddie pool, Gringo Pants Bar and Salsas Restaurant, recently reopened, we already have great reviews on Trip Advisor, large rooms and apartments with AC, cable TV, ceiling fan, hot water, coffee maker and a hammock in every porch. The listing is also on Airbnb, your hosts are Joanna and Jose.
VIDA TROPICAL B N B
Cozy and friendly, with 7 private rooms, 2 on the ground floor share 1 bath, 2 more on the ground floor each have private baths. 3 on the second floor each have private baths. Prices vary on how many to a room, and if it's shared or private bath. Rooms with a private bath are $45 for one person and $65 for 2 people per night and $35 single and $50 double with a shared bath, $20 each additional guest in room, kids under 12 free. We are a 5 minute cab ride ( +/- $8) from the International airport, and we can arrange for a private taxi pickup (guy with a sign) for no additional charge, just request it and send us your exact flight information. We arrange for early AM taxis to the airport as well. Alajuela is the closest town to the airport, San Jose is 30 minutes or more (and $30 or more) East of the airport. We are a short walk to the center of Alajuela, with shops, grocery stores, banks, and restaurants nearby with deliveries and takeouts available, even a nearby casino to throw your money away. Close to bus stations for nearby or country-wide travel. We´re perfect for first and last nights, or hanging for a few days to get over your jet lag. Works specially well for late arrivals and early departures, with 24 hour staff. We have free WiFi throughout and in every room, with 2 routers, no password required, and a guest computer is available. All local phone calls and faxes are free, cable TV is available in 4 rooms and the main lounge area, all rooms have ceiling and pedestal fans (no A/C needed, 3,000 feet elevation means yearround comfortable temperatures. We include free our huge and famous breakfast with bread/toast help yourself toaster bar, cooked-to-order eggs/omelettes (tell us how you like it) with garlic, onions, green pepper, tomato and cheese, rustic sausage or smoked ham, homemade not-too-hot sauce, fruit and/or chocolate chip pancakes, honey, maple syrup, Nutella and peanut butter, fresh fruit (pineapple, banana, papaya, watermelon, plus seasonal exotic fruits), orange juice, bottomless cup of High Altitude mountain coffee, milk and white or brown sugar and other sweeteners, a variety of teas, granola and corn flakes, homemade strawberry, raspberry, mango and mixed fruit jams. If you´re leaving early we´ll have all the breakfast goodies laid out for you. If you just want some coffee or tea so early, we´ll pack you a ¨to go¨ breakfast to enjoy on the tarmac, with a choice of juices, a banana, and a power/granola bar, napkins included. All taxes are included in room prices, no hidden/additional charges. Three hammocks, 3 lounge areas plus upstairs balcony with table and chairs and Resistance Band gym, free paperbacks, serve-yourself honor system for juices, soft drinks and beer, use of kitchen is free and cold storage is available. $3 wash and dry laundry service (free with 3 day stay), free luggage storage, complimentary shampoo and body wash in each bath. Non-smoking inside the house and rooms (smoking only outside on the balcony and front and back yards). Herb garden and worm composting bin in our back yard, which comes with BunnTico, Hansel and Gretel our petting bunnies. Free parking (secure, fenced and covered). 24 hour bilingual staff, ready for your arrival any time day or night. Wall safe for your valuables available. Well-mannered pets and children welcome (have a crib, a baby chair, all kinds of toys and games for kids of all ages, play pen and dog bowls also available). We can assist in getting you around, near or far, public buses or private buses/shuttles, van and driver limos, lots of options, and we can arrange a car rental from trusted companies, ask for a quote. Private or organized tours can be arranged to several different Volcanoes, hot springs, coffee plantations, butterfly farms, wildlife rescue and breeding facility, sloth and monkey sanctuaries, National Parks. We know where to send the adrenaline junkies for white water rafting, zip lining, rappeling, horseback riding, hang gliding, deep-sea fishing, scuba diving, surfing. Lots of good advice free. Been here since the Last Millenium (1999). Listed in major travel books, forums and websites, like Lonely Planet, Let´s Go, New Key to Costa Rica, Choose Costa Rica. Check our references on Trip Advisor. We love visitors of all ages, we have backpackers, families with kids, newlyweds, solo travelers, retired couples, surfers, bike and motorcycle riders, volunteers, study abroad college students, hackers, pirates, you name it, it´s a fun, friendly and relaxed place where you can share your vacation or life experiences with others and others with you over the breakfast table or sharing an evening drink, or retreat to a quiet lounge area with a book, check out the 3 hammocks, work out the travel kinks with the resistance bands or a yoga stretch, catch a football game or the new episodes on Comedy Central on TV. We have had folks visit from all over the world, US and Canada, France, Spain, Germany,Austria, Malta, Netherlands, Israel, Belgium, UK, Italy, Australia and New Zealand, Argentina, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Colombia, China, Japan, Fiji, Brazil, Argentina, so many other places. We have lots of flags that visitors have brought us, a wall full of funny money (currency from all over donated by guests), and another wall full of business cards from guests. We look forward to meeting you.
Children and pets (both well-behaved) allowed, no pet fee or deposit. Juice, soft drinks, beer and bottled water available, or purchase from a nearby market and keep it in our (website hidden) allowed and encouraged. Smoking only in outside designated areas.
Great location for anyone flying in or out of sjo on any late or early flights. Host was very helpful.
Great place to stay. We arrived later than planned to a friendly welcome. Taxi pickup from the airport was very convenient. Breakfast was good and fresh.
This was a great place to start our trip.
It was a great stay for our first night in Costa Rica. Its close to the airport, Jose sent a taxi driver to pick us up, the room was very big, clean and comfortable. The staff was very friendly, the breakfast absolut delicious and our little son loved the rabbit in the garden. Highly recommended!
Great place to stay near the airport if you are starting or finishing your trip in CR. Isabel was very helpful in arranging a fun day of activities for my friend and I. The breakfast was amazing. Highly recommend!
Nice Hostel. Excellent breakfast (thx Silvi). A good place to start or finish your Holliday trip in CR.
Sylvia, the cook and cleaning person greeted us. Her breakfast choices offered were great. Vida Tropical is like a hostel with private rooms, there were common areas that provided for a comfortable time outside your room. It is located in a working class neighborhood about 10 minutes from town center walking, and the owners did state it was not too safe for women walking solo at night. The rooms were very clean, had good ventilation and large bathrooms. Note that two rooms face a very busy street and can be a little noisy at night. Located close to the airport, Vida Tropical is a great place to stay. We used it on our arrival and just prior to departure and the location made it much easier to return rentals and brave the drive to the airport.
There are two great restaurants within easy walking distance owned by the house supervisor's (Isabelle's) family. They are reasonable and a step up from many of the other restaurant choices in the area.
Isabelle was extremely well organized and was always ready and willing to help with any questions we might have. This was very helpful and appreciated
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About the Host, Jose
I was born in Cuba, raised in Florida, moved to Costa Rica in 1997, love to read, travel, grow stuff to cook it and eat it, surf the Net, opened Vida Tropical in 1999, have great people helping: Isabel, my manager for 6 years, is from Colombia, married to Norman, New Yorker from Colombian parents, he owns Jalapeño Central Tex Mex Restaurant in Alajuela. Their son is Nico, born in Costa Rica. Sylvia, from Costa Rica, has been our housekeeper and cook for 10 years. Adilio (Pilo) is also Costa Rican and is there covering late arrivals (after 8) and early departures (from 3 to 7 AM), I'm there only part of the time, the rest I spend now in my new place in Playa Carrillo. We all enjoy meeting the great variety of guests from all over the world. We have one of the world's best breakfasts at both places, with 4 or 5 types of fresh fruit, orange juice, high altitude coffee and assorted teas, white and brown sugar and milk, corn flakes and granola, several kinds of bread for toast, several kinds of homemade jams and jellies, eggs any style, poached, sunny side up, over easy, scrambled, omelettes, frittatas, your choice of plain or with smoked cheese, garlic, onions, green pepper, tomatoes, smoked ham or country sausage, French toast and pancakes with or without fruit or chocolate chips, honey, syrup and Nutella. Include also if you wish a serving of our own version of Gallo Pinto, a mix of rice and beans seasoned with diced veggies and our secret mix of spices, Balsamic vinegar and Lizano sauce, the Costa Rican version of Worcestershire sauce, mighty tasty stuff.