The entrance to the 4-unit building with my unit to the leftA fully equipped kitchen with nice pots and dishes
4 guests
2 bedrooms
2 beds
1 bath
4 guests
2 bedrooms
2 beds
1 bath
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A 2 bedroom condo with enclosed tropical garden and shared pool - all amenities including washer/spin dryer. Close to SJO airport and 8 blocks from Central Park in Alajuela. Convenient central location for exploring the country. parking available and 24/7 security. Looking to rent by week January to April. One thing I love is that a car is not essential and I always feel safe.

The space

The condo is spacious with everything you need to cook and be comfortable. The dining room is elegant and the garden provides an amazing place for breakfast outdoors. Two couples or a family can be comfortable especially because the garden provides space away from the tv and office. Note the condo is not air conditioned and enjoys natural airflow to the garden. This means that a bug may wander in and out at times, so if the sight of an ant bothers you, this may not be the place for you. My experience is that visits from any kind of bug are infrequent and inoffensive, but tastes differ.

Guest access

Guests have access to the entire condo and the shared rancho and swimming pool. Covered parking is available just outside the door.

Interaction with guests

The condo manager is friendly and will do anything he can to make your stay comfortable. I encourage visitors to keep in touch with me if there is anything at all that they want. I am generally available in Canada by email or a call using (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN). My goal is to ensure your stay is comfortable and happy. The security staff are excellent. A maid comes in to clean before each guest arrives and to ensure everything is fresh and ready for company.

Other things to note

Two days notice for a reservation is suggested to give time for a maid to freshen the apartment before your arrival. If your need is urgent, quicker access may be provided but note a passport number if required.

There are occasionally issues with the Internet provider, but many months can go by without any problem at all. The service is provided by the primary cable carrier in the country so problems are not anticipated. Between 10 and 20 English tv channels are generally available as well as a wireless router.


Amenities
Free parking on premises
Kitchen

Prices
Extra people No Charge
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House Rules
Not suitable for pets

The condominium has rules about parking (limited to one vehicle), quiet time (after 10 pm), and garbage (left in a bag by the road before 8:30 am).


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Availability
4 nights minimum stay

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Rachel User Profile
June 2017
My stay at Norval's condo was amazing. Not only is the condo in the perfect location, but it is has a fully equipped kitchen and laundry room. The pool is also very lovely. The condo is located just a minutes walk from local grocery stores, and only about a 10 minute walk into central Alajuela. Loved my stay and the support from the lovely security guards with any questions I had! Thanks, Norval! Will be back.

Michael User Profile
April 2017
Good location, and a very private community. Pretty solid value, the only problem it was a pretty dirty, there are plenty of bugs, but if you're used to that in Costa Rica no big deal. Overall a big place pretty worth the money. Also the hot water is a bit of a problem it only works for about one minute and then it asked to re-Fill or do whatever it's doing to make the hot water work again.
Norval User Profile
Response from Norval:
Michael booked at the last minute and I explained I had not had time to wash the floors before I left. Because of his late booking there was no time to arrange for the maid to come in. The 'for visitor's guide explains that you need to watch the flow of water - if you turn it up to high the hot water gets used up relatively quickly - it is a small on demand heater - but if you follow the instructions it works very well and I have very comfortable showers. I think it is different than where you can turn the water on as much as you want. Typically a maid cleans before any one arrives.
April 2017

Kurt User Profile
August 2016
Hi Norval, Thanks for everything. The pluses for us: roomy space. hot water in every sink, the laundry, and the shower.plenty of closet space and storage. nice kitchen. very nice! My mom and I love to cook !We brought a few of our fav. SSteel and cast iron pots and pans.. and our fav. knives..But there are plenty of utensils without all that. We enjoyed. The pool was nice.. but we were too busy too take advantage. I took a plunge on the last evening. very nice. The many places to sit and eat and/or relax. very nice! dining room table, the bar in the kitchen, the sofa, the lanai, all wonderful. The bedrooms were nice. Laundry room , washer with extractor, great! Clothes line outside. all good. I also liked the hill of the private road for the condo. Great exercise for me and my mom. Mom really likes to walk and the doctor likes her to have hills.. So was perfect! Our friend also enjoyed the hill. Norval's contact person, the condo super, is very accessible and helpful. Don't hesitate to contact him. A great deal in a very nice town. The parks in Alajuela are very nice.!

Nienke User Profile
November 2016
To start with the positive things: The apartment is located in an apartment complex that is fenced off and guarded by security staff 24 hours a day. There is a big supermarket nearby, the town centre is not very far away and the complex has a small pool (which we ended up not using). Now for the negatives: In our opinion Norval's apartment was not clean. Especially the kitchen, it was the dirtiest we encountered in over 8 months of travelling in Latin America. Almost every appliance (pots, pans, cutlery, coffee maker, blender, etc.) was covered with mould. Even the fridge and microwave had mould growing in them. There was leftover food from previous guests which attracted mice, cockroaches and sugar ants. Even after throwing it away and some serious cleaning the animals seemed to love the place. We had to store our food in ziplockbags to avoid it being eaten. There were mouse droppings in and the around the stove. The door to the garden was stuck, so could not be shut. Which is not a problem temperature or safety wise. But it did cause us some other problems. First of all, there is no way to keep the mosquito's out. So we got bitten a lot and had some broken nights due to the mosquito's that circle around your head when you are trying to sleep. The second annoyance is that people in the area tend to burn stuff outside. Since you can't close the door, the smell of burnt vegetation or plastic will get into the apartment. At one point there was a possum in the garden which we managed to scare off to avoid it from coming in. After two and a half weeks we did not figured out how to work the shower. Apparently there is way to get hot water for the length of a complete shower. The explanation on how to do this is in the visitor guide. We followed the steps but we have never had hot or warm water for any longer than 30 seconds. We of course informed Norval immediately on our concerns. Since he was in Canada at the moment we exchanged email's. He responded quickly but unfortunately very defensive. He stated that he was aware of the mice, ants and cockroaches but that this comes with having a garden. Also that he did not believe the condo being dirty as the maid normally does a good job but that maybe the active volcano was to blame. He ended his email with "Let me know if you can relax a bit". After two email's we decided not to bother anymore. We cleaned the stuff we wanted to use, had a mosquito hunt every night and made sure our food was locked away before going to bed. In the state the condo is now, we would not recommend staying there.
Norval User Profile
Response from Norval:
Not being on site makes it at times difficult to response and the guest has to cooperate. A maid cleans everything before a guest arrives, but I make arrangements through the condo manager. These guests exaggerated problems and would not be specific so that I could fix anything - they seemed to want to complain. I will be onsite in the next few weeks and be able to better respond to issues raised. Normally the maid does a good job of cleaning and I know she was there the day before they arrived. I do not, however, know how previous guests had left things. My interest is in having guests enjoy their stay. Sounds like they managed to have a fairly enjoyable stay. The quote they give is not something I wrote to them and I object to having it in quotation marks.
November 2016

Eric User Profile
August 2016
Norval's place is very good and I recommend it for anyone looking for a spacious, comfortable, clean, safe, and very well located place. There were a couple of issues to which Norval was responsive, took responsibility, and provided alternatives to resolution. Mine was a special stay in that it was an extended, 2-week stay, so, probably a shorter stay will not face any situations whatsoever. Thanks, Norval.

Elina User Profile
April 2016
Norval hat uns vor unserer ankunft sehr viele nützliche tipps gegeben und stets super schnell und ausführlich unsere fragen beantwortet. das apartement ist zentral und doch sehr ruhig und sicher gelegen man hört kaum verkehr). In 15min zu fuss ist man im parque central oder busbahnhof nach san jose. das apartement ist gross (grösser als es auf den fotos scheint) und gemütlich. Mit allem ausgestattet was man braucht. Der private garten eignet sich zum relaxen. Sehr geeignet auch für familien. Es hat einen gemeinschafts swimmingpool und spielplatz. Wir haben uns sehr wohl gefühlt in norvals condo! Sehr zu empfehlen!! Super preis!!! Muchas gracias norval!

Caroline User Profile
September 2015
Le condo est bien confortable et pratique à l'arrivé ou au départ du pays (près de l'aéroport). Ou encore pour explorer la vallée centrale ! Norval était toujours disponible et rapide à répondre à nos questions.

Halifax, CanadaJoined in November 2013
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