Vida Tropical BnB near the airport

Bed & Breakfast - Private room · Calle, Alajuela, Alajuela, Costa Rica
Your host, Jose
43 Reviews
Response rate: 92%
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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.


Cozy, friendly B and B, with 7 private rooms, 2 on the ground floor share 1 bath, and 2 others on the ground floor each have private bath. 3 on the second floor each have private baths. We are a 5 minute cab ride ($7) from the International airport, and walking distance to the center of town, with restaurants, banks, shops. Taxi pickup can be arranged, no extra charge Alajuela is the closest town to the airport, San Jose is 30 minutes or more East of the airport. We´re perfect for first and last nights, specially for late arrivals and early departures, $45 for a single room with private bath and $65 double with private bath, $35 for single with shared bath and $50 for double with shared bath. Free WiFi throughout, and in the rooms, guest computer available, no password required, free local phone calls and faxes, cable TV in 4 rooms and in the main lounge/breakfast area, all rooms have ceiling and pedestal fans (no A/C needed, 3,000 feet elevation means yearround comfortable temperatures) Our world famous/huge breakfast includes bread/toast help yourself with toaster, cooked-to-order eggs/omelettes, tell the chef how you like them, plain or with sauteed garlic, onion, green pepper, tomato and cheese, smoked ham and rustic sausage, fruit and chocolate chip pancakes, fresh fruit plate (pineapple, banana, papaya, and seasonal exotic fruits), orange juice, bottomless cup of High Altitude mountain coffee, cream and white or brown sugar (or other sweeteners available) and a variety of teas, granola and corn flakes, homemade strawberry, raspberry, mango, and mixed fruit compote jams, Nutella and peanut butter, maple syrup and honey. If you´re leaving early we´ll have all the goodies laid out for you, and if you just want some coffee, we´ll pack you a ¨to go¨ breakfast with a banana, choice of fruit box and power bar, napkins included to enjoy on the tarmac. 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, $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 baby chair, toys, play pen and dog bowls available). Tour and transport assistance. Car rental advice. Volcano and coffee plantations, butterfly farm, wildlife rescue and breeding facility nearby. Lots of good advice. In business since the Last Millenium (1999). Listed in major travel books, forums and websites, Lonely Planet, Let´s Go, New Key to Costa Rica, Choose Costa Rica, check us out on Trip Advisor. Lots of restaurants and bars within walking distance plus deliveries and takeouts available. Nearby casino to throw your money away. Close to bus stations for country-wide travel, and we can arrange booking in private shuttle buses, or a private driver to take you anywhere in the country. We love visitors of all ages, we have backpackers, families with kids, newlyweds, solo travelers, retired couples, surfers, bicycle riders, volunteers, study abroad college students, hackers, you name it, it´s a fun 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, retreat to a quiet lounge area with a book, check out the hammock, work out the travel kinks with the resistance bands, catch a football game or the new episode of Glee on TV. We have folks visit from all over the world, US and Canada, France, Spain, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, UK, Italy, Australia and New Zealand, Argentina, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Colombia, China, Japan and 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), another wall full of business cards from guests.

Room type: Private room
Accommodates: 16+
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 6
Beds: 11
Extra people: $20 / night after the first guest
Weekly Price: $230 /week
Monthly Price: $600 /month
Cancellation: Flexible
Pet Owner: Other pet(s)
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  • This was a great place to stay. We were flying out the next morning and wanted to stay near the airport. This is a very cute area and would be worth a longer stay to explore! Isabel was very welcoming and helpful and a homemade breakfast really just made this the best place to stay!

    May 2014
  • Excellent first or last night in Costa Rica--for me it was the end of my trip. Great breakfast!

    April 2014
  • We stayed only a night at Vida, our last night in Costa Rica, we had a very early flight the following morning. we had been staying on the Eastern ocean side of Costa Rica in a tiny village called Manzanillo and needed a place near the airport for our last night.

    despite the very short stay, we really enjoyed the place. Isabel was very welcoming and showed us all around the place. she gave us a nice map of Alajuela, too. it was such a homey, cozy place and I felt right at home. a lot of travel books, books on Costa Rica and cool traveling things on the walls. we stayed in a room off of the main house called the Garden Room. it was tranquil and I loved the bunnies hopping around the garden. they're cute and calico and it's nice to sit in the chairs back there and watch them frolic. we liked the fridge access and available drinks and kitchen use. Alajuela is a fun little town- we walked around, saw the market and churches. and watched some kids play soccer. sadly, we missed out on the awesome soccer tournament going on that night, we didn't discover it was happening until too late!

    Vida is really close to the airport. I'd highly recommend staying there if you need somewhere close to the airport, the taxi ride took ten mins or so and Cost about $7, folks there will kindly arrange a taxi for you.

    March 2014
  • Vida Tropical is a great B&B, easy access to and from the airport and a great breakfast. The staff were very friendly and attentive. With a 3 day stay I was able to enjoy a complimentary laundry service and my taxi transfer to the airport was quick and easy for my early morning departure.

    March 2014
  • Great location for overnight flying in and out. Isabel is so helpful in arranging taxi and other information. Easy walk to restaurants. Felt safe.

    February 2014
  • I had a short overnight layover in San Jose and this was a great inexpensive choice. Jose was helpful and friendly, the location was a short drive from the airport, I was able to walk to a good restaurant for dinner and the breakfast was very good. Thank you.

    February 2014
  • The location is within walking distance of the city center but was a bit less clean than we expected. However, it probably is above average for a central American host.

    January 2014
    Response from Jose:

    hola dee and mike
    i am sorry we did not meet your standards, we like to think we are better than above average in cleanliness, but we respect your opinion. although we are very busy this time of year, we work hard to please everyone and keep the standards high. if you could be more specific, we would surely appreciate it

    January 2014
  • Great BnB in San Jose! Convenient location and very friendly and helpful staff. The rooms were comfy and clean and the breakfast was good. Free parking too!

    January 2014
    Response from Jose:

    hola ana

    thanks for the nice comments, but one thing, we are not in san jose, which is far from the airport and a very busy city with lots of traffic, we are in alajuela, second largest city in costa rica, and very near the airport, very convenient, and not so busy.

    January 2014
  • La Vida Tropical was a perfect place as we were stopping through Alajuela. Breakfast is yummy and staff is very helpful in figuring out how to get elsewhere in Costa Rica.

    December 2013
    Response from Jose:

    hola cassie, thanks for the yummy comment.

    December 2013
  • Very lovely family and a nice place to start our trip in Costa Rica. My husband and I came earlier in the day and got to enjoy walking around Alajuela. There is a very fun indoor market there to explore. The rest of our family came in late and since it is very close to the airport it made it easy to get them situated. The breakfast is wonderful and Isabel made sure we had all the information we were looking for to start our trip.

    December 2013
    Response from Jose:

    hola allyson, alajuela is certainly a welcoming, friendly town, and just a few blocks to the center of town from our place.

    December 2013
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Admiral Farragut Academy, U of Florida and U of Miami
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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.
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