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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.
VIDA TROPICAL B N B
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.
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I would not recommend staying here (or at least, do not book via this listing-- they have another listing also). They did not have my reservation when I arrived and the hostess seemed confused and not in contact with Jose, the manager of this listing. We were going to take a room with shared bathroom (even though we had paid for a private bathroom), but there was a giant cockroach in the bathroom. The upsides were that there is a gated area for you to park you car and it is very close to the airport. The hostess was nice and Jose responded quickly to my refund request and apologized for the mix up. But this was definitely not worth the trouble, especially because the rooms are not as nice as in the pictures and the bathroom seemed dirty. This listing is also more expensive than the other one (which I had assumed meant this one was the one with the private bathrooms, but it is not specified anywhere on the two listings what the difference is).
jacqueline, i want to apologize once again, both for the mixup on the reservation and the cockroach in the bathroom. we do clean the bathrooms more than once every day, but those critters can come in anytime, though not that often, fortunately. we try not to overspray pesticides in deference to guestsossibly low tolerance for them. the pictures shown were taken by an airbnb photographer
Took a very small amount of searching to find the place when we approached it at night, but host was very helpful getting us there! Everyone working was very sweet and helpful. Breakfast in the morning made by Sylvia - they give a few options and all that I tried was great. Rooms were nice and had more than what we needed.
Isabel was very welcoming and we enjoyed our stay in the Fish Room. The B&B was a lovely place to relax and we enjoyed sitting in the hammock and in the garden watching the rabbit. Our bed was a bit creaky but comfy and in a nice big room. We really liked the honesty system for drinks and it was just a short walk to town. We needed the walk in the morning after the big breakfast! It was great to have a choice at breakfast time.
We arrived at Vida Tropical mid afternoon and were warmly greeted by the host. The house is plain on the outside but very nice and inviting inside. Our room was very private and comfortable. Great location for a early fight the next day.
She gave good directions to a nearby gas station and then helped us park our rental car across the street in a secured lot. I was concerned about waking early to give us time to return the rental car before our 7am flight, but explained there was not problem - the "night host" would prepare toast and coffee and help us depart on time.
We arrived in the evening after a bus ride coming from La Fortuna. The host was immediately available to us and showed us around the properties. There was a map listing readily available for us to navigate the town and find food. We enjoyed the complimentary breakfast and coffee on our last morning in Costa Rica. Felt safe being here and the porch has a spectacular view of the sunset. We would definitely opt for this location again if we were coming back, as it is close to the airport, cheap taxi ride away. Rooms were neat and tidy.
We stayed at Vida Tropical to be close to the airport for an early flight. We were immediately greeted by Sylvia who kindly provided us with change for a larger bill since our cab driver didn't have change. There was always someone available to help with questions and our early cab ride was arranged for us. Most impressively, though the breakfast hours were posted as 7-9am, Sylvia knocked on our door shortly after 4am to ask what we wanted to eat! We had to leave at such an early hour, yet she had made eggs, fresh fruit and coffee for us! I had not expected this.
Our room was charming, nothing fancy but quite adequate for our needs. It was difficult to sleep because of a strong light coming into the room and all the traffic noise. To be fair, we stayed on New Year's Eve, so there was additional noise from fireworks and festivities. I suspect that the noise would have died down earlier had this not been the case. Also we were in the "Fish" room which faced the street. Perhaps a back room would have been quieter. The wind was gusting and rattled our door. The bed was not very comfortable.
We wanted to stay in Alajuela because it sounded safer than San Jose. The town did not impress me much but we didn't see much since most businesses closed early for the holiday. In general, if you are looking for a place to stay close to the airport with reliable and efficient staff, this is a good choice. I would rate it higher if the room was quieter and the bed more comfortable.
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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.