"a drive away from the city. make it an adventure"
we chose this hotel because of the picture. Only knowing that we wanted to see Volcan Poas, we knew it was close. so we arrived and it was a long drive but a perfect starting point. if i were to plan again, I would drive to La Fortuna from here and book a hotel near the North west coast (playa hermosa), and then move down the pacific coast to Jaco or Manuel Antonio to Bahia Uvita. when traveling to costa rica, you either choose a "stay in one place" vacation or travel. And if I were to do it again, I would defeintely stay on the Carribean side even though most of the tourist attraction is the list i just detailed.
Asclepios is a good get away with friendly staff, a pretty location, well maintained grounds. The spa services are reasonably priced (relative to the US) and the food is ok (although the menu is somewhat limited). The included breakfast is a fruit plate, bread (some good whole grain breads), and nice teas... if you're typically hungry in the mornings, they do offer an extended menu, but expect to pay extra for breakfast.
Location wise, you should understand that this hotel isn't centrally located for most of the tourist stops... so if you want to head over to Poa (Volcano), Doka (Coffe), Downtown San Jose (Museums), etc... anticipate some expenses related to transportation (ask the front desk to call Milton - excellent taxi driver - tell em' Anthony and Silvia said hi). There really isn't much around the hotel in walking distance (this includes ATMs, Grocery stores, etc...)... so also plan accordingly.
Our room was nice and spacious, with a pretty view, a water carafe w/ mint every day... overall pretty good. It should be noted that the walls are pretty thin and sound travels (though most people are pretty quiet). Our room (Weng Ching) had one oddity... the switch for the fan/ light, also operated the light in the adjacent room... which lead to a few late night surprises... part of the adventure.
Hotel is beautfiul, staff is great, food wonderful however no internet reception in room, air conditioning stops working after a while, hot water is cuts out, and alarm clocks go off at 12am in empty rooms....
Nice, clean hotel. Helpful staff. go out of their way to help. Found 2 coconuts and they cut them open after I drank the juice. Nice pool, lots of butterflies and beautiful birds fly around. It's far from Alajuela,(20 mintes) though easy to get to connecting buses to get to wherever you would like to go, the volcano, the zoo, San Jose, etc. A lot of families tend to go there and student groups who just need one night to get over jet lag.
The city of Alajuela is in Alajuela province, 20 km (13 mi) northwest of San Jose and just 3 km (2 mi) north of Juan Santamaria International Airport. Many visitors to Costa Rica stay here on their way in and out the country. Colonial architecture is still evident in the city center. The central market, covering an entire city block, is a great place to buy souvenirs.
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