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Hotel Vida Tropical: "Experience the hospitality of a Tico family" Top 5 Page for this destination Costa Rica Hotel Tip by monica71

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  Holding Monti after playing with him for a while
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  • Holding Monti after playing with him for a while - Costa Rica
      Holding Monti after playing with him for a while
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  • Relaxing in the dinning/living area - Costa Rica
      Relaxing in the dinning/living area
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      Nick drinking his morning coffe
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  • Monti in the backyard - Costa Rica
      Monti in the backyard
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  • The Garden Room we stayed in - Costa Rica
      The Garden Room we stayed in
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Hotel Vida Tropical is a great place to stay at and to experience the hospitality of a Tico family. The prices are great (we paid $45 per night, tax and breakfast included, for 2 people) and the owners, Isabel and Norman, are very friendly and speak very good English. Their little boy is a delight to watch and to play with. He is 2 years old and he understands both, Spanish and English.

The hotel is very close to the airport. Downtown Alajuela is a nice 5 minutes walk from this place.
The morning breakfast is also good and it is prepared in front of you. There is also a fridge with cold drinks (beer, water and pop) available to guests. You pay $1.50 per bottle (no mater if you get a beer, a pop or a bottle of water). You keep track of your own drinks and pay Isabel or Norman when you have a chance. They trust and respect their guests and their guests trust and respect them.

The dining area has also a nice living room where people hang out and watch TV. Isabel and Norman ask their guests to be considerate and keep the level of noise to a minimum from 9pm to 9am, so everybody can enjoy their stay at Vida Tropical.

If you have extra luggage that you do not want to carry with you on the trips to another places you plan visiting, you can leave the extra luggage with Isabel and Norman. There is no charge for storing your luggage while you are gone. We left a big duffel bag with them for few nights and we were glad they stored it for us and that we did not have to take it with us!

If you arrive after 9pm, you will be greeted and shown to your room by Greg. Greg is young, full of energy and very friendly. He is from Minneapolis and of course his English is perfect :) His eyes lit up when he heard we came from Chicago. He told us that Chicago was one of his favorite towns in the USA and we were glad to hear it. We love Chicago too!

If you stay here, you will also meet Monti at one point. Monti is a very friendly rabbit who likes to hop around, chew on cables (so you have to make sure you close the gate when you enter the dinning/living area if you want to be able to watch TV without checking if Monti chewed up on the cables) and cookies. I was eating cookies one night when he came around and I gave him 2 cookies that he ate with pleasure. He did not want a third one, I guess he was already full. You just need to make sure you do not feed him anything that is wet. I learned this lesson a long time ago when I was a kid and fed my little rabbit a leaf of salad that was wet. Wet food is triggering indigestion on rabbits and it kills them. So if you feed Monti, please make sure you do not give him any wet food.

We met a lot of people while staying here, even though we stayed at this place just 3 nights total. Everybody was very nice and friendly and I was happy to see that CR is a country that attracts tourists from all over the world. Here we had the chance to meet people that came from the USA (like us), France, Spain and Germany. And we also had the pleasure to meet Paul, a very nice American gentleman from Florida that spends few months a year staying at Isabel and Norman's place while vacationing.

Unique Qualities: Friendly owners, clean place within walking distance from downtown Alajuela. Cab ride from the airport takes about 10 minutes and it costs $4.

Isabel helped us hire a private driver (we got great prices through her!) and she also took care of everything we needed when we decided at the last minute to rent a car on our last day in CR. She called the rental car company for us, made the arrangements over the phone and got us a great price on a 4X4.

Price Comparison: least expensive
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Phone: 877-661-1863 (toll free from US)
Price: US$20-40
Theme: Bed and Breakfast

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 28, 2008
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