Resort Martino Boutique Hotel & Spa

Resort Martino Boutique Hotel & Spa

In front of Zoo Ave, La Garita 20113 Costa Rica
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3.5
#1 of 1 resort in La Garita
3.8 of 5 bubbles
Location
3.7 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
3.7 of 5 bubbles
Service
3.7 of 5 bubbles
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Ten minutes from the airport and Central America's biggest casino, this resort is located in the central valley of Costa Rica, known for having one of the three best climates in the world. European style pervades guestrooms with Italian tile and fine wood furnishings; balconies, minibars, cable TV, and wireless Internet access. Surrounded by jungle, the property is within proximity of volcanoes, rainforests, and more. On-site amenities include a spa, modern gym, casino, pool, and restaurant.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Game room
Billiards
Babysitting
Parking
Wifi
Hot bath
Pool / beach towels
Infinity pool
Outdoor pool
Shallow end in pool
Fitness / spa changing rooms
Personal trainer
Sauna
Bar / lounge
Coffee shop
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Poolside bar
Table tennis
Children's television networks
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Kids club
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Car hire
Taxi service
Business Centre with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Photo copier / fax In business centre
Spa
Body wrap
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Manicure
Massage
Neck massage
Pedicure
Steam room
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Concierge
Currency exchange
Non-smoking hotel
Sun deck
Doorperson
First aid kit
Umbrella
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Private check-in / check-out
Clothes dryer
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Washing machine
Ironing service
Room features
Air conditioning
Desk
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Refrigerator
Cable / satellite TV
Extra long beds
Bidet
Room service
Safe
Sofa
Telephone
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Flatscreen TV
Sofa bed
Hair dryer
Room types
Mountain view
Pool view
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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4.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Romantic
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish, Italian

Location

In front of Zoo Ave, La Garita 20113 Costa Rica
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Edgar Madrigal wrote a review Jan 2021
Piedades, Costa Rica38 contributions2 helpful votes
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
It is an average hotel. I actually expected more. Some employees tread you really nice and some others not so much.

We went on new years Eve and we wanted to skip the dinner package. However we ordered something around 7ish p.m. the pizza promo. The person in charge was very rude to my gf and shut down the phone without asking anything other than the room number for billing porpuses. I know the feeling of pressure but I don't think it will justify being rude to a customer. We end up calling uberEats and spend less than the hotel restaurant price.

To summarize our experience. The place is kinda nice. Most of the employees are decent but if we ever go again. I will either order UberEats or just bring my own food.
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Date of stay: January 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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tangi1 wrote a review Mar 2020
Elizabeth, New Jersey766 contributions521 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We were here a few years ago and found the Martino perfect for us. That trip we took some local tours to the Paos Valley and San Jose. It is close to the airport, easy to find by car and close to most major roads in Costa Rica. Room was spacious, all done in natural wood. I do not get the negative reviews. It is extremely clean, beautiful pool, wonderful staff, budget friendly and a lovely breakfast with fruit, juices and hot breakfast of your choice cooked to order. It's not the great resort you may have in mind, more of a great boutique hotel for a short stay. I'll be back.
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Date of stay: February 2020
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Simon G wrote a review Feb 2024
6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This is a nice hotel. As a stop over near San Jose airport it’s really good. Lovely pool and garden, nice breakfast, large comfortable rooms and good value. As you first stop or last on a trip o Costa Rica you would be hard pressed to find better at this price.
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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J D wrote a review Aug 2022
United States217 contributions38 helpful votes
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Am greatly enjoying my stay in Costa Rica and here in lovely La Garita at the Martino Hotel. The hotel itself is quite special -- guests stay in separate tile-roofed buildings spread across the lush, green grounds. I imagine that the views from each room must be quite unique and special. It was so enjoyable sitting and reading on the deck outside my room watching the nearby bamboo forest sway in the gentle wind while listening to the fascinating calls of many species of birds perched in the many species of trees.

Extra 5 stars and muchas gracias to the very helpful and friendly staff whose efficiency really impressed me (the hotel was hosting a conference when I stayed there in event space not far from my room, so I could witness first hand how hard the hotel team was working).
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled solo
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Mike W wrote a review Feb 2020
19 contributions3 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
grounds of the resort are well maintained and tranquil. certainly a great value for the price and perfect for the night of arrival to CR or prior to departure. about 15 minutes from the airport.
if your looking a luxury property, this is likely not for you. the interior of the rooms/Villa's are a bit dated, but very adequate.

the pool is great and the onsite Italian restaurant is great.

a hidden gem.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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drsmile wrote a review Jun 2005
usa54 contributions43 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We spent June 11-15th at Club Martino Resort and Spa. Because we booked it through Expedia we couldn't check-out earlier without losing money. We came really close though. The rate was $107 a night. Don't spend a penny more. If you like the outdoor, woody, almost camping feel, then this is the hotel for you. The amenities, such as fresh sheets, complimentary water, and other basics were non-existent. The rooms were spacious, damp and dreary. There were bugs everywhere even roaches, the sheets where thin and worst of all the a/c, which works occasionally, is on a timer. The included breakfast is not worth your time, it is also frequented by many flies. Room service is just okay, the best thing was the bread. The pool was not what it appeared to be on the website and there wasn't a Jacuzzi. The gym was nice and the spa treatments were good, but there were none of the usual spa amenities. The staff was very friendly; the owner however is an arrogant man who thinks his hotel is the Bellagio. He, however is highly mistaken. He is a MICROMANAGER to the tee. The highlight of our stay was leaving. I would never go back.
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Date of stay: June 2005
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Jet35532 wrote a review Jan 2005
New York1 contribution11 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Having just returned from a truly terrible expereince at Resort Martino I wish to stay anonymous so that the poor bride and groom who had their wedding there new years eve will not know who I am-
The food at this "5 Star Resort" was practically inedible- the wedding feast of filet mignon and fish went uneaten by the nearly 100 guests - the pork served at midnite- charred on the outside raw on the inside- and who has ever heard of a bad wedding cake? We had cardboard with icing-bad icing.
The staff was wonderful but overtaxed-they worked grueling 20 hour days - Guests were indulgent as we all saw how hard they worked even though we often received someone else's meal. It didn't matter as the food was truly the worst I've ever experienced. The mostly Italian guests were appalled at the poor quality.
Not only can you have bad food but you can have your possesions and money stolen from your room as I and several other guests did. When confronted the owner shrugged and said he has a problem but we should have watched our possesions- the money my fault- but my designer shoes????
At no time did the owner apologize for the electricity and water coming and going- yes it is to be expected in this region- but a few small gestures of graciousness would have gone along way in assauging angry feelings of the guests- he was just plain arrogant!
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Guide272 wrote a review Jan 2006
HOUSTON, TX1 contribution7 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We took our 14 year old grandson to Costa Rica to see the Rainforest. We chose Club Martino for its location and ambiance. My grandson, Cory loved the nature walk, the activities, pool, internet and game room. I was made to feel special at the SPA and the resort. The owner, Adriano Martino, and his staff was extremly welcoming, helpful and catered to our every need. Even though the beds were not our "pillow top" at home, they were comfortable. The room was spacious even tho we have extra bed for Cory. I would highly recommend Club Martino. I personally felt the food was extremly good, service excellent.

I am in a wheelchair and I was never made to feel disabled. Their treatment of me was special and appreciated. I have never felt so "welcomed" by a hotel staff. FIVE STARS TO CLUB MARTINO
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Date of stay: January 2006
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Walfredo wrote a review Jun 2005
New York, NY3 contributions10 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
What a great place to stay! The employees were so nice and the place is beautiful. We stayed there our first and last night in Costa Rica and it was such a great idea. The food was better than average, but the grounds are unbelievable. Highly recommended for anyone staying in or around the San Jose/Alajuela area.
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Date of stay: May 2005
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Kimberly T wrote a review Aug 2015
Carmichael, California14 contributions16 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
My husband and I stayed here to stay out of the main city thinking it would be safer and we could get massages on our last day of travel. We scheduled massages which and they only had a massage scheduled for him, not for me. Only one person spoke a little English at the front desk and she wasn't there at the time to discuss. The housekeeping staff has a master key to your lock box rendering it useless. We had issues with it and they had to come and reset it. We had someone call twice and hang up in the evening and later someone used a key to enter out hotel room and run down the hall before we could catch them (we were in the hotel room at the time and they probably noticed the light from the tv and ran off). When we checked out they had an additional restaurant receipt for a meal we didn't have with our hotel room hand written on the top. We tried to tell the man at the front desk about the issues above and he seemed concerned but not too surprised. My husband speaks a little Spanish but almost no one there speaks English at all. I would've preferred to stay overnight in a chair at the airport than to stay here again. I didn't feel safe and they tried to overcharge us intentionally . Another review stated to check your bill over as they like to overcharge rich international travelers. If you wanted to be robbed come stay here.
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Date of stay: July 2015Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Scott K asked a question Apr 2016
Houston, United States1 contribution
Is there transportation to and from the airport?
Answer from adriano_martino
Alajuela, Costa Rica3 contributions
Buenos dias, La tarifa de la habitacion doble con desayuno e impuestos incluidos es de $135. El paquete que manejamos para pasar eld ia es el siguiente: Día de Spa - Cleopatra (duracion de los tratamientos 2 horas) Se probara el placer de vapor y sauna para abrir los poros de la piel y preparar el cuerpo para los siguientes tratamientos: envoltura exfoliante, mini facial (sin extracción) con productos organicos nacionales. Se finaliza con un masaje relajante (de 30 minutos). Uso del gimnasio y piscina son al gusto del cliente. Almuerzo "a la carte" en el restaurante "La Focaccia" (plato de entrada, plato fuerte y postre), bebidas (no alcoholicas) y tizanas incluidos *USD$145.00 por persona impuestos incluidos *USD$135.00 con pago en efectivo Saludos Cordiales Esther leal hotelmartino
Answer from walter r
Buenos Aires, Argentina7 contributions5 helpful votes
NO TENGO IDEA POR HORAS..... ! consultar a cualquier operador
Patrick B wrote a tip Jan 2024
11 contributions1 helpful vote
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"If you want spa treatments, ask before booking."
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Trip375874 wrote a tip Jan 2019
New York City, New York1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Call or stop in first and talk to front desk or owner"
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bmc1213 wrote a tip Jul 2017
New York City, New York16 contributions7 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Book another hotel or Airbnb, seriously! At the very least eat somewhere else."
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peterv876 wrote a tip Mar 2017
Grecia, Costa Rica13 contributions7 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"It might be nice to stay there for one or two nights, although i don't know the prices, but avoid the restaurant."
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Calderon_Luis wrote a tip Sep 2016
Heredia, Costa Rica8 contributions2 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Get a room on the first floor."
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PRICE RANGE
C$132 - C$159 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
resort martino hotel alajuela, resort martino hotel and spa, martino luxury hotel, martino luxury resort
LOCATION
Costa RicaProvince of AlajuelaLa Garita
NUMBER OF ROOMS
57
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Frequently Asked Questions about Resort Martino Boutique Hotel & Spa
Which popular attractions are close to Resort Martino Boutique Hotel & Spa?
Nearby attractions include Rescate Wildlife Rescue Center (0.2 km), Rescue Center Costa Rica (6.1 km), and Our Lady of the Pillar Cathedral (6.7 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Resort Martino Boutique Hotel & Spa?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Resort Martino Boutique Hotel & Spa?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Resort Martino Boutique Hotel & Spa?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Resort Martino Boutique Hotel & Spa?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Resort Martino Boutique Hotel & Spa?
Conveniently located restaurants include Ragu, Spaghetti Factory, City Mall, Alajuela, and Taj Mahal - An Ethnic Indian Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Resort Martino Boutique Hotel & Spa?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness centre, and a sauna during their stay.
Does Resort Martino Boutique Hotel & Spa have airport transportation?
Yes, Resort Martino Boutique Hotel & Spa offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Resort Martino Boutique Hotel & Spa?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at Resort Martino Boutique Hotel & Spa?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does Resort Martino Boutique Hotel & Spa offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
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