Hotel Pibi Boreal

Hotel Pibi Boreal

Rue el Comun Rosales, Desemparados, Alajuela, Alajuela 20110 Costa Rica
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#1 of 1 boutique hotel in Alajuela
4.9 of 5 bubbles
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Bed & breakfast with 5 larges doubles beds rooms with panoramic view from your terrace. A one-hectare garden with a small river and forest in the background, at just 15mn (5 mls) from the airport and 10 mn (4 mls) from downtown Alajuela; in a country preserved neighborhood outside the city. A unique preserved and peaceful place. We can receive up to 5 personas per rooms. All rooms noise and weather isolated. We can pick up you at the airport. We serve a continental breakfast on your terrazze rooms. We have strong wifi in each room. It is a place to know; For your first night, immerse yourself in a green paradis.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Free airport transportation
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Express check-in / check-out
Private check-in / check-out
Secured parking
Wifi
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Outdoor dining area
Airport transportation
Car hire
Outdoor furniture
Sun terrace
Room features
Blackout curtains
Private balcony
Separate dining area
Sofa
Bottled water
Coffee / tea maker
Minibar
Walk-in shower
Private bathrooms
Refrigerator
Bath / shower
Room types
Mountain view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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English, French, Spanish
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PapergirlTexas wrote a review Feb 2024
Texas22 contributions6 helpful votes
Hotel's Favourite
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Always a pleasure to spend time at Pibi Boreal. Lidia and Mateo are perfect hosts. Lidia took care of restaurant reservations and Mateo got up EARLY to take us to the airport.
The balcony was a perfect retreat to prepare to leave the country. Rooms are immaculate.
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Date of stay: February 2024
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from Mathieu de Watrigant, Director General at Hotel Pibi Boreal
Responded Apr 24, 2024
Thank you very much for your visit and feedback Nidia and Mathieu
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PapergirlTexas wrote a review Feb 2020
Texas22 contributions6 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mateo and Lidia have created a quiet sanctuary overlooking a beautiful valley full of Costa Rican birds and butterflies. This small, boutique hotel offers a simple, healthy breakfast to enjoy on the balcony and a spotless room with comfortable beds. The bathroom is modern and well appointed with lovely soaps and shampoos.
The airport is only minutes away which makes this hotel a perfect first and last night to your vacation.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Mathieu de Watrigant, Owner at Hotel Pibi Boreal
Responded Jan 12, 2021
Thank you very for your feedback abd detailled description. We are happy you enjoy your stay with us. Happy new year
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David Olsen wrote a review Mar 2022
Salt Lake City, Utah11 contributions6 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had a wonderful 2 night stay at this location. The front entrance is gated and secured via cameras and the property facing the road is fenced so we felt very safe overall. Our room was cozy but seemed large due to the floor to ceiling windows facing the forest and a stunning view from the balcony. The bathroom was modern and spotless. The bed was very comfortable and other guests were quiet, making for restful sleep. Wifi signal was strong with minimal lag time. The landscaping around the property is exquisite (see photos). A complimentary breakfast of fruit and toast was hand delivered at our pre-scheduled time. They even offer laundry service with folding included. An inexpensive local restaurant with good seafood, a karaoke DJ and disco lights is less than 5 minutes away. This is a great deal for the money in my opinion. Highly recommended!
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Date of stay: March 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from Pibi Boreal, Dueño at Hotel Pibi Boreal
Responded Apr 3, 2022
Thnak you very much for your visit and feedback
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Sarah wrote a review Jun 2023
6 contributions5 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My boyfriend and I stayed here the night we arrived in Costa Rica from the US and rented a car through the hotel. It is a clean, safe, quiet boutique hotel about 20 min from SJO airport. They picked us up from the airport for free even though it was fairly late (10:30pm) and breakfast was included, making it an even better value. It's in a quiet residential area but each room has it's own balcony with a tree top view, which was a great way to start seeing colorful birds our first morning in the country! The car rental process worked really well too - rates were in line with other options and it saved us a trip into the city center or back to the airport. I would definitely stay here again.
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Date of stay: May 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Kathryn C wrote a review Feb 2020
Grass Lake, United States4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at the hotel the first and last nights of our two-week trip to Costa Rica and loved everything about our experience there. It is peaceful retreat in a beautiful setting – in contrast to airport hotels. The rooms are clean, spacious, and modern, the beds are comfortable, and the breakfasts are delicious. The private balconies overlooking the forest and the personal attention given by the hosts are what really set this hotel apart from others, though. When I left behind a part for my CPAP the first night, Mathieu drove to the airport and delivered it to someone who could bring it to me at the next place we were staying. I am so grateful for his help! We also appreciated being picked up at the airport late at night - a trip to or from the airport is included with your stay. Something else we enjoyed during our visits was walking the trails below the hotel and seeing the large numbers of gorgeous butterflies flying back and forth. In every respect, we had a wonderful experience with Hotel Pibi Boreal!
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Date of stay: February 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from pibiboreal, Gerente at Hotel Pibi Boreal
Responded Feb 25, 2020
I thank you very much for your feedback. We work hard to keep our garden and forest, we add some bench seats, and we will ad soon other variety of flowers for our Hummingbird and butterflies. Sincerely Mathieu
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Hannahw444 wrote a review Feb 2022
Portland, Oregon3 contributions1 helpful vote
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Thank you Pibi Boreal for the lovely stay! This hotel is a charming place to stay when flying in or out of San Jose airport. It’s owned/operated by a family of the nicest people. The service was very warm and helpful, for the price point, which is quite affordable. We showed up after 10pm after a long day of flying. We were so hungry and the thought of finding a restaurant that was open seemed intimidating. The woman in charge whipped up tasty grilled cheese sandwiches and salads for us so we didn’t go hungry. It was so thoughtful! Breakfast is a light and refreshing spread of toast and jam/butter, and plenty of fresh local fruits as well as coffee and tea.

The only downside is that the walls and floors are paper thin, so be extra courteous of your volume and footsteps, and cross your fingers that the rooms nearby do the same (and maybe bring some ear plugs/a noisemaker in case). All in all, a very charming place to start or end your Costa Rican adventure for a very affordable price run by an absolutely adorable family.
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Date of stay: February 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Pibi Boreal, Dueño at Hotel Pibi Boreal
Responded Feb 17, 2022
Thank you very much for your visit and feedback. We heard your sugestion, and we are improving our instalation, year after year.
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Rebecca D wrote a review Jun 2022
2 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
What a way to start your journey into Costa Rica! The Hotel Pibi is a family run boutique styled BnB set amongst the back drop of stunning rainforest. Matthieu and Nidia are kind, attentive and considerate ensuring that you have all you need for a good night's sleep and a delicious breakfast. They also offer great advice on places to see or dine at local to the area. Their airport shuttle service is also reassuring as they sweep you off to their haven of tranquility. I will most definitely be going back!

Thank you.
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Date of stay: June 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: All rooms are wonderful.
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Christina H wrote a review Jun 2021
Cypress, California107 contributions127 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The owners of this hotel were so lovely. The room was very nice, with a balcony with the most beautiful view. This is a great place if you have a car, not too much within walking distance. I ordered Uber eats twice and they found the place no problem. They provide a breakfast of juice, tea / coffee, bread, jam, and fruit (a HUGE bowl of fruit). They also provided free airport pick up for my mom and I (who arrived on separate days). It was fun to watch for animals from the balcony. There were many beautiful butterflies, squirrels, dragonflies, and so many birds. Highly recommend.
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Date of stay: June 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: Every room has a balcony, every room is the same, so nice.
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Response from Nidia Herrera, Propietario at Hotel Pibi Boreal
Responded Jun 14, 2021
Dear Christina, thank you very much for your visit, and feedback
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Barbara Q wrote a review Mar 2023
Moncton, Canada13 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We highly recommend this delightful family run hotel in the hills outside of San Jose, not far from the airport. Upon our arrival from Canada, a shuttle awaited us (6 people) and brought us to Pibi Boreal. The eco-friendly hotel is simple but wonderful. Crisp linens, comfortable beds, floor to ceiling windows and verandahs with beautiful views of the rainforest in the backyard. Breakfast is coffee, fruit and bread/croissants with butter and jam, brought to your room on a tray to enjoy outside. It is a wonderful way to be introduced to the Pura Vida world of Costa Rica. The hosts were friendly and helpful. Why would you stay in a cookie cutter, boring chain hotel when you can begin your adventure at Hotel Pibi Boreal? Thanks for a lovely stay both upon arrival and departure from Costa Rica!
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Date of stay: February 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Stephanie T wrote a review Feb 2020
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This place is wonderful! Super cute and updated. The porch is amazing over looking the forest in the back. They bring breakfast to your door every morning. A great place, near the airport but feels like you are in the country. Very safe place. Hosts are very accommodating and always willing to get whatever you need. I want to come back!
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Date of stay: February 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from Mathieu de Watrigant, Owner at Hotel Pibi Boreal
Responded Jan 12, 2021
Thank you very for your feedback. We are happy you enjoy your stay with us. Happy new year
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ShannonMarie asked a question May 2021
Monticello, Illinois96 contributions12 helpful votes
Is there air conditioning here? Thanks!
Answer from Hotel Pibi Boreal
Alajuela, Costa Rica1 contribution
We are in area where night are cold and our beds have duvet and extra cover available. No need of air conditioning at night.
ShannonMarie asked a question May 2021
Monticello, Illinois96 contributions12 helpful votes
Do airport rentals get dropped off here? Thanks!
Answer from Hotel Pibi Boreal
Alajuela, Costa Rica1 contribution
On May 2021, the car agency offering free delivery were Adobe, Solid, Wide Rider. Other car rental can offer this service, I recomend you negociate this service before confirming booking
RustyNuts asked a question Mar 2021
Berkhamsted, United Kingdom22 contributions7 helpful votes
Do you have a restaurant?
Answer from Hotel Pibi Boreal
Alajuela, Costa Rica1 contribution
We don't have a restaurant in our property, but around at 10 mn ride you have dozen of restaurants in the area of Alajuela and Santa Barbara, as Plaza Real or Banco de los Mariscos. Each room have a terraze with table and minibar. You can order food with Ubereat.
dhviola asked a question Nov 2019
New York64 contributions60 helpful votes
Are there trails in the Forest or gardens to spend a few hours birdwatching?
Answer from Hotel Pibi Boreal
Alajuela, Costa Rica1 contribution
Dear gues, yes you can walk around the garden for birdwatching, and your point of view from you terrace is a most to.
aybak asked a question Nov 2019
Chicago, Illinois12 contributions11 helpful votes
Hello, is there a shuttle to pick us up/drop us at the airport? Thanks
Answer from Hotel Pibi Boreal
Alajuela, Costa Rica1 contribution
After you make the booking on line, we will send you a mail with all the instruction for pick up in the airport, which is includ in the price of your reservation.
Gary and Carol S wrote a tip Apr 2024
Manhattan Beach, California81 contributions46 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"We had to room that is sized for families, since our daughter was with us. It was comfortable in size and we all enjoyed it!"
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Grant_UK wrote a tip Nov 2023
Brighton, United Kingdom483 contributions364 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"There’s no TV (I didn’t want one), the WiFi is very good though so you could stream if you wanted"
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keywestelaine wrote a tip Sep 2023
Key West, Florida93 contributions37 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Great place to get your last nature fix before leaving CR! There is a small coffee maker in the room ."
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alisono27 wrote a tip Mar 2023
Portsmouth, United Kingdom96 contributions76 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Parking"
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Mobile33141277855 wrote a tip Dec 2022
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"I marked this hotel as budget because of the price but the experience would certainly feel mid-range or better. The courtesy was amazing."
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PRICE RANGE
C$137 - C$179 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
Costa RicaProvince of AlajuelaAlajuela
NUMBER OF ROOMS
5
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hotel Pibi Boreal
Which popular attractions are close to Hotel Pibi Boreal?
Nearby attractions include Hacienda Alsacia Starbucks Coffee Farm (7.4 km), Britt Coffee Tour (7.6 km), and Our Lady of the Pillar Cathedral (3.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Hotel Pibi Boreal?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Hotel Pibi Boreal?
Top room amenities include a minibar, a refrigerator, and blackout curtains.
What food & drink options are available at Hotel Pibi Boreal?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, free instant coffee, and an outdoor dining area during their stay.
Is parking available at Hotel Pibi Boreal?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Hotel Pibi Boreal?
Conveniently located restaurants include Ragu, Spaghetti Factory, City Mall, Alajuela, and Taj Mahal - An Ethnic Indian Restaurant.
Does Hotel Pibi Boreal have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Hotel Pibi Boreal offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Hotel Pibi Boreal have airport transportation?
Yes, Hotel Pibi Boreal offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Hotel Pibi Boreal?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, and French.
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