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Hotel Casa Tago
Ranked #8 of 67 Alajuela B&B and Inns
Reviewed 26 August 2010

We flew into SJO late and had to be picked up in the morning at 530a to embark on a tour with Turtle Beach Lodge, so we basically got to this hotel and went to sleep. We slept very well! The accommodations were charming and simple, the bed super comfortable, and the owner extremely friendly. He woke up with us at 5a to call us a cab. There is a computer with internet free to use and a shared kitchen. I'm pretty sure there was a tv in the room but we didn't use it.

It was a cheap and comfortable stay.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 August 2010

My wife and I stayed at Casa Tago for 2 nights at the end of a wonderful 3 week trip from Panama City, up through Panama and then Costa Rica. It was our first experience of backpacking, and some of the hostels along the way were basic to say the least, so we were very pleased with the comfort and peace of Casa Tago in Alajuela. The whole place was spotless, the staff couldn't have been more freindly and helpful, and Casa Tago is ideally situated for restaurants and bus stations in the town. We 100% recommend it as a place to stay just after landing at San Jose International airport (only 5 minutes away but you never hear the planes), or as we did, before the flight home. Alajuela is a lovely place too, and an excellent start point for visiting Monteverde and the other wonderful sights in Costa Rica. Casa Tago was a lucky find for us! Sue and Graham Gillson, England

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 May 2010

We arrived as strangers - and never wanted to leave! The instant the door was opened we knew it was our casa away from home.
We were warmly and sincerely greeted by the hostess, Constanza, of this charming B & B. Not knowing more than a few words of Spanish, imagine our surprise to hear "Hello, how are you" in our natvie language. The rooms are meticulous, comfortable, tastefully decorated and cozy. Constanza and Humberto, the hostess and host and owners, went beyond the call of duty to help us with our various questions on where to eat, what to see, how to get around, where to have laundry done...and the list goes on! The breakfast is ample and refills of food and coffee are given with a smile. Without hesitation, we would recommend this A+ B & B to all!
P.S. Humberto and Constanza even gave us a few key phrases in Spanish to enable us to better communicate while in Costa Rica. Pura Vida!

  • Stayed: April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 May 2010

Our first week in Costa Rica we spent in Hotel Casa Tago. We both found it to be best value for money. We were in Room #4. Double bed, ensuite, hot water shower, TV and fans. Window opening to the corridor but the room was not too dark because daylight could get in through a kind of transparent pane in the ceiling. Breakfast is included and available from 7 am daily. There is bread, butter and jam, cereals, fruits, coffee or tea. Constanza is more than willing to give tips and help make arrangements and calls. We really appreciate her support. Wifi Internet is available and there is a computer as well that can be used by guests. We will definitely be going back again.

  • Stayed: April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 April 2010

It was a pleasure to stay at Casa Tago. We have now stayed her twice, once on the way in and once on the way out and will be staying her again on our second way out thanks to the volcano in iceland.

The staff are lovely and go out of their way to help you. We got up late and they still gave us breakfast at 11am which you´d be hard pressed to get anywhere else.

Compared to getting a hostel this hotel is so much better value for money. You get a private room with television, bathroom, hot water, fan, breakfast and free wifi for only 30 dollars and it´s literally 5 minutes from the airport.

The rooms are very clean and although a one we stayed in looked like it may still need it´s finishing touches the second room (room 3!) was amazing, comfortable bed and good size. It´s the staff that make it, it could be a hovel and I would still stay here, but it is lovely, basic but clean, what more do you need?

  • Stayed: March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 April 2010

Stayed at Casa Tago on the first and last nights of our trip.
I am usually very hot, complain about not having AC, but the fan rooms here are more than adequate.
Nice people are the key to this place. Each shift, we had fun talking to the staff, playing with their son.
Location is just in the middle of town, which gives you something more to do than to go to Dennys or sit in the Americanized hotels by the airport.
We tried the Tico place El Fondo del Jardin- which seemed touristy but fun. But, the Italian place around the corner had excellent food and more Ticos.
The rooms are clean. Shower is hot and with strong pressure.
The rooms were unbelievably quiet- though maybe the fan running helped.
We also had to stay an addtional night across the street at Mi Tierra. So to compare, Mi Tierra had a better breakfast, he room was larger. But we liked Casa Tago better.
Casa Tago breakfast we had was a plate of fruit, and some bread with jam or butter- simple. Though most other places give you some eggs and gallo pinto which is nice. Free Wi-fi always a plus- why can't the US do this?

Parking is apparently not safe at night, so we paid a few colones to park in a secure lot down the street, recommended by the desk guy.
Take a walk around Alajuela, check out the park in front of the church. Talk to the people. It is more than just an Airport town.
We did see Volcano Poas with some extra time. If you have been to Yellowstone or other places, it might not be worth the $11, but it is a great drive up from Alajueala.

  • Stayed: March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 March 2010

We stayed here for 2 nights before heading off to travel around Costa Rica and 2 nights on the way back and couldn't be happier. The rooms were clean and beds really comfortable. We were greeted warmly and the warmth and friendliness continued right throughout our stay, from everyone who worked there. It's a small place with a family feel and great value for money.

It's very close to the airport and some lovely restaurants that were recommended to us - one is a Tico place just around the corner (the name of which I have already forgotten, but just ask when you get there!) and a Peruvian place not too far away. Both worth visiting! There's lots to do from Alajuela too, just ask someone at Casa Tago and they will help you out with some ideas, without forcing expensive tours on you! We went to a beautiful butterfly farm and to Volcan Poas. Both worth a visit but take a jacket to the volcano!

Breakfast was delicious and always ready for us whether we were up at 6.30am or 9am. There is a computer with free internet access and books availbale to borrow, also they sell water and beer and other drinks should you need them. We would definately recommend this place to anyone and will stay there again when we visit Costa Rica next time!

  • Stayed: March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Address: Calle 3 Avenida 2 | 75 Este Del Antiguo Seguro, Alajuela 506, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Alajuela
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 67 B&Bs / Inns in Alajuela
Price Range: $41 - $68 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
HOTEL CASA TAGO is located down town Alajuela, 5 minutes from the international airport Juan Santamaría. We are a small hotel run by the owners who are willing to give a personalized service to our guests. We are a Hotel with policies and practices that go in support of a sustainable environment; due to this the Costa Rican Tourism Institute has certified us as a sustainable hotel. For Hotel Casa Tago, it is important to involve our guests in our objectives to fulfill the propose goals, therefore, during their stay they will find information on actions they can perform.Our rates include breakfast, parking, Internet / WI FI, storage and tourist information. We also provide car rental service, tours, and international calls. The rooms are designed to make you feel at home. In each of them you can find, private bathroom, hot water, cable TV, and a/c or fan.The so-called "city of mangoes" (Alajuela) is very quiet, you can find shopping centers, souvenir shops, supermarkets, and it is close to national parks like Poas volcano, coffee tour, waterfall park, butterfly farm and bird zoo, among others. For us more than a tourist you are our friend who we invite to spend "Pura Vida" vacations in Costa Rica. ... more   less 
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