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r0bert870
Wigan, United Kingdom

Not just an airport hotel!

Review of Hotel Robledal
5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed Nov 14, 2023
Convenient to the airport, flight path overhead but as this is not a very busy airport - no problem. Set in beautiful, well maintained grounds, great for birdwatching. The rooms are spacious with showere, hairdryer,A/C & good wifi. Breakfast is fresh fruit followed by eggs, pancakes. Dinner is very good, the fish is excellent. A family run business, they are extremely obliging, sorting out transfers to & from the airport at any time you require. Emmanuel's birding trip was excellent.
Date of stay: October 2023
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Reviewed April 20, 2023

Absolutely wonderful hotel! Stayed here the last night after a two-week trip around Costa Rica, before heading to the airport the next day. What a peaceful, relaxing way to wind down from a busy trip. Very friendly people, and excellent food at the restaurant for dinner and the breakfast that's included with the stay -- best food we had the whole trip, which was a great surprise. The hotel maintains a nest box for Ferruginous Pygmy Owls on the property, and I got to see them several times during my stay, which was a nice bonus! Beautiful gardens as well, attracting various hummingbirds. Highly recommend!

Date of stay: April 2023
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Reviewed March 25, 2023

Exceeded all expectations! Wonderfully friendly, helpful staff, very comfortable rooms, with aircon. Great restaurant with lots of varied choices, all of which were delicious. The grounds were absolutely magnificent, full of beautiful flowering and foliage plants/trees chosen to attract wildlife eg butterflies, variegated squirrel, and so many birds - humming birds, tanangers, orioles, wrens, grackles, pygmy owls, woodpeckers, kiskadees, kingfisher, squirrel cuckoo and so much more! Also good views across to scrub land opposite hotel where we saw vultures etc. Lovely swimming pool with attractive waterfall feature. Emmanuel was the most wonderful wildlife guide, taking us to Poas volcano, a waterfall, a cafe with wildlife feeding station, and a wild bird trip near the hotel.

Room tip: Just the most perfect place to start and end a holiday in Costa Rica, close enough to airport, with shuttle service
Date of stay: March 2023
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed March 23, 2023

We stayed for a total of two nights, at the beginning and end of our trip. It's a pretty property about 10-15 minutes from the airport, with a good restaurant on site and plenty of birding right on the grounds. We had fantastic looks at a nesting ferruginous pygmy-owl, several hummingbirds, and more. Emmanuel and his family make you feel at home; we wish we had a little more time to do tours from there. The rooms are simple but clean and many open right on to the beautiful plantings and gardens.

Date of stay: March 2023
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed March 9, 2023

An airport motel like no other ! This was our final stop on a 17 day trip and it was certainly unique. It is priced similarly to the usual American chain hotels who operate around SJO but it is small and family run. It is near El Roble which is not a pretty place, with smelly open drains and a sketchy feel to it but was interesting for a short walk to buy snacks and the people were friendly. Nowhere else to eat other than the hotel, though.
The room itself was standard airport motel/hotel in worn fittings and the basics only but it was clean and comfortable enough. The garden has a large pond to encourage wildlife and unfortunately this means mosquitos too. The only place we got really mosquito bitten in all our CR travels.
However, this place is full of garden birds. They may be common birds for CR but they are interesting to visitors and I have never seen an airport hotel anywhere else where nearly all guests carried at least one of birdbooks, tick lists, binocs and huge long lenses. There was no information from the hotel as such but you are almost guaranteed to meet folk who know loads about birds. I see that they occasionally run Urban Garden Bird guided tours for outside guests for $12 but not during our stay. People also come from outside for the Executive lunch deal which is superb value. Dinner was good too. Breakfast a rather basic buffet. Though it is forgivable when your view includes hummingbirds, tanagers, the spot breasted oriole, the Inca doves nesting in the restaurant ceiling and the background noises of kiskadees and grackles. The swimming pool was clean and I had it all to myself.
The only negative thing about the shuttle was the 30 minute wait for the pick up from the domestic terminal and that there is no free shuttle back to the airport after 12pm so we had to pay a fee to get taken back to SJO for our international flight home.

Date of stay: March 2023
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Reviewed January 21, 2023

A wonderful friendly hotel with (for us) surprising bird habitat. The hotel itself is excellent, clean, comfortable beds, delicious breakfast, friendly staff. But the winning feature is the way Emanuel and his family are creating habitat for birds, and encouraging the entire community to do the same.
We saw woodpeckers, tanagers, mot-mots, parrots and there is even a pygmy owl box on the property.

Date of stay: January 2023
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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