This was a great place to unwind after finishing a two-week-long group birding tour, while awaiting departure back to the United States. It is reasonably handy to the airport at San Jose, which was one factor in my choice. The promise of some more leisurely birdwatching to close out my third trip to Costa Rica was another factor, and the web site seemed to promise that. I was thankful that I had printed out the map provided on the web site; my taxi driver relied on it heavily to get me to the property. He knew Alajuela well, but had not previously been to this particular location. Patrick and Nadine were very welcoming, and very responsive to my needs. I stayed in Casita Poro and was most satisfied with the room. It was simply, but tastefully, decorated and very clean. Wireless Internet access is available in the room. This is a B&B, so no lunch or dinner served. There was a small refrigerator in the room, even though the owners request that no food be kept in the room, because of the potential for calling insects; a bottle of water was chilled inside. The nearest eating establishment (and only one within "walking distance") is Xandari Resort, some "600 meters away" (according to the Tacacori web site); as noted on the Tacacori web site, guests here are allowed to use the resort restaurant. Unless you are in reasonable physical condition, I suggest you call for a taxi. The 600 meters is downhill on a steep hill; then, once inside the Xandari gate, you have a steep uphill walk to get to the restaurant. (Take a flashlight if you go at night -- there are only sporadic streetlights along the way.) Once there, though, I thought it was well worth the trip -- a wonderful view of San Jose and the valley below, especially at sunset and at night, and really great food and service. Back to Tacacori. The grounds are well-kept and quite nice. The breakfast, as some other reviewers have noted, is likely less than you may be used to at a B&B -- fruits, juices, coffee and toast with jam. I have to particularly applaud Patrick for his tolerance of my schedule. I was scheduled for a 6 am flight out of San Jose. Patrick arranged for a taxi to leave from Tacacori at 3:45 and also brought me a fruit plate and juice so that I would have something to eat in the morning before I left. For those of you who watch birds, I note that there is a Montezuma Oropendula nest palm on the property; it was great to get a close-up view of these Costa Rican birds. Other birds were present as well in the trees and shrubs on and near the property. As a retreat, a great place to stay. Having a car, as other guests did, would make one's stay even more enjoyable.
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- Whether you’re looking for a stop over or a place to spend at few days to find time relaxation in a beautiful tropical garden. TACACORI EcoLodge is your deal destination. Located 15 mn away from the Juan Santamaria International Airport in a peaceful neighbourhood withing Alajuela, Costa Rica and just minutes away from the business district, entertainment spots and shopping centers in San Jose.Tacaori Ecolodge is an exclusive rest place for tourists coming from the airport to stop over for a good night’s rest.Each of the 5 bungalows rests in harmony with its surrounding and included personalized services. ... more less
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