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Trapp Family Country Inn

3.0 out of 5.0

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This place was just what I was looking for — a quiet, beautiful and relaxing place to unwind for a few nights after flying into San José. I love the style of the rooms and their large size, the private patio overlooking the pool and gardens, and the spacious veranda where meals are served and where there are many patio sofa sets for relaxing. Most of all I love the setting. You turn off a very busy road onto a long bamboo lined entry drive and almost magically you are in a more gracious time and place. An expansive lawn lies beyond the gate with enormous hundred year old trees, a lush garden and lovely colonial style architecture. The planes flying over were definitely something I heard, but the noise was not roaring or in any way offensive. And the food was delicious. We ate two dinners and a lunch here and were quite pleased with the choices, quality and price. If you are looking for a modern hotel and must have AC, this is not the place for you. But if you appreciate getting off a plane and a very short while later relaxing in what feels like an old colonial estate, all at a very reasonable price, then this is the place for you.

Stayed the night with a plan to leave early and catch a 6:55 am flight. The place is empty yet they put me upstairs. There are 3 turns on the large staircase to navigate with luggage. There is no elevator. The rooms don’t have AC. There are no windows but there is a balcony with doors however no screams and lots of insects! As if all this isn’t bad enough, the Security told me at check out how displeased he was that I took an uber to the airport. The uber driver told me that he has been calling me as Security would not let him in as there is a no Uber policy. Finally when I got out the gate, a taxi blocked our exit. We had to back into the hotel where the taxi and Security talked and joked blocking the exit. Oh yeah, no hot water nor soap either.

Over the years I have stayed in the Trapp Family Inn many times. It has always been a peaceful and refreshing experience. The rooms are spacious and well appointed. The beds are comfortable and the accommodations meet and clean with a homey feeling of comfort. The staff are multilingual and attentive. I found breakfast on the porch/veranda looking over the trees and garden to be a great beginning to the day. The dinner menu, while limited provides ample opportunity to chose between pasta plates or meat dishes that are well prepared and tasty. I will continue to visit this "family" inn as I pass through San Jose. Thanks for all you do to make the visit special.

We stayed here for one night at the end of our tour through Costa Rica. The rooms are spacious as well as the bathroom. Everything is clean and neatly. It is in the middle of a suburb of San Jose. You don't get that feeling when you arrive at the reception. It is a peaceful place except for the noise of the planes taking of and landing. It it very close to the airport. So it is a good hotel to start or end your journey through Costa Rica. Had a great last Costa Rican breakfast here.

We landed at 1:30am and came here to rest up before heading to our resort. The hotel is in an urban area, but located off the road behind a gate. When we arrived a man handed us a traditional key and walked us to our room. That was it, no exchange of names, so check in was quick. The room was very old and had no toiletries. The bed was comfortable so we had a decent night of sleep. The breakfast was included and was very good. We found the staff to be friendly.

Hi guys, I will tell you why. It still is a stylish hotel. But our room, number 5 had no chairs. we had to put our clothes on the ground. The quality of food has extremely deteriorated. The diner. We got as a side dish fried bananas. The slices were completely black. Burned. My tilapia was salted several times. Not edible. The breakfast. A disaster as well. Last year we started with an abundant plate full of fruit. Now 4 slices of banana and a small piece of pineapple. The egg. No choice. We got (without ordering) scrambled eggs. I want fried eggs. Sorry sir, take it or leave. We will leave it. This was the last time. (I have informed my travel agent.) regards schliek

The hotel is located in a very sketchy part of town not in the airport hotel strip... When you arrive you feel you are in the middle of nowhere wile airplanes fly over your head. The rooms are full of insects with no hot water or toiletries, the pool is dirty and the owner is very rude and entitled. We just drove 4 hr and only wanted to relax in a room before our flight which was not possible so we ended up going to an other hotel which was closer to the airport, clean and with nice staff. We do NOT recommend, you will be sorry.

Stayed here 2 nights, calm peaceful with flowers, trees, birdsong and a lovely cat. What else, good service, good food. Recommend the pina colada, made with ice. Spacious rooms. It is about 15 minutes from airport, but no disturbance from planes. Makes a great stopover location. Wouldn't hesitate to stay again.

We loved our time at the Hotel Trapp Family Country Inn. The staff is courteous, professional, knowledgeable and everyone we encountered went above and beyond our expectations. They were very conscientious of accommodating our two young children. When we arrived in the evening close to the time the restaurant closed, the staff made meals for us and brought them to our room, room service style. They ensured we had early dinner reservations so that the kids' meals came out quickly. At breakfast when my 3 year old was upset, a staff member cheered her up by showing her a wooden crocodile toy and when we left in the very early morning, the kids were given bananas. We even left a very special stuffed animal behind and Karin took extra care to return it to us! The staff made leaving early a breeze by ordering us a van that was big enough for our group and even calling to check on it when it was only a few minutes behind schedule. There is a staff member/security guard on duty very early in the morning to accommodate guests with early flights. (The grounds are gated and a guard checks reservations at the gate). The grounds are well kept. The rooms are clean and comfortable. Our room had three beds in it to accommodate my family. We loved the ceiling fans and the french doors that opened out to the balcony overlooking the courtyard. As mentioned in other reviews, you would never guess that this cute B&B is in the middle of a city! It is truly an oasis! When we fly through San Jose again, we will be sure to book a stay with Hotel Trapp Family Country Inn!

Based on reviews and convenience to the airport, we booked 2 rooms at the Trapp Family Inn ahead of our trip. During our travels in Costa Rica we had a very bad accident that left one of our party in the hospital for the remainder of our trip. On our last night, another in our party stayed at the hospital to help her sister, so we only needed one room at the Inn. Their policy is a forfeiture of the room charge if a cancellation is made within 2 weeks of the reservation. But when I wrote to Karin Trapp (owner) and explained the situation (only one day prior to our stay, or even the day of), she was exceedingly gracious and understanding and let us cancel one room without penalty. The Inn staff were very helpful, even letting me use their phone to call the US to confirm the arrangements with Expedia (via which the rooms had been booked). The hotel was very comfortable and attractive, with lovely gardens, and a nice breakfast. Until a plane flies overhead you feel you're out in the countryside, not in a busy part of San Jose. At 6 minutes from the airport, what could be better before/after a flight? Thank you so much, Trapp family!

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