Alajuela is located 11 miles (17 km) northwest of San José. The Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) is also here, which makes this is a convenient location for travelers who will be flying into or out of Costa Rica. The city itself is much more tranquil than San José. A number of attractions are close by, including a zoo and butterfly farm. Even better, the Poás Volcano National Park and Braulio Carrillo National Park are a short drive away, offering travelers hiking trails and outdoor excursions.
Villa San Ignacio is nestled at the foot of mountains on a 22-acre (9-ha) piece of property. The property is planted with a variety of fruit trees that attract brilliant tropical birds, including parrots, tanagers, hummingbirds, and more. The hotel was recently renovated and retains a rustic charm alongside modern amenities. The hotel’s décor is attractive but simple, with custom-built furniture and large windows.
The 12 rooms are clean and pleasant. With light colors and good lighting, they feel bright and breezy. All rooms have air conditioning and a ceiling fan, so you’ll remain cool and comfortable during the warmer months. Guests will appreciate the private bathroom and hot water shower, as well as the Wi-Fi access that is offered throughout the hotel. All rooms also have a safety deposit box—store your passport, electronics, and extra money in here when you’re out exploring Alajuela.
The hotel’s Pandora restaurant is airy and cheerful and adjoins a well-stocked bar. Pull up a stool and have a pre-dinner drink at happy hour or a cold beer in the afternoon. The restaurant takes a contemporary approach to traditional Costa Rican cuisine—guests can enjoy fettuccine Alfredo, Aztec soup, and surf n’ turf. A complimentary breakfast is served in the restaurant from 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM.
Villa San Ignacio has a swimming pool for guest to enjoy. The pool is large, clean, and refreshing. It’s a great place to cool off or sunbathe.