Vina Romantica

50 meters S. of the Hotel Buena Vista , San Isidro Alajuela, Costa Rica (Show map)


Viña Romántica is centrally located in the cool rural hills of Alajuela, just 7 miles (10 k) from the San Jose International Airport. On the road to Poas Volcano and Doka Coffee Estates and just minutes from most major Costa Rica Tour pickup points. Great entry & exit bed and breakfast! Viña Romántica offers four comfortable rooms each appointed with private bathrooms, queen sized beds with memory foam mattresses, ceiling fans and soft lighting. Guests can linger, relax and enjoy the beautiful views of the surrounding coffee plantation and Poas Volcano. With perpetual spring climate of 73 degrees F say "Hello" and "Goodbye" to Costa Rica from the balcony of Vina Romantica.




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  • Guest room4.1
  • Service4.5
  • Value4.2
  • Cleanliness4.4
  • Onsite Dining4.4

Room with a view!

5 on April 07, 2015

My boyfriend and I stayed at Vina Romantica on our first trip to Costa Rica and were very pleased! The owner arranged a cab ride from the airport to the b&b, showed us to our rooms, and even offered us drinks! We felt at home immediately! Our room was upstairs (very clean!!!) and it has a beautiful view of the valley where we could watch the sunrises and sunsets. The owner prepared us amazing breakfasts and gave us advice on fun things we could do while we visited. What is particularly nice is that this b&b is right next to a bus stop into town and bus fares are nice and cheap, so it's easy to go explore from this location. The owner was able to also get us a cab whenever we asked, including a cab ride back to the airport after our stay. We HIGHLY RECOMMEND this b&b for your stay in Costa Rica!

First time traveling international

5 on March 20, 2015

This was the first time for my wife and I to travel abroad and this innkeeper was perfect. We had a local favorite one morning and gourmet French Toast the next. Request the pineapple orange syrup, you won't be disappointed. The innkeeper was also very knowledgeable about the surrounding area. He had a taxi service take us to Poas Volcano, the Doka plantation and the airport. He also suggested a day cruise and a restaurant down the street with an amazing view. I think if we had stayed in a hotel in downtown San Jose we wouldn’t have had such a wonderful experience. My wife and I are already thinking about going back.

Nice views!

3.4 on January 05, 2015

Nederlands Engels Frans Schone kamers, een aardige gastheer en een heerlijke ontbijt. De laatste twee nachten van onze vakantie hebben wij ons prima vermaakt in deze B&B. De uitzichten op de Poas Volucano en San Jose zijn prachtig. Omdat we er met oudjaar waren, hebben we spectaculair vuurwerk gezien boven San Jose. Geef je wensen aan en er wordt een heerlijk ontbijt klaar gemaakt. Wel zou de eigenaar zich nog wat meer kunnen verdiepen in activiteiten en eetgelegenheden in de omgeving, zodat hij zij bezoekers hierbij kan helpen. Clean rooms, a nice host and a delicious breakfast. The last two nights of our vacation we have lot of fun in this B & B. The views of the Poas Volucano and San Jose are wonderful. Because we were there New Year's Eve, we have seen spectacular fireworks over San Jose. Give your wishes and a delicious breakfast is made ready. However, the owner is able to delve into some more activities and dining options in the area, so he she can help visitors here.

What a great trip !

3.8 on October 26, 2014

We spent 11 wonderful days here at the B&B. The town is small but the activities are very close by. The facility, staff and food was very good. Fresh fruits, great views and a relaxing atmosphere all made for a very nice stay. Being close to the airport (about 7 miles) but up in a quiet Costa Rican village makes it a great place to stay. We will be going back very soon. P/s: I recommend the Doka Plantation tour... about 3 miles away.

Not very romantic

2.4 on November 05, 2009

We called ahead to let them know we were running late and didn't arrive until 11pm. (It says 6Km from airport, but it is probably a bit farther and with the roads they way they are took about 20-25min) The woman running Viva Romantic was kind enough to wait up for us and provide us with parking. Once we arrived, the room smelled of sewer, the room was very basic, very clean, but dated. I guess they have a bad septic system and the room was very, very smelly. Then during the night there were a lot of neighborhood dogs barking, and a young rooster that didn't know when to crow and when not to crow. We were also woke up early in the morning to a neighbor singing very loudly. We didn't sleep well! In the morning we were ready to go. We did eat the breakfast that they provided and it was excellent. This was our first night in Costa Rica and we had booked the room for our last night, but decided even though we had already paid that we would go somewhere else. I would not return or recommend.

Innkeeper Response
I am saddened as this is the first and only negative review in the history of my ownership. We are the #2 rated hotel in Alajuela (the airport city) out of 35 by Trip Advisor. We have many great reviews on this B&B site as well. Here is what they are correct about: • We have excellent food. Our reviews show it. • I do wait up for our clients and if they get up early, I do see them off as well. • We have secure parking. • There was an odor when I opened the door. Our septic system is regularly inspected and performs properly. During the heavy rain season, the ground water fills up the systems quickly. It was quickly alleviated by opening the door and turning on the ceiling fan. In the future, I’ll check this room prior to guest arrival. These things are simply culture shock. I believe they will have a different opinion once their trip is concluded: • We are 7 kilometers from the airport. • The street dog population in Costa Rica is out of control. It’s part of the culture. I like this program who helps alleviate it: • Roosters and chickens are part of the culture and the "wildlife". We advertise that we are in the coffee farm country. We provide earplugs for city folks. • Noise laws are strict here. Culturally, Costa Rican families get up when the sun does and go to bed when it retires as well. We do have quiet hours from 10pm to 8am. • Our rooms are far from basic. We provide fresh flowers, free bottled water, free coffee packages to take home, a full breakfast, welcome cocktail and a taxi ride either to or from the airport. If they are still in the country, please come back. Your last night is complimentary and I’ll even throw in a bottle of wine.

home away from home

4.8 on March 31, 2009

My fifteen year old son and I stayed here first and last nights of our trip to Costa Rica. Upon arrival in this new country Sherry welcomed us as if into her home. It is a small inn- if you want an anonymous hotel atmosphere this is not for you. We had our privacy and we also had the warmth of being invited into someone's home. Sherry and Tim made us feel welcome to their space and to Costa Rica. The food was excellent, both dinner and breakfast. We were so happy to be returning there at the end of our travels knowing we would have a good meal and be welcomed. the trip to and from the airport is easy and so smart to avoid the traffic of San Jose. We would definitely return. If you pay cash, you get a discount.

Great place, owners

4.0 on February 08, 2009

We chose Vina Romantica because it looked like a nice, quiet place that was near the international airport (which is 17 KM from San Jose) and because they offered free cabs from and to the airport. All of those things were true, and it was a wonderful place to spend our first and last nights. The owners are great, very friendly and helpful, and the place is really cute. Food was also delicious, but the really bonus at the end of our trip was arranging to have a masseuse they knew come and give hour-long massages to my wife and I for $45 each! It was great, and we highly recommend staying here. Oh, and Alajuela, the town/suburb the inn is located in is really a cute little place in its own right.

We can't say enough!

4.8 on August 22, 2008

what a jem! the whole experience was laid back while being luxurious and not stuffy. Price is well worth what you get (definately get the dinner). The owners are wonderful, the place is wonderful!

Great Place for Romantic Getaway

5 on January 09, 2008

We stayed our first & last night at Hotel Vina Romantica. The Hello/Goodbye package is great. They offer a massage, peticure or manicure, gourmet dinner & breakfast pickup and delivery at the International Airport near San Jose and a delicious welcome tropical drink. Our room had a great view of Poas Volcano and the surrounding coffee plantations. We felt very safe, and the information we received from the staff about Costa Rica was very helpful. We highly recommend Vina Romantica and definitely will stay there on our next trip to Costa Rica.

Great Place but even better host and hostess

5 on December 19, 2007

Vina Romatica was a cute little B&B over looking miles of coffee fields with so much charm. Turbo and Sherry (Inn Owners) were the friendliest owners in all of my years of travelling and staying at B&B's. Sherry can cook up a storm and Turbo will shoot the breeze with you about the many things to do. I can't wait to go back.

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Rooms & Rates

Barva View Room

Enjoy the beautiful second floor view of Barva Volcano as you relax in this quiet end room tastefully decorated. Signed prints from Donald Roller Wilson will intrigue you if you intend to "monkey" around. A remote ceiling fan will keep you comfortably cool in the day and as the night settles in a down comforter will warm your toes. Private bath with rain shower, soap, shampoo and conditioner.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $50 - $75

Poas View Room

Poas Volcano and the surrounding coffee fields are right in front of you as you settle into your tastefully decorated room. A queen sized bed with memory foam mattress will nestle you peacefully to sleep as you snuggle into your down comforter. A ceiling fan will keep you cool if needed high up in the hills of Alajuela. Private bath with shower and access to the Poas Patio will make your stay

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $50 - $75

Garden Room

Have your choice of two twin beds or a king sized bed with memory foam mattress. Let us know which you prefer. A romantic garden level room with interesting paintings sure to get your attention. Located on the main level for those who would rather avoid stairs and with main level access to the patio dining area and a short set of stairs to the Poas Patio. Remote ceiling fan,radio along with a relaxing in-room service such as pedicure/manicure or massage is sure to start or end your vacation in style.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $50 - $75

Tree House Suite

Our teak suite with queen sized bed with memory foam mattress, ceiling fans, sitting area, private bath with shower and small private deck. Enjoy the view of the surrounding area from three windows or the private patio. This is a street side room. It will sleep 4. $15 per person charge per night for additional people.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Queen

$95 - $95

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Location Type

Airport, Countryside, Mountains


San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO-Juan Santamaria Intl.) 5 miles

Directions to property:

From the San Jose airport head toward Alajuela and then 5 killometers North straight up the mountain

Area Attractions

Art Galleries, Casino, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, National/State parks, Nature area, Calypso Cruises, Fraiganes Park, Doka Coffee Estate/Tour, Poas Volcano, Zoo Ave, La Paz Waterfall Gardens, Picnic area, Religious Services, Zoo

Inn Details

On-site amenities

Computer, Desk, Fridge, Library, Movie library, Parking, TV, Telephone, Videos, Washer/dryer, Wi-Fi , Over 250 DVD Current Movies, Satellite TV, Outdoor Patio, Hammock, Gourmet Restaurant, Grocery stores/bus/restaurants in walking distace

Room amenities

Alarm clock, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Private entrance, Radio, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bird watching, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Mountain Bike trails, Near Major Tour Pickup Stops, Poas National Park, Doka Coffee Estates, Tropical Bungee, Zoo Ave, Colinas Del Poas Canopy Tour Zip Line, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Whitewater Rafting

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  • Check In:: 3pm
  • Check Out:: 11am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments Other, AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Diners club, Cash
  • Cancellations: Full refund with at least a 14 day written cancellation notification. All cancellations with less than a 14 day written notification will be charged the full reservation rate.



Bryan Petitt

Languages spoken

English, Spanish

About the innkeepers

After visiting Costa Rica on a vacation from the computer industry and staying 3 years, Bryan fell in love with the speed of life and the depth of culture in Costa Rica. He returned to the U.S. only long enough to make a career change. After graduating from Culinary Institute LeNotre as a Pastry Chef, he returned to Alajuela to operate Vina Romantica!

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  • Time Served: 7am - 10am
  • Serving Location: Breakfast Room, Breakfast/dining area, Dining Room, Guest room, On-site restaurant

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian

Signature Dish

Teriyaki Pork with Mango/Pineapple Salsa
Our restaurant serves only hotel guests when requested. Our 4 course meals include appetizer/soup or salad/ main course and desserts/coffee and tea. The price is $25. Please let us know if you will be dining with us. Our menus rotate and we serve only the freshest foods. We'd love to let you know what we are serving. Just ask us and be sure to make your reservation!