Inconvenienced on your vacation

People are quite flexible and adaptive when it comes to every day living. The drive to work was congested, the cable company charged you for channels you aren’t getting, your boss forgot to tell you about a change in your schedule, someone enrolled your daughter in the wrong class at swimming lessons, you forgot to pick up your son after his dentist appointment, these are all things that are frustrating at the time, but you roll with the punches, and tomorrow’s a new day.

You put up with a lot to survive in this world, sometimes feeling like a small cog in a huge machine, an ant living under the rules of the colony, but knowing soon, in another few weeks you can throw off those shackles, forget the status quo and go on vacation, free as a bird, sunshine and balmy breezes, waves lapping on the shore, sip an exotic fruit punch and scream out loud without fear of getting weird looks.

Now compare if similar disappointments occur while you are actually taking your one or two week vacation this year (in Costa Rica of course!). How much more disappointed would you be if your flight is delayed? What if no one shows up to meet you at the airport? What if the tour you were promised to the rain forests was cancelled but nobody told you, otherwise you could have planned something else? How would you feel if the car you are renting forgot to include a GPS, and they have no more in stock until tomorrow and you were really planning on it as an integral part of your adventure? How happy would you be if you miss a shuttle to your final destination costing you six hours of paradise lost? Your vacation is too short and valuable to happily accept screw ups!

This is the pressure we work under each day at Adventure Inn, if you can imagine. Our unique location as an ideal hotel to stay at while entering (and leaving) Costa Rica, and our enthusiasm to assist you in the planning of your vacation, makes little 34 room Adventure Inn the tour center of Costa Rica hotels, no one is even a close second! And because of our amazing knowledge, experience and contacts, plus operating our own fully-inspected 90 member hotel association, Adventure Hotels of Costa Rica, we can compare prices from various shuttle companies, hotels, tour operators and car rental agencies to always give you the lowest price for the same quality thing. You never pay more than if you went direct, we don’t work with companies that are so unprofessional to undercut our advertised rates. And there are several people on our staff who have taken every tour we arrange, so we have a good idea what we are talking about, and what may appeal to you.

And though mistakes occur, I can proudly say that we have a completion rate of everything we do for people well over 99% of the time, even less often if it is our fault. More often than not it is the guest who made the mistake, and we’re running around trying to do our best to fix the problem. And when we do make the occasional mistake, first of all the team feels awful then we do whatever we can to fix the problem or fairly compensate you for it. We realize what we do for you really is important.

It’s not easy being so integral to the success of everyone’s vacation, but someone’s gotta do it, and we’re up for the challenge.

Expedia, etc. and big chain hotels not eco-friendly in Costa Rica

If you are planning to vacation in Costa Rica, please read this.

More than any country on the planet, Costa Rica prides itself as eco-friendly. Large swaths of land are preserved as national parks with original-growth rainforests. Nearly all of Costa Rica’s electricity is made from renewable sources, and Ticos have been named time and again the happiest people on earth.

Most tourists come to Costa Rica thinking and expecting ‘green’. Continue reading Expedia, etc. and big chain hotels not eco-friendly in Costa Rica

What happened to Adventure Inn on TripAdvisor?

Adventure Inn has a fantastic location, ideally situated about half way between the international SJO airport and central San Jose. Our guests have close access to both, yet are far enough away for none of the negative aspects. Our guests generally enjoy and appreciate returning to the cleaner, safer, less polluted and quieter Adventure Inn neighborhood after a day in central San Jose, and a great night’s sleep close to the airport but not at the end of a runway. Continue reading What happened to Adventure Inn on TripAdvisor?

Guess which hotel is closest to the new Costa Rica Convention Center

According to the Minister of Tourism here in Costa Rica, Allan Flores, tourism in Costa Rica is divided into six sectors: adventure, ecotourism, wellness, medical, rural and convention tourism. I’m not sure where people who just want a break and come here to relax and do nothing fit in. Anyway, he thinks we are strong in the first five sectors but lacking decisively in the last, much of the convention trade lost in particular to Panama over the last decade.

A national convention center has been on the drawing board for the last twenty years, but that is as far as it ever went until recently. Continue reading Guess which hotel is closest to the new Costa Rica Convention Center

The Lookout Inn

I never thought I’d find a member hotel that I would actually write about, but my simple overnight experience at The Lookout Inn Lodge in Carate changed my mind. The lodge is a series of open-air cabinas surrounded by jungle, all pressed against a near-cliff on a remote stretch of pristine jungle-backed black beach, each cabina adjoined by stairs and platforms to the main lodge. The entire lodge gives you the feeling it was hand-made from jungle findings, and gives you great visual access from the comfort of your cabina to the distant soothing sea and the nearby plethora of wildlife that makes the Lookout Inn one of their daily stops, if not home. Continue reading The Lookout Inn

Renting a 2WD vs. a 4WD in Costa Rica

With my hotel association, Adventure Hotels of Costa Rica, about every two years, sometimes in the rainy (green) season, sometimes in the sunny (high) season, I clock approximately 2800 kilometers driving around Costa Rica, visiting all potential and new member hotels. Therefore I have gained quite a bit of knowledge about driving around Costa Rica at all times of the year.

Though Costa Rica looks small on a world map, it takes about fourteen hours to drive diagonally from one corner to the next. Traversing the rugged landscape, few highways are straight. And when you see a sign giving directions or kilometers to a certain town, take advantage of it! Continue reading Renting a 2WD vs. a 4WD in Costa Rica

Small Costa Rica hotels band together

In 2005 a group of twenty-two small to mid-sized hotels from many Costa Rican tourist destinations banded together to take on the system. Looking for intelligent options to fill their rooms, and tired of waiting for guests to miraculously arrive at their hotel when counting on travel agents and the big internet boys (expedia, travelocity, orbitz and hotels.com), the hotel group started off on the simple premise of working as a team by sending guests to each other, and offering the guests a 10% discount as incentive. Continue reading Small Costa Rica hotels band together

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