As part of our ongoing expansion of Hotel La Rosa de America, we are turning our attention to our rapidly growing Restaurante La Rosa! Due to very high volumes of guests in the 2014 High Season, we decided to expand both Hotel and Restaurant.
Hotel La Rosa is being expanded in two phases so as to ensure minimal impact on guests. Phase One was completed last year during the High Season. This was not our intent, however it took a staggeringly long time to receive Municipal authorization to conduct the expansion. However, we were ultimately successful and after retaining a very professional build company, we rapidly completed two new Superior Cabinas in a new area of the property.
In conjunction with this build were general improvements to La Rosa – including a new widened pathway around the main buildings and the addition of a planned, covered deck adjoining our Restaurant. This build was planned in conjunction with the first availability of teak wood, shipped from Finca de Maderas SRL, a separately owned but fully subsidized reforestation operation by Hotel La Rosa de America. All new furniture and building construction wood was from this 100% sustainable source and the teak has made beautiful furniture.
Restaurante La Rosa has now incorporated the new Garden Patio into the Restaurant and during our Mid-Season, used the area extensively for guests both for breakfast and in the evening. The surrounding gardens are designed to attract butterflies and hummingbirds and were planted three years ago in anticipation of this need. Placed around the area are numerous Gardenias as well. The fragrance from these bushes is incredible and can be smelled throughout the area.
To blend everything together, we recently hired some excellent local artists. They have provided spot on paintings, decoration and wall murals throughout the back of the hotel. We are very proud to showcase their work!
New for the 2015 Season will be our new breakfast buffet. We will be moving the entire buffet from inside the Restaurant to outside, placing it on the Garden Patio. We will be offering greater selection in a less cramped locale. Further we will be enhancing our morning breakfast staff so as to guarantee the buffet is always well stocked and fresh!
Come and join us during your trip to Costa Rica and as guests of Hotel La Rosa, take advantage of our private, for guests only Restaurante La Rosa! The Restaurant will be open for breakfast and supper both.
FUNDRAISING FOR COSTA RICAN SCHOOLS
As a significant business in the local community of Barrio San Jose de Alajuela, the Staff and Ownership of Hotel La Rosa de America take our Corporate Stewardship and ethical responsibilities very seriously. We are involved in a number of environmental benefit programs and also educational programs. We feel strongly that to affect meaningful change, one must start in the classroom. A classroom needs to be supplied with both ethical instruction, and with suitable materials and infrastructure.
Recently, responding to a request from the Asociacion Caritativa Canadiense for volunteer assistance, our Costa Rica Airport Hotel offered to help organize and fund a 100 person benefit luncheon at the hotel. The objective of the fundraiser – to raise money to help repair and upgrade the most poorly maintained schools in Costa Rica. With the recent prolonged education strike and Government of Costa Rica funding problems, we felt that the time was very appropriate to offer a little light into a beleaguered sector of Costa Rican social and educational responsibility.
The response was heartening. On a very positive note, the tickets, which were sold for 12,000 colones each were purchased in almost equal measure by Canadian Expats
and local Ticos. For us this is very important as gaining local involvement is ultimately the key to lasting success. All proceeds from ticket sales were donated to the fundraiser. Also, there were a number of raffles, local business donations, and items for purchase – many items being donated by members of the Canadian Club of Costa Rica.
The event was well enjoyed by all and there were many activities and options for the guests to do. Besides “shopping” in the big tent set up for this purpose, guests could go swimming, sunbathing, walk the beautiful grounds of the hotel, sit and watch the FIFA football (soccer) game or simply sit around and talk or of course eat! La Rosa provided a full buffet for the event with a mix of Canadian and Costa Rican items including favorites such as Barbecue baked beans, Poutine for the French Canadians (!!) and Arroz con Pollo. Salads, appetizers, finger food, canapes, juice and of course lots of desserts rounded out the offering. A cash bar offered beers, wines, various pops, water and of course La Rosa Sangria!
We were honoured to have the opportunity to host the Canadian Ambassador to Costa Rica, Madam Wendy Drukier as well. In a relaxed and fun atmosphere, Ms Drukier first ascended the pre-prepared “soap box” to give her welcoming speech and then again to oversee the first Raffle Draw. In her speech to the guests, Ms Drukier extended her thanks to all the board members of the Asociacion Caritativa Canadiense (ACC) for their thoughtful and tireless hard work on behalf of others who are more needy.
La Rosa Staff were proud to be a part of such an event and to see so many people, local and foreign willing to help causes that were not directly their own, was a real
positive learning experience for them. This was the first time Hotel staff have had to manage not only a full hotel, but also host 100 extra people for the day. From the Owner’s perspective they showcased their naturally friendly Costa Rican heritage well, and provided for a very meaningful and successful event.
This event raised thousands of dollars for the ACC school improvement projects around the country. We hope that this event can be repeated again next year… except with even more people attending!
Thank you to all who helped make this event a success.
This past year has been a very busy one for Hotel La Rosa de America and so, as a thank you to our staff, we rented a van, left a skeleton crew of volunteer staff behind to mind the hotel and zipped down to the coast for a day of fun. We combined this adventure with our yearly Christmas party so we got the hotel decorated and festive at the same time!
First stop was Tarcoles River Bridge (lots of Crocodiles here!) and then we continued down to the Jungle Villas Lodge in Manuel Antonio for the afternoon where we had lunch and enjoyed their three swimming pools.
Getting out of the pools resulted in a complex decision process of what to do next… with the ultimate decision being… “Lets go to the beach!”. So, with the Hotel Owner driving, everyone piled onto the Manuel Antonio beach for a couple more hours – eventually returning to the Jungle Villas after dark.
All that hard work playing in the pools and beach worked up a big Christmas appetite so the next stop was the popular restaurant Ronnies run by none other than the semi-retired executive chef Ronnie! This place has incredible views and even at night, one can appreciate the feeling of standing on the edge of the World, looking out over the black ocean into infinity.
After all enjoyed supper we then piled back into the van for the return to the Central Valley and the hotel. All in all a great time and a fun way to say thank you to the staff at La Rosa for all out past successes and hopes for the future.
Looking around the gardens of our Alajuela Airport Hotel, we counted no less than 8 active birds nests! There are Motmots, Yiguirros (clay robins or pigeons), Thrushes and more all looking to make homes. The Motmots are the most interesting as they like to make nests in holes. We found a motmot busily making a nest in the side of a large hole that we had dug to improve drainage and were about to fill in. We had to stop! We have nests in trees, nests on gutter downspouts, nests in our lemon tree outside our Restaurant, nests on our motion sensor floodlights at the front gate, nests around our pool, in our baby Eucalyptus tree and an ostentatious triple decker mansion being built in a Christmas palm near the main walk to Reception!!! We know there are more but these are the most obvious!
Clearly the local avian population has been reading our online comments about being a Garden Oasis near the San Jose Costa Rica Airport!!!
So far only one nest has actually completed its function successfully with the hatching of three Yiguirros. About three weeks later we watched as the mother taught them how to fly. What a big first step to take after being cramped up in the nest for weeks! Another has bluish eggs (not sure what type as the mother is very elusive) and the other nests are either too high up or are still in the process of being built.
For us at Hotel La Rosa, this is a great sign as it shows that even with thousands of guests a year, we are able to maintain a balance with nature and in fact provide a suitable green area for them to breed and feel sufficiently secure. We hope that many of these birds come back next year to continue the cycle! In the mean time, for the summer and fall months, we still have our giant bird bath – our swimming pool, which is a favorite of a surprisingly large number of our local birds who can frequently be seen splashing around on the steps or in some cases actually diving into the pool for a bath.
Come join us at La Rosa and you can too enjoy our property, pool, and gardens with all the flora and fauna it supports!
Just in time for the 2013 High Season, all Hotel La Rosa de America SUPERIOR ROOMS now have air conditioning!Posted by Robert Hick in Hotel Blog | November 1, 2012
Some guests have indicated a desire to have air conditioning at Hotel La Rosa. We have also found that typically it can get rather warm in the very busy months of February, March and April. Many of our guests visiting Costa Rica during these months are traveling from much colder northern climates and so we want their stays to be as comfortable as possible. Because La Rosa is a hotel located near the San Jose Costa Rica airport we enjoy the distinct advantage of a significantly cooler climate when compared with the coasts of Costa Rica. However as everyone has different preferences, options are good!
We have decided to provide all guests with the ability to choose! Our new Superior Rooms now come equipped with air conditioning – and a number of other service upgrades, whereas our Standard Rooms will remain with ceiling fans for those guests preferring the natural feel and sounds of the tropics at night. Both options are offered in conjunction with great rates and our famous service! Click this link to see the La Rosa de America Hotel Rates.
Superior Room upgrades include air conditioning, bar fridges, remodeled bathrooms, upgraded bedding and mattresses, new handmade hardwood beds, imported Egyptian cotton sheets, flat screen TV’s and new room furniture.
For more information on our Superior Rooms and what they offer please check our our ROOM DESCRIPTIONS.
Hotel La Rosa de America is a great option for guests looking for a boutique hotel close to the San Jose Costa Rica Airport.
Costa Rica has experienced a Richter 7.6 Earthquake. For all current and future guests and family please be assured that locally, in the San Jose, Costa Rica International Airport area initial indications are that damage is very minimal. Hotel La Rosa along with all guests and staff are safe and sound and our business continues as usual! If you would like to contact us please use our CONTACT US page and we will be happy to respond.
It seems that there was significant superficial and some structural damage to buildings and infrastructure in the Guanacaste area. However for an earthquake of this magnitude, the overall impact on Costa Ricans was thankfully light – all things considered. Due to the depth of the quake at approximately 41 km below the surface powerful shocks were felt over a very widespread area but on the positive side, the depth muted the violent shocks to a more heavy rolling feeling lasting about 30 seconds. This is in stark contrast to the much smaller and shallower (5 km deep) but far more deadly and damaging Richter 6.1 quake of 2009 that caused widespread havoc along the slopes of Poas Volcano and parts of the Central Valley of Costa Rica. Also, the 2009 quake occurred in very mountainous terrain and triggered huge landslides whereas the 7.6 quake struck in the Province of Guanacaste – an area dominated by gently rolling hills and flat plains.
Damages to buildings have been somewhat random and widespread. The CCSS Hospital in Puntarenas was significantly damaged causing evacuations of the patients. Landslides are covering roads leading to Nosara and Samara. There is damage to the Engineering School in the University of Costa Rica in downtown San Jose. Some structures in the hilly areas of Sarchi suffered collapse and in Grecia heavy shocks ruptured many of the above ground burial crypts in the local cemetery. It is reported that one very old secondary road bridge collapsed in the Sarapiqui area however the newer primary bridge remains unaffected.
It is a relief to see that the major effort of the Costa Rican Government to improve the National road network (including bridges) and general infrastructure (enforcing building codes for example) is bearing fruit. Many bridges have been seismically upgraded in the past three years and this is quite obviously important for a country that is so much a part of the Pacific Ring of Fire. Without these upgrades, and without a solid medical and emergency response able to reach damaged areas, the situation for the most severely affected residents could have been much worse.
Hopefully this quake was the much anticipated “BIG ONE” that has been predicted for years and that the built up pressure caused by the sub-ducting Cocos Plate under the Caribbean Plate has been substantially reduced.
Place of Enchanted Waters
Welcome to the blog home of Hotel LaRosa de America’s charity climb! On Dec 5th and 6th we will be climbing Cerro Chirripo in Costa Rica to raise money and awareness to support the efforts of the Rainsong Wildlife Sanctuary in the Southern Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica. This organization is striving to protect animals within the National Parks of Costa Rica from poaching and degradation of habitat. To find out more about this worthy cause, please check out their website and associated news releases, blogs etc…
Also for future climbs, you can help by spreading the word and letting people know about this opportunity to blend a great holiday experience with some hard work, and a great payoff through supporting our environment.
Basic Facts about the Mountain
- Cerro Chirripo is 3,820 metres or 12,533 feet in hight.
- The second tallest mountain in Central America and the tallest in Costa Rica.
- Trailhead elevation is 1,520 metres
- Overall hiking distance is 40 km over two days
- Non technical climb – great for fit adventurers!
Integral to our climb is a strong desire to learn about the various environments that we will pass through. That, coupled with the extra safety of a guide, led us to search out one of the best! Amelia Garita, daughter of Jose – the man with the World Record for Chirripo ascents, has agreed to be our guide.
Amelia holds a degree in tourism from the Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica, is bi-lingual and has extensive experience in the Chirripo region. We are very happy to have her join us!
Day 1: Enroute from the Central Valley, we will cross over the famous Cerro de Muerte and see our first glimpse of the Cerro Chirripo rising over the omnipresent Talamanca Mists. Arriving in San Gerardo de Rivas on the afternoon of 04 December, we will enjoy a dip in the Thermal Springs prior to supper.
Day 2: Rising early, we will enter the Chirripo National Park and begin our hike, passing through many distinct climatic regions as we climb. After about 7 hours, we will enter the “La Cuesta del Agua” which will prove a challenge to our endurance! We will then enter the Paramo Valley and then stop at Base Crestones for the night.
Day 3: Rising early, we will have a quick breakfast, and then begin our climb to the Summit in time for a “continent spanning” sunrise. After an hour at the top, we will commence our descent down into the Valle de los Conejos (Rabbit Valley) and through the Paramo high altitude equatorial vegetation. If time and energy allows, we will take a look at the Cerro Terbi and Los Crestones features as well. Continuing our descent past Base Crestones, we will arrive back at the Hotel Uran before nightfall.
Day 4: After breakfast, and the inevitable swapping of stories and maybe a few aches and pains we will say goodbye and continue on with our holidays -until meeting up again at Hotel La Rosa prior to departing Costa Rica.
We are very excited about this chance to climb the highest point in Costa Rica and hopefully have the chance to see the Pacific AND Atlantic Ocean at the same time! Thank you for your participation and for your willingness to support our wildlife charity cause! See you at the top in a month!
Book Donations Update:
Through the generosity of hundreds of our guests from all over the World, our Hotel near the San Jose Costa Rica Airport is nearing our initial goal of 5,000 books donated to local schools. Thank you for your support of our program. To have this kind of success in only three years has been a humbling experience for us and has left many local school Principals amazed at the generosity of people from countries they have only seen on a map!
Though clearly difficult to put a monetary value on these donations, we estimate that the resale value alone in Costa Rica would be in the area of $50,000.00 USD. Of course, the new book purchase value would be much greater. The great cost of books for Costa Rican Schools means that only the most important books for learning can be purchased. Novels, picture books etc are very much a secondary concern to having sufficient pens and paper, rulers etc. Sadly this is resulting in a culture-wide loss of the love of reading.
With the kind assistance of an expat Palestinian with close ties to the Women’s Club of Costa Rica, and a local teacher,as well as the employees of Hotel La Rosa de America, we have been able to organize, sort into appropriate age groups, source deserving schools, and deliver over 3.500 books so far in English, French and Spanish as well as large numbers of school supplies. Some of the benefit schools, statistics and pictures can be found on our website page devoted to the project: Costa Rica Book Donations
Many of the schools we have donated to now have large numbers of books in English. To ensure that these donations are best used and distributed, we have volunteered to host the Women’s Club at Hotel La Rosa and to potentially team up with this organization in order to expand the current scope of the program.
The WOMEN’S CLUB of COSTA RICA:
The Women’s Club of Costa Rica has deep roots throughout Costa Rica, especially in the local schools and we believe that their experience with Costa Rican schools combined with books from Hotel La Rosa’s Donation Program will lead to targeted donations that will provide the greatest benefit for Costa Rican children. The Mission Statement of the WCCR is “a philanthropic organization supporting education, primarily through scholarships and development of school libraries for children in Costa Rica.”
To this end, our airport hotel will be hosting the next planning meeting of the Women’s Club of Costa Rica on the 26th of October 2011. For Hotel La Rosa, this will be a charity event with all Hotel services donated for the event. During this meeting, Hotel Staff will introduce the “La Rosa” book donation project. We hope to continue our donation project and develop our new link with the Women’s Club.
Again, thank you all for your great support of our book donation program, and let’s keep the books coming!!
Once again, as the summer period draws rapidly to a close, we are faced with yet another transition into the wettest of the wet season. This is typically a time for consolidation among the various tourism businesses within Costa Rica and can sadly often lead to significant layoffs of employees across the country. At our Costa Rica airport hotel, we prefer to cross-train our existing employees to do “other” functions in the times we have few guests. This way, our employees can retain their jobs, and the hotel benefits by ensuring all our intensive training of staff is not wasted every year through layoffs.
During the Sept-Dec timeframe, we have traditionally focused on significant capital improvements to enhance the hotel, and to renew it’s 15 year old services and presentation. However, this year, we are going to focus on customer feedback generated over the past year. This feedback is invaluable to us as it allows us to maintain what works and conversely to eliminate any problems that may come up over the course of hosting thousands of guests per year. This year we have received some guest concerns over hot water reliability. We are currently addressing these concerns and we expect to complete the change over from gas to an electric system by the end of August. It is disappointing to us that the carefully picked gas water on demand system failed to deliver what it promised to do. We had hopes of eventually removing ourselves from the power grid, by first converting all major energy users to gas and then utilizing solar for the remainder.
However, this plan has proven ineffective therefore we are adapting to a new electrical energy saving on demand system. When it is complete, guests will not be able to tell the difference between the systems they use at home and the much more power smart on demand system being put in place. Complete installation throughout the cabins is taking some time due to the need to rewire many areas of the hotel to 220 Volts, complete with heavier gauge wiring and breakers.
Other upgrades will include improvements to our existing WIFI system, finishing up of the exterior painting of the entire hotel, resurfacing and repainting of the walkways, and replacement and painting of the roof over the restaurant area. Significant upgrades to Cabin 12 and our handicapped certified cabin will also be done. Inside, we will be upgrading all our computer systems, installing wireless music and speakers in the common areas, and introducing a brand new reservation system for better guest management. Gone will be the hand-draulic paper based system complete with it’s mountain of colour coded sticky notes!!!! Of course continued maintenance and minor improvements will continue apace!
As always, there is lots to be done. We want to ensure that Hotel La Rosa is 100% ready for the 2012 High Season so as to ensure maximum guest satisfaction! Shortly we will be making a blog comparing and contrasting some of the “then” and “now” differences at La Rosa as we will shortly be celebrating our fourth anniversary of hotel ownership in Costa Rica!
Hotel La Rosa de America continues to thrive thanks to our many guests who chose to include us as part of their holiday plans this past season. As we enter the quieter time of the year we are looking forward to the opportunity to make more positive changes and upgrades to improve our service.
Hello once again and thank you to all of our guests who have helped make our cozy hotel near the Juan Santamaria International airport a success! We have enjoyed hosting our many guests from around the world – we have experienced increased diversity. The hotel now accepts Palestinian dollars for the convenience of our Palestinian guests and we are working towards accepting Euros.
In response to our increasing popularity with families, we have created two new family suites that can accommodate the needs of larger families. The suites have a double bed and two adult-sized hardwood bunk beds, thereby being able to host a maximum of 6 people. The suites have been very popular this year.
We have also done complete redecorating of our popular rooms, with new mattresses, bed linens, artwork, and nice touches that add to the tranquil ambiance of the rooms.
Our dining room has been redecorated also, and our breakfast service has changed to buffet-style, with more choices such as eggs, cheese, and cold meats for those who prefer more protein in the morning! Also our guests enjoy being able to control their service time, in the event that they are in a rush to get to the airport or get on with their trip. We now provide coffee service before the dining room opens, for our coffee lovers who need that cup of locally grown Costa Rican coffee right away!
Staffing has been restructured so that there is always someone available 24 hours a day, for guest needs. Our reception staff speak Spanish and English, and are always very happy to help. Hotel La Rosa de America staff pride ourselves on our exceptional service, and we have been repeatedly complimented by guests for the friendly service.
Our parking lot entrance has been resurfaced, with a lovely rose design motif added. Our gardens are blooming well, and the mango trees are heavy with fruit. More plants have been added outside the breakfast area, adding to the beauty of sitting down to a nice first meal. These plants are favorites for attracting hummingbirds, butterflies and also as an extra benefit, many have a beautiful scent.
We continue to make changes and improvements, and we will be focused on marketing, training and customer service in the upcoming months.
The dry season is winding down and soon the beautiful green season will begin, to the relief of the plants! We hope that many people will choose to travel during this lush time of year, where the sun still shines just about every day.