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Hotel La Rosa hosts the Canadian Ambassador to Costa Rica

Posted by in Hotel Blog | July 10, 2014

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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.

Raising money for a good cause. Raffle tent with donations from Local organizations

Raffle tent with donations from local organizations

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

The Owner of La Rosa was the Master of Ceremonies for the fundraiser

La Rosa Owner, Robert Hick as Master of Ceremonies

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!

Ms Drukier thanking the members of the Asociacion Caricativa Canadiense

Ms Drukier thanking the ACC members

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.

Items for sale during the Luncheon for fundraising

Local items donated for the fundraiser

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

Ms Wendy Drukier Canadian Ambassador to Costa Rica at La Rosa

Ms Drukier leading the Raffle!

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.

Base place to start and finish in Costa Rica

Posted by in Testimonials | April 22, 2014
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TripAdvisor traveler rating: 5 of 5 stars

Again this year I started and finished my vacation in Costa Rica at La Rosa de America. As before I enjoyed my stay. Since my last visit La Rosa has added diner service for the guests. The food was...

An oasis near the airport

Posted by in Testimonials | April 12, 2014
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TripAdvisor traveler rating: 5 of 5 stars

La Rosa de America is a real find, close to the airport, yet it feels like it is out in the country. The gardens are beautiful, the pool is cool and welcoming on a hot day,the rooms are fresh and...

"Perfect at the beginnning and end of a holiday"

Posted by in Testimonials | March 29, 2014
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TripAdvisor traveler rating: 5 of 5 stars

Stayed at La Rosa again on my holiday. I find it is the perfect place stay and relax at the beginning and end of a holiday if you are flying into San Jose. I have also stayed while in SJ between legs...

First and Last Nights

Posted by in Testimonials,Uncategorized | January 28, 2014
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TripAdvisor traveler rating: 4 of 5 stars

La Rosa was where we stayed at the beginning and end of our trip to Manuel Antonio. The hotel owner (Alexandra), Amanda (at the front desk), and Ruben (front desk) were all super nice and helpful. ...

Wonderful secluded hotel- fabulous staff.

Posted by in Testimonials,Uncategorized | October 22, 2013
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TripAdvisor traveler rating: 5 of 5 stars

I stayed at the La Rosa de america for two nights prior to my trip across Costa Rica and it was a joy to return for the last night of the trip. The Manager Grisska was an absolute joy to meet and so...

Peaceful, quiet and clean

Posted by in Testimonials,Uncategorized | September 22, 2013
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TripAdvisor traveler rating: 4 of 5 stars

Arriving late in Costa Rica I had the option of staying at an airport hotel but preferred heading further out and chose La Rosa for it’s peaceful looking, picturesque gardens. I was given a warm...

Room and gardens Pool and palms 

Pleasant experience

Posted by in Testimonials | September 16, 2013
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TripAdvisor traveler rating: 4 of 5 stars

Stayed one night before departing C.R. and picked La Rosa on a recommendation of a friend. Nice pool to relax and quiet area. Local sport bar within walking distance with great local food as well....

Comfortable, freindly, convenient to the Airport

Posted by in Testimonials | August 23, 2013
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TripAdvisor traveler rating: 5 of 5 stars

Our second stay at La Rosa de America was as enjoyable as out first stay 18 months ago. They have a delightful Dining Room with an excellent menu for a small hotel. Located in Alajuela near the San...

Springtime at La Rosa – Tweet!

Posted by in Hotel Blog | June 2, 2013

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!   Bird Nests at Hotel La RosaWe 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!  Bird Nests at Hotel La Rosa  Bird Nest at La Rosa with Blue Eggs

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,La Rosa nests 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!