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.
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...
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...
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...
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. ...
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...
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...
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....
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...