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4.0 out of 5

"beautiful hotel, we were only there for about 10 hours. But it looks like it would be a get place to just stay and relax . " More

By a verified traveler on Thu 15 Dec 2016

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Hotel Description

3.5-star Mediterranean hotel with spa

Near the airport

At this La Garita hotel, you'll be within half a mile (1 km) of Zoo Ave and 6 miles (10 km) of Botanical Orchid Garden La Garita. Central Market Alajuela and Juan Santamaria Historical Museum are also within 6 miles (10 km).

Full-service spa, dining

A full-service spa, a 24-hour gym, and a restaurant are all featured at this Mediterranean hotel. Traveling on business? Take advantage of the 24-hour business center and free WiFi in public areas. Enjoy the outdoor pool and perks like free self parking.

Junior Suite

Bed Count 2 Full Beds Maximum Occupancy 3 Max
$130* Per night/room Nov 30 - Dec 1

Deluxe Suite, 1 Bedroom

Bed Count 1 Twin Bed Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Villa, 2 Bedrooms, Kitchenette

Bed Count 1 Twin Bed Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Hotel Martino Spa and Resort ratings based on 23 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
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Room cleanliness 4.0 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.5 out of 5.0
Room comfort 4.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 4.5 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Hotel Martino Spa and Resort

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5 out of 5
beautiful hotel, we were only there for about 10 hours. But it looks like it would be a get place to just stay and relax .

Posted by on Dec 15, 2016

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Comment from Hotel Management

Dec 26, 2016 by Adriano

Thank you

4 out of 5
Pros: The property is beautiful and the staff works hard to maintain cleanliness. Literally hands and knees clean.
Location: San Jose is 30 Minutes away. I would suggest taking a tour that suits your needs. My tour was an during the evening. See the front desk for others.
The staff was very helpful and accommodating. Didier Gutierrez took care of scheduling my transportation to and from the airport and to and from San Jose. The property is only 30 to 45 minutes from San Jose depending on traffic which was very convenient.

Posted by , from Tampa on Sep 7, 2016

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4 out of 5

Reasonably priced hotel with many amenities

Pros: Free breakfast, Close restaurants, Quiet
The hotel is located right off a busy road, but the layout makes it feel very secluded. The rooms had a European feel, and overall it was very spa-like. We only stayed one night, as it was very convenient to the airport for an early morning flight. After staying in comfortable, but more rustic settings prior to our stay here, it had a somewhat luxorious feel, with its large pool and fitness center.

Posted by , from Clearwater, FL on Apr 13, 2011

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3 out of 5

Nice place for the money but Guard your belonings!!

Pros: Free breakfast, Close restaurants, Free Internet, Quiet
The pro's were: - Nice staff -Big room -Nice tours leaving from the Resort -Food in the restaurant was pretty good Con's -Not really close to anything -As soon as you leave the hotel, you see the "real" San Jose -Everything else was fine up until the last day. I went to the airport and realized that I left my camera in the room, so I drove back and to get it only to find one of the cleaning ladies stole my camera and would not admit it. I know exactly where I left it... GUARD YOUR BELONGINGS!!

Posted by , from Virginia on Feb 7, 2011

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4 out of 5

Beautiful surroundings and grounds, quiet rooms

Pros: Free breakfast, Close restaurants, Quiet
This hotel offered a quite place to relax. Secure entrance and grounds for safety. Beautiful pool area and the food in the restaurant was delicious. Old World Charm was throughout the main building and guest rooms. Original wood carvings, ornate features. Check out the spa, where we received massages. We felt like we were in a high dollar spa, slate tiles, peaceful, yet for a reasonable price. The on site gym was just like pictured. The free breakfast had wonderful fresh fruit and foods of the area. We would stay here again.

Posted by , from Nebraska on Feb 5, 2011

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5 out of 5

Loved it....

Stayed for 3 nights drove to Arenal for 2 nights back to Martino for 2 nights. My wife our 8-year-old our 15-year-old and I. Wonderful food good wine selection gorgeous pool terrific gym. Never went to the spa. Rooms were very nice staff polite and fun Great zoo up the road #40walkable#41. We dont know exactly when...but well be back...we ALL loved this place. Keep in mind this is Central America and its important to take your kids places like this instead of Las Vegas or Orlando. We found everything in Costa Rica charming...from the narrow roads to the little lizards to stopping for lunch in the middle of nowhere. Wonderful hotel great vacation.

Posted by on Feb 3, 2011

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5 out of 5

the right place close to the air port

I was at the pacific cost in costa rica, so to void flight issues i came back to downtown one day before my flight, looking to save few dollars i book at the martino hotel, very beautiful place with a bit of italy, the best thing was the food and the staff, so i m very happy and my best to everybody there, thanks crew... hope to come back very soon, my promise to stay more days and get a free spa, :)

Posted by on Jan 19, 2011

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5 out of 5

the right place at the right moment

Was very funny because i lost my flight to LA, so i was looking a place close to the airport with good rate to save couple dolars, and by misstake i found a great place, my next adventure to costa rica will be at the martino, thank you very much to the staff and my XYZ i appreatiate a lot your help. hope to see you soon. ABC

Posted by on Jan 17, 2011

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2 out of 5

Martino Hotel is for Adults Only - Not Kids!

We stayed three nights, wonderful hotel, great food, the spa is gorgeous but VERY expensive. Do NOT bring any children to the Hotel Martino Resort. No playground, nothing for a child to do. No "Kiddie Pool", no child portion plates in the restaurant, and the child seat was old and not in very good condition. I do not understand how this was rated a 5 STAR hotel

Posted by on Jun 7, 2010

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3 out of 5

Eagles "Hotel California" vibe, safe and quaint

We've traveled to Costa Rica 7 times and stayed at several "off the beaten path" places. I wasn't expecting fantastic but this place is definitely a mixed bag. The "casino" was closed for renovations, our room was large, had a nice patio area but was a hike or short drive to the main building. Our room wasn't ready when we arrived! I booked it 3 months in advance and paid the first night. They made us wait at the pool without asking if we'd like a drink or anything. The restaurant is a large, weird wood panelled thing that hasn't been updated since the waiters were born (they seemed to be about 75). The entire place has an air of moth-eaten, has been elegance. We'd heard the son was in charge and dad had retired. No kidding! Food is very decent but expensive.

Posted by on Feb 8, 2010

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About the Hotel Martino Spa and Resort

Location 150 Mts E From Zoo Ave, La Garita, Alajuela

Property Features

Hotel Martino Spa and Resort offers its guests a full-service spa, an outdoor tennis court, and an outdoor pool. There's a restaurant on site. You can enjoy a drink at one of the bars, which include a bar/lounge and a poolside bar. A computer station is on site, and both WiFi and wired Internet are free in public spaces. You'll find a 24-hour business center on site. Event space at this hotel measures 4844 square feet (450 square meters) and includes a conference center. A spa tub, a 24-hour fitness center, and a sauna are also featured at the business-friendly Hotel Martino Spa and Resort. Self parking is free. This 3.5-star La Garita hotel is smoke free.

  • 57 guestrooms or units
  • 2 levels
  • 7 buildings
  • 4844 sq ft of conference space
  • 450 sq m of conference space
  • Built in 1996
  • Kid's club (free)
  • Childcare (surcharge)
  • Business center (24 hours)
  • Conference center
  • Dry cleaning
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Express check-in
  • Express check-out
  • Staff is multilingual
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Front-desk safe
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Concierge
  • Wedding services available
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • BBQ grill(s)
  • Outdoor picnic space
  • Gift shop
  • Beauty salon
  • Television in lobby
  • No smoking on site
  • Bar or lounge
  • Bar by the pool
  • Dining venue

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family property
  • Number of outdoor pools - 1
  • Free WiFi
  • Outdoor tennis courts - 1
  • Children's club (free)
  • Laundry facilities
  • Babysitting or childcare (surcharge)
  • Sofa bed
  • Refrigerator
  • Free cribs/infant beds


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi , Free wired internet

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi , Free wired internet


Free self parking


  • Parking: Free self parking

Room Amenities

Hotel Martino Spa and Resort offers 57 air-conditioned accommodations, which are accessible via exterior corridors and feature safes and hair dryers. Rooms open to furnished patios. Televisions come with cable channels. Bathrooms include showers, bidets, and complimentary toiletries. Guests can surf the web using the complimentary wired and wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include desks and phones; free local calls are provided (restrictions may apply). Housekeeping is provided daily.

  • Private patio (furnished)
  • Pull-out sofa bed
  • In-room dining (24 hours)
  • Television
  • Cable channels
  • Refrigerator
  • Shower
  • Cribs (free)
  • Rollaway beds (free)
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Local calls (free)
  • Hair dryer
  • Safe
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Bidet
  • Telephone
  • Desk
  • Exterior corridor access
  • Air conditioning
  • Ensuite bathroom

Food & Drink

Hotel Martino Spa and Resort has a restaurant on site.

24-hour room service is available.

Nearby Activities

An outdoor pool and a spa tub are on site. Other recreational amenities include an outdoor tennis court, a sauna, and a 24-hour fitness center.

Spa Services

Spa Cleopatra has 8 treatment rooms including rooms for couples. Services include deep-tissue massages, hot stone massages, sports massages, and facials. A variety of treatment therapies are provided, including aromatherapy, Ayurvedic, and hydrotherapy. The spa is equipped with a mud bath, a sauna, a spa tub, and a steam room.

The spa is open daily. Children under 18 years old are not allowed in the spa without adult supervision. Guests under 18 years old are not allowed in the spa.

  • Number of treatment rooms 8
  • Couples treatment rooms
  • Manicures and pedicures
  • Body treatments
  • Body wraps
  • Facial treatments
  • Body scrubs
  • Aromatherapy treatments
  • Hydrotherapy treatments
  • Ayurvedic treatments
  • Mud bath in spa
  • Hot stone massage
  • Deep tissue massage
  • Sauna in spa
  • Spa tub in spa
  • Steam room in spa
  • Minimum age to access spa is 18
  • Sports massage
  • Massages


If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

  • Wheelchair-accessible registration desk
  • Accessible bathroom
  • Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)
  • In-room accessibility

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 2:00 PM
  • Check-in time ends at midnight
  • Minimum check-in age is: 18

Special check-in instructions:

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.


  • Check-out by noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Free rollaway/extra beds!
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!

Pet Policy

  • Pets and service animals are not allowed at Hotel Martino Spa and Resort


Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed

Be prepared: check the latest COVID-19 travel requirements and measures in place for this destination before you travel.

Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property; the policies listed are provided by the property

Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card, or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification may be required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.

This property accepts Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, Diners Club, JCB International, debit cards, and cash. This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place. Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F. Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; guests are provided with hand sanitizer; cashless payment methods are available for all transactions; contactless room service is available; masks are required in public areas; reservations are required for some onsite facilities. Enhanced food service safety measures are in place. Each guestroom is kept vacant for a minimum of 24 hours between bookings, and can be accessed from outside the building via exterior corridors. This property affirms that it adheres to the cleaning and disinfection practices of Safe Travels (WTTC - Global).

  • Guest accommodation is not sealed after cleaning
  • Electrostatic spray is not used for disinfection
  • Cashless transactions are available
  • Masks are compulsory at the property
  • Staff temperature checks are not conducted regularly
  • Temperature checks are not available to guests
  • Bed sheets and towels are washed at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F
  • Contactless food service / room service is available
  • Commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant
  • Reservation might be required for some facilities onsite
  • Property confirms they are implementing guest safety measures
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Contactless check-out is not available
  • Staff wears personal protective equipment
  • Mobile key entry is not available
  • Food service has been amended for enhanced safety
  • Protective clothing is not available to guests
  • Property follows sanitization practices of Safe Travels (WTTC - Global)
  • Shield between guests and staff in main contact areas
  • Guests are provided with free hand sanitizer
  • Staffed front desk
  • Social distancing measures are in place
  • Contactless check-in is not available
  • No elevators
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Service animals not allowed
  • Individually-wrapped food options are not available
  • Debit cards
  • Gap period enforced between guest stays - 24 hours


Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Early check-in fee: CRC 19934 (subject to availability)
  • Late check-in fee: CRC 19926 for check-in between 2:00 PM and 3:00 PM
  • Late check-out is available for a fee (subject to availability)

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

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You should know

  • Pets and service animals are not allowed on site.
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Frequently Asked Questions

*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.