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A hotel in Alajuela is an establishment that provides lodging paid on a short-term basis. Facilities provided may range from a basic bed and storage for clothing, to luxury features like en-suite bathrooms. Larger in Alajuela hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool, business centre, childcare, conference facilities and social function services. Hotel rooms in Alajuela are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and B&Bs) to allow guests to identify their room. Some Alajuela hotels offer meals as part of a room and board arrangement. Hotel operations vary in size, function, and cost. Most Alajuela hotels and major hospitality companies that operate hotels in Alajuela have set widely accepted industry standards to classify hotel types. General categories include the following:

Upscale luxury hotels in Alajuela
An upscale full service hotel facility in Alajuela that offers luxury amenities, full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and the highest level of personalized and professional service. Luxury Alajuela hotels are normally classified with at least a Four Diamond or Five Diamond status or a Four or Five Star rating depending on classification standards.

Full service hotels in Alajuela
Full service Alajuela hotels often contain upscale full-service facilities with a large volume of full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and a variety of on-site amenities such as swimming pools, a health club, children's activities, ballrooms, on-site conference facilities, etc.

Historic inns and boutique hotels in Alajuela
Boutique hotels of Alajuela are smaller independent non-branded hotels that often contain upscale facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. Alajuela boutique hotels are generally 100 rooms or less. Some historic inns and boutique hotels in Alajuela may be classified as luxury hotels.

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Small to medium-sized hotel establishments that offer a limited amount of on-site amenities that only cater and market to a specific demographic of Alajuela travelers, such as the single business traveler. Most Alajuela focused or select service hotels may still offer full service accommodations but may lack leisure amenities such as an on-site restaurant or a swimming pool.

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Small to medium-sized Alajuela hotel establishments that offer a very limited amount of on-site amenities and often only offer basic accommodations with little to no services, these facilities normally only cater and market to a specific demographic of travelers, such as the budget-minded Alajuela traveler seeking a "no frills" accommodation. Limited service Alajuela hotels often lack an on-site restaurant but in return may offer a limited complimentary food and beverage amenity such as on-site continental breakfast service.

Guest houses and B&Bs in Alajuela
A bed and breakfast in Alajuela is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and inclusive breakfast. Usually, Alajuela bed and breakfasts are private homes or family homes offering accommodations. The typical Alajuela B&B has between 4 and 11 rooms, with 6 being the average. Generally, guests are accommodated in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom. Some homes have private bedrooms with a bathroom which is shared with other guests. Breakfast is served in the bedroom, a dining room, or the host's kitchen. Often the owners of guest house themselves prepare the breakfast and clean the rooms.

Hostels in Alajuela
Alajuela hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge, and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are often cheaper for both the operator and occupants; many Alajuela hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk agents or housekeeping staff in exchange for experience or discounted accommodation.

Apartment hotels, extended stay hotels in Alajuela
Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized Alajuela hotels that offer longer term full service accommodations compared to a traditional hotel. Extended stay hotels may offer non-traditional pricing methods such as a weekly rate that cater towards travelers in need of short-term accommodations for an extended period of time. Similar to limited and select service hotels, on-site amenities are normally limited and most extended stay hotels in Alajuela lack an on-site restaurant.

Timeshare and destination clubs in Alajuela
Alajuela timeshare and destination clubs are a form of property ownership also referred to as a vacation ownership involving the purchase and ownership of an individual unit of accommodation for seasonal usage during a specified period of time. Timeshare resorts in Alajuela often offer amenities similar that of a Full service hotel with on-site restaurant(s), swimming pools, recreation grounds, and other leisure-oriented amenities. Destination clubs of Alajuela on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.

Motels in Alajuela
A Alajuela motel is a small-sized low-rise lodging establishment similar to that of a limited service hotel, but with direct access to individual rooms from the car park. Common during the 1950s and 1960s, motels were often located adjacent to a major road, where they were built on inexpensive land at the edge of towns or along stretches of highways. They are still useful in less populated areas of Alajuela for driving travelers, but the more populated an area becomes the more hotels fill the need. Many of Alajuela motels which remain in operation have joined national franchise chains, rebranding themselves as hotels, inns or lodges.

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City and municipality
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Images, from top down, left to right: Alajuela skyline at night, Central Church, Juan Santamaría Statue, Central Park, Municipal Theater, a traditional Costa Rican bullock cart, the Juan Santamaría International Airport, Alejandro Morera Soto Stadium.
Flag of Alajuela
Coat of arms of Alajuela
Coat of arms
Nickname(s): Ciudad de los Mangos (Spanish)
"City of Mangoes"
Motto: Pro Patria Nostra - Sanguis Noster (Latin)
"For our country, our blood"
Alajuela and surrounding area
Alajuela and surrounding area
Alajuela is located in Costa Rica
Location of Alajuela within Costa Rica
Coordinates:  / 10.017; -84.217
Country Costa Rica
Province Alajuela Province
Canton Alajuela
Founded 1782
• Mayor Roberto Thompson
• City and municipality 8.88 km (3.43 sq mi)
Elevation 952 m (3,123 ft)
Population (2012)
• City and municipality 42,975
• Density 4,800/km (13,000/sq mi)
• Urban 123,481
Postal code 20101-114
Climate Aw
Website Official website

Alajuela (Spanish pronunciation: [alaˈxwela]) is the second-largest city in Costa Rica after the capital, San José. It is also the capital of Alajuela Province.

Because of its location in the Costa Rican Central Valley, Alajuela is nowadays part of the conurbation of the Great Metropolitan Area. The city is the birthplace of Juan Santamaría, the national hero of Costa Rica and the figure who gives the name to the country's main international airport, which is south of Alajuela downtown.

Alajuela: Geography and population

The limits of the city corresponds formally to the canton's first district limits, even though the city's current population and urban area stretches beyond these limits. The district of Alajuela covers an area of 8.88 km², It lies at an elevation of 952 metres above sea level in the Central Valley, 19 kilometres northwest of San José.

The climate is tropical, typical of the Central Valley, but slightly warmer than San José. Temperatures are moderate, averaging 23–26 degrees Celsius with a low humidity level of 20% almost all year round. Alajuela and its surroundings are famed for having "the best weather in the world".

According to the 2000 Census, the urban area of the city had a population of 123,481 (including the district of Alajuela and the urban population of other districts in Alajuela canton). The population of the district in 2009 was 50,753 people.

Alajuela: History

El Llano old hermitage

In pre-Columbian times the land where the canton of Alajuela is today was part of the Huetar Kingdom of the West, which was inhabited by native tribes, who at the time of the Spanish conquest were led by Chief Garabito.

The first Spanish settlers established settlements in the region in about 1650. In a letter of obligation granted in 1864, the place is mentioned as La Lajuela in the Valley of Barva, near the Canoas river.

In 1777, the dwellers of La Lajuela and Ciruelas, having been served with notice to move to Villa Vieja (today's Heredia), requested the provisional construction of a public place of prayer in the house of Don Dionysius Oconitrillo, of Spanish origin, 30 metres north of where Alajuela's cathedral is today.

After increases of population in the five existing quarters then: Targuaz, Puás, Ciruelas, La Lajuela and Rio Grande, the citizens faced difficulties to maintain their religious obligations, so they requested permission to establish a parish and a public place of prayer from the Bishop of Nicaragua and Costa Rica, Monsignor don Esteban Lorenzo de Tristán.

According to a motion issued in the Spanish Parliament of Cádiz on 19 May 1812, the first town hall of Alajuela was founded in 1813. On December 18 of the same year, the La Lajuela quarter obtained the title of town and it was renamed. It was first called "Villa Hermosa", then it was called "San Juan Nepomuceno de Alajuela" and finally the title of city was granted on 20 November 1824 and with it the name "Alajuela" which remains today.

Participation in important historical events by citizens of Alajuela has ensured the city's reputation as a storied place in Costa Rican history. The national hero Juan Santamaría, who died during the campaign in 1856 to remove invaders threatening Costa Rica's sovereignty, was born in Alajuela. This historical event is celebrated and remembered every year on 11 April and it is a national holiday.

The area often experiences earthquakes. The 2009 magnitude 6.1 earthquake caused several landslides.

Alajuela: Economy

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The main exports of the region are coffee, sugar-cane, maize, beans, tobacco, citrus fruits, strawberries, tubers like cassava, flowers and ornamental plants. Other commercial activities include poultry farming, beekeeping, pig farming and the dairy industry. More recently, Alajuela has seen important investment in free zone parks and heavy industry companies.

Alajuela: Transport

Alajuela is an important transport hub for the country, connecting the capital city with northwestern Costa Rica. As a part of the Greater Metropolitan Area, most of the inhabitants of Alajuela work in other cities or regions of the Central Valley, and every day receives residents from other locations to work in local factories. Central America's second busiest airport, Juan Santamaría International Airport, is three kilometres south of the city centre.

Alajuela: Sports

Liga Deportiva Alajuelense is the city's major football club, having won 29 league titles. They play their home games at the Estadio Alejandro Morera Soto. They share the stadium with another top level club, Carmelita.

Alajuela: Sister cities

  • Spain San Bartolomé de Tirajana, Spain
  • Germany Lahr, Germany
  • Italy Montegrotto Terme, Italy
  • Italy Bordano, Italy
  • United States Downey, California, USA
  • United States Dothan, Alabama, USA
  • Mexico Guadalajara, Mexico
  • Japan Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan
  • China Hangzhou, China

Alajuela: Notable residents

Alajuela: Historical

  • Gregorio Jose Ramirez (1796–1823) Politician, Military Commander.
  • José María Alfaro Zamora (1799–1856) Costa Rican Head of State (1842–44, 1846–47)
  • Florentino Alfaro Zamora (1805–1873) Politician
  • Juan Alfaro Ruiz (1810–1856) Politician
  • Jose Maria Figueroa (1820–1900) Artist. He recorded the early events of Costa Rican history in his Album de Figueroa
  • Apolinar de Jesus Soto (1827–1911) Vice-President of Costa Rica (1886-1889). The title was called then Primer Designado
  • Juan Santamaría (1831–1856) Costa Rican national hero.
  • Tomás Guardia Gutiérrez (1831–1882) President of Costa Rica (1870–82) Born in Bagaces, Guardia married and lived in Alajuela most of his life
  • Emilia Solórzano Alfaro (1835–1914) Costa Rican First lady (1870-1882) For her activism in favor of Education and Human Rights, she was declared Benemerita de la Patria in 1972.
  • Leon Fernandez Bonilla (1840–1887) Historian, Lawyer, Diplomat, Journalist. Declared Benemerito de la Patria (Distinguished Citizen) in 1994.
  • Bernardo Soto Alfaro (1854–1931) President of Costa Rica (1885-1889)
  • Anastasio Alfaro(1865–1951) Zoologist, Geologist, Archeologist, Ethnologist. Creator of the Museo Nacional de Costa Rica.
  • Ricardo Fernandez Guardia (1867–1950) Historian, Author, Diplomat. Declared Benemerito de la Patria (Distinguished Citizen) in 1944.
  • León Cortés Castro (1882–1946) President of Costa Rica (1936–40)
  • Otilio Ulate (1891–1973) President of Costa Rica (1949–53)
  • Carlos Luis Fallas (1909–1966) Costa Rican most important author, political activist. Elected for the Congress (1944–48). Posthumously declared Benemérito de la Patria (Distinguished Citizen) in 1977.
  • Alejandro Morera Soto (1909-1995) Footballer. Played with LD Alajuelense in Costa Rica, and FC Barcelona, Spain.
  • Margarita Madrigal (1919-1983) Best-selling author of language textbooks.

Alajuela: Born in or live in Alajuela

  • Fernando Duran Ayanegui (1939– ) Author
  • Edgar Zúñiga (1950– ) Sculptor
  • Jorge Arroyo (1959– ) Playwright

Alajuela: References

  1. Instituto Geográfico Nacional (IGN), 2001.
  2. Alajuela, Climate and info, in Costa Rica WeatherCentre
  3. Ocampo Barrantes, Marlon. "Los Orígenes de la Población de Alajuela, 1601-1782". Editorial UNED, Costa Rica, 2009.
  4. "10 confirmed dead, 32 injured after quake in Costa Rica". CNN.com. Cable News Network. 2009-01-09.
  5. nacion.com: Costa Rican News in Brief, accessdate: 5/13/2014, 9/21/1995
  6. Alajuela: Stadt Lahr online - Alajuela, accessdate: 5/13/2014
  7. Page 2: Murals of La Guacima | Page 2 Archived 17 May 2014 at the Wayback Machine., accessdate: 5/13/2014
  8. : http://downeybeat.com/2012/05/downey-looking-for-a-sister-that-may-not-exist-43737/, accessdate: 5/13/2014
  9. "Sister Cities, Public Relations". Guadalajara municipal government. Archived from the original on 2 March 2012. Retrieved March 12, 2013.
  10. pref.ibaraki.jp: IBARAKI Prefectural Government, accessdate: 5/13/2014
  • Alajuela travel guide from Wikivoyage
  • Municipalidad de Alajuela, December 2007
  • Directorios de Costa Rica - Alajuela
  • Directorio y Guía de Alajuela

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