Alajuela basically is a suburb of San Jose and closer to Poas Volcano and has some nice small B&B's and hotels.
From the Alajuela Travel Guide
We stayed overnight and we choose it because it is very close to the airport. The taxi is only 10$. The owner hs reserved us a very warm welcome. We liked the place though our room (#10) was next to the highway (at the back of the property) and it was very noisy during the night. We could't kept the window open and it was a llittle bit hot. ... more
The only complaint was that there are no street signs in Alejuela, so it was difficult to find. The staff was GREAT! very helpful with helping us plan our trip. The rooms were clean, but simple. The garden/pool area was very relaxing, especially with being in the city. The breakfast was great. Cannot say enough. ... more
Costa Rica June '05 HELP!!
recommend Hotel mi Tierra and a guy named freddy runs it and it is in alajuela just minutes from the airport ...
Costa Rica in 2 weeks
. In the morning around 10 we arrived in Alajuela and the Swedish wanted to stop at a type of zoo they were ...
Crime in San Jose, Costa Rica
and last day at Alajuela! It is the city and province where the Internatinal Airport is located (Everybody thinks the airport is in San Jose, but it is not!). Alajuela has the advantage of; you could take buses ...