A Brief History of Villa Dolce
Franco and Maria, the owners of Villa Dolce, moved to Costa Rica, from Italy, in 1995.
Franco is Italian, from near Venice, and Maria is from the North of England.
They always had as a life plan to eventually live somewhere peaceful, exciting and warm.
Franco and Maria came to Costa Rica for a short holiday in 1995, loved the place and moved to Alajuela just a few months after.
To start their adventure, they bought a property including an old, original Costa Rican farmhouse.
After much consideration, they decided to keep this lovely house, built in rich wood and now artfully restored to maintain its original character and warm atmosphere.
Guests can still enjoy the original wood work and flooring of the house where the reception, common areas and restaurant are now located.
In time, they built the standard rooms and then the villas and Hotel Villa Dolce opened its doors in 1996.
After so many years, the family still feels blessed to be able to live in such a lovely and green place.
Franco and Maria now run the hotel together with their daughter, Jessica, and a well-established, friendly team.
Original wood work and flooring
Meet the Team
Franco is originally from the North of Italy, near Venice. He has been a business man all his life. He traveled around the world for work until he decided to find a place in the sun and move to Costa Rica. He enjoys the quality of life and the lovely weather Costa Rica has to offer.
Maria is from the North of England, but lived most of her life in Italy. Maria enjoys conversations with guests and is in charge of all the administrative side of the business.
She is also very artistic and takes pleasure in decorating the hotel.
From Costa Rica, Randall is a valuable member of the team. He lived in the USA for a few years; hence he is fluent in English.
Randall is our receptionist, reservation agent and will also ensure guests have a positive experience during their stay.
He is in charge of the Italian pizzeria during dinner time. There is nothing he enjoys more than chatting away with guests.
An inestimable member of the team, Paula has been working with us for more than 10 years.She is Costa Rican and Nicaraguan.
Paula is in charge of preparing and serving breakfast, and of the housekeeping to ensure the accommodations are spotlessly clean. She goes above and beyond in service.