Costa Rica Airport Hotel | 5 minutes from SJO Airport in San Jose
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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

Hotel Villa Dolce, Reception
Hotel Villa Dolce, Reception
Hotel Villa Dolce, Restaurant
Hotel Villa Dolce, Restaurant
Hotel Villa Dolce, Living
Hotel Villa Dolce, Living


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.

Restaurant – Pizzeria

Restaurant – Pizzeria

Enjoy breakfast and dinner on the open air terrace with views overlooking the garden and swimming pool.
Our open air terrace is part of the original, old Costa Rican farm house, built in rich wood and artfully restored to maintain its original character and restful ambiance.

Costa Rica Travel

Costa Rica Travel

Hotel Villa Dolce has the greatest location for you to start or finish your travels to Costa Rica. We offer comfortable accommodations at greatest Rates, Do not hesitate to ask for our guide consultation on tour arrangements and car rentals.  Enjoy Costa Rica, pura vida!



At Hotel Villa Dolce, We offer Clean, Large, Comfortable, Great Value
Rooms and Villas with many of the facilities of more expensive hotels at a much lower price.

Plus our friendly service will make you feel right at home.

Pets are welcome!!!

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What to do in Costa Rica?

Hotel Villa Dolce - The place to Start & Finish your travels in Costa Rica

The Butterfly Farm

The Butterfly Farm

Visitors receive guided tours of about 2 hours. Tours start at 8:30 am, 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm.Butterflies are more active in the morning when the sun is stronger. Tours starts with an introductory film to understand concepts and vocabulary.Information website:

Shopping & a stroll around the city of Alajuela

Shopping & a stroll around the city of Alajuela

Get to know the city of Alajuela; visit the market and enjoy some local food. Alajuela is also the perfect spot for some last minute shopping and to catch a movie (in English too) at the mall. The Alajuela’s mall (shopping center) is called Mall International. Visit the central park, the Cathedral, the Juan Santamaría…

Else Kientzler Botanical Garden

Else Kientzler Botanical Garden

  This project started in 1998 in an old coffee plantation located near Sarchi’ in With time all the coffee plants have been slowly substituted for a variety of tropical plants. The process took 9 years of dedication. Now, it is a beautiful botanical garden where nature and plants lovers can enjoy a lovely, interesting…

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