If you need to stay near the Liberia Airport in Costa Rica, there is no better place to stay than right across the street from it in the Hilton Garden Inn. You can literally see it from across the way, as it’s one of the only buildings other than the Solarium Commercial plaza nearby, along with a gas station. If you need to stay in Liberia prior to an early flight, or just need a comfortable place to work or stay when in the area, this is about as good as it gets.
The Hilton Garden Inn Liberia Review
This is a Hilton property, and if you stay at these hotels frequently you know what to expect. Free Wifi as a Hilton Honors member, coffee in the lobby, a pool, an on-site restaurant, make-shift but usable workout room, and plenty of room in the form of a business center in case you need space to work and print documents. There’s certainly a level of service and amenities you can expect with a Hilton property, and while it may not be all first class and five start like say a Ritz Carlton, I find it perfectly feasible when needed.
If you look around the Liberia area for hotels, there are few and far between that will resemble the offerings you’ll see in a large US City. There aren’t any Marriott Properties in the Liberia airport, which bums me out, but you will find a few boutique hotels, which I didn’t want to take a chance on. I was just at a Hilton in Naples, and felt that they did a fine job, so it was to the Hilton on the day of our arrival and we weren’t let down.
What I Liked About the Hilton in Liberia
First off, it was quiet and provided a good place to relax after an early, tiring flight. Next, the staff was very warm and welcoming. Third, they have an Enterprise rental car agency right on premises, which was nice since I rented a 4 x 4 for the time we spent there and the transaction could not have been easier. If you have visited Costa Rica, you know how hard getting things done can be at times. They made it nice and easy.
I found the lobby a nice place to open my laptop and work every morning while enjoying the fresh Costa Rican Coffee. The calm, peaceful vibe let me work in peace and get things done, which is always nice. The breakfast was included in my stay, and it was adequate. It was a buffet style breakfast with the addition of a very solid omelette station that was very tasty. You can expect a typical Costa Rican breakfast like gallo pinto, fresh fruit, and refrescos in addition to the bacon, sausage, eggs, waffle station, and much more that they put out there. It was a good spread, and well done, not like a slop line you see at some hotels like the Drury Inn. It was $25 per person otherwise, and with no other options, I probably would have paid that.
The hotel also had a simple, yet nice bar. One television, with sports usually playing.
What I Didn’t Like About the Hilton Garden Inn
The rooms were a bit musty. It was awkward when you put on the A/C because it felt like your two options for climate were either sauna or ice box. It wasn’t the end of the world as we spent 90% of our time outside of the room, but for those of you who need to be in your room a lot, well, this sucked.
Huge lack of English television channels. Not a huge deal but it was the Stanley Cup Playoffs and we couldn’t watch.
The price was very fair, as we were there in the off season. I’d highly recommend this hotel for what it is – a simple place to stay when needed in Liberia.
Other Hotels Near Liberia Airport:
The two properties in Reserva Conchal are about an hour from the Liberia airport. The Mangroove is a short twenty minutes away and is the closest luxury hotel to the airport.