|Pool view at the Prodeo Hotel.|
“Sightings from the Veranda in Costa Rica”
|Cows resting in the pasture as seen from the veranda.|
Note: Today, many of our photos are of a smaller size in an attempt to avoid blurring when I borrowed them from various sites.
Whenever we need to book a hotel, we use the link here on our site for Hotels.com. We receive a tiny commission using our own links (and we hope you will too).
The commissions we earn are never enough to cover the cost of managing our site but every little bit helps. If you can, please use our links which have identical pricing and features as if you went directly to the same sites from your choice of browser. We so much appreciate it!
|Lounge at Prodeo Hotel in Buenos Aires, Argentina.|
Whenever a traveler desires a 30-night or more booking, the inquiry from the Hotels.com link on our site will take you directly to “corporate rates.” If you choose, a representative will contact you by email after you’ve decided on the criteria for such an extended stay.
Within a day or so, you’ll start receiving lists of possible hotels that will accommodate your criteria including pricing, location, and amenities. We’ve used this feature only on two occasions since in most cases we stay in vacation/holiday homes.
Staying in hotels for 30 nights or more isn’t our first choice of accommodation. However, most recently we stayed in the Minnesota at a hotel for 42-nights and will need to do so upcoming from December 23, 2017, to January 23, 2018, and again one more night after the Antarctica cruise on February 8, 2018.
|Overlooking tub area in bath.|
Finding a hotel that would accommodate both dates, 31-nights in December/January plus the one night in February with one good price would be the ideal scenario. In doing so, most importantly, we’re able to store our luggage for no additional cost while we’re off on the Antarctica cruise, the entire reason we chose a hotel as opposed to a vacation home.
Sure, we would have preferred a vacation home, able to cook our meals, having more space to maneuver, along with a greater sense of freedom and mobility. But, this particular instance, not unlike in Minnesota, provided us with features and amenities that make it all worthwhile.
Once we received the list of hotels, all of which included offers for better-than-average-pricing (and there were dozens), we narrowed it down to our top two based on price, location, and amenities, finally deciding on the Prodeo Hotel and Lounge after contacting both hotel managers.
|Free breakfast is included in the nightly rate which, after inquiring, it was explained it includes eggs, cheese and meats which works for us when pastries and bread products don’t.|
The staff at Hotels.com suggested that once we find hotels we find suitable to contact them directly via a link of the listing to make inquiries for any additional questions we may have. In our case, we asked the following questions:
- Does the complimentary breakfast include any eggs or meats? I am gluten free and cannot eat pastries or fruit.
- Can you store our luggage for 17 nights while we travel to Ushuaia for an Antarctica cruise? We’ll return on February 8th and stay one additional night.
- Do you have free Wi-Fi in the rooms? We are world travel writers and need to upload a story each day with photos using both mine and my husband’s laptops. This is very important. We will be providing free press during our stay during the 32-night period.
- Do you have self-service laundry on site or is there a laundromat nearby?
- What is the total rate with taxes? How much is the deposit to hold it? When is the balance due?
|Dining room located in Prodeo Hotel.|
|Pool area located in the hotel including an outdoor bar.|
|A typical room in the hotel.|
During the 42-night stay in Minneapolis, our goal was to spend time with family, as was the case during the 25-night stay at son Richard’s home in Henderson Nevada. Sightseeing wasn’t on our radar.
Now, here in Atenas Costa Rica, I’m chomping at the bit to get out but we’ve found the cost of taxi service higher than in some other parts of the world. For instance, when we stopped at the health food store and MaxiPali for groceries for a total turnaround time of 75 minutes for taxi fare of US $15, (CRC 8648) and discovered the cost to go to Walmart in San Jose (35-minutes each way) at US $35, (CRC 20,178) plus tip, we decided we’ll rent a car every so often.
This way, when we have the rental car, we can do the longer sightseeing trips, go to the dentist and explore on our own. We’ve scheduled a car for five days for the week of August 21st, Monday through Friday, which will be delivered to our door.
In the interim, we’ll continue to work on our taxes, financial and business stuff and hopefully, have that out of the way by the time we receive the car. We’re just like you…at times we have business related tasks that simply take priority over pleasure.
Instead, we spend our days working on the veranda, reveling in the sights and sounds of Atenas with the roosters crowing, the cows mooing, the birds singing and myriad other sounds we can’t quite determine as yet. A stop for a bit of sun and pool time is usually on the agenda as well.
The evenings? Purely delightful! We enjoy a fabulous meal with a few choice shows to watch on the huge HD TV in the comfortable and spacious screening room, all the while chatting, laughing and treasuring this life we live.
May you treasure your today and always!
Photo from one year ago today, August 10, 2016:
|This style of Buddhist statue is commonly seen in Thailand which was located in the vacation home we’d rented in Rawai, Phuket Thailand one year ago. For more photos, please click here.|