The VistaLinda apartments don't look like much from the outside. As a matter of fact, the place looks more than a little intimidating with all the razor wire, the guard tower, etc. I arrived there very late at night since my flight was delayed and I was welcomed in by the pistol packing security guard. To make matters worse I had reserved an apartment with a kitchen and I was given one without one and told we could straighten it out with the owner in the morning.
The next morning I met with Carlos (the owner) and he explained to me that one of the guests was supposed to have left but was too sick to travel and that's why he had to give me the smaller apartment. The apartment complex has a community kitchen that I could use whenever I wanted so I had everything I needed. Carlos turned out to be a super guy. He went out of his way to make my stay pleasant. After a day I forgot all about the fact I was in the wrong apartment.
The inside of the apartment complex is wonderful. They have computers available for guests to use, high speed wireless Internet access in all of the rooms, an exercise room, laundry facilities, etc. It's also beautifully landscaped with various tropical plants, flowers, and trees. After spending a few days there it was easy to see why all the guests were frequent visitors. The lobby area with the rocking chairs was a great place to hang out with the other guests or just enjoy some Costa Rican coffee while reading La Nacion.
The neighborhood it's in is a typical working class Tico neighborhood. There are a number of excellent restaurants within walking distance where dinner will typically cost less than $5 for all the food you can cram into your piehole. The bus stop is a short walk up the street and busses come by every 5 minutes or so. It takes about 15 minutes to get to town by bus and it costs about 20 cents.
On my final day there I realized that we had never discussed what I was going to be charged seeing as how I didn't get the apartment that was agreed upon beforehand. I went and found Carlos and when I asked what I owed him he responded just pay me $15/night. So my 5 night stay ended up costing a grand total of $75. Not a bad deal.