Lucky’s Casino San Carlos has partnered with Hotel Alajuela to bring you a top-class gambling experience inside one of the town’s most popular hotels. The casino is not operated by the privately-owned hotel but rather by the owners of the Lucky’s Casino chain; Thunderbird Resorts Incorporated, who manages the casino on their behalf.
Alajuela is a vibrant suburb just north of the capital city of San Jose. Lucky’s Casino San Carlos is the closest Lucky’s Casino to an airport, a mere 4 km, 10 minutes, drive from Juan Santamaria International Airport. Public transport is available from the casino and can take you to the center of Alajuela via bus or taxi. Alternatively, you can rent a car at the many agencies available.
Costa Rica’s many black sand beaches are popular tourist attractions. You will need to drive to get there and the closest one, in Puerto Viejo, is a 3-hour drive from Lucky’s Casino San Carlos. Other options include Playa Negra: Los Pargos, Playa Panama, and Playa Hermosa.
Semi-casual attire must be worn inside the casino, which means no barefoot or shirtless guests will be allowed in. The legal gambling age in Costa Rica is 18 and all guests will be asked for proof of identification upon entry.
Lucky’s Casino San Carlos is one of the smallest casino’s owned by the company, with only one 1,500 square foot gaming area. This gaming area is where you will find the few table games as well as their electronic games. The only entrance is inside the hotel and you will need to walk past the main reception area. Once at the casino’s entrance you will find the cashier and main gaming floor.
Electronic machines are the most popular games at the casino due to their quantity and the lack of table games. The table games are only busy in the evenings, with poker tournaments being a popular attraction for high rollers interested in no limit gambling.
There are only 2 table games available, making it the smallest selection of table games out of all the Lucky’s Casino properties. Your choices are between an electronic roulette table, which is open all day with the other electronic games, and their 1 poker table. The poker event table is used exclusively for tournaments which are hosted weekly and monthly.
The weekly poker tournaments allow gamblers to play against one another in cash-only Texas Hold‘Em games. The monthly tournament is the main event, focusing on no-limit maximums and requires participants to buy-in with a certain amount, usually $100. These tournaments offer a guaranteed payout of 50% of all competitors buy-ins
There are just 45 slot machines available in the main gaming area of the casino. They are laid out according to the specific game, with slot machines all at the back of the room and electronic card games positioned around the two table games.
Single and multi-denomination slot machines are available that offer bets from $0.01 to $5. The electronic card games include video poker, electronic blackjack, and electronic baccarat. All of these card games offer the same betting range as the slot machines.
Hotel Alajuela has a selection of room options available for potential guests which cost between $60 and $80 (USD) per night. You can choose from a standard double to their luxury suite which includes a private balcony and larger bathroom with both spa bath and waterfall shower.
No matter your room choice, you will be able to use the various amenities on offer at the hotel, which includes their restaurant, outdoor and indoor bar, complimentary breakfast, and free self-service parking.
Guests at Lucky’s Casino San Carlos will be able to enjoy the restaurant and bar on offer at Hotel Alajuela. This restaurant has a dining hall that has 30 tables of different sizes, allowing for a maximum capacity of 75 diners. Other than eating in the dining hall, gamblers will be able to order from the casino.
The restaurant has local Costa Rican classics as well as international items like Italian Pasta, American-style hamburgers, and Mexican nachos. Their portions are reasonable and are well priced. It is open all day and serves hotel guests their complimentary breakfast. Their outdoor patio, with sunset views, provides a relaxing environment to enjoy a sundowner and light snack.