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El Sabanero Beach Hotel

3.0 of 5
150m up the hill from BCR | Flamingo beach, Playa Flamingo 1111, Costa Rica (Formerly Estela de Fuego)
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Ranked #4 of 7 Hotels in Playa Flamingo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Too much potential, bad conditions. Excelent location to visit other beaches. Poor breakfast, dirty pool, renovations taking place. Be prepared to have the hotel as a staring point to visit other places but not as a place to spend a complete day.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

My boyfriend and I stayed at El Sabanero in February of this year and had a wonderful time. The hotel is distinguished by its private location and is perfect for people who are wanting access to amenities, without the crush of tourists common at other hotels. The food is excellent, the service is absolutely second to none, and the friendliness... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

My family spent beautiful 4 nights at this hotel. After a sleepless night at another hotel with spiders this was a nice turnaround. The hotel is currently being renovated. The top floor rooms have already been remodeled but the bathrooms still need some work. All the rooms have picturesque view of the Pacific that is worth million bucks. The pool... More 

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Saskatchewan, Canada
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

New ownership looking to impress!!! My wife and I really enjoyed the service and the food was wonderful! Recommend the calamari to everyone!!! Thank you very much for your great service! We will be back!!! The view is absolutely stunning!!

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Lake Forest Park, Washington
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

We absolutely loved our hotel. The owners were very friendly and helpful along with the rest of the staff. Playa Flamingo is pretty quiet so we spent a couple of evenings hanging out at the hotel for dinner and had a chance to get to know the staff, and the area. The hotel was beautiful and we ate breakfast every... More 

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Boblingen, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

We were checking out Playa Flamingo and passed by this place with a stunning view!! We decided to have lunch at the restaurant and they were very accommodating! They moved a table for us out of the sun and into the shade so we could enjoy the breeze and the outdoor view. The server was one of the nicest young... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Sister trip to Costa Rica...We had an awesome time!! Staff was very helpful and accommodating. Josef booked the Vandara tour for us. It was great! Nice, clean rooms. Relaxed in the sun by the pool. Delicious lunch on the terrace with Beautiful ocean view. Fun times and lots of laughs at the bar. Would definitely stay here again.

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New York City, New York
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3 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

The owners of the hotel were so kind and accommodating. The location of the hotel is a little far from the main beach and on a very steep hill. If you have a car it should be fine. Hotel has an amazing view and is in a very quiet spot. My one complaint would have to be the cleanliness and... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

We stayed 3 nights in the hotel and enjoyed it very much. The atmosphere was wonderful. The manager Josef & wife were very charming and helpful. We enjoyed the breakfast buffet type meal also. The view is awesome from the deck overlooking the ocean and mountains in the distance.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

For the price, it was a decent hotel. The manager, Josef, his wife and the barman were really nice and friendly to us. Josef was very helpful and accommodating the whole time. The room was a good size and had a good view of the ocean. Breakfast was decent but not great. Gallo pinto, bread, fruit, drinks. Also decent room... More 

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