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Hotel El Velero

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#1 On the Beach, Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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46 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The architecture and design of this older hotel set on the Playa Hermosa beach add quite a bit of charm, but it does need a little TLC. It rained heavily the second night of my stay and both beds received a lot of water dripping. The AC takes a little while to cool the room down but then it's quite... More 

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Boston
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very affordable and right on a beautiful beach. We stayed for 10 days and I liked it more and more each day. I have to say that initially I was surprised it had such a high ranking on TA, but after the first day I got it. It has a great laid back, beach bum feel. As soon as you... More 

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Plymouth, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spent 8 days at Hotel El Velero celebrating our 25th anniversary. We had a wonderful time and were not disappointed in any way. Location was great. The service was fantastic. All the people we encountered made us feel welcome. The rates were great considering we were right on a beautiful beach. Would do the trip again in a heartbeat.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a great relaxing time at this hotel. The rooms were clean, with air conditioning, and warm showers. The restaurant is very convenient, but not cheap. They will bring your food to your beach chair. Beach was calm and great for young kids. Great all around service!

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PLYMOUTH
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Everything about El Velero was perfect: location right on the beach, clean spacious room, attentive service, good food, reasonable rates, wonderful ambience. This place has it all! We had a fantastic time celebrating our 25th anniversary here. Jenaro, Joshua and Janet were incredibly attentive and helpful. After just one day they knew our preference for coffee with milk and outdoor... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

When you get to Hotel El Velero at Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste, Costa Rica, you really know that you have found a little piece of heaven on earth. The place is peaceful, the staff is friendly, the owner is always willing to help and really kind, the food is delicious and among all this things, they have a big treasure in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

El Velero is laid back & casual with the best staff, best beach w/o all the typical touristy trappings. I had a serious injury to my knee the first day of my visit- the owner Mike arranged a car, clinic visit, moved my room downstairs, ice twice a day for my knee, even got a pair of crutches for me... More 

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Moose Jaw, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015 via mobile

The hotel has bbq two nights a week the food is really good and usually consistent. The staff have all been here for a long time and are very friendly. Anyone who thinks that they won't run into insects in costa rica in the rain forest climate shouldn't leave home. Go to McDonald's And save yourself a pile of money

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

There is no way this hotel could rank in the top five of the area!!!! The facilities are outdated very low or no maintenance. The staff was not that friendly or attentive. Even though, the kitchen is exposed to the public in this case this works against them as the sanitary conditions of the place did not invited us to... More 

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Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Have stayed there 3 times and all 3 have been great. Distressing to read the negative reviews, but those things do happen. I would not hesitate to recommend El Velero to anyone except the extremely fussy.

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