We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
All 13 Playa Hermosa hotels

Hotel El Velero

Save Saved
You added Hotel El Velero to your Saves list
#1 On the Beach, Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica
Hotel amenities
  • Overview
  • Reviews (188)
  • Photos (133)
  • Similar Hotels
  • Amenities
  • Q&A
  • Room tips (29)
  • Location
  • More
Hotel El Velero
Ranked #5 of 13 hotels in Playa Hermosa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
We can't find prices for this hotel
Our online travel partners don't provide prices for this hotel, but we can search other options in Playa Hermosa
Check In Check Out
Write a Review

188 people have reviewed this hotel

Traveler rating
See reviews for
Rating summary
  • 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
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (29)
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Boise, Idaho
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Right on the beach. Great rooms with air conditioning, great hotel and restaurant staff, great food. There is an area to wash off after enjoying a swim in the ocean. We went and checked out other hotels in the area but this was our favorite.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
10 hotel reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

We love El Velero, the staff, and the owner, Mike! This is not a fancy hotel, but it is a solid value for your money, and it's full of character. I bring a group of wonderful, well-behaved teenagers each summer, and it is consistently their favorite hotel. We have stayed here more than 10 times, and we've never been disappointed.... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
13 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Great location on the beach but odd policies and rooms need an update. When we arrived, they could not find our reservation for our 2 rooms until after I showed them the confirmation I rec'd from them when I booked. The bathrooms have no shampoo or conditioner. I thought this was odd so I asked at the front desk and... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Golden Lake, Canada
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Good value, good staff...excellent landing spot to begin or end an adventure....well done. I'd end the review there but ta wants at least 200 characters to submit a review and they deserve a good one.

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Brisbane, Australia
13 reviews 13 reviews
9 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

I had no idea what to expect and was delightfully surprised. It is right on the beach. Our room was good-sized and very nice bed. The restaurant had good food and the pool was small but adequate, and who needs a pool when you are on a beautiful beach that's made for swimming. It's cheap, too. I'd come back in... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Dunnville, Canada
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

We had a great time! great place to stay! Nice and clean rooms, great food, clean and safe beach. Good bang for your buck! your buddy RickyMoe wants to say thanks again. Looking forward to visiting this friendly place again :) maybe we will bring more people with us next year.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Dalton GA
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
6 hotel reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Right on the beach with sunsets that will make you want to never leave, with a cold drink in your hand in a comfortable chair on the beach with your toes in the sand,not a care in the world watching the sun slowly sinking into a golden sea! This is one of those places that you start planning to come... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Twin Lakes, Colorado
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

My fiancé and I travel to Costa Rica often, but stayed in Hotel Velero for the 1st time in March, 2014. The rooms were clean and comfortably cool with wonderful hot water. The maid service was prompt and trustworthy. Food was good, and I think reasonably priced dinners for beach front hotels!!! The coffee is awesome (love CR coffee) and... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

We on arrived May 24, 2014, at about 8 PM after we fled another hotel (at the end of the beach) where we originally had reservations. The people at El Velero immediately jumped in and helped to make our first night at the beach memorable. We live in the mountains in Costa Rica and had just returned from a 2... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Pensacola, Florida
Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
19 hotel reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

While searching for a reasonably priced hotel on the beach in Playa Hermosa, I came across El Velero. On arrival, I found a friendly, quiet, older hotel right on the beach with everything we required - clean, spacious rooms with air conditioning, wi-fi, safe. I had booked 2 rooms, one with a king bed, one with 2 queens and both... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Owners: What's your side of the story?
If you own or manage Hotel El Velero, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.
Manage your listing

Been to Hotel El Velero? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Hotel El Velero

Address: #1 On the Beach, Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Playa Hermosa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Also Known As:
El Velero Hotel
El Velero Playa Hermosa
Hotel El Velero Costa Rica/Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste

133 photos of this hotel

Traveler photos: See what travelers like you saw

All traveler photos (115)
View from room (9)
Dining (15)
Hotel & grounds (22)
Room/suite (7)
Pool/beach area (30)
Family/play areas (1)
Business center/function rooms (1)
Bathroom (1)
Other (29)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

All management photos (19)
Hotel & grounds (12)
Family/play areas (1)
Room/suite (3)
Dining (2)
Other (1)
Hotels you might also like...
Check In Check Out
Price Your Stay
Select tags to find the hotel that's right for you.
hotels in Playa Hermosa with
any amenities


Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style
#1 Best Value Hotel in Playa Hermosa #4 On the Beach Hotel in Playa Hermosa #4 Romantic Hotel in Playa Hermosa
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Welcome to Hotel El Velero, a mediterranean-style, boutique beach hotel just paces from the Pacific blue waters of Costa Rica's pristine Playa Hermosa. Hear the waves crash and breathe the clean, salty air as you relax in our seaside tropical gardens. ... more   less 
Number of rooms

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Hotel El Velero staff and past guests.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Can tickets for local attractions be purchased at the front desk?
  • Do you have to pay extra for a mini-fridge?
  • At what time does the pool open each day?

See which rooms travelers prefer