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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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Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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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Houston, TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This was the second time that we stayed at Hotel El Velero during a week-long vacation to the Guanacaste area of Costa Rica. The owner, Mike from Canada, was still there and helpful as ever. He recommended a great fishing boat that saved us hundreds of dollars from the other quotes we received and their hotel cooked our Mahi Mahi... More 

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Huntington Beach, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We booked this hotel for two nights online and when we arrived we didn't want to stay: there were ants and other insects racing all over the bathroom, the room smelled terrible, the air conditioning didn't work, and overall the place was incredibly run down. We immediately checked out after viewing the room and asked about getting our money back,... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I were traveling from Nicaragua to Tamirindo and decided to spend the night at the this hotel never again. The staff was friendly on arrival and after you register you will be given more items to carry along with your luggage. The remote for the tv, remote for the air conditioner, key for the safe with a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

My husband Dave and I just returned from an amazing week in Costa Rica. We stayed at the El Velero and we are so happy that we did. It is not a fancy hotel, but it is clean, well managed, comfortable and RIGHT ON THE BEACH. Truthfully, what makes this hotel special is its staff. They were amazing. From the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

We spent 3 nights at El Velero. We chose Playa Hermosa, because we were fling back to the UK from Liberia Airport and the hotel is only half an hour away. The beach is nice and from the restaurant area, you can step out directly to the beach. The pool is quite small and was mainly used by children (but... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

I have just returned from Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste CR where I stayed at Hotel El Velero for the 3rd time. I have never been disappointed in any way and I am counting the days until I can return again. This boutique hotel is one of the few where one can walk right out to the beach and it is surely... More 

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Armstrong, Canada
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

My Girlfriend and I had the pleasure of visiting the El Velero for the first 2 weeks of March. As first time visitors to Costa Rica we were blown away by the quality of the beach, the ambience, food and service at the hotel and most of all the comfortable feeling during the whole stay. The staff is amazing, I... More 

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Brownfield, Maine
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

We think the El Velero is the best lodging option in Playa Hermosa. Clean, funky, and right on the beach. Not much to do other than hang out and walk on the beach, but that's just what we were looking for after enduring a brutal New England winter. The warm sand felt sooooo good. The restaurant was just average and... More 

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Big Bend, Wisconsin
2 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

We had a great stay at this hotel. Rooms were clean and very large. On BBQ night I had one of the best whole Red Snapper fish I have ever eaten. There were Howler Monkeys that came through the trees next to the hotel twice a day. That was extreme to be able to see and listen to. The Bar... More 

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