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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 4 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago

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 The facilities are outdated very low or no maintenance.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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Houston, TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

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 April 28, 2015

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 April 27, 2015

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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