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“Overpriced and dirty” 1 of 5 stars
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Guanacaste Hotel
Liberia, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #13 of 17 Hotels in Liberia
Stockholm
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“Overpriced and dirty”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2010

The prices are redicolus high for this small simple room. The beds had dirty sheets that somenone had used already ...

If the room had cost 10 usd I havent said anything about it, but 55 is so overpriced for this standard.

And on top of that the staff in the reception had no feeling for service what so ever...

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 stars
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2010

I drove my girlfriend to Liberia to catch an early flight home. I booked her a room at the Guanacaste Hotel because it was conveniently located. She had a single room. You could spread your arms and touch both walls. She did not feel safe staying there alone. In reality, she WAS safe, but the point is, she didn't FEEL safe. She was not happy that I left her there. Fairly warned be thee, says I, boys.
(Would be a great spot to break up though)

  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto
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15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2009

Don't get this place confused with the hotel near Rincon de la Vieja. The Hotel Guanacaste is located a couple of blocks from the Liberia bus station. It is a convenient location in that way, and looks nice from the outside. The rooms are a different matter. I chose the one bedroom with fan for roughly $13 american. It was small and looked just like a prison cell.It did not seem particularly clean and the bed was uncomfortable. On the plus side the courtyard looked nice and the staff were pleasant. There is a bar on site too. But unless you need to be near the bus station I would recommend staying at Hotel Liberia or Posada del Tope

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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51 hotel reviews
Reviews in 48 cities Reviews in 48 cities
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2009

Our one mistake on our Central American trip. We chose it for the location, just a short walk from the bus station, as we were only doing an overnight before moving on to Nicaragua. The reality of the room is htat it is NOTHING like the photos on their website! It wasn't clean, nor was the bathroom, it was just one of those horrible places that you just wanna get through to the next morning asap. As it's supposed to be a part of the International Hostelling Chain, we thought it would do for a night, but not so. We resorted to a few drinks in the bar that evening to knock us out quick, and then rising early and showering quick. We thought about staying at the Best Western, but then persevered. One thing that was terrific however, was the manager. The most helpul guy you could meet, he had all the details for buses into Nicaragua, you could book direct with him, and the buses literally stopped outside the place! So that saved us a lot of time and effort the next morning. Had we stayed somewhere else, that ould have uktimately been a lot more hassle (although probably more comfort too...)

  • Liked — Friendly manager, fount of all knowledge
  • Disliked — 'Orrible!
  • Stayed May 2006
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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SF, Bay Area
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2007

this is the lowest of the lowest still at a ridicule price of $55 for 2 bunkbeds (sleep 4). The room was so small it felt like a prison cell, just the space for the beds really. Our bags ended up sleeping with us! The ants and god knows what else were crawling everywhere. The shower flooded the bathroom (private bathroom!). The sheets, the towels, the walls... everything looked in needs of a lot of TLC. it was the only place we could find the day before NewYear's eve.... and I barely slept. We'll definitly organized ourselves in a different way next time! Remember that Costa Rica can get very busy, so book in advance.

  • Liked — I can't think of anything although the resto/bar was cheerful
  • Disliked — the size
  • Tips/Secrets — book somewhere else in advance to avoid being stuck
  • Stayed December 2006, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: Liberia, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Liberia
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Ranked #13 of 17 Hotels in Liberia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 68
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