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“The best part of our trip!” 5 of 5 stars
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Playa Grande Park Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Main road into Playa Grande estate | 250 to Northeast from MINAE, Playa Grande, Costa Rica (Formerly Playa Grande Surf Hotel)   |  
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Ranked #7 of 7 Hotels in Playa Grande
DeLand, Florida
2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“The best part of our trip!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

We stayed in February 2014 (little late writing this!). We began our trip at an all inclusive resort in Playa Conchal for the first 4 nights, which was an amazing resort. BUT, upon arrival at Park Hotel, it was like we had finally arrived in true Costa Rica. This adorable hotel gave us the authentic experience of Costa Rica we were hoping for. The staff was excellent and friendly, arranging our day long excursion with Hector, who was the very best guide. We do hope to see him again on our next trip! The pool area was relaxing and the restaurant was very, very good. Loved the breakfast burrito each morning! We enjoyed talking to the waiter and bartender each night as we had cocktails at the bar before turning in. Now, on to the beach........A-MAZ-ING. We spent one entire day exploring the beach, which is just a few minute walk away. It's just beautiful. Period. We walked all the way down, took a path through the woods where it appears you shouldn't go any further, and came about a deserted, black sand beach that was nothing short of breathtaking. Along the way I collected shells, shells, and more shells. This beach was covered in whole, beautiful shells. So cool. And oh my gosh, the sunsets.......magnificent. And lastly, I have to mention the Taco Star, right on the beach. I admit, I was leery about eating tacos from a tiny shack on the beach, but wow, they were so good! Fresh ingredients and really hit the spot, with an ice cold beer, after walking miles on the beach. The owners were so nice and we enjoyed talking with them as we ate. This was an amazing trip. Next time, we are skipping the all inclusive and going straight for the authentic experience. We will definitely be visiting Park Hotel again. I. Just. Can't. Wait. Thank you Park Hotel and staff. Your hotel and your beach provided us a perfect vacation.

Room Tip: The room we were in was right next to the kitchen, which was a little noisy at night and first thing...
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Baltimore, Maryland
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

My friend and I decided to visit Costa Rica on a whim and heard that the Playa Grande area was a nice place to stay. Shortly after we found Park Hotel and decided to stay there because the price was right and the reviews were great. The staff was extremely helpful. Our stay was not very long so we wanted the trip to be as convenient as possible to maximize our time. Before our arrival, we had general questions about the area and the hotel and David was very helpful and answered all of our questions promptly over email. They also scheduled transportation to and from the airport which was great! Loved Hector the driver (David if you read this tell Hector Pura Vida from Noora and Michelle)! The hotel was clean and we definitely recommend the Deluxe room over the standard. They are basically the same but the deluxe is much brighter, more spacious, and private since it is on the second floor. The complimentary breakfast was amazing. It was not your standard continental breakfast. There was a small menu with a few different options and all were great. Hotel staff was very helpful in planning our excursions. We had mentioned we wanted to go on excursions and David showed us different options, planned the times for our excursions, and booked the trip. He was available any time we had questions. We wanted to go out one evening and David helped us in getting transportation to the city even though it was later in the evening and gave great suggestions on where to go out in the Tamarindo area which is about a 20 minute drive.

For anybody who goes there don't be surprised by the Playa Grande area. The area is very "relaxing". There is not that much to do other than the beach. There are a few other hotels in the area that you can eat at so if you plan on going there be prepared to pay for transportation or rent a car if you want to leave the area. When we first arrived we were a little concerned that we may get bored and we were not sure of how we would pass the time but our trip went by so fast and everyone we came across was very nice and welcoming! Loved our trip to Costa Rica and would definitely go back! Thanks David and Playa Grande Park Hotel for an amazing stay!

PURA VIDA!!

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tucson, Arizona
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

Playa Grande Park Hotel is a neat, clean & comfortable place to stay. All staff was welcoming and helpful. My husband and I stayed for four nights and enjoyed the courtyard, food, and nearby beach. Our hotel room had a queen bed, twin bed, a/c unit, built in desk/closet space, refrigerator, and 3/4 bath.
We went on several excursions that were set up through the hotel: turtle watching, ATV, and ziplining. All were on time and as advertised.
We loved the small restaurant that is part of the Park Hotel. After staying at the hotel, we went on to a business trip at the Four Seasons Hotel in Costa Rica, and we both agreed that the food at Playa Grande Hotel was WAY better! We especially loved the #2 breakfast with scrambled eggs, fresh fruit, and rice & beans, as well as the watermelon smoothie with milk and honey, and chicken w/ steamed veggies dinner!
Thanks to the staff for helping us to have a great vacation!

Room Tip: There are 2 floors. We were on the ground floor. I don't think it would make any difference whic...
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Calgary, Canada
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

We arrived at the hotel late at night around 10:45. Because our flight was arriving so late, the hotel sent us a menu so we could preorder our dinner. They kept the restaurant open for us which was really appreciated as we were so hungry. Some of our group stayed at the hotel and some at the Beach House. The Beach house was perfect and the setting was wonderful. Martin, Rebekah and Todo were amazing in helping organize our transportation, making sure we had everything we needed and tracking my luggage which got lost. The staff go beyond their job descriptions to ensure you are looked after! We would definitely stay at the hotel again!!

Room Tip: I would definitely recommend staying at the Beach House.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hamburg, Germany
2 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

We (25 an 27-years old) stayed for 3 nights (24.02.-26.02.) at Playa Grande Park Hotel on our Costa Rica trip.
The woman from the reception was so nice and friendly!! :-) There was a mistake with our credit card so our superior room was not reserved, but instead we got the honey moon villa (beach houses next to the beach) without surcharge! It was really perfect there (for example everything you need was in the kitchen, very clean, quite) :-) We had breakfast in the hotel and this was fresh and delicious. The atmosphere is really good there, friendly, quite, nice.
We did a trip to a turtle's beach in the evening with a guide. It was a recommendation from the reception. The trip was amazing, we were picked up at 7 p.m. Then we needed 20min by car to the beach. There we were 4,5 hours in the dark and we saw 2 big turtles who came out the ocean, to dig a whole and put their eggs in. There just 5 beaches in the world where these big turtel put their eggs! It was a very stunning experience!!
The beach next to the hotel is bright and large, where you have some strong waves in the morning for surfers and in the afternoon it's good for swimming. There are just a few people and sometimes you can buy a coconut. ;-)

Best regards from Hamburg/Germany! :-)

Room Tip: Get the honey moon villa ;-)
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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JACKSON
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

My husband and I could not have had a better time on our Costa Rica vaca! The Park Hotel was the perfect place for us! The staff was awesome - Charlie, Brittany, Alexandria. The beach is a 3 minute walk. A great surf shop is just up the road. Many restaurant options within walking distance. The rooms were clean. This hotel is everything you would need in Playa Grande! Can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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denver, co
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

The people make the difference - from the kitchen to everyone at the front desk. The food was wonderful and fresh. Anything we needed, they were there to help. The beach house is perfect for a family, and being there is tranquil and relaxing. A quick walk to the beach and some great places to eat and drink nearby. We did rent a car for a few days, which really helped. The market for food is about 8-10 km away. In the courtyard of the houses there is a BBQ grill, and it was fun to pick up some fresh local fish to grill. It was a home away from home in a little slice of paradise.
The A/C cools the main bedroom fine but it can be toasty in the rest of the house, if you prefer to be around 70 degrees. The TV in our unit was old and missing pieces but worked. We too had some hot water issues at first, and a bad leak under the sink. Management sent someone immediately.
We ABSOLUTELY would love to go and stay again.

Stayed March 2014
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Address: Main road into Playa Grande estate | 250 to Northeast from MINAE, Playa Grande, Costa Rica (Formerly Playa Grande Surf Hotel)
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Playa Grande
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 7 Hotels in Playa Grande
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Playa Grande Park Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Escape from your busy life and experience true Pura Vida! Playa Grande Park Hotel in Guanacaste Costa Rica is a charming Spanish style hotel like no others in the heart of Playa Grande. Just minutes away from the beach, discover the comfort and service of our hotel nestled in the beauty of a pristine natural park to create the memory of a lifetime. When Pura Vida is in the air it is all about you. Our beautiful Playa Grande hotel is the place to relax and unwind. Pick one out of four room types that will cater to your every need for an unforgettable vacation. Start your day right with the complimentary hot breakfast, enjoy the waves and miles of untouched beach, relax by the pool in the courtyard surrounded by tropical plants, and even take a guided turtle nesting tour. Try the creations of our world-class chef, go surfing, jetskiing, diving, fishing, horseback riding - you name it! We want you to have the best time of your life and Playa Grande Park Hotel in Guanacaste Costa Rica provides everything to make that happen. ... more   less 
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