We found this hotel through Trip Advisor, but booked it directly. The website was a bit difficult to located, but you can find it at lafinisterra dot com. We realized from this trip, that the type of experience you have depends on what you want to get out of it...and given our wants, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay.
We had debated about being on the beach, rather than on the hill. After exploring the town, we were very glad we stayed on the hill. Prior to going I had spoken to the hotel a couple of times by phone. A week before I received an email from them expressing their excitement that we were coming and asking if we needed them to arrange transportation to the hotel. I was impressed by that.
Our plane arrived at 7pm, so by the time we got there, it was after 8 and the owner of the hotel handed us a key and said, "we'll do the paper work tomorrow when the manager is on duty." It was super easy. The rooms were nice. We had asked for a queen bed with an ocean view. We were given keys to two double beds. They willingly looked around for a queen bed, but the owner wasn't really sure which were queens etc. In the morning, the manager switched us, but we decided that the Costa Rican queen was only 2 inches more than the double, so we just stayed put...and didn't have any issues. We did have the beach view room and we could hear the waves at night.
That night, we went to dinner at the hotel. The restaurant was fantastic. The menu was a bit limited, but we enjoyed everything that we ate. I recommend the sea bass with the macadamia crust. We ate fish and vegetables every night. Try the passion pie, you wont regret it. Also, the waiter is Ganaro. After the first night, he asked us if we were coming to dinner and would reserve the best table for us. The vegetables were the best we'd ever had and so we asked for a cooking lesson. We were in the kitchen with Oscar got to see. If you want to check it out, our blog is totallyblessed dot blogspot dot com. There are pictures there too.
May is the beginning of the low season, so we didn't spend too much time on the beach or by the pool, though we did swim. The property is very easy to find and the directions from the airport (provided by the hotel) were easy to follow. The streets were all paved (nice roads) except the road to the beach once you turned off the main road towards to hotel. That road wasn't too bad either. The hill is steep. We would not have walked to the beach, but its walkable.
The hotel doesn't have a tv or phone in the room. This is not a problem, we took a lot of books. We hadn't intended to take our computer, but we did. We didn't bring any DVDS. I recommend taking a handful of movies, or renting them at the airport before you leave. This really came in handy during the long layovers. The hotel had wireless internet, and I could get it intermitently on my blackberry (which worked no problem) and the laptop could get the signal fairly well in our room. They only tell you that it works in the lobby and restaurant. We didn't attempt to stream any movies but I think it would have worked in our room.
We took advantage of the buy 4 nights get the 5th night free promo. I think each of those nights, the hotel had 30% occupancy (ten rooms total) so we felt like we owned the place. One of those nights (Tuesday) the hotel restaurant is closed. We opted to go to dinner at Playas del Coco, about 5 miles or so away. We ate at a sea food restaurant that was good, but not quite as good as the hotel. They were nice because you could pick the fish you wanted and then they would cook it based on their 10 menu options. Also in Playa del Coco, there is a great Gelato shop (across from this restaurant). Also, the super market is called Limperon, and you can get anythign you can think of there. They had Poweraid, diet Doctor Pepper etc. etc. Also in the back is a french bakery and they had decent croissants and chocolate croissants. There is definitely more activity in del Coco rather than Hermosa, but they are close by enough that its worth retreating to La Finisterra for the solitude and going to Coco when you want the action.
Lunch is not provided at the hotel, but we ate the pizza a couple times right by the hotel and it was good...american style and american restaurant quality. Breakfast at the hotel was great too, and usually included eggs, fruit, toast, pancakes etc.
We went to the spa in playa hermosa. Its called Agua de Hermosa and the hotel put us in contact. We had a great time there, however, we were not entirely sure of what was going to happen because our spanish is not high quality. The exfoliation treatment was great and we would recommend that to anyone. The package we picked included a body wrap, but that was a bit weird and we didn't know what to expect next. In the future, we would probably not do that. I think had we been able to adequately understand and converse in spanish, we may have skipped it. The spa was nice and completely worth while. The 2.5 hour treatment package took 3.5 hours and with the wrap we were ready to leave, but we left with smiles and memories.
One day we drove to Tamarindo. Its a little surf town, but didn't seem quite as big as I expected. There is more action there, and that included a subway and a TCBY yogurt. We were glad that we didn't stay there...too much going on for what we wanted. But there are more stores, more people, and more surfboards.
We did rent the car, and where glad we did. It was easy to get around. The hotel was so close to the airport, that had we not gone to Tamarindo, we would not have needed to pay for gas. Even in the dark, its easy to get around.
The exchange rate is close to 500:1. EVerybody accepts $us and then gives change in Colones.
We had a great experience, and would highly recommend the hotel to anyone who wants to have peace, solitude, quiet, and great food with great views. Given the size of the hotel, its not likely to every get rowdy. One more comment on the beach/view trade off. The canopy is so dense in playa hermosa, that you are no likely to see the beach from the hotel room when the hotel is on the beach. It seemed like the pools were between the beach and the buidlings anyway.
Special thanks to Johnny for great care, George (the owner), Ganaro our server, Oscar the chef who let us watch in the kitchen, and the others. We had a very wonderful and plesant stay.
Justin and Ashlee Miller
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.