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“A beautiful experience...” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel La Finisterra
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Al final de la primera entrada, Playa Hermosa 5000, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #5 of 12 Hotels in Playa Hermosa
Certificate of Excellence
Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“A beautiful experience...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Our stay here was so amazing...I can't thank the staff enough and would definitely go back again. From the moment we booked, Gricelia made everything easy. She was really professional and super helpful. We had an amazing room overlooking the ocean and the forest, they brought us flowers and a bottle of wine for our wedding anniversary, and they treated us like the most welcome of guests. The walk to the beach is steep, but it doesn't take long. I was a little worried when I read some other reviews, but it's not bad at all and we could observe birds along the way. It is worth if for the views you get and the spectacular sunsets!
The restaurant is really very good and our waiter Horhay was great. The bed was very comfortable and the hotel is kept very clean. The AC works really well... in such a hot place it came in very handy. The housekeeping staff was also very courteous and accommodating. Overall, I would say that this hotel is a great value. It is small and charming and I'm so happy we decided to book there. I would recommended this hotel to anyone looking for a quiet getaway. Thank you to the staff for making our first few days in CR wonderful.

Room Tip: All of the rooms are good but the ocean view is beautiful so I'd request an ocean view; We staye...
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Playas del Coco, Costa Rica
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This was a pleasure to experience in Playa Hermosa with very nice rooms, pool area that overlooks the ocean and a restaurant with surprising excellent food!

We would recommend this hotel as it is newly upgraded to include AC, HDTV and every other item that you would expect when traveling and staying in a top notch hotel (but at much lower rates).

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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

Thoroughly enjoyed our stay-- the staff went above and beyond to meet all our needs & accommodate us. They served us dinner on the balcony upon our arrival-- set up tables & chairs just for us! They printed our tour voucher and had it ready for us at check in. The food was yummy and the setting incomparable. The staff gave us all the good tips on the beaches along the coast too. Looking forward to coming back someday!

Room Tip: If space is a priority, try to book a Junior Suite. Deluxe rooms are very comfy, but the king bed ta...
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Scottsdale, Arizona
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

Love this hotel and restaurant in Playa Hermosa with the most breathtaking views. The rooms were spacious and lovely. Also, the owner has wonderful plans for the future for this lovely hotel that will only make it that much better. I would not hesitate to stay here every time I need a hotel in Playa Hermosa as I know I will be pleased with the service and the fabulous food with views to die for.

I am very fussy about quality and this met all my expectations! The owner is a real gentleman and speaks to all of his guest to make sure all their needs are being met.

Room Tip: The corner room overlooking the pool and the ocean was very special.
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  • Stayed April 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Canada
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3 hotel reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

While in Playa Hermosa we dined here and it was so delicious. We had drinks at happy hour first while we enjoyed the beautiful view and then had a fabulous meal on the outdoor patio. The food was so good and they catered to our vegetarian needs. I would highly recommend this restaurant for the food and the view. Hit happy hour first and soak up the view before dinner...well worth the visit.

  • Stayed February 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Canada
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014 via mobile

We stayed at this wonderful little hotel a year ago. It was owned by a nice Canadian woman who visited the hotel daily. Everything about it was amazing. People from all over town would come to eat since the food was so good. The staff was very friendly and really seemed to care personally about the guests. How things have changed.

The hotel is now owned by an American who doesn´t live in Costa Rica. He glassed in the wonderful open air dining area and added three tvs. What is this now - a sports bar? When we checked in we were given paper bracelets to wear with no explanation. They were never referred to. The wifi in the rooms wasn´t working. We told the front desk staff two days in a row with no one taking any action. It wasn´t until the manager came on our third day that it was fixed.

As for the food, not as good and much more expensive.

On the plus side, the manager is wonderful and I´m sure she´s doing her best. One of the servers Juan helped us book our tour and was friendly and helpful. He even gave me a few Spanish lessons by the pool.

There are ten rooms and only ours and another was booked. As a result, we had a lot of nice quiet time.

If we had not had such a great experience last year I´m sure I would be rating the hotel higher. It´s situated with a beautiful view overlooking the ocean and the breakfasts are great. I´m sure once they find the right staff and work out a few bugs it will approach the quality we enjoyed in the past. For now, there is work to be done.

Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

Great location set up overlooking the bay and ocean. Secluded and peaceful with clean comfortable rooms. Beds just right for a good sleep, very important to us. Great breakfast on the patio overlooking the ocean and the small quite Playa Hermosa bay just down the street. What a find. Hope to visit back soon.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Address: Al final de la primera entrada, Playa Hermosa 5000, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Playa Hermosa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Playa Hermosa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel La Finisterra 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
"Hotel La Finisterra" offers the Costa Rica traveler luxurious yet affordable hotel lodgings. Set atop a beachfront hilltop. “Hotel La Finisterra” is only steps from the beach and the Pacific Ocean. The pool, bar, restaurant, poolside patio, balcony and all of the rooms feature views of the beach and ocean. Our open air restaurant "The Bistro" is well known for its savory cuisine and casual ambience. Enjoy dining on fresh local ingredients served in a variety of ¨Tipico¨ (local) and international recipes individually prepared by our professionally trained chef and kitchen staff. Enjoy the panoramic views of Playa Hermosa, the Pacific Ocean or a spectacular tropical sunset. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
La Finisterra Hotel
La Finisterra Playa Hermosa
Hotel La Finisterra Costa Rica/Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste

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