We stayed at Hotel Playa Negra from November 13 – November 15th. During our 2 weeks of travel through the country we stayed in 6 different lodging facilities and sadly Hotel Playa Negra ranked a close 2nd to the last in my book, which was disappointing since we all had high hopes for this place, especially since it was the most “resorty” we stayed at. I can’t say our stay was horrible, but our other lodging experiences during the trip set the bar very high. Below I have listed the Pros and Cons of our stay at Hotel Playa Negra.
Food and drink prices were the highest we paid for during our entire 2 weeks of travel.
The food itself was not that impressive for what it cost (splurged and got the lobster = wasted $26USD).
They did not include breakfast but yet was the 2nd most expensive place we stayed at. (Only one other place did not include breakfast but they accommodated us in other areas.)
The only place that did not offer complimentary coffee, you had to pay per cup no free refill. (This was a major red flag for us)
Upon entering our room we found a live cockroachs under the bar of soap, killed 3 more in the shower that first night, second night found 6 roaches in our drinking glass….needless to say Cockroaches were a problem in our Cabina. Don’t get me wrong, I do understand that roaches are common in tropical environments, but the majority of our lodging was spent in more remote, off the beaten path, locations and yet we never came across a cockroach or bug.
Restaurant staff was not outwardly friendly.
The pool was enjoyable to sit around and the water was refreshing.
The beach was nice and clean.
Staff in the reception office was helpful when we checked in and checked out.
The Cabinas are a neat idea.
The mixed drinks were good.
Both the beach and swimming pool were almost at the front door.
Dining area was nice with a great view of the beach.
I don’t mean for this review to sound overly negative, but like my previous statement, our other experiences left such a positive impression with us that we were all pretty disappointed with Hotel Playa Negra. But we did not let this get us down, as our trip through Costa Rica was a once in a lifetime experience and left us with many stories to tell.
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