Though I rated this a 3 (average), I'd recommend the place! I suspect it will eventually be an above average place to stay.
After booking this hotel through a travel agent, the French posting was added here. I did my best to translate it and was a bit worried by the pics posted, however, we were pleasantly surprised.
While the accomodations are basic and non-fancy, we really enjoyed our stay. With the exception of one staff member, everyone was friendly and helpful.
Our room was #42...it was as far away from the pool/reception area as you could get, but it was fabulous. We were surrounded by jungle and could watch wildlife out of our windows.
The room had 2 queen beds, we requested a cot for a 5th person and they brought us an entire single bed! They were quick and polite. The little cottages are 4 plexes, they have gorgeous wood floors and a covered wood deck. The lighting was very dim and the mirror in the main room was a bit low, but the place was very clean and the air conditioner was very effective. The showers were hot. It's not like the pictures on the website, or at least our room wasn't, but it was still fine. Clean is my biggest priority. Maid service did visit the room each day as well.
I had no complaints at all. Though the images posted by the French reviewer lead one to believe the place is completely run down, I found that while there is work to be done, the rooms were more minimalistic, rather than shabby. The covered walkways do need new roofs, but when we were there, they were working on improvements all over the grounds, including adding security cameras and a guarded entrance.
The pool was clean, well chlorinated. The restaurant was extremely affordable (with $2.00 hamburgers with fries!). The food was just ok. Breakfast comes with your stay, so eat that, but I'd suggest driving 10 mins to Puerto Viejo and trying one of the many restaurants there. The hotel seems to be trying to cater to the American palate with things like cheeseburgers and such, but they fall short on delivering the taste you'd expect simply because they use different spices and things.
If you're not into how things "look" and want a clean, friendly place to stay, I'd recommend Hotel Punta Cocles! The beach is just across the street and down the road a bit (probably a 7 min walk) but it was a very nice beach. The water was clear and warm. We spent an entire day swimming. They mention on the site that there is a "private beach facility area, with restrooms, showers, hammocks, beach chairs and picnic tables"...it seems there used to be. There was a building and lighting down the path to the beach...there were showers in there, however, it had obviously not been in use in sometime. Don't let that stop you from visiting the beach though!
Puerto Viejo is worth a look too! Cute little town with a nice beach, vendor shopping and lots of great restaurants!
- Also Known As:
- Punta Cocles Hotel Costa Rica/Limon
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Gaitsa Punta Cocles Hotel is a Jungle & Beach Hotel. It is situated in an important area for birdwatchers and nature lovers; also there is a special place for snorkeling and surfing.We have 17 hectares at mountain side with trails and ½ hectare in the beach side. The beach is to 700 meters from the hotel. It is a perfect place to meet the afro-Caribbean culture. ... more less