We read some mixed stuff regarding the location, but do not fear it is not kilometres from the centre of town. The sea is basically across the road (not that you would want to swim in it there) and it is a 5 to 10 minute walk to the amenities of town, but it is non stop shops, restaurants etc on the way so you are not in the middle of nowhere. There is a good Soda just across the road which does well priced and tasty cakes as well as other things.
Bike rental place a few minutes out of town (as you leave Lotus Garden, right, on the right side of the road, it is a small place run by an Italian called Ivan) and we would recommend the cycle to Punta Uva for a few dollars.
We were greeted by the owners who were friendly and helpful, showing us the sloth in the garden, etc.
We took advantage of a promotion and got a air con room for $5 cheaper than normal. We also saw the non-air con rooms which are much further back from the pool/reception area and not as well decorated. The paving slabs were very slippery in the rain, so perhaps having to walk more on these would be an issue; however we felt that for the increase in money the air con rooms were not really worth the price.
Non-air con rooms were also bigger and still nice, but we didn't choose them because since they were surrounded by trees etc, we thought there would be more mosquitoes, etc at night. On the other hand, these rooms may have been perfect to avoid the bar noise at night.
This was one of the more expensive rooms we had in Costa Rica and was not one of the best, however it was fine. The room looked good, but there was a damaged floor which could easily injure someone. I stuffed it with paper to reduce risk of injury, but housecleaning removed this.
Big whirlpool bath looked good, but only shower part worked, and there was no shower curtain. We suspect this is where the cockroaches came from as we had a daily visit despite killing the ones that came. We did see cockroaches in one other hotel on our trip and understand this is the tropics, so no problem.
Sink was on a kind of ledge which meant washing was more difficult than it should be as you couldn't get your feet close to the base of sink. There was also no towel/mat provided by the shower which only added to the water woes.
No wardrobe, however the bed frame came in very useful for hanging towels, wet clothes etc. I am not sure this was its intended purpose but it sure came in useful.
Mattress was probably worse we came across in our trip and springs could be felt through it, pillow was also too thin so I had to use a t-shirt for head support. However bed was a good size and sleep was okay except the final night where loud music from a bar kept one of us awake till the early hours (never forget your earplugs wherever you go!).
We had no humidity issues and the air con was very useful.
Doors to balcony were not the easiest to open.
The aforementioned paving slabs in a Gaudi-esque style were pretty but potentially lethal in the rain.
Only place we stayed on this trip that did not provide breakfast of any sort, and when combined with the fairly high price I think better value needs to be achieved. All that needs to be provided is bread and jam and that is the breakfast tick done and brings hotel more in line with competitors.
Like other places in Costa Rica no mosquito nets were provided which we find odd.
Pool and gardens nice. But at dusk we wouldn't recommend to be at the pool, it was full of mosquitoes in a second.
We were offered a room next to the swimming pool in the first place, but we realised it had a power generator or something like that in the wall, so they recognised sometimes it could be a little bit noisy. For that reason they offered us the one above it.
My comments may all sound a bit negative, but in general this place is above average for the money (based on searches on internet, I did not check out alternatives whilst actually in Puerto Viejo), and has a lot of potential, but it all feels a bit style over substance... Recommended though.
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