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“Far from the beach - no restaurant” 1 of 5 stars
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Hotel Pumilio
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Del cruce Herradura 2 Km hacia Jaco | 1 Km a Mano Izquierda, Jaco 943-1000, Costa Rica (Formerly El Paso de las Lapas)   |  
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Ranked #3 of 43 Hotels in Jaco
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“Far from the beach - no restaurant”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2012

Beautiful room.

However, please note, the hotel is 4 km from the beach/restaurants/strip.

No restaurant. The hotel offers order-in service from several restaurants, but you pay for the delivery fee, or else you take a taxi to the restaurants - and the hotel pays for the taxi.
We took a taxi to the strip and had a great time, but future vacation-planners should be aware.

The hotel provides a breakfast buffet in the morning, but because they have to bring the food in, it really is not up to par for a hotel charging as much as they do.

So, although the room was nice, if I ever go back to Jaco Beach, I would get a hotel on the beach, not 4 km away.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 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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LapaVIP, Propietario at Hotel Pumilio, responded to this review, March 9, 2013
Your opinion counts, we want to thank you about the comments and we feel sorry you did not know we are not in front of the beach or the strip of Jaco when you booked. We decided to be away of the noisy Jaco and enjoy the nature but close enough to go out and enjoy, that`s one of the reason the hotel have the private shuttle called "taxi", to take our guest wherever they want to go and we pay for it. And try to be different than regular hotel rules, like the schedule for breakfast, and not having a restaurant since the all have their own kitchen, we have some of the best restaurants in the area and order and serve it to our guest wherever they want, the personalized service, but we understand not everyone likes the same. Thank you and best regards!!!
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

El Paso de las Lapas is an incredible place for a quiet getaway in the tropics! Great view, beautiful rooms, balcony/patio with kitchen facilities, delicious and bountiful breakfast. I highly recommend it!

Room Tip: I was upstairs, and liked the view and the privacy, but if you are on the first level you can just w...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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LapaVIP, Gerente at Hotel Pumilio, responded to this review, August 13, 2012
Helo Mr, W

Thanks for recommending us to your friends and visit a us second time, we hope to see you soon and able to speak with you, we also like to thank you for your comments.

Best regards,
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
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16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2012

i stayed with my family for 2 nights in the beginnin of june. We didn-t have reservation butwe did the check in without problem. The staff was very friendly and helpfull. We really enjoyed to talk during our breakfast with the manager. The room was large enough for 4 people with a small kitchen . The view was amazing from our room , but all the rooms have the same view...incredible...peacefull...
Our kids they really enjoyed the pool.
The hotel is located 5 minutes driving from Jaco...that it-s not a good town for family with young kids. We spent a lot of time visiting around jaco and we founded amazing place . We went to carrara national park and we were a little disappoined since there is only one trail ..we saw a lot of animals and birds inside the park...but..only one trail!!!
At the end...i really reccomend this hotel, it-s not for budget tourist but really comapre others hotels i visited you feel very welcomed.

  • Stayed June 2012, 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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, Manager at Hotel Pumilio, responded to this review, July 9, 2012
Hi, thanks for taking the time to give us your opinion about our hotel and service we provide. When we read these feedback know that we are on track, we know that our customer service can improve day by day and we can make our clients feel we have exceeded all expectations. Thanks for taking the time to give us your opinion. We hope to see you in the near future.
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2012

The El Paso de Las Lapas hotel exceeded my expectations in several ways. The service was incredible in many aspects:
- The hotel manager was able to work with a delivery service to retrieve a left cell phone in a town 3 hours away and had it delivered in 5 hours for $35. We thought that the cell phone was never to be found again but due to his persistance, he solved that problem. He probably worked for 30 minutes on making that happen.
- The day of our check out, we received a personal wake up knock and breakfast at 4 a.m. in the morning

We were the only people in the hotel on the first night and enjoyed the place all to ourselves - it felt like our own personal mansion complete with a maid, security and manager. The place is very quiet and full of wildlife. I highly recommend staying at this hotel.

Room Tip: Second floor rooms on the end have ceiling fans and larger patios. Also, there is a flora/butterfly...
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  • Stayed June 2012, 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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LapaVIP, Manager at Hotel Pumilio, responded to this review, June 20, 2012
Hello my friends thank you very much for your comments, how good we could help you recover your mobile phone, at any time we want our guests feel special and at home, it was much easier to pay for a delivery service to our hotel instead mailing it to your home in USA.
We hope some day you get back and visit us one more time.
Our best wishes.
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Spokane, Washington, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2012

My husband and I read so many fantastic reviews about El Paso de las Lapas before we made our first visit to Costa Rica for our honeymoon. Somehow our experience exceeded all the wonderful things we previously heard about the hotel.

From the moment we arrived Laura and Flora’s hospitality was incredible. They did so many little things throughout our stay to make our time special, not just meeting our needs but ensuring that we had a memorable stay from start to finish. The meals they ordered for us, the homemade breakfasts, and the excursions they arranged were just the start. My birthday happened to be on the week we visited and Laura and Flora made sure it was special. I happened to leave a bag at the hotel, and it was returned without any cost or inconvenience. We had trouble arranging a trip back to the airport, but lets just say they took care of it better than we could have ever imagined. Everything is done with such kindness and ease, it really makes for such an incredible experience. The graciousness and hospitality of the sisters at El Paso de las Lapas can not be overstated. I could go on and on with examples of all the wonderful things they did, and personal touches they added. They really are special women!

Oh yeah, and the hotel? It’s absolutely beautiful. El Paso de las Lapas is tucked away from the bustle of Jaco in its own corner outside of the town. It might as well have been secluded miles away from anyone else. We hardly left, aside from a couple trips and a couple meals. I got a terrific massage, and we loved spending hours by the pool, or on our patio enjoying the amazing scenery. The hotel is so relaxing and the surroundings so beautiful. It was the perfect setting for a getaway. We were so happy to have discovered this gem, and knew from the second we met Laura that it was going to be an incredible week.

If you are planning a trip to Costa Rica, plan on spending time here! And if you are anywhere near Jaco you HAVE to stay at El Paso de las Lapas. We were so sad to leave, not just because of the beautiful surroundings, but because of the wonderful people that run the hotel. It would have been an awesome visit without all the personal touches they added, but all that they did to make sure our honeymoon went beautifully made for an unforgettable stay. Laura, Flora and family we love you guys! Can’t wait for our next visit!

  • Stayed August 2011, 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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LapaVIP, Gerente at Hotel Pumilio, responded to this review, June 16, 2012
"Amazing place. Incredible people"
These words fill us with a lot of satisfaction, this kind of feedback helps us to improve every day, starting the day our goal is to give all our guests the best customer service they have received. Thank you very much for these words so flattering.
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Madison, WI
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2012

Wonderful hotel, great management, beautiful location. It's outside of town, which keeps the noise of the strip away. While only a mile out, you feel like you are in the middle of a jungle paradise. We ate breakfast every morning overlooking the riverbed and garden, and the pool was steps from our door. Juan Carlos was extremely helpful and booked several excursions for us. Awesome hotel, wish Google had the right coordinates on its maps.

Room Tip: There are only 10 rooms, all overlooking the pool. I don't think that one would be better than...
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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LapaVIP, Propietario at Hotel Pumilio, responded to this review, May 7, 2013
Hello! We appreciate your comments, your opinion really counts, we love to improve every day on what our guest want and enjoy. What make us different is to bel located just far enough away from town to be serene but close enough to get to the beach, shopping, and tours.
Hope to have you back soon with your friends and family, please let us know in advanced so we can help since the beginning of your plans. We have our double suites know the second suite has 50% discount. Best regards!!!!
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2012 via mobile

We stayed there for a couple of nights in February. Nice hotel, clean rooms and good management by Juan Carlos. The pool area was nice and the breakfast was excellent. The hotel is a few kilometers outside Jaco, which is no bad thing.

  • Stayed February 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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LapaVIP, Propietario at Hotel Pumilio, responded to this review, March 11, 2013
Thank you for your opinion counts, we're always eager to hear what you liked and how we might improve. we love the personalized service and enjoy with all our guest. Hope to have you back some day. Best regards!!!!
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Address: Del cruce Herradura 2 Km hacia Jaco | 1 Km a Mano Izquierda, Jaco 943-1000, Costa Rica (Formerly El Paso de las Lapas)
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Jaco
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Jaco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Pumilio 3.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our boutique hotel, ideal for families, couples or friends who enjoy the natural beauty, in a quiet environment, between two mountains of virgin forest at sea level and 3 minutes from beaches Jaco and Herradura. Enjoy the variety of sports tours, adrenaline, hiking, national parks, restaurants, shops, souvenirs, supermarkets among others.Personalized service makes an experience unforgettable. Our 10 spacious luxury suites, each accommodating up to 5 people, fully equipped kitchen, terrace or balcony & WI-FI. Rates include full breakfast without schedule.For other meals we have a portfolio called "Gourmet Adventures", including the menus of different restaurants at your service. Escape to a relax experience in our Spa surrounded by lush vegetation and enjoy the experience of being in harmony with nature. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
El Paso De Las Lapas Hotel Jaco
Hotel Pumilio Costa Rica/Jaco

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