My friend and I traveled to Jaco in late November. Although we really did not care for Jaco, we truly enjoyed our stay at El Paso de las Lapas.
This ten room hotel opened only a year ago so it is very fresh, yet seems to have worked out any new hotel issues. The rooms are large and lovely. We especially loved our balcony. We were on the upper floor at the end of building, so we had a wonderful view both of the land behind and next to the property. Moreover, we had a lovely open air kitchen on our balcony - as all rooms do - which we utilized a couple of nights while we were there. It was pleasant to enjoy the ceiling fan on balcony, use the pool in the evening and just stay put after a long day in the hot sun.
The staff is small, but very helpful. Ana, the hotel manager, was kind enough to e-mail me answers to several questions prior to the trip. The other three staff members have more limited English, but were always helpful and friendly whatever the time.
The property is small and set slightly inland and up a hill in this rather hilly region. The location is a huge plus as downtown Jaco is not particularly appealing as a place to lodge, the quiet setting allows you to see a few animals, and you have amazing lush views from your room. Moreover, the HOTEL PAID for all of of taxis to and from downtown. Finally, there are supermarkets on the short ride to the hotel from town. This is great as you can easily duck in and pick up some snacks, ingredients for dinner, and alcohol.
The hotel was very quiet most of our stay, but business picked up over the weekend when several well-off Costa Rican couples/friends also stayed there. As there are only ten rooms, however, you could barely notice the difference.
Our only problem with the stay was that we mistakenly decided to skip Manuel Antonio Park in favor of Carara Park at the suggestion of the hotel. We ended up spending too, too much money and probably expecting too much from our suggested taxi driver/guide. As is turned out, we saw no animals despite our early arrival and our "guide" spoke little English and clearly had no greater wisdom about the park than we had after reading about it on-line. Just stick to your original plans if you want to make sure you see animals, take the long early morning ride, and don't use "Norman the taxi driver/guide".
- 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