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Hotel La Palmera
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   400 metres east from the municipality of Jaco, Jaco 4023, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #29 of 42 hotels in Jaco
Chicago, IL
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Lovely experience, amazing value”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2011

Several adult family members stayed here in separate rooms for several days. All of us were extremely satisfied.
The hotel is a few blocks from town, which was, to us, a great advantage. Quiet and peaceful.
The rooms are very basic (shelves and closet, no drawers) and VERY clean. A refrigerator is in each room, which was great. The beds are very comfortable. You will need to bring your own amenities (shampoo, moisturizer,conditioner, etc.).
That a good breakfast is included was a bonus: fresh fruit, rice & beans, scrambled eggs, toast, oj, coffee.
The pool area, which includes a covered seating area, got lots of use by all of us. (There are board games in the lobby to use here.) The landscaping is magnificent, and some of us sat outside just to admire the myriad palms and hibiscus.
The service was congenial and, when my sister needed help with the air conditioner, speedy and efficient.
Sure, it could use a fresh coat of paint. That is my only criticism, and for what we paid, I am fine without it. We're coming back!

Room Tip: Room D has a seating area. We took up 5 rooms and everybody was happy.
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
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Grayslake, Illinois
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42 hotel reviews
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123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2011

This was our second time here, and we loved it again! The pool is HUGE for Costa Rica. The rooms were nice and the AC was cool. The free breakfast was great. Front desk was friendly and helpful. Close to town, yet far enough to be quiet. We would definately come back here!

Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Ontario
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2010

This is a great little hotel. The rooms were very clean with lots of character, the pool area was great and the snack bar had good food. It was a bit noisy at night as it is on a main road. A ten minute walk takes you to the centre of Jaco Beach but the beach can be accessed at many points along the way. We did not feel that safe walking around at night in Jaco Beach so we took taxis back to the hotel after dark. The staff wasn't nearly as helpful as the staff we encountered in the other hotels we stayed at but if you already know what you are going to be doing (we didn't) then I guess it's not a big deal. We tried surfing for the first time...a must do!

  • Stayed December 2010
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Cologne
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2010

Having read the two terrible reviews for Hotel La Palmera here on Tripadvisor (they were posted on two consecutive days so they may have been written by the same person...), I felt like I needed to comment on our experience there:

- The hotel is not in the center of Jaco, but a 15min walk will bring you there (which may even be a plus, see below)
- The room was basic, but absoulutely sufficient (and reasonably clean) and had a TV, AC (plus a suicide shower, if I remember it right... :-) )
- The staff was friendly: Although we were the only guests at the time, they prepared a small breakfast buffet for the two of us and brought us a lamp in the evening when there was a power failure
- Wireless Internet was free to use in the reception area, but not available in our room

However, there is one thing which will not make us come back: The (at least to us) uninteresting town and dirty beach of Jaco itself, but that is of course not under the influence of this quite nice hotel.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2010

stayed 2 nights here. it's a small hotel, staff is very friendly, check in very easy. The room is clean and comfortable, with everything you need. Bathroom theres a shower no bathtub, eco friendly so not a whole lot of little bottles. AC works. Pool area is very pretty and clean, and since its no in Jaco center (but its within walking distance) it's not crowded and very quiet. The breaskfast is good, theres no restaurant, but they have a small soda with a small menu (reasonable price) if you're too lazy to go eat outside.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Forde, Norway
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21 hotel reviews
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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2010

otherwise you have to sit in the restaurant/reception area.
Very safe (also car), functional and helpfull service !

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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6 hotel reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2010

Great value. Clean, simple, nice pool, good breakfast, safe, very cute, no frills but everything you need, perfect for relaxing stay, away from noise of the main strip. Strongly recommend.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Hotel La Palmera

Address: 400 metres east from the municipality of Jaco, Jaco 4023, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Jaco
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #29 of 42 hotels in Jaco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hotel La Palmera 2.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Only 90 minutes from the international Juan Santa Maria airport, Jaco offers trendy gourmets restaurants, entertainment framed by a colourful and friendly town, on the Costa Rican Pacific Ocean.La Palmera Hotel is a family friendly hotel and it is an ideal place to relax and enjoy nature and adventure in your own little paradise. The Ocean and the city center are only a few minutes walk from the hotel (about 700 meters).This charming hotel offers you a really nice pool, a private parking with security 24 hours a day, and a free wireless connection available in public areas, 15 very nice and confortable rooms, all in a luxurious tropical garden, with so many palm trees! ... more   less 
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Hotel La Palmera Costa Rica/Jaco

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