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Hotel & Club Punta Leona
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Playa Blanca | Punta Leona, Jaco 1000, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #16 of 42 hotels in Jaco
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Nice resort”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

This is a sprawling resort set in acres and acres of forests and beaches. Zip lining through the canopy and laying around on the beautiful white sand beach, Playa Blanca, were some of our highlights. There are several free tours/excursions you can take during your stay, including bird walks, hikes and butterfly garden tours. The resident macaws are beautiful, plentiful, and loud. The monkeys are used to being fed by humans, and will come down to the beach or your breakfast table for snacks (don't feed them!!). The meals were good, and the room was clean and modern. We would stay here again in a second.

Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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missddNorthCarolina, General Manager at Hotel & Club Punta Leona, responded to this review, November 8, 2012
Thank you very much for your great comments about our property, we are indeed a hotel surrounded by nature where our guests can enjoy nature, the beach and the many activities that we offer. We are pleased that you enjoy your with us and we hope you visit us again.
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

In summer we traveled through Central America from Panama City to Cancun. Punta Leona was one of th places we stayed for few nights mostly due to the nature around. The quality of the service, rooms, cousine is not the perfect but if you like a nature you can immediately forget about such small trifles. To see an exotic animals it is enough to go outside of your room or to take small trip to located near Manuel Antonio National Park. Early in the morning hotel offers bird walks and you can see and make photos of several local birds lice tucans, parrots and many others. Additionally not so far away you can find beautiful beach with the coach running very often from the hotel area.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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missddNorthCarolina, Public Relations Manager at Hotel & Club Punta Leona, responded to this review, November 9, 2012
We are delight to know that you chose our property to spend the most nights during your summer journey and that you enjoyed your stay with us. We always appreciate the feedback from our nature lovers guests who can see the beauty of watching exotic animals, hear the birds singing, observe a couple of Tuscans Flying, eating in a restaurant surrounded by monkeys, and relax in a white sand beach where they still can observe macaws, color butterflies and other species of animals. We hope you honor us with your visit again.
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

When I entered our room upon checkin, I saw a candle with matches. I only pondered this candle for a second before the power went out to the entire resort. It stayed off for hours and would return intermittently thorought out the day. I learned what the candle was really for quickly. The room itself was clean. The decor was worn out and the room was weathered. This is a big hotel and could be considered a mini community. The view from our room was unimpressive. It faced a parking lot. The staff was average and overwhelmed by the number of Ticos (Costa Rica locals) and other guests. The hotel was very packed when we stayed there for three nights. The food was only average everywhere we ate.
The wildlife was great! Toucans, macaws, monkeys and butterflies everywhere. This was the best part, in my opinion. As there was no fitness center, we ran the long "driveway" to the main road. This was about 2.5 miles each way. The zipline staff were great. Next time, I will consider other hotels in this area for better room quality and overall resort quality.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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missddNorthCarolina, Public Relations Manager at Hotel & Club Punta Leona, responded to this review, November 6, 2012
We regret that we have had a lost of power during your stay, however is not something that happens often but can happen at any hotel in the area. We are not a luxury hotel but we offer comfortable, clean and well maintain rooms surrounded by lush nature which is precisely what makes us attractive to our customers who visit us. We have an extensive property allowing to fully exercising outdoors without having to visit a gym. Our guest can take long walks, take free hiking tours, do canopy over the tops of the trees or swim in a beautiful white sand beach but we also offer our guest a shuttle service to move from one place to another within our complex. Hotel & Club Punta Leona is a family friendly hotel, dedicated to the conservation, for guest looking for relaxation and enjoyment of nature.
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012 via mobile

Me and my family with some friends stayed here for 10 days... The place is clean and nice but there was a severe security essue conserning a weirdo at playa mantas wich is the beach next to the pool, front desk and restaurants. One may think is the safest but NO! There was this wierd guy walking around by the kids' pool and the near gardens we noticed him, so we kept an eye on him (we were with 3 kids) then he was hidding by some bushes and took off his shorts, he was in a thong speedo and started touching himself over the speedo... We quikly distracted the kids and went to tell some one from the staff, we told a gardener cause was the nearest, but the guy noticed we were telling and left, the gardener told security but wasn't fast enough so this creep was already gone. It was very scary, we are not coming back here EVER! It is not a safe place!!!

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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missddNorthCarolina, General Manager at Hotel & Club Punta Leona, responded to this review, November 1, 2012
We are sorry to hear about the experience you describe, something like that never happen before around our property and it should have being reported immediately to our front desk.. We are a very safe and serious property and we have always protected the security of our guess especially of children and teenagers. Playa Mantas is a public beach and we can not be held responsible for the behavior of the people that visit this beach. But if a situation like this will have being reported to us, we would have taken the necessary action to denounce it to the corresponding authorities. And we do not have any report of such situation. We will start an investigation about this incident and make sure all departments will be inform so a situation like this will never happen again.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

This resort has so much to offer we only left once and the nature/wildlife excursion we went to didn't offer all the wildlife we had already seen at the resort. Coatis, white faced monkeys, iguanas, tucans, parrots, macaws everywhere. Our kids thought they were at the zoo! Never a dull moment! The coatis and monkeys were always at breakfast at Carabelas and the raccoons sometimes made an appearance at dinner:) The jungle is amazing here, so lush and green. We did the canopy tour and it was a great "first time experience"!

All the staff at the resort was exceptional. Very friendly and welcoming. Had a daily convention meeting at the Columbus room and the staff did a perfect job of catering to us.
Alex the tour guide is a must - ask for him! He knows his stuff! Did the bird tour at 6:15 AM and saw tucans and parrots, woodpeckers and hummingbirds, all birds that we hadn't seen by ourselves in the past 5 days! Alex just knows what to look for and listen for! We also had the butterfly tour with him and he shows you so much more about butterflies and moths, very interesting. He also caught an iguana for our kids to pet and teach us more about.

The Playa Blanca beach is very nice, yes a little hike or by van/bus, but worth it.
Hiking from the main beach to the Playa Blanca is actually fun too and we did it easily with our 6 and 4 year old kids. Meandering over the lava rock and looking at the coral on the way was interesting and searching out little tide pools with fish and sea urchins. Down at the Playa Blanca there was a group of trees where the macaws hung out daily, dropping seed pods down on our heads :) Then, taking flight with about 21 in all - what a site!

The main children's pool was the only one we used and our kids loved it.

We stayed at the Punta Leona for 9 nights in the Torremar 2 bedroom apartments. They are basic, but that's all you need since you are basically there just to sleep. They were equipped with apartment sized fridge, microwave, toaster oven, coffee pot, rice cooker and electric fryer. Both bedrooms and the livingroom area had AC units and we were always cool. The location was quite, in a treed area with walking paths to everywhere we wanted to go.
We had breakfast in our room and some lunches and had dinners at the Carabelas restaurant, which was always nicely set up with great food and service! Egg rolls, made to order fajitas, beef enchilatas and guacamole were some of our favorites!

This resort if very family friendly and we felt 100% safe!

We would definitely go back to the Punta Leona!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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missddNorthCarolina, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel & Club Punta Leona, responded to this review, October 24, 2012
Thank you very much for your excellent comments and for taking the time to describe your experience in the hotel, including the photos that you included. Indeed Hotel & Club Punta Leona is a hotel dedicated to the preservation and is a family-friendly hotel. Our guide Alex is a person with great knowledge of the area and the different species of animals and plants that are found here and loves to share his knowledge with the guests. We will send him your comments; they definitely motivate our staff to be better every day. We hope you visit us again.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

My girlfriend and I visited Punta Leona with a groupon . Our experience was very positive...the staff most gracious and accommodating....the hotel itself is very relaxing albeit a tad bit worn....it seems it could use a bit of updating and renovation BUT this should not stop anyone (other than the most persnickety) from a visit,,,,the property itself is absolutely gorgeous...since the resort has been there since the early '80's the vegetation is quite mature and lush....also they are very aware of keeping the ecology of the area....hence planting of almond trees, the preferred food of the scarlet macaws....which we saw many of and heard too....the breakfast buffet is outstanding as are the critters that visit you while eating....don't leave your plate unattended though , you will lose your food to white faced monkeys or a coati or raccoon....animals everywhere BUT the highlight was the night tour with local guide ALEX.....he is a walking encyclopedia on Costa Rican nature....after about 1/2 hour walk into the jungle, ALEX stopped dead in his tracks and his flashlight stopped on one of the most deadly snakes in the world...the FER DE LANCE....this was a big one about 1-1/2 meter in length....the snake was coiled but a spectacle to photograph...but being the true professional he was ALEX reversed our steps and we left the snake to his own environment and we 7 tourists returned to our environment too....but what a sight to see!!!!!

Staying at this resort is worth it to have the services of ALEX if you want to know and see nature in its most spectacular naturalness...if he doesn't know something, he confesses that lack of knowledge .....he is a no nonsense dedicated student and scholar of nature....ask for him specifically ALEX....he is the best!!!!!!!!

Room Tip: We stayed in Cuba in the Selvamar area....very quite and adequate for our purpose.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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missddNorthCarolina, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel & Club Punta Leona, responded to this review, October 24, 2012
Thank you very much for writing such positive comments about our Hotel. We're glad that you enjoyed the abundant nature that surrounds our property and the services of our tour guide Alex that as you mention is a person with great knowledge of the area and the different species of animals and plants found in the place. Hotel & Club Punta Leona is an eco-friendly hotel dedicated to the conservation and we love knowing that our guests appreciate our efforts. We hope you visit us again.
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

Well what can I say about Punta Leona!

When we arrived the drive to the property was gated and guarded and it had a interesting driveway which appeared to initially be leading to something that was going to be spectacular, but not really.

The room had no lighted pathway so thankfully we did not arrive in the dark and have to creep around the deep foliage that surrounded the room.

The room was was an upgraded Selvamar room that we read about on reviews that was supposed to be the best. The shower clogged after the first use, but they came promptly to fix it. However, the room was full of biting gnats as they had left the screened bathroom window open, but they brought bug spray to spray the room which helped.

The beach was lovely, but the service was lacking and the food was bland and consisted of rice and peas, yucca, plantain and milk with poor tasting coffee at every meal...the fruit was hit or miss....there was no variety or zing...so cuisine and apparently now coffee are not what you go to Costa Rica to enjoy.

The Fish Taco place in Jaco, about one hour drive away, is worth a visit if you want a bit of variety and flavor on your palate

The weekend stay is loaded with locals and their rambunctious children. The Tico's, as the locals are called, were not friendly or even seem to consider that we were adding to the tourist economy.

Our highlight on this resort was seeing the White-nosed Coati, anteater-type creatures, and the tiny White-throated Capuchin monkeys that came right into the eating area to steal scraps and look cute.

However, do not feed the animals. Look and take pictures while enjoying being so close to the natural species which the Costa Rican hotels have encroached upon.

Room Tip: If you choose to stay at Punta Leona, do not stay in anything less than the Selvamar room because if...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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missddNorthCarolina, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel & Club Punta Leona, responded to this review, October 14, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to put your feedback. We regret that your experience was not as expected. Hotel & Club Punta Leona is not a luxury hotel but it is a beautiful property that offers all the amenities for our guests to enjoy a nice vacation, especially nature lovers. We offer different types of accommodation to try to please the different needs of our customers, from the Selvamar Standard and Superior rooms to the apartments and suites. Generally we receive customers of all nationalities and not just locals. Costa Ricans certainly appreciate the tourists that visit us from other countries and we regret that this has not been your impression.
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Address: Playa Blanca | Punta Leona, Jaco 1000, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Jaco
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#6 Spa Hotel in Jaco
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Jaco
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Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel & Club Punta Leona 3*
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