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Hotel Balcon del Mar
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Bohio Street, Jaco, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #33 of 42 hotels in Jaco
Montreal, Canada
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15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Great Views!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2012

I really enjoyed this hotel. It's located right by the beach and really close to the main strip.
The rooms were spacious and comfortable. My room had a balcony facing the pacific and the a/c and hot water worked well. I had a little trouble with the wi-fi in my room, but in the pool/restaurant/bar area, the connection was good.
Food is available either buffet style or à la carte, and it was tasty.
My room was on the second floor, so i had no issue, but there was no elevator and it is also not safe to go into the water on this section of the beach due to rip tides.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Portland, Oregon
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44 reviews 44 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2012 via mobile

We stayed here during an educational tour with our daughters school. We did not choose the hotel but we were pleasantly surprised. After a long trip of very poor lodgings this hotel came as a treat. At this point our standards had been lowered in terms of what to expect at each new location but we were happy and comfortable here. The pool area was great, the food and variations were terrific, the poolside bar was great and service was super. The rooms were comfortable with A/C, safes, small balconies to courtyard area and nice views. The hotel is right across from the beach which is nice and as an earlier reviewer mentioned, the number of macaw we saw every day was a super treat. I'd recommend this location.

Stayed June 2012
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Carmel, Indiana
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48 hotel reviews
Reviews in 61 cities Reviews in 61 cities
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2012

Pros: On the beach, good pool area with a nice bar and restaurant area, an almond tree nearby that had the most macaws I have ever seen in one place, a short walk to the downtown shops and restaurants, a nice balcony, a comfortable bed, and working A/C. Cons: no elevator, rip tides in this section of the beach, and some seedy stuff nearby as teenagers were propositioned by hookers and drug dealers during the AFTERNOON.

Room Tip: Rooms near the stairwell (206, 207, 306, 307) have balconies with nice view of pool and beach. Ther...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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12 reviews 12 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2012

Myself along with seven of my close friends stayed at this hotel for four nights. The hotel was across the street from the beach. Parking was easy due to a employee stationed outside of the hotel waiting to assist guests. The staff definitely made this hotel. Each employee was professional, yet friendly, and extremely helpfull. The hotel was clean but, the rooms were slightly run down. Nothing major, they could just use a little TLC. The continental breakfast was really good. We ate dinner one night at the hotel and it was very good although a little pricer then if we had eaten in town. There were two pools that were cleaned every morning. There were quite a few families with children of all ages so, the pool was pretty busy and loud during the day. During the nights we were able to hangout in the bar area and enjoy drinks, playing cards, or just chating. All in all I would not hesitate to stay here again.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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San Jose, Costa Rica
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100 reviews 100 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2011

This hotel is in the heart of Jaco, one of the most active beach towns in the country. It is located on the Pacific side, around 90 minutes from San Jose the capital via the new Caldera “highway“.
This is a small hotel. It is a building in the shape of a horseshoe, it has 4 or 5 floors. The rooms are ok, they have a small balcony.
Food is good, however, they have a really small menu.
One thing that is really important to know is that this place has only 6 parking spaces,not in a closed parking lot. Since it is located on the beach, you can leave your car under a palm tree on the beach, but this is a high crime zone, and if you leave something valuable in your car, you might not found it, or your car in the morning.
It has a medium size pool, however, you can see the street and the beach from the pool, and all the people on the street and the beach can see you also, you can't have privacy.
Summarizing, this is a cheap hotel (most of the times), but you should not stay here for a long period of time. There are a lot of other, more private options in Jaco or nearby beaches.
Also, one more thing, Jaco is a famous beach for surfing. However, it is NOT a beautiful beach, it has a high index of fecal contamination, and as i told before, has a very high crime rate.

Room Tip: If you would like an ocean view, choose a room in a high floor, in the center of the building. And p...
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  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Miami, Florida
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2011

The Hotel Balcon del Mar is located right next to a police station in Jaco, a very dicey town on the Pacific coast. While the ocean views are lovely, crime is ever-present. Drug dealers sell on the street with impunity and there are plenty of prostitutes cruising near the hotel. My advice is to stay out of Jaco altogether. It's impossible to avoid all the craziness around you and relax. We were booked at this hotel by Sunnyland Tours - another outfit that did not meet our expectations. They should have chosen a safer haven for us; we were on our honeymoon. The rooms are very sparse and worn, and the service was dismissive.

The beach at Jaco is NOT for swimming, as the rip-tides are rough. If you're a surfer, this is the beach for you. We recommend that you stay near the national parks further South.

Room Tip: If you must stay at this hotel, make sure you're on the 4th floor. However, there is no elevato...
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Portland, Oregon
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72 reviews 72 reviews
28 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2011

I don't think I would ever visit Jaco again, but honestly, I'd probably return to this hotel and request room 409 if I had to. We got really, really lucky with our room, as it was very spacious and on the top floor. I had seen other rooms that were very cramped and ours wasn't like that at all. We had an ocean view, air conditioning, TV, and there was free WiFi across the whole property. My only complaint was the noise from outside and the lack of hot water. No one on our floor had hot water nearly the entire time, and that's just unacceptable when you are paying to stay at a nice hotel. It didn't even get warm, so it was quickly in and out for us.

We used Jaco as a home base for visiting the Manuel Antonio National Park, and taking a Crocodile tour of the Tabacon river. We didn't swim in the ocean as there are dangerous riptides there, and didn't shop because everything was geared towards tourists. When we were at the hotel, we ordered drinks and sat by the pool, watching the sun set over the ocean. That was really, really nice and became an evening favorite.

The hotel was very clean and like I said, our room was very, very spacious so we had no complaints. If you need a wheelchair accessible room, ask for one on the first floor, as they do not have elevators at this hotel.

Room Tip: Ask for room 409 or 107
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Hotel Balcon del Mar

Address: Bohio Street, Jaco, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Jaco
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Spa Hotel in Jaco
#17 On the Beach Hotel in Jaco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Balcon del Mar 3*
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Also Known As:
Balcon Del Mar Jaco
Balcon Del Mar Hotel
Hotel Balcon Del Mar Costa Rica/Jaco

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