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“Hotel: okay; Beach: perfect” 3 of 5 stars
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Hotel Balcon del Mar
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Bohio Street, Jaco, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #20 of 43 Hotels in Jaco
Boston, Massachusetts
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Hotel: okay; Beach: perfect”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

This was one of many stops on our recent honeymoon. The hotel was okay (the room was small and the bathroom needed updating), but the location was great. We really didn't spend much time in the room so it wasn't that big of an issue for us. The locals were really friendly. My husband quickly became friends with a couple of the surfers. Speaking of surfing, if that is something you are looking for Jaco beach is the spot. The sets were amazing each and every day. I could hardly get my hubby off the board long enough for lunch!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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SW Colorado
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Stayed 3 nights here in nov 2012, paid $113 per nt for 3rd floor room with king bed, room was comfortable, great little deck in room for smoking and sunsets, small but nice pool area, close to everything but quiet enough to get rest. Well secured and safe, you can hear the waves/ocean at night, restaurant was very good. excellent, very kindly service in front desk, restaurant, maintenance from to to bottom. Bathroom was a little small but had hot water and was sufficient. Hotel does not allow chicas so no hookers and old men looming around. Jaco is a nice place, yes there are hookers and drug dealers but if you ignore them it's not a problem. Jaco is not really for families and definitely not for honeymooners or couples. I would stay at hotel balcon de mar again for sure.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Wyoming
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012

I stayed here with a student group and was plesantly surprised witth the motel and location. The room we had was roomy, clean and had a beautiful view. The other rooms my students were staying were nice and roomy as well. We were not able to get wifi in our room, so we had to go to the lobby. It was about a 3 block walk to the downtown area, which had lots of touristy shops the kids enjoyed. The beach is NOT for swimming, the tide is rough and the beach is rocky. This is a nice place to stay if you are not planning on any serious beach time.

Room Tip: Try to get a beach view, so worth it.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Montreal, Canada
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
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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Portland, Oregon
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44 reviews 44 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
12 helpful votes 12 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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178 reviews 178 reviews
56 hotel reviews
Reviews in 70 cities Reviews in 70 cities
58 helpful votes 58 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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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
#13 On the Beach Hotel in Jaco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Balcon del Mar 3*
Number of rooms: 12
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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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