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“Not For the Timid!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Hotel Cocal & Casino

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Hotel Cocal & Casino
Calle El Cocal, Jaco, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #24 of 42 hotels in Jaco
Naples, Florida
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182 reviews 182 reviews
80 hotel reviews
Reviews in 87 cities Reviews in 87 cities
164 helpful votes 164 helpful votes
“Not For the Timid!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

First of all, this property is what it is! It is clean, well run and located in the center of Jaco directly on the beach. The rooms were adequate and well maintained with Flat Screen, TV's, wall safe, King Beds and a decent sized mini fridge. The bathroom was small but suited it's puprpose for a couple day stay. The price for an oceanfront room was an excellent value and included a decent breakfast. The coutyard/pool area has a two pools and a great bar that is lively until around 2 AM. As such, if you are looking for peace, quiet and tranquility, stay somewhere else! If you are a couple visiting Costa Rica or a Family; stay somewhere else. If you are shy or timid, stay somewhere else. On the other hand, if you are an adventurous couple or man on a vacation look no further then this hotel. I am fairly confident that this hotel will supply all your vacation needs and desires! One, of those needs, however, will not be sleep! Since I was there at a conclusion of a business transaction and visiting an old friend, I have no complaints other then the poor wifi in the hotel, It only seemed to work at the front desk.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Jonkoping, Sweden
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26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

A great place to stay at, right on the beach, great security. In the middle of the town close to everything. It has its own tour desk. Breakfast that is included is not very good its very basic.The restaurant has great food during the day/evening.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Pass Christian, Mississippi
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

Great hotel with excellent value, good location, terrific food! Staff very pleasant with desire to accommodate your needs. Love the views! Good drinks and pool features! Hotel manager is best in Costa Rica.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Ottawa, Canada
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33 hotel reviews
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

Rolled into Jaco with no reservation and the intention of finding a quality room in a central location. By day this place looked great.. on the beach.. nice bar and restaurant... guarded parking.. walk to everything.

Should have double checked with TA. Evening was 100% of what the title describes. Families and others were placed in the parking lot rooms which were really not that bad... just be aware of what the place is about .

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2012

http://www.costaricantimes.com/us-tax-evasion-and-raids-at-hotel-cocal-and-casino-in-jaco-costa-rica/3318
rooms suck and are very noisy, extremely hot and muggy.
Beatle Bar much nicer and has AC and nightly entertainment
Now looks like owners are getting payback.
See link....

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Houston, Texas, United States
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2012

stayed at this very hotel 11 years ago with my wife. back then jaco was a sleepy little town with not much going on. the same could be said of the hotel. very quite and simple. the hotel looked like it needed a major remodeling back in 2002. they have done the major remodel. the hotel looks great. the rooms are very comfortable. the reason i say this hotel is not good for families is because of the night life that is in the hotel that does not stop till 1am. there are many working women in the main courtyard area/pool area at night. they are even there during the afternoon or earlier. if you are single are you are a very open couple this is the hotel for you. the rooms facing the beach are great. they have a reasonable price. the girls that work the bar in the pool area are also very friendly considering they drunks they have to put up with. in general the whole hotel staff was very friendly and helpful. on a bad note do not leave any valuables laying around or behind they will go missing. one guest left his iphone at the breakfast table and did not realize it was gone till a few hours later, he told management and of course it was gone. it did miraculously reappear after he offered a 200 usd reward no question asked. can you say wow amazing.( read between the lines here) this is normal to me in a third world country. just watch your stuff. the hotel is really not responsible for it. great hotel for singles

Room Tip: get the rooms facing the ocean. a little bit more but worth the view in the evening
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Anchorage, Alaska
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2012 via mobile

The working girls have moved from the Beatle bar to the hotel cocal. I paid $50 most of the time while others paid $100. What you pay depends on who is fishing for whom. Restaraunt staff is serious unattentive and am surprised with so many English speaking customers, the lack of English spoke by the staff. If you're expecting a good night sleep ever, forget it. It's better to stay anywhere else and spend the night partying and seeking companionship. My room had cockroaches (staff did give me a can of raid) and noise levels were my main complaints. American absentee owner from Chicago, a local manager who was in San Jose = a ship without a captain. Did I say construction work in the pool area at 6:00 am? I walked down to complain and they said they would not stop. Nice looking place but I'll never stay there again.

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Hotel Cocal & Casino

Address: Calle El Cocal, Jaco, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Jaco
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#13 On the Beach Hotel in Jaco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At Hotel Cocal and Casino, we know the importance of understanding the needs of our guests and we make every effort to insure your stay with us is a memorable one. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Hotel Cocal And Casino
Hotel Cocal Jaco
Hotel El Cocal
El Cocal Hotel
Hotel Cocal & Casino Costa Rica/Jaco

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