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“Girls & Convenience” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Hotel Cocal & Casino

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Calle El Cocal, Jaco, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #26 of 42 Hotels in Jaco
Miami Beach, Florida
2 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Girls & Convenience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

Ok, just got back from the cocal last week and here is a in depth and truthful review. This is a place for single men looking for prostitutes. If you are with your girlfriend, wife, kids, co-workers, this place is not for you, do not even visit. However, if you want some chicas, here is what it is: the girls will approach you every now and then, but most just sit and wait for their regulars or to be approached by someone interested. The average charge is 100 usd. The hotel itself is clean enough. Think more holiday inn and less marriott. Thursday is a busy night because it's the only spot, friday and saturday are good enough but other bars in jaco are also busy, and sunday is very slow. Sometimes security won't let you take your own drink from your room to the pool area, unless you tip him, of course. As for the beach, it sucks. Nice to look at, but you don't want to mess with those waves. If you want to go in the water to swim or jet ski, drive 15 min. to playa herradura, it is absolutely beautiful and perfect for that. Jet Ski's are $60/ half hr. at herradura, just go into any shop and ask them for Ivan with the jet ski's, they'll call him and he'll come to you. Book the 2 hour atv tour ($65) with the hotel for an awesome time, and make sure you get the empanadas at your stop on top of the mountains. Soda Jaco Rustico is walking distance and has great food at a great price. Monkey Bar is good when cocal closes pool bar at 2am or on a slow night. A lot of drunk, horny, viagara takers here make it a very akward and loud place. Great place to stay if you are coming first and foremost for the girls, otherwise, there are nicer places to stay in Costa Rica, not Jaco. Oh, the beds here are terrible. But you don't come here to sleep!

Room Tip: Parking lot rooms are a little quieter than poolside but not much.
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 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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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

This was an eye-opener. We walked over to the casino to play some slots and it's really not much of a casino. (Drinks are not free when you gamble like in Vegas). The main event here is the pool bar - for gentlemen, that is. This is the meeting point for local "working girls" to negotiate their rates before heading up to the hotel rooms. They are very young, beautiful, decked out in extreme clubwear, and ready to please. We arrived in the evening (9pm), and there were about 3 women for every male tourist. In total, there were about 200 ladies assembled already, including the ones walking around the building trying to get the attention of tourist gentlemen before they got to the pool bar. Deals were cut right and left. A very efficient business model. More girls were arriving in group taxis as we were leaving.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
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Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

This beautiful beachfront Hotel is located in the hart of Jaco Beach,and jet tucked away discreetly on
a side street in front of the ocean where people can be seen Surfing .The Casino is great fun,I meet
quite a variety of people there ,everybody is very friendly.The restaurant is super ,I had Eggs Benedict
for breakfast ,on the terrace while enjoying the ocean-breeze and my mouth still waters as I remember. I just wish that I would have stayed at the gorgeous Hotel Cocal ,instead of the Copacabana (dirty,overpriced,rude staff,ugly people).My new found buddies proudly showed off their
luxurious and cozy rooms to me .Next time I will reserve early,as this hotel is such a great deal that it is always booked out in summer,and even during the green season groups of friends come back here every year to have the greatest time.This is a Party Hotel with live music by the Pool bar and
up to 600 maybe more of the finest party girls from all over Latin America .Some are young and
and bouncy,and others are older and sophisticated .They are all absolutely Beautiful in their own ways.They where charging $150 an h on the average,but there where bargains for as little as $100
as well (they do expect a tip and cab fare,if you are not staying at the hotel ).I found that by paying the $150 to $200 I got much better service.It is smart to buy drinks for them if you want to get a warmed up and be popular.Popular guys get better choices and service,and if you do not want to spend quality time with one of them ,just buy them a drink and tell them that they are not your type tonight,but maybe another night and don't waste your and their time if you are not interested unless you want to pay them for talking to you.Remember that they are company girls and their time is money,so they expect a tip for spending time with you.It is heaven on earth for us Guys at the Cocal,sooo many beautiful Woman everywhere ,and so many different dress-styles and personality's
to enjoy.I you want to party the rooms around the pool are your best choice.If you want to rest ,I would recommend staying in front of the beach or at the spacious 3room condos that belong to the hotel.The rooms in front of the drive way are also popular ,but people will be coming and going from the casino until 2AM,but you will not hear the music from the pool bar there.The rooms are quiet enough for most people to stay in.I must say that the staff is very friendly but jet professional .
The whole place is kept very clean even the bathrooms at the bar and I almost forgot to mention the spectacular sunset dinner I enjoyed with one of the more sophisticated Lady s there.She looked American and spoke great English,she took me on a tour I will never forget.Needless to say I had the time of my life and can not wait to go back.

Room Tip: Rooms in front of the beach are quieter.Poolside rooms are more social/fun with live music on weeken...
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

Not your average hotel. Came here to check it out after hearing about it from some locals. About of "gringos" old retired "gringos" hanging out with very young working girls. It's not family friendly at all. If you looking to pick up women easily... Then this is your place to be. Just keep it mind they cater to the old gringos first... Assuming they have deep pockets.

Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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Cape Coral, Florida
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

Great place for the GUYS to unwind and get away from it all! Attractions where very easy to get to with help from the lovely Melva, (concierge) who gave us great direction and was very honest. Prices are negotiable, just compare on the street then come back to Melva. ATV rentals, Zip Line, Fishing and more.
Never had a bad meal anywhere on the strip in Jaco. Best Fish Tacos were found at Bubbas, one block away made with grilled Mahi and lots of toppings. The Wok was another favorite for catanese fusion of foods and much more. For all your shopping needs such as beer, liquor, and snack make sure you find the local Market Store. The convenient stores charge double and then some...

We stayed at the Vista Mar in a 3 bedroom 3 bathroom Condo overlooking the Hotel Cocal. We received all the amenities of the Hotel with daily room cleaning and Breakfast. Don't worry about the nightlife, as it is always found at the Hotel Bar and pool.

I could go on and on but the only disappointment was when we arrived at the airport to leave and nowhere did anyone or anything I read on the internet mention the $29.00 Tax to leave the Country of Costa Rica.
No big deal but would of liked to have been notified in advance. Some tourist were forced to beg for money because their Credit Cards were not accepted. Visa,Mastercard or Cash only!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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San Jose, Costa Rica
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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

Cocal is THE busiest hotel in Jaco right now and is definitely party central for the early evening. There is a good variety of room selections, as well as the attached condominium tower that is handled (mostly) by the hotel. It is not cheap to eat or drink at the hotel, but there are plenty of other places nearby, and the Cocal bar is a fun place to be even if it is a bit expensive.

I DO NOT recommend this hotel for families with children, and even guests traveling without children should be aware... Cocal is ground zero for the prostitution scene in Jaco. It is generally quiet and not "in your face" during the day, but after the sun goes down until the bar closes around 11pm or midnight, you will often see 50, 75, or even more "working girls" in the bar and pool area. There is usually a DJ with some fairly loud music during this time.

Cocal is not a particularly good value for the money spent, but the 3.5 star rooms are very nice. The poolside rooms in particular are awesome, and have a huge picture window facing the pool area, which is just 3 or 4 steps from the rooms at ground level.

If you do decide to visit with Tico and/or Tica friends (natives of Costa Rica), be aware that they will be treated with suspicion by security and the front desk. You will need to make it clear up front with reception and security that they are your guests, and are not at the hotel trying to conduct any prostitution business, scams, etc. I find it annoying that the hotel treats my friends who were born in Costa Rica this way, but the hotel's viewpoint is that they are trying to protect their customers, the vast majority of which are, admittedly, foreign tourists. The hotel has a legitimate point, so I strongly recommend getting this straight with reception up front, getting all of the names in your party on the check-in card, and letting your Tico/Tica friend hold a room key, so he/she can show the key and say, "I'm a paying guest of the hotel."

Cocal is right in the center of the action in Jaco, and pretty much anything you want to do is 3 or fewer blocks away.

Room Tip: Pool-view rooms are awesome, but the noise from the pool/bar area at night is very noticeable. Ocea...
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 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
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
Top Contributor
89 reviews 89 reviews
25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2013

Comfortable beds, cleanliness and modern bathroom with a spacious stand-up shower make this a comfortable place to relax but the gaps in the door frame allow light and critters in as well as noise. The food is excellent on the terrace or in the room. We opted to stay here because of the location in the middle of the strip, food and casino but ended up walking out of the casino because of an overbearing pit-boss.

Room Tip: The Poolside is noisy until midnight on weekdays and 2 am on weekends. The courtyard is facing the p...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 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
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Calle El Cocal, Jaco, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Jaco
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#16 On the Beach Hotel in Jaco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 43
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 Jaco
Hotel Cocal And Casino
Hotel El Cocal
El Cocal Hotel
Hotel Cocal & Casino Costa Rica/Jaco

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