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“Good Hotel located on the beach” 4 of 5 stars
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Canciones del Mar Boutique Hotel
3.0 of 5 Condominium   |   Calle Bri Bri | Playa Jaco, Jaco 86 4023, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #26 of 60 Specialty Lodging in Jaco
San Francisco, California
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93 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Good Hotel located on the beach”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

Good Hotel located right on the beach and has a decent sized pool where you can enjoy with your group or hang around with a drink from the bar. They have a little bar right next to the pool. Rooms are a very good size and have a kitchenette (not the best but decent enough) /living area and the bedroom is separated by a sliding door. The beachfront rooms are slightly more expensive but have a balcony and worth the extra $.
Some might consider the rooms run down but for the price I paid (which was pretty good) I had no complaints and my room was great!

Free wi-fi is available and it's pretty reliable and fast.

Staff is good. They had some billing issues in their system when I was checking out and tried to overcharge but a quick talk and proof of payment resolved everything.

The hotel is about a 2 minute walk from the main street on a quiet (at night) street but nothing dangerous or intimidating at all.

Overall a decent place and recommended .

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Denver, Colorado
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3 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014 via mobile

The other review where the guy says the pictures are deceiving I cannot emphasize how true that is. The place is really run down, by the old pictures you can tell it was nice at one time but now it looks like its on the verge of shutting down.. rooms are a little dirty, the thing that bothered me the most was the stains on the bath towels. Gross. The restaurant is a joke your better off eating in the town. The only good thing about the hotel is that its cheap and its beach front. Although I did not like the town of jaco. No one there was friendly. We stayed in la Fortuna before jaco and it was such a nice friendly town so big difference. The beach is jaco looks dirty because of the dark brown sand and all the rocks. We did go snorkeling, they took us to a different area and that was pretty fun.

  • Stayed February 2014
    • 2 of 5 stars
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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

This is a funny place. Absolutely love it. It is a quaint "family hotel" right on the beach. The setting could not be beat. It is obvious from the reviews that they have redone the entire place and looks great! Next door is the "Copacabana" one of those hotels that provides Ladies of the evening for the middle aged, mid life crises, jacked up on Viraga, male, (There is a mote with gators to protect you!) Ok so some of them make it over, and you should see them at this hotel, but way more discrete. After all this place is owned by the "Del Ray" in San Jose. (If you do not know why that place is famous for, you need to do more research on your stay in Costa Rica.) A must do for those that enjoy Irony, go to the Monkey bar (right up the street). Nothing like hot American backpacker girls (who don't shower) getting down with the hot Costa Rica prostitutes (who shower 5 times a day). Go with a open mind, Jaco is that type of place that will exceed your expectations, if you do not have any.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013 via mobile

We ask the manager (a Colombian girl) why this Drunk Americans in the lobby with the local 'ladies' her answer was so rude and she was so arrogant, we got threatened by her, the zone is scarry and trash everywhere, Police shows up every couple of days heavely armed to check on God knows what, i personally saw the manager insulting outloud and try to scare the local kids and local families from the city of San Joae from the public beach with the security guards claiming that she is the manager and she doesnt want any local at the Beach in front of the Hotel (public Beach) some locals called the cops on her and she started to insult the cops, by the time that the Show started we left the 'scene' check out and left, we heard (next day) that the cops fine her and she is still working at the Hotel, besides that, the service is terrible, the place is not a hotel, its a Brothel and its filthy, NEVER AGAIN unless i want to punish my own self for something terrible i do

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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Lubbock, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

We stayed in Jaco for 3 nights before moving to another area hotel for my sister's wedding. My fiance and I wanted a King bed so we got the Honeymoon suite for a very reasonable price. The location was good and central to several good restaurants and a grocery store. Both room's balconies on the third floor connect to one another and there is no way to prevent it, it was fine because we had family staying next door but it may be a concern if you're going alone.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Russell G
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Zanesville, Ohio
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10 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

The pictures are quite deceiving. The place is run down and the pool had algae all over the edges. the rooms weren't properly cleaned. Staff is nice, but not very customer service oriented. Walked around the pool area and in the back area by the pool bar, junk visibly being stored, floors dirty...definitely will not return. Went to reception a couple of times and just gave up, people at restaurant always talking to each other...Right outside by the parking lot, drunks and druggies. I understand it is out of the hotels control, but doesn't help the overall atmosphere of the hotel, especially after finding it so run down. We were supposed to stay longer and ended up leaving and staying somewhere else for about the same price and much much better.

Room Tip: Should stay on ground floor..no elevators and not handicapped accessible. Travelled with family and...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars
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Thank Donald M
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Kingston, Tennessee
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39 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

We have stayed at the Canciones del Mar before, however, it appears there has been a change in management since our last visit. But, the iguanas were still there to greet us. They no longer offer a omelet chef, or have the upstairs bar open. The staff was friendly, but the breakfast was not up to previous standards. Upon our arrival the water in our unit was off. Maintenance was contacted and service was restored within a couple of hours. The hotel is dated, but it is beach front and centrally located. You can walk to most restaurants and shops. Sunset views from the top floor are nice. The rates are high compared to the condition of the facility, and I think we will be opting for another venue next time.

Room Tip: Ocean front available, third floor offers the best views.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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Thank Cecilia C
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Address: Calle Bri Bri | Playa Jaco, Jaco 86 4023, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Jaco
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #26 of 60 Specialty Lodging in Jaco
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Hotel Class:3 star — Canciones del Mar Boutique Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This small 15-room hotel is a classic! The sea, the surf, the beach, the palm grove, the hotel-it is just as you might imagine a small unique tropical beachfront resort should be. The “Songs of the sea” is a quiet and cool oasis amidst the busy Jaco town scene, with each room’s small deck looking out over the ocean or on the lush gardens surrounding the pool. The hotel is built in Tropical Spanish Colonial style and the fully equipped rooms are spacious and quiet. It is the one place in Playa Jaco that combines the convenience of central location with beachfront location. Wake up to a delicious fresh fruit and buffet breakfast under the thatched roof of the beach side restaurant, then wander down to the beach for some sun and surf. If it gets too hot, retreat and cool off by the pool and Jacuzzi or catch up on your reading in the breezy elevated thatched roof tree house while you enjoy the view below. We have a small gourmet restaurant for lunch and dinner, and our Costa Rican chef serves international gourmet and or local food. Also enjoy our Tapas Bar terrace and Jacuzzi on the third floor with a spectacular view over the ocean and green mountains where you can enjoy the spectacular sunsets of the Pacific Ocean. We also do weddings and special events. We are committed with national sustainability programs and protecting the environment. ... more   less 
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