I am an International Wildlife Photographer and have traveled many times to Costa Rica. I always stay at Hotel Mar de Luz when i photograph the Crocodiles of the Tarcoles River. The staff there is EXCELLENT! They were friendly and extremely helpful! The staff also speaks English & Spanish..The owner speaks German, English, Spanish and a several other languages..The environment is pleasant, and everybody is friendly!!!
The prices were reasonable. The swimming pool was the cleanest in Costa Rica. The food was good.
Sophie & Fanny (staff) are the best!!!!!
Also, this Hotel is located very close to many needed amenities. There are many places to eat, a grocery store (super market), movie theater, bank, etc. They are all within a short walking distance.
Also, the Ocean/beach is very close and within a 5 minute walk.
If you want a SAFE & friendly place to stay, I strongly recommend this hotel.