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“Nice clean place, away from the Jaco strip noise.” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Mar de Luz
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Playa Puntarenas PO Box 143 | next to Subway Restaurant, Jaco 123, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #8 of 43 Hotels in Jaco
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“Nice clean place, away from the Jaco strip noise.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2009

Nice hotel, clean and with a nice pool. I was disappointed in the town/beach of Jaco itself, very dirty! However, the hotel was great and good breakfasts. It was within walking distance to the beach and restaurants/shopping. Since Jaco beach was so dirty, we probably won't be returning to that town again.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2009

This was our second trip to Mar de Luz and it was better than the first which was so nice we came back again! My wife is a tica , while I am gringo we have a 4 year old son and two children by her first marriage ages 8 and 11. While Jaco is the closest beach to our Apt in San Jose it is not the most familt friendly town. Since I live in In the USA our time is precious and this Hotel is perfect. With a womderful breakfast cook to order and included in the price , with a clean room with a kitchen and fridge and the cleanest pools in the country I would reccomend it to anyone family or couple on a romantic get-away. Victor we will be back and hopefully soon...Pura Vida

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2009

The staff at Mar de Luz were very helpful. The garden and pool area are delightful. But I felt like I was staying in the secure compound for Jaco. Jaco has become a dump. It is sleezy and the streets are filled with people I would prefer not to encounter. It was the only place in Costa Rica where I was a bit nervous on the street. A very pleasant American warned us, I believe accurately, that "This is not a safe place to go out at night."

That of course is not the fault of the people at the hotel. We used this as a stopover for travel elsewhere. If I had booked two days, I probably would have eaten the second and gone elsewhere, far away from Jaco just to get away.

I am not horribly put off by beach behavior, we live in San Diego, where believe it or not, I have noticed a dope deal or two being carried out at local beaches. But I did not feel safe in Jaco. I feel sorry for the owners and staff of this hotel, because it is a pretty clean if funky budget beach hotel with a nice pool and garden. Unfortunately, it is in Jaco.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2009

We stayed here as part of a high school EF Tours group. Why they pick downtown Jaco for their free day for kids when it's a town where drugs are freely offered on the street, and every night is "ladies night" in the bars to draw women in, is beyond me. However, Hotel Mar de Luz is in the outskirts of the central area, away from the noise and negative aspects of Jaco. The pool is nice and clean. The rooms are average, with kitchen facilities. Saw one cockroach, but I fully expected this in Costa Rica. Bathrooms were basic, with plenty of hot water in the shower. AC in the room worked well. There is a safe in the closet for valuables.
Our stay included meals, which were ok. No choice, they just plunk the plate down in front of you. It was obvious that they were looking to serve food that was cheap and quick - spaghetti, burger and fries (which they sent as a box lunch for a day trip - ? - 3 hrs later it's pretty gross). Other guests at the hotel had a choice. One morning the served coolaid with breakfast.
There are 2 free computers with internet in the lobby area.
Ok place, but I wouldn't visit Jaco again.

  • Stayed February 2009
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2008

We checked in with the friendly staff at reception and were personally welcomed by the owner.

The rooms were nice considering the price we paid. The grounds were beautiful with ample space to lounge around in cute hidden patios.

The owner of the hotel, Victor, was especially hospitable and took personal care of us!

Perfect, romantic vacation!

  • Liked — Convenience - walking distance from everything
  • Disliked — could have been cleaner
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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new jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2008

Great hotel, great owner, great time. Key area in Jaco, right near the main strip. You can do virtually any activity from this spot. The owner is a very nice man and the hotel was very warm and well taken care of. Highly recommend this place.

Stayed November 2008
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2008

September 16-20.
Ecellent price range and secure location with 24 hour personnal ready to assist you no matter what time you come in. Price includes a full breakfast and the rooms are excellent with kingsize beds and air condition. The location is central with it´s own secure parking. a block from the cities center and 2 blocks from the beach.
My stay here was pleasant because of the friendly staff that made it feel as if you were at home and all your belongings were secure.
I even had an inceident with a lost security key for my car and 6 staff members helped me look for my key. The owner even offered me to stay in a room until the mechanic arrived from San jose.
I would recommend this hotel to everyone, they even have a sister hotel to the south at Playa Bejucca r something like that and the place is just beautiful along the beach.
I will be back and bring as many people as i can......

Stayed September 2008
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Address: Playa Puntarenas PO Box 143 | next to Subway Restaurant, Jaco 123, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Jaco
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Jaco
#5 Romantic Hotel in Jaco
#5 Family Hotel in Jaco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hotel Mar de Luz 2.5*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In the Hotel Mar de Luz, you can experience an oasis of peace surrounded by lush nature. Just steps away from a long beach you may enjoy of an impressive open sea, where the waves are launched with great force on the vast and clean sands of a wide beach with abundant sunshine. It is an unspoilt area where you can perform a number of activities whether on land or open sea, spectacular waves are loved by surfers from all nationalities, who like to enjoy them and then have a relaxing break in the luxurious and quiet rooms hotel. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Mar De Luz Jaco
Mar De Luz Hotel
Hotel Mar De Luz Costa Rica/Jaco

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