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“Diamond in the rough” 3 of 5 stars
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Morgan's Cove Central
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Calle Invu, 175 meters East of Beach, 75 meters east of Alamo Rental car, Jaco 61101, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #34 of 43 Hotels in Jaco
Toronto, Canada
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Diamond in the rough”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

For budget travellers who don't like the size and noise of a typical all-inclusive, this place is a bit of a find. The grounds surrounding the lovely pool are gorgeous, and the nearby shaded hammocks are a total bliss-out. You're never more than a hop and skip from your room, so it's more like staying at a friend's country retreat than some sort of Club Med. No blaring music, no hyper staff. An intimate place, with friendly staff, and guests who quickly get to know one another over a week or two. If you booked it with a block of friends, you'd have an amazing time. The food is serviceable, but not great. Plan to eat a few nights out in the town, where fresh fish abounds. Our room was clean, with great air conditioning, which was all we needed. Request a ground-floor room or villa, so that you get an outdoor table.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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English first
Welsh, LA
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

Had reservations at this "motel" for 5 nights, stayed 3 nights!! Only stayed 3 because had fishing reservations booked for 2 days.. The rooms are VERY small, beds are really uncomfortable, mattress may have been 5 inches thick!! Pillows felt stuffed with filler used in stuffed animals..Air condition barely cooled the small room. 9 in TV, no closet. The breakfast that was included was edible, that's it.
The staff was very friendly..
I hate leaving reviews like this but in this case felt it necessary..

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago, Illinois
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3 hotel reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

We enjoyed our stay in Morgan's Cove Central. The bungalows are perfect for a family that is traveling together….they have a small kitchen with refridgerator. It is about one block from the beach and has a beautiful pool. The staff is very helpful and friendly.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Jose, Costa Rica
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

We spent a week at the Morgan's Central hotel and had a great time, we share a lot in family, not to mention the beach is very beautiful ... insurance would staying again.
the girls in the bar are excellent and the food delicious, the attention of Mr. Oscar was very good as was the receptionist Lucia and I would like to thank the manager who behaved great with us ... thank all the guys from Morgan's main hope to return soon

Room Tip: go to the restaurant the food is excellent!!!
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

We stayed in a standard room, the room was basic but we thought the staff and food were great. Loved the hammock area, and the pool was a nice size. Good value for your money, great for couples who go out to explore jaco downtown area. Its not right on the beach but in close walking distance.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Canada
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

This hotel is very basic. I feel if they updated the rooms and fixed the entranceway, it would be a beautiful resort. Below are my observations during my week's stay at their villa with kitchenette:

Pros:
- walking distance to Jaco Beach, shopping, groceries, taxis and public transportation
- excellent buffet food which varied throughout the week
- beautiful landscaping
- nice pool
- nice hammocks for afternoon siestas
- friendly staff

Cons:
- bed needs new mattress
- hot water faucet in the kitchen did not work
- bathroom sink was very clogged
- shower took forever to get hot and water pressure was not always good
- noises coming from the toilet when people in other villas flushed their toilets
- no iron/iron board or radio in room

Room Tip: - Ask for the villa with kitchenette as they are bigger - learn some basic requests in Spanish be...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Detroit, Michigan
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

We stayed here thinking it was the casino and resort (which is on the beach). But this hotel is not on the beach, but in the "downtown" area. The casino and resort hotel looks very nice, but this place is very basic. Check in was easy and the employees were very friendly - which made things little easier. Room was just basic. TV was small and internet worked sometimes. They gave us pass to the casino and resort hotel so we were able to spend a day there.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Morgan's Cove Central

Address: Calle Invu, 175 meters East of Beach, 75 meters east of Alamo Rental car, Jaco 61101, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Jaco
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#19 On the Beach Hotel in Jaco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Morgan's Cove Central 3*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Jaco's best kept secret is the newly renovated Morgan's Cove Central.Located in the heart of downtown Jaco this private tropical oasis has 18 private villas surrounding the large palm fringed pool & 11 second floor standard rooms overlooking the beautiful gardens below. All Standard rooms offer 2 double beds, A.C., Cable T.V. & Private balcony's. The Garden Villas consist of 2 or 3 bedrooms,kitchenettes,A/C, Cable TV and private patios . Located around a large swimming pool in a tropical setting with Mojito's Palapas Bar and Grill. Great for families! ... more   less 
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