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“Trip to Jaco” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Hotel Poseidon y Restaurante

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Hotel Poseidon y Restaurante
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Calle Bohio 50 Mts West | (towards the beach), Jaco 4123, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #23 of 44 Hotels in Jaco
DuBois, Pennsylvania
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11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Trip to Jaco”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

The hotel Poseidon was a great place to stay. Pool was very very clean and our stay was in off season so had the entire pool to ourselves. Short walk to the beach also. We were just looking for a hotel that would be convenient for pick ups for the tours we had scheduled. This hotel worked out wonderfully for that purpose. Close to restaurants and shopping. Staff very friendly and helpful. Breakfast included is always a plus.

Room Tip: Any room would be good in rainy season. Not sure how things would be in busy times. Was quiet for...
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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
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8 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

I'm not in the habit of trashing places. In fact, I rarely review, unless I'm impressed with a place. But in an effort to inform other travelers. It's only fair that I let you know what you should expect at Hotel Poseidon. Staying places isn't free after all.

Hotel Poseidon bills itself as 3 star. It's really a 2. The difference? Cleaning, maintenance, & consideration to the overall guest experience.

Cleaning is not a priority. The pubic hair (plural), on the toilet when we checked in remained there for duration of our 3 night stay. The halls, & floors are covered with a layer of dirt. The pool is 3 feet deep, & the grounds are rotting away from lack of maintenance. It's kinda sad, because the place has the potential to be a great place.

The hot water is hit or miss, so be prepared to go au-naturalel for a couple of days. You know, just rinsing the sea water off, & calling it a shower. I expect that kind of thing at a hostel, but not a place that charges more than $60 a night, low season.

Uhmm, It's time for new toilets…. & Ac units, & T.V.s, all of which were from the late 90's.
Poseidon has the vibe that this place was abandoned around 2004, & is somehow managing to barley run itself.

Now the positives.

The food at the Restaurant was actually pretty good. Much better than you'd expect by looking around. & they have a decent Scotch selection. However, they are not open on Tues. during low season. The upstairs sky bar, which was the selling point for us, as it has an ocean view, is not open at all during low season. No one told us, so I figured I'd let you know.

The staff was pleasant, & helpful.

It's close to the beach.

The beds are not bad at all! Travel with your own pillow if possible.
To be fair that rule applies to traveling any where in Costa Rica.
I live in La Fortuna, & have travels a bit in C.R.
Pillow here come in 3 varieties:
flat uncomfortable
overstuffed uncomfortable
& weird size you've never seen before uncomfortable.

& finally they take dogs.

So, in a way the positives out weigh the negatives.
Hope this review has been helpful. Enjoy your time in Jaco!!!

Room Tip: If you don't like dark rooms, you'll want to be on the second floor
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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18 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

When my husband and I visited Costa Rica back in March, we hadn't planned on visiting Jaco but due to some extenuating circumstances, we had to change our route and found ourselves in Jaco for 4 nights. We booked this hotel literally a day before we arrived in Jaco and were a bit nervous because it was high season in Costa Rica, busy everywhere we went and we were worried the good hotels would be picked over. However, Hotel Poseidon was a pleasant surprise. We ate at the restaurant several times and loved the staff and the food. The pool was clean and refreshing. We were a 5 minute walk from the beach and stunning Jaco sunsets. Our rooms had 2 beds, a mini fridge, shower, and much needed air-conditioning. There was an English league soccer game my husband really wanted to watch and the bartender upstairs made sure it was available for him. There was an issue with brown water coming from the shower one day and we experienced a storm one evening which left us without power and therefore air conditioning. But those were the only two hiccups during our stay at Poseidon. I would recommend this location to people as an affordable option with a great restaurant, close to the beach.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 via mobile

I found this hotel on my first trip to Costa Rica. The rooms were neat and clean, but a bit dated. The staff was very friendly and the pool was gorgeous. The proximity to the beach was also a plus. I would definitely stay here again. Hopefully by that trip they'll have updated the rooms a bit.

Stayed July 2014, traveled solo
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Orlando, Florida
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25 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Safe, clean and comfortable! Stones throw from the beach and in the middle of the Jaco strip. The staff is friendly and helpful as well as the colorful locals that frequent the resturuant. The continental breakfast is healthy, delicious and more than ample. The dinner menu is also impressive and the service top notch. The ladies behind the bar and in the kitchen are outstanding! We will stay again when we return.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Sallisaw, OK
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144 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We stayed a week at Hotel P., and it was a good week. Staff at the hotel are overall very friendly and fun. Now, we're not huge party folks, so we weren't out there at late night hours. The ladies at the bar and in the kitchen are truly some hard working folks. We saw them there all the time. The male staff seem to have a few days off during the week. Service is good, rooms are a little dated. Hotel P is about 75 feet off Avenida Pastor Diaz toward the beach, and it might be easy to miss if you're not paying attention. About 100 yards from the beach. Never saw a security guard. The location couldn't be much better for being in the heart of Jaco. It's a short walk to about everything. 3 short blocks to the bank, bakery, grocery store. Restaurants and shops are just around the corner.

Rooms are cleaned daily. There's about 14 different units on two floors. There's another unit or maybe two over the restaurant. Gets a little loud there at night, but not too bad. Good AC units. Good power grid. Rooms have a small fridge. Two double beds. Rooms are a little cramped, but who's staying in the room at Jaco, except to sleep. Bathrooms are clean, but be careful with the commodes. They don't tolerate paper at all, and will clog up easily. There's plenty of hot water on demand. Water kind of surges here, so there are episodes of cold and hot water rushes. Pool are is small but nice. Pool cleaned and water dosed (chlorinated, etc) regularly. Couple of tables with chairs for lounging.

Dining is very good. Breakfasts can be ordered off the menu, but I suggest the continental. Plenty of fresh fruit, coffee, juice, toast and a wonderful fruitbread, warm. We ate this almost every day, and it was hard to finish. Dinners are good, also. We ate at many different places, but had a couple of evening meals here. The mahi mahi is excellent. There's a little bar in the restaurant serving juices, cokes and a wide variety of mixed drinks. Sports bar way up on the rooftop, showing about 6 screens. You can order your meals up there, if you want.

Poseidon is getting a little dated, and is in need of some basic maintenance. They were in process of plastering and painting the walls. Otherwise, it looks like it has been a couple of years since any serious maintenance was done on the structure, other than room interiors. Lots of cracked woods, sagging pipes, etc. Almost everything needs a good touch up and some places need some solid repair. Nothing that seemed gross, but definitely run down. Hotel P would have been a marvel 10 years ago. Nobody uses the swim up bar. Pool pump and circulation system is housed there. There is absolutely no view of the beach. There's a wall that separates this property from the neighboring properties, and that's the view from your room. I could guess it gets a little claustrophobic in the downstairs room. Saw some reviews from other recent guests that mentioned bugs...didn't have a problem with pest insects. Keep in mind, in Costa Rica there are bugs, but we didn't see any of the nasties.

Hotel P makes a good base to operate from. The price is great. That is a major plus. Over the past 15 years, the price of everything in Jaco (CR in general) has skyrocketed even if the quality hasn't improved. But the rates here are most reasonable. Hotel P is not an all inclusive deal, nor is it a 4 or 5 star resort. We enjoyed our stay here. We weren't bothered by a soul, and never had a concern during our stay.

Room Tip: Not really a place for kids or children. Older teens might do okay here, especially if you have lot...
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
      Service
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Austin, Texas
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23 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

Let me first start by saying the positives outweigh the negatives. The location was excellent, the room was clean, food/service in the restaurant were good. However the guy at the front desk seemed miserable. Out of my entire week in Costa Rica he was the ONLY unfriendly person I encountered. The WiFi could use improvement as well. Given the price point and comparing it with similar priced hotels in San Jose and Manuel Antonio, I'll likely try another hotel during my next visit to Jaco.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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Address: Calle Bohio 50 Mts West | (towards the beach), Jaco 4123, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Jaco
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #23 of 44 Hotels in Jaco
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Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Poseidon y Restaurante 3*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are a boutique hotel with a quality restaurant and air conditioned sports bar. The rooms are spacious and well appointed. We are in the center of Jaco near all of the shops and restaurants that Jaco has to offer. Our service is what keeps people coming back!! ... more   less 
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