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“The center of the universe” 5 of 5 stars
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DoceLunas Hotel, Restaurant & Spa
3.0 of 5 Resort   |   Quebrada Seca | 400 M Este from Costanera, Jaco 4132, Costa Rica   |  
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“The center of the universe”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2006

Docelunas is the center of the universe! Staff stole my heart with their smiles and services. I hope stay at Docelunas resort again next time I come to Costa Rica.

  • Stayed April 2006, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2006

We stayed at Docelunas on the recommendation of someone else who had seen it. The rooms were clean, spacious and beds comfortable. The pool is sparkling and perfect for floating around, but it is no deeper than 4' anyhere. For the prices they charge, I felt like they needed to do a few things differently. first, Better signage on the approach. When you turn off the main road for the first time, you will wonder if you are in the right place. You drive through about 1/2 mile of dirt road and very poor housing...don't come after dark for the first time! The hotel is gated with security. If you have been to Costa Rica before, this contrast becomes normal. Food was nothing special eat someplace else.

Gardens are pretty. Trees are tall and drop branches and things noisily on the roof. The wood furniture in the room was beautiful, simple, elegant. Beds comfy. Two beautifully handcrafted Adirondack style chairs and a table outside on a small private porch made sitting outside pleasant. They were a bit stingy with glasses in the room, our room key didn't work well...but they fixed that. The biggest complaint was the noises the roof made whever something dropped on it...which was constantly. It sounded like bricks hitting a tin roof. It was corrugated steel!

Minor complaints...I think it was a bit pricey. There are other places.

  • Stayed March 2006
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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ManagerofDoceLunas, Manager at DoceLunas Hotel, Restaurant & Spa, responded to this review, February 2, 2010
Thanks for all the compliments and the constructive criticism.

We have trimmed all the trees in the hotel that occasionally dropped fruit (or branches!) on the roofs, so our future guests will benefit from your suggestion. No more bumps in the night! I am going to post a picture on our blog tonight of our guys using the safety equipment we purchased in the U.S. to do their tree work.

We fixed the sign on the highway so that the light is on at night. (The convenience store used to turn it off.)

The blog also has some photos of our very pretty, nice neighborhood, and we aren't going to apologize for our neighbors. They are not rich (except for the fancy condo across the way) but they are good neighbors and they maintain their flower lined properties with pride.

I am sorry if you were denied glasses. Our staff has been instructed to let guests take as many glasses as they want to their room. Normally we put out two water glasses and two tumblers with an ice bucket.

As for our prices, we are half the price of the next cheapest four star hotel, so we can't really improve much there.

Since 2006 we have started higher chefs from the Culinary Institute of America. We hope you will come back and try the new restaurant and our newly quieter rooms now that we have trimmed the trees.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2006

My experience with the Docelunas hotel, near Jaco beach, was absolutely wonderful. The room was sparklingly clean, spacious and full of luxurious touches (e.g., fluffy towels; super comfortable bed; fantastic stereo/mp3 player; fresh local flowers; and a fully stocked mini-bar). The staff was accomodating and bent over backwards to make my visit enjoyable. No request went unanswered and the kitchen staff willingly prepared off-menu veggie selections. The yoga studio and teachers were simply fantasic. I recommend Docelunas highly - a quite, breathtaking retreat a mere $2 taxi ride from the hustle and bustle of downtown Jaco.

  • Stayed February 2006
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Quebrada Seca | 400 M Este from Costanera, Jaco 4132, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Jaco
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Jaco
#1 Spa Hotel in Jaco
#4 Family Hotel in Jaco
#5 Romantic Hotel in Jaco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — DoceLunas Hotel, Restaurant & Spa 3*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
DoceLunas is a spectacular Four Star hotel with five acres of tropical gardens at the base of a cool jungle covered mountain. Coatimundi, kinkajou, anteaters, toucans, and scarlet macaws can be seen here. We have a lovely mosaic lined pool with a waterfall cave, a full services spa, and daily yoga classes. Check out our excellent reviews and come join us in paradise! ... more   less 
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Docelunas Hotel, Restaurant And Spa
Docelunas Hotel, Restaurant Hotel Jaco
Doce Lunas Hotel
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