First, the hotel is under a new set of new management. This appears to be a good thing -- our guide (from Madventours, use them if you ever have the chance) informed us that this change has resulted in increased client-focus, attentive staff, improved facilities, and improved menu. I can't speak to the previous state of the hotel, but upon our visit the staff was hard at work remodeling and painting, outfitting each room with new bedding, furniture, electronics...it was pretty impressive. The staff was amazing and incredibly helpful with everything from pool towels and restaurant recommendations to picking up new Spanish words.
We stayed in one of the junior suites with a view of the ocean and a private deck. The room itself was clean and comfortable, though the TV was small (but really, who watches that much TV on vacation?).
Breakfast was great -- fresh fruit, rice and beans with eggs and protein, and a rotating fresh fruit juice every morning! And their cappuccinos were excellent.
The pool is refreshing and clean, and the added entertainment of the poolside hedge packed with iguanas was pretty awesome.
The beach is directly accessible through a locked gate -- the property is fenced and patrolled by security in the evening/night. We surfed right outside the hotel multiple times, swam in the ocean, and walked our favorite local restaurant.
The hotel is at the south end of town, about a 10 minute walk into downtown Jaco. I found this to be perfect -- close enough to walk, but far enough away from the nightlife and all that it might bring.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Green Oasis of Jaco Beach. Hotel, Restaurant and Apartments located at the southern, most tranquil and beautiful part of Jaco. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Arenal Pacifico Hotel
- South Beach Hotel Costa Rica/Jaco