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“Great beachfront spot with lots of amenities” 4 of 5 stars
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South Beach Hotel
Jaco Beach | Jaco Beach Municipal Palace 600 Mts South, Jaco 1139-1250, Costa Rica (Formerly Hotel Arenal Pacifico)   |  
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Ranked #19 of 42 Hotels in Jaco
Toronto
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
“Great beachfront spot with lots of amenities”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2010

Jaco beach is a tough place to get accommodations during Semana Santa (holy week -Easter holidays to North Americans) but we managed to get a room last-minute at Arenal Pacifico. We were pleasantly surprised by its location -right on the beach and at an ideal spot for those of us learning to surf. What you're getting here is basically a 2 star private resort with decent rooms, a good location and friendly staff. The food in their kitchen was ok and it was nice to have everything in one spot, from surfboard rentals to food, a clean pool and walk out to the beach. It has good security to boot as well as parking and some resident wildlife (iguanas, lots of birds and even chickens!).

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Indiana
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2010

The hotel was pretty good, not great. It is right on the beach which is the best feature. The rooms were standard. Our door didn't seal properly and we got bugs in the room. The AC worked well. The beds were decent. The staff was very helpful. The food was decent, but the portions were small (for an American). Breakfast was average. It only included fruit, bread, and ceral. Anything else was extra. I felt nickle and dimed at this hotel. It is also a $2 taxi ride to town. This location made it affordable for me to stay on the beach, but it was annoying having to pay $4 for the round trip into town. The beach was wonderful. I didn't research any other hotel, the travel agent booked this one for me. So I don't know if I would stay there again.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Tampa Bay, Florida
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31 hotel reviews
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59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2010

The hotel is a shadow of its apparent former greatness. The grounds are very nice and well kept and the beach is nice as well. The staff was friendly and helpful. The room was a different story. I bed was badly outdated. There was a sign posted in the bathroom requesting that NO toilet paper be put in the toilet. The bed was uncomfortable. The TV was poor. I will not return.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Perth,
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2009

I travelled with a mid forties buddie with no pre-conceptions or expectations. We were directed towards this hotel after checking out several others, simply because we had the time. Our room was clean, but early eighties in decor, etc. No biggie, we didn't spend much time there and for twenty bucks a night we could have upgraded to an ocean view room. Great location, it's only a two buck taxi ride downtown, or a short walk, and Hugo the manager is the best hotel manager we met in Costa Rica. Give him a pay rise, he deserves it!

  • Stayed January 2009, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2009

We were a bit cautious, having stayed at sume lett than awesome hotels in Costa Rica. I traveled with my wife and two teenagers.

This hotel was clean. Our room was lovely, with plenty of space for the four of us. It was impeccibly clean. The staff -- from the manager to the housekeeping staff -- was exceedingly competent, friendly, and helpful. Our room was right next to the pool. The pool was great -- clean and a bit warm. It is right on the beach. All you need to do is go through the security gate and you're on the beach, which was clean and lovely. The water was warm, which was great since we're from Colorado.

In case you are worried about safety, they have guards at night at the front gate and the beach gate.

The restaurant serves an adequate continental breakfast in the morning, and no dinner. The lunches were surprisingly good; better then most Costa Rican restaurants.

The town of Jaco is a bit crazy, so it was nice being a mile or so away. the walk is not very scenic, but it was nice for my wife and me to take that walk once or twice each day to go to the supermarket.

All in all, we loved this hotel.

  • Liked — everything, truly
  • Disliked — distance from town.
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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the world
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2008

I came here on a prearranged tour thinking the hotel would have to be at least basic but clean. Wrong. It was dirty, the rooms were ugly and dingy, there was construction right next to the pool and beach that is going to take quite a while longer to finish and the restaurant was dismal.

The front office was good with friendly staff and the ability to walk out the back onto the beach is great. These two good points don't make for a satisfactory experience considering the state of the hotel. I can only hope that the tour company got a big discount even though I didn't get a penny of it.

The hotel is not centrally located but in a place like Jaco, that is a good thing if you value your sleep. However, late night party revellers returning and then indulging in vigorous bedroom activities tends to diminish that aspect as well.

In short, a one night stay felt very much longer.

  • Liked — Location on the beach.
  • Disliked — Filthy and dingy.
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2007

I spent two nights here in January '06. The front desk staff was very helpful and spoke English well. Though far from luxurious, the room was very clean. The free wireless high speed Internet was a definite plus for me. The grounds are well cared for and had enough lighting at night to make me feel comfortable. The pools were in great shape. The location is fairly remote, on the south end of town, so I was glad I had rented a car. Getting a taxi out there might cause you to have to wait. The only noise was from the sound of the poorly constructed bed frames. If you're going to have any romantic activity, plan on everyone in the rooms around you knowing about it! The beach is right at the end of the property. I saw two Jesus Christ lizards, which are really interesting creatures, and other non-threatening wildlife. Overall, it's a nice place, and I would certainly consider staying there again.

  • Liked — Clean rooms, free high speed Internet, beach access
  • Disliked — Poor room lighting, location requires taxi/driving into town
  • Stayed January 2007, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: Jaco Beach | Jaco Beach Municipal Palace 600 Mts South, Jaco 1139-1250, Costa Rica (Formerly Hotel Arenal Pacifico)
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Jaco
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#12 On the Beach Hotel in Jaco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 38
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

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