First off, we were quite misguided by the photos, thinking the giant beautiful condo complex in the pic was where the rooms we would be staying in were. We arrived in our room and were literally the only people staying there (and still paying high season prices, although to be fair it does say dates on the site). The rooms are TINY TINY TINY!!! The bathroom walls were kind of dirty.
The best part about Clarita's is the on the beach location, but the horrible unsmiling service (on the verge of rude) and not so great food makes it not worth the trip here. Also, on Thursday nights the place is crazy. We came back from an awesome dinner at Wahoos (where they prepared a feast for us with the Dorado we caught earlier that day!!!! That cook is INCREDIBLE, by the way), and tried to get in the Clarita's hotel parking lot, but just like the show, Walking Dead, we had to wait about five minutes while a herd of majorly drunk people filed by and finally realized a car was waiting to cross. It was pretty funny, actually. But then we tried to relax in the room while some questionable karaoke went on. We were giggling quite a bit but hey, good for them getting up there onstage. I'm sure some major liquid courage (and other stuff) helped a bit!
The whole experience could have totally been worse, but there just seemed to be way better places to stay in Jacó. Getting our $20 deposit at the end with a really grumpy "Pura Vida" salutation kinda sealed the deal. Ah well, you live and learn :-)
- Also Known As:
- Claritas Beach Jaco
- Hotel Claritas Beach
- Clarita's Beach Hotel Costa Rica/Jaco
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Jaco's most affordable beach front hotel with complete restaurant and bar. Prime Beach front location with spectacular views of Pacific Ocean and rain forest. The Place in Jaco for folks who love the beach, crave ocean breezes and breaking surf, who expect excellent friendly service, and who want to kick back, have fun and catch Costa Rica's Pura Vida!!! Claritas provides ocean front clean rooms with ac, cable TV, hot water, refrigerators, room safes, swimming pool and bar, free wifi, free secured private parking, live bands- all at affordable rates. Great surf in front of your room. Cheapest rooms & Coldest beer on Jaco Beach. ... more less