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“Absolutely Bogus and a sham” 1 of 5 stars
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La Dolce Vita
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Esterillos Oeste, beach, 50 meters from Bus Stop, Jaco 60901, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #13 of 43 Hotels in Jaco
Jaco, Costa Rica
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Absolutely Bogus and a sham”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2011

No signs giving directions to the site, a dirt road, a pool smaller than a bathtub, a very unsafe feeling, 1st greeted by a drunk drinking vodka from a bag. Are you kidding me? I've never seen such a contrast from your 44 reviews and reality. I wonder who wrote the reviews. So disapointed!

Room Tip: Go to hotel tangeri in Jaco, but I think its quieter in the off season, don't know for sure.
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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ladolcevita10, General Manager at La Dolce Vita, responded to this review, November 21, 2011
Dear Guest,
We are sorry for your bad experience. Unfortunately, in the period you stayed at our hotel, the entire Costa Rica was under a terrible storm that caused many damages, flooding lands, blocking roads and interrupting the communications all over Costa Rica. It was a real emergency and no hotel in the area could manage the lack of power. Under this weather, with no electricity, everything was difficult: from breakfast preparation to daily room cleaning.

It is for this reason, the worst weather conditions in the year, that you could not enjoy, despite your ocean view apartment, the beauty of Esterillos Oeste, recognized worldwide as a wonderful beach; as well as La Dolce Vita , that despite being one of the more affordable hotels of the area, fulfills the needs of our guests.

Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience you had during your stay.
(The Direction of La Dolce Vita)
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Ormond Beach, Florida
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99 reviews 99 reviews
70 hotel reviews
Reviews in 57 cities Reviews in 57 cities
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2011 via mobile

When we drove up we were not sure if we had made the right choice. However, once we were taken to our room (#1) on the second floor we were very pleased. Our balcony overlooked the pool & the crashing surf. The nice gentleman in reception carried our heavy bags up for us. There were a couple of Tico restaurants & a grocery within walking distance. This is definitely a laidback surfer town. Don't stay here if you want a 5 star experience but if you want somewhere off the beaten path, it's perfect.

  • Stayed September 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Diego, CA
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2011

Oceanfront at these rates? Unheard of. It is not all that clean or comfortable but if you are there for the beach - wowza!

Room Tip: There are only four that are truly oceanfront
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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ladolcevita10, General Manager at La Dolce Vita, responded to this review, July 17, 2011
Dear Guest, we welcome your constructive comment about what you think is good and what can be improved in our beachfront hotel. You will be happy to know that as a result of your feedback we are replacing some beds to improve the comfort of the apartments, improving the maintenance of the inside and outside areas and offering new free features such as: free wifi internet and satellite Tv. Of course we'll keep our affordable room rates. Thanks again for the fair comment, you'll be always welcome at La Dolce Vita. The General Manager.
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Prato, Italy
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2011

My girlfriend and I were pleasantly surprised by La
Dolce Vita. This is a great place to stay and have a relaxing quiet
vacation at a good price. The beach is long with soft brown sand and
very clean.
The room was clean and grounds and pool are nice.Every
morning we were served a good breakfast in the apartment, that is
airconditioned, has cable TV and free Wifi internet. The staff of La
Dolce Vita is friendly, the surrounding businesses are managed by nice
people and are inexpensive.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Newport Beach, California
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2011

Absolutely, HANDS-DOWN, THE BEST place we stayed in Central America--over months and multiple trips. AMAZING staff--Emilio y Jasmina "La Gerencia" not only welcomed us warmly but gave us an INDESCRIBABLY BREATHTAKING and restorative couple weeks at a VERY reasonable price. Their hospitality extended as far as three square meals daily (for an extra few dollars per day), Coco-tree climbing tutorials, and they even showed us how to prepare Crab Soup, which left us more nourished and rested than promised. I'll just say that we've been back multiple times and brought friends and family back repeatedly. La Dolce Vita--de VERDAD, MAE! Friendly locals too as long as you don't snag their breaks, mush their lips or overly gringo-ize their locale.

Room Tip: Esterillos Oeste. Respect the locals.
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  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Appleton, Wisconsin
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139 reviews 139 reviews
35 hotel reviews
Reviews in 63 cities Reviews in 63 cities
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2011

The hotel is located steps away from the beach, and is 20 minutes south of Jaco. We arrived one day earlier than expected and were able to check in. However, the room had a strong odor of smoke and did not appear to be as clean as we hoped (debris on the floor). We thought we could make the most of it, but changed our mind after experiencing the beach heat and lack of air conditioning would make it difficult for my pregnant wife and six year old son to enjoy.

The manager was friendly, helpful and called for a taxi to take us back to San Jose.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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ladolcevita10, General Manager at La Dolce Vita, responded to this review, April 7, 2011
Dear Guest, We wish to thank you for the frank and useful report you made about your experience. We have decided to stronger implement the NO-SMOKING policy, adding a NO SMOKING sign in each room, in order to prevent the guests to smoke inside the apartments.
Unfortunately, your unexpected earlier arrival,in the high season period when the hotel is fully booked, did not get us enough time to refresh the air of your room, where a previous guest had been smoking without permission.

We have also reviewed with the staff the check-list procedures, in order to get the apartments always clean, fresh and ready to be occupied, even if a guest arrives earlier than expected.
We'll do whatever it takes to make these improvements and satisfy the guests in every
situation. Thanks again for your report and accept our apologies for any inconvenience you had during your stay.
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Santo Domingo de Heredia, Costa Rica
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2011

To be specific the hotel is located 15 kms south from Jaco, Costa Rica in Esterillos Oeste. Hotel is beach front of a beautiful beach, with great surf. The beach and town ambiance is tranquil and full of locals, quaint and safe.
The hotel is a small 7 room hotel with a small pool facing the beach. It is well taken care of, room cleanliness is very good and each room has a kitchenette, AC, a queen size bed, and a pull out bed in the living room. We have visited this hotel 4 times already over the years and cannot wait to go back. The value is excellent. Great price for what you get. You will not be disappointed. There is no better place to stay in Esterillos!!! Don't forget to check out the Copper Mermaid (perhaps the only one of its kind in the world) that sits out in the ocean at high tide and which at low tide you can walk out to. Happy Travels.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Additional Information about La Dolce Vita

Address: Esterillos Oeste, beach, 50 meters from Bus Stop, Jaco 60901, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Jaco
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Jaco
#8 Romantic Hotel in Jaco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — La Dolce Vita 2.5*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel "La Dolce Vita" is located on the beach in Esterillos Oeste, Jaco, facing the shore of the Pacific Ocean. The Hotel, with its seven apartments facing a wonderful garden, is a new, first class construction building offering all comforts. Each apartment has patio/deck, terrazzo-balcony and is smartly furnished, bathroom with hot water, air conditioning, fan, kitchen, fridge with up to 4 beds. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
La Dolce Vita Jaco
La Dolce Vita Costa Rica/Jaco

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