After a lengthy delay in getting there, the manager (Kevin - nicaraguan) met me about 9 pm on Sunday and got me all settled in. The hotel is right next door to some campgrounds and they were carrying on, which is fine unless you are trying to sleep. i was so tired anyway, i don't remember my head hitting the pillow, but another guest told me that he went over and told them to turn it down. Kevin and his wife and son live there as well, and they work hard. They don't need to be up all night either because they prep each continental breakfast fresh. It was filling, hit the spot, coffee was great.
The room was adequate for what I needed it for, sleeping, showering etc. 5 star it is not, but clean with hot water on the shower yes. By the way, that does need a little explanation, since how hot the water gets on the shower is dependent on the flow, in that if the water is on full, you never get the benefit of the hot water...takes a little bit of experimenting and for a couple of days i had tap water coolness for showers.
Pool is small with fine for cooling off with, beach is right there. You can watch the surfers at the high tides cut the waves. I enjoyed some time playing water gun fights in the pools with Kevin's boy of about 4 or 5. He seems to hit the pool about 3-4 each day and he loves it when you pay him some attention.
Guests come from all over the world, i met an Argentinean, Americans, Italians, Spaniards and yes some Ticans as well.
Overall Esterillos Oueste can be a ghost town during the week, but picks up on the weekends when everybody comes it.
- 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