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“One beutiful week” 5 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
Padua, Italy
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“One beutiful week”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

We came here to stay one day and, in the end, we spent a week, to enjoy the hotel and the area. The owner Steve greeted us with great warmth and has always been very helpful, as well as Emilio and Jasmine. The rooms are not large but very clean, with comfortable beds and good A / C, wifi works really well. The pool was a real joy for our child.The hotel is in a great location on a very nice beach. Excellent value for money. If available we would advice the oceanfront room, with a little extra fee, that has a beautiful view.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ladolcevita10, Manager at La Dolce Vita, responded to this review, November 2, 2013
Dear Guest, thanks for taking the time to write a comment about your good stay at La Dolce Vita: We make our best in order to have our guests to have a nice time at the hotel. Your words are very helpful and will enhance and multiply our efforts.
Thanks again, we hope to see you again soon.
Steve
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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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Brescia, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

We spent here three nights with our family of 4 and it was the best stay we
had in Costa Rica. This small hotel is nice quiet, clean, with hot shower, air conditioning and
confortable beds.
When we arrived after a long drive, we were greeted by the owner, Jasmina and
Emilio, who were very pleasant and let us feel like at home. During our stay we were helped
with any kind of recommendation with regard to the surf, restaurants, activities and any
information. In the morning was very nice to walk on the beach of Esterillos Oeste to the park
and, during the day, it was great to relax and cool off in the small pool, very clean. Great meals at the restaurant Tropezon, near the hotel.

  • Stayed July 2013, 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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ladolcevita10, Manager at La Dolce Vita, responded to this review, November 2, 2013
Dear Guest, we appreciate you spent a nice time at La Dolce Vita, enjoying the beach, your room and the restaurants in Esterillos Oeste and taking the time to witness your positive experience. We look forward to seeing you again.
Steve
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

I had wonderful expectation of La Dolce Vita in Esterillos, Costa Rica. You always get what you pay for and this was fact. I did not know the room came with 1000's of big biting ants. We could have dealt with the small ants but we had to ask for our room to be sprayed. It was like candy to the huge ants and they were very mad. We had bites all over us. Just a little caulk, weather stripping, bug spray would do the trick and hope they will read this review and take care of it.

Then the Suicide Shower. It was maybe warm but more cold. The show is a very bad wire job of an electric shower head that sprayed water more up than down. It was definitely a electrical risk.

The pool about 4' wide and 10 feet long and actually more of a cold (hot) tub.

The air-conditioner was great...very good. We tried to freeze the ants out of our room and bed.

It is not a romantic or even ideal place for a couple. It would be a guys surfer pad or just some friends wanting a beach place. For the cost it was ok but keep the bugs under 1/2 long and the shower electrical risk down and it would be a nice place.

Spend a little more and get a little more someplace else....you will be pleased! Just FYI!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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ladolcevita10, Manager at La Dolce Vita, responded to this review, July 13, 2013
We are always sorry when a guest is not 100% happy.. The happines and satisfaction of the guests is our main goal and, in this case, we tried to make the guest happy since the beginning, upgrading (for free) his room to the ocean-fron apartment, that normally makes all our guests very happy. His commentary is unexpted, since he looked enjoying his time at the hotel. However, we have been reviewing all the points remarked and will make whatever it takes to fix any issue.

Said that, we would like review and respond to the guest comments that, in our opinion,
are rather inaccurate.

Air-conditioning: the guest room is equipped with a 12.000 BTU air conditioning equipment,
quite new. No guest ever complained about the temperature of the room and after inspecting
it we found the equipment working perfectly.

Ants in the room: we gave the guest a room with no ants but it's true that then, about
fifty ants entered into the room. We are sorry for that, we take much care of insect
control, since the hotel is in a natural environment, full of plants. Our staff spends much time working on this task. The point is that we can control insects, not exterminate them, this is not possible, especially in the rainy season. For instance if a guest, after eating, drops breadcrumbson the floor, the ants will try to enter to get them and they are quite small to enter... We will work even more, now, on this point, chasing and eliminating ants nests, etc.

The shower: the guest room shower works very well. We have a very safe certificated electric installation, , thousands of clients use the shower every year with plenty of satisfaction. When the client informed us about the water temperature, we proposed him to review the shower
together but he did not want. When he left the room, we reviewed it and the shower worked
very well; may be he was not able to regulate the temperature (which is normally very easy).
We confirm that there is no risk in using the showers (hundreds of hotel in Costa Rica use
these equipments) and we dont like the words that the guest used for commenting his
problem, they are not nice and are misleading.

Swimming pool: our pool size is in proportion with the hotel, which is little; however the
pool is very much appreciated by our guests. We don't understand the comment of the guest
about the pool size, since every evening he spent a long time in the pool (at 9 PM), drinking and chating with other guests, enjoying his time and he looked happy!
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

I cannot express how much I enjoyed my stay. I requested the beach view and am so glad I did. I spent hours sitting on the porch watching the waves, the maccaws and just amazed at how lucky I was to find such a quaint place. The owner, Stephano is SO VERY ACCOMODATING. He bent over backwards to try to help me find my activities. He also understood when I said I was done and only wanted to relax. He was very ernest in wanting to know what I learned so he could give good advice to future guest.
Having the breakfast delivered to my room was a special treat. The couple was so sweet and nice and I felt safe staying there as a single woman.
I loved walking on the beach for hours and not seeing anyone. If you do want some really alone time on the beach go 10 minutes up the road to Bejuco. Go to the end of the beach, cross the water and the beach is yours during the week. It was awesome. (Go during low tide and be back before the high tide, as I think it would be difficult to cross the water).
The locals in the town are friendly, the Tico place was so cute and the owner tried so hard to please. The other place was very nice and had the most amazing 'jamican beans'.

For the price, the service, the location being so close to everything but just far enough, I would definately stay again. In fact I am trying to figure out how I can in the next few months!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ladolcevita10, Manager at La Dolce Vita, responded to this review, July 13, 2013
We appreciate very much the guest's review not only because is positive and therefore rewarding of our staff work and efforts but because we understand that the guest shares the same feeling we do, about the place, nature, beach, people.
If you want to have fun, we suggest the readers to follow the guest advices, because we remeber her very well: a nice, sportive curious and very active Lady, with a great wit and plenty of initiatives.

We hope the guest will come again, she will always be very welcomed at La Dolce Vita in Esterillos Oeste.

Steve
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

La Dolce Vita
We stayed at La Dolce Vita for three days near the end of February while exploring the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. We chose the location for its proximity to Jaco but not wanting to be in Jaco. Its location right on the beach was fabulous. The unit we stayed in had everything that we needed and It was clean. It was nice to be able to stock the fridge with what we wanted. The managers of the property were a lovely couple. They delivered breakfast to the small porch or patio outside our unit every morning at the time we requested. On the day we were travelling to Manual Antonio Park they in fact delivered breakfast fifteen minutes earlier than when they would normally start to deliver breakfast just so we could get on the road early. The garden which runs adjacent to the units were well maintained and provided a beautiful view while we enjoyed our breakfast. While it is true that the Thatched roof covering the bar area adjacent to the pool is in need of repair due to wind damage and termites, the pool although small was very clean and was very refreshing after a busy day out exploring. Even in its state of disrepair the bar area was a natural gathering spot for the guests of the hotel to bring their dinks to relax, to gather, have chat and exchange information on things to see in the area, restaurant recommendations, travel stories and adventures. For those that like birds there are beautiful Macaws in the area. We also had the pleasure of meeting the owner and being served breakfast on one occassion when the managers of the property were having a day off.He made us feel welcome and is a wonderful friendly gentleman from the Tuscany area of Italy.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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ladolcevita10, Manager at La Dolce Vita, responded to this review, May 23, 2013
Dear Guest,

Many thanks for writing this review and for your honest and nice words. we are all proud that you liked our hotel and our location and appreciated our service, that we always make with our hearth for the pleasure of our guests. We are also happy to inform you that we have completely renovated the Thatched roof (here we call this area "Rancho") rebuilding a totally new Rancho for the Bar-swimming pool area. We will publish some new photos of it, in order you can appreciate the new relax area.

Thanks again for being our guest at La Dolce Vita hotel.

Steve
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013 via mobile

I left la dolce vita a couple a days ago and it was a really good place to stay. I stayed for 11 nights and it was wonderful from the first day. The owner and the couple helping him run the place are awesome and they help you out with whatever you need, I came down to try to learn some surfing and they hooked me up right a way. The hotel is clean and the rooms have what you need, air on, kitchenette, nice bathroom. There's a small pool which is perfect if you wanna cool yourself down without going the 10 m to the ocean. The location of this hotel is the greatest, you live on the beach and its perfect for just relax and enjoy yourself! I highly recommend la dolce vita for everyone :)

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ladolcevita10, Manager at La Dolce Vita, responded to this review, May 23, 2013
Dear Guest,

Many thanks for your nice words, that encourage us to work harder, to make all our guests as happy as you have been. We all remeber you very well and think that you enjoyed at the best our location: learning succesfully to surf with your friends and spending long time at the beach or in the terrace of your apartment watching the ocean. We strongly hope we will see you again soon in Esterillos Oeste.

Steve
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Grand-Mere, Canada
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

Eight years ago,my son and I decided to take the dream of surfing and make it a reality. We needed a nice, affordable and secure place to stay. Every 6 months we go there, relax, surf, work et enjoy ourself a lot. Jasmine, Emilio and Antony are just great people and they will always help you with anything if you're in trouble. To wake up every morning to the sound of the waves, get up, make a pot of coffee, take a look at the sea and decide if the waves are good for surfing, put some sunscreen and go.
Wow, how can you resist. If you need more than a fair place that's "La Dolce Vita".

Hope to meet you there sometime in a near future. Dr Yves, Trois-Rivières, Québec

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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ladolcevita10, Manager at La Dolce Vita, responded to this review, April 30, 2013
Dear Yves,

We can only thank you for coming, since seven years at La Dolce Vita hotel, and for your honest words and judgement. We appreciate the adjectives you used: secure, nice affordable. Thanks aso for what you said about our staff; they work a lot for serving well the guests and keeping the place and your words are very much appreciated.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Steve
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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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