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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
Boston
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Pleasant stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2009

In La Dolce Vita the atmosphere is relaxed and pleasant with a very friendly and supportive staff . The hotel was clean,and tidy. The apartment and bed comfortable and the breakfast simple and good. Good price-quality ratio.
The area is safe and you can walk all around at night. The Esterillos Oeste beach is wonderful and there is a lot to see. We recommend to visit Manuel Antonio and Carara Park.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • 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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Saskatoon
2 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2009

My wife and I spent a month at La Dolce Vita from mid January to mid February. We wanted to escape the Canadian winter and spend a month relaxing on the beach. The monthly rate of $1100 was very reasonable and included a hot breakfast that was delivered every morning to our patio. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The hotel is right on a wonderful beach. We could walk for several kilometers and often were alone on the beach. Weekends tended to be busier and noisier. The village is very safe. We never had any occasion to be concerned about our safety and we never heard of anyone being robbed. We did not rent a car and used local buses to travel to Jaco and Manuel Antonio Park - inexpensive but patience is required and schedules are not always followed. We couldn't have asked for better weather. It helps a lot to speak Spanish.

  • Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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Iowa
2 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2009

My husband and I made reservations at La Dolce Vita for two nights and, because of the conditions of our room and the hotel in general, forfeited our second night and left. The official hotel description states that the hotel is "a new, first class construction building " which is definitely not correct. Our room was far from being either new or first class. The furniture, curtains and bedding were shabby, run-down and depressing. The walls and ceilings were dirty, the faucets on both sinks were barely attached or functional, and the room was not up to our standards of cleanliness. The water in the swimming pool was cloudy and, if one could get beyond the fact that it didn't look clean, was very small and not good for anything other than soaking. We didn't feel the hotel or our room fit the description of the hotel owners and we would not return again or recommend it to anyone.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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napoli
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2008

I am Franco from Naples in Italy. I spent one week at La Dolce Vita and am back at home since two weeks. I want to write this report to let everybody know how nice is Esterillos Oeste, as well this hotel that is a special place. La Dolce Vita is managed by very nice and friendly Italian people, that make their best to let you feel at home and enjoy every minute of your vacation. The hotel is surounded by palms and other trees and from a garden full of flowers and plants that make you relax and feel well. The beach is just steps away from the rooms that are confortable and provided of any comfort, such as a good bed, fridge, kitchen (if you need..I don't) air conditioning, hot water, shower and a nice terrace where to get your breakfast. sit, chat or read. I had also a Satellite Tv for the nghts when you did not want to go to Jaco to live night-life.
Esterillos Oeste, where we stayed, is about 20 minutes from Jaco and is a very quiet place. Therefore if you love to be directly in the hearth of towns with a lot of restaurants, casinos, discos, etc. go to Jaco. Since we love surfing and only sometime take the car and go downtown we prefered to stay in Esterillos, that is more beautuful, peaceuful and with a better athnosphere and where also the wheather is better and the air fresher.
I suggest this place and this hotel.

  • Liked — Being close to the beach, the sea, the nature, the garde, rooms, nice managers
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Planète Terre
2 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2008

DO NOT GO THERE!
We were promised a quiet place and an ocean view room. We did not get a view and the place is noisy 24/7. The most important source of noise is the owners themselves and their relatives. They are always arguing and screaming at each other.

You will not get toilet paper unless you ask for it. Same thing for room cleaning.

We were there for 3 days, and the same cigarette butts and dog poo was on the front yard for us to walk on.

Don’t give your credit card number to these guys, especially not over the Internet. The guy who answers the e-mails is not even in the same town and he will say what you want to hear even if it is completely false. When it was time for us to check out, the crazy owners had over charged our visa, even if we had agreed to pay cash. If I refused to sign, he would not have given us back some of the luggage we had left in his storage room and he wanted to call the police. If you try to reach an agreement in English or Spanish, they will start to argue in Italian…..

When we booked this trip, we had read the previous entry on Trip Advisor but we did not consider it as serious. I’m serious! Please go to the nice places around Canada Hill in Esterillos Oeste, but DO NOT GO TO LA DOLCE VITA!

  • Liked — The beach
  • Disliked — The owners
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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ladolcevita10, owner at La Dolce Vita, responded to this review, September 1, 2008
Since July 2008 the management of the hotel has changed. The actual management is not therefore responsible fo the complaints reported by the unhappy guest in March 2007. We feel very soory for what happened and we are doing our best to make our guests happy in this wonderful location of Esterillos Oeste.

Thanks for the attention.
Stefano
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daytona beach, fl
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2007

had friends staying at La Dolce Vita. I own a Villa next door. My friends guaranteed the room with a Visa. They checked out assuming the owner would charge the room to the Visa. He came to my place and threatened to have me arrested if I didnt pay for their bill. They didnt even skip out, they assumed he would just charge it to the Visa. This italian guy is nuts. Be Careful

  • Liked — leaving
  • Disliked — the manager
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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ladolcevita10, Owner at La Dolce Vita, responded to this review, September 1, 2008
From July 2008 the management of the hotel has totally changed. The issue reported by Mister Shiver happened in May 2007, when the hotel was managed for some time by other people. However, I think it was not fair to report also a rating of the hotel (rooms, location, etc.), since Mister Shiver did not stay as a guest at the hotel, but was only a friend of the guests.
Thanks for the attention and welcome at "La Dolce Vita".
Stefano
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Virginia
1 review
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2007

We stumbled upon La Dolce Vita, looking for a place to stay on the beach. The apartment was very clean. Kitchen, fridge (greatly appreciated), A/C in the bedroom. Very comfortable. Small clean pool. During the high season, we paid $60 US per night, tax included and a bottle of red wine delivered to the room brought the price up $10. The Italian owners could not have been more hospitable. We were welcomed and we felt right at home. We were invited to a celebration of the daughter's 6th birthday party.
We would stay there again.

  • Liked — clean friendly quiet
  • Disliked — n/a
  • Tips/Secrets — go
  • Stayed December 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 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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