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“Beautiful Setting” 5 of 5 stars
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The Pearl of the Osa
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Ranked #8 of 15 hotels in Puerto Jimenez
Surrey, Canada
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20 reviews 20 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Beautiful Setting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2012

We ate here twice for lunch will we were in the OSA area. It is located on a beautiful beach and you dine on a patio that faces a beautiful landscaped yard out to the the ocean view. Service and food were excellent and the lunches were priced about $9 USD. After to lunch we walked the beach and the beautiful landscaped property. We really enjoyed the place and te nice friendly atmoshere of the employees and the residents here.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Hanover, NH
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2012

La Perla de Osa was a perfect end to an incredible two week stay in the Osa peninsula. I had no idea that it would be SO close to the center of Puerto Jimenez, and that was an added bonus. The staff was very accommodating from the moment we got out of the van. I was helping lead a group of over 10 high school students from the United States, so to have the feeling of security that we were being looked after by such great people was a relief. The beach was a within view, of course, and the thatched cabina that shaded the benches near the top of the beach was an awesome home base to return to when spending the day on the sand. We arrived on Pasta/Salsa night and all of the wait staff, bartenders, and other employees helped teach our students how to dance salsa and added to the festive atmosphere. We were all made feel extremely welcome and it was sad to leave such a paradise, surrounded by comfort and scarlet macaws. I'll miss being lulled to sleep by the dull roar of waves and to be awakened by howler monkeys.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Anchorage, Alaska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2012

We stayed at Agua Dulce, about 200m down the beach, rather than at Pearl of the Osa. We were discouraged by Trip Advisor reviews complaining about the noise. Those reviews were unfounded.

We ate at Pearl of the Osa every night. The restaurant is very good and even has two Costa Rican micro brews on draft. The open-air restaurant faces the beach and is delightfully quiet (except on Friday night). The kitchen closes about 8PM and only we and the bartender were there.

The rooms are above the restaurant. The locals gather on Friday nights for pasta and salsa dancing -- it's fun to watch. This is, of course, noisy...but it's only Friday nights.

It's a small place in a secluded setting just back from the beach. There is a clear view of the beach from the restaurant and the front rooms.

Pearl of the Osa is now known as the Iguana Lodge Club Rooms. It is part of neighboring (expensive) Iguana Lodge and is under their management.

See http://www.soldeosa.com/pearloftheosa/index.htm

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2009

If you are going to the Osa Peninsula you are better off staying in Matapola which is closer to all of the natural wonders you went there to see. The website comes across like these people are really friendly but it is their staff that is friendly not the owners. Which would be fine if the owners were not there! They act like they are doing you a favor to even talk to you and are just plain old stuck up. The breakfast is excellent and the chef epitomizes what Costa Rica is all about he is wonderful. One of the owners places herself on a couch every morning by the breakfast area and talks really loud in Spanish all through breakfast in a way that leaves you wondering if she is trying to showoff for you, yet she is very rude and too stuck up to even acknowledge you and say good morning as you walk by. Her husband is no better and is just as much of a snob. The owners still have no idea what Pura Vida is all about.

  • Stayed December 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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San Francisco, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2008

We stayed for one night on our way to Matapalo and that was more than enough. The room was spare and clean with a nice bathroom, but in my opinion, way over priced (and it was the low season). I think $50/night would have been fair. The food was average and the bartender was not very friendly, probably because we weren't indulging like the family of 15 from Texas sitting across from us. In fact, the bartender tacked on two glasses of wine and one glass of beer on our tab and we weren't even drinking liquor! I politely called it to her attention (in spanish) and she didn't apologize, just stubbornly adjusted the total. Her mistake---we are usually great tippers.

Breakfast at the Iguana (sister hotel next door) was pretty good and the staff seemed nicer there, probably because their rooms were double what we were paying. Other guests told us dinner at the Iguana was delicious, but pricey. Oh, and the rooms at the "Pearl" are right above the bar, so don't plan on going to bed early. I also recall the owner (he's American) making himself comfortable in the common area, while we were playing chess, and blabbing personal business on his cell phone, which I found to be rude and unprofessional. He didn't even throw us a smile.

My only fond memories were a long walk on the pretty beach (steps away from the hotel), the resident cats that were very friendly and happy to share the hammocks and the books and games available to guests of both hotels.

  • Liked — proximity to the ocean
  • Disliked — staff and price
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2008

Stayed here for one night on our way home from the Osa. Its a nice motel with new nicely appointed rooms. I was pleasantly surprised with the nice bathrooms and comfortable beds . The owners were very friendly and hospitable to us. We had to catch an early flight the next am and she made sure the kids had french toast (freshly prepared) and fruit before we left, very kind. Our only beef was that the night we stayed there was "pasta night". Sounded benign enough when they told me about it at booking but it was unbearable for us. Pasta night involves the installation of a speaker the approximate size of a small volkswagon by a local DJ. Soon after the place is packed with 20 something locals for dancing and a lot of beer consumption.The speaker is turned up as high as it will go resulting in bone rattling sound. We had spent the previous week at a very special,back to nature quiet place with no tv, radio, cell phone etc. Needless to say this was a huge shock to our systems and continued until 10:00 pm (DJ removed small vw at 9:00). You couldn't retreat to the room as it is above the whole scene. We fled in a cab to a wonderful nearby restaurant Jade Luna (quite good) to pass the time. We returned to the motel at 8:45 or so and joined the rest of the occupants of our floor at the Iguana Lodge lobby waiting for the bone rattling "music" to stop. We returned to our room and a barrage of "f" bombs from below. As we were traveling with our three kids, we weren't happy. Pasta night will provide you with ear drum busting music and make you feel like you are in the middle of a frat party at full swing. If this doesn't appeal to you, as it didn't appeal to us, I would stay elsewhere.

  • Liked — Nice porch below with oceanviews for reading and playing games
  • Disliked — loud music/noise from bar scene below
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2007

You won't find a friendlier staff, anywhere in Costa Rica! Although the rooms are Spartan, the staff & excellent breakfast make up for it. The owners are responsive & knowledgable. The nightlife is fun, and they make you feel like a local. The dinner is fantastic, with fresh local seafood, and an outstanding chef. Need a drink after that long trip? Can't remember the name of bar, but ask a local how to get to Emillio's bar in nearby Puerto Jimenez. Also friendly. We also liked the food at "Juanita's" in Puerto Jimenez. Going to book my 3rd trip there again, today. Bring something for the no-seeums. They are brutal. Have fun! Mike & Jacqueline from New Mexico

Stayed November 2005
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Also Known As:
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The Pearl Of The Osa Costa Rica/Puerto Jimenez
Address: Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Osa Peninsula > Puerto Jimenez
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Ranked #8 of 15 hotels in Puerto Jimenez
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