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“Better than average...” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Oleaje Sereno Hotel

Oleaje Sereno Hotel
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Sierpe, Puntarenas, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #8 of 18 Hotels in Puntarenas
1 review
“Better than average...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

Basic clean rooms with air conditioning at a good rate. Breakfast, excellent coffee and Internet connection are included with a view to the river. The restaurant offers good food at a reasonable price. The small but well trained staff tries very hard to make you feel at home; they even provided mosquito repellant at the tables and have a guard for the cars at night.
A guided birding tour to the Sierpe mangroves and another day trip to Isla del Caño (lunch included) were both handled in a very professional and efficient manner.
If you are only going for a day trip to Drake's Bay or snorkeling the Isla del Caño, this little hotel's location is ideal.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Heredia, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

What a lucky find! I had seen some older mixed reviews of this place, but wanted to check it out when I got to Sierpe. It had been taken over by an experienced hospitality entrepreneur only three days before. I got a great deal, the room was just fine and they threw in breakfast for the bargain price of $20 (reduced to $15 for a three night stay).

OK, work is being done, but it is moving along quickly. WiFi is being installed and the kitchen being updated.

The deck by the river is a wonderful place to sit and read. I met some Costa Ricans there one evening who were checking out the hotel for a family visit and had a very nice conversation. It offers a nice view of the tour boats coming and going, a variety of birds and the odd crocodile popping up about 50 feet out.

The room was fine - AC, no TV; private bath with quick hot water. There is secure parking just down the street and it's an easy walk to the center of Sierpe with several restaurants, bars, stores, etc. That is also where the boat tours leave from - mangrove swamp tour, Corcovado, Isla Cano and the shuttle boat to Drake Bay.

It is also only 4 miles from the Archeological Park of the Diquis Spheres - large mysterious stone spheres crafted by precolumbian Mesoamericans. The park is under construction, but open to the public. A visitor center is going up and the small transportation station is almost complete.

David is the hotel manager and is very pleasant and helpful. He is very invested in making it a success.

This is a great place to spend a few quiet days, enjoy the river, and take a tour or two. The food in town is very good., the bars are peaceful, and there is a steady flow of people from all over the world getting on and off the boats.

I will definitely go back for another visit.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2010

Nice air conditioned and clean rooms at a very reasonable rate. Beautiful restaurant with on the river. Helpful staff! Make sure you make your reservations directly with the hotel website, hoteloleajesereno.com. DO NOT use Discovery Travel World to book your room!!! Discovery Travel World charged our card and did not make a reservation. Fortunately when we got there at 11pm there was a room. They were so helpful...we highly recommend this hotel!!!

  • Stayed May 2010, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2006

Don't stay here! We booked ahead at Hotel Oleaje on the internet as we were catching a boat from Sierpe to Corcovado National Park the next day. Our room stank of mothballs (the bathroom was unbearable) and the paint was peeling off the walls where there had been a major water leak from the air conditioner. It was dramatically overpriced (ten times the price of other places in town we later discovered) and depressing.

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Address: Sierpe, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Puntarenas
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Ranked #8 of 18 Hotels in Puntarenas
Number of rooms: 187

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