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“Not very impressed on the off season” 3 of 5 stars
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Hotel Villa Lapas
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   | 7 KM South , 600 Mtrs East From Tarcoles Bridge, Camaronal 419-4005, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Camaronal
Thornton, Colorado
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Not very impressed on the off season”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

We had planned to stay in Jaco 2 nights... glad we didn't. This hotel was ok. Beds weren't that comfortable. Breakfast was just ok. Beaches were dirty in Jaco. We did have a good dinner in town thought. We moved down to Manuel Antonio for more nights. We got a bad rain storm while we were here so the next day when we hiked in Carara National Park the bugs and humidity were so bad we could hardly stand it. I heard macaws but never saw any which was sad but the bugs literally drove me out of the park. The were horrendous.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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conwy, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2012

good location for birding the section of coast and Carara NP but best if you have your own transport. The hotel wasn't really clean, the "all inclusive" angle is only because its a bit of a trek to elsewhere, the food was really poor. The staff were pleasant enough but the place seemed understaffed and dated. A bit Faulty Towers like! Not sure how people are being positive about it - maybe we timed our stay badly but I'd keep your stay to a minimun or look elsewhere, maybe on the coast and allow time to travel a bit more. We stayed at a range of places in Costa and this was by far the worst.

Room Tip: get an upgrade, the cottage style rooms higher up along the drive were best.
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Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2012

This is a new stunning property in the forest on a hillside with fantastic views of the forest below and ocean. Awesome sunsets with the Nicoya peninsula in the distance. I'm not a birder, but did recognize the toucans. Very intimate (five rooms I believe) with several decks for enjoying the views. Rooms were gorgeous with large windows facing the ocean. Chef was outstanding; next time we'll make it a point to have more meals here. With having all doors open all the time (for the breeze, smells and forest sounds) and being in a rain-forest, we did have some insects in the room. Aside from this, an outstanding experience.

Room Tip: views from top floor were outstanding
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cheyenne, Wyoming
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2012

I stayed two nights here as part of a birdwatching tour group. This is an older property, but well kept and very comfortable, a great place to use as a home base for exploration along the central portion of the Pacific Coast. The property borders a pretty stream which was low, but still flowing, during our visit (it was dry season). There are trails emanating from the main hotel area into the forest that would be of great interest to bird watchers. The rooms are set side-by-side in several long buildings, all on the first floor level. My room was very comfortable, with air conditioning and a semi-firm bed (which was just right for me). The open air restaurant was very nice, and there was a bar. There is a swimming pool near the reception/bar/restaurant area. Meals, as in many lodging places in Costa Rica, are buffet style. Cooks were available at breakfast to custom-cook omelets, to go along with the other offerings. At the noon and evening meals, one had at least two entrees to choose from, along with side dishes (don't forget the gallo pinto -- the rice and beans). All the food was tasty. Overall, a really pleasant stay. The hotel is close to Carara National Park and not far from the not-to-be-missed crocodile bridge over Rio Tarcoles.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Boulder Creek CA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2012

Positive first. We were there for birding and this property and proximity to Carara was perfect. Scarlet Macaws flying over and perching in the tree tops, Tiger Herons in the tree right in the parking lot, huge iguanas all over the place. Walking the trails by the river produced a lot of different birds and a river otter! Heard Spectacled Owls at night. Pool was refreshing. Staff was very friendly, and the food was good even if the variety wasn't quite there. The downside was the rooms. The air conditioner dripped condensation on the floor. The shower was pretty much inoperable so we were forced to use the ice bucket to rinse off. Found out later another in our group had the same problem with their shower. I'd stay here again but I'd "shop" for a room with a working shower.

Room Tip: Make sure the air conditioner and the shower are in reasonably good working order.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2012

This was place a member of our party chose for birdwatching reasons. The birdwatching was very good. We did get to see scarlet macaws and other interesting birds. However I did not think the food was good enough to justify the prices charged by this hotel; it was average at best. One morning I noticed members of a group tour were eating yogurt and I the staff did not want to allow us to eat yogurt (one person sneaked one over to me finally). The other thing I should mention is that the one mattress in my room had evidence of possible bedbugs (tiny bloodstains on the mattress, a lot of dirt in mattress seams). The pool was quite small, really suitable only for kids to splash in. It was incredibly hot. (I guess I should have figured out this part before I went!!)

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Ringwood, New Jersey
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6 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2012

We are birders and Villa Lapas is a great location to some good areas.The sky walk in the morning is very productive and the pool in the after noon is refreshing while still birding while soaking.
Food is good but we usually spoil our selfs one night and drive up tp Villa Caleatas for the sunset ceremony and dinner at the Mirador.
Villa Lapas rooms are clean and AC is nice.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 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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Address: | 7 KM South , 600 Mtrs East From Tarcoles Bridge, Camaronal 419-4005, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Camaronal
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Camaronal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Villa Lapas 3.5*
Number of rooms: 68
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