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“A charming hotel on the banks of theTarcolitos River.” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Villa Lapas
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Costanera Highway, Camaronal, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 hotels in Camaronal
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“A charming hotel on the banks of theTarcolitos River.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

This is a lovely setting for a hotel very near the forest, lots of birds you can walk round the grounds see lots of wild life, rooms air con, quite too, a small pool to swim in, food the best we had on our trip to Costa Rica.
There are several attractions near by, jungle walks, in near by Parque Manuel Antonio. Carara National Park, with a tram ride.

Room Tip: Near to the pool.
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  • Stayed February 2013, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Warwickshire UK
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

We travelled to Costa Rica as part of SAGA's Jewels of South America holiday and our second hotel stay was at the beautiful Villa Lapas. As the coach meandered its way down, down a very steep hill we marvelled at the lush vegetation of the surrounding rain forest. We and our luggage were unloaded from the coach and we were given the keys to our rooms.
All the rooms were in single storey blocks and ours overlooked the lawns and not too far from the pool and the main dining room.
The twin bedded room was quite spacious for two friends, was clean and bathroom and toilet led off from bedroom. The room wasn't luxurious but nevertheless was perfectly pleasant and served our needs.
Outside each room was a bench which could be used for sitting on to watch the wildlife in the magnificent grounds or simply to drape wet towels etc to dry. Each block also had a water cooler outside for refilling bottles of water.
All the water was perfectly safe and drinkable.
We were there on an 'all inclusive' basis SAGA holiday so we were allowed certain 'free' drinks and ate buffet style food. It was ok nothing more than that. The staff in the dining room were a bit surly and the barman positively rude! In fact he was so negative, he soon earned the nickname 'Senor No!'
The pool looked rather dirty but we discovered it was perfectly clean, but the tiles were of a dark colour which made the water look a bit grim.
Overall it is a hotel worth visiting for its naturally beautiful surroundings, wildlife, peace and quiet.

Room Tip: Choose a room in the middle block overlooking the lawns.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Watford England
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28 hotel reviews
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

We stayed for three nights and found it quite relaxing. The rooms are simple - two rows of terraced cottages a short walk from the main building - but have all that is needed. The evacuation notice on the back of the door told us what to do in the case of earthquake, and the candles in the bedside cupboard hinted at electricity failures, but neither of those events took place. The cottages overlook lawns which stretch down to a river, where several species of birds could be seen (and scarlet macaws flew overhead from time to time). Both the lawns and the footpaths were shared with black iguanas, and the Carara national park is just a few kms away so the whole area is good for wild-life watching. Food was plentful and well presented, and the barstaff were friendly. For some reason a replica of a deserted village has been built just over the river, housing another bar and another restaurant, together with a fake church and a couple of shops. The most authentic feature was that it too was deserted for most of the time, although the bar was quite wecoming. But it seemed unnecessary. Villa Lapas is not a luxury resort, and does not pretend to be,but it is a nice spot in which to spend a few days close to nature, with clean sheets, good food, and cold drinks

Room Tip: Nothing to differentiate the rooms except that the higher numbers are a longer walk from the bar. C...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Maribel, Wi, Usa
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

We stayed here for the second time in three years, and noted a dropoff in quality from our previous visit. We still liked the location along the river, and were able to see quality birds and other wildlife right outside our rooms. The food is still good, but does not seem to be as good as it was three years ago, and everything else seems a bit worn. I'm not sure why, but staff morale seems low. When I asked how to give tips for restaurant staff, a tip jar appeared on the bar. Most places have a tip box for all the staff to share, but the fact that I had to ask in order to have this option was puzzling.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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San Diego, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

Small basic rooms, poor food and very little to do - the "sky way" walk offered by the hotel is pricey, requires a 2 mile drive up a steep road and is just a short unmemorable hike with a guide. Unless you are going very early in the morning, all you will see is lots of plants and ants -hardly worth the pricey $30 a head they charge to do it. The pool looked less than clean. That said, there are good activities nearby, including the Jungle Crocodile Tour (don't miss it - really well done) and Vista Los Suenos ziplining. Jaco has some good restaurants - try El Hicaco for excellent seafood and outstanding service. It's a good half hour by taxi to Jaco if you want to get a decent meal.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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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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conwy, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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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Address: Costanera Highway, Camaronal, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Camaronal
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 hotels in Camaronal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Villa Lapas 3.5*
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