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“Friendly and 'quaint' hotel in lovely grounds” 3 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
York, United Kingdom
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“Friendly and 'quaint' hotel in lovely grounds”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

The accommodation is in chalets set in a large garden, with a small river running through. This was a good place for an early morning bird walk, with lots of species passing through the valley.
The rooms were fairly basic, but had good air-con (Jaco is hot!).
Food was decent, but not the best we had in Costa Rica. The restaurant is out door (under cover).
Service was good, and the laundry came back well done and on time.
Recognise that this is a fairly basic set up and you'll have a good stay - don't expect luxury, or you'll be disappointed

Room Tip: all the rooms are in chalets, and they all seemd similar, so far as we could tell.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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  • 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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Bozeman, Montana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

If you are into the flora and fauna of Costa Rica, this is a great place to stay. Beautiful grounds with a small river alongside. The accommodations were clean, roomy and the AC was a definite plus in the hot, humid climate. The food was fresh and tasty. If you are looking for a 5-star resort, this isn't it. It's very low-key, but comfortable. I recommend it highly.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

Quiet, reserved and very local in appearance. We were here for an afternoon, to do zip line in the surrounding forest. The two young fellows who ran the zip line were great. Helpful, attentive, fun. I thoroughly enjoyed the adventure. My husband especially like that he was the only male with six lovely ladies from the ship on tour with us.
Can't say much about the hotel, other than the staff seemed quite nice and spoke perfect English.

Room Tip: can book zip line and transportation, right in town where the ship docks. Don't bother with exp...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Boston, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

We stayed here for three days in March. The rooms are reasonably sized with very good air con, bathrooms are a good size with a large shower and lots of hot water. Comfortable beds and very clean, the laundry service was quick and efficient. Food was perfectly acceptable but as a beer drinker I was disapointed , we were on an all inclusive basis and the beer was provided by the glass. The beer was in large screw top bottles which is alright if you get the first one out of a new bottle but was flat if some had already been poured.I refused one glass when I saw it made up from the dregs of three bottles.
The surroundings are beautiful with views to the forest and over the river. A very nice place to stay if you like rustic surroundings and don't drink beer.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

Set in amazing surroundings with a wealth of birdlife and other wildlife in the grounds, which are very extensive. The rooms are basic and the food is average. The whole complex is looking rather sad and in need of attention. With the natural assets it has, the hotel should be promoting guided hikes through its own grounds as well as providing hotel guides for the other attractions in the area. Not a lot of selling of activities was evident at check in, and all in all it seems that a lot of potential opportunities are being wasted. Great place for birders.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Luton, United Kingdom
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21 hotel reviews
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

This hotel is situated in a river valley surrounded by forest and consists of single storey accommodation built in rows. Externally the buildings would benefit from some refurbishment but internally, although very simply furnished, adequately provide all essential facilities. Two large single beds, air conditioning and a large bathroom with a good shower providing ample hot water. A bench seat is provided for each unit where you can sit and watch the abundant wild life and exotic birds. There is a small outdoor swimming pool and a limited number of sunbeds. The restaurant/bar is situated adjacent to the river and has an elevated seating area overlooking the river which is ideal for birdwatching whilst enjoying a relaxing drink. The food provided is of a most acceptable standard. The staff were accommodating but not over enthusiastic.
The location is excellent and with the river and surrounding forest it is a perfect situation for genuine lovers of nature. A most enjoyable stay.

Room Tip: Lower level overlooking grounds and river
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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18 hotel reviews
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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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Additional Information about Hotel Villa Lapas

Address: Costanera Highway, Camaronal, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Camaronal
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
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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*
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Also Known As:
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