I stayed at the Four Seasons for a week in April 2013. Overall the hotel is great, and I would return, but there is one incident that causes me to give it four stars instead of 5 (see number 4 below). Here are some factual observations:
1. The hotel is NOT near anything at all. You go here for the resort, and not the surroundings. We had a rental car during the week and it is at least a 30 minute drive to get to anything other than a zip line place nearby. There was a group of people that were looking to party when they checked in and they were quickly dismayed by the fact that there's nothing local nearby... We did drive to Coco beach one night, but that was at least 45 minutes (driving like a crazy person).
2. The hotel is beautiful, as you would expect at a Four Seasons. All of the rooms, pools, and restaurants are very close to one another. The beaches are nice, but they are NOT the white sand Caribbean/Balinese/Maldivian beaches that I've been to, thus we spent most of our time at the pool. There is a beach club, which isn't well advertised that people should check out. It isn't technically part of the FS, but effectively it is. You have full access to it as a guest, and you can charge to your room from the beach club. The restaurant there (Marea?) was our favorite.
3. The fitness center is very nice, and has lots of equipment.
4. My only issue with the Four Seasons is that they flat out lied to me about one issue. The FS doesn't change the sheets every day unless you ask for this, which I made sure to do since I sweat a lot (TMI???). I didn't believe they were actually changing the sheets so one day I marked the sheets. I had to call down four times IN ONE DAY to ask for the sheets to be changed and eventually the housekeeping manager came to my room and told me they were changed that day. I pointed out to him that I marked the sheets and that they had not been changed and I showed him the proof. At this point he acknowledged they hadn't been changed. It's not so much that I care about the sheets, but they should not have lied to me about it.
5. One odd thing that I've never experienced at any other hotel (I'm in hotels about 100/nights a year), is that I couldn't stop sweating when I slept (hence #3). I had the AC cranked down to 65 degrees, but something about the material of the bed made it very uncomfortable for me. I'm not sure there's anything the FS could do here, but just an observation.
6. We did the day trip to Nicaragua, which was very interesting. It was a very, very long day (6a - 9p), but it was worth it. Just be prepared to negotiate the customs gauntlet several times.
7. If you are hoping to experience Costa Rican culture here, forget about it. I hate to say it, but the resort is filled with people from the US. There is nothing Costa Rican about this place other than the Costa Rican beer and the use of local currency. I still enjoyed the resort, but it didn't feel very Costa Rican being surrounded by fellow Americans.
8. We paid to stay in one of the rooms on the 3-4 floor with the ocean view (around $775/night). While it was nice, I'm not sure the "ocean view" was worth the extra $250/night over the resort view rooms.
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