My wife and I and adult daughter had a great time at Casa Conde del Mar over Christmas. We were looking for a place to just relax at the beach and we found it here.
The hotel has only about 20 rooms, is on Playa Panama and is set back behind trees from the beach. Even when full at Christmas it did not feel crowded. The pools are great and overly large for a hotel of this size. The dining room staff was friendly and helpful. The rooms are spacious enough and the housekeeping staff seemed to always have the room cleaned before we noticed. Wifi was free and good all over the site – even at the pool. The “health club” is only a few machines and weights outside under a shade roof. We got what we wanted in the way of relaxation, walks on the beach and very good bird watching right around the hotel.
Being on Playa Panama the hotel has some transportation challenges. We bought an airport transfer for 3 for $40 thinking we would buy transport at the hotel. Once there we found it to be a $40 round trip cab ride to Playa Hermosa the next beach south. This is because there are no cabs at Panama or Hermosa and you have to pay for a cab to come from Playa Coco. We then rented a car which was no more difficult than renting one from the US.
We bought an all inclusive deal on Expedia. It was not much more expensive than the breakfast only option. This was both a good and not so great idea. Good because of the relative isolation of the resort and the price of ala carte items on the restaurant menu and not so good because of the limited choices on the separate all inclusive menu. There are only some 10 items to choose from for lunch and dinner. (If you can find transport Ginger, a restaurant on the main road in Playa Hermosa (about 7 min by car) is excellent.)
Lastly regarding a previous post regarding bed bugs. This is our 4th time in CR and on each trip we have noted bugs and bites. I can say from personal experience at Casa Conde del Mar that if you get off the beaten path and have bare legs you are going to encounter chiggers. Its seems possible, and maybe even most likely, that the bed bugs mentioned previously were from these nasty bugs rather than bed bugs.