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Casa Conde del Mar Hotel and Resort
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Panama Beach | Pacific North Coast, 68240, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #7 of 16 hotels in Gulf of Papagayo
Dallas, Texas
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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“Hidden Gem!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

We stayed here last year and only booked it b/c of the wonderful reviews.... the pictures do not do this place justice! This is a small boutique gem with an amazing staff! The rooms are huge, the grounds are stunning, you have your own personal pool (with a bar) and beach! what more do you need? Be sure to book any tours through the hotel and they will be sure you are getting the best price! A++++

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 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
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

we've got an upgrade due to a wrong booking arrangement and the gm took personally care. the bungalows are very spacious and we were provided with a fridge, allowing us to share a cold bottle of white wine in front of the room. the pool is outstandingly large and absolutely clean - they are being watched by the 2 "house leguans" (a couple) and could be spotted there every day. the service at the pool bar, however was very poor as nobody was attending the same. the proximity to the beach is great and we've had a good time bathing in the smooth pacific (more sunbeds should be provided, though). the breakfast quality didn't meet our expectations and, hence we were avoiding to take dinner there but rather went to playa del coco, were we did find an excellent fish restaurant

  • 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013

I booked this hotel for 2 nights - as an afterthought really, to my weeklong trip to Costa Rica.

My group flew into Liberia and it was a short 30 minute drive to Panama Beach. The area is not great - construction around - the trail by the beach was a little grotty but I have to say we were surprised at the pleasant stay we had. Maybe since our expectations were not high - but the grounds for the hotel are well kept, the rooms are a good size (although we did have some tiny ants at our sink the whole time -didn't really bother us), and the food was pretty decent - which is a plus since we don't have much else very nearby for food options. (We did go to Ginger - a great Tapas restaurant the next beach over - Playa Hermosa and about 10 minute drive - the restaurant offered a free shuttle pick up).

The pool is big and well kept - the swim up bar is a plus, the direct gate-path to beach access just steps away was awesome. I had was able to get some or morning runs on the beach and a shaded foot trail/path right outside. We saw some fun lizards and a bunch of different birds on the grounds as well.

We took a sunset snorkel and sail (Kuna Vela) which was a perfect activity to do while here - we just walked out to the beach ad a dingy came to pick us up beachside and take us to the sailboat further out). I highly reccomend that activity!

The staff was warm, unobtrusive, but helpful.

If we had more time here we would have explored more into Playa Hermosa, Playa Coco - but for a convenient 30 minutes from Liberia - I would much prefer this space as a landing pad over anywhere in Liberia. We paid something like $125 per night thru hotels.com and we found it to be a great value.



  • Stayed March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

Great place. We stayed for 2 nights at the 2 bed room with shower by the pool and loved it. Very clean everywhere - rooms, pool, restaurant, meticulously cared for garden. Nice friendly staff. Great beach with nice dark soft sand and very calm waters ideal for kids. This is our second stay here and for sure I would like to come back again.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

My wife and I stayed at Casa Conde for one night on Friday February 22nd 2013. The grounds of the hotel are beautiful. We were staying in another hotel in the area but they were booked so we had to move for 2 nights. Casa Conde has a beautiful pool and the grounds are very lush. The rooms are very nice. Our room had a jucuzzi and extra large bathroom. The rooms near the pool and the beach are really located with a great view. Unfortuntly we booked late and ended up with a room near the end of the parking lot. My wife was not happy with the location of the room as she felt like we were staying in the parking lot and not close to enough to the resort. It was only about a 150 meter walk to the lobby. My biggest issue is they told me we would have internet access in the room and the internet did not work in the room. They said they would work on fixing it but that never happend. I rely on internet for business so I decided to check out the next day. When I told them I was going to check out they offered me many options to stay but i felt that should have been offered before I pack and was ready to leave. The resort is nice with a great pool. My only other concern is that Panama beach is isolated in the area. There are no other options for drinks or food so the only option when staying there is the restaurant and bars in the resort. You need a car or a cab the get to any other beach or anything else you may want to find. We did have a great evening on the hot tub in the room.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Talkeetna, Alaska, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

As a family of four(kids 2 1/2 and 5) from Alaska, we picked the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica to be sure we completely thawed out. Starting out our trip with Casa Conde Del Mar was a smart move...the sun shone everyday, all day and when the heat was on, we enjoyed the "best pool ever" or relaxing in the very comfortable and clean room. The baby pool was great for both kids to play when we wanted to relax on lawnchairs. Howler Monkies, Resident Iguana's, and Tropical Birds Galore entertained us daily. The staff befriended us and it was sad to leave after 9 days of getting to know eachother. The breakfast bar was excellent and we dined for a fabulous Valentine's Dinner that I'll never forget. The live musicians were a nice touch to their open dining room. Our kids had a horse ride on the beach and my husband went fishing on a boat one day and a caught a couple red snappers that the restaurant prepared for us for another memorable dinner. I went snorkeling another day and that was a nice break from the kids. The gray sands beach was clean and very family friendly. We enjoyed Sunday on the beach with the Costa Ricans who travelled far and wide to spend it with their families. Very entertaining! We made fires on the beach and roasted hotdogs and marshmellows a few evenings at sunset. Without a car, you can feel stranded here if you plan to say awhile..thought they have an acitivity desk that will take you almost anywhere. We flew to Liberia from San Jose...rented a car at the end of our stay here to then explored inland to Monteverde, Lake Arenal...La Fortuna and back to San Jose. Highly recommend Casa Conde Del Mar. Que sitio mas bonito!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

I really enjoyed this property. The rooms were clean and adequate, I believe they were recently remodeled. The parrots and mccaws sang in the morning at breakfast. The location is a little out of the was and it is a short drive into Coco beach, but that makes it all the better. Breakfast was good, and the massage out toward the beach was very relaxing. The only problem, which is not within the hotels control, was the various wildfires burning in the area, it made it hard to enjoy the outdoors with all of the smoke.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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: Panama Beach | Pacific North Coast, 68240, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Gulf of Papagayo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Spa Hotel in Gulf of Papagayo
#5 Family Hotel in Gulf of Papagayo
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Gulf of Papagayo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Casa Conde del Mar Hotel and Resort 3.5*
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