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“Relax and enjoy” 4 of 5 stars
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Sol Papagayo-Nakuti Resort
3.0 of 5 Resort (All-Inclusive)   |   Playa Panama, Playa Panama, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Playa Panama
Muskoka District, Canada
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
“Relax and enjoy”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

We stayed at the Sol for the week of Nov 19th to the 26th. We had every intention to rent a car and go touring the country but we were pleasantly surprised with the resort and its surrounding that we never did rent a car. We had gone for the rest and to get away from it all and this resort provided that for sure. There is nothing going on there. No entertainment except for the local monkeys and the igaunas everywhere. The family of 16 howler monkeys certainly keep you entertained. Be aware though, that the males make a very loud roar and will wake you up every morning around 5:30-6:00 am. This is not as bad as it seems because the bar (yes one bar) closes at 9:30 pm so there is not much to do after that.
The rooms are spacious and clean and the air conditioning worked well in our room. We did not have a coffe maker or chairs for our "terrace" but after asking for them nicely, we did receive them. The rooms are not on the ocean and you can not see the ocean but it is a very short walk to the dining area/pool/ocean areas. It is a small quiet resort and there were only 12 Canadians there. We had the place to ourselves and had to make or find or own fun. There is alot of places to walk and discover. Be sure to hike to the top of the moutain were the cell tower is. Up there is the best view of all. Go out of the resort and turn right, past the Occidental hotel and keep going to the left.Pass the tennis courts and continue to the left. It is quite the hike but worth it. The landslide areas have not been cleaned up yet so there is rocks and boulders on the road.
If you want to take a taxi to Coco beach, have the front desk call Melvin. He is a private taxi driver that only charged us 10 dollars there and ten back. Twenty round trip. Others will charge alot more. His number is 8862-7804. We will diffently use him again.
We certainly will return to this resort in the future if the price is right. My husband and I went from Toronto for under 1500$ for the two of us.
Do remember sun screen, it is very hot there and also remember to bring something to pass by those boring hours, like- backgammon, cribbage, cards, mp3 player ect.
The food was great. We eat off of the a la carte menu during the week and then the buffet on the weekend when more local guests arrived. The presentation of the the food was fabulous and was tasty.
The internet is available there and a 15 minute per person per day is not so bad when there are only a few of us. The last couple of days, the internet did not work though.
Anyhow, go , try, relax, and enjoy !

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Toronto
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24 reviews 24 reviews
20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012 via mobile

We had a great suit in the fisrst block and had no complaints except we had difficulty getting chairs so that we could sit on the terrace.

Staff in the dining room and reception were excellent. There was not a huge variety of food but given what we paid for prime time in February I was not disappointed. There was always something. The omelet lady was more than accommodating each morning and the coffee was excellent. The al a carte restaurant and the waiter there was excellent.

The beach was good for walking,but not swimming. We walked 5 min up the hill to the occidental 's beach and were never hassled even when we sat on their lounge chairs.

We took the bus to Coco beach, but it is wise to take a cab back as the two buses don 't seem to connect. Here there are restaurants and supermarkets and all the souvineer shops.

We did the zip lining and the river excursion with Sunquest and both were excellent.

I would return to Sol Papagaya if the price was right. As the weather is hot and the wild life is amazing and that is essentially why I go to Costa Rica.

  • Stayed February 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Vittoria, Ontario
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2012

Overall didn't mind this resort. It has had better days but the food was ok,staff was great and the rooms were clean and spacious. Its a good deal for the price but if you're looking for activities and nitelife this isn't the place. The pool is great as is the local troop of howler monkeys!!! This resort is a great basecamp to explore Guancaste or just kick back and relax. I would go here again.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Hudson, Wisconsin
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2012

March 20-27 from Hudson, WI. USA

Cons:
They charged us $50 to be picked up at the airport, local taxis charged $40.
There was a problem with our booking, when we asked to speak to the manager, they said he wasn't there, as he was clearly sitting in the back room.
The beach is not a nice beach.
It is $10 taxi ride to go anyplace outside of the resort, but it is only a mile walk.
Bed/pillows were really hard.
Food was not the greatest, but not really any Costa Rican food is.
It closes at 10 p.m and there is nobody there, but one guard.
No activities.

Pros:
Staff was great, friendly and funny.
There is a bar 500 feet down the beach, it is fun with music and good prices.
Wildlife every place you look, monkeys, lizards, birds.
Really quite!
big pool.
Cheaper price.
Big room and bathroom.

In all:
We went here to relax and we had no trouble doing that. I wouldn't let a friend stay there, but I would tell them that there are more beautiful places in Costa Rica. CoCo beach is fun, it is a $20 taxi ride there, and $20 more back. But they have shops and a good night life. Tamarindo Is $120 roundtrip, We loved it there, that is where we will go next time for sure. So, the truth is you get what you pay for. But not a bad place. We felt safe and it was clean.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Dundas
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2012

Just got back from the Sol Papagayo, read all the reviews before we left, weren't expecting a whole lot, and I am NOT a picky person by any means I have stayed in other 2.5 to 3 star resorts and they were better than this place. The good things.... the rooms were nice and clean, the staff was extremely good, always willing to please. The food was flavourfull but repeticious, If you like vegetables and salad you were fine, but if your like my husband and need meat, well it's chicken everyday and the odd time you got beef and it was chewy. Buns were stale, and the only meat served at breakfast was cut up hot dogs.
The part that really got me was that the table cloths were only changed once, so you were eating on dirty ones, the cloth napkins were NOT replaced after they were used, but refolded and placed in new glasses. Ewwww. And I witnessed that at one point cutlery being dropped on the floor and then picked up and placed on the table. The beach sucked so we did the 10 min walk over to the occidental Grand and used their beach. Loved Costa Rica but would never go back to that resort, thankfully we met some great people. Oh and did I mention that the pillows were well used the fiber fill had broken up and they were lumpy and smelled, so you might want to bring your own.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 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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Liberia, Costa Rica
2 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2012

We arrived at Sol Papagayo at 9:45 at night. The room was musty, toilet dirty, and sheets old and over used. Someone (a guest) was smoking pot on the lobby by the bar. By 10:00 everything was closed and I couldn't even get a soda. The operator does not answer the phone after 10:00. The food is the same everyday. We ended up looking for another hotel and managed to get accomodation at Condovac La Costa which included breakfast and was just down the road from Sol Papagayo. This place was $100.00 US cheaper than Sol Papagayo and had a full kitchen if you wanted to cook. For $35.00 each we could eat lunch and dinner at the restaurant and the food was excellent. We were able to book several tours with the money we saved by leaving Sol Papagayo.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Carleton Place
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2012

Hey All... we appreciate a five star hotel just as much as anyone but the people that slam this property given the price, should not be taken too seriously in my opinion. Try the French Riviera next time!
The rooms and property are CLEAN, you can drink the water, the staff is great, the grounds and wildlife are fantastic, it`s safe with a guard at the gate, and the food is really not bad at all - MUCH, MUCH better than we were expecting given some of the previous reviews on this site! There was lots of beer and refreshments - never ran out!
My family and I would have stayed another week no problem. It`s quiet though, but as we went on four all-day tours ( we used Issys Tours - great ) throughout the week this quiet was a bonus and also allowed a comfortable base for our excursions in Costa Rica. The wildlife ( monkeys, birds, etc. ) was spectacular as we sat around the pool ( cleaned regularily when we were there ) and we had the feeling that you never really knew what was going to fly, swing or crawl by you! Keep your camera handy!
Now, there is also no doubt that this resort has seen better days. There are suites on the outer perimeter of the resort that are not being used and it does seem that the property is currently in some sort of transition state either with ownership or cash influx. One is reminded of a classic car that is in need of a new paint job - but its still a classic!.
This is a scenic, quiet, clean, comfortable property and certainly should be advertised as such. Surely there are travellers who these attributes are still perfectly suited to ( families, seniors, etc. ) especially given the attractive all-inclusive value price! Glad we went without a doubt!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Playa Panama, Playa Panama, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Gulf of Papagayo > Playa Panama
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Playa Panama
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Hotel Class:3 star — Sol Papagayo-Nakuti Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 97
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