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“Most beautiful place on earth!” 5 of 5 stars
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Monterey Del Mar Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   West End of Air Strip | Canton Parrita, Provincia Puntarenas, Esterillos Este 6300, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #4 of 5 Hotels in Esterillos Este
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
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“Most beautiful place on earth!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014 via mobile

Friendly helpful caring staff. Extremely helpful owner there everyday to ensure life flows smoothly at the hotel. We walked right out to the beach from our room each day we stayed. Delicious food, beautiful and luxurious surroundings. We highly recommend this hotel to everyone who wants to enjoy the best of Costa Rica!

  • Stayed March 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Pauma Valley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

During a recent visit to the area, we had several meals at Monterey Del Mar. The food was well presented, very good and the service was excellent. It is also the best place to watch the sunset anywhere on this beach, just perfect

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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Francisco
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

We ate at the restaurant twice while staying at a house nearby. The atmosphere was beautiful and if you are there at the right time you can see the entire beach and sunset from your table. The food was good and the service very friendly. It's definitely one of the nicest places in the Bejuco/Esterillos area. This is minor, but I recommend adding some tiki torches for additional ambience after the sun sets.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sunny L, Public Relations Manager at Monterey Del Mar Hotel, responded to this review, February 25, 2014
Hi Daphne,

Thank you for joining us recently for dinner.

Your kinds words about our atmosphere, food and service are greatly appreciated and we are glad you got to take in sunset while dining! Your tiki torch suggestions are noted and we thank you for taking the time to share your feedback!

Please come and see us again soon!
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16 hotel reviews
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

Normally, after staying at a property like this I would tee one up and blast away. However, I am going to withhold my full displeasure of this property because new owners just purchased it in December and have big plans on the horizon.

The deficiencies are too many to describe, but I would first recommend they walk throughout the property at night and either replace or repair all of the missing, damaged and unplugged lights. This will go far to increase the atmosphere of the property in the evening.

Second, most of the staff is exceptional but there are a few bad apples that I hope being an on site manager will recongize rather quickly and flush out.

Finally, if I owned this property, I would walk 100 yards up the road and takes notes at the Alma and Encantada and try to duplicate what they are doing there. Although we stayed at the Monterey, we spent at great deal of our down time at those 2 properties as well as most of our meals.

Good luck to the new management team, you have a good base property to begin your work on!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Sunny L, Public Relations Manager at Monterey Del Mar Hotel, responded to this review, February 26, 2014
Thank you for your recent stay with us and for sharing your thoughts.

You are right, we are under new ownership and have big plans on the horizon. We are taking notes of your suggestions.

Unfortunately we must do more than change a light bulb for those lights that are out. Updating wiring and improvements on other aspects of the electrical system are in the works now. We have already begun installing eco-friendly solar lights in the walkways which are working great.

Staff training is underway as well, but we will always provide ongoing training to insure the best possible service for our guests.

Through all of this we will continue to remain competitively priced for our increasingly sought after area.

We do hope you come to see us again one day!
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Tallahassee, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

The place had great bones. The new owner admits the place needs upgrades and with her ability to keep it running she will make it happen
The rooms are large and were clean. The pool area was very nice . But in both areas chairs and lounges are needed. The beach with fine black sand is wonderful. Again it needs lounges. You can rent horses before sunset and ride the beach. Just wonderful.
The restaurant which serves a comp breakfast is outside Oceanside. You can have dinner there. The food was good and reasonable . Sometimes it did not ghost ave all items listed on the menu.
All in all this I is a most restful place. Pura Vida. Cab service is easy to get if you want to go to town. We came back well rested enjoying the entire atmosphere.

Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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Sunny L, Public Relations Manager at Monterey Del Mar Hotel, responded to this review, February 25, 2014
Hello Maryanne,

Thank you so much for being our welcomed guest and for taking the time to share your thoughts on your experience.

We are very pleased that you enjoyed items like the beach, pool, rooms and food. Your other comments about us needing additional seating and some menu items being unavailable are all taken to heart and are a primary focus as we continue to improve and move forward under new ownership.

Please come back to see us again so we can share these and other great improvements on the horizon!
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San Antonio, Texas
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014 via mobile

Visited MDM on Thursday for lunch and beach time. The beach is magnificent and you can walk forever in either direction. We adjourned to the bar and pool area for lunch and had the best fish tacos! Fresh fish, perfectly grilled and on fresh corn tortillas with a delicious white sauce, the origin of which we are still debating. Great food, service and ambience and just a short, beautiful ride from bustling Jaco.

Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Sunny L, Public Relations Manager at Monterey Del Mar Hotel, responded to this review, February 9, 2014
Hi Tim,

We are very pleased to hear that you enjoyed the service, fish tacos and the grounds at Monterey del Mar Hotel!

Thank you for being our welcomed guest and for taking the time to share your experience.

Please come and visit us again!
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San Antonio, Texas
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9 hotel reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

Found this Gorgeus place and stopped & had lunch & drinks. Love the new owners! What a great find! Will bring friends here to enjoy pool & beach next week. They have a great conference center for business meetings too

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sunny L, Public Relations Manager at Monterey Del Mar Hotel, responded to this review, February 3, 2014
Hi Jessica,

Thank you so much for your recent review! We love hearing feedback from our guests and are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your experience.

Please come and see us again!

Kind regards,

Management
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Address: West End of Air Strip | Canton Parrita, Provincia Puntarenas, Esterillos Este 6300, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Esterillos Este
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 5 Hotels in Esterillos Este
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Monterey Del Mar Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 29
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Monterey del Mar Hotel, Restaurant & Spa is the gem of the Central Pacific Coast. Nestled between the popular destinations of Jaco and Manuel Antonio National Park, this boutique hotel offers a convenient location with the serenity of a secluded beach. The warm colors of the hotel and it's lush tropical gardens give way to a breathtaking, uninterrupted view of expansive Playa de Esterillos Este (Esterillos Este Beach).Enjoy swimming in our beautiful pool, a relaxed stroll on our cocoa-colored sand beach, go play in the waves, enjoy a delicious meal at our beachfront restaurant or ask our concierge to book an adventure tour for you. Amenities include: oceanfront rooms, elegant suites with private terraces, a beachfront restaurant with selections ranging from local fare to international favorites, spa services, air conditioning, hot water, free wifi in the lounge, satellite TV, room service and complimentary continental breakfast. As our welcomed guest you are our priority. We look forward to seeing you soon. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Hotel Monterey Del Mar
Monterey Del Mar Hotel Costa Rica/Esterillos Este

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