My husband and I stayed here recently for a short vacation and we had a fantastic time! The grounds and pool are beautiful, and the room was clean and comfortable (the bed was even more comfortable than our bed at home!). My favorite part of our time here was waking up in the morning, walking right out to the beach and taking a dip in the warm ocean water. We would follow that up with breakfast in the restaurant. Breakfast is included in the price of the room. I always had the 'Tico' breakfast, it was a large, delicious assortment of foods and came with some of the best coffee I have ever had. We ate in the restaurant for lunch and dinner a few times too, and the food and service were always excellent. I would highly recommend the Monterey Burger.
This place is incredibly serene and relaxing. Mostly, the only noises you hear are waves crashing and tropical birds chirping. You can walk for miles up and down the black sand beaches and hardly see anyone else. But, the town of Jaco, where there's lots of night life, is only a 10-15 minute drive away. Plus, the hotel is only 1.5 hours from San Jose so getting in and out from the airport was super easy.
I would agree with the other reviewers who said the place needed some TLC, but I'm still giving it an excellent rating because the hotel is under new ownership and it was clear that the necessary improvements are being made, plus, the place is absolutely gorgeous as it is, the staff was friendly, and all in all this was the perfect place to relax, unwind, and rejuvenate for a few days.