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“Beautiful beach - Adequate rooms” 3 of 5 stars
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Terraza del Pacifico
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   3 km south of El Arroyo gas station onthe way to Quepos,, Playa Hermosa 4023, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #3 of 5 hotels in Playa Hermosa
Saint Louis, Missouri
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Beautiful beach - Adequate rooms”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013 via mobile

We stayed at this hotel for two nights with an EF tour. The grounds are well kept and the rooms are clean. The bed in our room was very much needing to be replaced as it was thin, hard and the box spring was very tattered. We were on the second floor and had a balcony overlooking the pool and courtyard. We were unable to enjoy the balcony in the evenings as there were no chairs provided to use - such a shame as it was a very nice area. We were served delicious meals and the staff was very helpful and friendly. The view of the beach from the hotel is breathtaking - so beautiful and wild. We could hear the waves crashing on the beach from our room which certainly added to the ambience. All in all, not a bad place to stay.

Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Seattle, WA
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84 reviews 84 reviews
28 hotel reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

If you don't want to mortgage the house for a stay at one of those fantasy Honeymoon palaces, but you still want your own lick of life's ice cream cone, this is a good place to know about. A few minutes south of Jaco's denser more high-energy atmosphere, it is private, quiet, secure and most important -- has an unbeatable view of the Pacific that you won't see from the more placid swimming beaches. Waves crash and roll and the sight and sound of all this color, light, sturm and drang will take your breath away.

Terraza seems like the type of place where "back in the day" well-to-do people would have come to relax in the incomparable Costa Rican climate, lounge by the pool with it's dramatic ocean view, have a drink at the swim up bar, dine by moonlight in the wonderful ocean side dining pavilion, and I imagine that tables and chairs would have been pushed aside as the pavilion is large enough for a dance floor.

These days, expectations have been ramped up and vacation time frames have shortened, but Terazza still has all the charms that would have attracted people of means for a leisurely stay in a former era. While the rooms are not large, and do not have soaker tubs, bidets, televisions in the bathroom, etc. they are clean, have polished tile floors and are respectably furnished. Most open up to the huge central courtyard with it's clean, round, invitingly large pool. There is lots of tropical landscaping which is nicely maintained. Rooms have floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors, and the upper floors have small balconies from which you can see the rolling drama of the sea beyond. The large open air lobby is cool and airy and sets a gracious tone. The staff was pleasant and helpful and was willing to show me a variety of the rooms. There are some with very high ceilings, but frankly, the scale seemed wrong and the standard rooms are all you need. Terazza is conveniently located for day trips to Manuel Antonio, Jaco, etc and will not break the bank. I saw lots of people working on room cleaning, grounds maintenance, etc and my overall feeling was that it was well maintained. I doubt that the swim-up bar is in service any longer, but you aren't here for that anyway, are you?

The dining area is splendid. Look for my review of Arenas Bar and Restaurant elsewhere on Trip Advisor. This is an open, pavilion style restaurant which gives the best ocean view imaginable. The tables are elegant as are the linen and table settings, service is attentive but relaxed and the very good and reasonably priced offerings are tasty and individually prepared.

Be advised, the beach itself does not look entirely safe for swimming, unless you are very good and know what you are doing. Go down the road to Jaco or to Manuel Antonio for that. But it is a wonder for viewing, for beach-walking, wading perhaps, surfing certainly. The property is located at the bottom of a steep hill off the main highway with a guarded entry station, so it feels secret, secure and like a wonderful hideaway.

This was a "couple's" trip but my sons, when they were younger, would have absolutely loved this hotel. There is plenty of room for them to range in a secure environment, they could have gone in and out of the room right into the enormous courtyard with it's grassy areas and that huge round pool. Best of all, there are many, many (harmless) iguanas that wander about, and even through the restaurant, although a posted sign warns not to feed them. This one little element would have been the highlight of the entire trip for them and personally, I found it pretty fascinating myself.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Escazú, Costa Rica
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

Even if you are not a surfer, Terraza del Pacífico is a most enjoyable place, it is conveniently located close (but not that close! to Jacó) and it is a great place to start a trip to Manuel Antonio Ntl. Park.

Rooms are spacious and nicely, swimming pool close to the ocean,meals are good enough to satisfy anyone, definetely a great place!

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 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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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

If you go to Jaco - actually Playa Hermosa - and you pretend to surf in playa hermosa, definitely this is the place to stay! Simply in front of the beach, waves in your garden!
The room is comfortable, 2 queen beds for 2 persons, nice bathroom with a tub, and a pretty decent breakfast in front at the ocean! Fresh fruits, nice coffee, galo pinto, eggs, bananas...
A nice pool, nice drinks at the bar...
But remember: you are in COSTA RICA, not in Manhattan! You are in Jaco, a small city NOT the capital...don't be so picky! Try to get in the mood of the place...Pura Vida!
If you want luxury and comfort, go to the Big Resorts in CR: Diria, Nativa, Buddha...

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Milan, Italy
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

The hotel has some sort of all inclusive pack that will hook you, this was the highlight of the hotel!

The rooms are deteriorated, they have very old furniture, the bed pillows and sheets needs to be renewed, it felt like the rooms were isolated in terms of improvement from the early 2000's and never got improved.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

Well we got there at 1 am, so the front desk was a security guy, we signed some papers and that was all, the room was aweful, it was a standar superior so I dont want to know how is the standar...we could not sleep cause the room had rats!!! yes rats ...and they maked a horrible noise at night, also very dirty, there were rat's poop on the corners of the room, so it was a nightmare we last there only two nights and it was that worst hotel for $150, I woud not even pay 20 bucks for it. it was extremly awefull, I dont recomed at all this hotel, DONT STAY THERE!!!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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San Jose
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2012

we booked a standard room which was $120 per night. when we got to the room it was like a cabin... what I would pay for a $40 room. on our way to the room, the hall was like if you were going through the back of the hotel, when normally clients wouldn’t have to go. the room: was old, beds were not comfortable and small, room smell terrible, bathroom had a very ugly appearance and A/C didn’t work.
we called the receptionist and they changed our room to a better one. the new one was very good. at least it was what i would expect from a $120 room. a big bed, bathroom clean, nice view, a/c worked, etc.
at the end.. if you want to go to this hotel, don’t book the standard room. and take into consideration, that the other rooms are + $240.

As a good thing, customer service was very good.

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Terraza del Pacifico

Address: 3 km south of El Arroyo gas station onthe way to Quepos,, Playa Hermosa 4023, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Playa Hermosa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 5 hotels in Playa Hermosa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Terraza del Pacifico 3*
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Terraza Del Pacifico Hotel Playa Hermosa
Terraza Del Pacifico Playa Hermosa
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