Playa Hermosa in Puntarenas is just south of Jaco. We spent six nights in this hotel and the staff and hotel deserve a great rating. It has a few frills, but really it's your basic hotel with location, location, location. The most redeeming quality outside of that is the truly warm, hospitable staff. I can't give you the depth this deserves. China (say chee-na) is the manager and takes great care of the rooms--this woman mops like a demon possessed! Those rooms are spotless everyday, and gettting black sand from the beach off those white tiled floors cant be easy. My husband spoke enough Spanish that we could converse with her and get to communicate daily. A little goes a long way. Esteban speaks great English and will willingly help set up any tours you want nearby, such as the Chiclets tree canopy zip line tour--a total blast. Sammy will do the same. A taxi into Jaco is a mere 3500 colones, and trust us that staying at Fuego is a much better option than Jaco. The charming hacienda/ranchera two stories of this white stucco and mission tile-roofed place feels authentic. Polished, no. Adequate? aboslutely. The onsite bar and restaurant is all you need if you don't feel like venturing off site. Breakfast is hearty and fresh--opt for the Tipico, included in the room, in which you get eggs, gallo pinto (rice n beans), and toast (for which they willingly subbed out corn tortillas for this gluten free traveler) with fresh juice and coffee. Tomas (Alberto Tomas) has set the bar for making the best pina coladas on earth (none other in Costa Rica were as delicious as his!), Geiner playing reggaeton on the radio during his bar shift was telling of his youth and I appreciated the music. Great people, the room had a safe and a/c, and TV. I don't understand why guests don't use a SAFE...that is just common sense. They offer it, just use it!
The pool was also not bad for light laps. It's not nearly the length, but it'll get the job done. The beach currents are not swimmer conducive.
- Also Known As:
- Fuego Del Sol Hotel
- Hotel Fuego Del Sol Costa Rica/Playa Hermosa
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- There are 17 standard rooms available each with one full bed, a single bed, air conditioning, telephone, shower with hot water and a terrace with pool view. All rooms have Cable TV. Additionally, there are 2 Junior Suites. One is equipped with one Queen sized bed, a fold-out couch, living room area, furnished kitchen, private bathroom with hot water shower, air conditioning, telephone, Cable TV, and terrace with garden view. The other is equipped with one Queen sized bed, microwave oven, refrigerator, private bathroom with hot water shower, air conditioning, telephone, Cable TV and terrace with Ocean view. ... more less
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