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“Beautiful beach, far off the beaten path, sparse service”

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Villaggio Flor de Pacifico
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Playa Potrero
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Chicago, Illinois
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“Beautiful beach, far off the beaten path, sparse service”
Reviewed May 16, 2011

Nearby the Villagio Flor is la Playa Penca, a gorgeous white sand beach that was very sparsely populated for the whole time we stayed. Everyone in the area is nice, and not at all pushy; it seemed like most had nothing to do with the tourist industry. This would be a great place to escape, if you knew the area and had a four-wheel drive vehicle.
Neither of these explain us. We had been led to believe that we could get a shuttle from Liberia airport to Potrero, but that's simply false. Even if true, we would have been SOL if we had to find our way for the last mile to the Villagio, because it's still a distance more, on unlit dirt roads.
Lack of transportation was a big impediment during our stay. Taxis were pretty much the only option to get anywhere, and they were all shockingly expensive. If we had driven, I don't know how we would have found the place.
Another issue was the total lack of guidance available from the staff. Getting information about eating establishments, excursions, basic transportation, mobile telephone service, even the location of their beach-side hut, was an exhausting process. The place is really geared towards serving the sparse needs of their residents, and we felt like an afterthought.
If you're coming from out of country, stay in Playa Flamingo or Tamarindo; your trip will be much easier and more varied.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 6, 2010

The staff were very friendly and accommodating. Parking is secure as there is a guard at the gate 24/7. The bed was very uncomfortable (3 inch sleeping mattress). I think they must have fumigated for bugs before we arrived, there were dead bugs on the floor. Two of our friends had very slow moving scorpions in their villas. The villas are sparse, but very clean. The pool is nice and well maintained. Breakfast is included, but the food was horrible, recommend going into town to a Soda or to a place called the Shack or Maxwell’s. There are plenty of things within driving distance, the beach is very close, they provide a shuttle if you need it. The environment there is very quiet as most residents live there for part of the year, only a portion of the villas are rented. Overall, everything was great with the exception of the bed and food.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Villaggio Flor de Pacifico

Property: Villaggio Flor de Pacifico
Address: 400 mts este de la Plaza de deportes de playa Potrero, Playa Potrero, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Playa Potrero
Amenities:
Spa Airport Transportation
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Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Playa Potrero
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Villaggio Flor de Pacifico 3*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A solo 800 metros de una de las playas de arena blanca mas bonitas de Costa Rica, se encuentra ubicado el hotel Flor de Pacífico, que ofrece un concepto de descanso y tranquilidad para sus huéspedes. Con sus casi 200 villas equipadas y rodeadas de bellos jardines, Flor de Pacífico es un lugar de descanso y relajación. ... more   less 
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