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Hotel Las Olas Beach Resort
Ranked #3 of 13 Hotels in David
Dominical, Costa Rica
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“Great place, wonderful staff”
Reviewed March 1, 2014

Have been to Las Olas Beach Resort 5 times now and the place is worth the money... actually it's a good deal. It's off the beaten path but worth the drive out to the coast from David. The staff is excellent and will go the extra step to accommodate. If you're looking to get away from the hustle & bustle and just relax, this is the place. Good restaurant on site and another just up the beach (short walk). We've been very disappointed with reservations at a B& B in Volcan and an Inn in Puerto Amuelles and have left those places w/out staying to come back to Las Olas.
As you can see by some other reviews, there are some issues but in the 4 years we've been coming here there's nothing so big as to warrant us from not returning. We have actually seen improvements in upkeep this trip.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Olasresort, Public Relations Manager at Hotel Las Olas Beach Resort, responded to this review, August 4, 2014
Thank you for your kind words! We love all our guests, but definitely have a special appreciation for our repeat visitors. I am so glad to see that you've noted visible improvements! We are constantly seeking ways to improve and feel that we are making great progress! We hope to share our gorgeous beach with you again soon.

Happy Vacationing!
~Las Olas
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British Columbia, Canada
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Reviewed February 11, 2014

While on a trip to Panama we stayed at hotel Los Olas Resort. This resort could be very nice however it is very much in need of an overhaul to say the least! The rooms were not clean although large enough. The towels were old and frayed, the sheets were old and stained. The pool was clean and along with the ocean was the best part of our 2 day stay. The restaurant food was mostly good however it was extremely slow and orders were wrong. Some training would be a big asset for the servers. Unfortunately because of the worn out conditions we experienced we will not come back nor recommend to anyone. We had an advertised special but no matter the price it did not meet our basic standard for a destination resort.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Olasresort, Public Relations Manager at Hotel Las Olas Beach Resort, responded to this review, August 4, 2014
It is very upsetting to us that your trip wasn't all you'd hoped it would be. Many improvements have been made since your stay. We've worked on kitchen training and standards, wi-fi improvements, housekeeping standards and more. Please know that we read all of our reviews and make every effort to address issues. Thank you for your stay.
Happy Vacationing!
~Las Olas
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Reviewed February 3, 2014

This December we took a trip to las olas beach resort,the drive was a bit rough from David but worth it once you see the property.It has a great pool and Oceanside rooms but not much else to do when you get there.The staff was very nice,food good and the rooms were outdated but okay enough for a 2 day stay.Also inexpensive.Property could use a bit of work as far as accommodations go,need updating

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Olasresort, Public Relations Manager at Hotel Las Olas Beach Resort, responded to this review, August 4, 2014
Thank you very much for your stay and review. We agree - the views are stunning! Please know that many improvements have been made since your stay. Should you decide to visit the area again, we hope you'll stay at Las Olas and see the difference in person. Thank you for your stay and review!

Happy Vacationing!
~Las Olas
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Fairfax, Virginia
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Reviewed January 13, 2014

I stayed at the resort for one night and first the place if overpriced for what you get. The bed was terrible and the room itself was big but needs some major updates. The shower drained was very bad and the bathroom was not cleaned at all. The sheets on the bed smelled and when I asked for them to be changed I was told by the maid that they were having issues with the washing machine. Also, the remote for the TV didn't work and after calling the front desk 3 times so I could get a good one, I had to go to the front desk to get it.
The service at the restaurant is very slowed and the waiters are not friendly at all, there is very little customer service and noone seems to care much at all.

When I complained, I was offered a $20.00 discount upon checking out. The place is about a 2 star. I would not recommend to pay more thatn $50.00 per night for what you get.

Room Tip: the beach is nice but the hotel is terrible.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Olasresort, Public Relations Manager at Hotel Las Olas Beach Resort, responded to this review, August 5, 2014
Thank you for your stay at Las Olas. We are very sorry that the did not meet your expectations. Please know that many updates have been done since your stay and our staff have undergone many training sessions.
Happy Vacationing!
~Las Olas Resort
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Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed December 25, 2013

Having stayed at many resorts and hotels in Panama as part of my business I must say that Las Ojas is well past its prime as a resort. The staff try their hardest but the facilities, rooms, amenities are desperately in need of updating.

Check in was fine and staff try hard. The grounds look quite neglected and need some care and watering. The rooms are very dated. Wall mount a/c are noisy compared to modern split a/c which most hotels use now.Linens and pillows are in need of replacement and towels were very frayed. Restaurant food was surprisingly good and priced reasonable. The beach is dark sand and gets very hot when the sun is out. This is a dangerous beach to swim at we heard that frequent drownings occur.

With so many nice resorts in Panama and nicer beaches, I would not recommend Loa Olas as a tourist destination stay.

Room Tip: get close to the pool, ground floor
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Olasresort, Public Relations Manager at Hotel Las Olas Beach Resort, responded to this review, August 5, 2014
We are very sorry that you were not satisfied with your stay at Las Olas. We are proud to say that many updates have been made since then. Please know that your comments have been passed along to the appropriate staff. Thank you for your review.
~Las Olas
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Reviewed December 3, 2013

My wife and I loved staying at the Las Olas Beach Resort. The rooms were clean and spacious. The air conditioning worked well. There were a variety of television channels. There were many things to do at the resort including a spa, a workout room, an infinity pool, volleyball, table tennis, etc. There was also the Pacific ocean, of course. There are also various excursions available here that you can talk about with the friendly people at the front desk. The resort is a short 30 minute drive from David. The beach is black sand, so wear some sandals in the middle of the day. Many fishing opportunities, or you can dig for crabs, sand dollars, and starfish, all of which are abundant. The poolside restaurant is great and serves all of the typical beach fare as well as more expensive dishes and is opening late into the evening. Highly recommend!

Room Tip: Ask for an upgrade to a suite. We were upgraded at no charge.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Olasresort, Public Relations Manager at Hotel Las Olas Beach Resort, responded to this review, August 5, 2014
Thank you for your kind words! We are very proud of our facility and reviews like yours sure make us smile. We hope to have you visit again and again! See you beach-side soon?
Happy Vacationing!
~Las Olas
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Boquete, Panama
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Reviewed September 29, 2013

We've returned to Las Olas numerous times since we first reviewed it, and continue to enjoy it. We also enjoy going for morning runs on the beach shortly after sunrise, and enjoy those runs most at low tide, when the beach is at its widest and firmest (at high tide, the beach is narrow and the exposed sand is soft). That meant we'd enjoy our stays more if we could pick dates when low tide would be c. 7:00 a.m. (We realize not everyone has this inclination (You might prefer a moonlit after-dinner stroll to a dawn run), or this freedom, but this is for those who might want to choose dates, or plan their activities, based on tides). If that includes you, you might want to check out this site:
http://magicseaweed.com/La-Barqueta-Surf-Report/647/Tide/
Enjoy.

Room Tip: Second-floor (US terminology) rooms have considerably better ocean views.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Olasresort, Public Relations Manager at Hotel Las Olas Beach Resort, responded to this review, August 5, 2014
Thank you for your nice comments! All of our guests mean so much to us, but we have a special appreciation for our repeat customers. I hope your helpful tips and tide charts help future visitors - thank you for sharing those! Please visit again soon!
Happy Vacationing!
~Las Olas
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Property: Hotel Las Olas Beach Resort
Address: Ave. Don Antonio Anguizola | Playa La Barqueta, David 0426, Panama
Location: Panama > Chiriqui Province > David
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 13 Hotels in David
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Las Olas Beach Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 48
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located just 30 minutes from David, Panama’s second largest city and the Enrique Malek International Airport, Las Olas Resort is at the heart of the 14 mile stretch of beach called Playa La Barqueta and the surrounding 2,000 acre plantation. Some of the best surfers in all of Panama may be found catching waves on this spectacular expanse of beach and its waves giving Las Olas its name, meaning “The Waves”. Las Olas Resort offer 48 rooms all facing uninterrupted views of the Pacific Ocean. We have standard rooms with two queen beds or one king bed, six junior suites with a separate living area, and two king suites featuring two bedrooms and one living area. Each and every room is steps away from the gorgeous sand and beautiful blue waters of Playa La Barqueta. Each room has a terrace, with lower rooms having beachside access while the upper floors have their own enclosed private terrace.offers excellent shopping, dining, and nightlife. Las Olas Resort features lush gardens, wandering walkways surrounded by the umbrella shaped coverage of almond trees, tall and lovely grape leaves, multicolored crotos, pink bougabilia, hedges of hicacos and a wide variety of palm trees,. All forty-eight rooms are directly facing the Pacific Ocean and the spectacular views of the majestic sunsets over Playa La Barqueta. In La Abigail Restaurant guests can enjoy local, organic plantains, pineapples, mangos (in season), papaya and watermelon. We raise our own grass fed beef and lamb, duck, pork, and chicken. Taste fresh coconut water to refresh your body and enjoy tennis, kayaking, surfing, strolling the beach or taking a swim. Good for mind and body, Las Olas Resort provides a quick way to hit your internal reset button.The Bella Donna Convention Center at Las Olas Resort offers meeting and event spaces of a variety of sizes with various services, food and beverage options available. Added to the adjacent covered outdoor space, one could hold a party of 500 or more. ... more   less 
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