We stayed at 3 locations during our vacation in Costa Rica due to the various activities we had planned but honestly, after experiencing Hotel Javy, we wish we could've stayed there the entire time! Other places we stayed at (reviews forthcoming): Coco Beach Hotel at Playa del Coco (not bad but here was better) and Casa Blanca villas in Nuevo Arenal (our least favorite). To be quite honest, when we first drove up to the property and saw it was gated I thought to myself 'how the heck could this be #1?' We had driven past the first spot we had booked, the Hilton, which looked nice and is closer to the airport but we opted for a more authentic experience and are so glad we did.
We arrived and were happily greeted by Isabel. Isabel reminded me of a sweet aunt, she was so nice! She immediately welcomed us and showed us an upstairs room and downstairs room. We chose the downstairs room which, to my surprise, had 4 beds! This worked out great for us since it was a total of 6 traveling but the room with 4 beds was perfect for my sister, aunt, mom, and myself! Typically when we've rented a room for 4 it means we will have to share but not here! The first thing I noticed when we walked in was how clean the rooms were. A definite scent of cleaning products, though not overwhelming. This was such a refreshing change for us, as we had just came from the rental Casa Blanca and that place smelled like mildew! This place was clean and the AC felt great! Once we selected our rooms, Isabel asked if we would like some fruit and that was a YES!
We finished settling in and went out to the small dining area where Isabel brought us all a fruit plate including banana, mango, papaya, pineapple and also brought us a mango fruit juice! The mango and papaya was so sweet and delicious! This was a perfect snack for us since we had a busy day as it was our last day in CR - we had a 6:50 am flight the next day.
People in our party did different things and when I returned with my sister (about 9 pm) we found our mom and aunt hanging out in the kitchen area. We had needed to return our car rental and so everyone was kind of on their own as far as finding dinner. Our mom and aunt told us that even though we had dropped them off where there was food, they had just wanted a hot soup. They asked Isabel if she had food and Isabel quickly made them a great chicken soup, hot, just like they like it! My mom and aunt had also brought a mango and papaya at a local store and seeing how we couldn't bring it back to the USA, they asked Isabel if they had a knife we could borrow to cut up the fruit. Isabel said she would cut it for them and we all enjoyed the fruit in the cute open sitting area they have.
The next morning (Monday) we had an early flight (6:50 am) and so we needed to be at the airport by 5 am. I had been communicating with Javy via email and he had advised they worked with a taxi who charged $16 to the airport and they could coordinate this for us. We asked Isabel to coordinate this for us and she was able to get one cab for 6 of us plus our luggage for that price. (Initially the taxi was saying they would need to send 2 which would each cost $16 but Isabel helped arrange one van that worked and the taxi was accommodating as well!) We appreciated Isabel helping us save some money! Isabel had told us the night before they'd have fruit for us for breakfast and sure enough, they did. Fresh fruit again with our choice of mango or pineapple juice (both were excellent!). We enjoyed our quick, fresh breakfast as we left. I honestly did not want to leave! To summarize, here's what we loved about Hotel Javy:
-Excellent customer service! Great hospitality by entire staff!
-Cleanliness! Rooms smelled clean and fresh plus no bugs!
-Included welcome fruit and breakfast - great!
-Safety - the hotel is gated and we felt safe!
-Value - great price for what's included
-Location - close enough to walk to local soda's, bakery
I highly recommend this hotel!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Javy is one of the hotels in Liberia. Our attractive is our personal service and the quality of our rooms. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Javy Costa Rica/Liberia