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“Great experience if you're careful” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Reserva Conchal Beach Resort, Golf & Spa

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Reserva Conchal Beach Resort, Golf & Spa
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Playa Conchal
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New York City, New York
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105 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Great experience if you're careful”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2012

We are at the end of a week with a large group that spans 3 generations in two condos, both which are very nice. The jitney is fine to get to the beach club, just make sure you call a few minutes early. The food and drink was outstanding and staff very nice, although the first day the service was horrendously slow but improved after some pointed conversations. The pool is small but nice, and the staff will take a chair down to the beach for you, but you will not get bar or restaurant service on the beach. The fitness room and lockers were very good. We ate mainly at the beach club restaurant and the spot was so nice it made it hard to want to leave and explore the area. We stayed on the golf course which got a little noisy early with the maintenance crew.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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gilbert, AZ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2012

We stayed here with our two kids and it was JUST right. No cramming into one (or separate) hotel rooms) We had a bedroom for them and and bedroom for us. A kitchen, family room, 2 baths and a washer and dryer (my favorite). It was WONDERFUL! The large condo also included daily maid service. We had a golf course view and while it would have been nice to have an ocean view, it gets dark so early in June, so I don't know how much we would have seen anyway. The beach club was great - very private with a lovely, quiet beach. It was quite a hike from our condo to the beach (we tried it once!), but the on-site shuttle was a just a phone call away. We spent time each day enjoying the pool and beach (they would take a beach chair down to the beach for you, towels were checked out down there) and also took advantage of the work-out center and spa. On property we saw monkeys, birds, iguanas, racoons, and a possum who went past our patio each night about 5:00. We ate a lot at the beach club restaurant (reasonable and BIG servings), but we also made a quick trip to town to get food for breakfast & snacks (eggs, milk, bread, cereal, etc. & that was nice to have in the condo. If you are looking for a safe, quiet place to relax and stretch out - this is a great one to consider!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank AZkris10m
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Europe
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15 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2012

Well we've just returned from a two week (just over) spell in Costa Rica absolutely fabulous country and well worth a visit.....BUT we stayed at the Reserva Conchal which is billed as a "one bedroom suite hotel" which it is not. It is a one bedroom condo that you are sub letting via the owner hence the grubby sheets and even worse towels (not hotel standard because it's not a hotel!). If you didn't have a car you would be stuffed as it's a 5 mile drive to the beach bar which they market as the 'hotel', it's where you DRIVE to for breakfast, meals, spa and beach. The staff are very much aware that 'ha ha you're staying in the condo's and we are really sorry", they don't give any information as to the rest of the resort ....'The Westin', because you are not encouraged to go there. All the restaurants are fully booked all of the time. You definitely need a car to get to the supermarket, restaurants or even resort bars. There is no laundry service, which if you've been trekking you might need (we were told there were machines on the floor above, thank god we had a car to get the products needed!!).
To make matters worse the terrace door (we were on the ground floor) had no lock except for the two bits of bamboo that stopped the door sliding back...ummm not secure. There is a swimming pool at the condos, but rather dismal, no towels or cushions for the loungers. The staff know the situation and sympathise but what can they do ? Not 5 star and not worthy of the SLH title BEWARE!!! The staff are amazing, the food great but this is not as billed ....we will be contacting SLH as!!. They make you wear a wrist band.....say no more!!

Room Tip: If this is what you wan,t then great, but it is not what they advertise. You need a car if you are s...
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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20 Thank CAME5
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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2012

We spent nine days at Reserva in a 3-bedroom villa with our two teenagers. The property exceeded our expectations. There was plenty of room for all of us to spread out. Having a washer/dryer was a definite plus and the kitchen was well stocked with dishes and cookware. We spent a lot of time at the beach club where the staff was friendly and accommodating in every way. the restaurant was delicious and very reasonably priced. Breakfast was included in our stay which was another plus. The wait staff took the time to remember our likes from drink orders to how we took our coffee. The two pools are beautiful (and quite big) and very well kept. the gym is by far better than any i've encountered at 5-star resorts. the beach is small and the water wasn't very inviting so we stayed by the pool except to jet ski. It is a public beach but no one bothers you. The red tide thankfully left the day after we arrived. It certainly was not the resort's fault and they have no control over the air quality as another poster seemed to insinuate. You could have stayed at the Westin next door for a lot more money and encountered the same issues!
My only issue with the villa were the towels (or lack thereof) and the paltry toiletries. I think the resort (or the property owner) could have gone the extra mile to make sure there were plenty of towels available so that we didn't have to keep rewashing the same ones. Also housekeeping could have done a better job of restocking the miniature bottles of bath wash. I don't know if this was just an issue with our unit or a resort issue all around. A car is a definite plus for getting to the club and exploring the area. Great places to eat in Playa Flamingo and Tamarindo. Will definitely go back!

Room Tip: Be aware that some units have stairs. Malinche offers great sunset views on higher floors. Jobo and...
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank Lisa W
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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58 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2012

I spent our holyweek at Conchal Villas, Ours was a big house fully featured with all ammenities, the villa was big with nice living room and kitchen, swimming pool an a great view to the golf course, three big bedrooms each with its own bath rooms, the Villa is well equipped to hold 10 persons and a centrallized A/C for the whole Villa, full speed Internet and cable TV, Housekeeping is not included on the base rate but you can have that service for an addtional fee.

Everyone who staying on a Villa has a fully beach club access, there you can find a state of the art Gym, a great Spa, I tried the "Sueco" Sweeden Massage for 80 mins for $115, worth it. large swimming pool and a restaurant, this restaurant will change menues during the day and prices for day time are razonables considering this is not a cheap place, but at dinner plates can go high on prices, a fish plate can reach $50 including taxes and tips.

Only thing I would prefer to be different, from the Villas to the beach club there are 4.7Kms, sadly the beach was at just 200mts away from us but due the golf course that side is closed and unaccesable, so you have two ways to reach the Beach club, calling the hotel for a complementary shuttle bus that takes just 20 mins to pick you up, or just take your car if you have one and drive, some of my family walked that distance but you have in good shape to do that, and it is dangerous, there were no sidewalks so you have to run or walk on the way.

Staff are nice, we hired a chef for us so I have no idea of how the food tasted at the retaurants, but I heared that they were great.

Room Tip: Hotel is better located than villas. but for a large family the villa's prices won over the few...
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Mauricio G
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chicago
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50 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2012

The pool was lovely and the on-site restaurant meals were quite good. I like the sprawling grounds versus the less natural super hotels elsewhere - you have to be capable of walking for five minutes in the heat though. The poolside brick pizza oven turned out thin pizzas to order in just minutes... Fantastic!
Unfortunately there were more things to dislike. They don't like to fill the mini bar which is annoying. The various bars had very limited hours. The pool bar was usually open but It was often difficult to get a drink due to the crowds. There were lots of kids... That was a negative to me. The other guests did a lot of chair saving at the pool - there's gotta be a better way to manage the situation. Red tide (algae) was in so we didn't step foot in the ocean. The stench was truly nauseating - depending on the wind, sometimes at the pool too. Between that and the usual field burning smoke, it was very challenging on the respiratory system. And at end of a week long trip, I didn't really see Costa Rica. On site, the mosquitoes were not too bad, but we used bug spray every evening. When they did get you, they are fast and nasty. As a meeting place is was okay, as a personal vacation, never.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank mvankampen
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New York, New York, United States
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2012

We were excited to stay but arrived and while waiting for room went done to beach club. A small pool and one restaurant. We noticed ash. Yes ashes landing on us and other guest. Went to bech and just north was a heavy plume of smoke from farmers burning land for crops. Went to room and inside smelled like smoke. We checked out as it is so heavy you start to cough. Went to marriott. Much better resort.

Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Reserva Conchal Beach Resort, Golf & Spa
Address: Cabo Velas, Playa Conchal 506, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Playa Conchal
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Playa Conchal
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Hotel Class:4.5 star — Reserva Conchal Beach Resort, Golf & Spa 4.5*
Number of rooms: 40
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