I always start by saying that I am a wedding photographer and I shoot a lot of weddings all over the world, so I don't get to chose the hotel nor do I pay for my trip, so its an unbiased review.
OK, I stayed in room 1 right under the restaurant and right by the entrance, so it was not quiet, but that didn't bother me but may bother others. There is a new and old part of this hotel. The newer bit was actually quite nice, if I stayed in these rooms I may have given this review a 3 or maybe 4 star, but where I stayed I disliked the old fashioned smelly room.
Now that said the bar and restaurant upstairs serves amazing food, kinda like a 5 star restaurant and bar above a 2 or 3 star hotel. All kind of weird to explain. Would I stay there again, no. It is very remote and a good 40 mins walk down the beach to the town of Playa Grande. Also beware of the alligators on the beach, I kid you not! I walked down the beach to go into the town of Playa Grande and nearly walked into an alligator by the estuary. Do not try and walk over the estuary, pay the $1 to the guy there and get the boat over. The locals say these alligators are harmless, either way I seen a few of them and there were no signs warning me. The pic I have attached I took with my iPhone. All in all I loved Costa Rica.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- RipJack Inn is a quaint 21 room owner operated hotel located only 75 yards from the ocean. Our rooms are each individually decorated and come equipped with air conditioning, ceiling fans, coffee makers, in room safes and outdoor patios. With the exception of our standard rooms each room also has cable TV and mini-fridge. Rooms can all accommodate a minimum of three or five guests depend the type of the room. RipJack inn offers a full service restaurant with some of the best food in the country with a heavy emphasis on fresh local seafood. During your stay take advantage of our on-site yoga, massage and surf lessons. RipJack Inn can also help you arrange all of your activiites including sailing, golfing, diving, sport fishin and much more.We are located just one hour from the Liberia International Airport (LIR) or 20 minutes from the Tamarindo Airport (domestic). Playa Grande is a laid back quiet beach town that is also part of the National Park created to protect the endangered Leatherback turtles. Nesting season is between October and February. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Ripjack Playa Grande