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Hotel El Velero
Ranked #3 of 11 Hotels in Playa Hermosa
Certificate of Excellence
Houston, Tx.
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3 reviews
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“El Velero Fans!”
Reviewed March 21, 2006

Fun place to stay -- the staff makes you feel like family, and the beach is beautiful. We had a few days without hot water because they were installing new hot water heaters but it did not matter. After 10 days in CR we developed the "pura vida" way of life! It was fantastic!!

  • Stayed March 2006
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Reviewed March 4, 2006

Some will love this hotel, others won't. There was a strong "good ol' boy" feeling to this place, from the owner, the staff and the clientele. Conversations involved a lot of back-slapping, high-fiving and cursing and were generally about closing a deal on a timeshare or property in the area. There was a large mural of the "dogs playing poker" in the dining area. The food was o.k., but nothing special. The rooms were decent for the price.

The hotel does offer great proximity to the Liberia airport (30 minutes away), and is right on the beach. For those whole prefer sunning themselves by a pool, be forewarned: the pool is microscopic, with no space to lay out and is right in front of the dining area. A practical tip: there are no ATMs (that are guaranteed to work with all U.S. debit cards) within miles of Playa Hermosa, so bring enough cash for the duration of your stay. (You can charge meals from the hotel restaurant to a credit card tab, but you'd be out of luck for practically anything else in the area.)

In summary, this place is great for those who enjoy the aforementioned vibe and are looking for a cheap place to hang out in the sun. For those looking for a more intimate Costa Rican beach atmosphere, we suggest Hotel Bula Bula in Playa Grande. It's roughly $25/night more, but includes a wonderful breakfast and is worth every penny.

  • Stayed February 2006
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Property: Hotel El Velero
Address: #1 On the Beach, Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Playa Hermosa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Playa Hermosa
#4 Romantic Hotel in Playa Hermosa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Hotel El Velero, a mediterranean-style, boutique beach hotel just paces from the Pacific blue waters of Costa Rica's pristine Playa Hermosa. Hear the waves crash and breathe the clean, salty air as you relax in our seaside tropical gardens. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
El Velero Hotel
El Velero Playa Hermosa
Hotel El Velero Costa Rica/Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste

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