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Villas Sol Hotel & Beach Resort
Ranked #7 of 11 Hotels in Playa Hermosa
Boston, MA
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50 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“AMAZING View”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2013

No matter where your room is located you will always enjoy the view!
My husband and I stayed here in 2008, we had an absolutely amazing experience it was WORTH THE beautiful scenic RIDE!
The restaurant had GREAT food, the servers went above and beyond for us - they were extremely friendly people!
My husband is not a beach person, but loved the beach the resort is on, very beautiful indeed!
Of course my husband who never burns fried his skin (he never knew what a sun burn felt like until the end of the night, lol). No matter what time of day/night there is always a shuttle to pick you up from the beach and drop you off near or in front of your room. The rooms are high up on a cliff we always had door to door service which was nice to have!
We went on the AVT excursion which was memorable to say the least. Making a long story short my husband said next time I am to stay on the beach while he ventures off do to me panicking, almost crashing onto trees and having to leave my AVT in the wilderness while I rode on his AVT which was very uncomfortable for the both of us, but I felt safe!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank lovemy2cats
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Viviana C, asistente at Villas Sol Hotel & Beach Resort, responded to this review, August 27, 2013
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Buenas.
Nos alegra que tu opinión sea tan positiva hacia nosotros. Te contamos que tenemos ciertos cambios en el resort y desearíamos que la próxima vez que vayan nos comenten nuevamente cómo fue su experiencia. Los esperamos pronto.
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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2013

We stayed in the Villas. This was a return visit for us and we must congratulate Alex and all of his hospitality staff. The food, both quality and variety, has greatly improved. The staff were very responsive to special dietary requests. We were disappointed that the Villas had mandatory all inclusive fees as we do like to cook occasionally and some tours were all day.
This visit we had 15 family members with us. There was lots to do for all. We especially loved the sea life. Cruising, we saw sea turtles and dolphins. Snorkeling, we saw a great variety of mating life including rays and octopus.
Our kids had a sunset wedding on the beach. It was beautiful! The staff attended to the details to make this such a great location for a destination wedding.

Gilbert was our primary contact. He attended to all old vacation needs. The staff at Villa Sol are amazing. They exemplify "Pura Vida"!

Room Tip: The villas are very spacious. We prefer them over the hotel. The higher up the hill you go, the qu...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Thank gelandon
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Asistente D, Gerente Residente at Villas Sol Hotel & Beach Resort, responded to this review, July 23, 2013
Dear gelandon,

Thank you for your comment! Was a pleasure for us to have you here again and that your experiences were memorables. I hope to have the opportunity that you come back soon.

Best regards,
Bryan Hurtado.
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Corpus Christi, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2013

Had reservations about hotel after reservations were made due to some reviews I read. Read food was not up to par. No selection, but let me assure you, the selection was amazing. The food was delicious, large variety, different menu each night. Breakfast also was a delight. Huge selection! Staff were ready to assist. They have an excursion desk with staff that's ready to help. Dawi, (not sure of spelling) was an excellent tour specialist. He went out of his way to make sure we got the tour we wanted and helped us with anything else we needed to make sure our stay was enjoyable. Thank you again! Beach is not really walking distance but hotel tram takes you there in less than 5 min. Once on beach there are guides that will take you snorkeling on their boat for 20.00 a person. We took advantage of that one day and truly enjoyed it. Rogelio, was very attentive to our desires. You might want to look for him on beach. Oh! One last thing, the excursion you want to take is Mega Combo. It was amazing!!!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Asistente D, Gerente Residente at Villas Sol Hotel & Beach Resort, responded to this review, July 19, 2013
Dear Mapuente,

It is very nice to here from someone that read the reviews before to arrive that the hotel wasn't all that reviews said. We are improve in all áreas, we want that every guest feels like at home and we hope that they want to come back in the future. I hope that you want it, because we will be very glad to have you here.

Best regards,
Bryan Hurtado
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2013

Pros: close to airport, monkeys on the beach, great food with nice variety (local style, don't expect Applebees), friendly and fast service everywhere, Jose in the dinning room is super nice and friendly with everyone, quick check-in, changed our room quickly upon asking (wanted 2 beds vs. 1 bed and a pullout), super saver room was great, modern decor with great TV, bathroom and beds. Great tours and snorkelling nearby, playa coco is lots of fun for a change, quality people come here (everyone loved it and was positive unlike most fancier resorts), good tap water, frequent shuttlebus all the time

Cons: lots of walking, super steep slopes. The a-la-carte restaurant was booked up and we never ate there, no nightlife.

Room Tip: Super saver room is fine. Old reviews say avoid them but there were a few rooms waiting to be reno...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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2 Thank Jason H
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Asistente D, Gerente Residente at Villas Sol Hotel & Beach Resort, responded to this review, July 17, 2013
Dear Jason H,

Thank you for your comment, we appreciate. Thank you for the advise that you give it to others travelers, you place a lot of positive points and reaffirms two weaknesses we are trying to improve. I hope that you want to come back soon.

Best regards,
Bryan Hurtado.
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London, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2013

I took my 7 year old son to Costa Rica for his first time (Ive been to this area several times before, first time at this hotel)!! I couldn't of picked a better location!! The staff were amazing and really took the time to get to know us. They made my son feel like a celebrity!! Gorgeous views from every stand point, clean and close to nature. We saw monkeys, beautiful birds and iguanas constantly. Food was fantastic. Rooms were super clean as well as the grounds. Enjoyed the cozy and smaller atmosphere, found I enjoyed it much better then the colossal mega resorts I've stayed at before, it facilitated friendships among travelers. Situated on a mountainside, had constant shuttles up and down the resort for the lazy. Can't say I ever waited more than a minute or two. Beach is a 5 min downhill from resort but again a shuttle was always available. Felt completely safe at all times. Hiked even a night with my 7 year old down on the beach almost every night. Great restaurants within walking distance of the resort on the beach. Go to The Rock Bar, very relaxing atmosphere and great food, just to your left as you step on the beach. My key for my door broke and someone was there immediate to rescue us! My son loved the activity staff so much he wanted me to leave him to live with Carlos! We will be back for sure. For 5$ you can take a shuttle into Coco beach for shopping, bars or great food, runs several times daily. The hotel also offers two different excursion companies to chose from. I truly can't understand the negative reviews... Pura Vida!

Room Tip: If your lazy ask to stay closer to the pool and front desk. But the best views are up top. I enjoyed...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Asistente D, Gerente Residente at Villas Sol Hotel & Beach Resort, responded to this review, July 17, 2013
Dear Jody N,

We feel so glad that your son have enjoyed his stay here! We are trying to do best for our guests and that includes their kids. I hope that you come back soon.

Best regards,
Bryan Hurtado
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Brampton, Ontario, Canada
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2013

I had a wonderful time in Costa Rica. The hotel was very clean, the rooms were newly renovated and very comfortable. It was a fairly basic place but the staff was truly 5 star. In the restaurant the staff were amazing. They knew us by name after the first night and they couldn't have been better.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
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Thank Susan H
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Asistente D, Gerente Residente at Villas Sol Hotel & Beach Resort, responded to this review, July 17, 2013
Dear Susan H,

Thank you for your comment! Was a pleasure for us to have you and your family here. I really hope that you want to come back soon.

Best regards,
Bryan Hurtado.
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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2013

We Stayed at The Villas Sol Hotel the 3rd week in June. 2 Adults and 2 children - rooms were way too small for this, we should have gotten 2 rooms. The hotel was pretty empty and yet we got the room right next to the reception desk, with a bathroom window that opened into the lobby, not very private... The Grounds were nice and well maintained. The hours for food and bar service were limited and were not 24 hours. The restaurant had to be booked in advance and was closed on Thursday which we were never told so we never got to try it. The buffet was also nothing special - good but nothing I would rave about. The staff was always helpful and pleasant. Since the beach is quite a distance a way there is a shuttle that will take you. Unfortunately it never came by late at night to pick anyone else up so another hotel shuttle gave us a ride after they passed us 4 times. If you have a rental car and are willing to drive it's a lot cheaper to book excursions yourself than through the hotel. The hotel was nice but nothing special and I would not go back. I would take my chances on something different

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Asistente D, Gerente Residente at Villas Sol Hotel & Beach Resort, responded to this review, July 17, 2013
Dear Cornfantastica,

Thank you for your comment! I just want to clarify some drawbacks you mention, the a la Carte restaurant has limited tables, for that reason is important that ours guest doing a previous reservation and it is neccesary to pay an extra charge. We are all inclusive, but we have schedules for our bars and restaurants. And the shuttle works until 12:30 am every day. I going to request to the drivers that have to down until the beach every time. Please, continue visiting Costa Rica, maybe you will find some hotel that like you more.

Best regards,
Bryan Hurtado
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Property: Villas Sol Hotel & Beach Resort
Address: Promotora La Costa, Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Playa Hermosa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Playa Hermosa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Villas Sol Hotel & Beach Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 160
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Villas Sol Hotel & Beach Resort is a development of 100% Costa Rican capital located on Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste on the northern Pacific Coast and managed by Promotora La Costa, a pioneer company in tourism development in Guanacaste. We are a 4-star resort, and have a Tourism Sustainability Certification (CST) of the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT) and we are affiliated with Resort Condominium International RCI, being the only resort in Central America included in the Gold Crown category granted by this company. We work under an all-inclusive service in 54 deluxe hotel rooms and 109 fully equipped villas of 1, 2 and 3 bedrooms. With unbeatable view of Papagayo Gulf. Among many alternatives for entertainment and sports offered by Villas Sol Hotel & Beach Resort, you’ll find a wide variety of activities for all ages - water sports (motorized & non motorized), sport fishing, diving, kayak & jet ski as well as many one day tours that will take you to the many national parks and hide-away beaches in the area surrounding our resort. Our great location makes not only our resort a great destination but also offers a convenient closeness to all major tours and activities taking place in the Guanacaste area and surroundings. Villas Sol Hotel & Beach Resort is a place for all ages and types of vacationer. A great choice for families traveling with children, single travelers, honeymooners, people looking for a relaxing vacation or those looking for fun and excitement. Our friendly, helpful staff welcome all guests with a “PURA VIDA” and a smile & the best service. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
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Villas Sol Hotel & Beach Playa Hermosa
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