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Review of Villas Sol Hotel & Beach Resort

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Villas Sol Hotel & Beach Resort
Ranked #7 of 11 Hotels in Playa Hermosa
Atlanta
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Great place to stay!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2006

We stayed a Villas Sol from June 30th til July 2nd and had a great time. There were 4 of us so we stayed in a 2 bedroom villa. Yes, the furniture is outdated, but if you're going there, why would you stay in your room the whole time?!? Our villa was walking distance to the wet-bar which was nice, but the shuttles run continuously throughout the day. The ocean views from our balconies were amazing, and made for great pictures. The beach was clean and not at all crowded which was nice. They even had a tent set up on the beach for drinks and fresh fruit. All-inclusive is the way to go, no worries on bringing money with you and not being able to go straight to the beach after eating or drinking. The food was average, but much better than the other resort we went to at the end of our vacation (Ocotal Beach Resort -which we DO NOT recommned at all!). Overall, our stay at Villas Sol, was great!

  • Stayed June 2006
    • 4 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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4 Thank viv7
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  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Fort Worth, Texas
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2006

We arrived Saturday June 17 and stayed for 7 nights. We traveled with 5 other friends and had a great time. The Villas Sol was great for a big group or just a couple wanting to get away. What an amazing trip. Villas Sol is a friendly resort with many things to do. I highly recommend the Combo Tour for a fun time and adventure. The Combo Tour is about a 2 hour ride to Buena Vista there you Zip line through the jungle, slide down a fast and ice cold water slide then take horses down where you enjoy a mud bath and hot springs. What a day! The food at Villas Sol was average but adequate. We traveled off the resort a few times to get something different for dinner. I recommend the Monkey Bar for the best Hamburgers in Costa Rica. It is about a 10-15 minute walk down the road from the resort. The bar drinks are good @ Villas Sol. If you like a fruity drink try the Pura Vida. Say Hi to Larry and Melvin for us. The All Inclusive is the only way to go @ Villas Sol. Also, if you have to chose between the Hotel and a Villa the Villa is the way to go. Some of them even have private pools. The furnishing were a little dated and worn but it did not bother us. We have already started planning our next trip back to Costa Rica. Thank you Villas Sol.

  • Stayed June 2006
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank amgriffith
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texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2006

My husband and I travel about 4x per year, using all inclusive if available, and using Worry Free or Fun Jet vacations. And, I always use trip advisor before purchasing a vacation to see the reviews of other travelers. We did this for this Costa Rica vacation as well and all the reviews were good. However, we had nothing but problems from day one. We took our 2 teenage daughters for a 4 day vacation, paid extra for 3 bedroom 2 bath villa. Villas Sol website infers that all villas have ocean views. GREAT!@ WRONG, we were given a 3 bedroom 2 bath villa that was very dirty, no ocean view, worn out furniture to the point you didn't want to sit on it. After about 4 hours of arguing with management, they put us in a 2 bedroom 2 bath ocean view villa, quite nice, but we had to pay $179 extra for it.
Website says all inclusive guests get a sunset boat tour on a/c sail boat. This is wrong as well, manager said they don't do sunset cruises. You can take a boat tour, but their boat was broken. Instead, they loaded 28 people on a fishing boat, no a/c, drove around the coves for an hour, and then let you swim around the boat for 10 minutes. Also, website says there is a minibar in each room...WRONG...we had a full equipped kitchen, but no drinks or anything. Hot tub did not heat up the water, reservations made at the restaurant were lost and staff thought we were lying about having a reservation, even after presenting them with the reservation card that they had filled out. Food in buffet was not good. People were rude, service bad. Ronald, the day manager, helped us out as much as he could, but still charged us extra for the room. Lounge chairs by pool areas had a bar across the back, so you couldn't even lay on those to relax.
All in all, it was a wasted vacation and we will not be back. Website claims to be a first-class hotel, Worry Free had them as a 3 star hotel, far from the case. Best would be a 2 star. Don't go here if you can avoid it. Plenty other hotels to choose from. 2 good things, the combo tour was a blast and the souvenirs near the ocean were cheap.

  • Stayed June 2006
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank cmudry
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Bettendorf, Iowa
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113 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 13, 2006

My wife and I stayed there May 30th thru June 5th and had a great time. Resort is clean and the people are very friendly. I certainly recommed this hotel to anybody interested in a relaxing, restful vacation. Both bars were adequate and the drinks were great. Food in the buffett was not bland except for breakfast. Ala Carte restaurant was nice too with great portions. No skimping on the booze either. People were very friendly are over the place. Riding the truck around the property was easy to do. Overall the sights and value made this a special trip. I recommend renting a jeep (57 bucks a day) and driving all over CR. Always felt safe and easy not to get lost with all the signs. What a beautiful country!!!!

  • Stayed May 2006
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank QCbulldog
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Jacksonville, Florida
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6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 31, 2006

May 20-27,2006 Hotel 3rd floor All-inclusive, used Vacation Express thru Faredeals.com great deal , we enjoyed our stay. Rooms decent, clean, great balconey & view.....facing due west into sunset, hot!!! Ac needed help of ceiling fan(none), the lighting was the biggest problem. After sunse t (6:30 PM Cost Rica), it was impossible to read in the room , even W/ all the room lights on, ..the bathroom had the only semi decent light, I (and others) sat & read on the 3rd floor lanai, moved the couches there under the light, until the bugs shooed us in. There were no table lamps available. Bring a booklight if you're a reader!
Heres a tip, the loungers @ the main pool have a little bar at the small of your back,, very very uncomfortable, get cushions from the chairs at the wet bar, they work well. We're frm Florida so the dark sand beach was so so. It was clean & friendly, afew vendors, pizza bar, massage tent . We enjoyed the free boat ride & swim, the snokelling was okay, just a walk down the beach. Must sign up for them on the day as soon as possible. Open @ towel center @ 8AM This is not a negative review, we enjoyed it very much. I would have liked to know these tips before I went. There was some confusion w/Swiss Travel about pickups but nothing unfixable.
David in the Dining room made extra effort for us......
Our group mostly fished, 27 big sailfish in 3 days!!!! It was incredible.
Many tours available, remember w/Swiss travel, each tour pickup goes to their headquarters in Liberia first, so private tours can save you transport time, other reviewers have mentioned good private companies... Costa Rica is wonderful, this was our 2nd trip we'll go back & try another allinclusive deal..Great value.

  • Stayed May 2006
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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7 Thank BonnieFrJax
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 24, 2006

Comfortable lodging, decent food, great view, great country! I’ve been to a gazillion similar places and this one is among my favorites. It’s not the Ritz, so if you’re expecting such accommodations you should look elsewhere. Anyway, here are some pros and cons:

Pros:
View!
Bartenders and wait staff
The overall vibe of the resort
The “sit down” restaurant

Cons:
The buffet food is mediocre.
The beach is far away, has zero visibility, and we got stung by jellyfish within 3 minutes
MANY people complained about the front desk staff
MANY people complained about the air conditioning in their room

We didn’t have issue with the staff or air conditioning. My iPod was stolen on our last day. The hotel management took it very seriously, and called in security as well as the guy who could read the door activity codes, interrogated the housekeeping staff, etc. I found this situation amusing as my insurance should cover it. If not Jessica Rojas will take care of me when I return in June, right Jessica? :) Anyway, we had an amazing vacation in Costa Rica and I would recommend the Villas Sol for those who are easy going and not expecting luxury. Be sure to visit Nicaragua and the volcanoes / spas in Costa Rica. And beware of Alonso, as he makes incredible margaritas and will get you drunk! Thus he earned the nickname “El Diablo” while we were there. Rumor has it that his wife is a hottie too, so ask to see the pictures.

  • Stayed May 2006
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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10 Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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Winnipeg, Manitoba
Level Contributor
6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 19, 2006

My husband and I, along with another couple, flew to Liberia, Costa Rica from Jan. 23/06 to Feb 6th/06 . We stayed at the Villas Sol right on the coast and had a marvellous holiday. The Villas Sol are built right on the mountain side so we found that we could walk down for meals but had to take a shuttle back up the hills. Our Villa was very nicely laid out with the bedroom being upstairs, along witih the bathroom and a lovely patio, where we would sit out in the evening and just watch the stars. There was a very nice pool area , as well as a jacussi where delicious snacks were served around 4pm We did go to the A La carte restaurent once both weeks and enjoyed the extra service and the ambience.

The food was excellent and the stafff were very friendly and efficient. There was a theme night for dinner several times a week and we certainly did not lack for good quality. There was always a choice from which to pick: beef, fish, pork or chicken , along with lots of vegetables , rice, beans , and even potatoes . The desserts were very tasty and it was hard not to take more than one or two! We had arranged beforehand to take several tours through Michael Mills and Vargus Tours (formerly Allegro) and were not disappointed. We went to Miravalle Falls and swung through the trees on the Zip lines, hiked through the rainforest at Monteverde, went sailing on a gorgoeus sailboat and travelled down the Palo Verde River with our guide Carlos, always ready to answer any questions we might have. He and the driver of the van were great tour guides and we were so pleased that we had booked with this company as they only take small groups and travel in a very comfortable van, which helped the drive on some of the famous roads of Costa Rica.

All in all, we had a very enjoyable time. We had no problems with bugs, illness or sunburn although the later was difficult to avoid as it was extremely hot in the afternoon. Its a beautiful country and the people make it that much more so. They are delightful. Thank you, Costa Rica, for a wonderful holiday!

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12 Thank prairygirl43
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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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