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Hotel Bosque del Mar Playa Hermosa
Ranked #2 of 11 Hotels in Playa Hermosa
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Columbia, Maryland
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36 reviews
12 hotel reviews
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“Beautiful, Beautiful Spot”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2013

This is a lovely resort on the Pacific Ocean. The staff is exceptioal, the food is good, everything is spotless, the rooms are spacious and the views are perfect. It's not to be missed. The beach is very clean-a few shells and enough wave action to be pleasant fun. It's ideal for children.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2013

We splurged on an ocean view room and it was totally worth it. We were right on the beach with a big balcony and hot tub. The beach was ideal with warm, shallow water that you could wade it for hours. Very few waves or rocks. Service was great and the food was tasty, not as good as Gingers restaurant, but better than most. Definitely the highlight of our trip.

Room Tip: Splurge on the Ocean view. It really should be called Ocean Front.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Playas del Coco
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56 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2013

Places for Breakfast in Coco and Hermosa that are good value and in a great location are sadly lacking. This hotel restaurant meets both of those criteria: c5000 a head for a buffet breakfast on the beach in a very nice restaurant; attentive wait staff, plenty of fruit and granola as well as the usual cooked breakfast and waffles. (NB they told us that they only have buffet when the hotel is full)

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Mooresville, North Carolina
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45 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2012

Visited 3 nights at end of week trip to Costa Rica. Great oceanfront suite, staff and meals. Quiet beach. Monkees over the pool were entertaining but keep the staff busy cleaning. Had good massage in room. Would definately recommend and stay here again.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Kings Park, New York
2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2012

Just got back from a one night stay at Hotel Playa Hermosa, where we stayed the night before leaving Costa Rica via Liberia airport. The hotel is very conveniently located to the airport (approx 25 mins away), and is definitely a step above the Hilton Garden Inn if you prefer to spend your first or last night in Costa Rica on the beach, rather than staring out the window at the runway.

Once we arrived in Playa Hermosa, we found the grounds to be small but well kept, and the rooms to be very nice. We stayed in a beach front suite where we appreciated the view and proximity to the ocean, and loved hearing the sound of crashing waves at night. We were a little disappointed with the pool (totally in the shade for 100% of the day so not good for sunbathing) as well as the surrounding town (not much going on, though this could be seasonal since we stayed in low season). We found the food at the restaurant to be just average -- not inedible but not quite up to par with most of the other dining experiences we had in Costa Rica. Also, even there is supposedly WIFI in the common areas, we were never able to connect to it.

Where this hotel fell short for us, however, was the service. More often than not, we found ourselves standing in an empty bar for 10 minutes waiting for a bartender or trying to find a server to bring more coffee for long empty cups. Overall, I would attribute this not to the lack of helpfulness of the staff, but simply to the fact that there was not enough staff to cater to all of the guests. What made this even more frustrating on the second day of our stay was that there was a child's birthday party on the hotel grounds. While we could barely get service, the staff was bending over backwards to serve the party, which pretty much took over both the beach and the pool and was comprised of locals who were not staying at the hotel.

Overall, I think the hotel was fine for what we used it for -- a one night airport stay -- but I would not recommend it to someone who were coming for an extended stay simply because there are many hotels in Costa Rica that offer far better service for the same price.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2012

I want to start off by saying the only reason I didnt give excellent is due to the wi fi was down the last day through our cheque out , which was important for me because I needed to be in contact with my children back home otherwise very nice stay! The rooms are large with a separate seating area nice large bathroom all very clean and updated furniture/design! The grounds are gorgeous too, we could here the loud Howler monkeys close by! the property is right on the beach very ,very pretty fine black sand! we at happy hour at the bar there good drinks and snack food! The staff were all very helpful, when we chequed in they hadnt recieved our hotels.com booking and the front desk man honoured the rate when he saw the email hotels.com sent us with no problems at all! Drive to Los CoCos town is not far if you want more action it is a bit on its own here. All in all very good stay!

Room Tip: stay away from the pool kids can get loud!
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2012

Based on comments (both positive and negative) on TA I decided to book this hotel because of the general location, beach access and rates. I traveled with a Scuba Dive Buddy and we were very pleasantly surprised by what we found. The Service at the hotel was very good and the room ( we had a Garden view Junior Suite) was much more than we expected. It was Clean, Pleasant, spacious, and inviting. If I had any complaints after a week at this property, I would say that the Air Conditioning in the Bedroom was not nearly as good as the unit in the Living Room, and that it would have been nice if there were a Gym/Spa.
Other than that, the staff from the front desk to the restaurant were superb and I would not hesitate to return here. The food/Menu in the restaurant was extensive and although not five star quality, everything we ate was fine, with nice size portions, great service and very large choices.
The restaurant is situated within the tree cover and a night would be very romantic for a couple.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Hotel Bosque del Mar Playa Hermosa
Address: Primera Entrada a Playa Hermosa 300 mts Oeste, Playa Hermosa 50303, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Playa Hermosa
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Playa Hermosa
#2 Romantic Hotel in Playa Hermosa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Bosque del Mar Playa Hermosa 3.5*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A unique beachfront property in Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste with a high-end boutique eco concept comes alive with Hotel Playa Hermosa Bosque del Mar. ... more   less 
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