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“Good Hotel” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hotel Bosque del Mar Playa Hermosa

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Hotel Bosque del Mar Playa Hermosa
Ranked #2 of 11 Hotels in Playa Hermosa
Certificate of Excellence
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32 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Good Hotel”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 2013

The hotel has its good and bad.

The good certainly out weighs the bad. The grounds to the resort itself are beautiful. Very open air layout. There is open air dining that serves all three meals with a good menu. The rooms are beautiful and very clean, and each has its own balcony. You will wake up to a variety of animals such as monkeys and birds.

The negative is the beach. This is CERTAINLY not a swimming beach. It is actually very depressing. There are SO many stray and starving animals there who are begging for food and look like they are are their last leg. The beach itself is rocky and dirty and the boats are docked close to the beach that it is not good to swim in as the water is dirty with oils, etc.

I would return to the resort itself but for sure avoid the beach.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 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 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Elizabeth B
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James H, Owner at Hotel Bosque del Mar Playa Hermosa, responded to this review, July 6, 2013
Dear client,
We appreciate your comment regarding our hotel, we are aware several thing at the beach should be different but as in Costa Rica beach are public, there are two main things we actually can promise right now: 1. Trying to contact a dogs shelter in the area, who can take the stray animals and give them a new home and 2. Improving and supervising even more the staff we have in our beach front taking care of daily cleanliness.

Best regards,
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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86 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 21, 2013

I have been there a couple of time, and both have been really good, they have a very good service, the rooms are always clean with the necesary thing and a extremly relaxing environment, you can see and hear monkeys in the morning, which is an extraordinary experience and have the beach just in front. They have a good restaurant which it is in front of the beach and you can have your meal in a extremly good environment.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Moisés S
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Buffalo, New York
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 3, 2013

We stayed 8 nights at Bosque del Mar celebrating our daughter's wedding. The entire hotel was booked by our friends and family. We could not have been more satisfied with our meals, our rooms, and the staff. I'd like to give kudos to Carlos, Shirley, and Jose and everyone who bent over backwards to make our stay as well as the wedding a most memorable experience. The Thursday night beach BBQ was a huge hit. Thank-you to the entire staff, we shall meet again.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank WDF1
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Oslo, Norway
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29 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 30, 2013

We stayed 2 nights,2 kids and 2 adults. 195 US dollars double room per night without breakfast.

Positive: the pool is very child friendly, very close to the beach, balcony and large room, own children menu in restaurant, friendly staff, good cleaning.

Negative: for that price no breakfast included ( our experience in Costa Rica after 2 weeks is the more you pay for hotel, it's most likely without breakfast), no wi fi in room, air con was very poor, maybe cause its high under the roof and it was not powerful enough. We stayed on second floor, view to the garden. Dinner in restaurant was nothing special, fish was Very dry. Even if we hang the towels up, the cleaning lady changed them,not very Eco- friendly,as the hotel is profiled, no place to recycle paper,drinking bottles or cans.

We would recommend people to look at hotels at the other entrance of playa hermosa ( when you come down the hill drive past the supermarket and turn left). Hotel is good if you want to spent lots of money and have a feeling of staying in a greener place than Playa Hermosa actually is.

Room Tip: We stayed well in 2 floor with view to the garden/ pool but air con was not very effective.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
1 Thank shakypaky
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James H, Owner at Hotel Bosque del Mar Playa Hermosa, responded to this review, July 6, 2013
Dear client,
Your comments are important for us, so we appreciate you took the time to write them down. Regarding breakfast, it is true is not included in regular rack rate but we offer good deals when guest want to include meals in it´s reservations. This deals or packages are published in our website all the time and also our Reservations staff are open to include breakfast upon request with a discount if the client is staying several nights.

During low season (May 1 - Dec 15) we also offer a special package with meals included for the adults (at least 2) and they get free lodging and meals for 2 kids in the same room. That´s a great option for families and it´s available more than 8 months per year.

About sustainable practices, there are many of them that you can see since the architectural design to the daily operation (you can fin more info about it in our website). There are many other things to do and to fix, but we are moving forward in this matter. We know clients in other countries are used to classified the waste, -unfortunely that in Costa Rica is not the general rule yet-, but our staff takes all the basket cases waste and made by their our the classification in order to separate paper, alluminum, glass, tetra brik and plastic to be regulary delivered to a private Collection Center to be reused or recycled.
We will keep working harded to improve our services and facilities.

Regards!
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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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15 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 19, 2013

We stayed 4 nights in beach front suite with our 3 kids. The room is very nice with perfect view of the beach. Jacuzzi on the balocony was nice although we really didn't have time to use it. We loved the shower with the rocks around it. Felt like I was outside. No bathtub. We also liked the automatic window shade. Expect ants, bugs and geckos in the room - you are in the jungle! The property is surrounded by huge trees and tropical plants. You will see monkeys, inguana, and lots of beautiful birds while sitting in the pool. Food at the restaurant and drinks at the bar are very good and resonably priced. The beach is calm and beautiful, but the sand is very dark and will ruin a bathing suit! We went on a sunset cruise on the Sea Bird sailboat. Very nice!
We will be back!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank nshihata1
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Hull, Massachusetts
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48 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 14, 2013

My husband and I recently stayed 4 nights at this wonderful hotel. We were in a beach front room that gave us views of the beach from the deck, the jacuzzi on the deck, and the room. The bed was very comfortable, ac worked great, bath and shower were very nice. Rate we paid included breakfast every morning. Meal was buffet style on Friday and Saturday, and from the menu weekdays. All meals were delicious. We went to boccellis pizza a couple nights , very good pizza. It is a five minute walk up the road.
Trees on beach provided plenty of shade, although chaise lounges were in bad condition and not comfortable.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank daryl c
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Israel
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8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2013

The hotel is located just on the Playa Hermosa beach. Upon arrival we received excellent room (salon and bedroom) on the ground floor with pool view. Despite this it was very quiet :)
The hotel has great bar and spa (see massage promotions in reception)

We found great Sushi restaurant just few minutes from hotel, although food in hotel was decision.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank German K
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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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