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“Beautiful, a Costa Rica Favorite” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Pumilio
Ranked #1 of 45 Hotels in Jaco
Certificate of Excellence
Herradura, Costa Rica
Level Contributor
121 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“Beautiful, a Costa Rica Favorite”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

This is probably my most favorite place I have stayed at in Costa Rica. It's about 5 minutes from my fav town in the world, Jaco. It is outside the busy area of Jaco though, and in an area called Herradura, which is quiet and has nature. We booked on Expedia, and checkin was easy. We were greeted and asked if we wanted wine, then shown to our room. We were in room 14 and the awesome pool area was right outside our room. Room was spacious and had a kitchen area on the outside patio for storing food and drinks. loved that. We felt like we had the place to ourselves, only saw like two other guests while we were there and had the pool to ourselves. Really cute stone waterslide going into a second pool. Free breakfast, however, we did not partake in that as we had other plans and wanted to sleep in. Checkout was easy as well. Highly recommend this hotel if you are staying in the Jaco area.

Room Tip: We loved room 14. I would suggest staying on the ground floor so you can walk out to the pool.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Lori H
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LapaVIP, Propietario at Hotel Pumilio, responded to this review, May 6, 2013
Hi! We hope you had a nice trip back home. Thank you for you opinion it is very important for us. I feel sorry you didn’t know our breakfast doesn’t have schedule, because we want our guest to enjoy their stay during vacation and on our daily life we have enough schedules, no matter what time you wake up you can ask for your breakfast even room service at your suite, next time you will enjoy this part.
We are located just far enough away from town to be serene but close enough to get to the beach, shopping, and tours at the end of the day you come back to peace again. Hope to have your friends and family an specially you back soon! We miss you!!! Thanks again!
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Ft M
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7 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012

My first time to Costa Rica and my boyfriend's second. El Paso de las Lapas was a gem. We both loved it. Although we weren't greeted with the wine others mentioned, Juan Carlos greeted us and made us feel right at home. He was very helpful throughout our stay, lining us up with tours and recommending local places to visit. He was quick to tend to our every need. Our room was very nice and the patio was heaven to sit on and listen to the sounds of the rainforest. The location was perfect for us, just far enough away from town to be serene but close enough to get to the beach, shopping, and tours. We would definitely stay again!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Conny B
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LapaVIP, Director de Recepción at Hotel Pumilio, responded to this review, April 9, 2013
it was a pleasure to have you on our hotel, really grateful for your comments, and for us it was a honor serving you and your boyfriend, unfortunately we had run out of wine, but we promise that next visit we will ready for your welcome. Because our interest is you feel in the best way in your stay.
I hope you and your boyfriend come back soon .
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Nieuw Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

A very nice location with excelllent service by the staff members of the hotel. We had a great time during our stay in August, 2012. Traveled with wife and daughter, 15 years old. Contact with the natura was excellent. Nice pool to swim and cool down. The staff maintained our room Very well. The climate controll worked properly. There was also a very beautiful garden to walk in. All very well maintained. We have seen a lot of lizards during our stay. They also liked the fruit we gave them.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Geert188
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LapaVIP, Propietario at Hotel Pumilio, responded to this review, March 9, 2013
Hello! Your opinion counts and is very important for us, we really appreciate. I believe the location is perfect, since we have a lot of vegetation, peace, nature but close enough to go downtown and all the different activities you can do around the area, but you come back home and enjoy the pool.
The lizards are getting bigger every day and always like to stay around. It was a pleasure to meet you and hope we can have you back!!!! Best regards from all of us!!!
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Pine, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2012

From the warm welcome we received on arriving after a long day of travel to the lovely, comfortable room, we felt immediately at home in this beautiful, tranquil oasis. Yes, the hotel isn't in the center of town, but we knew that going in, and made regular use of the fully stocked kitchen in our room. In the morning, we woke to the sounds of birds rather than traffic, and in the evening, we reveled in the peace and pristine air - all things we would have missed if we'd stayed down at the beach. At every turn, the staff went out of their way to help us enjoy our trip and make the most of our time there. They provided advice, conversation, and friendship, while helping us with reservations and transportation needs. One time, the manager even drove us to town in search of an elusive camera part... we felt more like cherished family than hotel guests. This lovely boutique hotel embodied the best of Costa Rica, and we will absolutely return there on any trip we make in the future.

Room Tip: The lower floor rooms open directly out onto the pool, which is nice and convenient, but the upper f...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Thank BeckMcE
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LapaVIP, Gerente at Hotel Pumilio, responded to this review, August 13, 2012
Hi! there.
Thank you, we are pleased to know that you had a great time with us here in El Paso de las Lapas, the customer service you experienced is the service we try to offer all our visitors, considering all the time that each customer has different needs and try to please and serve all equally. I really did like to talk a lot and share good times with your family. Thanks for the invitation, I promise you on my first trip to USA I will visit you.
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Pine, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2012

Traveled with wife and daughter,12 yo. The greeting upon arrival was warm, personalized with flutes of delicious wine and efficient (important post many hours of travel). Our room was very comfortable and well outfitted w/ a mini kitchen. Climate control worked wonderfuly in our main room. The staff maintained our room daily such that not one grain of sand was left behind. The pool was immaculate and perfect for unwinding after a hike into the rainforest.

The locus was an absolute treat for us. We wanted quiet family time and this resort offered that in spades. The grounds were beautifuly manicured and surrounded by a delightful farm and rainforest. Lots of unassuming lizards abounding poolside. The staff clearly takes pride in maintaining this pristine jem of a hotel.

Juan Carlos, manager, must be commended for his efforts to keep our family happy during our stay. Always greeted us with a smile despite his long hours at the hotel; he clearly put our comfort and needs as his top most priority. For example, I needed to procure another memory stick for my camera and aske Juan Carlos for a store recommendation. He could have told us where to go and called us a cab, however, he elected to drive us himself to a nearby store. Likewise, he went into the store and interpreted my needs to the store associate. Finally, he drove into Jaco and delivered us to our restaurant. Juan Carlos was not asked to do any of these things; he insisted on helping us in the most selfless manner I have ever witnessed. The service and people are unparalleled at this botique hotel.

We enjoyed the fresh friuts, beans and rice, eggs and ham served each moring. The tables offered spectacular views of jungle scenery--replete with bird calls, insect, frog and local fauna incantations unseen but everpresent.

The trip to Jaco is about 8 min from the hotel. This is a good opportunity to inquire about local attractions, restaurants, activities. Every cab driver was more than happy to share knowledge about this wonderful region. I am very happy in our decision to stay outside of the hubub of Jaco central. Each evening coming from dinner in jaco it was a return to a serene nirvana/ shangri-la (pardon the descriptive redundancy).

I have nothing negative to say about this Hotel and I am a critical reviewer--see previous reviews. This is a model establishment and we will without question return to this hotel if we return to the Jaco region.

Room Tip: Corner 2nd floor rooms have a ceiling fan and large patios. Really can't go wrong w/ any room. O...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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1 Thank wanderyonder43
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LapaVIP, Gerente at Hotel Pumilio, responded to this review, August 13, 2012
Hello friends!
We are very proud to know that you were able to enjoy an unforgettable holiday in our hotel, your comments confirm to us that we are on the right way and that every day we keep improving and provide customer service that has characterized these last 4 and a half years, thank you, you are a very accessible and friendly family, thanks to your comments we know that we make you feel at home.
This is a very warm greeting from us and we hope you can visit us soon to share with you once more time, we'll remember at all times. As soon as a get to USA I´ll visit you, it is a promise
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San José, San Jose, Costa Rica
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2012

A very nice hotel, contact with nature was excellent ... The great room, spacious, cozy, well everything! Very close to shopping for any need. The nearby beaches .. excellent! All the best, and move on! I will have a next visit

Room Tip: Rooms are very spacious, cozy, well everything!
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Fernando R
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LapaVIP, Gerente at Hotel Pumilio, responded to this review, August 13, 2012
Thank you very much for your comments our goal is to make our customers feel more than satisfied with our service. We deeply appreciate your words. We hope to see you one more time.
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Salt Lake City, Utah
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2012

This was our first trip to Costa Rica, and we are glad we stayed here. Yes, it is removed from the beach/strip area of Jaco, but that is exactly what we wanted. In our opinion the beaches in Jaco were not as good as the beaches in Tamarindo, so this was perfect for us. The rooms are very nicely furnished, and the deck overlooking the pool/garden area was large and nice. Having the outdoor kitchen was a nice feature. The staff is very accomodating, and friendly. It is quiet and peaceful which is exactly what we wanted. We will stay here again.

Room Tip: We liked having a room on the upstairs level.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank dopensh
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LapaVIP, Gerente at Hotel Pumilio, responded to this review, August 13, 2012
Hi!

Thank you for your comments, we like to know that your stay was vary pleasant, also is nice to read that you want to come back to our hotel, yes, Tamarindo beaches are beautifull, but Jacó also have nice beaches too, infact Jacó is famous worldwide beacouse it´s beaches for surfing.
thanks for being with us, and we hope to serve you one more time.

Best regards,
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Property: Hotel Pumilio
Address: Del cruce Herradura 2 Km hacia Jaco | 1 Km a Mano Izquierda, Jaco 61101, Costa Rica (Formerly El Paso de las Lapas)
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Jaco
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Jaco
#1 Spa Hotel in Jaco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Pumilio 4*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Strategically located in the heart of Costa Rican Central Pacific, surrounded by an spectacular view between pristine tropical jungle mountains, a wide variety of birds and other local fauna specimens, you will find Hotel Pumilio, a tranquil and peaceful heaven, yet only 3 minutes away from famous Jacó and Herradura beaches, the most developed tourist hotspot in the country. Ideal for family, couples or friends vacation stays, you will enjoy the wide variety of ecological, adventure, adrenaline & sports tours that the area offers for every age and preference. Closely surrounded by the most famous national parks and reserves, you will also find a wide variety of restaurants, supermarkets and stores, the best marina in Central America, beautiful beaches, islands and a spectacular colorful ocean among a variety of activities that makes us unique. You will enjoy the 10 comfortably decorated large luxury suites, impeccably cleaned and fully equipped outdoor kitchen for your convenience. We include a complete breakfast without schedule, free Wi-Fi, AC, a balcony or a terrace to admire and enjoy the view with your loved ones. Our palm leave's thatched roof Spa surrounded by exuberant vegetation, will take you to a relaxation state so you will enjoy to the maximum the experience of being in harmony with nature. Leap into happiness in Hotel Pumilio, the best personalized service. We know how to find the happy in you and every one of our esteemed guests, so everyone can return home with unforgettable memories of the visit to our beloved Costa Rica. ... more   less 
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