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“Loved our experience at this little gem!” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Pumilio
Ranked #1 of 45 Hotels in Jaco
Certificate of Excellence
Los Angeles, Ca
2 reviews
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“Loved our experience at this little gem!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2009

We just returned from our first trip to Costa Rica and this boutique hotel came after staying at the JW Marriott in Guanacaste. What makes this stay memorable were the owners, Laura and Fernando. They treated us like family, catering to each and everyone. Their own weekend house is situated next to the hotel, so you can contact them anytime. They bent over backwards providing us with board games, champagne at our arrival, detailed directions and maps and suggestions as to where to dine and surf. The most impressive detail was offering to make paella for our families on our last night which happened to be our 15 year old son's birthday. When Laura asked if he wanted a cake, I asked if she could get donuts instead. And low and behold, through her family's bakery business, she obtained the tasty treats. (not a typical Costa Rican item!) Laura says the hotel is her fourth baby as her three older children are now out of the house. So every detail is well planned and executed. And if you find you need anything, she will bring it to you. The set up at this place is ideal for families who are travelling with other families and with older children. They have 10 rooms altogether, 5 on the second floor and 5 on the bottom floor. We took 3 rooms on the top floor. All the balconies connect with outdoor patios and kitchens. Two nights we asked Laura to order dinner for us from different local restaurants. It was easy and convenient, especially after coming back from a busy day. The modern rooms are spacious with 2 queen beds and a day bed in each room. The decor is contemporary with flat screen TVs. And each room has a complementary snack basket which is great for hungry kids. The outdoor area has a beautiful pool with water falls, a spa room where you can get massages under a thatched hut and a thatched roof dining area where complementary breakfast is served each morning. Although this little hotel is not on the ocean, it's only a 5 minute drive to Playa Jaco. We stay at many 5 star hotels as we are Starwood Preferred Guests and this little gem will stay in our memory bank for many years to come.

  • Liked — The hospitality was excellent! And the set up was great for hanging out after a long day.
  • Disliked — I wish this place was on the ocean.
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2008

El Paso de las Lapas is an outstanding eco-boutique hotel near Jaco, Costa Rica. Even though it is only five minutes away from downtown Jaco, it's out of all it's rush. This hotel is an ideal place if you want to rest in a fully equiped and luxury place, in touch with nature. From your room balcony you can enjoy the tropical forest that surrounds the hotel, a beautiful river, macaws and birds flying around. The swimming pool is beautiful, and the atmosphere of the place is unique. The rooms are more than you could expect. Luxury finished, wonderful decoration, lcd tv, air conditioning, how water. The hotel doesn't have restaurant, but rooms are equiped with a kitchen full of stuff, everything you would need to make your own food. Yet, you have a lot of good restaurants where you can go around Jaco. Its a wonderful place to stay if you look for a small, high quality (yet cost effective), quiet place surrounded by nature, very close to San Jose. I would recommend it for mature people looking for a quiet place to rest.
Is not for young people looking for party and a sleep-only place. I paid $450 for 4 nigths, which is fair and worth the quality of the place, but not suggested for a school ride. I stayed there with my girlfriend from friday to monday, and we had a good time. We bought some things at the Auto Mercado (3 minutes from there) to make our own breakfast and lunch and we went out to Jaco for dinner. Im looking forward to go again as soon as my job -and pocket- allow me.

  • Liked — quality of rooms and pool. Surrounded by tropical natura. Out of the rush or Jaco.
  • Disliked — no restaurant
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 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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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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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 Spa Hotel in Jaco
#1 Luxury 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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Also Known As:
El Paso De Las Lapas Hotel Jaco
Hotel Pumilio Costa Rica/Jaco

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