Beware, if you want a luxury room in this hotel. It's a beautiful place, built on the theme of a 19th century banana plantation. It sits on the top of a mountain, surrounded by forests, toucans and fruit trees. The views are spectacular, of the ocean and the forest slopes.
However, we stayed in one of the most expensive rooms, with a bedroom the size of a studio apartment, a huge terrace overlooking the sea and the forest and an outdoor hot tub. The problem is that the buidling in which these rooms are located is a sound vibration chamber. You can hear every door closing, every conversation in the hallways, despite the fact that the rooms are on three different floors The stairways do not have doors and everything is lined with stone so sound bounces off every surface. Obviously, the room doors are not sound-sealed, which would solve the problem.
There were two couples on the floor above us who left their doors open and had loud conversations between the rooms for two nights in a row. We had to call the management several times on each of the nights we stayed there to stop the noise. The couples were a part of a wedding party from the States who had come down here for the weekend. Apparently, this is a common destination hotel for affairs, as it is one of the nicest in the area.
Let me add that the service is excellent, the food is suprisingly good for a small Central American country, and the amenities are very good. But we were out of the room most of the time exploring the region, and the major time we were in the room was for rest and sleep. For the money we were spending, and the problems we had, this was a terribe experience.
We were in room 85, in a building with 6-8 of these super luxury rooms. Be sure to check if there are any affairs at the hotel when you will be staying there, as the management apparently doesn't care about the noise their wealthier clients will make as long as they pay the freight for all the rooms they will pay for during the festivities.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Villa Caletas, a luxury romantic boutique hotel inspired by tropical Victorian architecture with a touch of neo-classical influence shining like a jewel among resorts, prized not only for its location, design and décor, but also for its outstanding facilities and first class service. Villa Caletas expresses a truly unique combination of mountain and seaside resort. Nestled 1150 feet above the Pacific Ocean, this unique hotel overlooks the Nicoya Gulf to the crescent beaches of Jaco, Herradura offering spectacular 360-degree panoramic views. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Caletas Hotel Jaco
- Caletas Hotel Herradura
- Villa Caletas Costa Rica/Jaco