My wife and I stayed at Canciones del Mar for three nights the first week of January, 2013. While it is, as others have said, a little run down, we really enjoyed our stay.
We checked in fairly late in the evening, around 10pm. Check in was quick and easy and the young man at the desk spoke good English, which was very helpful for us. Our room featured a stove, fridge, couch, and a nice balcony overlooking the courtyard and pool. While everything showed it's age, it was serviceable, clean and safe.
Someone mentioned in an earlier review that there were homeless people outside the door. Those are not homeless people. The area between the hotel and the beach is a public area and people bring their families to camp there. This is not a problem at all. The best part about the hotel is the central location in Jaco and a very short walk to numerous restaurants and activities.
After reading some of the reviews of the area, we were a little concerned about crime. In fact, we walked all over town day and night and had no problem at all. We did not witness anything bad, were never hassled in any way and never felt the slightest bit uncomfortable. If you have any experience as a traveler and take the normal precautions that you would take anywhere, be aware of your surroundings, don't get stumbling drunk, etc, you will be totally fine.
Breakfast at the hotel was delicious, featuring super fresh fruit, eggs, plantains, breads, rice and beans and such. The coffee here and everywhere in Costa Rica is the best in the world.
The pool was clean, quiet and inviting, and the smallish courtyard was beautiful.
The best part was the location, steps away from the beach.
The one issue we had was the water in the shower fluctuated from hot to cold. While a little frustrating, it was not a big deal. This is Costa Rica, and this is how things often work. A small trade off for visiting the one of the most beautiful, unspoiled countries on earth.
While Canciones del Mar is not a luxury resort, by any means, we would recommend it as a great, inexpensive, small friendly place to stay while in Jaco.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This small 15-room hotel is a classic! The sea, the surf, the beach, the palm grove, the hotel-it is just as you might imagine a small unique tropical beachfront resort should be. The “Songs of the sea” is a quiet and cool oasis amidst the busy Jaco town scene, with each room’s small deck looking out over the ocean or on the lush gardens surrounding the pool. The hotel is built in Tropical Spanish Colonial style and the fully equipped rooms are spacious and quiet. It is the one place in Playa Jaco that combines the convenience of central location with beachfront location. Wake up to a delicious fresh fruit and buffet breakfast under the thatched roof of the beach side restaurant, then wander down to the beach for some sun and surf. If it gets too hot, retreat and cool off by the pool and Jacuzzi or catch up on your reading in the breezy elevated thatched roof tree house while you enjoy the view below. We have a small gourmet restaurant for lunch and dinner, and our Costa Rican chef serves international gourmet and or local food. Also enjoy our Tapas Bar terrace and Jacuzzi on the third floor with a spectacular view over the ocean and green mountains where you can enjoy the spectacular sunsets of the Pacific Ocean. We also do weddings and special events. We are committed with national sustainability programs and protecting the environment. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Canciones Del Mar Boutique Hotel Costa Rica/Jaco