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Copacabana Hotel & Suites
Ranked #22 of 41 Hotels in Jaco
San Diego
2 reviews
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“Another great visit”
Reviewed August 9, 2008

I just had another great trip to Costa Rica, and of course stayed several times in the Copacabana. Often times, when a client becomes familiar with the employees there is an unintentional drop-off in service. But, not at the the Copa. I was greeted every stay, as well as every day, by a hello and a smile. The pool had been refinished, the karioki nights were a blast, the food and drinks were just as good as they always are, the view was beautiful, the beach was right in front of my room. What more can you ask for?

  • Liked — On the beach, good food drink and fun
  • Disliked — Leaving
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled solo
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Reviewed June 20, 2008

I have stayed at the Copacabana around 20 times. They support the Surfing Federation in Costa Rica, beach cleanups, overall town planning and more. They are one of the "good citizens" of Jaco.

The staff is always friendly with me. I am from the US, but long ago gave up the "ugly American" attitude. I go to Jaco to enjoy the beach, the ocean, the laid back lifestyle. I have been there several times when I heard people say "I changed my flights, and I'm staying here another week...or two!"

I have taken my four children there and they have had a good time, been well treated, and love the food like I do.

The menu is varied and priced very reasonably. Around 10 items for breakfast ranging from fruit plates to heavier fillng omelettes and more. Lunch, snacks, dinners...lots of fresh seafood, all prepared on order.

The suites overlook the ocean...right on the beach really means right on the beach! These are large rooms that easily sleep 4. They provide kitchens and thus a good place to buy local food and cook it ourselves, which we do frequently. The refrigerators are good size for this type of situation, and hold the food well. I was just told they are adding jacuzzi hot tubs on the balconies!

The studio rooms are smaller, but easily adequate for 2. We choose these when we don't plan to cook, and don't need the view. More economical too, when that matters.

The air conditioning, fans, water, lights all work normally. Occasionally there is a problem, like anywhere, but the staff is quick to fix it. Water pressure does vary, but that is a Costa Rica building problem, not a Copacabana problem.

The pool is cleaned daily, and this last trip they were drained and re-tiling the whole thing for even better maintenance.

The new spa is wonderful, the massages great, and the Pina Coladas sweet and delicious.

If you want a great value right on the beach in Jaco, I whole-heartedly recommend the Copacabana Hotel & Suites.

  • Liked — Beach, beach, beach, and friendly staff, good food
  • Disliked — The hot tub was not hot, but jacuzzi worked.
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled with friends
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toronto
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Reviewed May 27, 2008

All I can say is I had a blast. This is exactly the vacation I was looking for. The food was excellent and the entertainment was non-stop. We stayed for 7 days. I will be going back again. If your looking for a place to have FUN ( not laying around reading ) this is it. I will go back soon.

Donna z

  • Liked — the view
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled with friends
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houston
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Reviewed May 20, 2008

I have stayed at the Copacabana many times over the past few years. I have never had a bad experience. Located close to the main street in Jaco, yet on the beach. The same employees have been there for years, making it a destination that is almost like family. It is relately quiet during the day, with music at night.
Excellant food and service.
I highly recommend the suites. Each has a view of the beach.
This is the only hotel I would stay in Jaco.

  • Liked — Staff, location
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled with friends
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Thank bob119
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Marlborough, Massachusetts
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Reviewed May 14, 2008

We took four rooms at the Copacabana for New Year's. Three generations, ranging in age from 21 to 91, a mix of Ticos, Cubans and North Americans. The property is simple and clean, with a good location on the beach.

It wasn't long before we noticed the prostitution, it's pretty easy to figure out when nice looking young Costa Rican women are there with scurvy middle-aged men from the US. But the place wasn't a porno palace with sex in the hot tub or anything, you could see the match-ups, and hear the girls' conversations in Spanish, but all transactions were strictly private.

The staff was very friendly, the price was decent, the breakfasts were light (just fruit and coffee - go to one of the many restaurants in the area for a hearty breakfast) the dinners were good. This was out fifth visit to the Costa Rican Pacific coast and I'd place it squarely in the middle of our experiences.

One standout was the complementary massage. Strictly therapeutic, no funny business despite the goings on in the rest of the hotel, and the best massage any of us had ever had.

There was a little mixup at bill paying time, apparently a previous guest's charges stayed on the room folio and wound up on our bill. We'll give the hotel the benefit of the doubt, but note that there was a doubt.

We won't return to Jaco. Not because of the hotel, but because the town is on the cusp of total ruin by tourism and the beach is messed up - lots of rocks washed down from construction sites spoiling what used to be a pure sand beach. But if you go to Jaco, you could do a whole lot worse than the Copacabana.

  • Liked — They discourage kids
  • Stayed January 2008
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Miami
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Reviewed May 13, 2008

Went to Jaco Beach without a reservation and Tried to get into Claritas but was full. They recommended to me CopaCabana. I got the the recption area and a Filipino lady attended us. She was so sweet and accomodating to our request. The whole staff was excellent. I must say the price was very good for two double beds. Had a great air condition, Fan, Cable TV and hot water. The place was very clean in and out of the room. It has a pool with swim up bar, restaurant and in on the beach. I would not take kids at night as a couple of night girls will roam the bar at night. The hotel does not let many enter as the bar is not that big. I only saw three that night. Another gentleman had gone fishing and brought back some nice Mahi Mahi fish which the kitchen had prepared for him. Over all This is a great clean place to stay and it was $100.00 for the room with tax. Just remember Jaco is really not for families yet. I probably would not even let my teenage kids get in the rough tides as they do have many rip currents. Maybe once all the new American hotel chains finish being built then this will be more family driven. Unfortunately then, Jaco will just be another American tourist trap.

  • Liked — Clean, friendly staff and price being on the beach.
  • Disliked — The Hotel is great. Its that Jaco is big on prostitues and not family oriented.
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled with friends
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Thank SweetMiami
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Cuzco
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed May 11, 2008

I just came back from Costa Rica, i stay in Heredia for 1 night and then i went to Jaco, i decided to stay at the Copacabana.
The room was great the place is right on the beach and just one block from all the town activities. Is true that there are prostitutes but is not a Copacabana thing is a Country thing, you will see hookers anywhere you stay in Costa Rica....the lights are perfect in the room you dont need anything else... i had and small problem with the ac but they fixed right the way, so was not a big deal.... When you go to Costa Rica you have to remember that you are in a third world country so just enjoy your time there and dont waste your time complaining about everything, If not go to another hotel and pay 300 dollars a night..

Enjoy your trip and enjoy this nice hotel and beatiful country

  • Liked — The food and the music
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled with friends
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Property: Copacabana Hotel & Suites
Address: From Banco de Costa Rica 200m South 100m West, Jaco 61101, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Jaco
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#10 Spa Hotel in Jaco
#14 On the Beach Hotel in Jaco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Copacabana Hotel & Suites 3*
Number of rooms: 48
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Copacabana Hotel is the only Adult, Clothing Optional, Beach Front Resort in Costa Rica the area. Is nestled in the famous town of Jaco, on the beach in Costa Rica’s Central Pacific Region. Our resort offers a party atmosphere with daily and nightly activities, pool parties, live music, karaoke, DJ’s, theme parties, and much more and spectacular views of the sunset. Our knowledgeable, friendly and hospitable staff looks forward to welcoming you to one of the most relaxed and friendliest ocean front resort in Costa Rica. While staying with us, enjoy a relaxing massage or other spa treatments in our new spa, Coconut Palms. Enjoy fine dining or local dishes in our on-site ocean front restaurant, Ocean Waves with a large menu Seafood, BBQ, from asian to mexican to italian to peruvian. Have a drink, catch up on the game and make new friends at Naked Iguana Sports and Wet Bar and restaurant. We offer two swimming pools one clothing optional and one nude and nude Jacuzzi. Inquire at our front desk about fishing charters, tours and golf packages. We are certain that your visit to the Copacabana Hotel and Suites will be a lasting memory. ... more   less 
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