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Pacific Edge
Ranked #4 of 14 Dominical B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Washington
2 reviews
“We are definitely returning!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2009

This was our third time at Pacific Edge and our best time ever! We enjoy visiting with George and Susie--not to mention Susie's wonderful cooking! The view from this place is unrivaled anywhere in Costa Rica and we feel extremely safe having the dogs around. It is easy for people to come through the jungle but, with the dogs around, they don't even think about it!!!

There is only one thing I would like to see change and that is some new mattresses! Also--you definitely need a 4-wheel drive vehicle to get there--one of the reasons for the spectacular view!

We have also very much enjoyed the other guests that stay at "The Edge!" We made some wonderful friends that we look forward to seeing there again. We cannot wait for our return in January 2010!

  • Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2009

Pacific Edge is by far, bar none, the best vacation spot in the world!! The grounds are stunning, the cabins private, relaxing and comfortable and the view is AWE INSPIRING. Susie and George are wonderful, they will forever be like family to us. The cabins really provide privacy and the feeling of being alone with your group in a cabin in the rain forest. This is a great place for a couple that wants privacy and romance or a group looking for good company and relaxation.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled with family
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 4, 2009

the location and view are beautiful and the grounds are nice. our group is well traveled and we knew what we were getting in advance (re: host issues) but were still unprepared. if you stay here, imagine you are meeting your future mother-in-law at her home and are trying to do your best to impress her and make her like you. that is the feeling you will have for the entire stay.

additionally, the rooms were not cleaned during our stay. it appeared the rooms were not even entered because the trash was never emptied, the coffee pot was left unclean from the previous visitor and stayed that way. i was told by the host to "keep up with
your towels because you won't be getting new ones."

know in advance that the showers are "suicide showers."

finally, if you stay here and eat meals here, everything is charged separately. when i was told that dinner was $16, that sounded fine. i was not told that salad was separate, dessert was separate, drinks were separate, garlic bread was separate. nothing was ordered and all food was served without question, so i was surprised to find our dinner bill near $25 per person. also strange is the owners sitting to eat with you and drink heavily. we were interested in visiting with each other, and the conversation was not our own.

Stayed January 2009
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happynites, owner at Pacific Edge, responded to this review, March 18, 2009
Pacific Edge is ‘eco-friendly’, and it is our policy here to change the bath towels every, other day, and the sheets every 3rd day, or half way thru your stay,unless needed to be changed and requested. The towels located on a table at the pool area, are for both pool and beach use. We ask of the guests to re-use these towel, and to take them to their cabins, and hang them up on the balcony, not to leave them laying around the pool, and when the towels are wet and or sandy, to leave them in a basket at our common area; they can use as many of these towels they would like.
These folks were with us just 2 nights. We do not enter the rooms, every day, only on the third day to give new fresh bath towels and to check on the toilet paper, coffee and creamer top up, and to sweep, thus respecting the guests privacy . The garbage is placed in a large basket on the balconies, this is collected everyday, and the balconies swept . As stated in the ‘guests welcoming ‘page of our information book of the area, if the guests have any need for extra towels, or sheets changed, please advise us; other wise we do not enter the rooms on a daily basis. If the coffee pot was dirty, as claimed upon check-in, we wished we would have been informed at the time, so we could have made sure it was clean for the new user. The cleaning girl may have over looked this detail as there was a complete change over of all the rooms that day.
The shower heater, referred to as the ‘suicide shower’ is a heating element that sits on the shower head and water runs thru this element. When properly wired there is no need for worry. We have posted instructions on the wall of the shower, that if the guests want to change the temperature setting from hot to warm or cold, this is done with a switch located on the shower heater. We advise to adjust this switch without the water running, just for added protection, that there will be no minor shocks. We are in the process of changing over to individual ‘on demand’ water heaters; however since the cabins were originally wired for solar panels and solar power, the wiring needs to be beefed up to be able to handle new water heaters.

The first nights dinner had been pre-arranged by email.
Our menu has starters and the prices and entrees and the prices both separate, as most restaurants do. The price they were charged was more than fair. They were presented a basket of garlic bread for 2 people $1.50, and a salad of fresh organic greens, fresh heart of palm, bean sprouts, avocado, tomato, cucumber with balsamic vinegar for $4 (most salads at other restaurants are welted lettuce or cabbage with a tomato). The main entrée was a half pound of large shrimp served on fried rice with celery and red pepper and came with 3 other fresh vegetables for $16, for a total of $20.75 per person.
The following day 4 of the group went fishing .
The fishermen returned with fish they had caught, and asked if I could prepare it for them and if we would like to join them at their table.
Anyway, the cabins do stay very occupied most of the year with many returning happy people, we are sorry if we can not satisfy 100% of the people, we do make every effort to.
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Asheville, NC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2008

Hard to say enough about the beautiful little world Susie and George have created outside of Dominical, and others have done a wonderful job when speaking positively of it. So I will simply say, unless you're a hardcore Mariott/Hamptons/etc. requirer, this place is fantastic.

The views are stunning. The atmosphere is warm and genuine. The lodging is anything but Spartan - clean beds, furnished with local art, hand-made blankets, and an obvious level of attention and love that I haven't seen anywhere else in Costa Rica. It's obvious that Pacific Edge is the owner's baby. Great price, great view, great place.

Ignore all previous negative reviews which must have come from the Hilton Sisters.

  • Liked — View, sense of authenticity, room construction.
  • Disliked — Adventure drive is fun in 4WD. Adventure drive is suspenseful in 2WD.
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
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happynites, owner at Pacific Edge, responded to this review, March 20, 2009
Here at Pacific Edge our cabins are all made from native hardwoods, and sometimes can appear dark, so to liven up the rooms we always use as many fabrics in our interiors that we can get that are all hand loomed by various indigenous Indian groups. All our bedspreads, curtains, pillows and chair cushions are sewn here my myself, Susie, having bought the fabric as yardage during travels to the various countries. The bedspreads are from both the Mayans of the Yucatan of Mexico and from Guatemala. The curtains some are from Guatemala and others from Costa Rica. The newest fabrics are from the Boruca Indians who are our closest Indians who weave a beautiful fabric. They start by growing their own cotton, spinning the yarn, and using natural dyes from plants, barks, and even sea snails. Our rooms are all decorated with these bright fabrics and also hand carved masks from the Borucans. We also have Molas in the bungalow unit which are from the Indians of the San Blas islands in Panama.
So the rooms are all artfully decorated with bright colors for your enjoyment. We are continually looking for new exciting fabrics to upgrade the rooms.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2008

Fab stay here! wild life was great, views spectacular, location great, temp was fab, food was yum, hosts were a blast, pool terrific, surf was champ, all around 100% it was a dream! The horse trip to the falls was a dream!
rough roads to get there but WELL WORTH the crazy 50 mile drive on unpaved roads

  • Stayed February 2008, traveled with family
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San Diego
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2008

The Pacific Edge is a Mountain Retreat that sits above the jungle with sweeping views of the jungle and Dominical and Dominicalito. We stayed in one of the cabins. It is a quaint cabin with two beds, a kitchenette, and basic bathroom. The cabins were built by the owners. They have thought of everything. It is charming, however if you are looking for luxury or fancy amenities, this is not a large hotel. If you are looking for amazing views, hospitable owners, good breakfast, a pool to relax, a hammock to read and enjoy the beautiful views, monkeys and toucans, this is a great deal for your money. We relaxed and enjoyed our stay as well as the company of the owners.

  • Liked — The service, hospitality, and view
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2008

We stayed at five or six hotels in Costa Rica and Pacific Edge was the most beautiful, stunning setting. The observation deck and view are phenomenal. We often saw toucans hanging out very close by. The cabina was spacious and clean with a hammock on the porch. The pool and outdoor eating area were lovely. I could have done without the large dogs, but they were always either on a leash or under the managers' control. Our cabin was nearest the kitchen/dining area/pool, which was loud at times.

I wish I had read the reviews about Suzie before we went. I thought she personally did not like ME, but I see she is that way with everyone. This is such a dilemma because we loved everything about this place (including the beach town, Dominical), but I couldn't completely enjoy it whenever Suzie was around (and it's a small place and she's around a lot, including serving breakfast, off and on during the day, and sometimes on the observation deck at sunset). I guess I would ask for a cabin as far away from the common areas as possible if I went again, and now that I know that it's not ME that is the problem I would enjoy it more. George is SO NICE that he helps make up for his other half's frostiness. And I can't emphasize enough how GORGEOUS the area and the view is.

  • Liked — the view
  • Disliked — The female half of the couple who own it
  • Stayed January 2007, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Pacific Edge

Property: Pacific Edge
Address: Km. #148, Playa Dominicalito, Dominical 8000, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Dominical
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 14 B&Bs / Inns in Dominical
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Built on a finger ridge 600 feet above the sea, perched on an all around drop off. One sided a incredible white water ocean view with fantastic sunsets. On the other side a densely wooded primary rain forest, alive with the cry of howler monkeys and toucans. Pacific edge is designed for the 'eco-minded guest' seeking an imaginative escape in an environment that is both picturesque and unspoiled. ... more   less 
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