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“Off the beaten track” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Playa Bejuco
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Esterillos Este
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new york
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25 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Off the beaten track”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2012

A very nice small hotel 100 meters from a deserted beach with very rough surf. There are no services of any kind on the beach. If ocean swimming is for you, pass this hotel by. Nice pool, good restaurant, helpful staff. Family hotel.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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2 Thank pjl
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Yardley, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2012

We spent 4 nights here in late January culminated by a beautiful sunset wedding hosted by the hotel. Staff was friendly and attentive. Rooms were clean and comfortable. Food was very good. Beach is a 2 minute walk away.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Amy L
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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22 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2012

This was our second stop in Costa Rica (after the Arenal Volcano area) and we really enjoyed our 3-night stay at this intimate family-friendly hotel (we were one of the few guests without kids). We liked the design of the rooms and the attention to detail, although the comfort of the bed was not the best. The cleaning staff was very thorough. The layout of the hotel (L-shaped, open layout with all the rooms looking at the pool and the garden) was very nice. The pool was great. The staff were extremely friendly and always willing to help and seemed genuinely concerned about offering you the best service they could. The restaurant was truly excellent and we enjoyed all the dinners we had there. The breakfast was included but wasn't buffet style: you had to pick an option out of 6-7 menu items and you always had a plate of fruit included. My only complaint was that the hot water wasn't really hot: they seem to use solar panels, but they don't seem to truly work on the scale of a 20-room hotel facility. All in all, a great beachfront property (the beach is 150 yards from the hotel): I highly recommend it.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank 1BigBear
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Vancouver, Canada
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14 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2011

My wife and I spent 12 days in CR in early December 2011, 4 of which where at this location. Situated between Jaco and Quepos/Manuel Antonio, it will provide you with peace and quiet from those two busy areas, especially Jaco, which was a bit too GRINGO"ized" for our taste. Our room was on the 2nd floor and was great. During our stay we did not encounter any bugs and the only geckos we saw where all at the upper level dining area, but those little guys eat the other bugs, so that's a good thing in my book, plus they stay at the top of the walls close to the ceiling. All of the staff where great, from top to bottom, and they will help you with any questions you may have. The food was excellent, we actually made a point of trying different dishes every day and we where not disappointed.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Claude D
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2011

My boyfriend and I spent 11 days in Costa Rica and Hotel Playa Bejuco was the perfect ending to our trip. We did not have hotel arrangements for the last two nights of our trip and originally planned to find a place to stay in the Quepos/Manuel Antonio area as we made our way back to San Jose. After we arrived in Quepos/Manuel Antonio, we quickly realized that this was not the place for us. We decided to continue north to find a quieter place to stay. We were so glad that we found Hotel Playa Bejuco.

We traveled to Costa Rica during the rainy season and ended up being the only people staying in the 20 room hotel. The hotel staff made us feel special while we were there. Breakfast was included in the room rate and the food was incredible. Our favorite dish was the crema de mariscos. We really enjoyed spending time with the staff each evening (especially Carlos) while enjoying drinks and dinner in the open air restaurant.

Our room was on the second floor and was way more space than we needed. The main living space had a king size bed, a single bed, TV and refrigerator. The room also had a loft area with two additional single beds. The bathroom was large and adorned with beautiful blue tile. We did encounter a cockroach in the room, but this should always be expected when traveling to a tropical destination. I am always amused by the people who complain about bugs in the rainforest. We get more bugs in Minnesota. Please relax and enjoy your time in Costa Rica.

The hotel was located a short distance from the beautiful beach. We spent several hours fishing the river and the ocean. We felt like we had the entire beach to ourselves. A special thank you to Carlos who offered valuable fishing advice. We can't wait to return to Hotel Playa Bejuco!

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank amwest
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San Diego, California
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13 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2011

When we arrived the electricity was out, but it was soon restored. The staff were very helpful, with a lot of local information. The room was large and well-appointed. The area was quiet, and the local beaches were mostly empty and great for long walks, and watching the sunrises and the sunsets. We saw many scarlet macaws right across from the hotel as well as in the trees along the beach. It’s a low-key area with no annoying vendors trying to sell you anything. The setting was a bit remote but that was exactly what we wanted.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank btb32
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Longmont, Colorado
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13 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2011

This was the third stop, after Arenal and Monteverde, on our trip through Costa Rica. It was really the first place it got hot and buggy! The hotel itself is very charming, and it located close to the beach. As I was on a trip with several of my students, and stayed here shortly after the tragic student drownings, I was pretty nervous about letting my students go near the beach. Fortunately, they were more interested in swimming in the lovely pool at the hotel. We did spend time at the beach - watched some amazing sunsets, played soccer with some local kids - we did not swim in ocean. Take bug spray - I got tons of bites watching the kids play soccer towards the end of the day.
The rooms at the hotel were really nice, though you do need to remember that there will be bugs and such - especially if doors are left open. Several students had resident geckos in their rooms. :-) One thing I was uncomfortable with is that the south facing rooms on the first floor have doors that open in the back, and there is nothing but open space that has not been developed - just made me nervous, especially with students. On the same note, the hotel is really by itself, with a lot of open, semi-developed land around it - just didn't feel very safe away from the hotel and the beach. The service staff was also a little on the unfriendly side, and didn't talk to any of us at all, barely even responded when we needed help.
Overall, we had a great experience, and some amazing seafood! A couple of us adults on the trip ordered lobster that had been delivered fresh that day. Amazing!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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1 Thank cogrl
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Property: Hotel Playa Bejuco
Address: | Bejuco Beach, Esterillos Este, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Esterillos Este
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Esterillos Este
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Playa Bejuco 3*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Playa Bejuco was primarily designed for families,couples or groups of friends in order to provide a peaceful environment ecologically balanced and free of all kinds of pollution. The property's building infrastructures were built as much as possible in harmony with nature, and natural resources were used to reflect a subtropical atmosphere. The main source of energy is sunlight, which is converted into electric by solar panels, installed on the roofs. Hotel Playa Bejuco has a perfect location, surrounded by nature just 32 km from Jaco Beach and 39 km from Manuel Antonio National Park. The international airport is approximately 120 km. Just 50 meters from the hotel, you can enjoy a perfect natural paradise: Playa Bejuco The hotel offers high quality services at a reasonable cost and thus allows guests to enjoy a dream holiday at an attractive rate (daily breakfast and Internet are free ) Come and enjoy a great vacation at Hotel Playa Bejuco! ... more   less 
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