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Pelican Hotel
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Reviewed January 10, 2013

12 Friends and I just finished an incredible 10 days here in Esterillos Este. We rented the 2 beach houses, and couldn't have been happier with the service and 'Pura Vida' atmosphere. The beach here is far from tourist packed, with great waves, and unimaginable sunsets. When you come during the high season, you'll also make a new best friend - Marcy! Tell her hi for me, and enjoy your stay!

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 9, 2012

Very friendly owner, rooms ate clean, right on the ocean, very quiet and relaxed

  • Stayed: May 2012
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Reviewed May 25, 2012

...you'll love the Pelican Hotel. We live in Costa Rica and were able to get a reservation for Semana Santa (Easter week), when all the Ticos go on vacation. We have been to several other places during this absolute height of the tourist season only to feel elbow to elbow on the beach. Not here. I joked with the friendly owner/manager, Roger that I would not write a review because I didn't want the Pacific Coast's quietest, most laid-back place discovered. It's true that the lighting in the rooms could be better, and the pool was not pristine, but these things were easily gotten past when walking on the practically deserted beach, napping in a hammock, or partaking of the excellent sea bass in the restaurant.

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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Karen S
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Reviewed May 16, 2012

If you looking for a 5 star hotel, this is not the place but if you really want to get away from the rat race and just chill, The Pelican Beach Hotel is it! This is a Basic Costa Rican hotel but what a hotel. The aircon kept me cool in my room, the bed was firm and didn't hurt my back. They have a little safe box in your room for your valuables and the WiFi reached my room over 90% of the time. (It has a very strong signal at the bar/restaurant, where the router is). The most important thing is it's right on the beach which is great for walking, surfing and horseback riding. There are loads of Iguanas and parrots that make a racket in the early evening. There is a pool table and a small pool, which is clean and cleaned (I saw them cleaning it). For $34 a night, it's a great value!. This place is the opposite of the over commercialized Jaco Beach. This place is muy tranquilo! My only complaints were the sink was loose, sheets were clean but worn and the shower could be upgraded with a slightly better showerhead. The continental breakfast was skimpy (mangos could be served since this place is loaded with mango trees) but this are all small complaints. The staff was very helpful and friendly which is a real plus. I wouldn't hesitate to stop here again.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled solo
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Thank Andy S
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Reviewed April 9, 2012

We reserved a room for the easter hollydays, trusting the pictures of the web. What a dissapointment, room without TV , dark no lights, the tiny balcony is shared, no smoking is not followed, swimming pool dark murky water seemed without care, bed clouth smelled, etc.............
Didn't ask for reimbursement, ran out of the place and never looked back.
Check the place before going , pictures are outdated and misleading. More like a scam.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 8, 2012

Located right on the beach, the rooms are small but cozy, with a nice balcony overlooking the Ocean on the Est Esterillios beach (20 Km from Jaco). Fantastic waves, big flocks of pelicans and cormorants bobbing on the ocean, surfers riding the crest of the breakers, few fishermen, long streches of fine sand. And in the back the jungle.
The restaurant is quite OK. Breakfast could be richer.
overall wonderful place for a few days.

Room Tip: beach front rooms
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  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 15, 2011

If you want to get away from it all - Pelican Hotel will fit the bill! Their rates are great and it includes breakfast. The beach is very close and it is further south of Jaco - this means that you won't see that many people on the beach except some local fisherman and a chance that other visitors at neighboring hotels come to Pelican to eat/drink!

All people working at this hotel were great! Very helpful and wanted to make sure you had a good stay. Pura Vida!

Room Tip: They accept USA dollars!
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  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled solo
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Address: Costado Este Aeropuerto | Between Jaco & Manuel Antonio, Esterillos Este 90, 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 Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Specialty Lodging in Esterillos Este
Price Range: $88 - $169 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Pelican Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Pelican Beach Front Hotel is your perfect Costa Rican get away! With its colorful decor and friendly staff this boutique hotel sits on the ‘Riviera of the Central Pacific.’ Because of the unique geographic positioning of our 11-mile long, chocolate-colored sand beach, this is one of the a few places in the world where you can enjoy amazing sunrises and beautiful sunsets as well. It’s where the jungle meets the sand, and you’re right in the middle of it. Relax on the beach or let our staff help you plan a day filled with adventure: zip lines, canopy tours, surfing lessons, waterfall tours, catamaran cruises, mangrove monkey tours, sports fishing, kayaking, horse back riding, massage or yoga classes, and so much more! Afterward, return to our beachfront paradise for the Daily Sunset Happy Hour. Our casual patio restaurant is open 7am until 10pm to serve you breakfast, lunch and dinner. Our varied menu includes the best coconut curry on the planet. The hotel has 14 rooms and two private homes, a full bar and restaurant all located on Playa Esterillos Este, conveniently located just 30 minutes from Costa Rica's most popular tourist destinations, Jaco, Quepos and Manuel Antonio National Park and only 90minutes from San Jose airport ... more   less 
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