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“Quiet oasis, stunning gardens, lovely pool” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Monterey del Mar Hotel
Ranked #4 of 5 Hotels in Esterillos Este
Toronto, Ontario
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9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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“Quiet oasis, stunning gardens, lovely pool”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2012

Although somewhat removed from the main attractions of Manuel Antonio Park, this quiet hotel is a hidden gem. (But if you don't want the hastle of transportation to and from Manuel Antonio, this place may not be for you. However for us, it was a great place to return to and de-stress after a day in the bustling local towns, or hiking through the Park.) The beautifully- maintained grounds are filled with flowers and lush foliage, and the rooms are large and well appointed. Most units have their own terraces. The beachfront outdoor dining terrace offered an excellent and varied menu. There was always well-prepared freshly-caught fish when we were there. The restaurant staff were pleasant and attentive, especially Carla at the bar. Note: the beach, although lovely to look at and walk on, is not a swimming beach due to dangerous riptides, however the beautiful pool more than makes up for this. Monterey del Mar is a great place to relax and appreciate the natural beauty and bird life of Costa Rica's Pacific coast.

Room Tip: The few beachfront suites look gorgeous.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Cambridge, MA
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2012

If you choose a beach front hotel because you like to sit by the pool where you can neither see nor hear the ocean, this is the place for you. I chose this hotel because I love the ocean and I wanted to sit on the beach. There are two broken down chaises by the beach and they were always taken. So I went to ask if one of the many chaises around the pool could be moved to the beach. After waiting for quite a while, the person at the desk said the manager was not there and I could email him for an answer. I gave up and went to visit my friends at another hotel on the beach that cost half as much and had plenty of chaises, some hammocks on the beach, and a much friendlier attitude toward its guests.

WiFi is not available in your room, only in the dining room, a room by the kitchen that smells awful and has no fresh air, and the front reception area.

The place is very clean and well kept, I only had breakfasts and one meal there.

Next time I will go to the hotel down the beach

Room Tip: Some of the rooms have ocean views; if you like the ocean ask for one
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank silogram46
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Garrison, New York
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2012

We stayed for three days at the beginning of February. Most of the rooms are free standing cottages and most have views of the water. The location south of Jaco by 30 minutes is quiet and peaceful. The beach stretches north and south for a long distance and was deserted. There are plenty of chaises around the pool. The staff is friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank HKGood
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Mississauga, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2011

We stayed here for a week and found the grounds and room to far exceed expectations for the price we paid. A gentleman working there named Warren was particularly kind and looked out for us a number of times. He actually helped us attend a local festival in Parrita(which we never would have heard of otherwise) and was a real pleasure to talk to in general. Warren actually played a huge role in our trip and he gave us many great memories. Another man working the desk Pablo, helped us organize day trips and find good prices for the things we wanted to do. Make the effort to talk to the staff as they have so much great insight. The location is great because it is close enough to Jaco (the tourist city) that you can take a quick drive over (less than 15 min) and enjoy the events there, but also far enough away that the beach in front of the hotel is practically deserted (we went in February so this probably had something to do with it as well). If there is something that could be improved, it would be the breakfast portions (found them to be a little small). Either way would definitely recommend staying here because of its great price, location, and friendly staff. I am looking forward to returning!

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank DJ K
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2011

I stayed at the Monterey Del Mar Hotel with my family in mid-October 2011. It was a great place to get away from all the busyness from work and life in the US and enjoy the simple life in Costa Rica. The staff is very friendly, the food and drinks were amazing and the room was clean and relaxing.

After we arrived in San Jose we had a really enjoyable drive to the resort on the Pacific coast. We saw a lot amazing wildlife like alligators, lizards, and even leaf cutter ants marching down the road!

I'm looking forward to staying at the Monterey Del Mar Hotel again during my next trip to Costa Rica.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Jerry G
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2011

I just returned from a week long vacation with my family in Costa Rica and stayed 4 nights at the Monterey Del Mar Hotel. The staff was very friendly and the food and drinks were outstanding. The room was simple and clean. We went on a zip line and ATV tour that the front desk helped us arranged and those were amazing! I'd come back and stay here anytime and I'm looking forward to my next trip to Costa Rica.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Chris G
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Alexandria, Virginia
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2011

My friend and i just got back from this hotel a couple days ago, a few things you should know is that its about 2hrs from san jose airport. which means you can either rent a car with a $1000 deposit or get a taxi driver to drive you for about $100 + tip.
When we checked in the person at the front desk wasn't exactly friendly and didn't say anything to us, he just gave us the key to the villa and pointed in the direction to go, ... no smiles, no offer to help us with our bags.. which after 7hrs of travelling wasn't exactly what we had expected.
The actual grounds of the hotel are absolutely beautiful and have been well maintained, we got villa 108 which I think had the best view of the beach and was also close to the pool and restaurant. It was a cosy little villa which had maids come to clean each day.
The restaurant is open aired and they provide you with an inclusive bfast. The one person who was actually friendly with us was the bartender Karla, she helped us with transportation and info about the area. Besides Karla there is a neighboring resort called Alma, the front desk receptionist there was extremely helpful and their customer service was exceptional! we booked our tours through them rather than our own hotel because of their friendliness and willingness to help us out!
We do refer this hotel because of its beauty and its a great place to get away from the towns and tourists but be aware that the customer service needs to improve alot!!!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank music616
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Property: Monterey del Mar Hotel
Address: Esterillos Este Beach at The West End | Canton Parrita, Esterillos Este 6300, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Esterillos Este
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 5 Hotels in Esterillos Este
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Monterey del Mar Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 29
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Monterey del Mar Hotel, Restaurant & Spa is the gem of the Central Pacific Coast. Nestled between the popular destinations of Jaco and Manuel Antonio National Park, this boutique hotel offers a convenient location with the serenity of a secluded beach. The warm colors of the hotel and it's lush tropical gardens give way to a breathtaking, uninterrupted view of expansive Playa de Esterillos Este (Esterillos Este Beach).Enjoy swimming in our beautiful pool, a relaxed stroll on our cocoa-colored sand beach, go play in the waves, enjoy a delicious meal at our beachfront restaurant or ask our concierge to book an adventure tour for you. Amenities include: oceanfront rooms, elegant suites with private terraces, a beachfront restaurant with selections ranging from local fare to international favorites, spa services, air conditioning, hot water, free wifi in the lounge, satellite TV, room service and complimentary continental breakfast. As our welcome guest you are our priority. We look forward to seeing you soon. ... more   less 
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