We took a weekend getaway to Esterillos to run the first Esterillos Beach 10K and spent the night at the Monterey Del Mar. The accommodations were clean, comfortable and convenient. The staff was friendly and helpful and the tropical gardens were well maintained. There’s also abundant tropical wildlife on the property, including iguanas, colorful lapas (macaws) and other birds, and an occasional crab will wander in off the beach, which is just a few steps from the open-air restaurant.
We booked the standard room, which was $120 per night (low season, by the way); taxes and fees added another $15. Breakfast for two was included. The room was spacious and comfortable, with two queen beds and a nicely tiled bathroom. They say wireless internet is available, but we didn’t use it.
On the minus side, there was no outside ventilation in the bathroom; the one window is high up and for sunlight only. The TV was one of the older models with a very poorly attached cable cord which kept coming loose, causing the picture to roll and flicker. The chairs in the restaurant are well worn and not comfortable, with the foam cushions in most of them completely exhausted from years of use, and there is a large pothole as you exit the hotel that is almost impossible to avoid – all stuff that is easily and probably cheaply fixed.
Playa Esterillos is a gorgeous strip of tropical beach, and the Monterey Del Mar is a perfectly acceptable, moderated priced place to stay if you want to get away for a day or two. If you’re looking for night life, shopping or tourist attractions, you’ll have to drive 20 minutes north to Jaco or farther south to Quepos and Manuel Antonio. Also, Playa Esterillos has very strong undercurrents, and there are caution signs posted, so it isn’t a great place to bring the kids if they want some ocean play time.
All in all, for the value, we give the Monterey Del Mar 4 of 5 stars.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Monterey Del Mar
- Monterey Del Mar Hotel Costa Rica/Esterillos Este