I stayed here for 2 nights with an OAT tour group. The grounds are beautiful (a bit more manicured and resort-like than most of the places we stayed) and the bungalow/villa was wonderful. The linens were the best we encountered and the air conditioning was a welcome amenity! (The A/C was very efficient AND quiet.)
There wasn't much wildlife here - though we saw a few geckos and quite a few birds. There was a TV in the room but I never turned it on. Wi-fi was available at the pool, bar & restaurant areas.
The bathroom was great and the shower had very good pressure and consistent temperature, which is very important to me.
The swimming pool was very nice - though it was a bit odd in how the depths were laid out - very shallow in some areas so you couldn't really swim laps. I'm guessing that was to make it safer for the families with younger children.
The bar and restaurant were very nice - open air and with an ocean view. The restaurant seemed to cater more to 'American' tourists so it was a bit more 'pedestrian' than some of the other food we experienced in Costa Rica.
The beach was right there, though it didn't appear especially safe for swimming. It was nice to hear the surf and walk along the sand. The sunsets were very beautiful both nights we were there.
The only downside I can think of was the fact that they didn't have a gift shop. It would have been nice to be able to pick up some snacks or postcards etc.
- 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