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“Beautiful Beach-Hotel needs some fixing up” 4 of 5 stars
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Monterey del Mar Hotel
Ranked #4 of 5 Hotels in Esterillos Este
Vancouver, Canada
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82 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Beautiful Beach-Hotel needs some fixing up”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

Stayed here for several days and while I recommend it, the place is definitely in need of some repair. The staff are friendly and the rooms are clean. They could use a change of furniture in some rooms. The chairs were moldy so we removed ours to rid the room of the smell. We ate several meals at the restaurant including breakfasts which were included. Food was good and service at meals was also good. The best place about this place is the location-right along a 13 km beach that is wonderfully beautiful and not over exploited by tourists and the infrastructure that caters to them. It is hot in this part of Costa Rica so the pool was a welcome relief even if the water was warmed by the sun.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Navarro, Cartago, Costa Rica
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41 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

This was our first stay at Monterey Del Mar although we had eaten lunch there on a previous trip to the area. The hotel has new ownership and they are improving the physical plant and increasing the variety of the food, although I must say the food is very good now. The staff at the hotel were very friendly and the grounds are gorgeous. The beach is the best we have found going all the way from Jaco to Puerto Jimenez. The location is an easy drive to Jaco or Manuel Antonio if you want to leave the area for a day trip. I highly recommend Monterey Del Mar.

Room Tip: The hotel was almost full when we were there and the way the hotel is laid out I don't think the...
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 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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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Jeff A
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Sunny L, Public Relations Manager at Monterey del Mar Hotel, responded to this review, April 16, 2014
Jeff,

Thank you for your recent stay with us and for taking the time to write a review. We couldn't be happier that you enjoyed your time with us and that you took note of our positive changes.

Please come and see us again for lunch or stay!

Sincerely,
Monterey del Mar Hotel, Ownership & Staff
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

Friendly helpful caring staff. Extremely helpful owner there everyday to ensure life flows smoothly at the hotel. We walked right out to the beach from our room each day we stayed. Delicious food, beautiful and luxurious surroundings. We highly recommend this hotel to everyone who wants to enjoy the best of Costa Rica!

  • Stayed March 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Pauma Valley, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

During a recent visit to the area, we had several meals at Monterey Del Mar. The food was well presented, very good and the service was excellent. It is also the best place to watch the sunset anywhere on this beach, just perfect

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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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San Francisco
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

We ate at the restaurant twice while staying at a house nearby. The atmosphere was beautiful and if you are there at the right time you can see the entire beach and sunset from your table. The food was good and the service very friendly. It's definitely one of the nicest places in the Bejuco/Esterillos area. This is minor, but I recommend adding some tiki torches for additional ambience after the sun sets.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank daphnelloyd
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Sunny L, Public Relations Manager at Monterey del Mar Hotel, responded to this review, February 25, 2014
Hi Daphne,

Thank you for joining us recently for dinner.

Your kinds words about our atmosphere, food and service are greatly appreciated and we are glad you got to take in sunset while dining! Your tiki torch suggestions are noted and we thank you for taking the time to share your feedback!

Please come and see us again soon!
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CapeCod
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

Normally, after staying at a property like this I would tee one up and blast away. However, I am going to withhold my full displeasure of this property because new owners just purchased it in December and have big plans on the horizon.

The deficiencies are too many to describe, but I would first recommend they walk throughout the property at night and either replace or repair all of the missing, damaged and unplugged lights. This will go far to increase the atmosphere of the property in the evening.

Second, most of the staff is exceptional but there are a few bad apples that I hope being an on site manager will recongize rather quickly and flush out.

Finally, if I owned this property, I would walk 100 yards up the road and takes notes at the Alma and Encantada and try to duplicate what they are doing there. Although we stayed at the Monterey, we spent at great deal of our down time at those 2 properties as well as most of our meals.

Good luck to the new management team, you have a good base property to begin your work on!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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1 Thank on_cape
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Sunny L, Public Relations Manager at Monterey del Mar Hotel, responded to this review, February 26, 2014
Thank you for your recent stay with us and for sharing your thoughts.

You are right, we are under new ownership and have big plans on the horizon. We are taking notes of your suggestions.

Unfortunately we must do more than change a light bulb for those lights that are out. Updating wiring and improvements on other aspects of the electrical system are in the works now. We have already begun installing eco-friendly solar lights in the walkways which are working great.

Staff training is underway as well, but we will always provide ongoing training to insure the best possible service for our guests.

Through all of this we will continue to remain competitively priced for our increasingly sought after area.

We do hope you come to see us again one day!
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Tallahassee, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014 via mobile

The place had great bones. The new owner admits the place needs upgrades and with her ability to keep it running she will make it happen
The rooms are large and were clean. The pool area was very nice . But in both areas chairs and lounges are needed. The beach with fine black sand is wonderful. Again it needs lounges. You can rent horses before sunset and ride the beach. Just wonderful.
The restaurant which serves a comp breakfast is outside Oceanside. You can have dinner there. The food was good and reasonable . Sometimes it did not ghost ave all items listed on the menu.
All in all this I is a most restful place. Pura Vida. Cab service is easy to get if you want to go to town. We came back well rested enjoying the entire atmosphere.

Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Maryanne C
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Sunny L, Public Relations Manager at Monterey del Mar Hotel, responded to this review, February 25, 2014
Hello Maryanne,

Thank you so much for being our welcomed guest and for taking the time to share your thoughts on your experience.

We are very pleased that you enjoyed items like the beach, pool, rooms and food. Your other comments about us needing additional seating and some menu items being unavailable are all taken to heart and are a primary focus as we continue to improve and move forward under new ownership.

Please come back to see us again so we can share these and other great improvements on the horizon!
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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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