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“Saved by the phone” 4 of 5 stars
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Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Playa Hermosa
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Alajuela, Costa Rica
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Saved by the phone”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2012

My wife and I had one of the best vacations ever, after being dissapointed with your pick of a hotel in Esterillos Este. We called a friend that was at the Sandpiper, and asked if there was a room. And for your luck,line phone was dead so Greg(the owner) hadn't recieved reservations.
So there we were, in the most relaxed,clean and well mantained surfers hotel. The restaurant The Green Room, has a small menu, but don't think this is a minus, it is excellent, made with care, and as it's meant to be. The bread is baked fresh, and it's real good bread.
Beachfront location right in the spot for surfers, you can stay all day watching the boards rip the waves.Your vacation started wrong, but at the Sandpiper all was forgotten.

Room Tip: Beachfront rooms are quieter and have good ocean breezes
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Redondo Beach, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2012

This was the most amazing experience I've ever had on a vacation! The owner made me feel like we were "old friends", and the overall vibe was so laid back and relaxing I felt like I was at a friend's house! The ocean breezes coming across the sand while I was swaying in the hammock on the open air bar...it was just so awesome! I would recommend this place to anyone who is looking for a little adventure, and a little down time! You get the best of both with Greg, the owner of this great place!
Tanya
Redondo Beach, CA

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
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Thank Tanya P
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Sacramento, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2012

I have to agree with all the positive comments! After several days in the rain forest we decided to leave our resort in favor of some sun. Upon finding ourselves in Jaco with no place to stay as all hotels were full we stopped into a restaurant for dinner. We asked our server, Raquel if she had any ideas where we could look and she sent us to The Sandpiper in Playa Hermosa where she just happened to open a restaurant 2 weeks prior.
The hotel is clean and located right on the beach and was priced way below what they could have asked. It has The Green Room restaurant that is very fresh and the service is inviting. It attracts locals as well as the guests from surrounding hotels.
We could not have been luckier than to have met Greg, Aaron, Kip and Raquel.

Room Tip: They have only 8 rooms. Definitely try to call ahead. Really worth checking out.
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Jaco, Costa Rica
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2012

If you have not tried the new restaurant "The Green Room" , then you are missing one of the nicest surprises in Playa Hermosa. Sunday brunch features huge apple pancakes, fresh tuna steak, typical fare and the best,,,real Eggs Benedict, shirred eggs with a homemade hollandaise sauce on a whole wheat muffin, served with fresh out of the oven banana, strawberry bread. Try it today,,and,the chicken cheese melt is one of the best I have had. Take it from the locals, we know what is good!!!

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Broomfield, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2011

The Sandpiper is a great experience. Really nice and clean rooms with access to the beach less than fifty feet from the farthest room. A great little cabana fronting the beach with hammocks and a beautiful view to sit and relax. Greg, the owner is super nice and very helpful with arrangements or questions. They have just opened a restaurant (The Green Room) on the premises that looks fantastic. Beautiful beach and great spot to watch the sunsets.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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Thank compteach
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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2011

My wife and I spent 8 nights (5 at start and 3 at end of trip) at the Sandpiper. What a great place it is!!! A real beach hotel, our room was 30 feet from the sand with a great view. Rooms are quite nice, not luxurious but clean, spacious, and very comfortable. The "vibe" of the hotel is what makes it the best choice in Playa Hermosa and it all starts with the owner. The owner, Greg, is a great, but laid back, host. Brings you coffee in the morning, goes surfing with you, knows everything about the area from restaurants, horseback riding etc., takes you into town when you want to go, even did a load of laundry for us!! Really cool palapa right on the beach where we and other guests would hang out for morning surf report, lunch, book reading, email checking, evening beers or cocktails. Even if you are not a surfer, great beach for long walks and beautiful sunsets. We will go back and we highly recommend the Sandpiper!!

Room Tip: The two best rooms are the two oceanfront. Great view, ocean waves to sleep by and less than 20 step...
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank Mickey-Leslie
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Seal Beach, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2011

If you ever need a traditional Costa Rica Surf experience, call Greg Miller. I have known Greg for about 30 years from my cycling/bike racing days and the local Seal Beach area. He owned a local bike shop in Seal Beach and now spends much of his semi-retirement here in CR. He is a straight shooter and turned out to be a great tour guide as well. Let him set up your CR experience and you'll quickly see the time and money saved by him knowing the inner workings of the area and businesses local to Jaco, Playa Hermosa and CR in general. Quads runners, horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking, site seeing and surfing to mention just a few. He's a guy with a world class cycling background including the US National and Olympic team as well as many years in the Tour De France as a mechanic and team assistant. His former team mates and arsenal of cyclist friends dating back over the years are very impressive.— Highly recommended place to stay, relax, surf, hide, sleep or whatever. You're in a beautiful country, what more can one ask for.

Room Tip: Book early for rooms facing the beach or choose from others near a small pool or tropical trees...
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
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Property: Sandpiper Hotel
Address: On the beach, in front of Soccer field | Playa Hermosa / Jaco / Costa Rica, Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Playa Hermosa
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Playa Hermosa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 8
Also Known As:
Sandpiper Hotel Playa Hermosa
Sandpiper Hotel Costa Rica/Playa Hermosa

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