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“The Best in Playa Hermosa”
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Backyard Hotel
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Playa Hermosa
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“The Best in Playa Hermosa”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2006

We take annual surf trips to Costa Rica. The Backyard Hotel is easily the nicest hotel in Playa Hermosa. This was my second visit to the Backyard Hotel. I had stayed there four years ago and was very impressed with the upkeep and improvements on the property.

I found the rooms to be much more comfortable and even cleaner than the average U.S. hotel.

The food at the Backyard Bar was also greatly improved. Four years ago the food was eh. This trip the food was very good and we ate almost every meal there.

The pool is beautiful and staffed by 4 iguanas who hang out by the pool all day and let you feed them flowers.

The staff was very helpful and accommodating. The office staff assisted us with car rentals, international phone calls and internet access. The service in the restaurant was very friendly and attentive.

It's also one of the few places with gated parking which is pretty clutch given the frequency of car break-ins. (don't ever leave anything of value in your car in Costa Rica. We would always leave the door unlocked and the windows open so that the locks wouldn't get broken during a break-in.)

The oceanfront suite on the second floor is definitely the room of choice. It has a huge balcony with an amazing view that's great for hanging out day and night.

I think the review "Beautiful Beach - Average Hotel" is a bit unfair. In Costa Rica you can't just run out and buy a new a new glass door. Something like that is usually has to be custom ordered from San Jose. Needing the security guard to turn on the air conditioner is a bit confusing. Our group had three rooms at the hotel and all of the ACs were manually controlled. There were no strange smells in any of our rooms.

I've stayed at other less expensive hotels in Playa Hermosa. They were fine, but none matched the comfort of The Backyard. The group was pretty unanimous in staying at the Backyard again next year.

  • Stayed March 2006
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  • Location
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2006

My husband and I went to Costa Rica to see the rainforests (me) and surf (my husband). Our stop at The Backyard was strictly for surfing. My husband enjoyed the waves while I relaxed on the beach.

However, the hotel was not quite what we expected. Our sliding glass window was cracked severely and patched with duct tape. The air-conditioner went out at 2 am and my husband had to find the security guard to come in and turn it back on. The room also had a strange smell.

The grounds of the hotel were pretty and there was a beautiful little pool. Although the hotel is a bit secluded, it is an easy walk up the beach to other hotels/restaurants. It is also a short taxi ride to Jaco, where there is more to see and do.

Although we enjoyed our stay overall, we probably will not stay at The Backyard during our next visit to Costa Rica.

  • Stayed December 2005
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2004

Incredible hotel. By far the best in Hermosa. Super clean rooms. Right on the beach. Great pool. The bar absolutly kicks ---. Almost killed myself on Guaro. YOU MUST STAY HERE IF IN HERMOSA!!!

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Additional Information about Backyard Hotel

Property: Backyard Hotel
Address: Hermosa Beach | 4 km south of Playa Jaco, Playa Hermosa 4023, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Playa Hermosa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Playa Hermosa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Backyard Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Backyard Hotel is located on the beautiful, luscious green, central Pacific coast of Costa Rica in Playa Hermosa, just 4 kms south of Jaco Beach. This tropical paradise boasts one of the country's most well-known surfing and sunbathing beaches. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Backyard Hotel Playa Hermosa
Backyard Hotel Costa Rica/Playa Hermosa

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