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“A nice place on the beach for lunch” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hotel Bosque del Mar Playa Hermosa

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Hotel Bosque del Mar Playa Hermosa
Ranked #2 of 11 Hotels in Playa Hermosa
Certificate of Excellence
Paris, France
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57 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“A nice place on the beach for lunch”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2012

Did not stay at the hotel, but did eat there a couple times during our stay in Playa Hermosa late February. The covered outdoor restaurant is a nice respite from the sun and a nice place from which to see the activity on the beach, including monkeys and lizards in the trees. Food is nothing to write home about but alright and the service is friendly if you can get their attention. Their version of gazpacho was delicious as was the octopus and sashimi. Prices seem comparable to similar places near there.

Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Vancouver, Canada
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2012

My mother and I spent 10 days in Costa Rica and Bosque del Mar at Playa Hermosa was our last destination. I am very glad that we only booked for one night. We arrived at the hotel and were greeted by a not so welcoming employee at reception. We went to our room and were surprised. It was very nice with air conditioning, a tv and it seemed to be very clean.

After settling in, we went to the beach and were less than impressed. The beach looked dirty and was nothing compared to some of the other beaches we saw on our trip. The beach chairs were thrown together in a little area and were not very inviting. Unfortunately, a few of the beaches in the area were experiencing red tide where the water looks brown and dirty. I understand that this is not the hotel's fault but it was quite unpleasant with dead fish washed up on the shore and not really condusive to swimming. This area does have really beautiful sunsets and we enjoyed watching from the beach.

Food was ok here. We both had a caesar salad with chicken on it for dinner. This was very disappointing. The chicken looked undercooked and the lettuce was soggy. Breakfast was much better with fresh fruit, waffles and omelettes.

When we checked into the hotel, we had asked the receptionist to book a taxi for 9:45am the next morning to take us to the aiport. When we arrived at 9:40am to check out, we asked when the taxi would be there to pick us up. The same employee who checked us in was working and said that they had no indication that we had asked for a taxi. I told him that I had seen him write a note down to remind himself but he said I was mistaken. They called a taxi right away and fortunately we were only 20 minutes later than expected. It just looked really unorganized.

All in all, the rooms were nice but everything else was a little disappointing. The staff were not particularly welcoming, the food was not great, the beach was unimpressive and the experience was average. I would not return to this hotel or to Playa Hermosa. If you want a great beach go to Tamarindo. There is more to do and they have large beautiful beaches.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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58 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2012

We stayed in the ocean front suites in March 2012. The rooms were very spacious and had a great view of the ocean. Huge, nice bathrooms as well. In comparing this hotel to the second hotel we stayed at, it was a bit expensive for what it was, so I'm not sure I'd spring for the ocean front.

The hotel staff is very friendly and helpful. However, I don't think I'd go back since the beach was rocky with murky water and the hotel's pool is small, pretty shaded, and yes, monkeys do poop in the pool and you'll see a lot of lizards.

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- Overall in Costa Rica, rent a car, definitely get 4-wheel drive & a Garmen, drive during the day and you'll be fine.
- Location - Such a short drive from the airport in Liberia, but the hotel's sign is currently in a ditch, so without the Garmen, we would have been lost.
- Activities - We did not experience the spa, but did rent the kayak which was $15/hour and very fun.
- Hotel Pool - Small and quiet but there's only sun at the pool until about noon.
- Beach - Rocky and dark sand. Not the best for beaching it.
- Food - The food at the hotel is not very good (would NOT recommend the meal plan) but some good options are nearby at the La Finisterra (http://www.lafinisterra.com/) hotel, Ginger, and a pizza place up the road.
- Weather - It was the dry season and it got up to the mid-90's each day - very hot.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Show Low, Arizona
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112 reviews
48 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2012

My husband and I spent 3 nights here in a Garden View Suite. The rooms were huge, clean, and nicely decorated. There was air conditioning, flat screen TVs in both the bedroom and living room, mini fridge, coffee maker (which we used on our early morning departure), comfortable beds and great shower, and a nice balcony with table and chairs, and free wi-fi in the rooms (but no computers for guest use). The dining room and upstairs bar have a view of the ocean. We ate most of our meals at the hotel and thought the food was good and pretty reasonably priced. We enjoyed walking on the beach, using the lounge chairs and watching the iguanas, plus watching the howler monkeys at the pool. We booked two tours through the hotel: a sunset sailboat cruise, which was wonderful and well-priced at $75 per person; and a morning tour of Rincon de la Vieja National Park. The park was interesting and our guide/driver was great, but this one seemed a little pricy at $110 per person including lunch.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Austin, Texas
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21 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2012

Hotel sits at one end of playa hermosa beach. View of sunset from hotel restaurant can't be beat. Monkeys hanging from the trees watching you eat breakfast was a kick.

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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Additional Information about Hotel Bosque del Mar Playa Hermosa

Property: Hotel Bosque del Mar Playa Hermosa
Address: Primera Entrada a Playa Hermosa 300 mts Oeste, Playa Hermosa 50303, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Playa Hermosa
Amenities:
Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Playa Hermosa
#2 Romantic Hotel in Playa Hermosa
Price range (per night): $203 - $351
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Bosque del Mar Playa Hermosa 3.5*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A unique beachfront property in Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste with a high-end boutique eco concept comes alive with Hotel Playa Hermosa Bosque del Mar. ... more   less 
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