We came to this hotel on a package deal and upgraded to building #3 after reading the bad reviews about the other buildings. Our room was nice and had a partial ocean view, as all building 3 rooms do. I never saw the rooms for building #1 or #2 but, judging from the outside, building 1 seemed pretty old.
About the hotel:
1. Very friendly staff
2. Nice grounds with pools everywhere
3. Nice, comfortable rooms with partial ocean view (building #3)
4. All you can eat and drink, including lots of fresh fruit
5. Decent food and lots of variety since all meals are buffet style. Plus we had a free meal at one of their boutique restaurants one night, which was delicious.
Other hotel comments:
1. Lots of children (who just loved all the pools)
2. Beach is not that pretty and desserted.
3. The hotel has some sports (volleyball, kayaks, etc.) but it’s more fun to go exploring.
4. Wifi in the lobby and main restaurant
Costa Rica trip comments:
1. My girlfriend and I came here mid-July, which is the rainy season. I think it rained for a bit most days but it’s warm so it didn’t matter much.
2. You can take a private taxi to the hotel from the San Jose airport but it’s expensive (I forget how much), and since we wanted to travel around a bit we rented a car and a GPS from Economy Rent a Car (economyrentacar.com). You can bring your own GPS but unless you have or download Costa Rica maps it won’t do you much good. By law, you have to get liability insurance from the rental company but can decline comp and collision, which I did because my credit card company (Costco Amex) covered that. Make sure to call your CC company to confirm that they cover comp and collision in Costa Rica because many don’t!
3. We drove to Jaco beach (30-60 mins), walked into a random surf shop, and signed up for a surf lesson. Half an hour later we were at the beach. We’re not very good, but the waves are forgiving and come in set after set.
4. Another day we drove to the Arenal volcano (3 hours on a winding, mountain road) and went on a canyoneering adventure where you rappel down waterfalls. Not for the faint of heart but a blast! We were lucky and got a private tour.
5. Fruit stands: They’re all over the place and have the all types of fresh fruits I’d never seen before. All Costa Ricans are friendly so they’ll gladly let you try something new if you ask. Delicous!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The closest all-inclusive resort to San Jose! Doubletree Resort by Hilton Costa Rica - Central Pacific is a modern, full-amenity, all-inclusive resort hotel. This beachfront Costa Rica Hilton hotel is perfectly situated on the Central Pacific region outside the port city of Puntarenas, Costa Rica. Located only 50 minutes West of Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) and the Costa Rican capital city of San Jose, and two hours south of Liberia International Airport (LIR). Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner served daily. Snacks and drinks available all day long. Two a-la-carte restaurants open for dinner. All-day activities for adults, teenagers or children, nightly entertainment and lounge. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Doubletree Resort By Hilton, Central Pacific - Costa Rica Hotel El Roble
- Doubletree El Roble
- Doubletree Hotel By
- Hilton El Roble
- El Roble Hilton
- Doubletree Resort By Hilton, Central Pacific - Costa Rica Province Of Puntarenas