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Alma de Ojochal
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Ojochal
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 8 April 2013

Alma de Ojochal's perch above rainforest with a view to the ocean makes it a perfect setting for a Costa Rican vacation and especially those early morning cups of Costa Rican on your own private patio or balcony. Scott & Russell, Alma's owners are the best hosts you could hope for as they treat you like old friends, have great suggestions re excursions and other dining establishments in the area you should try, provide tips on the best beaches in the area and really go above and beyond to make sure your Costa Rican holiday is just what you were hoping it would be.

Breakfasts are top quality, beautifuly presented, yummy and some days even included their home grown pineapples picked on their property the day before. Russell's restaurant Azul which is located at El Castillo (managed by Scott's brother John) provides great food and an amazing atmosphere at reasonable prices topped by the best sunsets you'll find in this lovely country.

The hotel and property were recently renovated and they are kept in top notch condition by dear Christina & David the hotel's manager. The pool is just the right size and a lovely place to laze the mornings and day away and a perfect spot to enjoy a glass of wine while you enjoy the sunsets which are beautiful and different every evening.

If you try Alma, you will become like us, returning guests. Linda & Jim - Wilmot Centre, Ont./Can.

Room Tip: We had #4 on the lower level which we thoroughly enjoyed and while some have commented the views in...
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  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 March 2013

From the beginning of our communication with the manager, David, to our reluctant departure, the staff and experience at Alma was exceptional. As a family group of six, we chose the three top rooms (there are two spacious suites on the lower floor) as we could walk to each other’s rooms via the interconnected balcony. Each balcony has its own locking door, so if you stay as a couple, you will have privacy but if you go with others, it is a lovely feature. Each of the five rooms was filled while we were there, but we never felt crowded. In fact, there was a wonderful intimate feeling to Alma. It was deliciously quiet and very beautiful.

We so enjoyed the wonderful breakfasts and talking with owner, Scott, who was especially welcoming and accommodating. He mentioned we could visit the sister hotel, El Castillo, down the hill for lunch and a swim. Our most relaxing day included a swim in the inviting pools at both places followed by yummy wraps and passion fruit pie (not to be missed) at El Castillo. What luxury (and very affordable!)

Room Tip: Both upper and lower rooms are very nice. I especially liked Room 1 as it had views from two sides...
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Reviewed 28 March 2013

We happened upon Alma via trip advisor and it's sister property El Castillo. Both properties are gorgeous and we could have happily stayed in either, however the king double at Alma fitted what we were looking for at a very reasonable price, and we enjoyed the whole setup so much that we ended up staying for a whole week in Alma's tranquil setting.

The decor has been tastefully chosen with a contemporary and fresh feel, and everything feels spotlessly clean thanks to the lovely Christina who also manages to keep the owners on their toes! All rooms feature balconies, the non-suites even have a small kitchenette so you can prepare your own simple dishes if you don't feel like leaving at all! Again any extras we needed, glasses, cutlery etc were not a problem when requested.

Both Scott and Russell made us feel extremely welcome and the manager David made us feel equally at home and went out of his way to help us. Even when we set off and managed to have a minor car accident immediately after checking out! However the best bit was that we were 'forced' to stay another night and had the opportunity to try out one of the suites which Scott kindly offered us as the other room wasn't available.

An added plus is of course the opportunity to pop freely to the sister property which is run by Scott's brother. You don't feel out of place in either and should you decide to spend your day at Alma, the pool, cool breeze, great jungle view and bird TV make for a very peaceful time. The sunsets were phenomenal and unique each day and Even the rainy moments were great!

They do a delicious piña colada and make sure you try at least one of Russell's Margaritas!

Breakfasts were healthy and varied, with fruit and yoghurt included as well as a hot main. Though they don't do any other meals there's usually someone on hand with cold drinks, and great advice of where to spend your next few hours or day depending on your needs. And additionally Scott and Russell have some brilliant suggestions for local restaurants offering everything from authentic fresh Indonesian food (ylang-ylang) to delicious French style cuisine (el Fuego) featuring again very fresh ingredients, and there is also some great local restaurants offering tico fare at a very good price.

I would happily recommend this lovely place to anyone looking to explore Ojochal, it's local beaches and the surrounding areas from a comfortable, luxurious and well managed property! Thank you all!

Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 March 2013

We ended up booking this place when another place we usually go was booked up; what great luck that was!! This bed and breakfast is situated up on the hill with a great view of the jungle and the Pacific Ocean beyond. Scott, Russell and David were very helpful and friendly, making sure we were comfortable and had everything we needed. We really enjoyed our evenings in the common area with them and other guests. It is such a relaxing place and the pool was wonderful at all times of the day and into the evening, where you could watch the sun set into the ocean. They gave us great advice on the restaurants in the area and places to go. They arranged a massage with Cathy; It was the best massage that we had ever had! Thanks again to her! The rooms were very nicely appointed with nice art work, plush towels, a large bathroom with a great shower, a small fridge, counter and sink on the large balcony and a very comfortable bed. The breakfasts were very good with fresh fruit and yogurt to start and something different every morning; the coconut pancakes were my favourite! When we are in the Ojochal area again, we will definitely stay here. E&I

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Reviewed 12 March 2013

We had the pleasure of staying at Alma de Ojochal for 2 nights during our honeymoon in Costa Rica, and it was a breath of fresh air!

* The owners are great people, very friendly and nice and helped us with whatever we needed , from advice on restaurants in the area, to tour advice, and so on.

* The atmosphere in the place is great, everybody is happy, and it kinda sticks to you when you get there.

* The rooms are well equipped with a big comfy bed, great bathroom, quiet air conditioner and great balcony and view.

* The main pool area is a very nice place to hang out, drink and swim and watch the sunset and chat with the other guests.

I wish we would have had the opportunity to stay more - we didn't want to leave :)

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Reviewed 25 February 2013

This hotel has a new name and it's great. We stayed when a local casita lost our reservations and they arranged for to stay here. Scott was more then helpful in accommodating us. Thank you Scott. Five stars all the way.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 2 February 2013

What a treat! We spent four nights here and couldn't have been happier. The decor is very soothing and beautiful. The hotel is surrounded by greenery, with views of the Pacific from the pool area and our private balcony. We felt completely comfortable and taken care of. The breakfasts were different every day and always delicious, and they willingly accommodated our dietary restrictions. The hotel is on a three-mile loop road, which made for a very nice walk, with lots of birds to see, in the mornings before breakfast. We spent a full day just lounging at the pool, and couldn't have been more content. David helped us schedule a full-day excursion by boat to Corcovado National Park, arranged our dinner reservations and generally was there to help with anything we needed or wanted. Our only disappointment was that they hadn't yet opened their Oaxacan restaurant, but it is coming soon. We can't imagine staying anywhere else in the area!

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Alma de Ojochal

Address: Calle Perezoso | 800 mtrs este de Costanera, Ojochal 60501, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Ojochal
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Ojochal
Price Range: £70 - £185 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Alma de Ojochal 3*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Perched on a mountain overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Alma de Ojochal awaits giving you a respite to connect with your soul. Alma boasts 5 well appointed rooms, incredible views of the ocean and impeccable service. Come celebrate your life. ... more   less 
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