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“Hotel Laguna Mar, an excellent choice for Costa Rica”
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Hotel Laguna Mar
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Herndon, Virginia, United States
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“Hotel Laguna Mar, an excellent choice for Costa Rica”
Reviewed 22 August 2012

Hotel Laguna Mar is a gem. Located in a pristine area of Costa Rica, near beautiful beaches and fine dining. Proprietor Drew Callahan has established a wonderful boutique hotel. We had a great time at the hotel and surrounding area. Services included a very nice pool area, bar and dining. His staff is amazing. Ask for Michael. Michael was always available and ready with a nice Rum beverage, soda and other provisions for a trip to the beach or trek through the rainforest.

I highly recommend Hotel Laguna Mar for your next trip to Costa Rica. I will be coming back for a return visit soon!

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 13 August 2012

Just spent 4 days at the Hotel Laguna Mar with my wife... wonderful experience! All I can say every morning felt amazing, the food was great, the drinks were great and the staff is amazing. The service is very personal and everyone is very positive and happy!!!! Coming from NYC that's a plus!!! I also liked that you can call the states free of charge from the room. THe rooms are modern and very comfortable. Love the decor.

The only thing to keep in mind is that you have to drive to get here from liberia (airport). It's a 2 hour and very scenic drive, so have you camera at the ready as you will stop a few times due to all the beauty. We rented a Toyota rav4 from the Thrifty in Liberia (ask for Berlis) and had an amazing time. The GPS will get you anywhere in Costa Rica which is awesome. The beaches surrounding the hotel are beautiful and there are a few local bars and restaurants that we enjoyed. Our favorite beach is a 45 minute drive away called Samara Beach. Amazing!

Simply put, this is a "MUST DO" for everyone! The hotel is excellent! Everywhere you look is paradise. We will be going again!!!

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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Reviewed 26 July 2012

I just returned from 4 days at Hotel Laguna Mar where two great friends and I had an incredible time. Not only is Costa Rica a beautiful country in and of itself, but Laguna Mar is a hotel that showcases the amazing cliff side views of the many beaches, mountain ranges, valleys and farming villages along the Pacific Coast.

--LOCATION--
Hotel Laguna Mar is located on the south/western part of Costa Rica, on the Nicoya Peninsula. Approximately 2.5 hours south of Liberia. There are many fine beaches within a hour drive fro the hotel--including: Playa Coyote, Playa San Miguel, Playa Islita and our personal favorite Playa Samara. The drive is a bit challenging as there are many non-paved roads enroute to Laguna Mar, however, if you spring for a heavy duty 4x4 you will be just fine. We rented a 4x4 RAV4, but now thing it would've been a more comfortable ride to have rented a Prado, Jeep, Land Rover, etc. The hotel is located on a corner lot, that is about a 5 five minute drive from Playa San Miguel.

--AMENITIES--
This hotel has 12 rooms, with air conditioning, hot/warm showers, free wi-fi, satellite cable--and one very cool perk--free international calling. I think via VoIP capabilities. But very nice for foreign tourists to be able to stay in touch with family and friends during their stay.

The hotel has a pool right in exposed/outdoor lobby of the hotel, that includes a cabana, four lounge chairs, a jacuzzi and lighting for late night swimming/hanging out by the water.

There is a fully stocked bar steps from the pool along with a kitchen that has a staff to make pretty much anything you could want at any time of night. Their menu is fresh, has plenty of healthy options, and changes based on 'catch' (or delivery) of the day.

There is on-site laundry service, and the staff did a great job on all our clothes.

Communication was key for us as we are on a Central American roadtrip, so a steady high-speed wi-fi connection and phone were key to stay informed and to be able to plan for our next few stops.

All rooms were most recently fitted with wi-fi capable A/C units and thermostats. This means the reception desk can have your room cooled the moment you show up in the lobby. You program it to go off/on whenever you're in the room, away, sleeping etc.

I stayed in the top floor suite with amazing views of the country side all around (Suite # 9). This place had one queen sized bed, another twin size bed, a desk, minibar and plenty of shelf/storage place for all our things during our stay. In addition, this suite had it's own private balcony with ceiling fan. Great for grabbing a drink from the bar and inviting your friends up to your own private meeting place with great views of the sunrise and sunset over the cliffs.

--STAFF--
The staff is Laguna Mar's greatest strengths. Some of the most genuine, friendly and welcoming people work here. And it shows they love it. They really want to show off Costa Rica's beauty, but also want to showcase their hospitality and ability to host you. They seem truly happy to have guests visit their hotel.

Starting with their on-site manager, Michael, they are a great group of people that are ready and willing to cater to your needs. You can reach Michael as he patrols the hotel grounds to make sure everything is perfect by dialing #111 from your room phone. Because the hotel is relatively small, you simply give him a quick call and he's up at your room in no time. Michael has no qualms about doing everything from handling laundry, to helping in the kitchen, manning the bar at night and even providing recommendations for what to do in the area. He's up when you leave the bar to go to sleep, and up early before you wake up. He's a great manager who does what's necessary to ensure a pleasant and relaxing stay.

The hotel owner, Drew, is also one of the hotels greatest assets. He is on-site all the time and makes sure your stay is perfect. Always has great recommendations for restaurants, beaches, and other recreational activities even in areas that are 1-2 hours away from Playa San Miguel. He is very friendly and always willing to come visit, have a drink with the hotel guests and give you the inside scoop on all things Costa Rica.

The rooms and bathrooms are always kept clean, fresh linens and towels are always available as well.

--OVERALL--
We had a great stay at Hotel Laguna Mar. Enough modern to keep us connected, but remote and quaint enough that we were able to unplug, relax and really feel like we were on vacation--ready to tackle our next off-roading adventure. Some sights we were able to take in while at the hotel were the beautiful Playa Samara (1 hr.), Jicaral, a small town about (1 hr.), Playa Naranjo/Naranjo Ferry to Punta Arena beaches (1 hr.), Playa Coyote (30 mins.), among others.

I would have no hesitation recommending this hotel to any one considering visiting Costa Rica. Staying in Liberia, San Jose or any big beach town is fun--but come see the real Costa Rica, take the road less traveled and come down to Javilla--Hotel Laguna Mar is beautiful. I have amazing memories and even better pictures from the country and the area surrounding the hotel.

I can't wait to come back. My friends and I are considering spending more time in Javilla, possibly even before the year is over. Do yourself a favor and contact Drew at drew@lagunamarhotel.com--he'll def. take care of you.


--PHOTOS--
Also, here are some photos I took with my iPhone: http://tinyurl.com/czqkykx

Enjoy!

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with friends
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Playa San Miguel, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 25 July 2012

Some friends and I were invited here for lunch. We were served some delicious food and an drinks. Afterwards we relaxed by the pool and just wasted away the hours. This location is in a great location (short distance to the beach) and near a local road. I can't wait to stop by again and have my family/friends stay here when they visit San Miguel.

Room Tip: Ask for the 3rd floor. Great views!
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with friends
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Zurich, Switzerland
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Reviewed 22 July 2012

As we were totally exhausted from a long trip, we've arrived to San Miguel, we felt so disappointed about the beach and surroundings and just by pure hazard we've found this beautiful boutique hotel on a side street.
It really saved our day and we've felt really comfortable and above all very welcomed, Andrew the manager/owner took good care of us.
He and his staff were really helpful and advisory to us. The value you get for the price is "priceless!" Best hotel in Costa Rica. Thank you very much for the great hospitality, the good wine and LOTS of good food!

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Austin, Texas
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Reviewed 30 June 2012

We arrived to the area of Playa Coyote and Javilla in late June. Since it was low season we did not worry about making reservations in any place. We have a few suggested hotels and B&Bs. However we did not know that during low season many hotels close their doors and unfortunately some of the most recommended hotels were impossible to find because of lack of proper signs.

We were getting frustrated when we found a sign directing us to Hotel Laguna Mar. We were greatly surprised when we arrived. Not only the price was very affordable (the cheapest that we paid in Costa Rica) but it had the best accommodations that we had seen so far: You could notice the attention to detail of the people who designed it.

The bathrooms were elegant and pristine, beautiful tiles, big showers and fancy fixtures. The beds were new and incredible comfortable. Unlike other hotels that we visit the internet and cable were never down. This boutique hotel had even free international phone calls to US. The patio which had been designed for relaxation had a small but nice pool, a Jacuzzi and a bar.

The staff gave us a very warm welcome and they were friendly and attentive to all our needs. When my daughter came back from an excursion with a strong poison ivy reaction they provided medicine for her.


They prepared great cocktails for us and Drew the owner cooked some nice dishes for us
He was happy to recommend and encourage us to try other eateries around the area.
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If you are looking for a front beach hotel this may not be the place for you since it is located in the town (we did not find any front beach accommodations in that area).

Although no big fans of fast food we do like to eat shortly after we get to a restaurant. My experience in Laguna Mar (as well as in all the other restaurants in that side of the coast) is that you should not wait till you are hungry to order food since it takes a while to prepare. So be patient when you are visiting the Pacific coast since things here move more slowly. Other than that we truly enjoyed our experience in Laguna Mar and it was our favorite hotel in Costa Rica!

We would recommend this hotel for people who wants to relax far away from touristic spots.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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Jaco, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 13 June 2012

You owe it to yourself to take this trip, it's an adventure you'll never forget. The ride to the hotel is where the adventure begins. Before long you'll see the real Costa Rica," unspoiled" the way it was maybe 100 years ago, farmland, forests, wildlife. And then BAMM! out of nowhere there is the Hotel Laguna Mar. It's five star in my opinion from A to Z nothing is overlooked and I had the best night's sleep in years. As Arnold says " I'll be Back ".

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled solo
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Property: Hotel Laguna Mar
Address: Between Coyote and Playa San Miguel | Front of the School Javilla, Playa San Miguel 50906, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Playa San Miguel
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Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Playa San Miguel
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Laguna Mar 3.5*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Javilla's premiere boutique hotel. Located along the Pacific Coast in Costa Rica, Hotel Laguna Mar offers the best of both worlds — an exotic, tropical environment and the service of a fine four star hotel. Visit the real Costa Rica where the ocean water is warm nature completely surrounds you. Hotel Laguna Mar awaits your visit. ... more   less 
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