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“Very nicely located for walk to an excellent beach.”
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Hotel Esperanza
Ranked #3 of 7 Hotels in Playa Carrillo
1 review
“Very nicely located for walk to an excellent beach.”
Reviewed 27 May 2014

We had a great stay in mid May. Dennis, the owner was knowledgeable about excursions and local restaurants. He made these arrangements for us a la concierge. Each morning he made our breakfast - hot and included in the room charge - to our orders,, including guya (sp) pinta, a traditional Costa Rican bean and rice dish.
This is a good value hotel. I felt very safe and would recommend this for young adults through the retired.
Thanks Dennis for everything that you did for us, especially for taking care of Pat's personal matter.

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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 13 May 2014

My wife and I had a perfect week in Carrillo and Hotel Esperanza was a huge part of that. The hotel was very easy to find, about a minute past the beach (5 minute walk). The hotel itself is very nice. Rooms were cute and very clean. They are on the small side but if you're in your room enough to care about that, you're doing something wrong! The pool was perfect at night and walking out of your room at any time and grabbing a star fruit right off the tree was amazing. We saw trees full of howler monkeys about a 10 minute walk from the hotel. Went on a beautiful horseback right from the hotel. Nice breakfast variety every morning (fruit, eggs, french toast, gallo pinto, juice, coffee). Dennis & Kattia (husband & wife) are the perfect hosts. Dennis is from the US and Kattia is local. This was perfect because it was easy to communicate with Dennis and Kattia made phone calls for us to get info from Barra Honda National Park that we would have never been able to get ourselves. A couple good restaurants in Carrillo and a bunch in Samara (10 minute drive). I recommend renting a car for your trip because of the freedom it provides. I would absolutely visit Carrillo again and wouldn't even think of staying anywhere but Hotel Esperanza. Thanks Dennis & Kattia!!!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 25 March 2014

Gorgeous and convenient, tucked in just off the main road, Dennis and Katya were more than gracious in accommodating us. They have neat rooms with A/C, a cute little child-friendly pool and shaded courtyard. Playa Carrillo is arguably THE most beautiful beach on the Nicoya peninsula.

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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Reviewed 22 March 2014

We found Hotel Esperanza while exploring in 2009 and we just stayed there again in March. Dennis and Kattia and their family made us feel so welcome! Dennis cooked our breakfast to order every morning and offered all sorts of advice on things to do in the area (Playa Carillo is now our favorite beach in the world!) He also offered us towels, chairs and even a cooler that we could take to the beach. The hotel atmosphere is very relaxing and laid back. While there are not fridges in each room, the cooler in the lobby is stocked with beer and wine that guests are welcome to based on a simple honor system. The rooms are cozy and clean and Dennis has over 1000 DVDs to choose from in case of a rainy day.
The hotel is near a small grocery store and the best restaurant in the area. The beautiful beach is short 5 minute walk down the road. You really can't beat the location and hospitality of this hotel!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Kalispell, Montana
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Reviewed 7 March 2014

We had a wonderful 8 day stay at Hotel Esperanza. Dennis, Kattia and their family are wonderful people and keep a very clean hotel. They treated us like part of their family which made our stay more than a vacation. The beach is just awesome and a short walk away. We highly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 17 February 2014

My stay at this hotel was perfect, and the attention of dennis and kattia was excellent, they worry about keeping us comfortable and provide a quality service, I stayed with my family, we are very pleased and grateful for the attention.Clean and comfortable rooms, the location is absolutely Ideal, the beach is very close. an excellent hotel...

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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Wyncote, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 16 February 2014

My husband and I recently stayed at Hotel Esperanza in Playa Carrillo for 2 nights and were very happy with our decision to stay here while visiting Carrillo. Dennis and Kattia were very attentive and made sure we had everything we needed for a comfortable stay. Dennis was always available to help us with directions or recommendations for local activities or restuarants. The location was a short walk to the beach, the website is very accurate for the proximity to the beach. This can be very helpful if you don't have a car. The room was very comfortable, with good AC to escape the brutal midday heat and warm water, which we found at other hotels is not always present even if advertised. The bed was extremely comfortable, much better than other hotels we stayed at in Costa Rica. The hotel was conveniently located to restaurants and although it is along a main road, we never heard traffic noises from our room. If comparing to other hotels, almost all the other hotels we saw in the area were along a main road and required a walk up or down a hill to access the beach, although most other hotels were further away from the beach than Esperanza. In closing, although this hotel doesn't have the best view of the ocean, it is by far worth its value for the personalized attention you will receive to help you feel at home while you away.

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Property: Hotel Esperanza
Address: APDO 65-5235, Playa Carrillo 5235, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Playa Carrillo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #3 of 7 Hotels in Playa Carrillo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Esperanza 3*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are a family oriented hotel, welcoming singles, couples, wedding parties, families, children, and handicap guests. Being a small hotel of 7 rooms we offer a warm family atmosphere with the added bonus of having the amenities of the larger hotels. In 2007 we accomplished a total remodel including all guestrooms with European tiles and exotic Mahogany and Cedar woods throughout. The hotel also features the addition of a new custom pool and spa. ... more   less 
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Hotel Esperanza Guanacaste, Costa Rica

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