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La Dolce Vita
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Reviewed 5 April 2013

Enjoyed our stay at this quaint lovely spot in Esterios. Staff awesome and welcoming. Units are clean and location is the best if you like peace and quiet. Wonderful restaurants in town to feed us local grub.Returning for our 4th year to this gem in the rough.
Mike and Kathy(Canuckle Heads)

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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ladolcevita10, Manager at La Dolce Vita, responded to this reviewResponded 30 April 2013

Dear Mike and Kathy,

Many thanks for your nice review. Your words are gold for us and will further incentivate our commitment toward our guests, the hotel and the Esterillos Oeste community. You know our effort, works and investment to keep at its best this wonderful place on the beach, facing the shore. We look forward to having again, next year, as our guest.

Steve

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Reviewed 22 March 2013

I really enjoyed this spot. The staff was good and the owner really helped me with anything I needed. It's not a new building but things are well maintained and you can get a good deal -- especially if you book for multiple nights. It's only a few steps from the beach so you can lay in bed and listen to the waves. One note, this is a really quiet little town so there's not much here in the way of bars and nightlife. However, if what you want to do is just relax then this place is perfect. I'd stay here again in a minute.

Room Tip: Actually I think any room is good. The place is small and so any room is just steps from the beach.
  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled solo
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ladolcevita10, Manager at La Dolce Vita, responded to this reviewResponded 7 April 2013

Dear Guest,

Many thanks for your positive comment about La Dolce Vita hotel. Your words and tips are very useful and I remeber very well all the good ideas you shared about new services to offer, for helping our clients to enjoy Esterillos Oeste and the hotel. It was a pleasure to meet you and hope we'll have the chance to see you again in the future, more as a friend than as a client.

Pura Vida
Steve

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Reviewed 14 March 2013

My original booking for La Dolce Vita was for 10 days. After that, I extended twice to make my time at the beach into a full month. That, in summary, says it all, and is my endorsement. This small hotel is situated in an authentic village setting, surrounded by jungle-like trees, foliage and flowers, and yet within exactly 30 seconds one can be walking, swimming (or surfing) on the beach. The sound of the waves crashing on the shore are what you hear going to sleep and awakening each day. All the necessary amenities are included in each unit, and I have found it to be a very peaceful and relaxing setting. The young couple, Jasmina and Emilio, who manage the hotel as well as providing excellent breakfasts, individually served, are good hosts. In all, it has been a truly satisfying experience staying at La Dolce Vita. I have no hesitation in submitting a wholehearted recommendation.

Room Tip: Unit # 1 on the upper level is closest to the beach and has an excellent view of the Pacific. Unit #7 is also upper level and has a good view as well.
  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 22 February 2013

The owner Stefano and the kind Tican couple who take care of the small hotel were very friendly and helpful. The town is 20 mins away from the bustling and commercial Jaco and it is the exact opposite--at least for the weekdays that we were there. The room is actually a small apartment with some nice touches---bedspreads and light fixtures and a functioning kitchen so it is possible to buy local food and cook at home. The location is perfect---right on the ocean with a shady spot to hang out right outside the gate. There is also an impeccable and pretty but tiny pool and outdoor shower to helpful with cleaning after ocean swimming. This is a great spot for surfers and body surfers---both experienced and not. We had a great time. The owner is working on gradually improving the hotel---our bed was uncomfortable and he was grateful to hear this feedback so that he can put it on the list of things to improve. And I believe he will do so.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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ladolcevita10, Manager at La Dolce Vita, responded to this reviewResponded 1 March 2013

Dear Guest,

Thanks for your nice words and the kindness you showed during your stay here, at La Dolce Vita in Esterillos Oeste. We got your suggestion about the bed of your room and have already made the replacement. Emilio, Jasmine and I have good memories of you and you will always be very welcomed. Hope to see you soon.
Our warmest greetings.
Steve

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Reviewed 6 February 2013

To be honest when we arrived we both were very unsure of this place. we were immediately given our room (3). A small open patio/porch that leads into the kitchenette area with a refrigerator, 2 burner stove, sink, coffee pot and kitchen supplies and a futone bed. Table and chairs outside on the patio. A small entry into the bathroom and bedroom with a TV and A/C. Our first thoughts were this place needs some updating, but after a walk on the beach and a couple beers we figure we will be just fine for the 3 nights we are here. There is a very small pool oval shaped probably not 10 by 20' in size, but it is refreshing and clean. By the pool is an unkept bar area, the thatched roof over it has a huge hole in it. The ceiling in our room in the little hall had mold growing because of a leaking a/c unit. Our overall opinion is this could be a very nice place, but as of today there is total lack of maintenance. Our friends were here last year in January, and they were surprised by some of the changes. Oh leave a light on at night to avoid cockroaches - my husband saw a dandy - he said he tried to catch it just to show me. If you are truely looking to get away from everything and do nothing for a week or more, this town could be for you, as there is not a lot to it. Stop in Jaco for supplies. Our three nights were enough for us, primarily because it is so small, but i would go again and i would hope there is some maintenance done to this hotel. The owners were there at the time we were there, they are from Italy. I could see they were on vacation not there to work. As for the managers, breakfast everyday was excellant and they seemed like nice people.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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ladolcevita10, Manager at La Dolce Vita, responded to this reviewResponded 7 February 2013

Dear Guest,

We wish to thank you for the honest review and for your words, that make us engage for working harder in order to make our guests happy. La Dolce Vita is just on the beach, less than 100 meters from the ocean. Therefore it is very hard and expensive to mantain the structure; keeping in the mean time a convenient price for the guests and all the facilites we offer for free as: wifi, breakfast, Tv, parking, kitchenette, etc. The property has just started a project of hotel maintenance and if you will be back again soon, you will appreciate again our wonderful location on the beach and the comfort of the hotel.
Greetings and see you soon. Nick

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