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Hotel La Puerta del Sol
Ranked #5 of 11 Hotels in Playas del Coco
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BC Canada
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Great stay/diving”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2007

Spent 9 days over christmas on diving vacation. Minor problems with A/C were taken care of quickly and the lovely Italian (?)couple managing the hotel helped us track down lost luggage, provided restaurant advice, taxi calls etc.
Good breakfasts and friendly restaurant staff (and a great night security guard!); clean, spacious rooms; easy walk to restaurants, dive shop, beach etc.

Great diving through Rich Coast Dive Shop. AVOID Ocotal for diving. A fantastic dive at the Catalina Islands with giant, gentle Manta rays was ruined by Ocotal divers climbing on the back of the poor creature and hanging off the rays wings. Terrible! The Ocotal divemasters did nothing to stop the group from harrassing this wonderful beast who naturally turned and fled leaving the rest of us disappointed and disgusted with the lack of respect shown by the Ocotal divers.

Other than this, had a wonderful vacation in Playa del Cocos. Great food at the local restaurants, try the Howler (tequila concoction) and mexican food at the mexican place in town. Local restaurants have cheap/easy/delicious set lunches (casados?) for less than $5. Great salad bar at La Dolce Vida.

People lovely and the area so far unspoiled by mass tourism, though lots of condos seem to be sprouting up everywhere!

Stayed December 2006
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Tucson, Arizona
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2005

This place is fantastic... Coco beach is just a short walk and so beautiful- The weather was just great The room was large, had a fridge, AC, safe. It was very clean...

The restaurant was very good and the bar at night was great. We had a blast. Great day scuba... I would highly recomend it.

Great town of Coco Beach nearby with great restaurants

  • Stayed September 2005, travelled on business
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Lion's Head, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2005

The hotel itself is very pleasant, with large, clean, well decorated rooms, and the grounds are beautiful (although the pool could be cleaner!). We had a couple of meals at the Sol y Luna Restaurant, and the food was good, but the menu is a bit limited (there are better restaurants in town, especially for seafood lovers).

The only real drawback of this hotel is its location. It is only five minutes walk from the main street, but walking there can be very unpleasant in the heat and the dust! We were also disappointed in the beach, it is not too clean (Playa Ocotal, a few kms away is more pleasant).

But the highlight of our stay was a full day cruise on a sail boat, this was wonderful!

  • Stayed March 2005
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Property: Hotel La Puerta del Sol
Address: La Chorrera | 200 mts. este del Lizard 75 sur, Playas del Coco 50503, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Playas del Coco
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 11 Hotels in Playas del Coco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are located at 30 minutes from Liberia International airport, 100 meters of the beach.Our place is special for rest and relaxing,we are close to restaurants and shops.Swimming pool, gym, tropical garden, free parking, 24 hours security, Wi - fi connection. The rooms have small living room and private terrace, and are equipped with: Hot water, cable TV, Air conditioned, ceiling fan, safe box, refrigerator, Coffee maker. Only no smoking rooms ... more   less 
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