I spent a week at the Ripjack Inn, and when I left I was sad. After only a couple nights, the staff knew my name and I felt more at home than I do at... home. My room was very clean and comfortable. The air conditioning, bed, shower, etc. were just what I expected. It's not fancy... but it's clean, stylish and comfortable. This is Costa Rica, not New York City. The grounds are constantly kept up and clean. I felt safe and relaxed at all times of day and night. The Hotel is very well situated to be far enough from the beach to avoid no-see-ums and provide the correct distance from the turtle sanctuary, while at the same time being only a 60 second walk to the sand.
The beach itself is amazing. I rarely had to share the sand with anyone.
The restaurant and bar are in a single large open air room. The ambiance and atmosphere are such that we regretted any meal that we did NOT eat there. The owners and staff are very friendly and extremely attentive.
The food... oh man, the food. The food is at once simple and distinctive. The kitchen staff spend a lot of energy making sure they are using fresh ingredients and offering a wide variety of dishes. My favorite was a pasta with mushrooms and shrimp that was so good I ordered it three different times. The chicken and fish dishes are also lovely. The hamburger... well, that's a good damn hamburger. And I don't say that lightly.
I'm trying to think of the downside to the RipJack. Uhm... I wish they had a more direct flight from Norther California?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- RipJack Inn is a quaint 21 room owner operated hotel located only 75 yards from the ocean. Our rooms are each individually decorated and come equipped with air conditioning, ceiling fans, coffee makers, in room safes and outdoor patios. With the exception of our standard rooms each room also has cable TV and mini-fridge. Rooms can all accommodate a minimum of three or five guests depend the type of the room. RipJack inn offers a full service restaurant with some of the best food in the country with a heavy emphasis on fresh local seafood. During your stay take advantage of our on-site yoga, massage and surf lessons. RipJack Inn can also help you arrange all of your activiites including sailing, golfing, diving, sport fishin and much more.We are located just one hour from the Liberia International Airport (LIR) or 20 minutes from the Tamarindo Airport (domestic). Playa Grande is a laid back quiet beach town that is also part of the National Park created to protect the endangered Leatherback turtles. Nesting season is between October and February. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Ripjack Playa Grande