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“Excelent Value at the Ripjack”
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Hotel RipJack Inn
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Playa Grande
Certificate of Excellence
Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, United States
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Excelent Value at the Ripjack”
Reviewed 26 January 2014

We just returned from a week staying in the Bungalow at the Ripjack. I will preface my comments by saying we have stayed for the last few years at very nice all-inclusive resorts, including the Westin at Playa Conchal in Costa Rica last year which my wife and I loved. We wanted to stay at something smaller this year and get a better feel for Costa Rica, and I chose the Ripjack based on comments and pictures on Tripadvisor. We definitely found what we were looking for!

The Bungalow was very nice and clean. It was nice being able to shut the doors on the bedroom in the morning to make coffee and not wake my wife. We are always concerned about getting a hard bed and uncomfortable pillow, but that was not an issue here. We slept great! The grounds were nice, and the location in Playa Grande was perfect. I love to run in the morning, and I was able to run on both roads and the beach once the tide was out, and it was great! There are a number of great bars and restaurants within a 5 minute walk, but honestly the restaurant here was absolutely fabulous and we didn't want to eat too much at the other places.

Tamarindo is about a 1.75 mile walk down the beach with a $1 water taxi ride to take you across the estuary. If we did it over, we would have rented bikes for the entire week and just rode them down the beach or the road to the estuary and took them into Tamarindo. The beach in front of the hotel is awesome, and a great beach to walk for miles on at low tide especially.

If we go back to Playa Grande, we will stay here again.

Room Tip: I'd highly recommend the Bungalow, but I didn't see the other rooms.
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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RipleyCostaRica, Manager at Hotel RipJack Inn, responded to this review, 29 January 2014
Dear Scott, thank you for this absolutely wonderful review. We are flattered to hear that we can compete with big hotels like the Westin. It sounds like you had a great vacation and we are more than happy to have been part of it! Pura Vida
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Reviewed 20 January 2014 via mobile

For our last night we eat here. They have a large seleción of American type food. Large portions (and prices!). Service is good BUT two out of four who eat here got sick! One had to go for treatment and the other was out for more then 24 hours, both violently sick. Not sure what happens but we were not to happy about it....

Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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RipleyCostaRica, Manager at Hotel RipJack Inn, responded to this review, 25 January 2014
Thank you for your review. We feel sorry that you had such a bad experience in our restaurant. Since no one else complained about food poisoning or similar, we can exclude this as a reason. The dish you ordered was very popular that night and you were the only ones having a reaction, maybe an allergy? Our restaurant manager complimented your dinner and tried to help you as best as possible. Obviously this is not a great way to end your vacation and we regret seeing it is associated with the RipJack Inn now. We hope you are all well and you can forget about this experience and keep the positive memories of your vacation more present. Take care and pura vida!
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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 January 2014

My husband and I stayed 3 nights at RipJacks in Jan 2014. Coming from Tamarindo, which was crowded and super touristy (vendors walking the beaches, looks if knick knack shops), Playa Grande was perfectly removed, without being far away. Tamarindo is a 25 min drive, or you can walk to it along the beach. The staff have been very welcoming, giving us tips for day trips and turtle watching tours. There is a yoga studio on site. The restaurant serves delicious fresh and local food. It's a very popular surf spot - tonight we counted about 100 surfers out at dusk, and it was beautiful watching their silhouettes as the sun went down. Overall this has been a bit of heaven at the end of our trip, and I would highly recommend it. The only downside is that things (rest/bar) close down early, so if you are looking for a party scene, this isn't it.

Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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RipleyCostaRica, Manager at Hotel RipJack Inn, responded to this review, 25 January 2014
Dear Sarah,

Thank you for your review. We are more than happy to hear that you found a piece of heaven here in Playa Grande and that the RipJack Inn with its people and good food was part of it. Also, thank you for pointing out that Playa Grande is a very tranquil little surfer town. If you are looking for night life and night clubs, Tamarindo is the better option.

Pura Vida!
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Port Moody, Canada
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Reviewed 12 January 2014

We stayed at the Ripjack Inn for two nights at the end of December 2013. Hotel service was very friendly and relaxed - mostly young staff. The owners had recently taken over the adjacent property and had given the whole place a facelift and a fresh coat of paint. It was very clean. Small fridge in the room which was nice to keep some cold drinks and snacks.

While you can't see the beach from the hotel, it is only a 30 second walk through the woods to get there. Playa Grande is a fantastic beach - great waves for surfing or boogie boarding, very flat and a great walking beach as it goes on for miles. Walking early in the morning you can see the tracks of the leatherback turtles that have come ashore in the night to lay eggs.

Onsite restaurant is fairly good. Nice selection and food is generally pretty good. We were there on New Year's eve and the staff was a little overwhelmed, but did everything they could to make us happy.

We will definitely come back here the next time we are in Costa Rica.

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Room Tip: ask for a room away from the kitchen to ensure quiet
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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RipleyCostaRica, Manager at Hotel RipJack Inn, responded to this review, 14 January 2014
Thank you for taking the time to write a review about the RipJack Inn. We especially value your positive feedback about the new part of the hotel, as we put a lot of work, effort and passion into it to make it a worthy addition to the RipJack. We are proud to have a dynamic, enthusiastic and cheerful team of people working here and enjoying it. Happy employees lead to better service and therefore content guests. We are aware that there might be moments, when staff is overwhelmed. However, we also know that our employees will do their udmost to put a smile on your face, no matter what ;-) Thank you and pura vida!
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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 January 2014

Just spent a wonderfully relaxing week at the RipJack. What s nice, friendly and unassuming place to while away the days. Everyone who works at this place could not be any more friendly or helpful. Located about 100 yards from beautiful Playa Grande beach and away from any large hotels or condo developments affords the RipJack a relaxing and peaceful atmosphere.
A popular surfer destination but also perfect for families and other non surfers.

Room Tip: The deluxe pool rooms are away form the main part f the inn and very quiet.
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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RipleyCostaRica, Manager at Hotel RipJack Inn, responded to this review, 14 January 2014
Hi Magic165, thank you for this magical review. Nothing makes us happier than happy guests. We hope to see you again! Pura Vida
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 January 2014

The hotel is as close as you can "be" to the beach as legally permitted these days, i.e. in second row, a mere 100m away, which is fantastic! We stayed for 7 nights together with our gron-up twnis sharing Suite No. 2 and were more than pleasantly surprised of: the cleanliness of the place, the very good quality of meals all times, the frinedliness and dedication of all staff in whatever functions, the nice pool in front of our room (there are two pools on the compound).
You shouldn't miss the watch-turtle-lay-eggs tour if it's the season for it (front desk will arrange that for you), enjoying a massage at the Frijoles Locos place, book surf lessons with Frijoles Locos.

Room Tip: Avoid rooms "under the restaurant/bar"-complex
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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RipleyCostaRica, Manager at Hotel RipJack Inn, responded to this review, 8 January 2014
Thank you, gracias & vielen Dank for this amazing review. It is great to hear that we exceeded your expecations and contributed in making your vacation a wonderful experience. We are looking forward to having you stay with us again! PURA VIDA
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Calgary, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
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Reviewed 5 January 2014

We stayed here for a few nights and it was awesome. The service and employees were great. I guess they had recently bought the hotel next to the RipJack Inn, which was the part we stayed in. Everything was clean, nice, safe, with a fridge, TV, etc. The walk to the beach was short (a few minutes) and close, but the walk to the surf shop (Frijoles Lococs) is about a 10-15 minute walk. Playa Grande doesn't have much around it; it's a great getaway for beach bums. We really enjoyed it, and Tamarindo is not too far for a day trip. :)

Don't forget to check out the leatherback turtles at night! It was fully booked, so we missed out on seeing the leatherback. We ended up going to other beaches with a local and seeing many other turtles (about 14) laying eggs. Great experience!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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RipleyCostaRica, Manager at Hotel RipJack Inn, responded to this review, 8 January 2014
Thank you for this – let’s use your expression - awesome review! We are glad you liked staying with us and we thank you for your feedback about the new part of the RipJack Inn. Since it is still very new to us, we rely on our guests to share their experiences and opinions. This way we can improve and become even better ;-) It is unfortunate that the tours for the leatherback turtles had been fully booked, but we are happy that you got to see turtles after all. Thanks again for choosing the RipJack Inn and we hope to see you again! Pura vida
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Property: Hotel RipJack Inn
Address: 50m Al Sur de Oficna de Minae, Playa Grande, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Playa Grande
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Playa Grande
#2 Family Hotel in Playa Grande
#3 Romantic Hotel in Playa Grande
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel RipJack Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 21
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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