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Hotel El Velero
Ranked #3 of 11 Hotels in Playa Hermosa
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Reviewed 20 February 2012

On.line booking made this a very good choice.The hotel was clean and had everything we needed. The restaurant was exceptional as verified by the people coming from other hotels along the beach to eat there. The staff was so friendly and helped us make travel arrangements around the province.We will surely stop there when we return to Costa Rica in the near future.

Room Tip: Second floor rooms on north side away from parking lot were quieter.
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  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 February 2012

We made our lodging plans last minute and found this online. We were very pleasantly surprised for it's location right on the beach! Our 8 yo boys LOVED it.

So nice to eat your meal or have a cocktail within about 100 ft of the surf. The bar and restaurant have what appears to be a regular following. Staff is very friendly and food is good! We enjoyed seeing all the different wildlife/birds from the restaurant, and of course the sunset in the evenings.

We stayed 2 nights at the beginning of our trip, and then spent our last night in CR there as well. Rooms were clean, beds a little hard, but we slept good after being on the beach/exploring all day and the walls could be painted a different color..to make it brighter....but, for the price--this will continue to be one of our favorite stops when we visit again!

Room Tip: Our rooms were on the 1st level (lower). There were comfortable---I heard the upper level rooms are...
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  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with family
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3  Thank Cheryl S
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Reviewed 11 February 2012

We--girlfriend and I--stayed there for four days in February for the first leg of our trip. The hotel is right on the beach, close to the airport, and a good place to be based out of for the northern part of Guanacaste. The rooms were clean and big. The hotel is pretty and the staff were very nice. We enjoyed having coffee on the terrace and its happy hour. Although we met a lot of other Americans there, we also experienced a lot of Costa Rican culture through the hotel and its surrounding neighborhood. At the end of our trip, we moved on to an all-inclusive hotel and we wished that we were back at Velero. The place is just really nice and comfortable. Bear in mind that it isn't a big American style hotel. If you've ever stayed at B&Bs in Ireland, you'll understand that spending a little less for a room sometimes gets you better culture and you'll be able to spend your money on food, alcohol, and activities. (note: you'll hear the monkeys in the morning but isn't that the point of going?)

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 February 2012

We did a last minute quick trip to Playa Hermosa Costa Rica and found this hotel online. We have never been to Costa Rica and didn't have a lot of time to plan or stay and didn't want to spend a ton on a resort. This property was a wonderful surprise! Small boutique hotel, that on initial sight doesn't look like much, but the rooms are very clean, spacious and the staff was nice. They do not all speak English. The restaurant is right on the beach and has a nice menu. Many people come from other properties to eat here. prices are very reasonable. The breakfast was one of my favorites! You can't beat the location, for the price. Beds are a bit hard, but clean. We are a family of 4 with 2 adult children. If you are looking for something priced right with more of a "locals" experience than a resort this is the place. Seemed safe as well, we had no problems. We would come back again.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 1 February 2012

The location of this engaging hotel was wonderful! Right on the beach and for a very decent price! The room was good, the food was good and the service was awesome! It was perfect to unwind just seconds from the bar and on the beach. The beach is a nice one too. There is not much to do in the little town, I was hoping for some souvenir shops, but I was not too disappointed because there were some unique salespeople that came by on the beach and we also had a massage right on the beach, can't beat that...the sound of the waves and the breeze through the coconut trees was terrific as your body is put into relaxation mode! Incredible sunsets as well! We were able to book a short boat tour from the beach also. I would have liked to do the sunset sailboat tour, but you have to have a minimum of people and we were only two. We enjoyed hearing the monkeys early in the morning from our room, could not see them though! All in all, a nice place to stay.

Room Tip: Try to get a room near the beachside if possible, there is a bar at the roadside that can be a littl...
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  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 February 2012

The accommodation is average, but at $75 per night for beachfront, you really can't complain too much. The beach is fairly clean, nice for walking and sunset-watching and the surf is gentle with little current. Certainly there are nicer beaches in Costa Rica, but close to the Liberia International Airport (about forty-five minutes by taxi) you can't do better in this price range. It's a good place to stay for the first few days of your visit while you decide where you want to go next or for your last night in paradise before your fly out. The rooms are okay and the food and drinks are good. The restaurant service was slow at times but since it's right on the beach we didn't mind waiting because we enjoyed the view.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 26 January 2012

My boyfriend and I visited Costa Rica in late February to early March 2011. We flew in to Liberia and decided (without any hesitation) to start our trip on the coast. We arrived pretty late at night and quickly got a cab from the airport to Hermosa. We arrived at El Velero (with reservations) for check-in and everything went smoothly, We had an upstairs room near the back. We stayed two nights and then went off to explore the country. On our way back, in March, we stayed here for our last night before leaving to come home.

Our room was totally fine, as was the rest of the hotel. No, it's not luxury at all and perhaps the room could use some nicer linens but Hermosa is a pricey area and this hotel is affordable in comparison. And you cannot beat the location. We loved the beach and this hotel is right on it. You can enjoy your yummy breakfast and watch the waves crash. So many people seem to complain of the service but we found it to be completely satisfactory. If you need to be babied and coddled, this is not your place. The management and employees are laid back but will help when needed.

We would wake up very early on our first days there and would always hear the employees already working. There was always someone sweeping or mopping or cleaning the pool. And Playa Hermosa itself is a wonderful beach. It is the main street of the town in many ways and you will see all manner of people walking their dogs, going for a jog or having a swim.

We are planning our February trip right now and nearly went back to Costa Rica just so we could get off the plane and head directly to El Velero to plop down on the beach and have a drink and know that our vacation had truly started.

Room Tip: Upstairs rooms are prettier.
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  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Address: #1 On the Beach, Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Playa Hermosa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Playa Hermosa
#4 Romantic Hotel in Playa Hermosa
Price Range: £71 - £91 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Hotel El Velero, a mediterranean-style, boutique beach hotel just paces from the Pacific blue waters of Costa Rica's pristine Playa Hermosa. Hear the waves crash and breathe the clean, salty air as you relax in our seaside tropical gardens. ... more   less 
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El Velero Playa Hermosa
Hotel El Velero Costa Rica/Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste

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