As others have said, El Velero is not a fancy hotel, but it's an excellent choice for Playa Hermosa and is really the only place to stay if you want to be right on the beach. The last time I was there you couldn't see the ocean from outdoor bar and dining area, but this time a lot of the bushes had been cut back to provide an excellent view. The rooms are spacious and clean. We moved here from Bosque del Mar when it became obvious that Bosque del Mar was not ready for occupancy. (Although we had been told construction was done except for the restaurant, there was still a lot of construction underway.) We liked the location of El Velero on the beach better as it turned out anyway, and the overall atmosphere was better. The restaurant was excellent and the staff was friendly. Even with the 'special rates' at Bosque del Mar, El Velero was less expensive and offered free internet. The parking area was secure and patrolled at night by a security guard. The pool could definitely use an update, but not many people seemed to use it either on this stay or my last. The bathrooms are small and could use an update but the water pressure was good in general. (Bosque del Mar definitely had nice bathrooms and they also had a fridge which was handy.) We had a car and often drove to Playas del Coco and other areas for lunch and dinner, but the BBQ at El Velero was great. (The meals are more expensive than the last time I was there, though - but I guess that's the case everywhere!) The hotel also offers sunset and day sails on their sailboat - well worth the cost and it includes appetizers and cocktails.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- El Velero Hotel
- El Velero Playa Hermosa
- Hotel El Velero Costa Rica/Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste