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“Great Beach Experience”
Review of Villa del Sueno

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Villa del Sueno
Ranked #4 of 11 Hotels in Playa Hermosa
Certificate of Excellence
Peoria, Illinois
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Great Beach Experience”
Reviewed 11 January 2014

We stayed in one of the suites for four nights. The suites have the feel of being individually owned condominiums or could be individually owned. There are a series of two story buildings that surround a central courtyard which contains the larger of two swimming pools. The courtyard is well maintained, has lots of plants and flowers, and allows for the relative privacy of each patio or upper story deck. We spent early mornings and late evenings having breakfast, reading, or relaxing on the patio. It's a beautiful place, and the suites are great for families. The beach is just one block from the hotel and can easily be reached by foot. The hotel has a nice restaurant with good food and good service. The dinner portions left us wanting more, but the breakfast portions were more in line with the price. There is a pizza place just up the street which is worth at least one try. Also, the suites have a full kitchen, and we took advantage of the supermarket in town to buy breakfast items and food for one evening meal. Playa Hermosa is a relatively quiet and family friendly beach. A great place to spend a winter's vacation.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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Reviewed 10 January 2014

This beautiful property very close to Playa Hermosa was a great place to stay. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The only downside was the pullout sofa in the suite where we stayed. It was in very bad condition, and the couple sleeping there had to put the mattress on the floor to sleep at all. The beds need replacing.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Parsippany, New Jersey
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Reviewed 4 January 2014

We stayed here this December and the place was quite clean though the room was small.WiFi was available near swimming pool. The hotel is just a few minutes walk to the Beach. Better be careful when walking to the beach as there are pot holes in the road (I twisted my foot.).

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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San Jose, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2014

Went to this hotel at the end of a family Costa Rican vacation. good way to end the vacation. Playa Hermosa is a great beach to hang out on. Lots of locals and the beach is very close to the hotel. A nice plus was hanging out on the beach on New Year's Eve: watching fireworks, listening to Tican music, and savoring local delicacies.

Just make sure you get the regular villa suites (Junior Suites are quite small).

also a quick shout out to the staff. always smiling and helpful

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Margate, Florida
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Reviewed 31 December 2013

When we reserved the Junior Suite, since it had a breakfast bar, we believed that it had a burner to cook on. Also the hotel only had "wi-fi" in the lobby and the connection was intermittent and slow. Not having internet in the room was very inconvenient. The rate was very expensive and did not include breakfast. The dishes in the "kitchen" had not been washed. The coffee supplies provided were very old, for example the powdered creamer was one solid piece. The air conditioner in the room had not been turned on before we arrived, so the room took a long time to cool down. We had to prepay the room in advance because the hotel told us that they were booked, but we noticed a lot of empty rooms. We think that for the price we paid for a Junior Suite, we didn't get our money's worth. The people who worked in the hotel were friendly and helpful, but we did not like the hotel. We definitely don't recommend Hotel Villa del Sueño.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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boston, ma
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Reviewed 4 December 2013

I took the family here Monday morning. It was delicious. $4.5 for banana crepes. The kids loved it. We were allowed to take a dip in the pool after breakfast (we were not staying at the hotel) and the pool was perfect. I don't think they serve lunch but the dinner here is top notch.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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Illinois
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Reviewed 25 September 2013

An overall rating of "two" might be low, but the hotel does have good points to mention.
We stayed the last two nights in Costa Rica at Villa del Sueno. The staff was friendly and checked us in promptly to our Jr suite. The villas are across the road from where you check in, which seemed a little odd, and they don't feel connected the actual hotel. After our introduction to the grounds, we parked our car closer to our room. There is a guard at one parking lot, and it is well lit.
The room appeared similar to the pictures online. We had a small kitchen area with sink, toaster oven, coffee maker and refrigerator. This was newly updated, as was the bathroom area. I thought it was clean and appealing; however, the bed and linens reminded me of what would be provided in a jail cell. The mattress was not comfortable. The pillows were so mis-shaped I decided not to use one when I slept for fear of what I would actually be resting my head on. I'm not sure if we got really unlucky in the middle of very, very low season, but I've only felt this way about another bed/mattress in the middle of Phuket town that probably had rates by the hour. This, ultimately, is why I rated the hotel as I did.
The first night we moved the bed in front of the air conditioner because it was pretty hot, even with the setting turned low and the unit running for a number of hours. By night two, we were able to move it back to the original location.
The grounds are well maintained, and the pool area was very clean. Since it was low season, we actually had the pool outside our room completely to ourselves both afternoons. The only area I felt was a little dirty was the hall outside our room. There were dead bugs everywhere; something a broom could easily fix. Note: There was no light at night going up to the second floor or around our building, and you cannot see. Maybe we missed a switch, but we used a flashlight.
We had breakfast at the restaurant both mornings, and the food was very good. The restaurant was not open for other meals because of the time of year. The hotel also has a bar. For dinner we walked to a little pizzeria/restaurant a few minutes down the road. Food was good. Other than that, there wasn't too much around.
The closest beach entrance is a little bit of a walk, but you can drive if you wish to (there's a small parking area). Again, not too many people at this time of year. There is also a small grocery store on the main road in Hermosa.
I don't think I would stay at this hotel again, unless I knew the mattresses and linens had been replaced. Other than that, I think the hotel was a good value for what we had.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Villa del Sueno
Address: | 150 meters from Playa Hermosa Beach, Playa Hermosa 39-5019, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Playa Hermosa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Playa Hermosa
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Playa Hermosa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Villa del Sueno 3*
Number of rooms: 43
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Location: 4 Hours north of San Jose. Playa Hermosa, northwest province of Guanacaste. A 25 minutes drive from Liberia International Airport. Playa Hermosa: A 1.2 km. sandy bay protected by volcanic rock formations on either end. Ideal for swimming, kayaking, snorkelling and diving enthusiasts. Hotel Description: 43 rooms set amidst tropical gardens, nestled in the heart of Playa Hermosa. 150 meters from beach. Mediterranean style buildings surround freshwater pools (2), thatched bar, open-air gourmet restaurant . Restaurant Villa del Sueno: Romantic open-air setting, restaurant or garden seating available. Features Mediterranean inspired gourmet cuisine. Noted for excellent service and live dinner music presentations. Serving breakfast and dinner. ... more   less 
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