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Villa Acacia
Ranked #8 of 11 Hotels in Playa Hermosa
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Yorba Linda, California
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“Affordable hotel”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2012

This hotel had great customer service, but was definitely very quiet and slow during our visit. I believe we may have been their only guest as we did not see anyone else on the property the 3 nights we stayed there except the staff/owners. Regardless, they took great care of us!

The first night we stayed in a Standard room at the back of the property. Room was OK, a little on the dirty side and also did not have WIFI. The property has WIFI but since it's located by the front desk, the rooms are too far to get any signal.

However, due to the recent earthquake off the coast of Costa Rica (9/5/12), a window in our room broke the second day we were there so they moved us to villa at the front of the property and we stayed there for the remainder (2 nights). This worked out great! Villas are very spacious, had a nicer bathroom and the WIFI worked! So glad we were upgraded/moved, it really made a huge difference! I suggest going for a Villa if you can. I know it costs more, but worth it seeing that their rooms are quite affordable to begin with especially during "green" season.

Breakfast was delicious. Choice of American or Local (Typico/Tico)! Husband and I had the local option every morning! Freshly cooked!

Only major disappointment was the beach right by the hotel, Playa Hermosa. Playa Hermosa had such great reviews but I did not care for it. Let's just say we spent an hour on that beach the day we got there, and never went back the remainder of the time we were staying there. Sand was dark grey, water looked dirty, and overall just not the beach we were expecting. Luckily there are a few nicer, more private beaches (almost white sand, clear blue water) nearby and that's where we spent most of our time at. Phew.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2012

I stayed at this wonderful hotel 3 years ago when I was traveling solo and have returned w/ my wife who shares my enthusiasm for this impressive hotel. Tico owned and run by a wonderful family, one is immediately impressed by the well kept grounds, great pool and beautifully appointed rooms. the included breakfast continues to be the best. Its a happy place. I feel so welcome and at home here. Travelers have achoice of standard rooms or villas which have a full kitchen and allow guests to self-cater. As before the place is spotless. Everything works well. The a/c, the beds are still very comfortable tho admittedly they are getting older and will probably need to be replaced in about 3 years. Linens and towels are high quality.
The only negative I can come up with concerns the "guard dog" who seems dejected and sad. Im probably anthromorphising but as a tried and true dog lover I feel compelled to mention this. My wife says its cultural and I should accept it and I do yet it bothers me but hell I sleep w dogs. stay here its a fine place you wont be sorry!

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2012

I have stayed at Villa Acacia several times with groups visiting Costa Rica. It is one of the nicest properties that I visit. In a small town that isn't overrun by tourists, the hotel is two short blocks from the beach. (You can see the beach from the front of the property.) There are rooms in a pair of 2-story buildings and several individual cabanas. The basic rooms are spacious, very clean, comfy beds, small fridge, AC. The cabanas also have kitchenettes, sitting areas and a small front porch. They serve breakfasts of Tico and American fare. There is a pool with a nearby shower to rinse of sand from the beach. The grounds are immaculate - always an employee raking and cleaning the grounds and pathways. There is a gated parking area and night watchmen that survey the grounds all night long. The prices are much more reasonable than the hotels on the beach, and many of those properties are not as nicely kept as Villa Acacia. (Yes, I visit the others always thinking ahead of the next group trip to Costa Rica.)

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled on business
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2012

After looking at the highly recommended Hotel Velero and summarily rejecting it, we found
this gem of a hotel just up the street. Though not right on the beach, it is one block from the beach.
The villas are very well equipped, private and comfortable. The pool is small but lovely with chairs well placed in the shade.
Breakfasts were sensational. If you choose not to cook in your room, the breakfast choice are either American or typical. Both were well prepared with the freshest of ingredients.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Atlanta
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2011

My partner and I stayed in an upstairs superior room with one queen and one single bed. The room was clean, bed was OK although the pillows were worn. The bathroom was larger than expected with a nice walk-in shower. The room has an balcony with two rocking chairs (great to place to read and relax) overlooking the grounds which were well manicured. The property has a nice large clean pool with chaise lounges. The breakfast included was a choice between a local 'Tico' style or an 'Americano', it was good and served with good local bean coffee. The property also has individual villas which has a kitchen, therefore breakfast is not included. Playa Hermosa is a sleepy village with a nice beach which is about a 3 minute walk away. Playa Panama (about 5 mintues drive away) was even nicer. They also offer secured parking. If you are looking for a quiet, clean ,moderate place to stay, this may be right up your alley.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Cleveland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2011

Excellent high ceiling rooms, great swimming pool for the kids, very close to the beach, clean property, private parking howver the restuarant shut down at 7pm and there were too many food choices nearby.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled with family
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santa rosa,ca
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2010

Villa Acacia was the most memorable stay of my three week trip. Located about 5 minutes from the beach at beautiful Playa Hermosa the Villa was an absolute joy. This is a family business catering to a lot of Ticos as well as tourists and is definitely a slice of heaven.
The grounds are vast and gorgeous and are constantly being worked on. Not a day went by during my 4 day stay that workers weren't polishing wood, sanding trim or cutting back the extensive and lovely foilage. the room was a delightful place to return to after a hard day of swimming or snorkeling. The floor was beautifully tiled, the bed extremely comfortable, the shower was wonderful and I had a balcony overlooking the beautiful grounds. The TV and air conditioning worked great and the staff was responsive to my every need. A truly wonderful and included breakfast had the best gallo pinto I have ever eaten. And everyone from guest to worker seemed happy.Not burnt out and dour as is sometimes the case at places Ive stayed.
The big round pool could not have been cleaner or more inviting and parking is included and secure. Truly a find and the best place I stayed on my entire trip.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled solo
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Property: Villa Acacia
Address: Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Playa Hermosa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Playa Hermosa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Villa Acacia 3*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Offering an extensive garden with endemic fauna, sun terrace, swimming pool and free Wi-Fi throughout, Villas Acacia Beach & Garden Hotel is located 70 metres from the beach. Guests at Villas Acacia Beach & Garden Hotel will enjoy breakfast that they can choose between an American breakfast and Costa-Rican food breakfast for an extra fee. They can also find a variety of restaurants within 2 minutes' walk. This property is 10 minutes' drive from Coco Beach and 20 minutes' drive from Daniel Oduber International Airport. ... more   less 
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Villa Acacia Hotel Playa Hermosa
Acacia Hotel Playa Hermosa
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