Sigh. I really have tried to like this hotel. I tried to base my dissapointment on the fact that we first stayed at Arenal Nayara one of the top Hotels in the country as a reason I was not enjoying myself.
Alas, no such luck. Came here for the second part of our Honeymoon. Showed up on a Wednesday and then left Sunday. The entire time it was seemingly abandoned as if we were the only ones there. Greeted at the front desk by a smelly, huge guy with sweat marks all over him when we arrived who promptly put bright blue plastic wrist bands on us to designate we had a 'Meal Plan'. He said, "Most you guys dont like it, but its easier for us." Oh. its easy for you. As in you dont have to WORK to ask us if we have a meal plan or not. either way we pay so I really didnt appreciate 'being branded like cattle' as another reviewer stated. we went on tours with other resorts amd people were laughing at our wrist bands. Bosque is obviously the only place that does this.
When taken to our 'Honeymoon suite' we were taken to a room with two beds! For a Honeymoon. What?!
They promptly switched our room to a king, however.
Throughout the stay we noticed the language barrier was much more apparent here. You need to know some Spanish to stay here. They have maybe two or three people that speak a fair amount of English.
The room was okay. It is obvious that this hotel is old and the interior has been heavily updated to overcome that. Not enough outlets. All the doors were sliding doors and very frustrating to open. Not only that but they are not sealed appropriately on the bottom or in the cracks of the door itself! It's very easy for bugs to get in. We had a Red Ant problem, a few lizards, Mosquitos etc... I felt itchy at night. I hated sleeping in this room as I felt we were constantly killing and getting bit by bugs!
The beach. Oh dear, the beach. I'm not picky about beaches but this was by far the dirtiest beach I've ever been to and not because the sand is black, that was expected!
No, there was litter everywhere. Too many locals roaming about, stray cats and dogs (one of them chased us, not all are nice and most are emaciated looking...gross. Poor things.) litter as in coke bottles, trash from locals and hundreds of dead fish that ended up stinking up the beach. Lots of locals approaching you to buy crud from them.
Also, there is a family that lives right next door to the resort. They have tons of chickens and dogs that end up running around this resort. In fact there is so much chicken crap around right in front of the main dining that it is impossible to eat without having flies swarming all over you and your food. I mean swarming. It's impossible to away them all away.
The waiter we had explained that the family once owned tons of land and then sold it, so they are rich by Costa Rican standards and they don't work but instead sit around getting drunk on Sugarcane moonshine all day. Ah. Good to know. There is no line designating who's property is whose and they were a bit territorial.
We were walking the beach at night after a sunset cruise and we walked in front of the property (which is hard not to do since it is literally next door. Their house is practically attached to the hotel.) and the owner came out and started walking behind us asking what we were doing! I mean, it must have been the owner but I can't be sure because it was so dark. All I know is being yelled at by strange locals in the dark after 6pm is not my idea of fun. He could have had a weapon for all we know.
The beach chairs - COVERED in ants, no cusions and all but maybe three that I saw were not broken in the seat part.
No monkeys. Where are these monkeys people are talking about? We did see an Iguana though. That's it besides the dead fish and dead puffer fish.
The water - not inviting and dirty looking. I did not get in the water
at all. Period.
Food - meh. It was edible enough but you get very tired eating the same place every day. They had enough selection to just get by for three days. Otherwise it gets monotonous. Steak was tough. Seafood was okay but make sure you like to eat Octopus tentacle before ordering anything seafood here. We were fine since we love sushi but I could see that as a big shock to some people.
The activities on this side of Costa Rica were pretty good. Boat tour was great. Sunset cruise was okay but it stormed really bad on the way back. The cruise though was hosted by some locals I guess they were not uniformed. They offered us snorkeling in a reef. No life jackets, just noodles. While other boats from other resorts had life jackets etc.. The boat had no lighting system for night time like boats are required to have in the U.S. so it's a bit scary.
The pool - looks great in pictures but very sad looking in person. The hot tub is maaaaybe a Luke warm if I'm being generous.
Oh, also if there are people here it's usually large families with kids. Screaming and crying kids are a normal occurrence here. If you don't like that, look elsewhere.
Overall... We stayed only 3 nights. By the second day I was wanting to just. Go. Home. :(
Customer service was rather poor. Everyone was very reluctant to talk to you or help you. They acted like they would rather be somewhere else, even the English speaking ones. After such great, easy service in Arenal it was a bit of a shock.
I will not stay here again. I've never written a review on here and never been inclined to give a bad one but I simply could not be happy with my stay here. Especially as this was a honeymoon and we were not treated or accommodated with anything special...or even a stocked wet bar.
Usually hotels have snacks in the room you can open and purchase.. Nothing was in these rooms. Only one package of coffee. No decaf. No tea.
Nothing romantic about this place at all. If you're a big family looking for a family friendly, beach resort and you're okay with bugs in your rooms then it's okay. Other than that.... Look elsewhere!!
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