We returned yesterday from a week at La Palapa. Having never been to CR before I did a lot of research which left me a bit confused. Overall the ratings were good for La Palapa although some posters had some security issues. And its always the negative reviews that we remember the best. Anyway, during our stay in CR we felt completely safe at all times. When we arrived at the hotel we were greeted by Denny, who turned out to be a wonderful host throughout the week. He speaks great english and is very accommodating. We walked thru the main building into the courtyard area and took a immediate right turn. And Denny, said "here is your room". Wow, it was right there, just off to the side of the courtyard/dining area, which is very nicely shaded. I didnt see any other rooms around ours at all, they sit back further than ours, but still nice. There are two big trees that make up the support for the palm, awning that covered a small tile porch. Two chairs and a small coffee table are on the porch for relaxing just out our room. Which was nice but with our room in the heart of everything there were more tables/chairs scattered around for relaxing. And the best part is the ocean is just a short distance away. Everything was right there, it was a perfect setup. A sliding glass door is the main door to enter the room. The door is a large, divided door with the other half of the door also glass. Serving as a great 7-8' picture window for a fantastic view of the palm trees and ocean. Upon entering the room I immediately noticed two individual, twin sized beds and a loft above the beds with another queen size bed. The size of the room is plenty big for two people, even though it sleeps four it could be cramped with four people if everyone was trying to dress at once. But who does any sitting around the room anyway. One wall was all closet area with shelving with alot of storage space. A good sized refrigerator and a wall safe are added benefits. Although if someone wanted to get the safe off it could be done. But with todays modern tools, nothing is safe anywhere. The lighting in the room is sparse, and the bathrooms lighting isnt much better but good enough. The shower was large and the water was super hot and hard to regulate. The best is to turn on the cold and slowly add hot. The room comes with a wall mounted tv, not a flat screen, but who cares about tv. The air conditioner worked good and the ceiling fan is also nice to have. Overall the room could use a some attention for a fussy traveler. But we had no issues and felt it to be very unique and fit our needs.
Daily breakfast is a bonus, its a $10 item on the menu, saving a couple $20 if they choose to eat there daily. There are cheaper items on the menu, with the breakfast they offer being the most expensive. One is started off by coffee, orange juice, followed by a plate of fresh fruit. Normally, a pineapple ring with mangos, pineapple pieces, watermelon, and cantaloupe. Then the main course will differ depending on your order. Usually, eggs, sausage, pancake, toast, and cereal.
We ate supper the on our first night. I had the red snapper and my wife had lobster. We were both surprised on the amount of food we were given. I was given two red snappers and a plate full of other items that I cant remember now. But I do remember being over-stuffed. The lobster there isnt like a Maine lobster, but a decent size for the price, plus all of the extras on the plate make for great meal.
Denny arranged for us to spend a couple of nights at Aernal and a tour we did while there. One thing he offered to do blew me away. He offered for us not to have to pay for our room for the two nights we would be staying in Forutna. Unfortunately, we booked our room thru priceline.com, not La Palapa directly. We couldnt change our reservation thru priceline since we were already there, which is understandable. Next time I will book directly with them. Getting to another point. When we checked in, we were given the option to pay cash for our visit or credit. Cash meant we would save the 13% tax that must be charged to our credit card. Or he said they could split it up, meaning pay some nights cash and others credit card. Obviously, they like cash, and who doesnt. We ended up paying 5 nights cash, two credit. I told him we would see how much cash we had at the end of the week. I'm not a ATM guy, but at the end of the week we paid cash for 5 nights,and cc 2 nights. The savings is about $12/night cash. On seven nights, that would be like getting one night free.
A few tips for anyone staying there. The ocean is close and the waves can be big at times. When you first arrive and want to swin, be sure you SEE rocks in front of the hotel. If you dont see any rocks, dont swin there. The tide comes in and out several hundred feet daily. At high tide the rocks are covered, at low tide they are visible. The best bet is to turn right and walk down the awesome beach for a few minutes and watch where others are swimming. The ocean there is the warmest water I have swam in anywhere. The water is also very shallow for a long ways out making it good for children. But supervision is a must, big waves are never too far away. They show up every few minutes at high and low tide. Being the water is so shallow there, the big waves make it a fun place to swim, surf and boogie board. A turn to the left and a 5 minute walk will take you into even shallower water without a rock in sight. Its not uncommon to see 1000' of sand before the water during low tide to the left of the hotel, the elevation it that flat.
For the price, service, and location, I couldnt have been happier in a place that costs several hundred dollars/night. With the ocean right there and the uniqueness of our room the I would certainly do it again. And highly recommend it to anyone who doesnt think they have to stay at a place fit for royality. For the average traveler, which I saw a lot of in CR, it will fit the needs.
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