From reading some of the reviews, I was a bit worried but all those worries disappeared once we arrived.
We rented a car and drove from San Jose... don't do this. Take the bus. We used our car but could've gotten around just fine using bikes or cabs. I emailed the hotel a few days before our arrival to get directions and not only did we get excellent driving directions but were told of a great place to stop for lunch and where to look out for speed traps. The speed traps were right where they said they would be and lunch was good.
Yes, they do prefer that you pay cash but if it means I save the 13% credit card fee... cash it is. They changed US cash for us at the front desk when they had it and didn't charge us a fee. The exchange rate was better at the hotel than when we had to go to town and exchange it at the bank.
You can charge the breakfast and dinners to your room and pay at check out. Same thing with water and beer from the coolers in the lobby. But you cannot charge spa services to you room, that would've been nice. We did a couples massage in the spa and it was wonderful. I would highly recommend it.
We utilized the hotel safe because of the one review about the theft in the room but towards the end of our trip we just locked our things in our suitcase and put it under the bed. We had no problems but if you are concerned the hotel will get your things in and out of the safe without complaint.
Most nights we walked into town for dinner and took a cab back. The walk is just over a mile and we never felt unsafe. Make sure you wear sturdy shoes for the walk since the roads are full of potholes or gravel. The cab ride back is 2000 colones which is a fair price.
We found the staff and Eddie to be very friendly and helpful. They called a Cocoa Plantation to make reservations for a tour for us and arranged a zip line tour... both of which we would recommend doing. They always gave us good advice and went out of their way to be friendly and helpful.
We stayed in bungalow 8 which is far from the reception area. We never had a complaint about noise. We did get woken up by roosters and jungle noise but that is what happens when you stay in the jungle. The rooms were clean. Every window (with the exception of the one that opens out on the back) had screens but even if they didn't we didn't have any problems with bugs. Didn't get one bug bite the entire week.
Bottom line... this hotel is clean, safe, romantic with a wonderful staff and in a great location. If I were to go back to Puerto Viejio, I would stay here without a second thought.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Awarded 5 coconuts from Caribbean Travel Magazine for style, service and setting. Rustically elegant, hard crafted bungalows are privately set apart in a lush five acre tropical garden on the edge of the jungle. In front or the gorgeous white sand Cocles Beach, winner of Costa Rica`s blue flag for pristine beach. An idyllic romantic hideaway with a family friendly double occupancy price for a family of four. Que Rico Papito Restaurant specializes in food fit for jungle royalty. Massage, facials and delicious body treatments at our Indulgence Spa. Rest easy! Secure Lodging with Safes & Secure Parking. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Costa De Papito Hotel
- Hotel La Costa De Papito Costa Rica/Limon