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“Mediocre Standards” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Agapi
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27 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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“Mediocre Standards”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2012

Superficially, this is a beautiful apartment/hotel complex. Rooms vary hugely; some are beautiful, some are more basic. All of them are a bit shabby. They all require renovation and a lot more care. The apartments are extremely dark.

The owners are very friendly and helpful (e.g., they want through great pains organising nicer rooms for us than we had originally booked). The main problem is that one has to ask for everything. For example, there were no glasses in one of the kitchens and no toothbrush glasses in the bathrooms. The wooden chairs had no pillows, and the lighting was so poor that it was difficult even to play cards. Some showers only worked sporadically. All of this was rectified when we asked, but in a hotel of this price class this should all happen automatically.

The location is directly at the beach, but it is a beach where one cannot swim due to rocks. The next beach where one can swim is about 10 minutes walk along a poorly maintained path or along the road.

Breakfast was ok (fruits, pico gallo, toast), though one of us did not like it, so we went to a nearby bakery. It would have been nice to have a bar.

The price would be ok if everything were in good condition, but as it is, the price is about 40% too high.

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Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2012

If you are looking for simple, clean and friendly this is as good as it gets. The sound of the waves will put ypu to sleep as the birds will wake you up. carabean style at its finest.
located a short distance from puerto viejo, in between the forest and the ocean with a pool, internet and breakfast.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Pjouve
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Panama City, Panama
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2012

Niiice !!
Hotel painted in colors of wood n white...excelent compination with the infinitive green of the nature.
Nice garden w different carribean flowers,nice clean pool n jacuzzi...espectacular sea view (only 8 walking minutes from town)
All the money , the new sauna n turkish steam bath ( especially on raining days feel reborn),
Friendly staff...Rooms are clean n sheets are changing every 2 days,... breakfrast-buffet w a lot-of-fruits...
Tasos n Cecili-'owners- very friendly...always there to solve problems n arrange tours or whatever I asked for...
Thanx amigos... Pura Vida

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank zanospap
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Mykonos, Greece
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2012

We arrived in Cost Rica from Panama.We didn't had any rooms reserved and we were so lucky to meet Tasos the owner of hotel Agapi.He is the best -absolutely great person and hotel manager.They offered us a large apartment with separate bedroom spacious kitchen big bathroom and garden.Just a few steps out of the room was the beach (not good for swimming) but at only 4minutes walking next to the hotel you get one of the best beaches to hang out in Puerto viejo.Breakfast was ok ,pool was nice , I wish I could stay longer and try the hammam and massage treatments now opening ,too!Cleaning was excellent as sheets and towels were changed every day.Friendly reception staff providing all travelling information.You can easily reach center of puerto viejo as hotel is located only 10min walking.On the way you can find numerous restaurants and bars ,worth it to try food or cocktails!We found excellent little shops closeby like Bamboo Caribe.
Thank you for your hospitality Tasos! We will definitely come back!!!!

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Angela X
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amsterdam
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7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2012

The hotel and grounds are very nice and clean. You can go directly from there back garden to the beach (no swimming), next swimming beach is a 5 minutes walk through the forest by the beach. The room was spacious with a private kitchen and fridge. Water was very hot and the air condition worked. I had my private balcony with ocean view too. A little buffet stile breakfast is included into the price. The swimming pool was very clean but not deep, with a little waterfall and a whirlpool. the Sauna and a steam bath are a nice, welcoming break if it's not sunny.
The greek - costa rica couple who runs it was very nice and friendly.
Next time I come back together with my girlfriend.
It is a very good option, if you are a group of friends, because they have bigger apartments too.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank karsten b
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2011

When you're at Agapi, you feel like you're in the middle of nature - far from the hustle and bustle of civilization - and yet you're just a short walk from Puerto Viejo (I recommend the beach-side jungle walk to the road). As you relax by the pool, all you can hear are the waves, the birds and the monkeys. Agapi has rooms and apartments for all tastes and budgets - some with breathtaking views!

  • Stayed October 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank Kkp1011
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2011

A group of 4 stayed here for a few nights in Puerto Viejo and this is a great option for groups or families. We had some problems with travel arrangements and Cecilia, the manager, was so helpful and took time to help us sort things out. Recommended.

  • Stayed September 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank SazzleLondon
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Additional Information about Agapi

Property: Agapi
Address: 800 Metros Sur de Puerto Viejo Camino a Playa Cocles | America, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca 687304, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Limon > Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #42 of 51 B&Bs / Inns in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Agapi 3*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Agapi offers beachfront rooms or apartments with kitchen and jacuzzi(all with private bathrooms). We will feature a swimming pool and an outdoor jacuzzi, as well as a swimming pool for children,pool bar and breakfast buffet by the 1st of December 2009. Here, you can enjoy your vacation by the sea in a friendly environment, surrounded by nature, within minutes walk from downtown! Benefit from our bike & car rentals and tour services. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Agapi Apartmentos Hotel Puerto Viejo
Agapi Costa Rica/Limon

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