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Hotel Pumilio
Ranked #1 of 44 Hotels in Jaco
Certificate of Excellence
Huntington Beach, California
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4 reviews
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“A hidden gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2013

Iinitially booked this place for one night and we ended up going back for two more nights. The property is located in the outskirts of Jaco surrounded by trees and a river. The property has 10 rooms equipped with a small kitchen and a private patio/ balcony all facing the forest and swimming pool. The place is very well maintined, room is clean and very spacious. Great pool and very well manicured garden. It's a great place to relax and connect with nature. Breakfast was delicious and had good variety. service was excellent.They provide free daily round trip taxi ride to Jaco. Marcelo (front desk attendat) was very helpful in arraging tours for us and gave us good recommendations of places to see and things to do in Jaco. We love this place and will definitely go back. It's home away from home. Thank you guys and keep up the good job!!!!!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Bvrijheid
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LapaVIP, Propietario at Hotel Pumilio, responded to this review, 14 October 2013
Hello! It was a pleasure you with us, our guest’s opinion is very important, thanks for your kindly comments, our boutique hotel is ideal for a escape to a relax experience surrounded by lush vegetation and enjoy being in harmony with nature, our location gives the opportunity to experience a variety of activities without having to change hotels and the personalized service makes a difference, everyone deserves to have a perfect vacation! Hope to have you, your friends and families back soon, let us know in advanced and we help you in advance. Best regards and thank you!!!!
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2013

My family stayed here following a Medical Tourism conference in Jaco. The location is peaceful away from the busier beach side of Jaco, set up in the hills with mountain views and delightful pool and spa. All rooms have private terraces and self-catering facilities. The staff are attentive and breakfasts delicious. There is no restaurant but they arrange for lunch or dinner to be ordered in or arrange a taxi to Jaco restaurants.
At just a short journey away from San Jose, this is a great location for a few days or weeks of recuperation and relaxation, near to the beach.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Meditourdirect
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LapaVIP, Propietario at Hotel Pumilio, responded to this review, 20 August 2013
Hello! Nice to hear from you it was a pleasure to have your family with us after a hard work during the Medical Tourism Congress, the hug of the mountains around the hotel, peace and specially our location close enough to do almost anything you want, makes a perfect place to recover, enjoy and relax. Our best wishes on this adventure. Your opinion is very important and we appreciate your time and hope to have you back soon, we keep walking and improving every day so people can go back home with unforgotten memories and special experiences. Best regards!
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2013

The whole experience was great. The staff were very helpful, nice pool, breakfast was good, close to Jaco and other beaches. Plenty of shops and cafes in Jaco. We used the local laundry service, and was very cheap. We had 13 items done for $7.00. It was alot cheaper than the hotels laundry service. If you don't want to leave the hotel to eat out, the staff will pick up food for you from one of the cafe's, and serve it to you on your patio or on the big deck. The iguana's stop by for visits at breakfast. I had one that visited on my patio each day, and I fed him watermelon. My only complaint was that the bed was too hard for me. They need to add some padding or have the option to have it added to your bed.

Room Tip: All rooms are good
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
Thank BabsTX
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LapaVIP, Propietario at Hotel Pumilio, responded to this review, 8 August 2013
Hello! It was a pleasure to have such a special family with us! Hope you had a good trip back home! We really take care of giving our services with reasonable cost to our guest so you enjoy the visit and have a good experience. Your opinion is very important for us, thanks for your kindly comments. The iguana miss you too, hope to have you, your family and friends back soon, let us know in advanced and we will help you with our your plans and prices! We are going to get some bed padding for special persons like you! Best regards
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2013

My family recently stayed at this small hotel on the outskirts of Jaco, a very nice beach with strong but not unmanageable waves about an hour or so outside of San Jose. Three things really set this hotel apart. First was the excellent service, at all hours of the night and day, that the staff provided. For example, the hotel provided menus for a number of popular Jaco restaurants, took our orders, and delivered the food right to our room. When we called for cleanup, they were there in minutes and were very thorough and polite in every respect. They also had wine chilled for us on arrival. Wine on arrival does not "make or break" a hotel, but it is an example of the nice touches that the hotel provided. I also want to add that the hotel staff was very helpful in arranging tours for us and accommodating our ever-changing itineraries, and in making sure that breakfast was ready for us on our departure date, when we needed to leave very early in the morning.

The second thing I want to mention is the location. If you are a young surfer, you probably want something right on the beach. For us, as a family that wanted to use the beach but also wanted some relief from the hubbub of Jaco, this hotel was perfect. It is less than a five minute drive to the beach and there is plenty of parking at the beach, but being a little away from Jaco landed us in a hotel with a great swimming pool, a fantastic, semi-secluded location amidst the lush Costa Rican landscape, and with a perfect "get away" feel. So the location could not have worked out better.

The room was fine for our needs and the breakfast, while not stellar, was more than adequate, and certainly good enough to ensure the five star rating remains an accurate reflection of our experience. I highly recommend El Paso de las Lapas. I should add, I slept best at this hotel than any other on our trip. That may be because the beds are extremely comfortable - it could also be because this was our last stop after an exhausting, but priceless, week.

Room Tip: Ask for the second floor. The first floor is fine, but you get better privacy with the second.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Maurice M
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LapaVIP, Propietario at Hotel Pumilio, responded to this review, 18 July 2013
Hi! It was a pleasure to have your lovely family with us, nice to hear you enjoyed our service we really work hard to make everyone’s experience unique and be part of the value of the vacation days, we believe they have to be the best every day and is one of the reasons for having our flexible schedules since the breakfast in the morning, we are going to work to have a stellar breakfast your opinion counts and it is very important to us, it`s the best way to improve our guest satisfaction.
As you describe is a perfect “get away” but close enough (less than 5 minutes) from the beaches, restaurants, attractions, supermarkets, etc. We love to bring the restaurants to our guest room for a perfect relax, it’s the easier way to have everyone enjoying what they really want to eat. Glad you liked the extremely comfortable beds, special to rest and get ready to the next adventure day. Thanks for your recommendation and hope to have your family, friends and specially you back soon let us know in advanced and we will help you plan the trip!!!
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2013

We stayed at this place for one night on our way to UVITA. It was in late April, the hotel was almost empty which made it even more fun as we had the place to ourselves. The rooms are super clean and big, nothing to write about architecture wise but really great in terms of access to the pool and how they also have a little mini kitchenette if you are staying their for a while. Great spot!

Room Tip: get a room on first floor for easy access to the pool!
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
Thank BKCanada
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LapaVIP, Propietario at Hotel Pumilio, responded to this review, 29 May 2013
It was a pleasure to meet you even one night on your way to Uvita, thanks for your kindly comments, your opinion is vey important for us to continue improving as to outperform ourselves! On your next trip to Costa Rica let us know in advance and we will help you, it will be a pleasure to have you, your family or friends having El Paso de las Lapas experience for more days!!! We hope you enjoyed Uvita and had a nice trip back home!!!!
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New York City, New York
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2013

We stayed one night in route to Manuel Antonio and only wish we had stayed longer! The outdoor kitchen was great. Breakfast was included and served outside with the lizards. The pool was very nice and clean and the grounds beautifully kept. However, the staff was the best part! We were welcomed with a glass of wine and they even overlooked the fact that I had accidentally booked the wrong night. We were sad to leave the next day and would love to get the chance to return. Highly recommend!!

Room Tip: We stayed on the second floor which gave us a nice view
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
Thank lesliemccpierce
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LapaVIP, Propietario at Hotel Pumilio, responded to this review, 22 May 2013
Thank you for your kindly comments, your opinion counts, the outdoor kitchen is great that way the room doesn’t smell food and people can enjoy the nature while cooking. Our staff really enjoyed your visit and we are glad we could help you with the accidentally booked day, so we had the chance to meet you. Today we had a tucan new born in our trees, it is amazing! Hope to have the chance to come back some day and be able to have your family and friends with us, let us know in advance and we will help you!! Have a nice day!
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2013

We stayed a couple of nights en route from the peninsula to Manuel Antonio, and it was a great decision. It's a lovely boutique hotel, with the rooms opening onto the pool, surrounded by quiet farmland. The staff are really friendly and helpful. If you aren't driving and want to go into Jaco, you get a free cab ride, or even better, you can order food in for an evening meal and eat on your terrace.
Breakfast was good, and it was lovely to sit outside and drink a coffee by the pool before having another dip..
I personally don't know why anyone would make a special trip to stay in Jaco city, as it seemed a bit plastic, but this is a great base for exploring the area or breaking a journey. Beautiful.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
1 Thank cfn_11
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LapaVIP, Propietario at Hotel Pumilio, responded to this review, 17 May 2013
Hello! We hope had a good trip back home, it was a pleasure meeting such a special couple. You are right our boutique hotel is a great base TO EXPLORE COSTA RICA, Manuel Antonio, Volcán Poás and coffee plantation, Tortuga Island, adrenaline, sports, Carará National Park, canopy, restaurants, shops, souvenirs, supermarkets among others, it is so much to do and come back home at night and enjoy our personalized service that makes an experience unforgettable, thank you for your kindly comments, your opinion counts and it is very important for us, thanks for breaking a journey and stay with us. Hope to have you back some day and be able to have your family and friends, let us know in advance and we will help you!!! Have a nice weekend!
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Property: Hotel Pumilio
Address: Del cruce Herradura 2 Km hacia Jaco | 1 Km a Mano Izquierda, Jaco 61101, Costa Rica (Formerly El Paso de las Lapas)
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Jaco
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Jaco
#1 Luxury Hotel in Jaco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Pumilio 4*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Strategically located in the heart of Costa Rican Central Pacific, surrounded by an spectacular view between pristine tropical jungle mountains, a wide variety of birds and other local fauna specimens, you will find Hotel Pumilio, a tranquil and peaceful heaven, yet only 3 minutes away from famous Jacó and Herradura beaches, the most developed tourist hotspot in the country. Ideal for family, couples or friends vacation stays, you will enjoy the wide variety of ecological, adventure, adrenaline & sports tours that the area offers for every age and preference. Closely surrounded by the most famous national parks and reserves, you will also find a wide variety of restaurants, supermarkets and stores, the best marina in Central America, beautiful beaches, islands and a spectacular colorful ocean among a variety of activities that makes us unique. You will enjoy the 10 comfortably decorated large luxury suites, impeccably cleaned and fully equipped outdoor kitchen for your convenience. We include a complete breakfast without schedule, free Wi-Fi, AC, a balcony or a terrace to admire and enjoy the view with your loved ones. Our palm leave's thatched roof Spa surrounded by exuberant vegetation, will take you to a relaxation state so you will enjoy to the maximum the experience of being in harmony with nature. Leap into happiness in Hotel Pumilio, the best personalized service. We know how to find the happy in you and every one of our esteemed guests, so everyone can return home with unforgettable memories of the visit to our beloved Costa Rica. ... more   less 
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