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“Ab-fab!!!! Eco-friendly heaven!”
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Hotel Pumilio
Ranked #1 of 41 Hotels in Jaco
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Connecticut
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“Ab-fab!!!! Eco-friendly heaven!”
Reviewed 18 March 2009

Anna (hotel Manager), provided EXCELLENT service. We arrived Jaco from Arenal pretty late and she had chilled champagne waiting for us. She's very professional and well experienced in hospitality mgmt.

The room was to DIE for!!! This is a new resort (opened in Dec. 2009) so the place is immaculate. It's a smaller property (about 10 rooms or so) so that was very appealing to us being that it is nestled away from the lively Jaco "hip strip" but close enough to the nightlife/restaurants and shops (about a 5 minute drive). Every room has a balcony with a sitting area and an outdoor kitchen complete with appliances!!! Now that is genius if you're traveling on a budget (but Tico food is inexpensive anyway)! The beds were very plush, bathrooms very spacious and there's even a day bed by the door. Very spacious rooms with huge closets and a safe. The room is reminiscent of a picture in a Traveler Magazine or something!!!!!!

The location is about 5 minutes from Jaco by car. My girlfriend took the bus one night and walked to the hotel. It was dark and the road isn't paved but don't fret the hotel provides transportation to the center of town which was PERFECT!!! We took the bus everywhere we went. We found this to be very economical since the country isn't that big. Free authentic Tico breakfast included, lovely pool and spa area for massages.

I loved everything about this hote especially the SERVICE which was magnificent!!!

Stayed March 2009, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 12 March 2009

After several other stops in Costa Rica, we ended our trip in February with a stay near Jaco.

While the town of Jaco is generally to be avoided, if you are coming for surfing, Carara National Park or other reasons, this is a great place to stay.

It's a few miles away from the main drag of Jaco Beach, which is a good thing. Recently opened, the staff was really accomodating and helpful. Breakfast was excellent and the room was clean and spacious.

While it is not the cheapest place around, it was definitely worth the extra expense.

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 January 2009

We just returned from our first trip to Costa Rica and this boutique hotel came after staying at the JW Marriott in Guanacaste. What makes this stay memorable were the owners, Laura and Fernando. They treated us like family, catering to each and everyone. Their own weekend house is situated next to the hotel, so you can contact them anytime. They bent over backwards providing us with board games, champagne at our arrival, detailed directions and maps and suggestions as to where to dine and surf. The most impressive detail was offering to make paella for our families on our last night which happened to be our 15 year old son's birthday. When Laura asked if he wanted a cake, I asked if she could get donuts instead. And low and behold, through her family's bakery business, she obtained the tasty treats. (not a typical Costa Rican item!) Laura says the hotel is her fourth baby as her three older children are now out of the house. So every detail is well planned and executed. And if you find you need anything, she will bring it to you. The set up at this place is ideal for families who are travelling with other families and with older children. They have 10 rooms altogether, 5 on the second floor and 5 on the bottom floor. We took 3 rooms on the top floor. All the balconies connect with outdoor patios and kitchens. Two nights we asked Laura to order dinner for us from different local restaurants. It was easy and convenient, especially after coming back from a busy day. The modern rooms are spacious with 2 queen beds and a day bed in each room. The decor is contemporary with flat screen TVs. And each room has a complementary snack basket which is great for hungry kids. The outdoor area has a beautiful pool with water falls, a spa room where you can get massages under a thatched hut and a thatched roof dining area where complementary breakfast is served each morning. Although this little hotel is not on the ocean, it's only a 5 minute drive to Playa Jaco. We stay at many 5 star hotels as we are Starwood Preferred Guests and this little gem will stay in our memory bank for many years to come.

  • Liked — The hospitality was excellent! And the set up was great for hanging out after a long day.
  • Disliked — I wish this place was on the ocean.
  • Stayed December 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 October 2008

El Paso de las Lapas is an outstanding eco-boutique hotel near Jaco, Costa Rica. Even though it is only five minutes away from downtown Jaco, it's out of all it's rush. This hotel is an ideal place if you want to rest in a fully equiped and luxury place, in touch with nature. From your room balcony you can enjoy the tropical forest that surrounds the hotel, a beautiful river, macaws and birds flying around. The swimming pool is beautiful, and the atmosphere of the place is unique. The rooms are more than you could expect. Luxury finished, wonderful decoration, lcd tv, air conditioning, how water. The hotel doesn't have restaurant, but rooms are equiped with a kitchen full of stuff, everything you would need to make your own food. Yet, you have a lot of good restaurants where you can go around Jaco. Its a wonderful place to stay if you look for a small, high quality (yet cost effective), quiet place surrounded by nature, very close to San Jose. I would recommend it for mature people looking for a quiet place to rest.
Is not for young people looking for party and a sleep-only place. I paid $450 for 4 nigths, which is fair and worth the quality of the place, but not suggested for a school ride. I stayed there with my girlfriend from friday to monday, and we had a good time. We bought some things at the Auto Mercado (3 minutes from there) to make our own breakfast and lunch and we went out to Jaco for dinner. Im looking forward to go again as soon as my job -and pocket- allow me.

  • Liked — quality of rooms and pool. Surrounded by tropical natura. Out of the rush or Jaco.
  • Disliked — no restaurant
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled as a couple
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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)
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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 Luxury Hotel in Jaco
#1 Spa 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):
Pumilio is strategically located to explore Costa Rica like being pamper at home surrounded by nature, see the toucans, macaws and lots of birds flying naturally and the lizards walking around. Close enough to lots of activities, restaurants and things Jaco or Herradura Beaches, the most developed tourist hotspot in the country, wide variety of ecological, adventure, adrenaline & sports tours, 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, stores, beautiful beaches, islands and a spectacular colorful ocean among a variety of activities that makes us unique. Located on the side of the mountain at sea level Our guests are always more than welcome in our Boutique hotel. We work hard to give the importance that our guests deserve, especially knowing that they are sharing with us their vacation time. The rooms were planned to be spacious and bright the 10 suites with a kitchen outside so our guests can keep contact with nature and avoid the food smell inside the room. We ended up remodeling the entire hotel last year! Breakfast is included, we decided not to have schedule, guests that are going to tours frequently needs it before 7 a.m. and other want to sleep until late, we change daily because people love long stays. We added “tamales” typical dish for Christmas in Costa Rica, now we serve them at breakfast every day so our guest can try them. At Pumilio every day is a Holiday! We love celebrating with our guests. Please let us know in advance if you are celebrating your birthday, honeymoon or anniversary, we'll give you a pleasant surprise! According with our guests plans, likes and preferences we feel happy making recommendations about the best seller’s tours, restaurants and things to do in the area, it´s even better when our guests trust us, so we have control of the service and schedules of the activities, a better experience exploring Costa Rica and we'll take care of our guest’s budget. We chose the best restaurants in the area and have their menus and bring what our guest chooses and serve it where they prefer, dining room, terrace, balcony suite or even at the pool deck. WIFI and parking also included. Leap into happiness in Hotel Pumilio, the best personalized service. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
El Paso De Las Lapas Hotel Jaco
Hotel Pumilio Costa Rica/Jaco

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