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“Basic, but absolutely sufficient for the price”
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Hotel La Palmera
Ranked #36 of 41 Hotels in Jaco
Cologne
Level 4 Contributor
17 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Basic, but absolutely sufficient for the price”
Reviewed 7 December 2010

Having read the two terrible reviews for Hotel La Palmera here on Tripadvisor (they were posted on two consecutive days so they may have been written by the same person...), I felt like I needed to comment on our experience there:

- The hotel is not in the center of Jaco, but a 15min walk will bring you there (which may even be a plus, see below)
- The room was basic, but absoulutely sufficient (and reasonably clean) and had a TV, AC (plus a suicide shower, if I remember it right... :-) )
- The staff was friendly: Although we were the only guests at the time, they prepared a small breakfast buffet for the two of us and brought us a lamp in the evening when there was a power failure
- Wireless Internet was free to use in the reception area, but not available in our room

However, there is one thing which will not make us come back: The (at least to us) uninteresting town and dirty beach of Jaco itself, but that is of course not under the influence of this quite nice hotel.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Tenerife, Spain
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14 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 November 2010

stayed 2 nights here. it's a small hotel, staff is very friendly, check in very easy. The room is clean and comfortable, with everything you need. Bathroom theres a shower no bathtub, eco friendly so not a whole lot of little bottles. AC works. Pool area is very pretty and clean, and since its no in Jaco center (but its within walking distance) it's not crowded and very quiet. The breaskfast is good, theres no restaurant, but they have a small soda with a small menu (reasonable price) if you're too lazy to go eat outside.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Forde, Norway
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 November 2010

otherwise you have to sit in the restaurant/reception area.
Very safe (also car), functional and helpfull service !

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 6 June 2010

Great value. Clean, simple, nice pool, good breakfast, safe, very cute, no frills but everything you need, perfect for relaxing stay, away from noise of the main strip. Strongly recommend.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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London
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Reviewed 12 May 2010

La Palmera is unique: the wonderful, professional and attentive managers of this charming hotel have done a brilliant job!
La Palmera Hotel has “this little something extra” which makes the difference. La Palmera is colorful, superbly maintained, and obviously inexpensive!
The marvelous garden, which is mostly composed of all sorts of palms, surrounds the large, stunning and clean swimming pool of the hotel.
The roomy rooms are very comfortable as well as beautifully decorated. The hotel offers free wireless access in the public area.
The staff is exceptionally welcoming and create a homelike atmosphere to such an extent that you will never want to leave La Palmera... The receptionists were very helpful booking me some tours like Tortuga Island, crocodile safari or canopy which I recommend! La Palmera is a quiet and family friendly hotel, that is certainly one of the reason that makes it so safe and so peaceful
Also, whenever you feel like eating after jogging on the beach nearby La Palmera, you will have the opportunity to ask for a fresh pineapple juice and a delicious typical meal like rice with prawns or a fish casado… . Yummy! The breakfast was great too with gallo pinto (rice and beans, typical costarican breakfast), scrambled eggs, fresh fruits...
In short, I recommend La Palmera Hotel with enthusiasm. Many thanks to La Palmera! I miss you!

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Mexico City, Mexico
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 May 2010

I wanted to let people know about a bad experience I had at the hotel La Palmera at Jaco. I was't able to stay at the hotel I payed for since I went to a bar and when I came back the guard didn't want to let me in and suddenly opened the gate and started beating me. Even the taxi driver helped me and the police had to go to the hotel. After that I decided to leave and stay at another place (Best Western-great service). I'm from Mexico and was just there for a day and the procedure to accuse the hotel was long, so I decided to leave things that way. After that I realized I really couldn't do much. At least I want to let tourists know what happened and people that could be in danger staying there. I also spoke to the owner (French) and he could care less about the incident. So don't put your integrity in risk staying here.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled with friends
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Brooklyn, New York
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 April 2010

Hotel La Palmera was everything I hoped for, and more. The staff was wonderful, friendly, and extremely helpful. I was greeted with a smile constantly!

The breakfast was GREAT! Rice and beans and scrambled eggs provided me with a traditional Costa Rican breakfast. They also had very fresh fruit, with huge slices of pinapple.

The pool was very clean, and refreshing. The room was great as well. The beds were comfy and clean. The air conditioning worked great, and there was cable TV in both English and Spanish.

I was warned about crime in Jaco, but I experenced nor saw nothing of the sort. Even if you are worried about this, the hotel has a gate, and locks it at night for your safety. Even if you are out late (which I was) the security promptly lets you in.

The walk to and from the strip of Jaco can be quite long..especially in the heat. But considering how wonderful this hotel is, it is worth the walk.

I was VERY pleasantly surprised with this hotel, and would be the only place I would ever stay in Jaco! I had read numerous reviews of this hotel, both good and bad. But I cannot emphasize enough that this is a wonderful place to stay, and anyone would be happy there!

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel La Palmera
Address: 400 metres east from the municipality of Jaco, Jaco 4023, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Jaco
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #36 of 41 Hotels in Jaco
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hotel La Palmera 2.5*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Only 90 minutes from the international Juan Santa Maria airport, Jaco offers trendy gourmets restaurants, entertainment framed by a colourful and friendly town, on the Costa Rican Pacific Ocean.La Palmera Hotel is a family friendly hotel and it is an ideal place to relax and enjoy nature and adventure in your own little paradise. The Ocean and the city center are only a few minutes walk from the hotel (about 700 meters).This charming hotel offers you a really nice pool, a private parking with security 24 hours a day, and a free wireless connection available in public areas, 15 very nice and confortable rooms, all in a luxurious tropical garden, with so many palm trees! ... more   less 
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