I must say that the pictures are far better than the hotel. Yes, it is a sustainable tourism hotel. Yes, the animals and arachnids are everywhere but no, it is not as great as advertised.
The hotel grounds are a literally two restaurants, infinity pool and gym area. The hotel will be quick to point out their "friends of the forest walk". No one has been on that path in months. The grass has not been bent or are there any signs of human presence. Those who wish to go on it, must be prepared to wear jeans and hiking boots. Green poison dart frogs, red tiger snakes and a puma was noted.
There is a manual with over 20 pages of rules and regulations of the hotel and the service is tepidly slow. Thank you for bringing a working mini fridge after three days of notes and phone calls.
Note! If you have no car, you will need to either fork $20 one way for taxi or eat at the hotel. My calculation for "normal" breakfast, lunch and dinner you will spend $400 on a couple. Mojitos are $16 each. Imperial beer $8. You will be CHARGED a fee for staying at the hotel even if you do not buy anything. $13 per day regardless what you paid when you booked it.
There are Giant Golden Orb spiders on the grounds and poison dart frogs everywhere. Judging by the size of the web no spiders were removed in months (as opposed to the statements of the hotel that they are removed).
This is a hotel for those who wish to look at a sunset or lounge by the pool. It is not for those suffering from arachnophobia.
And no, there is no ice tea waiting when you get to the hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Villa Caletas, a luxury romantic boutique hotel inspired by tropical Victorian architecture with a touch of neo-classical influence shining like a jewel among resorts, prized not only for its location, design and décor, but also for its outstanding facilities and first class service. Villa Caletas expresses a truly unique combination of mountain and seaside resort. Nestled 1150 feet above the Pacific Ocean, this unique hotel overlooks the Nicoya Gulf to the crescent beaches of Jaco, Herradura offering spectacular 360-degree panoramic views. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Caletas Hotel Jaco
- Caletas Hotel Herradura
- Villa Caletas Costa Rica/Jaco