We just returned from our 7th trip to Costa Rica, and we have stayed all over the country in accomodations of all kinds and in all price categories. This place sounded very nice from the many raving TA reviews, and so we reserved four nights in a second floor room. We weren't sure of the meaning of "resort" in its name, but we were bound to find out, and found it to be meaningless.
We found the pool and beach area to be just adequate - there were no umbrellas to screen the sun; no chairs to sit on if lounges did not suit ones back; little, if any, shade; nothing to sit on but sand on the beach -- but a large public beach.
Food was available in the restaurant or in the bar area (which had tables and chairs). The menu never changed, and the items on the menu were heavy and mostly unappealing for people like us, who like an occasional sandwich (unavailable) for lunch or a continental breakfast (unavailable). At no fault of the overworked and grossly understaffed pleasant young lady servers, the food and drink service was terribly inneficient and very slow. Patience and fortitude was a necessity at meal time, and there is no nearby restaurant for relief. The food itself was sometimes edible, but never worth the raves I see in some TA reviews
Now for the rooms: I think the architect must have had a few too many, when the building housinhg the rooms was designed. It was done totally backwards, resulting in the most fatal flaw of them all. Our room (and I assume that they are all fundementally the same) was long and narrow, with its one window (overlooking the parking lot) at the rear end, behind the bed. At the other end of the room was the door. So looking from the bed you see the dark room and the bathroom wall and the front door. Open the front door, and you can see the pool and ocean across the open-air hallway, which provides access to the rooms. No view! None! Our room was stark, no color, no pictures on the wall, no charm. It was long so it offered a couch, but only one chair for the desk. Why the door and access hallway wasn't in the back, and the window (could have been a sliding window/veranda affair) looking out towards the ocean and pool, in the front, I will never know.
All in all it is a place to stay only if one is desperate. Too bad.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our 26-room boutique hotel and Costa Rica beach resort is located on an intimate oceanfront property on the south side of Jaco Beach - within a few minutes walk to all of the stops, restaurants and activities that the city has to offer, and is the only four-star rated resort in all of Jaco. We feature the top rated surf school on site, a full service spa, the most unique beach front tiki bar and beach front restaurant in all of Costa Rica. Take a stroll down the beach, let us arrange an excursion or adventure for you, explore the streets of Jaco or simply lounge by the pool. Enjoy our excellent restaurant, have a relaxing beach front message, take a surf lesson from the 3 time Costa Rican world surfing champion, or relax by our beachfront tiki bar for a more casual fare. Bask under the sun and enjoy a spectacular panoramic view of the endless Pacific Ocean, exotic jungle and magnificent mountains, all while experiencing a breathtaking, colorful Costa Rican sunset. Here at Jaco Laguna Resort & Beach Club, we are committed to providing you with the most memorable Costa Rican experience possible. The hospitality of our resort team is truly one-of-a-kind. Jaco Laguna is one of the scenically most spectacular Costa Rican beach resorts and the ideal Costa Rican vacation destination whether you are planning a honeymoon, wedding, celebration or simply a Costa Rican hideaway or adventure experience. Room rates are based on single and double-occupancy. ... more less
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- Jaco Laguna Resort & Beach Club Costa Rica