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“Great front desk, but be cautious”
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South Beach Hotel
Ranked #19 of 42 Hotels in Jaco
Cherry Hill, N.J.
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“Great front desk, but be cautious”
Reviewed 13 January 2007

1. The best thing about this place is the excellent front office staff. The staff spoke English and was very helpful in arranging tours and answering questions.

2. The town of Jaco is about a mile away. You have to either ford a river (if you take the beach approach) or walk on a dark dirt road (where i tripped over a concrete block and hurt myself). If I had it to do over again, I would have asked the staff to get me a cab, and then hailed a cab in Jaco.

3. The rooms are large but dark. (My room contained a large bed and a single.) The only place to put anything is a set of shelves.

4. The place is really like a motel court -- a number of rooms located around the pool area.

5. The pool area seemed deserted even on a warm day.

6. Aside from the front office staff, you will hear litle or no English.

7. The "restaurant" is really a poolside open-air place where you can get lunch and free breakfast. The free breakfast was passable but there was little selection. The restaurant is theoretically open for dinner, but I don't think this happened on any of the three nights I was there. Incidentally, the restaurant staff has little or no English.

8. There is a lagoon with ducks in it. The ducks sometimes come on land.

9. I didn't see any place in Jaco that looked superior. You might be better off at one of the other beach towns. Make sure, though, that it has ready access to Manuel Antonio National Park,which is not to be missed.

  • Liked — the pool and the location
  • Disliked — Rooms weren't nice, restaurant was mediocre at best.
  • Stayed January 2007, travelled solo
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Portales, New Mexico
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Reviewed 13 July 2006

My husband and i stayed at the Hotel Arenal Pacifico for a week in June. Our room was steps from the beach and we could hear the surf rolling in from the room. The rooms were very clean and well maintained. The cleaning ladies even left me a boquet of fresh flowers one morning because they noticed me admiring the flowers on the grounds. The grounds of this hotel are tropical and very nice. There are 2 pools in the courtyard and an area for grilling. There is a nice restaurant next to the pool where a complimentary breakfast is served each morning and you can purchase very reasonable lunches here also. If you want to relax, there are 2 hammocks in a secluded and quiet area. There are bikes that you can borrow to getaround town rather than having to drive. The owner and staff of the hotel are extremely helpful and kind. Out of all of the hotels I have stayed at in Jaco, this is definately my favorite.

  • Stayed June 2006
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Property: South Beach Hotel
Address: Jaco Beach | Jaco Beach Municipal Palace 600 Mts South, Jaco 1139-1250, Costa Rica (Formerly Hotel Arenal Pacifico)
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Jaco
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#11 On the Beach Hotel in Jaco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — South Beach Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 38
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Green Oasis of Jaco Beach. Hotel, Restaurant and Apartments located at the southern, most tranquil and beautiful part of Jaco. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Arenal Pacifico Hotel
South Beach Hotel Costa Rica/Jaco

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