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“Smooth and Easy” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Clarita's Beach Hotel

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Clarita's Beach Hotel
Ranked #16 of 44 Hotels in Jaco
Certificate of Excellence
Florida Keys
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Smooth and Easy”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2009

The staff was very helpful and tried to help us with better values for taxis and rentals, going with locals. The girls spoke pretty good english and communicated well.
The pool was great way to relax after surfing. The location is great for sliding on your flip flops walking out to the beach and grabbing a beer on the way back at the bar.
I had my reservations about Clarita's after watching the video but it turned out to be a laid back, cool place to chill!

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
1 Thank LiveWireFloridaKeys
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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San Francisco
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2009

Dude! Everything I read on Trip Advisor about Clarita's was far from the truth. I think someone close to the hotel made up a bunch of accounts and wrote a bunch of positive reviews for suckers like me. Ok, lets start with the rooms: loud, old, moldy, and reeked of dog. Now the service: The gal who checked us in was was rude, like our arrival was an inconvenience to her. She carried herself like that throughout the week. The other employees at the restaurant/bar would stand around talking and seldom come to our table to offer service. Though, the groundskeepers and maids were very friendly and worked their butts off! The pool was the best part of the hotel. But even at that, there was no food or bar service at the pool. And check this out. Guess who Clarita is? This disabled dog that limps around the hotel waiting for you to drop scraps. I'll stop here. There are far better hotels in Jaco, for the same price. Take your time when doing your research!

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank beerz
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da22, owner at Clarita's Beach Hotel, responded to this review, 28 May 2009
Hola Amigos:
Maybe the San Francisco 'Dude' has a point. Maybe the 90 other positive reviews were actually written by our......... "disabled dog".
I'll stop here, because anyone who knocks a disabled dog isn't going to enjoy Claritas Beach Hotel. I am Clarita, the owner.
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Colorado
Level Contributor
63 reviews
52 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2009

Clarita's is a good value and right on the beach. As previous people have said, the beers are amazingly cold and decently priced. The pool is also a great place to spend the evening when it is super hot outside.

The downsides to Clarita's are the service at the bar/check-in and the noise at night. The first night we were there, it was super quiet. The second night we were there (Friday) a group checked in and had a party above us. I was able to sleep through it, but the group was so loud that a few guests left early in the morning. If you are a sensitive sleeper or like attentive service, I wouldn't recommend this place.

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank HumJer
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Phoenix
Level Contributor
4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2009

This was my second stay at Clarita's and second visit to Jaco. Once again the stay was beyond my expectations and the atmosphere, beautiful and friendly staff, excellent security and service and stunning location near the northernmost least crowded part of the beach were the best. The new waterfall feature pool is a great addition.

The afternoon surf is great and the water was clean. I had a great time. If you are looking to experience the friendly true nature of Ticos and a great mix of clientele, this is a great place. The staff as beautiful as they are friendly and the security made listening to the waves at night on the beach chairs or nearby walks on the beach at night feel safe. Watch out for the Guaro and OJ drinks though. They have been known to put you to sleep on the beach.

Clarita's is a beach hotel and not the Best Western or a 4 star resort so if you are looking for that, it is probably not for you. but if you are looking for great food and drinks fun clientele and staff, awesome beachfront view and local Tico vacation experience, you have found your place. The rooms were always clean and well kept, and the in room mini fridge was great, but no shampoo or blow dryers so bring your own if required.

The vibe and music and clientele and staff are great there. It lives up to its motto of getting Waco in Jaco, whether that means checking out on the beach or having a great home base for turning it up for some adventure, fun and excitement.

I will definitely be back.

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
1 Thank 765AZ
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Delaware
Level Contributor
50 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2009

Clarita's is not the Hilton. It is however clean, comfortable, and the staff is absolutely perfect. They make every effort to insure your stay is worry free. Food is great, the drinks even better. Beach is right outside your door. New pool is beautiful. Perfect getaway for me and my fishing buddies. Location is quiet and walking distance away from the downtown hussle of Jaco. Make sure you say hi to Raquel and Rosie at the bar ! Great fishing trip and beautiful people.

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
Thank itsallgoodDelaware
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dallas
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2009

Just spent a week at Clarita's and had a really great time. As noted, it's not fancy, but it is very clean, the staff is great, and it just has a great vibe to it. It is the only hotel I have ever stayed at that had the check in desk in the bar. Great location, prices on alcohol are fair, and everyone working there is very helpful and friendly. During my stay, a fellow American created quite a scene at 6am in the morning (something about lack of payment for female companionship), woke up the whole hotel, and was eventually thrown out by the owner. Good move on his part. Other than that, just a laid back, mellow place to stay. I will be back.

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank DallasPhotoguy
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san diego,ca
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2009

I just returned from a great trip to Costa Rica, which included a two night stay at Clarita's at Jaco beach.Your hotel is better than advertized !! Friendly staff, good food, clean rooms and interesting characters to party with.. Clarita's is definitly a " BE BACK PLACE ".

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank barrondebaja
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Property: Clarita's Beach Hotel
Address: 300 meters North of Best Western Hotel on the Beach, Jaco 0078, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Jaco
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Jaco
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Jaco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Jaco's most affordable beach front hotel with complete restaurant and bar. Prime Beach front location with spectacular views of Pacific Ocean and rain forest. The Place in Jaco for folks who love the beach, crave ocean breezes and breaking surf, who expect excellent friendly service, and who want to kick back, have fun and catch Costa Rica's Pura Vida!!! Claritas provides ocean front clean rooms with ac, cable TV, hot water, refrigerators, room safes, swimming pool and bar, free wifi, free secured private parking, live bands- all at affordable rates. Great surf in front of your room. Cheapest rooms & Coldest beer on Jaco Beach. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Claritas Beach Jaco
Hotel Claritas Beach
Clarita's Beach Hotel Costa Rica/Jaco

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