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Clarita's Beach Hotel
Ranked #16 of 44 Hotels in Jaco
Certificate of Excellence
Denmark
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32 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Friendly, but overpriced”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2010

Clarita is a friendly, if somewhat chaotic place. However, at 60 dollars for a non-air conditioned room with paperthin walls, without breakfast (80 for a small room with AC) it is way overpriced. Most guests seem to be regulars who start hitting the bottle at midmorning and go on till after midnight, but otherwise peaceful, not brawls at least when I was there. If this is what you come for, OK. If you go to Jaco at all, it very likely is, the only other thing to go there for is the Carara National Park which is good and for which Jaco is a good staging point.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled solo
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  • 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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Tx
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2010

Great place to get away with friends. The bar and the restaurant
are right there, and the pool is nice and warm. Place has great character.
I do not recommend this place for familys as it can be a little loud and quite a few
girls do come through there. Also It is easy to walk to town but at night maybe take a cab
its like two dollars.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled with friends
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Stone Ridge, VA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2010

I went down with a number of buddies to spend 5 days in Jaco. Let me first start by saying that you should know what type of town Jaco is before going down. Jaco is a big outdoor adventure type town with a big prostitute problem. No matter where you stay, you can't get around that. In no way am I rating this hotel based on that issue, so if you can put up with that, then this is a fine place to say.

PROS: Very clean hotel; very friendly hotel staff willing to help with anything; Nice new and clean pool with shower area; restaurant on premises with decent food and cold beer; AC in some of the rooms.

CONS: Pool had a swim-up bar area, but it was never in service; very small rooms; thin walls so you could hear what was going on in the other rooms (see my original posting above and you can imagine the noises);

I would recommend this hotel to single dudes looking to have a good time. It's definitely a good hotel, just know what you're getting into when visiting Jaco.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled with friends
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california
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2010

Stayed for 5 days and all was great. Really good sports bar and resturant with many tv's with different sports. really good food and service. Great beach and WARM water.
AnaRosa

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled with family
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Somerville, NJ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2010

This has got to be the nicest place on earth. I have been going to Jaco for a little over four years now and I go there about every two months or so. Clarita's has the best staff and atmosphere of any place in Jaco. Also, one of the few places in Jaco where you can stay and not be eaten alive by bugs (don't know how they do it). Rooms are exceptionally clean and what they do with the towels you have to see for yourself (outstanding). The staff is extremely helpful, courteous and super friendly. This place is my second home. The people you meet here can be friends forever as I always stay in touch with locals, expats and just travelers. Made some really good friends.
If you want transportation to and from airport or tours Adrian is the guy. He is never late, always on time and lots of fun to talk to. Adrian's service is available through Clarita's. Also, best food in Jaco.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled solo
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Saskatoon, Canada
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2010

Me and my sister picked this hotel after seeing all of the great reviews on Trip Advisor. Clarita's website was also really fun and it looked like they had a great sense of humor and we were really excited about our stay. When we arrived, we were immediately disappointed with our choice. You check in at the bar, which is fine, but the women seemed annoyed that we were waiting for someone to help us and that we were taking up so much room in the bar with our suitcases. Their website made it seem like they would speak fluent english so we thought they could recommend some tours and things but the truth was that they could hardly understand us. The hotel itself is far from the main part of downtown Jaco, so every night we would ask them to call us a taxi, they could never understand what we wanted so sometimes we would just end up walking, which isn't the safest for two girls in this part of town. The rooms are decent, aside from the sheets with cigarette burns in them. The only nice thing about this hotel is the pool, which is brand new and clean, and we spent a lot of time in it. Overall, Costa Rica was an amazing experience, but this hotel was such a huge disappointment. I have no idea where all of these good reviews came from, they were very misleading and the only time Trip Advisor hasn't worked out for us. Would maybe recommend this hotel to a group of guys, but for everyone else, don't waste your money.

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled with friends
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Montana
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2009

If you are looking for robes and slippers in the closet, a trouser press,an in room mini bar with complimentary vanity items and expensive bedding then you had best look somewhere else, but if you are looking for a clean, secure, place to sleep, shower, and,take a nap in a cool environment then Clarita's is perfect. The grill and bar are conveniently close to the rooms and the beach. The food is sustaining, the drinks are exciting, the beer is cold, the bar help are courteous, and the atmosphere is laid back. The prices are very reasonable. This is not a 5 star (they don't claim to be), but I noticed many folks that were staying at the upscale establishments seemed to venture to Clarita's for the atmosphere and the food. The distance to the downtown was a pleasant morning or afternoon stroll (if you have to walk with a cane, or on crutches a cab would be best). The transport service that Clarita's recommended (Adrian in Costa Rica) was on time to pick me up in San Jose and on time to return me to San Jose at the end of my stay in Jaco. I have no complaints.

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled solo
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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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