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at Hotel El Velero

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... beers reasonably priced and service was excellent. Our room was comfortable and clean, with A/C and a nice hot shower. ...
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... from any other experience we had while in Costa Rica. The room was small, seemed dirty, and we could barely turn around in...
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... from Playa Coco and Playa Panama. We had an upstairs room which included a king size bed (most comfortable bed we had...
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Are there mini fridges in the room or is there an ice machine ?
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Answer from Leslie E
Nov 2018 |
There are no mini fridges. I never saw an ice machine but I assume there was one as our room had an ice bucket.

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rawlsw wrote a review Apr 2017
Tyrone, Georgia33 contributions27 helpful votes
We really enjoyed our stay here. One of the very few hotels right on the beach though few rooms have a beach view. There is a nice large sitting area upstairs with a great view however. The restaurant opens onto the beach and we pretty much camped out at one of the tables on the beachfront all day. Breakfast was good, beers reasonably priced and service was excellent. Our room was comfortable and clean, with A/C and a nice hot shower. I highly recommend it. Playa Hermosa is very laid back and we preferred it to playas del coco. Several good restaurants along the beachfront, water is beautiful and clear for swimming. The locals frequent this beach on the weekend, so expect more people then, but it's very quiet otherwise.
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Date of stay: April 2017Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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merrybMerryb wrote a review Sep 2007
Greenville, SC2 contributions5 helpful votes
We ended our trip to Costa Rica at Playa Hermosa. We were excited to get to the beach with our 2 small children (5 and 7). Hotel El Velero was a bit of a disappointment when we got there. The staff was not friendly or helpful. This was completely different from any other experience we had while in Costa Rica. The room was small, seemed dirty, and we could barely turn around in the bathroom. Our room also had the window that looked out into the hallway. It let in a considerable amount of light.

The pool was about 10 feet from the restaurant, so we felt that our children were interrupting diners if they were playing in the pool. Also, the restaurant was not particularly accommodating for our children. After one night in El Velero, we moved a couple of doors down to a family-owned hotel, which was much better and more enjoyable for us.

Pescado Loco is just across the street. We found this to be a fun place to eat and it was fairly inexpensive.
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Date of stay: August 2007Trip type: Traveled with family
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Lorna A wrote a review Feb 2008
Fort Worth, Texas175 contributions45 helpful votes
We stayed here for the last 3 nights of our 2 week trip to Costa Rica. The hotel is prefectly located in the middle of Playa Hermosa. Spectacular view of the rock island formations and the points that divide Hermosa from Playa Coco and Playa Panama. We had an upstairs room which included a king size bed (most comfortable bed we had on our trip!), closet with shelves, 2 end tables, 1 chair and a stool for your luggage. We had a TV and phone which we never used. There wasn't a coffee maker, which I would have liked to have....but coffee is available at 7am downstairs by the bar/restaurant. The a/c is run by a remote and it kept the room very cool. The bed had 2 thin pillows and we asked for 2 more and was given them immediately with no problem. Beach towels are available at the reception desk. We went on their sailboat snorkeling trip and had a great time. The BBQ nite (Wed and Sat) was very good. 2 dinners (filet mignon, baked potatoe, vegies, cokes) cost about $40. Breakfast costs about 10. There is a small restaurant across the street (about 8 tables...very small) that was absolutely wonderful. My husband loved their hamburgers & fries -$3, and I loved their typical tico food. They served everything and offered fresh seafood. There are several restaurants on the beach that we heard were good...we just didn't have the time to try them out. One night we ate at Gingers which only served appetizers "tappas". Very good but expensive....we probably would not have gone there again...only for a special occasion. There is a grocery store around the corner - very small - but has everything you need.

There is not much in Playa Hermosa, but unfortunately it is growing fast. Large condos are being built and I'm afraid that it will become too big. It is about 20 minutes from the airport and the beach is amazing. For any shopping or souveniers, you will need to go to Playa Coco. Also, howler monkeys are around El Velero and Playa Coco....enjoy!
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Date of stay: February 2008Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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mkaolson wrote a review Feb 2024
Metro Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota4 contributions
As usual we enjoyed our stay at the El Velero. We have been coming here 10 years and love it. Staff is very attentive and our room was immaculate !!! Stayed for a month this year and will be returning next year. We love the fact that we see many familiar faces!!!
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Chris B wrote a review Jul 2018
Belchertown, Massachusetts, United States11 contributions3 helpful votes
We were in a jam with our reservation falling through with another business. We stopped here and the front desk staff went above and beyond to try to help us out even though they did not have a room for us. This is the kind of service that should be the model for any type of hotel. Even though we did not stay there the pool looked like a great place for young kids and we really enjoyed the restaurant. This property is right on the beach and is in an unbelievable location if you are not looking to be far from the beach.
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Date of stay: July 2018Trip type: Traveled with family
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KurtGowdy asked a question Nov 2018
Wisconsin9 contributions
Are there mini fridges in the room or is there an ice machine ?
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Answer from Leslie E
Nov 2018 |
There are no mini fridges. I never saw an ice machine but I assume there was one as our room had an ice bucket.
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Tazz6464 asked a question Aug 2017
Glendale, Arizona187 contributions
Does the room have a coffee pot available?
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Answer from Sharon L
Mar 2018 |
Most rooms do not have coffee pots or kettles. Perhaps this is something they will add in time. The restaurant downstairs is ready to go at 7am and coffee is ready for you. It is bottomless so no need to worry about your 2nd or 3rd cup. The rooms are definitely not dirty. The staff cleans and tidies the rooms everyday. The safe is an older model but it surely locks quite securely.
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Answer from Aaron F
Nov 2016 |
hey NY, this is not the place to ask that, this is a place to ask other travelers questions about the place. Feel free to the hotel directly as Mike the owner is from Canada and English is not a problem at this hotel. Highly recommended, have fun.
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Answer from Sofiama
Feb 2016 |
No, pretty sure they don't. The rooms are simple, 1 king or 2 queen types.
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Answer from Alicia D
Nov 2014 |
Hi, i think somehow you wrote me instead of writing to the hotel, i know they only have 2 rooms facing the ocean,
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