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All You Need to Know About the Pool
at Hotel El Velero

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... are very small. You enter in a caged area that holds a tiny pool and the restaurant with all the smell from restaurant being...
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... The beds were comfortable enough otherwise, though. The pool is hilariously tiny, but considering you are about 100 feet...
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... AC, basic TVs, and Wifi, and the hotel has a small outdoor pool, if the ocean is not enough for you. The big problem is the...
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... lounge chairs on the beach for guests? I don’t see any in pictures. Also are there lounge chairs by the pool? The ones I see don’t look like they’re adjustable. Thank you
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Answer from Alex P
Dec 2021 |
There are lounge chairs for the pool and beach but I'm pretty sure they aren't adjustable
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LaraKZ wrote a review Mar 2018
Prague, Czech Republic221 contributions132 helpful votes
We took this hotel as the only option we had last moment in a need for a short stay in that region before our trip to Nicaragua...I was driven by their excellent ratings thinking that it cannot be so bad …
Very tired looking, kitschy hotel. You get at the reception remotes for TV and AC (strange…they even don’t trust letting them in the room), cards for beach towels and a wave towards some spiral narrow stairs where you`ll have to manage to get up your luggage. Reception service was not very friendly and they even tried to charge us a different price then we booked for.
Room has very old, funny looking furniture – looked like from the 1960-s… Sheets and towels were old and far away from their initial white. The room smelled badly as it was probably too close to kitchen and also simply because you could not open any window – it got really hot and smelly over day and when we returned from our trip in the evening we had to wait a bit the AC to run to be able to stay in the room (at least AC was working). Working AC on the other side means you`ll hear the noise all over night or day from kitchen or other rooms running their own ..
Bathroom was tiny. You could not sit normally on the toilet as you would not fit between toilet and the cupboard under sink. At least a big plus was that all bathroom seemed recently renovated with a new toilet and sink and new metal hangers… probably if the bathroom would have looked as old as the room we would simply turn around and leave. We also saw there the strangest safe ever – almost felt it`s not safe to use it 😉. No fridge, no coffee machine.
The common areas downstairs are very small. You enter in a caged area that holds a tiny pool and the restaurant with all the smell from restaurant being always present. Pool didn’t look appealing.
One plus - the hotel is on the beach so you can grab yourself a plastic chair from inside their court and enjoy the view at the sunset. We also tried to swim as the waves were not so big but the water was very cold and we got also stung by something so especially with the kids we didn’t want to try it any longer. The surroundings of the beach in the dry season are not very nice as everything around is dry and the hills look brownish.
In terms of food that seemed less appealing after that restaurant smell all over our room so we only took breakfast there once and there was nothing exceptional – you had some options to order and instead of croissant we got bread..Interesting enough the restaurant seemed to be always full.
The only nice surprise of our stay was to see a group of howler monkeys that came looking for food in the trees on the beach there. Seems that group is moving around that area as we could hear them the other morning too.
Overall we would not recommend such place.
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Date of stay: February 2018Trip type: Traveled with family
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shanhou3 wrote a review Feb 2013
Connecticut93 contributions61 helpful votes
After leaving a more luxurious & updated (and equally priced) hotel near the Arenal Volcano, this place was a bit of an adjustment at first. The rooms are clean and comfortable, but outdated; the view from the room was simply next door to another hotel being built; the bathroom was very tiny and hosted its fair share of ants and even a mini lizard throughout our stay. I am not sure if they have king size beds in any of the rooms but if they do and you have a choice, I would recommend asking for one as the double beds in the room were pretty cramped for us (2 tall people). The beds were comfortable enough otherwise, though. The pool is hilariously tiny, but considering you are about 100 feet from the ocean it really doesn't matter. I think they should get rid of the pool altogether and either have more space for the restaurant, or put in a jacuzzi so you can hang out at night (would be too hot in the daytime of course!).
However, El Velero's charms grew on us the longer we stayed (a total of 3 nights and we wished it was longer!!). Make sure you give it a chance! First of all, it is one of the only hotels - I think there are only 2 or 3 - that sits directly on Playa Hermosa. You feel like you're on the beach the instant you step out of your room because aside from the rooms the entire place is open air, like an old Spanish villa. So relaxing!! Next, the price is obviously great. I think it was around $80 a night? Didn't include breakfast, but breakfast is like $5, so who cares.

The hotel staff was consistently friendly and helpful and spoke great English, although we tried to practice our Spanish with them anyway. There's a beautiful balcony on the 2nd floor overlooking the beach where you can BYOB at night if you want to save some money. The restaurant/bar is pretty good - we arrived on their BBQ night (Wednesdays & Saturdays I think - we were there on a Wed.) and it was great! Besides the BBQ, the food here was just OK - but actually we found this to be the case with almost every restaurant in the area aside from Ginger, which is great but not very Costa Rican. You can walk about 5 minutes from El Velero and get to 2-3 different sodas, plus 3-4 other beach bars/restaurants, so plenty of variety, and since no meals are included with your room rate anyway you're not really missing out by eating elsewhere. They give you a beach towel for the length of your stay which is a nice touch! We felt very safe the entire time, and well taken care of. You can watch the sunset from the restaurant and, later, the beautiful stars. They have a happy hour although we kept missing it because that was the best time to be on the beach.

Oh, and the best part? You can hear the waves crashing from your room. What could be better??

Important Notes: We were a bit nervous about sleeping here, because other reviews mentioned two issues - the lights in the hallway shining through the skylights in the room, and the howler monkeys raising hell on the roof. But neither of these were issues during our stay. They seem to have taken note of the complaints about the lighting, as the hallway lights near the rooms were completely shut off after about 8pm, so that was no problem at all. And as for the monkeys, we were actually kind of disappointed - we only heard them a couple of times and only for a few minutes! And we didn't see them at all! You may want to bring earplugs just in case the monkeys have an active night, but basically these are non-issues.

Visit this sleepy beach town, and this old fashioned beach hotel, before it gets even more completely transformed by tourism...
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Date of stay: February 2013Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Jonathon_8 wrote a review Dec 2014
Ottawa15 contributions17 helpful votes
If you want a quiet, clean and picturesque beach, it is tough to beat Play Hermosa, which has so far escaped the intense development that has affected some other beaches in Guanacaste like Playa Tamarindo or Playa Coco. At Hermosa we stayed at the beachside Hotel Velero for two nights, a Saturday and a Sunday. We appreciated the friendly staff and good kitchen, especially the great Saturday night BBQ. The simple rooms had AC, basic TVs, and Wifi, and the hotel has a small outdoor pool, if the ocean is not enough for you.
The big problem is the bar across the lane, which on the Saturday we stayed there played very loud music and kept our party awake until the wee hours. When we mentioned it at the front desk the next morning they just laughed and said that was across the lane, and they could not do anything about it. There was no repeat the next night, Sunday, but who knows about other nights of the week.
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Date of stay: November 2014Trip type: Traveled with friends
Room Tip: Rooms at the front, beachside end will be less affected by noise from the bar across the street.
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J_M_01 wrote a review Feb 2016
Longview, Texas37 contributions36 helpful votes
We enjoyed our stay in playa Hermosa. We've been in many parts of Costa Rica this is our first time in the North West. Everyone at the hotel. Gero,Luis Josh Luis and Janet. All friendly and helpful. Of course the cooks and Jorge the BBQ guy on Wednesday and Saturday. Fabulous!

Rooms are nice... Need a coffee maker, wash cloths and maybe two chairs in the rooms with small throw carpets. The pool needs reclining chairs.

We love hotel overall.... See you in November.
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Date of stay: February 2016Trip type: Traveled with family
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fallsda53 wrote a review Apr 2023
Indianapolis, Indiana71 contributions7 helpful votes
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My wife and I were thankful, during our first visit to Playa Hermosa last month, to lodge at the beautiful Hotel El Velero. Our Ocean View Room had a splendid view, indeed, and we were very comfortable in it; we appreciated the fine job that the housekeepers did, tidying it daily. We enjoyed very much relaxing and walking on the gray sand beach and playing in the pool. (The ocean waves and currents were too strong for us, but we saw a number of other people having fun in them.) All of the members of the staff with whom we interacted - reservations, front desk, dining, housekeeping, and maintenance - were friendly and helpful.

We enjoyed the three breakfasts, one dinner, and three desserts (!) that we ate at Hotel El Velero during our stay. The food was delicious and the service superb: for the latter, we are grateful to Cristian, Francinie, Jenaro, and Joshua. We recommend: the excellent Costa Rican breakfast - eggs, Gallo Pinto, plantains, tortilla, local cheese, sour cream, and coffee; for dinner, the fish with rice and wonderful cooked vegetables; and, for dessert, the scrumptious brownie with ice cream. Our enjoyment of the food was, of course, enhanced by the surroundings of our beachfront table and the sound of Pacific Ocean waves.

My wife and I are planning already, for next year, another Costa Rica visit, and we have been fortunate to make a reservation, to enjoy once again Hotel El Velero’s hospitality.
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Date of stay: March 2023Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Answer from Alex P
Dec 2021 |
There are lounge chairs for the pool and beach but I'm pretty sure they aren't adjustable
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