This hotel is in great location, right on the beach in a beautiful cove and only 25 minutes from the airport which was great since we had an 8 am flight and had to return the car rental. The pool was unimpressive and right beside the eating area so didn’t bother especially with the ocean right there. The room was adequate except for the scratching coming from the roof which we hope was a bird lol. It was amazing to wake up early for our flight and hear the howler monkeys. Our room was on the second floor and getting our luggage up the winding staircase was a little difficult so if can get main floor. Overall a nice quaint hotel reasonably priced with amazing access to the beach.
Had another amazing vacation at Hotel El Velero! Located right on one of the best beaches in Costa Rica. Sunsets, snorkeling, swimming, and boogie boarding are steps from the hotel room. The friendly and hardworking staff went above and beyond to ensure we had everything we needed or wanted. Mike the hotel owner is very entertaining and knowledgeable. He had all the best advice on what local activities were a must see and do. The food at the hotel is extremely fresh, delicious and authentic! Best tacos ever on Tuesday's! I could hear the monkeys while swimming in the pool. Tropical paradise! My husband and I love it there and cannot wait to go back.
We truly felt like we were in paradise at the El Velero! The location is on an amazing beach. The ocean was clear and warm. Our spacious, clean room was on the 2nd floor. We had everything we needed with a comfortable bed and a refrigerator and microwave. It was very quaint and quiet retreat. The only noises we heard at night were from the howler monkeys close by. The staff was awesome and treated as like family. It was convenient to have a restaurant on-site that served great food: breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as a full service bar. The pool looked inviting. We enjoyed the surroundings and walk on the beach daily. The Hotel El Velero is situated near other restaurants so we could take a short walk to visit other places. We stayed in February and the beach was not too busy.
With a short drive, there are other resturants and beaches to explore as well as Playa del Coco (less than 30 minute drive) which has an area of shops and restaurants.
We planned on staying 2 days and went to other beach towns to explore. After our travels, we decided to go back to the el Velero for an additional 4 nights beause we really enjoyed the hotel, staff and location! Also, under 30 minutes to the Liberia airport.
We highly recommend the Hotel El Velero as your starting (and ending) point in Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica.
We aren't chain hotel or resort people as we want to get to know the real people of the areas new to us. El Velero was just great. We found all of the staff to be friendly and personable. They were always attentive and Luis was particularly helpful even if we never did get on a catamaran. The food was great--we were there to enjoy both BBQ and Taco nights. The hotel though older was clean and comfortable. The area outside had a nice, clean pool as well as plenty of seating. We enjoyed most of our time sitting there watching the ocean, the boats, the people going by, the sight and noises of the various "wild" life. A clear indication that they served amazing food for a good price was shown by the people not staying at the hotel who, while walking the beach, would stop in--some staying hours. The ocean and beach was always clean and, while there were always people out there, it never seemed crowded. Excellent place to relax!
Clean, cozy open-air hotel right on the beautiful beach. Very friendly hotel staff. Staff were helpful in arranging taxis and tours for us. Our room was clean and spacious with a basic bathroom. No ocean view from the room, but it was always cool and quiet, being tucked away from the sun and far away from the pool. There is a small pool on site but no gym. Also, a nice veranda on the second floor for quiet reading and relaxing. No loud music from the bar was a big plus. The food and drinks in the restaurant were pretty good, but certainly not exceptional.