Hotel El Velero

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₱7,421
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4.0
#4 of 12 hotels in Playa Hermosa
4.8 of 5 bubbles
Location
4.1 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
4.4 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.3 of 5 bubbles
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Welcome to Hotel El Velero, a mediterranean-style, boutique beach hotel just paces from the Pacific blue waters of Costa Rica's pristine Playa Hermosa. Hear the waves crash and breathe the clean, salty air as you relax in our seaside tropical gardens.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Bar / lounge
Beach
Diving
Massage
Baggage storage
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Restaurant
Kids' meals
Poolside bar
Hiking
Snorkeling
Fishing
Currency exchange
Non-smoking hotel
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Room features
Air conditioning
Housekeeping
Safe
Telephone
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Hair dryer
Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL STYLE
Ocean View
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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David M wrote a review Feb 2024
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The El Velero is a gem of a Boutique Hotel right on the beach of Playa Hermosa! Unlike sprawling all-inclusive hotels with people crawling all over the place, this hotel is quaint, quiet, and compact. You are literally steps from your room to the pool, restaurant/bar, and the fabulous beach. The staff are absolutely amazing, always eager to help with any questions or things you need. Gavy (Gabriela), at the front desk, is fantastic as was Ana, and the restaurant staff who we got to know by name. It is a very friendly and "family-feeling" place to spend 10 days. We've already booked our return next year!
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Awood wrote a review Feb 2022
Los Angeles26 contributions32 helpful votes
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We just returned from a 1 week stay and we had the most wonderful experience at this hotel. The value for the price is amazing. The hotel is small with about 15 rooms. It has a lovely restaurant and faces the beach. The beach has lovely shade and the water is calm and clear for easy swimming. So even though it was 90 degrees during the day, a chair in the shade with a regular calm breeze was always very comfortable.
The hotel staff are what make this place even more special. Josue , Luis and Genaro were so friendly and gave us great service at the restaurant, learning our names and helping us practice ordering in Spanish. The housekeeper Jenny was so friendly and did a wonderful job each day cleaning our rooms. The owner Mike seems like a really great guy. The front desk staff were always helpful and friendly.
The restaurant was great, and especially the Saturday and Wednesday night bbq. So delicious. Breakfast was very good, quickly served and reasonably priced.
The rooms were lovely. I recommend a 2nd floor room as they have vaulted ceilings. Beds were firm but comfy and towels were soft. Lots of shelves and hooks in bathroom.
Right in front the hotel on the beach you will find Adolfo who does the best boat tours. He took us on a 2 hour morning snorkel trip. He gets in the water with you and even found a couple of pufferfish to show us! He was a wonderful captain. I can get sea sick but it was so calm and the whole experience was so nice I didn’t feel sick at all. He also does sunset cruises. His prices are very reasonable for a snorkel trip. $40 per person or a little more for a private tour. He also rents kayaks.
There are also massages on the beach and jet ski rentals available right by the hotel.
I really could not get over what an amazing place this is and for a very reasonable price. I would stay again in a heartbeat and we met several couple who stay here every year.
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Date of stay: February 2022
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Heidi wrote a review Jan 2021
Willmar, Minnesota32 contributions28 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Our stay at Hotel El Velero for 3 nights was amazing! We upgraded our room to #211 and we are so very glad that we did. We heard the marvelous and mighty ocean all night and awoke to the beautiful view of it's majesty every morning. The rooms are very well kept and clean with plenty of hot water, which seems to be an issue at other properties. The property is right on the beach so no walking blocks to spend a day at the ocean and the restaurant is only feet away so food and refreshments are always conveniently available. Speaking of food; EXCELLENT! We were fortunate to have be at El Velero for both specialty nights; Taco Tuesday and BBQ Wednesday and they were both INCREDIBLE! Great food, Great atmosphere, Great service and Great view! This property can't be beat for the price!
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Date of stay: January 2021
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mmoose4 wrote a review Mar 2020
Saint Paul, Minnesota70 contributions13 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed here for five nights and would recommend it to others. It's right on the beach, and for us there's nothing better than being able to go back and forth between beach chairs and the room for hours. The room was what we needed considering we were only in there at night. Great AC, cleaning service, and hot water. The hotel has beach chairs available for guests and lots of shady trees out front. The staff were super nice and helpful. This particular beach is pretty quiet - not too many hotels or restaurants right on the water (which we liked). The hotel has a restaurant and there are several more nearby.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Scooter530 wrote a review Mar 2021
Minneapolis, Minnesota36 contributions8 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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.
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Date of stay: February 2021
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Frank E wrote a review Mar 2024
1 contribution1 helpful vote
2.0 of 5 bubbles
The service in restaurant area was very poor during dinner times. we were a group of 10. it took 90 min for all of us to be served our food (same table). we tried again the next night and we needed to remind staff of what we ordered, again meals were slow to come.
We tried again and gave up on dinner there. Fortunately there were other venues close buy to have dinner at.
We did go fishing and brought our catch to the hotel where the kitchen staff did a great job of cooking our catch for lunch (for a small service fee)
The staff was very friendly and the rooms were clean and efficient. The beach area was clean the sunsets were great and the ocean was warm and inviting.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Jennifer K wrote a review Jul 2021
Boulder, Colorado9 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mike and his staff at El Velero hotel made our stay so comfortable.
The rooms are extremely clean and there are beach towels to exchange for new ones daily.
The atmosphere is very festive, fruit drinks made fresh daily and a fish grill on Wednesday & Saturday nights with the fresh catch was delicious.
My son left his favorite teddy bear in the bed by accident and Mike even figured out a way to deliver him to the states.
All around a really easy stay and the room price can not be beat!
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Richard R wrote a review Apr 14
Stevensville, Maryland1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My wife and I stayed at the El Velero hotel for 6 nights and we throughly enjoyed the experience. It was our first trip to the beautiful country of Costa Rica, The hotel was everything we were looking for including value, cleanliness, location to beach, pool, bar, restaurant, and concierge. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The front desk staff was always willing to help answer any questions we had about things to do, and made tour reservations and taxi reservations for us many times during our stay. Fishing and snorkeling/sunset cruises pick you up on the beach right in front of the hotel! Restaurant servers and chefs/cooks were excellent. Good breakfast/lunch/dinner options on the menu. There was a rumor that modifications might be coming soon in 2024 that will expand the pool area and enlarge the dining area, but can't confirm. If you are looking for a 5-star Resort/ Spa, this is not your hotel. However, this hotel is on the beach, very clean, excellent staff, and an excellent value. We plan on returning to Costa Rica again later this year and will stay at the El Velero again if our plans take us back to Playa Hermosa in Guanacaste.
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Date of stay: April 2024
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Sharonrose21 wrote a review Apr 2021
2 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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.
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Date of stay: April 2021
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cart21 wrote a review Feb 2022
Simsbury, Connecticut117 contributions60 helpful votes
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is our second time at El Velero and we ended up with the same room (205) since we asked for a king size bed. We were there about 3 years ago and they have renovated the bathrooms and did a nice job. They also added a fence they close at night along the beach so the parking lot is secure, not that there were any problems. Staff was still the same and helpful. The food is pretty good but nothing fancy. They have a Bar B Que on Wednesday nights. We went down to eat and there were no tables so reserve one if you want to eat there that night. Still a quite, beautiful beach which we really enjoyed. Even the WiFi was better. My wife had 2 messages on the beach and we went to a drum event on the beach raising money for a monkey organization. Very cool. I love this place to relax and hope to go again which is not common for us.
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Date of stay: March 2021
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Answer from Alex P
7 contributions
There are lounge chairs for the pool and beach but I'm pretty sure they aren't adjustable
Brooklyn966 asked a question Jan 2021
Edmonton, Canada316 contributions1 helpful vote
Hi, Is there free wifi in the rooms? Thanks
Answer from Tammy Smith
Maui, Hawaii16 contributions4 helpful votes
Yes there is😀
Brooklyn966 asked a question Jan 2021
Edmonton, Canada316 contributions1 helpful vote
Hi, Is there free wifi in the rooms? Thanks
Answer from Heidi
Willmar, Minnesota32 contributions28 helpful votes
owner, Mike, is also a fellow Canadian to you
David S wrote a tip Apr 21
33 contributions50 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"They have a fresh water pool that is nice and clean and the beach is literally joining the hotel."
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Mary M wrote a tip Mar 2024
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"If it’s the dry season and hot, get up early and walk the whole beach. It’s not too long and was so fun!"
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Frank E wrote a tip Mar 2024
1 contribution1 helpful vote
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"The people we met were very friendly - just say Hola and you will get a cheerful response."
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Jonathan J wrote a tip Mar 2024
Annapolis, Maryland37 contributions52 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Make this your command post and from here you can do various tours. "
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Adelia R wrote a tip Dec 2023
Bellevue, Washington8 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Book early! This is a very popular spot!"
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PRICE RANGE
₱8,399 - ₱9,032 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
el velero hotel, el velero playa hermosa
LOCATION
Costa RicaProvince of GuanacastePlaya Hermosa
NUMBER OF ROOMS
22
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