This laid-back hotel is right on the beach, and, though nothing fancy, it has comfortable rooms and it's an excellent option if you're watching your expenses. The palm-shaded, open-air bar and restaurant is often hopping with local expats and visitors exchanging fishing, boating, and real-estate stories. The Canadian general manager is an ebullient host, full of local lore and advice. Rooms have tropical decor with terra-cotta tiles, bamboo furniture, and large windows.
Those on the second floor are nicer, with high, sloping wooden ceilings. Only two rooms have ocean views, but you're likely to spend plenty of your time in one of the many chairs and hammocks overlooking the beach, some of which are a shell's toss from the surf at high tide. The hotel runs daily snorkeling and sunset cruises on its own handsome 38-foot sailboat. In the restaurant, jumbo shrimp and always-fresh mahimahi are fixtures. Come on Wednesday or Saturday for beach barbecues. Drinks are two-for-one every day during happy hour, 4 to 6 pm.
2nd entrance to Playa Hermosa, on beach road, Playa Hermosa, 50503, Costa Rica
Aug 10, 2005
I didn't see any problems when I stayed at the El Valero. The rooms, while not Four Seasons standards, were always clean with linens that were of pretty good quality, the staff was great and the prices extremely reasonable. This beach is not at all crowded, which is great, and the restaurant is probably the best in town. I'd definitely go back.
Mar 31, 2005
A big disappointment! This place had rags for towels and washcloths. The cleaning ladies knocked on our door before 7am to come in and clean (that's not a vacation to me). The restaurant waitstaff was great but the owner is a horror. He's a slob and stands around all day smoking and drinking.