Fodor's Expert Review Hilton Papagayo Resort & Spa

Playa Arenilla, Playa Arenilla, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Editor's Note: This location is no longer in operation.

On a calm bay at Playa Arenilla, this property is ideal for families, with an interactive kids' club, pool games, all-inclusive package, and plethora of activities to keep you busy for days. Biking tours, Spanish lessons, sunset hikes, and tennis courts are sure to entertain, or you can hit the water for snorkeling and kayaking adventures. There's an adults-only section with a small spa and pool. Rooms are typical Hilton style with white duvets and marble floors, but it’s worth splurging for a suite with a balcony, ocean view, and plunge pool. Since the resort is built on a steep hillside, guests are transported around the property by way of shuttle trucks. Of the four restaurants and three bars, Grill del Fuego serves the healthiest cuisine. Some rooms are showing signs of age, and the service is not what you might expect from the Hilton chain, but the beach and common areas make up for the downfall.


  • no all-inclusive bracelets
  • complimentary minibars
  • most rooms have ocean views


  • property looks a bit worn
  • service not up to Hilton standards
  • crowded pool area
  • large grounds must be navigated by shuttle


On the beach


Phones: -2672–0000


202 rooms, 71 suites
Rate Includes: All-inclusive

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