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Hotel Punta Islita, Autograph Collection

4 stars
242-1225 Plaza Mayor, Punta Islita, Guanacaste, 0
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
4.8
out of 5
10 reviews
Worth the road

It isn't easy getting there, but it's worth it. Quiet and beautiful, with service that's... See full review

  • Idaho Traveler 77
  • Apr 29, 2013
Very secluded, Very difficult to get to

Staff were wonderful. Top notch hotel. Private beach Road to hotel is not paved requiring 4 wheel... See full review

  • BitingTikkas
  • Apr 6, 2013
Hotel Punta Islita was founded upon the conviction that travel should be a holistic journey, blending memorable landscapes and enticing cultures. It should be about finding inspiration in nature, cultivating inner peace and a sense of wonder, and gently realizing that a genuine smile transcends language. Savvy travelers will enjoy cultural authenticity, fun eco-adventures, sustainable luxury, and Costa Rica's signature friendship and peaceful hospitality. It gazes upon a secluded cove of inspiring natural beauty. Surrounded by an endless ocean this exciting eco-resort interweaves exuberant tropical dry forest, vibrant local art, and charming communities who welcome travelers in heartfelt hospitality. Canopy zip-lining, hiking, sea-turtle watching, spa wellness, horseback riding, river kayaking, surfing, and local community experiences let visitors live Costa Ricas legendary eco-adventures and happiness mantra. Accommodations include Standard and Premium Standard Rooms, Jr. Suites, and Private Villas.

Hotel Map

9.8576 -85.4016
Area served
Liberia
Nearby airports
Daniel Oduber Quiros International, (LIR), 78.00, MI, S; Juan Santamaria International Airport, (SJO), 133.00, MI, W;
Area description
Oceanfront

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Reviewer score 3.7 out of 5

Amenities

  • High-speed internet
  • Free parking
  • Outdoor pool
  • No smoking rooms/facilities
General
Air conditioned
No smoking rooms/facilities
Activities
Outdoor pool
Fitness center or spa
Fitness Center
Exercise gym
Golf
Jogging track
Tennis
Water skiing
Picnic area/tables
Horseback riding
Dining
Bar/Lounge
Restaurant
Coffee maker in room
Room service
Services
Maid service
Laundry service
Express check in
Guest laundromat
Express checkout
Childcare Service
Concierge desk
Laundry/Valet services
ATM/Cash machine
Wake-up service
In-Room Safe
Meeting/Banquet facilities
FAX
Gift shop
Currency exchange
Drugstore
Internet
High-speed internet
Parking
Free parking
Parking
Valet parking
Accessibility
Accessible facilities
Accessible parking
Room
Television with cable
Radio
Safe
Telephone
AM/FM alarm clock
Mini bar
Free newspaper
Hairdryer in room
Turndown service
Cribs available
Sofa bed
Temperature control
Shower
Iron
Ironing board

Dining

1492 Restaurant
The 1492 Restaurant showcases the fresh and intense tropical flavors of Costa Rica with international flair. Offering a spectacular open layout for unrivaled ocean view dining.
Borrancho Beach Club Restaurant
The ocean-side Borrancho Beach Club Restaurant offers a relaxed setting to enjoy sandwiches, pizza, specialty ceviches, burritos, burgers, and fresh seafood.

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
02:00 PM
Check-out:
11:00 AM

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use. All information has been provided by this hotel and not by Orbitz

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Guest Reviews (10)

Ratings and reviews for Hotel Punta Islita, Autograph Collection

Overall score

4.8 / 5
5.01.0
10 out of 10
Amenities:
4.9
Room cleanliness:
4.9
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4.7
Location:
4.3
Value:
4.2

100% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Hotel Punta Islita, Autograph Collection

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Idaho Traveler 77
Sun Valley, Idaho
Apr 29, 2013

Worth the road

It isn't easy getting there, but it's worth it. Quiet and beautiful, with service that's impeccable. If you're looking to relax in a romantic atmosphere, this is the place. The staff are superb, and they go out of their way to make your visit whatever you would like it to be.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Time-saving tip: Not Applicable

Do not rely upon your GPS as it may take you over the mountain road which is awful. Instead drive to Samara which is much quicker and on a paved road.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
BitingTikkas
Manhattan Beach, CA
Apr 6, 2013

Very secluded, Very difficult to get to

Staff were wonderful. Top notch hotel. Private beach Road to hotel is not paved requiring 4 wheel drive for at least 13 miles. Difficult to leave hotel to explore area. 4 hour drive from Arenal and 4 hour drive to San Jose. Food at hotel very good for Costa Rica.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
4
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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
erinqa
Virginia Beach, VA, USA
Dec 24, 2011

Wonderful location

This is a great hotel for family and couples. There is a gorgeous adults only pool, as well as a family friendly pool by the beach. Gorgeous location and views. The two restaurants are very good, but there is only one other option in the nearby town, unless you want to drive a very far distance. Also, all activities need to be planned through the hotel, because of its remote location. But, if you are looking to relax on a gorgeous beach and take in the views - or, are willing to venture out on your own for a distance- this is the perfect place.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Baltimore Maryland
Aug 2, 2011

Remote paradise

Unfortunately, Hotel Punta Islita is an incredibly remote hotel. Our journey to the hotel was a lengthy one by Grayline Tours which was haphazard and scary. HOWEVER, when we pulled up to the reception, we were met with cool towels and an amazing welcome from our concierge, [...], who was AMAZING and spoke English. Our bags were immediately taken from us to our room and we were informed that we had been upgraded to a casita room from our deluxe. We were pleased with this because the casitas had private pools outback of their rooms vs. the hot tub whirlpools. We were lead into the most magnificent dining area that overlooked the beach and surf and an infinity pool. We were offered a cool drink of our choice and asked if we needed anything to make us comfortable while we checked in and accommodated. We were then personally lead to our room, with drinks in hand and were given a brief tour of the resort amenities and campus.Our room was authentic and amazing. Ceiling fans and air conditioning. Beautiful windows overlooking the ocean and rolling hills. The landscaping was perfectly trimmed and our backyard was impeccable with our personal pool and a comfortable hammock and porch.The week was a paradise of perfect service and amazing attention to detail. Fresh flowers were placed on towels after room service. The mini bar in the room was incredibly reasonable and refilled on a dime. A security safe was installed and all valuables were convenient to access. The bed was comfortable and the linens were crisp and fresh.During our stay we ate at 1492, a gourmet restaurant for our complimentary breakfast each day which included fresh squeezed juices and a choice of 3 dishes: American, authentic Costa Rican and a continental. Also available were other selections for cost. The prices were on the high end, but it was worth the change in breakfast to try other items on the menu. We also had dinners at 1492 the majority of the time. Fresh fish and incredible authentic menu items kept us coming back.The beach bar/pool, Barracho's, was a place where children could swim, as they are not allowed in the 1492 infinity pool. Just as 1492's infinity pool, it was also fitted with a swim up bar and we were served at your lounge chair within the vicinity. The coastal beach area also boasted another restaurant where you could order dinner or lunch until 4pm. Outstanding homemade pizzas and decadent lunches were tested and enjoyed here daily.Our concierge set up an itinerary for us so that we could enjoy the resorts activities. We took in horseback riding through the rain forests and on the beach, Canopy zip lining, a monkey quest tour, Spa treatments at the RIDICULOUSLY delicious spa, golf (9 holes on the campus) and surfing.I cannot say enough the level of service and the attention to the guests. We were fortunate in that it was the low season for guests, and were able to have tours all to ourselves through the local town of islita, canopy zip lining and searching for monkeys.The only suggestion I would mention is for them to have some sort of evening entertainment. We found ourselves in bed by 8-9, as neither bar was open past 9-10. There was no music or entertainment during dinners or at either resaturant bar area.However, we found ourselves to be awake at 6-7am each morning to begin our day and soak in the atmosphere. Therefore, the end to the evening with tv satisfied us.We also annoyed the additional restaurant, just beyond the hotel property called Cambute, which boasted authentic meals, less expensive then the hotel and delicious! A great place for a shot and some tasty goodness.This was perfect for us. I would not suggest for families with children who need to be amused and entertained as there is nothing except the pool and beach for them. Also, do not expect a wild partying night life or cheap all inclusive prices. Be prepared to spend money, but it is worth the exclusivity. Expect amazing service, peace, quiet, beauty and romance. HIGHLY r...

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
5
Entertainment tip: Not Applicable

no entertainment or nightlife. No entertainment for children.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Washington, DC
Jun 7, 2011

Amazing Hotel; Remote Location

We stayed here for one week in early June. It is an amazing place. We had an extremely private room with an ocean view, hammock, and private jacuzzi. You feel as though you are in your own world with nothing around you; it is amazing. The hotel is basically built on the side of a mountain so all the rooms face the ocean. From our room it was about a 10 minute walk to the beach, but the hotel does provide transportation. The rooms are very nice and the bed comfortable. The staff is excellent especially the concierge [...]. He was helpful in every way possible (helped us when the airline lost our bags, helped with the our broken car, etc.).The hotel has a list of activities that they will provide for you including horseback riding, spa service, surf lessons, etc. We did a Monkey Quest and massages. The spa was terrific and we saw a family of Howler Monkeys on our Monkey Quest. There are some cons to this hotel however...It is truly remote. We rented a 4x4 (a must in Costa Rica) and it takes about 3hrs from Liberia Airport to get there including 40 mins on a very rocky dirt road.Other than the Hotel's provided activities there is not much to do as far as nightlife or any non-hotel sponsored activities (other than lounge at the beach or pool). The closest "big" town is Samara which is about a 40 minute drive.The food is good, but not amazing, and is pricey. Being so remote, there is only one other eating option; a restaurant named Cambute. It is also very good and less pricey than the Hotel.Overall, we absolutely loved our stay here and would definitely recommend it.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
2
Value:
3
Money-saving tip: Short walk from hotel

If you want to save some money, eat at Cambute. It's just down the hill from the hotel and will save you about half the price of the hotel's food. It's much more casual than the hotel's dining room and the food was pretty good (the ceviche was awesome). It's only really open for dinner, though.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Minnesota
May 7, 2011

Just gorgeous!

The view from the top of the hill where the hotel is located are just beautiful. Best I have seen. We stayed in a 2 bedroom villa that came with its own plunge pool (awesome). Food was ok at the hotel restaurant; the only place to eat unless you travel out 30 min...Avoid the barbecue buffet (way too expensive for what you get). Getting there is very tricky, need a 4x4 cause terrain requires it...do an internet search on the trip to the hotel to read more about it...its definitely for the adventurous. The hotel has a total of 2 pools except for the plunge pools in the villas. They're great...especially the one on top. Do your research and you will be fine.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
Entertainment tip: Not Applicable

I do not recommend leaving the hotel after dark, or being on the roads after dark...the roads can be dangerous...they are treacherous, hilly, dirt roads. Don't be afraid to ask for directions if you are driving. THERE ALSO IS A SMALL PLANE YOU CAN TAKE FROM SAN JOSE TO THE TOWN WHERE THE HOTEL IS...IF YOU WANT TO AVOID THE 5 HOUR DRIVE.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
50th birthday gal
Porterville, ca
Apr 6, 2011

Amazing resort

Punta Islita is an amazing resort carved out the jungle in the Guanacaste region. Unlike most of the guests, my husband and I drove from San Jose. We ignored the resorts directions and took the wrong ferry and the last 3 hours were on rutted and rocky roads. We pulled up to the beautifully landscaped entrance then were later greeted by our guide with warm moist towels. The service is fantastic, the grounds are meticulously maintained and beautiful. The food was top notch. Our hotel bungalow had fresh flowers every day. The highlight was the romantic beach three course dinner. We were early risers and we often had the beach to ourselves for hours. There are a few things that might detour some travelers. The restaurant is expensive and all the tours are a bit expensive too. We ate at the one and only restaurant in the village and it was reasonable and delicious local fare. The hike to the beach is a bit difficult, they have transportation but after a while we just drove. If it wasn't for cheap tickets and their winter deals we wouldn't have considered this amazing place. Thanks!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
4
Dining tip: Not Applicable

Eat at the local village restaurant.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Apex NC
Mar 19, 2011

the most beautiful, peaceful oasis

By far the most beautiful hotel on the Costa Rican coast. The grounds are luxurious, yet perfectly integrated with the landscape and ocean.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Common Sense Traveler
Charlotte, NC
Mar 8, 2011

Worth the splurge

Truly a great resort. It's easy to understand why it's considered in the top 500 small luxury hotels of the world. The staff is incredible - extremely friendly and eager to answer your questions or assist you in any way. The location is picturesque and very remote (know going in that you will need to travel over some very rough dirt roads to get there, but it's well worth it). They offer many excursions. We took advantage of the Monkey Quest and it was worth every penny. Our guide and driver [...] were awesome and got us up close and personal with 3 different families of howler monkeys and numerous tropical birds. The beach is just down the hill from the resort and is beautiful with warm water and a great break if you're into surfing (there is a surf instructor on staff if you want to learn). The only negative I can say about the hotel is the pricing for food. The restaurant is very good, but because they have you in such a remote location I think they're taking advantage by charging the prices that they do. On the flip side, there is a nice little restaurant called Cambute in the little town of Islita which is only a 2 minute drive or 10 minute walk away. Overall this really is a 5 star resort and we left feeling that it was worth splurging to stay there.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Take the short trip to Cambute, the restaurant just outside the resort, once in a while to save yourself some money on lunch and/or dinner.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Sherry Travel Fan
Rutledge TN
Mar 3, 2011

Exceptional Vacation Retreat

My husband and I enjoyed the many activities offered by the hotel. We went on a sunset cruise and absolutely loved it. We also enjoyed visiting the museum and local artist in the village.The monkey quest tour was also a lot of fun.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Sightseeing tip: In Hotel

Canopy tours. Sunset cruise. Golf. Surfing lessons. Shopping in the local village as well as neighboring villages. Spa

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