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VIP Hotel Playa Negra

3.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

The cabins are big and nice. The pool is perfect in zise considering the hotrl size. Very well maintenanced. Mariam isna great host. And Elvin then gardener plays his role too to ex exceed client satisfaction very kind guy and also shared some cool histories of his familly and the way they live as Bribris. We used the BBQ a couple of times that area is also nice. I'll just recomment more light at the bedrooms other than that the cabins are full equipied, TV, Satellital TV, kitchen, etc. Also located near by Puerto Viejo town. I will come back for sure.

I like the VIP. Unfortunately we got there late so the owner did not get to show us around when we arrived. Mariam, the owner was very welcoming and pleasant . The natural feel of the place makes it great for nature lovers. It rained most of time we were there. Did not get enough chance to tour property. Property is very secluded. We stayed in 2 bedroom/1 bathroom apartment with living area. Open concept. Nice big kitchen with basic kitchen utensils and appliances As I said before for the most part we enjoyed our stay. Owner accommodating and very pleasant . Staff pleasant and hard working. Pool well kept. Some things that could be improved is to have instructions in house as to: How to light stove Wifi password TV channel How to use AC unit and cost associated with use. Have better quality bath towels, wash cloths and hand towels. Thanks.

As I travelled with my adult son, we booked a two bed suite, this included breakfast, we arrived to be advised we only had one bed, although there was some kind of sofa going on, also arrived to be advised NO breakfast, I can only assume this changed during our booking as you can clearly see on here previous comments about breakfast. I would advise if you require 2 bed and you are travelling as a pair contact the hotel direct to advise of this. The apartment was large has a safe, cooking facilities and newly installed air con in the bedroom only, which Mariam kindly gave us as a gift. We had no issues with the property or staff they are more than welcoming, pool looked appealing although we didn’t use this, the only down side for us was the distance from the centre, this is a good 40 minute walk along the beach, the roads are not the best, you will need a taxi at night, this is around $6 each way.

We stayed at the homes adjoining the hotel. The tipico breakfast was good. The views are fantastic. The service was ok. The alcohol isn't cheap. You pay for those views. Don't count on the surf shop for much. The best meal by far was the Friday night BBQ. Don't miss that BBQ if you are in the area.

We stayed 3 nights in a nice villa with 2 rooms, kitchen and living room, although we were just 2. Environnment is peaceful, we did not enjoy the swimming pool, nor the gym house because we had a full schedule. Breakfast was nice too : fruits eggs fresh juices bread and marmelade. The only downside would be the distance to Puerto Viejo, but you can easily rent a bike (6 dollars per day, 15 min ride) or take a cab (6 dollars) to go back.

The sounds of the jungle will rock you to sleep in these well-equipped 1 or 2 bedroom units. Mariam was a very gracious host willing to help in any way to make your stay more comfortable Location is very peaceful, but with a car you have easy access to the great beaches and animal rescue centres in and around Puerto Veijo, Costa Rica.

We had planned to stay 14 days in VIP Hotel, but when we got to Puerto Viejo and saw how rough the sea was we changed our plans, since it was not possible to bathe in the sea with kids - we hardly dared ourselves. We had obviously not researched properly about the Caribbean coast this time of year, so the condition of the sea is apparently what you can expect this time of year (February). Mariam was very kind to let us shorten our stay - so we were lucky to just pay 800 dollars for 7 nights instead of 100 dollars per day for all 14 nights even though we just stayed 7 nights. The bedrooms of the houses are quite nice - very nice interior decorating, colors etc. The kitchen was ok - but Mariam should change the plastic plates and cups because it does not suite the charm of the house - as well as lacking wine glasses, teaspoons and other details - Mariam was kind to let us know we could just ask her if we needed anything, but we honestly thought there were too many basic things that we were missing that it would become kind of embarrassing to ask for so much. Also a toaster would have made breakfast easier. Another thing that we hope for future guests, is that Mariam changes the lighting in the living room - it is absolutely horrible and depressingly cold. You feel like you are in a sterilized hospital room and can on the one hand not really see what you are doing (due to the poor lighting when cooking or reading) and on the other hand just not want at all to be in the room - which was not very nice when having dinner or for just hanging around inside. Breakfast is not included when you stay for 1 week or longer - apparently - which is not made clear on the website or when you make the reservation (also breakfast was mentioned in the folder she left us in the house…but no breakfast however), so we were a bit surprised, that this was not included. The oven was not working when we got there and ended up leaking gas, which we had turned off immediately. I think Mariam thought it was our fault it didn’t work, but she had obviously not checked this after the last guests had left the house. Due to this happening on a Saturday, the technician did not come to fix the oven until Monday evening, which meant that we could not use the stove for almost 3 days (renting a house is mainly to be able to use a stove ourselves…so we might as well have had a hotel room these days)- no compensation from Mariam…could have offered to make us breakfast at least…she however toasted our bread when I asked her if she could do that - but not on her own initiative. Also make note that there is no AC, just fans, which was just ok, but for AC-picky people it might be a bigger issue. Wifi has also very, very bad reception. We didn’t ask, but there was no mentioning of the bikes (nor did we see any) that the website boasts about being at your service. The pool is very very nice - very clean and big compared to Costa Rican hotels. This we enjoyed the most. Especially in the mornings just up after noon where the sun is on the pool. You can easily walk to the beach in 10 minutes (Playa Negra) and we enjoyed walking to Puerto Viejo along the beach which takes about 20 minutes. We ate (lunch - note that many places do not open for dinner) in Puerto Viejo in AmiModo which we can recommend. We can also recommend Kokis Beach for dinner and also Bread & Chocolate and the Bakery as well as Alice Ice Cream near Playa Chiquita (you can walk from Playa Chiquita) - however only ice cream here, not lunch. All in all the place oversells itself on its website - most places do, but this was more than average in our opinion. The laundry service worked well and was properly made- but that was the most “service” we encountered on our stay except for making calls for us for taxis and the daily light freshning up of the house (every two days a more full cleaning, which also worked fine). We left early in the morning (6.30) with a transfer system, which I had informed Mariam about, so we could formally check out with her. It rained this morning and Mariam did no effort to come to our house before the bus came, nor to offer us help with the luggage or offer to lend us an umbrella….I have never been sent off so coldly before in neither a hotel nor a house-rental place. We are probably on the picky side in general and have high expectations towards service levels and would probably not come back due to the mentioned details above and due to the poor check or cleaning of the house in-between-clients - the coffee machine still had old coffee when we arrived and the cups were not properly cleaned off. I can imagine for many people they would enjoy their stay with the jungle surroundings (there are sloths and beautiful birds in the trees around the pool) , nice pool and due to a possible low price for long stays. So have your expectations very clear when booking with VIP Hotel and you’ll probably have a nice time.

Our stay was great! We had a good time. Marvellous place to sped holidays...and to live as well. The staff was very kind to me and to my family. I hope to come back next year. My kinds had a lot of fun in the pool. The gardens are very well kept.

I spent a fantastic holiday with my wife. It's a very good place to holiday live as well. We really enjoyed our stay because of the idyllic beaches and landcaspes nearby. The hotel staff was also great. We'll return to Playa Negra very soon.

First of all, the hotel's staff is wonderful. Their service is outstanding. Rooms are nice decorated y very clean as well. After the excursions we did, we had a swim at the swimming pool. Everything is exotic and I really recommend it.

Third left after Banana Azul Puerto Viejo Limon

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Outdoor pool
  • 24-hour health club

Located within a 5-minute walk of Black Sand Beach, VIP Hotel Playa Negra is within 2 miles (3 km) of Cahuita National Park. This 10-room, 3.5-star hotel welcomes guests with conveniences like an outdoor pool, a 24-hour health club, and free in-room WiFi. Playa Cocles is also 2.3 mi (3.8 km) away.


Order from room service to satisfy your hunger without leaving your room.


The 10 individually decorated accommodations feature kitchens and balconies or patios. There's space to spread out with 2 bedrooms, living rooms, and dining areas. Guests can expect free WiFi and TVs with satellite channels and DVD players. Washers/dryers, private yards, and coffee makers are other standard amenities.

Property features

At VIP Hotel Playa Negra, guests enjoy an outdoor pool, a 24-hour health club, and free WiFi in public areas. There's free parking, and an airport shuttle (available 24 hours) for CRC 250000 per vehicle roundtrip. Staff members are on hand to provide concierge services, luggage storage, and a safe deposit box at the front desk. Other amenities at this family-friendly hotel include a kids' club, a terrace, and laundry facilities.

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

92.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 151 reviews