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Hotel Guanamar

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

My husband is Costa Rican and we have traveled all over the country. We can't say more positive things about the hotel and this small beach town of P. Carrillo. We'll be returning for sure. The hotel room was big, great TV, balcony, view of the ocean and sunset, great shower, had a fridge. The pool area is perfect - right temperature, great view, showers nearby. The breakfast was good. We ate dinner here one night - was delicious though a bit pricey. We easily walked to nearby restaurants for the rest of our trip. The walk to the beach is 5-10 min (note there aren't any hotels directly on this beach so for the walk, this wasn't bad). Definitely recommend.

The view was great and the hotel room was beautiful, spacious, and clean. It also had plenty of shelves and was very practical. The staff was helpful and nice. We highly recommend this hotel.

The Hotel Guanamar was an excellent stay, views and the sunsets were great. Food was a little higher then the restaurants in the area, The hotel staff was good, very friendly, slightly lacking, we asked for a wake up call that never came, but we were already up so no big deal there. This place is just starting to show its age a little, they were installing new outside lights when we were there and remodel of a few of the rooms so work was being done. Hand rails at deck were loose and on the hill would have been bad had they failed. Some of the decking and stairs could be upgraded or restained. Be prepared for stairs. All in all this was a great stay for the price.

Cheap, amazing views--though dated. Given the price, no complaints though!

This is one of the best place! It is very quite, located near the playa carillo beach. On beautiful hill slope overlooking the ocean. The room, restaurant, pool are nicely designed. A great place to watch sunset. So tranquil so peaceful. big spacious rooms. Staff are very ccourtesy and helpful

Hotel is in a awesome location. It is a place you can get away.

Hotel rooms are a little outdated but we love the location. Since 1985 no serious update has been done on the place, our mattress was replaced after we made a complaint that you can not sleep on those old rags any more. AC is loud but terrace is gorgeous on middle house units 118-130. Spacious room no luxury , no internet available there only in bar or restaurant level about 100 stairs up. Still no Flat screen TV. Staff is helpful and competent. Forget booking over their own service, to expensive and rude to customers.

This place is right in the heart of Carrillo above the beach. The view is amazing. They two nice bars with a view and a decent pool. Back in the 90's when Costa Rica took off as a beach destination this pace would have been one of the pioneers, but it's very dated and obvious the owners are maintaining it based on a low cost structure. Everything is very old and they make you wear a wrist band like you are at a club Mead. The staff is friendly but very young across the board, another sign they are running things for cost management. I recommend it if you get a good price on a room.

Best beach, clean, has shade, benches, parking Hotel is average, but friendly stuff, good restaurant.

El lugar esta ubicado en un lugar spectacular, los curators estan en mal estado. La playa muy bonita

I'm a very regular guess on that Hotel due to my work, since last year, the experience on low season is very nice, but when green season come is to crowd and the services is poor. Location is good, but rooms need a little refresh, looks old and not well maintained.

The bayfront rooms are spacious and clean. End rooms have the best views. Some of it is dated but the view off the balcony of the bay below makes up for any small shortfall. The location of the room about halfway down a very large hill does require some physical activity. This is not a good choice if you have physical limitations. We felt that each day we got a very good work out without going to the gym. We found the staff at the bar and restuarant very friendly. The restaurant also was very good. We did not rent a car and we were a little worried about limited dining choices, However, the town had many choices and it is short walk down the road to reach them. We wish we could go every year and cannot wait to go back.

We stayed t the hotel for a week. We spent the perfect quiet holidays at the beach, in the sun enjoying the delicious food.

My boyfriend and I stayed at Hotel Guanamar over the holidays and had an excellent time. We had a huge room with a wide balcony and a great bay view. The view from the pool deck and restaurant was also amazing. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. We had dinner frequently at the hotel restaurant...delicious food, amazing views, excellent service, professional staff...overall a great experience!

Good experience ,remote area,quiet and peacefull it feels like time stops.. people live so simple but it works.I admire them.The small hotel that feels more like a vacation home its nice,with nice staff. The only thing its hard that there is no refrigirator.For this location you defenetly need a car. I think the best way to explore beautyfull COSTA RICA is to not stay in the same hotel brake it up .Dont expect luxury in COSTA RICA ,be prepared to step back in time maybe 40 years?But if you like nature ,exploring ,animals,then its the place to be. PURA VIDA!

After visiting Playa Samara and Playa Carillo years ago, I took my family back to experience Costa Rica. Flew into Liberia and only an hour and a half drive. Hotel Guanamar is beautiful, relaxed and overlooks one of the best beaches in the country. Not over developed or touristy in this whole area. Oceanview rooms are spacious, comfortable,and clean with fabulous views off huge porches. Simple furnishings but comfy bed, plenty of storage, huge showers and great water pressure/hot water. AC is a tad noisy, but not bad. Hotel grounds and pool are very well maintained and the open air bar and restaurant are really nice, serving great food at reasonable prices - and the views are amazing. Hearty typical or continental breakfast is included. Beach, animal sanctuary and small town with markets and a few restaurant/bars are right there, within walking distance, while larger Samara is a short drive - bus or cab ride. All sorts of activities can be booked at the front desk - we went snorkeling, kayaking, horseback riding (good healthy horses) and saw sea turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs. A wonderful retreat, we will be returning soon.

The hotel far exceeded our expectations. The family suite was huge, we had all the hot water we needed, and the wait staff were incredible. We took advantage of C&C surf school and wingnuts canopy tour while near Samara, and enjoyed Playa Carrillo beach. Casa Esmerelda in Samara had great food and was reasonably priced. Overall, great trip!

Room options

Ocean View 1 King size Bed

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Room, 2 Queen Beds, Garden View

Queen 2 | Sleeps 4

Guest reviews for Hotel Guanamar

Everyone (3) Couples (6) Business (1) Family (5) Other (2)
5

peaceful hotel with a great view

Everyone
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My husband is Costa Rican and we have traveled all over the country. We can't say more positive things about the hotel and this small beach town of P. Carrillo. We'll be returning for sure. The hotel room was big, great TV, balcony, view of the ocean and sunset, great shower, had a fridge. The pool area is perfect - right temperature, great view, showers nearby. The breakfast was good. We ate dinner here one night - was delicious though a bit pricey. We easily walked to nearby restaurants for the rest of our trip. The walk to the beach is 5-10 min (note there aren't any hotels directly on this beach so for the walk, this wasn't bad). Definitely recommend.

By on Sep 8, 2016

5

amazing hotel

Everyone

The view was great and the hotel room was beautiful, spacious, and clean. It also had plenty of shelves and was very practical. The staff was helpful and nice. We highly recommend this hotel.

By on Jul 22, 2016

5

sunsets from here are out of this world

Everyone

The Hotel Guanamar was an excellent stay, views and the sunsets were great. Food was a little higher then the restaurants in the area, The hotel staff was good, very friendly, slightly lacking, we asked for a wake up call that never came, but we were already up so no big deal there. This place is just starting to show its age a little, they were installing new outside lights when we were there and remodel of a few of the rooms so work was being done. Hand rails at deck were loose and on the hill would have been bad had they failed. Some of the decking and stairs could be upgraded or restained. Be prepared for stairs. All in all this was a great stay for the price.

By , from Anchorage, AK on Mar 11, 2016

4

amazing views

Couples

Cheap, amazing views--though dated. Given the price, no complaints though!

By on Jan 22, 2015

5

great place

Singles

This is one of the best place! It is very quite, located near the playa carillo beach. On beautiful hill slope overlooking the ocean. The room, restaurant, pool are nicely designed. A great place to watch sunset. So tranquil so peaceful. big spacious rooms. Staff are very ccourtesy and helpful

By on Dec 19, 2014

4

personnel get away

Singles

Hotel is in a awesome location. It is a place you can get away.

By on Dec 19, 2014

4

perfect view on bay

Families

Hotel rooms are a little outdated but we love the location. Since 1985 no serious update has been done on the place, our mattress was replaced after we made a complaint that you can not sleep on those old rags any more. AC is loud but terrace is gorgeous on middle house units 118-130. Spacious room no luxury , no internet available there only in bar or restaurant level about 100 stairs up. Still no Flat screen TV. Staff is helpful and competent. Forget booking over their own service, to expensive and rude to customers.

By on Apr 29, 2014

3

interesting old school costa rica

Couples

This place is right in the heart of Carrillo above the beach. The view is amazing. They two nice bars with a view and a decent pool. Back in the 90's when Costa Rica took off as a beach destination this pace would have been one of the pioneers, but it's very dated and obvious the owners are maintaining it based on a low cost structure. Everything is very old and they make you wear a wrist band like you are at a club Mead. The staff is friendly but very young across the board, another sign they are running things for cost management. I recommend it if you get a good price on a room.

By on Mar 13, 2014

3

good family getaway

Couples

Best beach, clean, has shade, benches, parking Hotel is average, but friendly stuff, good restaurant.

By on Mar 12, 2014

2

not on green season

BusinessTravelers

I'm a very regular guess on that Hotel due to my work, since last year, the experience on low season is very nice, but when green season come is to crowd and the services is poor. Location is good, but rooms need a little refresh, looks old and not well maintained.

By on Jan 27, 2013