Agua Dulce Beach Resort3.0 out of 5.0
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We stayed at Agua Dulce for 10 nights as a part of our Costa Rica trip in February 2018. The hotel is spectacularly located at an amazing, almost lonely beach, with a sometimes wild ocean. The rooms are nothing special, ours had two queen beds where one would have been enough. They look slightly used and could need an upgrade in the following years. But the price was really okay, so I can't complain about that. The bitter pill is the restaurant. The hotel being 5 bumpy km away from the next village, you are very limited with dining options when you don't have a car. First of all, the pricing policy: in small print on the daily menu they state that the prices don't include local tax, but they don't say how much that is (around 13%, as we found out later). Tips of 10% are not included, which is not unusual thing in Costa Rica. If you want to pay by credit card, you're up for the next surprise, because they charge another 13% on top. So every time you go for dinner, you have to get your calculator ready. The net prices stated in the menu are already too high, I would say at least 30% above normal prices (compared to eg the Marisqueria in Puerto Jimenez). So all the extra charges leave you with an unreasonably high bill. I can only call this rip off. Next, the food: they call themselves an Italian restaurant, which is something we didn't get at all. Why would I go to Costa Rica and want Italian food? But alright, we tried the pizza, and I have to say that it was one of the worst pizzas of my life. So don't do the Italian stuff. What they're much better at is the sea food, and they make good cocktails. After a couple of days we realised that the problem seems to be the manager of the restaurant. He's using every cheap trick to rip the hotel guests off. To the contrary, we'd really like to point out that the girls working in the restaurant are doing a great job. They seem to know what's going on and try to make the experience as little painful as possible. After two days, we decided to boycott this restaurant, and went to Pto Jimenez, and to the Pearl of Osa, which is just 5 walking minutes away, but with way better food and service. I can only hope the hotel management will act and fire this guy, because this situation damages the entire experience. Therefore my rating: 4 stars for the hotel minus 1 for the restaurant.
We stayed for 3 nights and were taken care of by Matthew on reception who went over and above to make sure we were looked after. Matthew also helped us change our booking so that we could go off on a trip to Corcovado and welcomed us back like an old friend. There’s complimentary coffee and water at reception 24/7 which was fab in the morning when I could grab a coffee to take with me to watch the sunrise on the beach. There are also complimentary bikes at reception so you can cycle into town (and save $15 in a taxi) Breakfast is ok, but the evening meals are super. Rooms were much nicer than I was expecting, there’s aircon and a balcony with rocking chairs! Just watch the bill in the restaurant, first night we were given a discount for paying cash, next night a 13% tax was applied; next night no tax but no discount!
What a great little place. The drive from Puerto Jimenez is totally worth it. The restaurant staff is friendly, the food is great, and the view is terrific. You also have a mile of private beach. This is definitely a place I will come back to.
Great staff awesome manager Raul all the people at the front desk esp Matthew were extremely helpful very kind all spoke English helped organize day trips and scuba diving and rain forest hikes great pool wonderful beach would definitely go again
Highly recommended. I was looking for a good hotel near Corcovado we found Agua Dulce. The rooms were very clean and the stuff were very friendly, very close to the beach. Pool was great if I ever come back to Corcovado that’s the place I want to be. Thank you guys
We originally booked a standard room which consisted of 2 beds and nothing else. Considering the bar and restaurant shuts really early and there is nothing else to do for quite a long way this was awful. Lucky we changed to a suite which had seating a table and a fridge so we ate able to go to the supermarket in the nearest town and buy drinks and snacks. The beach is beautiful and deserted. There was also a swim up bar but there was never anyone around to serve you. Its was ok for a couple of days but I wouldn't go there again.
Our room was 11A which had a shared soaker tub & sitting area with fridge. This idea is great if you have two families together, but when the other room became occupied, we took our belongings out of the sitting area and locked off our room. Our room was comfortable with A/C and a nice shower. Bed very comfortable with comfy pillows, great nights sleep. The room was set back one row from the pool so nice and quiet at night. Pool area very nice but as indicated in other posts, the 'swim up bar' advertised was never open. We were supposed to be checked in at 2 pm but room wasn't ready until almost 3 pm. No worries, we hung out at the pool. We drove here and although the road in was long and with pot holes, it was your usual 'off road' shape for Costa Rica. With the restaurant & bar on site you don't really need to head out a lot.
This is a wonderful clean affordable place with great friendly, funny and wonderful staff that go out of their way to help you. It is not what they advertise though. (Thus the three stars). There are not “the amenities of an American hotel”. (It’s missing hairdryers, television, bar fridge) I’m sure these thing are in the suites,but not in regular rooms). You might be able to swim up to the bar but there is no one there to make you a drink. The road into town is very long and full of potholes. (Big ones!). Don’t get me wrong- I’m very happy here. You can here a howler monkey in the morning! I just wouldn’t want someone to come based on the promotional spin. You would be quite disappointed.
Hotel had good signage to location dirt road to location ok but drive slow. our room was 7b top floor look over pool view of lounge and view of beach and ocean not much of a view but relaxing. Rooms clean our beds were comfortable. Coffee hard to come by. Small coffee maker in lobby (household size) and a lot of people wanting coffee early so empty most of the time. Our last day there it broke down. Up in the restaurant for breakfast not a lot of people but several wanting coffee and waitresses would not refill empty coffee dispenser. Breakfast buffet on busy days menu on slower days. Sausage is a hot dog, ham or jamon is bologna. Restaurant convenient but overpriced. Pizza good probably best priced item.
The views form the restaurant were good. Unfortunately we didn't have a view from our room. Also, the walls were thin so we could hear the children screaming in the adjacent room. The beds were just OK. The pool was nice, but the pool swim up bar was never open. The beach was nice, but the water didn't seem safe for swimming (strong undercurrents). Breakfast was included. It was filling, but nothing overly flavorful (Gallo Pinto, pancake, toast, scrambled eggs, fruit) While it's cheaper than the other near by lodging option, I don't think it justifies the price.
- Free cooked-to-order breakfast
- Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
- Free parking
- Onsite dining
Agua Dulce Beach Resort places you within a 15-minute drive of Puerto Jimenez Pier and Corcovado National Park Office. This 40-room, 3-star resort has free breakfast along with conveniences like an outdoor pool and free in-room WiFi. It's on the beach and also close to Herrera Gardens & Conservation Project.
Free cooked-to-order breakfast is included with your stay. Enjoy a bite to eat at Restaurant at Agua Dulce, the resort's onsite restaurant. Satisfy your hunger from the comfort of your room with room service.
All 40 air-conditioned rooms provide balconies or patios, free local calls, and ceiling fans. Guests can expect to find free WiFi. Other standard amenities include ironing boards and free toiletries.
At Agua Dulce Beach Resort, guests have access to an outdoor pool, a spa tub, and free WiFi in public areas. If you drive, put free parking to good use. The front desk has multilingual staff that can help with concierge services, and offer advice about sights and eateries nearby. Other amenities at this beach resort include laundry facilities and a garden.
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90.0% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 368 reviews