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5 of 5 bubbles Review of Sandpiper Hotel

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Sandpiper Hotel
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Playa Hermosa
Certificate of Excellence
Sacramento, California, United States
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4 reviews
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“Will return”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2012

I have to agree with all the positive comments! After several days in the rain forest we decided to leave our resort in favor of some sun. Upon finding ourselves in Jaco with no place to stay as all hotels were full we stopped into a restaurant for dinner. We asked our server, Raquel if she had any ideas where we could look and she sent us to The Sandpiper in Playa Hermosa where she just happened to open a restaurant 2 weeks prior.
The hotel is clean and located right on the beach and was priced way below what they could have asked. It has The Green Room restaurant that is very fresh and the service is inviting. It attracts locals as well as the guests from surrounding hotels.
We could not have been luckier than to have met Greg, Aaron, Kip and Raquel.

Room Tip: They have only 8 rooms. Definitely try to call ahead. Really worth checking out.
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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Jaco, Costa Rica
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2012

If you have not tried the new restaurant "The Green Room" , then you are missing one of the nicest surprises in Playa Hermosa. Sunday brunch features huge apple pancakes, fresh tuna steak, typical fare and the best,,,real Eggs Benedict, shirred eggs with a homemade hollandaise sauce on a whole wheat muffin, served with fresh out of the oven banana, strawberry bread. Try it today,,and,the chicken cheese melt is one of the best I have had. Take it from the locals, we know what is good!!!

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with friends
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Broomfield, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2011

The Sandpiper is a great experience. Really nice and clean rooms with access to the beach less than fifty feet from the farthest room. A great little cabana fronting the beach with hammocks and a beautiful view to sit and relax. Greg, the owner is super nice and very helpful with arrangements or questions. They have just opened a restaurant (The Green Room) on the premises that looks fantastic. Beautiful beach and great spot to watch the sunsets.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2011

My wife and I spent 8 nights (5 at start and 3 at end of trip) at the Sandpiper. What a great place it is!!! A real beach hotel, our room was 30 feet from the sand with a great view. Rooms are quite nice, not luxurious but clean, spacious, and very comfortable. The "vibe" of the hotel is what makes it the best choice in Playa Hermosa and it all starts with the owner. The owner, Greg, is a great, but laid back, host. Brings you coffee in the morning, goes surfing with you, knows everything about the area from restaurants, horseback riding etc., takes you into town when you want to go, even did a load of laundry for us!! Really cool palapa right on the beach where we and other guests would hang out for morning surf report, lunch, book reading, email checking, evening beers or cocktails. Even if you are not a surfer, great beach for long walks and beautiful sunsets. We will go back and we highly recommend the Sandpiper!!

Room Tip: The two best rooms are the two oceanfront. Great view, ocean waves to sleep by and less than 20 step...
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Seal Beach, California
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2 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2011

If you ever need a traditional Costa Rica Surf experience, call Greg Miller. I have known Greg for about 30 years from my cycling/bike racing days and the local Seal Beach area. He owned a local bike shop in Seal Beach and now spends much of his semi-retirement here in CR. He is a straight shooter and turned out to be a great tour guide as well. Let him set up your CR experience and you'll quickly see the time and money saved by him knowing the inner workings of the area and businesses local to Jaco, Playa Hermosa and CR in general. Quads runners, horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking, site seeing and surfing to mention just a few. He's a guy with a world class cycling background including the US National and Olympic team as well as many years in the Tour De France as a mechanic and team assistant. His former team mates and arsenal of cyclist friends dating back over the years are very impressive.— Highly recommended place to stay, relax, surf, hide, sleep or whatever. You're in a beautiful country, what more can one ask for.

Room Tip: Book early for rooms facing the beach or choose from others near a small pool or tropical trees...
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2011

Our family just spent 9.5 days in Costa Rica and most of them were spent at The Sandpiper. I can't begin to explain what an awesome experience we had! Greg and Aaron are phenomenal "hosts" and the place is beyond BEAUTIFUL and RIGHT on the beach. We were traveling with our Autistic/special needs child and this provided a perfect, nonstressful, peaceful place for him to relax and enjoy himself. I would HIGHLY recommend The Sandpiper for your stay in this part of Costa Rica. You will not be disappointed.

  • Stayed November 2011
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Topsfield, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2011

First surf trip to Costa Rica. The owner Greg and Aaron were very helpful - gave us all sorts of tips on where to eat and surf and every place they recommended was excellent. I felt the place was very secure, was nervous about leaving things in the room with everything you hear, but we had no problems - I think because Greg and Aaron are constantly around. Greg knows surfing, all the spots, what's doing what on a certain swell - you can't go wrong here. We paid cash and obviously had no problems.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with friends
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Property: Sandpiper Hotel
Address: On the beach, in front of Soccer field | Playa Hermosa / Jaco / Costa Rica, Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Playa Hermosa
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Playa Hermosa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our rooms have FULL kitchens with Microwave, Stove, Toaster, Coffee Maker, Fridge, Dishes, pots & pans..Great A/C, WiFi, Cable TV with English stations - HBO, TNT, CNN etc..Free Beach chairs & beach Umbrellas, Pool, Ping-pong, Rancho with Hammocks, secure parking & we are ON the beach / Sand!! ... more   less 
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Sandpiper Hotel Playa Hermosa

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