Ratings based on 75 Verified Reviews
They paid and stayed. We double-checked.
4.5 Room cleanliness
4.6 Service & staff
4.3 Room comfort
4.4 Hotel condition
They paid and stayed.
for Everyoneby A verified travelerfrom San Jose, CR
Good timesPosted Sep 15, 2014
Great place right by the beach to surf as much as you want, very friendly employees, good vibes
for Couplesby A verified traveler
Posted Aug 26, 2014 on Hotels.com
Recommendedby Moirafrom British Columiba
Perfect for sun and surf in a quiet locationPosted Aug 10, 2014 on Hotels.com
We would come back here. We don't like big crowds and crowded streets. Playa Grande was very quiet and Rip Jack Inn was perfect for our needs. The room was clean, the pools were very nice and it only took just over one hour from Liberia!
for Business Travelersby Chelseafrom Florida
LOVE the Rip Jack InnPosted Aug 8, 2014 on Hotels.com
Playa Grande is one of my favorite areas of Costa Rica and the Rip Jack Inn is one of the best places to stay. The food is amazing, the rooms are beautiful and you have two pools, yoga and a minute walk to get to the beach. The staff is amazing as well.
by A verified travelerfrom Los Angeles
Not what I was expectingPosted Jul 7, 2014
Pros: pretty healthy food choices in the restaurant.
Cons: Surfboard rentals, yoga classes even during a retreat, bike rentals, beach chairs and towels, Pave the road in front of the hotel.
Location: huge surf, 30 minutes from Tamarindo not close!
This is a perfect surfer/backpacker resort in the middle of nowhere! Not sure why it has the high rating it does, but maybe because there are very few hotels in Playa Grande or anything else for that matter. I booked this hotel based on all the great reviews, beach, surf, yoga and pictures. The taxi driver didn't even know where it was and you could not see the beach from it. It is surrounded by dirt and trees. A walk to the beach brings you to a deserted beach with HUGE unswimable waves and only for very good surfers! there are no beach chairs/towels available. It is not walking distance to anything, you need a car! The taxi to Tamarindo is 30 mintues and costs about $60! There was a yoga retreat so there were not any yoga classes available and they do not have surf boards or classes either! Again, you need a car to go get surfboards. We were traveling with teenagers who wanted to be around other people, surf and restaurants. The hotel was deserted! We called a taxi and booked a hotel in Tamarindo where there are people, surfboard rentals and an amazing beach. If you are looking for a quite place to get away from everything... then this is the place for you.
Recommendedby Mr. Paulfrom Canada
Close enough, far enough!Posted Jun 15, 2014 on Hotels.com
Loved everything about this visit. Exactly the pace I was looking for. Giving this all 5's doesn't mean that this is a 5 star hotel, filled with spa services and all inclusive North American pampering. Everything, from the courteous friendly staff (Nubia, well done!), the room, the on site restaurant, the yoga studio, the pool, the location, and few but wonderful local amenities was ideal. This place is laid back, and easy to wind down, and steps to one of the best surfing beaches I've ever visited; Playa Grande. Please Note, this is NOT like the touristy Tamarindo area, nor was I looking for the all night party vibe. This was close enough to be a launching point to any of the wonderful sites and pleasures the area has to offer, while offering a laid back relaxing place to rest and restore. Typical day here involves long walks on pristine unpopulated beaches, surfing, yoga, lovely breakfasts, and daytime trips to sight see the areas (Flamingo, Conchal, Potrero, Negra, Avenellas, and yes, if you want, Tamarindo too). Sunsets were breathtaking.. June is supposedly "rainy season".. yes it was more humid, but every day was mostly sunny, clear, clouding over a bit in the afternoon, scattered brief showers (of which I only saw twice, and it barely spit), and lovely evenings. Under these conditions, if you do anything physical, you will sweat, but there's plenty of opportunities to cool off. It's a lovely time of year there, as things green up nicely. I'll be back!
for Familiesby cindybertfrom Austin, Tx
Great beach hotelPosted Jun 14, 2014 on Hotels.com
This is a perfect hotel for a beach vacation. It's within a 2 min walk of the beach, and near several places to eat if you don't want to eat at the hotel restaurant, which is a bit pricey. Initially, the shower was unusable because the shower head was clogged or otherwise messed up, but the staff allowed us to swap it out with another one rather than switch rooms (we were already settled in and didn't want to move). The only real complaint is that the a/c unit had a leak/drip problem that we didn't notice until our son discovered his stuff was all wet.
Recommendedby A verified traveler
Posted Jun 2, 2014 on Hotels.com
for Everyoneby MATT K
Decent & Cheap option on Playa GrandePosted May 25, 2014
A very decent and good budget option in Playa Grande! Food is expensive with a limited Menu! But there are some good options close by. Good Location and Staff!!
for Everyoneby A verified traveler
nice, close to the beachPosted May 18, 2014
Pros: calm area
Location: 30 minutes by walk to dancing
had very good sleep, good food, calm area, only a problem- in the middle of nowhere-4.5 hours from airport. but beach is excelent, people are friendly.