Ratings based on 117 Verified Reviews

3.7 out of 5
76% of guests recommend
3.7 Room cleanliness
3.9 Service & staff
3.6 Room comfort
3.4 Hotel condition
Expedia Verified Reviews
5 out of 5
by A verified traveler from Heredia

Pleasant Stay & Close to the Beach

Posted Nov 5, 2017
The service was great. Clean room with all the equipment: air conditioner, microwave, kitchen, dish plates, utensils, etc. We chose the breakfast deal which was great. You can even choose which hour you'd like your breakfast. The pool was always clean and ready to be enjoyed. The beach was just a few steps away. The safety was good. They have a family in charge and there is a front door to the beach, which it's opened in case you want to go out. In general, it's a great pleasant experience and we stayed between Oct 30th and Nov 4th (not many people around). We will definitely visit again. Great choice for Esterillos stay!
Comment from Hotel Management
Nov 8, 2017 by La Dolce Vita, Hotel Management
Dear guest, thank you for share your experience at La Dolce Vita. We are glad you appreciated the services of La Dolce Vita, and the quiet atmosphere of Esterillos Oeste that in the green season can leave to its visitors great memories. We relaly looking forward to welcoming you again.
4 out of 5
for Everyone
by A verified traveler

Nice tiny hotel in front of the beach.

Posted Apr 25, 2017 on Orbitz
Good: pool, kitchen, in front of the beach, close Herradura and Jacó.
Comment from Hotel Management
May 4, 2017 by Nick, Hotel Management
Dear guest,, thank you for spend your time to review La Dolce Vita! We hope to have you soon at Esterillos Oeste. The staff
4 out of 5
by A verified traveler

Great Value

Posted Dec 18, 2016 on Hotels
Room a little dated. But has a small kitchenette. Brand new Bathroom. good for the price and location which has direct access to the beach.
Comment from Hotel Management
Dec 20, 2016 by General Manager, Hotel Management
Dear guest, thank you very much for sharing your opinion of La Dolce Vita. We hope you enjoyed the new Superior rooms with the new bathroom and living room tha gave you more space to enjoy your stay. Best regards
3 out of 5
by A verified traveler

Posted Nov 17, 2016 on Hotels
I had stayed there in May and decided to come back in November but this time there was construction in the units beside ours,they would start at 6 am until 4 pm with noise and dust,i came for relaxation and found stress if i had been informed of work being done i would not have come,i am disappointed with this booking and feel i should be refunded my money
Comment from Hotel Management
Nov 23, 2016 by General Manager, Hotel Management
Dear guest, thank you for coming back at La Dolce Vita. We are glad when our guest choose us again, it means good memories of the place. Unfortunately you've come in the first days of work and you found some noise, but these type of work are required to improve the rooms of the hotel, and give to you and the other guest the best impression and the best comfort during the stay. We hope you can still come back again at La Dolce Vita to discover how we improved your room, we want to be forgiven for the hustle and bustle with a better experience only for you.
5 out of 5
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from Seattle

Gem of a find in Costa Rica!

Posted Apr 15, 2016
Pros: Location, price and kitchen facilities
Location: Right on the beach, horseback riding surfing, ziplining, hiking, boogie boarding
We discovered this charming hotel 2 years ago when we visited Costa Rica for the first time and were lucky enough to be able to return. My husband loves to surf and Hotel Dolce Vita is right in front of several nice surf breaks mostly filled with locals which is a good sign! The hotel is managed by a young family and they are always smiling and helpful. Their English is limited but they are more than willing to assist with anything you may need or desire. The hotel is located about 15 minutes from Jaco which we really liked and it's a mostly local area so you get a real feel for the country. Everyone was extremely nice that we met. There is a local place to eat and a small grocery store to fill up on supplies. It was really nice having a small kitchen to make meals especially with kids who want to eat at all different times. Your stay also includes a yummy and fresh continental breakfast that is brought to your room daily. Overall, if you want a local vibe with beautiful, remote and private beaches this is the place for you. We drove about 5 minutes away to Esterillos Este and it had the best boogie boarding beach we have ever been to. Ideal for kids and there were never more than 1-2 people on a huge sandy beach-pure heaven and hard to find when you travel these days.
Comment from Hotel Management
May 30, 2016 by Nick, Hotel Management
Dear friend, thank you very much for spent your time and feedback La Dolce Vita. You review is amazing and rewards us for our everyday job. We are looking forward to welcoming you again! Pura Vida
2 out of 5
by Jasmine

Felt like camping with ac but without clean water.

Posted Apr 10, 2016 on Hotels
Water was brown, so we were unable to shower or wash any dishes.
Comment from Hotel Management
Sep 30, 2016 by General Manager, Hotel Management
Dear guest, thank you for take time to review La Dolce Vita. We are sorry for the inconvenience of the brown water, you know it not depend on the hotel but on the huge rains of the period which made the bath water but only for a few hours.. The water at La dolce Vita crystal as that of the pool!
4 out of 5
by Ronald Jack from Saulsville WV USA

Nice place

Posted Apr 8, 2016 on Hotels
Best beach area in Costa Rica that I have seen. The pool was very small but clean and neat. Red Macaws in the trees slways. Nice shade at beach edge. Legends of mermaids here and a statue in the water maybe 40 yds out. Small market near, nightlife at Jaco 15 minutes away.
Comment from Hotel Management
Apr 13, 2016 by Steve, Hotel Management
Ronald thank you very much for your feedback. You felt the same sensations of the other guests incoming at Esterillos Oeste: one of the most beautiful beach of Costa Rica, far from the mass tourism but at only 15 minutes from Jacò. Here the nature is amazing: great beach, great waves, nice bars and restaurant, and at La Dolce Vita we provide the basicals services at the correct price. We hope to have you again soon! Pura Vida!
2 out of 5
by Dan from Vancouver

Nice beach

Posted Jan 24, 2016 on Hotels
This place would be good for young surfers who want to spend most of the day in the surf, have a beer in the evening, go to sleep, and then, do it all over again the next day. My wife and I are in our 70's. We came, we saw, and we left to book another hotel in Jaco.
Comment from Hotel Management
Feb 9, 2016 by Steve, Hotel Management
Dear Dan, thank you for taking time and write about La Dolce Vita. I'm sorry you can not feel the spirit of Esterillos Oeste that yes is very different from Jacò. Here in Esterillos you can stay quiet and far away for the mass tourism of Jaco. We offer one of the most beautiful beach of the country, an uncontaminated jungle that arrives up to the beach, and the town offers all the services needed to enjoy your stay: several restaurant, bars, and a market. Furthermore we are located only 10 minutes driving distance from Jacò beach.. The feeling of Esterillos are different on the needings of each guests: if you are looking for a quiet and pure town where feel the real "Pura Vida spirit" Esterillos is the perfect place!
5 out of 5
by Rufino from Phoenix, Az.

Picky People stay in Jaco please!!

Posted Nov 22, 2015 on Hotels
Email communication with the Owner Nick was excellent! The Mgt. couple on site were awesome! The Wife washed and ironed my shirt (small fee). Emilio, the husband (Dude is Huge/ not fat) nice guy, got me my own Independent Taxi service, when ever I needed him (Ricardo) even picked me up to go to the Airport at 5AM! Who does that?! Lol! I loved my stay here! 200 ft. From the Ocean?! Loved the local bar, where I made friends and loved the local restaurant! Grocery store is only 2 blocks away! Now, if you are a Picky Person or is planning to take a Picky Person here? You or they my not like it? It's the Tropics! There are bugs and things that get inside your Apt! I had no problems but I love adventures and new experiences! Also, you are 20 miles from the Tourists in Jaco! I went to Jaco twice. The Red Cab with a Meter ( Called a Maria) will cost you $32 one way. Ricardo ( Independent Taxi) was $20 keep that in mind. Also you are 1:43 mins. from San Jose. Cab will cost between $100 to $140 from Airport or San Jose to get to this Motel. I plan to come back in March of 2016 I found this Motel to be very safe and all the ppl were very nice to me! The ocean water was about 82 degrees! I'm gonna learn how to Surf when I come down again! Ernie from Phoenix, Az.
Comment from Hotel Management
Dec 5, 2015 by Steve, Hotel Management
Thank you Ernie! Was a great pleasure have you here, really! Looking forward to welcoming you in March!
4 out of 5
for Couples
by A verified traveler from Beaufort, SC.

Close to beach and many great towns!

Posted Oct 19, 2015
Pros: It was very quiet and the staff were super helpful
Cons: The stove was too small to accommodate the pots/pans provided. I would suggest a more comfortable bed as it was a bit stiff.
Location: Surf Mi is a short walk from hotel and has great food and service!
The staff there was excellent and was always willing to help in any way possible. The location was great and we were close driving distance to many great towns such as Jaco, Quepos, and of course Manuel Antonio. The town was also very nice and had stores and restaurants where we could relax after being out an about. The room itself was very nice, comfortable, and very clean.
Comment from Hotel Management
Feb 8, 2016 by Nick, Hotel Management
Hi Jeff, thank you for taking time to write for La Dolce Vita hotel. Thank you for suggest how to improve the kitchen of your room, any tips can help us to improve the experience of our guests, so is very welcome!