Ratings based on 107 Verified Reviews

They paid and stayed. We double-checked.
3.7 out of 5
78% of guests recommend
3.7 Room cleanliness
3.9 Service & staff
3.6 Room comfort
3.4 Hotel condition
Expedia Verified Reviews
They paid and stayed. We double-checked.
5 out of 5
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!
1 out of 5
by A verified traveler from b

Arnaque et personnel très désagréable

Posted Feb 12, 2016
La personne nous a ouvert la porte de la chambre et est partie sans un mot, sans un regard. La chambre est propre mais très simple. Le prix est complètement délirant pour ce niveau de prestation. Un panneau indique dans les chambres que le petit dej est inclus dans le prix, mais il faut payer un supplément en réalité.
Comment from Hotel Management
Apr 13, 2016 by Nick, Hotel Management
Cher Thomas, merci pour votre commentaire. Je suis désolé d'être si négatif, mais malheureusement, le petit-déjeuner n'a pas été inclus dans l'option de votre réservation. La carte lue dans votre chambre est vrai: le petit déjeuner est inclus si vous avez sélectionné et coûte seulement 3 $! Le prix de votre chambre est parmi les plus bas qu'il ya sur le marché, et comprend tous les équipements comme A / C, WiFi dans la chambre, piscine, TV satelitar, parking. Chaque matin, nous servons le petit déjeuner dans la chambre avec un sourire. vous êtes arrivés dans la soirée tard et partis tôt le matin, nous avons eu aucun moyen de montrer notre bonté. J'espère que vous avez un moyen de revenir à La Dolce Vita pour vous montrer combien nous sommes gentils. Cordialement
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!
2 out of 5
by José Ruperto from San José

Mejorar información para los clientes.

Posted Dec 1, 2015 on Hotels
Antes de hacer la reservación, el cliente debe recibir información relacionada con el entorno del hotel. En este caso es un entorno muy desagradable.
Comment from Hotel Management
Feb 9, 2016 by Steve, Hotel Management
Gracias por su comentario Josè, cada consejo siempre es utìl para mejorar la experencia de nuestros huespedes. Sul sitio podemos publicar informaciones del hotel, de nuestro servicios y de la estructura, ademas de las cabinas. Pero el lugar entorno a La Dolce Vita es muy bonito, un pueblo pequenito per con todos los servicios necesarios para agradecer su estadia: tiene 3 restaurantes, barrios, un market donde encontrar lo que necesita para cocinar en nuestras apartamientos. Sobre todo es un lugar donde no ha llegado el turismo de masa, y donde se puede sentir el verdadero espíritu del Costa Rica. Ademàs el lugar es comodo porquè no tiene el ruido y el turismo de masa, pero es a solo 10 minutos de Jaco, y de media hora del Manuel Antonio parque.
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
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!
1 out of 5
by A verified traveler from boston

bad motel

Posted Sep 30, 2015
Pros: nothing
Cons: nothing
Location: awful road is no drivable
there is no paved road acces and can go nowhere no store or nothing near by
Comment from Hotel Management
Oct 2, 2015 by Nick, Hotel Management
Oscar We are always sad when our guest are not satisfied of their stay, we always trying to do the best for you! The road is no paved, is true, but is less then 1km.. and is so beautiful reach La Dolce Vita and his beach by this white road...Near the hotel there are 3 restaurant and 2 stores!
4 out of 5
by A verified traveler from san francisco, cs

Right at the beach

Posted Sep 7, 2015
A perfect lil place to surf all day and watch the scarlet macaws! It's remote but there is a lovely little town and restaurant too! The hotel is exactly as you'd expect for the price and that's right up our alley
Comment from Hotel Management
Feb 8, 2016 by Nick, Hotel Management
Dear Nurse, thank you for get the true impression of La Dolce Vita, and we looking forward to welcoming you again in Esterillos Oeste..