A remote jail with a view!
Posted Jul 28, 2014 on Hotels
My 3 night stay with a friend at Vista Hermosa was the most awkward and uncomfortable hotel stay I’ve had despite the beautiful location. Called prior to reserving to confirm the location, food options, etc. The series of events that followed were worthy of a comedy film. Upsides: property is very beautiful, well kept, immaculate room with large bathroom, attentive staff, and two sweet dogs that double as beach tour guides. Downsides: Property advertised as non-smoking but the owner, Judy, chain-smokes in the lobby next to guest rooms. Loud music played from 9am-9pm directly next to guest rooms (no napping). I recommend a rental car. Per our phone conversation I didn't feel she was very honest about the remoteness of the property. Once we realized walking to town wasn’t an option we felt like slaves to the property. A menu w/ pricing isn’t provided as the owner stated it was all memorized. The food was okay but resort pricing was questionable at times. We weren’t informed guests are locked IN the building at night which was a fire hazard and enough to cause a panic attack. My husband had to call from the USA to have the owner unlock the doors in which she pretended it had been open the entire time. While the owner seems to be a kind person who means well, I often felt like I was being taken advantage of. I have lived, worked, and frequently travel to CR and was surprised by the owners racially and socially ignorant comments.