El Punto Hotel
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Historical Traveler Reviews El Punto Hotel Liberia
Are you a tourist or a traveler?
If you are a tourist you might want to check into the Best Western, this is a traveler kind of place. We stayed one night after arriving at the airport and before heading to Arenal the next morining, I would not spend my vacation in Liberia but El Punto is a wonderful respite after a long day of flying
If you enjoy local flavor this is for you. Mariana the proprietress is fantastic, she will make you a breakfast of fresh fruit, fresh breads, scrambled eggs and pleantyful coffee. She will pick you up at the airport as a courtesy service, help you with recommendations for local restaurants and services and after all that she paints the artwork on the walls of the rooms too.
The rooms are large and clean. Linens are clean and fresh and beds firm. Fresh flowers are a wonderful suprise. Air conditioners work GREAT not the case everywhere at even three times the cost of this place.
El Punto may have been a school at one time, it does have that apearence but who cares? From the outdoor living room with lending library to your own hammock Mariana makes this place comfortable.
Grossly over priced!!
The place is colorful, staff friendly. The rooms, however, looked like classrooms and the building itself is a bit sad. The painting does really rescue it from being a barn with rooms. It can be a bit loud and dusty, very dusty if there is any kind of wind. More like a $20 US a night and not a $100 US per night for double room, overpriced!! I was paying less and staying a few yards from the ocean in Tamarindo Beach, so I don't know how this place can be $96.60 US per double. My advice: if you are staying in Liberia pick a place that is cheaper, a lot cheaper, since there is not much to do in the city and basically all you need is a quiet, clean place to spend a night before or after your flight.
I'm shocked to see a negative review of this hotel, especially of the cost. We were VERY pleased with every aspect of our two separate experiences staying at El Punto, and thought the price was very fair. We had made reservations in advance, for two separate stays--for our first night in Costa Rica, and for our last night (one night at each end of the trip). We wanted a place convenient to the airport. We rented a car, so didn't use the shuttle service, but they do offer free airport pickup/dropoff. El Punto is just 15 minutes from the Liberia airport.
My husband, two young daughters (ages 5 and 8) and I all thought the rooms were great: large, immaculate, hip and upbeat decor, a hammock outside every room, a kitchenette (microwave, sink, counter, mini-fridge with complimentary water and beer), efficient AC plus ceiling fan, very up-to-date bathroom, fresh tropical flowers in vases throughout the room...couldn't be more pleasant and comfortable. OK, I did wish there was a reading lamp next to the bed, but that's the only thing lacking. We also enjoyed playing the provided games (Twister, UNO, chess, backgammon) in the open-air "lounge" near the main office. There were comfy couches, chairs, tables with vases of fresh flowers, and a bookshelf full of books in English (and other languages) free for the taking/trading. The included breakfast was the best we had in Costa Rica: fresh fruit, bread (with assorted jams, butter, honey), fresh-squeezed OJ, scrambled eggs, and excellent coffee. Also, there are spa services offered (which we didn't try), and I saw a sign for complimentary laundry service--which I wish we had made use of! El Punto is in a convenient location--right on the corner where the main Interamericana Highway meets with the road leading to the airport and beaches. Very easy to find. Also next door to a modern shopping plaza with a bank, ATM, huge grocery store, ice cream shop, and Italian restaurant (there are other businesses as well--those are just the ones we used).
We felt the price was very reasonable--we paid $80 for 2 adults + 2 children. This seemed to be the going rate for budget hotels in Costa Rica--on all our 14 nights in the country, we paid either $80 or $90 per night--and the other hotels seemed about the same (or lesser) quality. Our only suggestions would be more-accessible internet (it's available, but I needed to use the owner's own computer in her office) and a swimming pool. Mariana (the owner) said that's her next project, so maybe there'll be one soon. Also, the metal ladder leading to the bed up in the loft would be difficult to manage for older or disabled people. But there is another full bed (plus a futon or single bed) on the "main level" of each room. We were really impressed with Mariana (owner/manager). She runs her hotel/B&B very efficiently, and with many added creative touches, which make it such a pleasant place. She is completely bilingual, and extremely pleasant and helpful.
Love This Place!
WOW! I was so impressed with this place. We stayed in June 2006. This hotel is new so not a lot of people know about it yet but this place is fantastic. The rooms are huge! You get 2 double beds one on the ground floor and one up in this really neat loft area. Nice down comforters and great air conditioning! Very clean and comfy! This place has great location, we walked everwhere from here! The staff is so helpful and the breakfast was a perfect start to the day. I almost don't wanna write such a great review cause I want to keep this place all to myself, but it was so great that I must boast and help the owners out a bit. I liked the fact that we were close to everything but it still felt secluded, cause it's off the road a bit and you don't hear any 'city' noises. The decorating is so cool! It's got this modern feel to it but in a wonderful tropical way. It felt like a high end boutique hotel but for a really great price. STAY HERE if you plan on a trip to the Nicoya peninsula you won't regret it at all!!!!
I reserved a room for two based on previous reviews on Trip Advisor. The room was adequate at best, typical of my Costan Rican stays. The room was unmemorable especially in regard to its decor. The bed was hard and the linens cheap. The showers were lukewarm and the hospitality unnoticed. I would never reserve another room at this overpriced, depressing place. Who are the people that have recommended this stay, the employees? or perhaps people who don't have expectations for a hotel in Costa Rica that charges close to one hundred dollars for two/night? I can't even call it a hotel! It is a terribly overpriced stay in Liberia. If you do need to stay in this city, stay at Los Boyeros across the street. Los Boyeros offers an adorable room and nicely landscaped pool. Don't expect much from their kitchen, however.
A Lovely Place to Stay in Liberia, Costa Rica
A wonderful place to stop thru or stay for a while in Liberia, Costa Rica! This place is fresh/hip and has a great energy. The staff is superior and everyone goes out of their way to make your experience the best and the hospitality stems from a genuine friendliness.
Mariana, the proprietress, has created an establishment where your travel needs and wants can/will be met, offering many of the same services as the expensive resorts as complimentary service or for much less. I had a fantastic message during my stay.
The rooms are large, comfortable, clean, and have a lot of charm. But don't mistake this for a large, impersonal resort because it is small, cozy and conveniently located.
Keep up the great work, Mariana and the staff at El Punto!!
Cool place to stay at
It is the place to stay in Liberia. Small, but impecable service, a feast of personality and color. Rooms are spacious and clean. The launge areas are sleek and airy, but still rustic.
Breakfast is really good.
Great location, unique colors, great owner
We stayed at El Punto after flying in from a late night of traveling. Very pleased with the complimentary transportation, Mariana picked us up from the Liberia airport and took us to the hotel. She speaks English and was very helpful in assisting us with our stay. From negotiating taxi prices to Tamarindo, recommending places or restaurants to visit, and providing a complimentary breakfast in the colorful atmosphere, she was very helpful.
El Punto location is very convenient to the airport, close to the supermarket and other restaurants. Dinner at nearby Toscana was great. The rooms are clean, airconditioned and i've never seen such vibrant colors throughout the hotel grounds. We had a very pleasant and unique experience.
Let me tell you that this place is gorgeous, its simple, small, but very pretty... And best of all inexpensive!!! It´s also located on a centric place, were there is a small walking distance from everything...
Breakfast is delicious, fresh fruit, fresh bread with jelly, cream cheese, butter or peanut butter, coffe, tea, juice.
The owner is just wonderful, she would even prepare treats for you sometimes!!
I just loved it there, ideal for teenagers or college people..