Guanacaste

Villas Sol Hotel & Beach Resort


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Dinner overlooking the ocean during a vibrant Costa Rican sunset. Precious time spent with someone special in your life. These moments and more are waiting for you at Villas Sol Hotel & Beach Resort in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. The all-inclusive hotel is nestled on a cliff above gorgeous Hermosa Beach, where olive-green forests ring the sparkling Pacific shore. A shuttle takes you to the beach, where you'll enjoy the beauty of Costa Rica.

The hotel features two restaurants, two pools, a swim-up bar, Jacuzzi, and a variety of watersports. Join family or friends for drinks at one of the many snack bars this tropical haven has to offer, or experience a crimson sunset at dinner.

Let go at Paradise Spa and indulge in a soothing massage or special body treatment. Your physical therapist will provide you with the finest and most relaxing services available (fee), including aromatherapy, facial cleansing, and algae mud wraps.

Sip on a handcrafted piña colada at the pool. Enjoy great company, excellent music, and a refreshing ocean breeze. Dine at two restaurants and enjoy a selection of snacks, seasonal fruits, and delightful cocktails at the snack bar. Beautiful gardens and palms surround a lovely outdoor seating area, and views of the Gulf of Papagayo will stay with you long after you've returned home.

Greening Your Life: Part of the Apple Vacations Greening Your Life initiative, this property has received Costa Rican CST Certification for Green Business, sponsors local environmental-awareness events, and incorporates an energy saving program for guests and staff. Along with high-efficiency LED lights and programs that reduce energy consumption, the resort also recycles and composts 90% of its generated recyclable waste. Guests also have the option of reusing towels and sheets in order to conserve water and energy.

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HOTEL LOCATION
Villas Sol Hotel & Beach Resort is located in Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste; in the North Pacific Coast of Costa Rica Central America.
Address: CENTRO COMERCIAL COLON, 350 MTS
SAN JOSE


CR
Local Phone: 011-506-2257-060
Toll Free Phone: 800-572-9934
Fax: 011-506-672-0212
HOTEL FACILITIES
Disco / Nightclub
Laundry / Dry Cleaning Service
Meeting Rooms
Parking
Pools
Number of Pools: 2
Outdoor Pools: 2     
There is a small, square, cliffside pool with a peninsula jutting out, in addition toa larger pool and a children's pool (35 of the villas come with their own private pools).
Golf: NEARBY
Melia Playa Conchal - 40 minutes
The Playa Conchal is an 18 hole, Par 72 course with 7,030 yards designed by Robert Trent Jones II.
Holes: 18
Green Fees: $
Cart Fee: $
Lessons Available
Tennis
Number of Courts: 1
Outdoor Courts: 1
Court Fee: Complimentary
Water Sports on Site
Fishing: Additional Charge
Scuba: Additional Charge
Snorkeling: Complimentary
Paddle Boats: Complimentary
JetSki / Waverunner: Additional Charge
Waterskiing: Additional Charge
Health Club / Spa
Aerobics: Additional Charge
Jacuzzi: Complimentary
Massage: Additional Charge
Nautilus Equipment: Complimentary
Spa: Additional Charge
HOTEL DETAILS
Set along a cliff overlooking Hermosa Beach, each room features a private balcony with wonderful views of the famous Guanacaste Sunsets. The 54 deluxe rooms offer perfect views of the Pacific, while the 110 modern villas look out upon Playa Hermosa. Ideal for families, Sol Playa Hermosa features a natural hillside setting. The all Inclusive program includes 3 meals a day and drinks from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., taxes, a disco, non-motorized watersports, and a gym. Beach: The resort overlooks a breathtakingly beautiful, unspoiled stretch of Playa Hermosa. The beach is long and the water calm, guests are transported to the beach area by shuttle bus down a winding road. Check-in: 2:00 p.m.
Check-out: 12:00 p.m.
Total Rooms: 164
Year Opened: 1974 Credit Cards: Visa, Master Card, Diners Club, American Express
HOTEL RESTRICTIONS
This property is not recommended for the handicapped. The mini-bar in rooms are available for a fee.
ROOM TYPES
STUDIO SUPER SAVER AI
Studio room features two queen beds or one queen bed, and a sofa bed. Room also features a full bathroom with a shower, and a private balcony with garden or mountain views.
Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Shower
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Refrigerator
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Iron
Telephone
Television
Room Safe
VILLAS SOL DELUXE ROOM OV AI
Rooms are built in a typical Spanish style, and offer a large terrace with ocean views. Include two double beds, a private bathroom, and a minibar.
Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Shower
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Refrigerator
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Iron
Telephone
Television
Room Safe
TWO BEDROOM VILLA
These villas are built in a typical Spanish style and feature a large terrace with ocean views for guests to enjoy the gentle breezes of Papagayo Gulf. Includes two double beds, a private bathroom, and a minibar.
Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Shower
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Refrigerator
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Iron
Telephone
Television
Room Safe
THREE BEDROOM VILLA - 6 PEOPLE
These villas are built in a typical Spanish style, and feature a large terrace with ocean views for guests to enjoy the gentle breezes of Papagayo Gulf. Includes three double beds, a private bathroom, and a minibar.
Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Shower
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Refrigerator
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Iron
Telephone
Television
Room Safe
ONE BEDROOM VILLA
Built in a typical Spanish style, these villas feature a large terrace with ocean views for guests to enjoy the gentle breezes of Papagayo Gulf. Includes one double bed, a private bathroom, and a minibar.
Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Shower
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Refrigerator
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Iron
Telephone
Television
Room Safe
DINING
There are 2 Restaurants at Villas Sol Hotel & Beach Resort:
La Bahia Restaurant and Bar - International specialty restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Heliconia Restaurant - A ll carte restaurant featuring Costa Rican cuisine. Open from 6:30pm to 10:00pm.
ACTIVITIES & ENTERTAINMENT
Daily Activities & Entertainment:
Land Sports, Water Sports, Aquaerobics.
Nightly Activities & Entertainment:
Disco.
CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS
Daily children's program
Applicable Ages: 4-12 years old
Program Fees: Complimentary

Children's Facilities
PlayGround
Game Room
Teen Disco
Beach games

TripAdvisor Web Reviews
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Good Value, Quiet Location, Great Beach
Jon P,
Thu Mar 16 13:56:54 EDT 2017
Resort: Overall the resort was in pretty good shape for its age. I found the grounds to be clean and buildings to be in well kept up. I'll have to echo some of the other reviewers in that the hillside that the resort sits on presents some challenges. Being able bodied I didn't have any issues, but the older vacationers were struggling. Our Room: My wife and I stayed in a studio villa. It was about the size of hotel room with a very small deck (only one chair fits small). We were about half way up the hill the resort sits on. The room was clean. Our friends were in a two-bedroom villa that was much nicer than our room (which you would expect). If I return I would check prices on the larger villas or request a room in the hotel vs. stay in a studio villa again. The Food: One of the better all-inclusive that I've been to. They had a buffet, a special custom food station that changes each night, salad bar, dessert bar, soup and breads each meal. You should not worry about the food, its great. The Drinks: Again all-inclusive. I would have liked more variety here. They have the frozen, sweet, umbrella type drinks down. Margaritas were good. One beer choice (always cold). But beyond that it was tough. They didn't really have Whiskey or Vodka, they had bottles with those names on it, but it wasn't those liquors. The bartender introduced us to a Costa Rica liquor called "Guaro" that was good. The standard mixers like Pepsi or 7-up were often flat. I just stuck to beer/margaritas and was quite happy. The Staff: I can't say enough about the staff. They were really amazing. The front desk staff, activities people, bartenders, shuttle drivers and housekeepers all helped make for an enjoyable trip. The Area: The Playa Hermosa area is very quiet. Don't expect a party atmosphere. The beaches are wonderful and not crowded. If you want to venture away from the resort for dinner I would recommend Gingers and Roberto's. We also went to Auqa Bar and thought that was worth the walk with music on the beach a couple times a week. If you want more action you need to go to the next town over called CoCo. Overall: I would definitely go back. A very good all-inclusive value. Great staff. Clean accommodations.

Small but very comfortable and clean resort
Eric O, Woodstock, Canada
Mon Mar 13 12:41:11 EDT 2017
We stayed in the hotel portion of the resort which is located halfway up a hillside. The hotel was clean and the staff were excellent. The beach was a bit of a trek but there were regular shuttles to and from it. The buffets were varied and very appetizing. We thoroughly enjoyed our activities/tours and when we elected to remain at the resort poolside entertainment was great too. We would definitely stay again.

Charming Hillside Resort
bmcampbell, Spruce Grove, Canada
Mon Mar 06 13:40:04 EST 2017
We stayed in the hotel portion of the Villas Sol so I have to review that only. There were many villas of all shapes and sizes up on the hills. We had an oceanview room in the hotel. It is an older resort that was probably built in the earlier part of the 1970's. It is well mantained and cleaned but is in need of some updating. The rooms are clean and adequate and we did have a beautiful view of the Gulf of Papaquayo. The Villas Sol wins hands down for the most beautiful view and vantage point.There is, however, no elevator and the resort is on a steep hill. There is a shuttle to take you around the resort, but it is limiting for people with disabilities or seniors with mobility issues. I loved that the dining room and the bar are open-air and have full view of the Gulf. The staff at the Villas Sol are the most gracious and personable we've come across. They all spoke very good English and tried to even help us with our Spanish. The food all over Costa Rica is called "Typical" food and it doesn't matter where you go it's all pretty much the same. It is basic and somewhat bland by our tastes but it is no different than many places we ate. One thing I can say, their beef was much better than other countries we've visited. Black beans, rice, plantains and salads are a staple at every meal. They have a fabulous beet salad that I just loved. It is not a Mexican all inclusive buffet with 500 items. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the food otherwise. We found that the social atmosphere of the smaller resort more than made up for gorging ourselves at the buffet. The internet access is not free and available in the lobby of the hotel. We found Villas Sol a very enjoyable experience and the staff second to none!

Average Place with Potential in Improving
Manecha G,
Mon Mar 06 04:44:41 EST 2017
Went here for a week for my birthday. I give it three stars because they have some minor improvements they can do, otherwise I would've given it four stars. Upon checking in we realized that the hotel put us in the wrong room. We requested a room with the personal pool in the back but what they put us in was even better. I saw some of the villas with a pool and it just didn't look as cool as it did online. We stayed in a villa on the top of the hill and the views were breathtaking! If you're someone like myself, who constantly needs a view on vacation then you would love the villas. If you have trouble with your knees or walking I wouldn't advise you to get a villa at the top of the hill. The shuttles ran frequently and I thought it was fun riding on them to the top of the hill and checking out the resort on the way. The villa was huge for the three of us. 2 patios, 2 floors, 2 bedrooms and one bathroom. We had a living room, dining area, kitchen with a bar area and there was another eating area on the large patio upstairs. Everything was nice and clean. Minor things like the light above the stairs not working, the banister in the bathroom breaking, and the phone in our room not working were annoying. Being so far from the lobby it sucked having to go all the way down there just because our phone didn't work. The food was average, nothing spectacular about it at the cafe. We wished they had more variety. The staff was very friendly and hard working. The view from the cafe was amazing! The ocean and especially while the sun would set was awesome. Eating breakfast took a turn for the worst when the huge birds would come and eat your food. We left the table for one second to get some desert and a bird flew away with my sister's pancake. Always keep your plates covered! We did the deal at the spa for 2 massages for $100 and it was okay. Their hands were so small and at times it seemed like they were massaging us with one hand and scrolling though their phones on the other. We did a yoga class by the pool and it was cool. There's always something to do by the pool and a calendar full of activities to partake in. The drinks are ok and the music is cool by the pool and fun. Went off the resort to go zip lining and stuff and that was amazing as well. Overall it's nice. Could they improve? Absolutely. I have recommended this place to other people but I find that if you stay on the hotel side rather than the villas, your experience is completely different. I would recommended a villa with a view to improve the experience.

Booked through Sunwing.
Capette123, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Sun Mar 05 17:22:18 EST 2017
I cannot stress how much mobility and fitness will be an issue if you suffer from any impairment. I broke my ankle back in January and was off crutches and in a walking air cast. It was extremely difficult to get around. Think Himalayas as the steepness is that extreme. We booked an ocean view deluxe hotel room. We arrived late Saturday night and we were told that we were upgraded to a villa. I asked the representative if I would be okay and he assured me I would be. We were given 81-1 waaaaaaaaay up on the hill and only accessible by the shuttle service. The villa was gorgeous. 2 story full kitchen. 2 bedroom. 2 decks with amazing views BUT impossible. Stairs everywhere and to get to the shuttle stop I had to walk up a steep hill. No bench to sit and wait. We had to go back to guest services the next night and ask to be down graded. The shuttles are necessary but a huge pain n the butt. What makes this resort stand out is the staff. Each and everyone of them. Everyone's ability with English was different but this is their country so the issue is ours. The manager was incredible and moved us immediately. He had a shuttle take us up and had someone come and get us a short while later after we packed and take us to the hotel. The new room had a bit of a view of the ocean but we were so happy to off the hill we didn't care. This is how we met Brian the king of the shuttle drivers. He goes above and beyond. He is a fountain of information and will help you no matter what you need. He drove us right down to the main Gate when he knew we were going to Gingers to eat. Always told us to just get security to call him and he would come back. Same as the night we walked to the townsite of Playa Hermosa. Dropped us off right at the gate and arranged to pick us up 2 hrs later. He was phenomenal. But he wasn't the only one. No matter where I went the staff was willing to help me out. Offering to carry my plate in the dining room or get me a drink -always. Always pleasant always working hard for so little money. The cons: The food. Truly the worst in all our travels. My opinion is subjective as I am a picky eater but my spouse is not and he agreed. Other reviews are correct as beans and rice are staples. Thankfully there is an omelette station in the morning or I would have been very hungry. The fresh fruit in the morning was amazing but the toaster did not work or took extraordinarily long. No breakfast meat. No ham. No bacon. The sausage looked like cocktail wieners. The pancakes were tiny, thin and tasteless. There were 3 desserts but we noticed that the same rice pudding was out a few days in a row. We ate off the resort a few times because of the food. Con: no nightlife and there is no where to go. Con: the beach chairs are really dirty and chained HOWEVER the beach is amazing. We took our own towels down close to the water so I wouldn't have far to walk. Beautiful clean sandy beach. We bought a bag of ice and brought our own beer down with us. The highlight of our trip was our beach days. Con: timeshare hawks. As soon as you get off shuttle at beach someone will be nice to you. Walk away politely. There are vendors on the beach but a polite "no thank you" was enough. Tips: buy booze at duty free in the airport. Cheap Also bring your own towels. We always do. Otherwise you get a towel card and have to switch them out and if you lose or forget it $30 You don't have to save chairs at pool. There are lots. Bring a bunch of small bills for tipping the shuttle drivers and other servers in the resort. Bring snacks for your room. Learn some Spanish!!! Simple phrases. There was a lot of laughter as we butchered their language but they also want to improve their English at the same time. I would not go back because of the food but I would still rate the resort highly just on the merits of the staff and the level of customer service.



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