Hotel Overview

2019 Exceptional Values!
Extra Value: Includes up to $500 in Resort Discounts (booking dates, travel dates, duration, and usage restrictions apply).
Honeymoon: Receive the Sweet Love Honeymoon Package complimentary when booking the minimum required room category for a minimum of 7 nights.

Occidental Papagayo is an all-inclusive, adults-only (18+) resort in Guanacaste, ideal for those seeking rest and relaxation. The resort is situated on a hillside offering spectacular views of the sea. You'll unwind in unmatched seclusion, surrounded by the wild, natural beauty characteristic of Costa Rica's northern Pacific coast.

For a fun-filled afternoon, enjoy a variety of events in the daily activities program, or lounge by the two pools. Try non-motorized watersports, including snorkeling and kayaking, and work out in the fitness room. The evenings are full of surprises, with shows, live music, bars, and a disco to spice-up your night.

The four restaurants at the Occidental Papagayo offer-up the best cuisine from Costa Rica and around the world.

For the ultimate in luxury and service, upgrade to the Royal Club, which offers exclusive amenities, private areas, and concierge service.

Property Information

Year Built: 1995
Last Renovation: 2007
Accessible rooms: 2
All rooms non-smoking: 169
Floors: 1
Total rooms: 169


Hotel Details

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Hotel Advisories

Advisory *Important Information for Our Guest* As of April 2012, the destination of Costa Rica has gone non-smoking in all public buildings and areas. All hotel rooms are also non-smoking.
Advisory *Important Note* Costa Rica will impose some restrictions for Holy Week. Alcohol is not permitted to be sold or consumed. This ban on alcohol starts the Thursday prior to Easter and runs through Easter Sunday. A few hotels purchase special permits to serve alcohol, but generally it is not available. In addition, most restaurants, shops, and bars will be closed for the same time period. Restaurants in the hotels will be operating. The City Tour will not be operating.
Advisory STUDENT GROUP POLICY • 100 DOUBLE rooms IN HOUSE maximum for student groups at any given time • 25 years old and under are considered “students” for any given time • Minimum age required for check-in is 18. • A refundable deposit of $200/per person (cash or credit card) is required. Group Student bookings • Must be requested through our groups department,these groups will require a chaperon as well as the refundable deposit and all above requirements.

General Policies & Fine Print

Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM
Minimum Check-In Age: 18
General Policies:

Check-in Policy:
Hotel requires a credit/debit card authorization or cash deposit upon check-in for incidentals; this will place a hold on your funds.

Convention Policy:
Individuals attending a convention cannot book this property for their stay. If found attending a convention, guests may be subject to higher room rates upon arrival.

Hotel Spring Break Policy:
This hotel cannot guarantee a spring-break-free environment.

General Information:
Room taxes and service fees are included in vacation price.
Minimum night stay restrictions may apply.
Reservation changes may not be permitted unless authorized by the hotel.

Pet Policy Pets Not Allowed

Customer Ratings & Reviews

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

4.0 star tripadvisor rating Based on 4371 reviews
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    25th Wedding Anniversary

    The staff and service provided was over the top. Decorating our room was a great touch!!! Food, booze and atmosphere was exceptional. Nothing was an issue. Just ask and it was taken care of. Didn't want to leave. Can't wait to go back!

    Jun 20, 2019
  • 3.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Okay for a short stay

    Our room had comfortable beds, though they would more accurately be described as double beds than queen. The room is well appointed with a separate sink area. The shower floor was a bit slippery. They were also quite stingy on towels. The ones that were taken from our room were not replaced. They provide free soda, beer, and water in the mini fridge, but they also didn't replace the water. There is a nice balcony seating area with sunset views. One of our travel companions ended up with a racoon in her room when the balcony door was left open briefly. Some of the rooms have adjoining doors to the neighbouring room, this could be good if you are travelling as a family, but a bit awkard (noise wise) if the person next door is a stranger. The grounds of the hotel are quite nice. The buildings seem to be well maintained. The public beach attached to the property is gorgeous. That being said, the property is very spread out. To get from many of the rooms to the pool or main building is a longish walk with uphill and downhill sections. The hotel does provide shuttles around the property, but this is less than ideal. They are also a bit of a turbulent ride. Sometimes there can be a bit of wait to get a ride somewhere. It also means that there are regularly large noisy vehicles zipping around outside your room and on the pathways that you have to walk on. There isn't a lot to do here. It's okay as a base of operations if you are planning on going to do day excursions, but it would make for some very long days. You can take a shuttle to the town nearby, but it is a bit of a tourist trap (okay for souvenir shopping and eating). Other than the pool and the beach, there aren't really a lot of activities at the hotel. The pools were nice, though it was a bit inconvenient that towels are only available at the upper pool. The buffet restaurant was surprisingly hard to put together a good meal at, and often had issues of foods not being restocked in a timely manner. The Italian restaurant, however, was quite good if you can get a reservation.

    Jun 19, 2019
  • 2.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Poor WiFi, dirty room/bathroom

    With this place being a resort, I expected more. First impressions when we got to the resort were positive however they quickly faded with the overall check in process and paperwork. 20 minutes spent during check in. The bathroom had hair on the floor and didn’t appear to be cleaned. Shower head had mildew and was not clean. Bed sheets were stained in several places with what appeared to be dried blood. Overall, not very impressed. We did ask for vegan/vegetarian options but there were none/very limited options for all meals. Won’t be staying here again. WiFi was very slow and didn’t work in the dining area or pool area. Very slow.

    Jun 18, 2019
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Costa Rica Vacation

    The resort has lots of steps and hills to get to your building. However, the resort provides a shutttle that will pick you up in a speedy fashion. The food was awesome and the atmosphere peacefull. Very pleasant and helpful staff in everyway.

    Jun 15, 2019
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Had a wonderful experience at Occidental Papagayo Resort

    My girlfriends and I had a blast on our vacation in Costa Rico staying at Occidental Papagayo Resort! The staff was very friendly and the rooms were very clean. The staff went the extra mile to make sure our stay was very enjoyable.

    Jun 14, 2019
Prices per person based on double occupancy including round-trip airfare via U.S. certified air carriers and round-trip airport/hotel transfers when arriving at airport closest to destination (for exceptions see, hotel taxes and baggage handling, fuel surcharges, and all pre-collected U.S. and foreign taxes. In some instances, pricing may specifically apply to one of multiple flights on select departure days. All packages are based on the lowest hotel/air classes available at time of publication, capacity controlled, subject to availability and change without notice. Promotional pricing may only be available for a limited time. Fees may apply for carry-on and checked baggage-view Baggage Policies. Some resort fees, environmental levies and departure taxes are not included and may be payable in resort. View Frequently Asked Questions for more information. Apple Vacations is not responsible for errors or omissions. Cancellation policies apply. Bookings are subject to the Fair Trade Contract. All public charter flights are operated by ALG Vacations Corp: Allegiant Air: PC 18-231, A319-156 seats or A320-177 seats or A320-186 seats/PC 18-234, A319-156 seats or A320-186 seats; Icelandair: PC 19-077, B757-200-183 seats; Miami Air: PC 18-230, B737-800-183 seats/PC 19-085, B737-800, 180 seats/PC 19-091, B737-800-183 seats; Sunwing Airlines: PC 19-090, B737-800-189 seats; Swift Air: PC 18-229, B737-400-150 seats/PC 19-092, B737-400-150 seats; Viva Aerobus: PC 18-228, A320-180 seats/PC 18-254, A320-180 seats/PC 19-079, A320-185 seats/PC 19-094, A320-185 seats; Volaris: PC 18-233, A320-180 seats. CST2139014-20 62519