Punta Leona Hotel and Club
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- All Inclusive Features
This was my 4th or maybe 5th time at Punta Leona. I first went there in the 90's when my father was a member but in past years I have come on my own to stay in the hotel. Despite its flaws, I do like going there. I think the grounds are gorgeous and I love walking through them and enjoying the plants and the various animals. Playa Blanca is beautiful and has never felt or looked or been crowded when I have been there. Early in the morning is my favorite time to go. And there is no better place to have lunch than at the restaurant overlooking Playa Blanca. The casado is good but I had a hamburger one day this time and that was a mistake. Stick to the typical food, is my advice. My main complaint is that the beds are rock hard and come equipped with a sheet and a duvet more suited to cold northeast USA winters. Whose idea was that? Despite that, I will come back.
We just transferred from a small boutique Hotel, the Pumilio and were riding a high. First, when we arrived through the gate, we had a gorgeous 4km ride through the jungle to get to the resort. It amped us up and got us excited. When we arrived at reception, they were polite though not especially friendly. I confirmed our breakfast was included and that we were checking out at 5am in 2 days and they called a shuttle to take us to our room. First, let me make sure that you know that this is NOT a hotel. It is a large rambling property with timeshare apartments, condos, and people who live in the community. It is monstrous, and once you are here, you probably won't leave.. it just takes to long to get out.. and it takes to long to get anywhere. You will have to call for shuttles everywhere and it takes time out of your vacation. There are several restaurants on site which were tasty as were the drinks, but more expensive then down town. Ex. 8 chicken wings for $12. Most Meals were set you out at least $20 per person not including drinks. The beaches, especially Playa Blanca were great! You will feel extremely safe as they are VERY security conscious which is another plus. Now lets discuss the room. It was a condo style 2 BR apartment. Fridge, TV (not flat screen) and Microwave, all old. No coffee or snacks. An AC in each room that we kept on high the entire time that did not keep the Apartment cool at all.. though the rooms stays freezing. Sometimes it was hotter in the room then outside. There was a pool right outside that stayed very loud all day and until late. I was not happy with the room. It does have the wonderful surrounding jungle to enjoy however. We watched monkeys steal sugar while we had our once breakfast which I want to discuss. When I booked this, I was pretty sure we had breakfast included. I clarified it was included when I checked in and confirmed which restaurant. When I arrived the restaurant the following morning to eat, they said that my room number did not have breakfast included. I called the front office and they checked and said the area I was in did not have breakfast included. I could either call for another shuttle to take us elsewhere, or pay $19 each for breakfast. Not sure how you can avoid this, as I tried to confirm it beforehand as well. The shuttle drivers were some of the friendliest people on the premises. If you are looking for a beautiful resort with one of the nicest beaches in the area, and don't care much about your room or friendly staff (they were never impolite) and taking shuttles everywhere you should enjoy.
For a relatively inexpensive all inclusive it was good. On the negative side, the rooms are a car ride to the beach and very basic. You're in the jungle so there are bugs. ( we had a huge millipede in our room which I loved. My wife... not so much) We did all inclusive and arrived two hours before the check in. Because we were early we had to pay extra for food and drink. A bit cheesy I thought. The food was fine but hardly a culinary delight. The monkeys kept us amused at breakfast. The pools are a little tired. On the plus side the beach, which is not exclusive to the resort, is beautiful with lush vegetation and macaws flying all day. A good base to explore the west side of Costa Rica. Friendly staff. We felt safe at all times.
This hotel is great for the nature! Monkeys, geckos, iguanas, macaws and tons of other wild life! I would recommend doing the night walk, we saw two species of snakes and I even got to hold a scorpion that glows in the dark with a black light! Alex was our guide and he was amazing and very informative! The pools are good but playa Blanca is the best! It's the beach beside plays mantis. Plays black has white sand and clear water! We got to see sea turtles while snorkelling! Food was very good too, lots of variety. Now for the not so good... service was less than acceptable. They treat the locals better than the tourists I thought. Not a lot of employees smiling, and almost seems like I was bothering them by ordering a drink. I forgot our key so I went down to front desk, the key didn't work so I went to the house keeping office to see if someone could let me in... the lady who let me in was absolutely miserable. If you are a smoker... there is ONE place in the whole resort that you can't smoke at by the pool. The selvamar rooms are about a 10 min walk to the beach, pool, entertainment area and smoking area. Not a lot of staff speak English. Overall I would recommend this hotel if you want to see wildlife and don't care about how you are treated.
This hotel should be called a motel, yes the nature is very nice and the monkeys come to see you for breakfest. This place makes me think of a camp ground, it his huge, you better be ready to walk and take the bus to go to the beach and wait in lines to get on the bus and at the bar and especially to go to the only (mini buffet). Not many choices at the buffet. The restaurant a la carte is pretty good thow but you can only go twice in a week you are there. This is a typical costa rican place where all the locals go on the weekend, there are kids EVERYWHERE. The pool side are not clean, the beach is brown water, if you want to go to playa blanca the beach and water is nice but all the locals are there making bbqs on the beach, (it makes me think of the oka beach in quebec ) many jellyfish when we went, got stung 5-6 times. The rooms are extremely small, no room to hang up our shirts and to unpack our lugages,and the rooms are not so clean, they paint over the mold on the doors and in the bathroom there is no air conditionning, only a window that stays open, our friends had a lizard in there. Yes you are in the forest, so theres bugs all over your mini patio, huge spider webs and huge spiders. This is not a 24h all inclusive, bars close early and open late, if you are hungry you have to go to the market. When you book excursions, they charge you extra fees since you are so far away from the road the drivers dont like to go there they say!
Vacations packages include round-trip flights, accommodations, round-trip transfers (unless outlined below) to and from the hotel, and tourist cards (if required, unless outlined below).
If selecting an all-inclusive resort option, the package will also include the all-inclusive features as outlined by each resort.
Items not included:
- Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
- Tourist cards ($10USD)if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing Airlines
- Departure taxes ($20USD) if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing or Signarture Vacations
- Hotel transfers for packages with WestJet to USA (with exception to Honolulu)
- Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
- Items of a personal nature
- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily (Buffet)
- Snacks served at Playa Mantas and Playa snack bars (closed Mondays)
- Domestic alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks (bars are open from 10am - 11PM Sunday - Thursday & open until 12:00AM Friday & Saturday)
- 1 a la carte dinner per week
- Daily activities
- Evening entertainment (twice per week)
- WI-FI in designated areas
- Shuttle service to the private beaches of Playa Blanca and Playa Mantas (7 am - 10 pm)
- 108 rooms
- 2 buffet restaurants
- 1 a la carte restaurant
- 2 snack bars
- Disco (fee)
- 3 pools
- Children's pool
- Tennis court
- Mini-golf (fee)
- Gift shop
- Currency exchange
- Deep-sea fishing (fee)
- Laundry services (fee)
- Common area Wi-Fi
- 2 double beds
- 1 bathroom with shower only
- Air conditioning
- Cable television
- In-room safe available for a fee
- Surrounded by lush tropical rain forest.
- Located 5-10 minutes walk or 2 minute internal shuttle bus ride from our gold sand beach and the center of the resort complex.
- Maximum occupancy of 3
- 2 double beds or 1 king-size bed
- 1 bathroom with shower only
- Comfortable and spacious new refurnished rooms
- Maximum occupancy of 2
Resort Location Map
Punta Leona Hotel and ClubJaco Beach,Costa Rica
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Playa Blanca Punta Leona, Jaco 1000 Costa Rica
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