If you've ever dreamt of what it would be like to retire in paradise, this is the place to begin. It's the hub for the local expat community, and you'll instantly feel welcomed into a warm, friendly circle of people who know the ropes. This is particularly welcome for me, because I travel solo. Within 10 minutes of checking in, I was enjoying breakfast with a group that felt like instant family. After breakfast, I was given a golf cart tour of the area by one of the expats. The social cohesion of the expats here amazed me, with everyone helping each other out like family.
The rooms are clean and comfortable, but basic. Still, a bargain for the price. And who goes to Costa Rica to lounge around in a hotel room in the first place? The beach is a 10 minute walk away, with a wide variety of restaurants and bars along the way, as well as shopping. If walking isn't your thing, I would recommend renting a golf cart. Much less complicated and far cheaper than renting a car for getting around the local area. Bike rentals are also available.
Whatever you're looking for, whether it's a snorkeling trip, deep sea fishing, a volcano tour or a day trip to Nicaragua, Mary and her friends can connect you with the right people and make sure that you get a fair price. I will definitely be back!
Mary (the owner) and her staff go above and beyond expectations to provide guests with a welcoming and warm atmosphere. During our 2 week stay we felt at home at the Pato Loco. Our room (2) was equipped with a fridge and microwave which we frequently used for food and beer storage. The pool behind the hotel is clean and refreshing. There is a friendly night guard that watches over the grounds once the owner goes home for the night.
Besides the great atmosphere and rooms at the Pato Loco, the hotel makes the best breakfast in town. No exaggeration. The food is reasonably priced and Mary takes great care in her delicious food preparation. From eggs cooked perfectly to delicious warm oatmeal, Mary's menu won't disappoint.
We arrived at Pato Loco with the restaurant open, and it seemed like business as usual. The owner showed us to our room, which was clean, though it looked like it was decorated by someone's crazy aunt. She told us to come to the office once we settled.
I went into the office to pay, and after giving her my cash and signing a form, she said that she was leaving. She was getting out of town and not telling anyone where she was going. She's be closing the restaurant and locking the front gate, and the housekeeper and groundskeeper would be around.
We had an appointment to go diving, so we gave the room a quick look over, and then took off for the beach. When we got back, things were closed up and it seemed we were the only guests. We took a swim in the lovely pool and headed back to the room.
That's when we discovered that our shower had no hot water, which was a major bummer. Also, the air conditioner we turned on had started dripping (by the night it soaked through the bath mat and several towels, this was not a small drip). We also discovered that the door to the room next door didn't lock. While these were frustrating, there was really nothing to do about them.
It gets weirder. After heading to town for dinner, we return to the dark, locked up, abandoned looking hotel. There is an older man sitting in the closed up restaurant listening to Christmas carols. In May. It may not sound that odd, but I assure you it was.
As three young women, we were not feeling the most comfortable, especially since we could not secure our room. I literally took a wire hanger and fashioned a sort of lock on the door to the other room.
The creepy, alone feeling and odd Christmas carols continued throughout our stay. Also we had chosen somewhere a bit of a walk from the beach so it would be a bit quieter, but the bar next door was quite loud.
Overall, it was pretty cheap, and the room was clean. However the entire experience was so unsettling that I would not recommend staying there or stay there again myself.
This place is fun, and is a decent value. I would stay there again. The room was nice. It had a/c and a good fan and hot water in the shower. It wasn't perfect, but for perfect you have to pay $100 a night in this area. The drawbacks were the insanely squeaky bed springs and the badly hung door. You couldn't even shift your weight in bed without a very loud squeak, and you couldn't lock or unlock or open the door without lifting it up a quarter of an inch, and it was so heavy that my wife couldn't do it. The good things were the quality of the food, the feeling of security and quietness, and the fun atmosphere. The owner is really nice.
One of the nicest rooms we have stayed in during our 3-month trip in Central America. Large, light room with warm colours and fully furnished: lovely bed, pillows and linen: pretty bathroom with hot water, soft towels and space. A short walk to the beach (10-mins) and rooms away from main road. Good wifi and safe parking. Thank you Mary.