Suerre Hotel in Guápiles Costa Rica
Located on the Atlantic side of Costa Rica, in the town of Guápiles, the Suerre Hotel & Country Club is a good option for business and leisure travelers. Rates range from $60 for a single occupancy room to $150 for a suite.
I stayed in a clean double room and it had all the basic amenities (A/C, in-room safe, Cable TV, mini-bar, refrigerator and room service). There is no coffeemaker in the rooms but complimentary coffee is available in the reception area. A minor nuisance was that I had to let the water flow for 2-3 seemingly endless minutes before the water was hot enough to shower with.
The hotel’s sports facilities serve double duty as the local area country club so it has a well-equipped workout gym, Olympic-sized swimming pool with water slide, indoor tennis courts, outdoor basketball court and a full-size soccer field. In the poolside area you can also find billiards, ping pong and foosball tables. I tried the swimming pool which was surprisingly well maintained and the temperature was perfect.
For adults, 18 and over, there is an on-site casino with a Blackjack and Pai Gow table, slot machines and an electronic roulette wheel. The casino staff is very friendly and will even teach you how to play if you need to learn the basics. Bets begin at 1000 colones or US$5 if you want to bet in dollars, so if you just want to stretch out your dollars, play in colones.
The Suerre has two bars, a small one in the main restaurant area and larger one poolside. The main bar has a big-screen TV so it’s a good place to catch those must-see games. The poolside bar is under a nice palm frond hut structure and offers snacks, burgers and nachos too.
The food I tried was buffet style – basic and good. For breakfast there was a nice selection of fresh juices, local fresh fruit and the ever-present and popular “gallo pinto” as part of the Tico style continental breakfast. A-la-carte service is also available. The kitchen closes at 11pm so if you’re out late and looking for a quick bite to eat, go make a few bets in the casino and order a couple of their small but tasty grilled ham and cheese sandwiches.
The hotel’s business facilities include a couple of basic conference rooms and wireless internet access is available in the restaurant, pool area and in most rooms. The A/C in the conference room we used was noisy so it was difficult to hear others speaking. A few new conference rooms are currently being built so hopefully they have a quieter cooling system.
Tips and Overall Comments
The hotel is going through some expansion so more rooms are being built. I stayed in room number 140 and the construction workers were hammering and sawing away at 6:00 am. If you plan on sleeping in late, I recommend not staying in any of the rooms at the back for the next few months.
If you’re staying in the area, on your way to San Jose or heading to the beaches along the Atlantic coast, The Suerre is a nice option to stay at for a night or two.
John D. Kloninger is a online marketer Living in Costa Rica. Born in California, he grew up in San Jose and then went on to University in Honolulu, HI and Boston, MA. You can contact him at email@example.com.
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Filed under: Hotel & Restaurant Reviews on February 25th, 2008