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I had a wonderful stay in Puerto Jimenez and the beach location of this B & B and restaurant had a lot to do with it. The scarlet macaws flocked in to settle in the trees over the restaurant each evening. The setting is with beach front tables that can't be matched anywhere in town. The restaurant food was superb as was the included breakfast. The room was clean and safely off the street. It is however rustic, but the value as being budget oriented was good. Giulio's family are involved with the service provided and they were wonderful people to be around. I also borrowed one of their kayaks for free and enjoyed myself on the bay.
Second night staying with this host (we stayed one night before hiking Corcovado and one night after) - second night was as good as the first!
This was the perfect place for us to stay before our Corcovado hike. We had to leave early to head to Carate the next morning and Giulio was very accommodating. He offered to leave us something for breakfast in the fridge so we could grab it on our way out and we were able to store a bag here until we returned. Puerto Jimenez is hot and sticky so having AC in the room was wonderful. The restaurant that Giulio runs in the front is great, everything we ordered was amazing. I would stay here again!
We enjoyed our stay here very much. The accommodations are modest but all you really need, and the location is great (right on the water). Giulio and Cecilia are very friendly hosts that made our stay simple; they even held our luggage during our trip to Corcovado for three days.
Quick walk into town (try the bakery for breakfast, it was great!) and with a few umbrella tables across the street - great place to enjoy the view and a cold beer from the on-site restaurant.
Overall simple accommodations, but clean and well hosted. Recommended!
I stayed there with two other family members in the same room and we had a good time. The food was terrific at the restaurant location was perfect on the water and the room was good to sleep in. Giulio went out of his way to help us find a bus and taxi and answer any questions we had.
The Osa Peninsula is a great place to go to get away from the crowds of people up north (i.e. Manuel Antonio) and to see the plethora of special wildlife in Corcovado National Park. You need to be in good shape to access the park because of the great distance required to hike in, but it is well worth the effort to see the scarlet macaws, anteaters, poison dart frogs, etc. Before and after our park visit, we enjoyed a fun and relaxing stay in Puerto Jimenez, thanks to this great B&B offering delicious food in a beachfront atmosphere, comfortable rooms and a fantastic location near the public pier. Our favorite thing to do in Puerto Jimenez was to watch the comings and goings of the birds and boats while we enjoyed a cup of coffee or glass of wine at a beachfront table. A special feature of the area is the parrots and ibis coming in to roost each evening at dusk and taking off again in the morning. We also took day trips for snorkeling and dolphin watching, and to visit Gulfito across the Gulfo Dulce. Our room was plain but clean (although not serviced on a daily basis), and the air conditioning was much appreciated as the area can be quite hot and humid. The location is a bit noisy on weekend nights as nearby bars crank up their music, but the air conditioner pretty much drowned it out so we had no trouble sleeping. Giulio was a great host, making us feel quite at home and helping us with any little need or question we might have. He is an accomplished woodworker as well as chef, and we enjoyed the variety of menu items and relaxed atmosphere of the Il Giardino. He also has a couple of kayaks that he lends out to customers, which we enjoyed.
We arrived late due to some car troubles and Giulio was very accommodating staying up and cooking our group of four an amazing dinner. Order the fish soup.
L’hôtel-restaurant est une bonne adresse pour dormir. Les chambres sont conformes aux photos, l’emplacement est agréable avec des tables face à la mer. Il y a une climatisation et un ventilateur. Giulio, sa femme et le personnel sont très gentils et arrangeants. Ils nous ont par exemple gardé nos bagages durant notre séjour dans le parc Corcovado.
Par contre, il y a effectivement une boite de nuit bruyante à proximité (a priori active que certains vendredis et samedis donc nous n'avons pas eu de chance) mais Giulio a eu la gentillesse de nous donner des bouchons d’oreilles.
Autre point côté restaurant, certains plats présentent un rapport qualité/prix vraiment médiocre (une petite côtelette d’agneau accompagnée d’une simple rondelle d’ananas pour 15 $ …). Il est préférable de prendre les pizzas.
Dernier point, nous avons passé une deuxième prix dans notre chambre et payé en cash. Et malgré nos échanges antérieurs avec Giulio, celui-ci a pratiqué un tarif supérieur à celui annoncé. Un peu décevant... Bilan mitigé donc !
The hotel restaurant is a good place to sleep. The rooms are like the pictures, the location is nice with tables facing the sea. There is air conditioning and a fan. Giulioi, his wife and the staff are very friendly and accommodating. For example, they let us keep our luggage during our stay in the Corcovado Park.
There is a nightclub (I think active only on some Fridays and Saturdays), but Giulio was kind enough to give us earplugs.
However, some dishes have a price-quality ratio really poor (small lamb chops accompanied by a single piece of pineapple for $ 15 ...). It is best to take the pizzas. Last point: we paid in cash a second night and the price was higher than annonced so I was a bit disappointed. In conclusion, the balance is mitigated.
Restaurant Il Giardino : Mon coup de coeur au Costa Rica. La chambre est propre, avec vue directe sur la Mangrove et très bien située, Dès le matin on a les pieds et le kayak dans le Golfo Dulce.
L'aéroport n'est aucunement dérangeant ni le port dont le quai principal est à quelques pas.
La nourriture est tout simplement dé-li-ci-euse, le pain et les pâtes faits "maison"... des produits frais, à un bon prix.
Quand aux propriétaires... la gentillesse même.
L'entrée du Corcovado est à 2:00 de camion qui se prend avec les locaux dans le village, les aras se trouvent par dizaines, des caïmans, des chiens, des dauphins, bref...
Un 5 étoiles pour moi sans hésiter !
Il Giardino Restaurant: My favorite in Costa Rica. The room is clean, with direct views of the Mangrove and very well located, early morning was the feet and kayaking in the Golfo Dulce.
The airport is no disturbing or port whose main pier is within walking distance.
The food is simply de-li-ci-ous, bread and pasta made "home" ... fresh produces at a good price.
And the owners ... kindness itself.
The entrance of Corcovado is 2:00 truck takes with local in the village, macaws are dozens, alligators, dogs, dolphins, ...
5 stars for me without hesitation !
Giulio's place is tucked behind his restaurant Il Giardino across a small road from the Golfo Dulce. The room was nice enough, with a very comfortable bed which seemed to be some kind of memory foam.
The room itself was not beachfront - we didn't mind since we did not spend too much time in the room except while sleeping. The restaurant is beachfront with an option to sit inside or outside, or across the street right on the Golfo.
The bathroom in the room was nice and big. The shower is electric heat at the nozzle, which doesn't work that great, leading to a sort of luke-warm shower, which we didn't like so much the first night after a cold ride across the Golfo from Golfito, but the water temperature was just right after a hot, sweaty, 20km hike through Corcovado. So just keep in mind that a hot, hot shower might not be forthcoming, but on a hot day you probably won't mind!
Giulio and his wife were very kind and helpful during our stay, and watched our bags while we hiked overnight in Corcovado. We really enjoyed Il Giardino restaurant too, twice :)! The included breakfast (fruit and bread) was tasty, and throw in a beachfront table and it is a top notch experience.