Hilton Papagayo Costa Rica Resort & Spa

4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 Stars

Playa Arenilla, (formerly Fiesta Premier Resort & Spa), Gulf of Papagayo, Costa Rica

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Hilton Papagayo Costa Rica Resort & Spa
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Value Score Poor Value

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    I don’t know how many of you have stayed in an all inclusive hotel before... but this resort was so much fun! My boyfriend and I spent a 5 night trip eating, drinking sun-tanning and swimming. The Hilton has two pool spots. The main area has three pools and though the hotel was at 90% capacity, never felt like it was over crowded. We always managed to grab seats together by the pool and a stool at the bar. If you are in need of some R&R, head to the spa pool. We went there for lunch one day and it was absolutely silent... no kids allowed. We didn’t purchase any of the spa packages, but heard a few people say positive things about them.
    The hotel has several activities throughout the day - aerobics classes, kayaking, bike tours etc. They seem mostly geared towards families - perfect if you want to keep your kids busy. One disappointment was the local snorkeling. The water was very cloudy right by the hotel so you couldn't’ see anything. According to the staff, this varies throughout the year. The kayaking was really cool though. You can rent either a single or double seater for an hour. We traveled to a nearby beach searching for monkeys. We didn’t see any creatures, but saw some frightenly large footprints.
    Because the snorkeling was lackluster by the hotel, we purchased an extra package. For 70$ each, we had a 4 hour trip with a boat ride, 1 hr snorkeling and lunch. It wasn’t the best snorkeling in the world but certainly worth it. The boat ride was especially fun.
    We were lucky, our room was upgraded to an ocean view and was a short walk to the main pool. I would suggest you inquire about your room’s location when you check in... some of the rooms are very far away. Even so, the hotel does provide an ongoing shuttle so you don’t have to walk.
    Overall, this vacation was all we needed. Of course there could have been a few minor changes to make it even more ideal, but we were 100% satisfied!

    Unique Quality: To start you are probably wondering what is actually included with this package. As a guest, you have access to 3 dinner restaurants (reservations required) 1 buffet dinner, 2 lunch spots, a snack and cocktail bar, and pool bar and buffet breakfast. You also have a fridge in your room stocked with water, soft drinks and beer. Pablo, the bartender at the pool, was amazing. At an all inclusive property, you worry that the staff will ignore you since they're not working for tips. This was NOT the case with Pablo. He had our drinks refilled before they were even finished. Pablo also makes the best mixed drinks, tell him what you like and trust that you will be given something delicious. The Dirty Monkey was my favorite. The majority of the staff were always pleasant and accommodating, which can’t be easy considering the amount of alcohol vacationers consume. The food varied, but was never terrible. My boyfriend had steak every single night.

    Directions: We arranged transportation from the airport through the hotel.

More about Hilton Papagayo Costa Rica Resort & Spa

Great Little Resort

by weluv2travel about Fiesta Premier Resort and Spa

This was the absolute best week of travelling. The rooms are these great little bungalows set in the mountains surrounded by lush greenery and much wildlife.

The resort only has two a la carte restaurants and 1 buffet restaurant. It also has two snack bar areas that server great food. The one near the pool has the best nachos and the one near the spa has healthier choices as well amazing smoothies.

There are a couple of swimming pools that are not very large but due just fine for a small resort. The main pool is an infinity pool that is really pretty and has a swim up bar as well as another bar just next to it so no reason to go empty handed.

The beach is nice and the water is very warm. There is some great snorkeling to the left of the beach.

There is a private beach just off to the write where you will almost always see monkeys in the morning.

The resort offers great free trips such as kayaking, snorkeling, jungle tour, bike tour and sunset tour. We took advantage of all of these and it the guides were great.

The night entertainment is what you make of it and we had a blast because we got to know the workers from the resort so well who are also the performers at night.

The only complaint was the music during the day a little too much Ann Murray for my tast but we eventually had them connect our ipod to there system and everyone applauded. Great little bungalows, not the towering hotels you may be use too.

Black Sand on the beach

A hidden jewel in Costa Rica

by kweg about Fiesta Premier Resort & Spa

We never had a dull or bad moment on our recent trip to the Fiesta Premier Resort in Papagayo, Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Our villa was great and shuttles provide transport around the vast landscape. Meals and drinks are included (all inclusive resort) and very good! Recreation is ongoing either by using the resort's equipment (kayaks, snorkels, jet skis) or partaking in the Activities' Crew adventures like juegos locos, the nightly shows (amazing!), and sunset walks. The resort is easily accessible by the Liberia Airport (highly recommend getting a shuttle) and close to nearby Panama and Coco Beach where scuba diving, deep sea fishing, and canopy zip-lines take place. Amazing staff (most spoke atleast some English) that was so friendly and hospitable.

Great food and service in the bars, snack areas, and restaurants.

Multiple pools (one for families, one strictly for adults)

Juegos locos--fun games everyday at 3!

Awesome All Inclusive!

by genki44 about Fiesta Premier

Choose the top of the hill in the two story 'hotel style rooms" for an amazing panoramic view of the Gulf of Papagayo! Or stay in the cabanas which have easier access to the resort and beach. Rooms are equipped with everything (including Costa Rican coffee!) and are very clean and nice.

There is one main buffet style restaurant with plenty of different things to eat and they have a different theme each night! Then there are two 'reservation -only' restaurants. In one week you can eat at the reservation-only restaurants twice. (Either two times at one, or one time at each).

There is a main pool, with a wet bar, and a kids pool. Then on the other side of the resort, a quiet, adults only side (near the spa!) I would highly recommend the resort! The staff at the resort are very friendly and helpful. They go out of their way to help you with everything. The grounds are extremely well kept; the landscape is incredible. There are lots of great free activities to do during the day and at night: kayaking, beach volleyboll and pool volleyball, bikes, walking tours, snorkeling, karaoke, bingo, etc.

If you want to book this resort-- my Mom who owns a travel agency got me an awesome deal! Email me for her address if you are interested!

Perfect All-Inclusive

by mason47 about Fiesta Premier Resort and Spa

This all-inclusive resort is great. Great food, great entertainment, great drinks, and friendly people.

Fabulous Costa Rica resort

by IstariCamino about Xandari Resort

The resort consists of 18 villas on a 40-acre plantation that has many hiking trails and picturesque views. Their staff is extremely friendly and accomodating, the menu items healthy and delicious. See their website for more pictures and a description of the resort. Besides the unique architecture and displayed artwork that are the work of the owners - Sherrill Broudy and Charlene Broudy, the location is amazing. The pools, orchards and scenery make this both a restful and exciting place to stay. There is a video room with a wide selection to watch, many bookshelves for borrowing something to read, and a small gift shop. Also, the staff assisted us in hiring a driver and planning almost all of our day trips.

Gulf of Papagayo

by hayward68 about Blue Bay Village Papagayo

I believe this resort has changed hands and is now known as Premier Fiesta Resort & Spa. I had a look at their site and it seems a bit pricier now but they've also upgraded some of the facilities.

We had an all-inclusive for less than $1000 Canadian, including airfare from Toronto, doubt that's available now. This resort is made up of bungalows spread around the grounds and two story buildings on top of the hill. The bungalows cost a bit more, so we were on top of the hill. They have shuttle buses to run you around the grounds or you can walk, which is what we usually did. Too impatient to wait for the bus! But we had really toned muscles from walking up and down the hill all week.

There is a disco in a separate building which is also where you have dinner several nights a week. There's also a fancier restaurant that you have to make a reservation for. We had really slow service in there though.

There was a tennis court but it was way too hot and humid to even think about doing anything that required exercise.

There's lots of tours to book from the hotel. Or you could call a taxi and go off on your own. We did that with another couple from the resort.

We found out that this place was popular with the Tico students. They arrive on weekends and party all weekend long!

Beware of their overbooking!

by A TripAdvisor Member

My clients -a family of 5 adults - arrived at Fiesta Premier on Christmas Day with a prepaid voucher for 6 nights all-inclusive. The resort said 'sorry, no room in the inn', ignored their prepaid voucher for 3 rooms, and had no alternate plan for them. Alternate, and less comfortable, accommodations were eventually found for the week, but they had a nightmare vacation due to the improper and insensitive overbooking the resort had done. Be advised that they were not the only family left stranded by the Fiesta Premier that week - so consider yourselves warned!! My clients said the resort looked great, but they weren't able to enjoy it due to management's irresponsibility. The family ended up in 3 different unsuitable accommodations due to resorts being full over the Holidays. Don't book Fiesta Premier resort during a busy tourist time!!

volcano terrain

by A TripAdvisor Member

Tiffany and I (Fred) just spent our vacation there in December 19 – 26 2005. I think this place is Wonderful. Tiffany was able to get the A/C working we forgot to pick up the remote at the desk so make sure you get it before you go to your room. The beach itself was great; you are in volcano terrain so it's black sand very cool to look at but boy dose it gets hot in the sun. I went snorkeling and got stung by a small jellyfish no big deal. If you bring kids they will love all the coral pieces you will find washed up on the beach, Tiffany filled my pockets each day with coral the biggest kid there by the way. The view to the Pacific Ocean is gorgeous. Pools were nice the food quality was fantastic the room was very clean water was drinkable and tasted great no need for bottled water you could drink straight out of the tape it all spring water. We saw several iguanas, lizards, crabs, and bats, even one scorpion! (P.S. NOT poisons) The staff didn't really seem too concerned about tips either! Tip don’t tip or tip when you leave they still treat you all the same, very consistent; they would bend backwards for you, admirable people they don’t bug you. We went on a rain forest tour (Buena Vista) canopy tour hanging 100 ft up on a small wire, horse back riding (my first time) boy was my butt sour a cool water slide ½ a mile long and fast then a short hike to the water falls, I took a lot of photograph of (LOL) mud baths and hot springs Tiffany also saw monkeys there, not me all I saw was a big raccoon that look like a monkey! We took taxi to Coco Beach to buy some souvenirs on Christmas day, which was tremendous. This town gives you an aroma of the local people.

The Fiesta Premier is for everyone, Families, Friends, and Lovers. It is unbelievable.
Fred & Tiffany

Fantastic Vacation in Paradise

by TripAdvisor Member Nina1212

We went to the Fiesta Premier on Dec 28/04 - Jan 4/05 and had a wonderful vacation. The resort is beautiful! It is located in a hilly area and there are many small bungalows with gorgeous views of the ocean. We were located in villa 130, which is close to the main pool and restaurant (which is great if you have kids). The staff are very courteous and polite. All of the staff are quite helpfull! The buffet is quite large, with a great assortment of various types of food. The A La Carte restaurant is really good (must be booked ahead). Pools are nice, the spa and health club is great. The shuttle service around the resort is constantly going.

When we were there we took two tours; one with Swiss Travel (which I would highly recommend) and one with Liberia Tours which was okay. The one with Swiss Travel Tours was called the Mega Tour. We hired a private tour (had our own bus, tour guide and driver). We went horseback riding; hiking; vocanic mud bath and hot springs; canopy zip-line tour; water slide; buffet lunch and a tour of Liberia. It was a really long day, but well worth it. We got to see and do alot!!!

We have travelled all over and whenever these carribbean locations say 5+ stars we usually realize that it will probably be a 3 1/2 to 4 star by our standards, but we were pleasantly surprised by this resort. It was great resort and we had a fabulous time!

Nice Resort to use to get around and actually see Costa Rica

by TripAdvisor Member MistryHasson

Staying in any all-inclusive resort doesn't allow you to see the real country and so we took the cheap deal to Fiesta Premier and made it our base to see some of Costa Rica. Here's our report for January 4-11, 2005:

Arenal Volcano Trip: We booked from home a car through Adobe Rent-a-car via the Internet and hotel across from Arenal Volcano (Hotel Fuego) and our entrance to the Tabacon Hot Springs to soak in the pools and dine at the restaurant. This was definitely a highlight in our trip. The drive to Arenal was incredible. All the talk about the awful roads needs to be taken with a grain of salt. Yes, they have spots (within 1.5 hrs of Arenal) that are pretty rough but any 4x4 can easily handle them. This is not North America so don't expect 4 lane paved highways. We were fortunate to be able to see 2/3 of the volcano the first day but never the cone as it's almost always covered over. We are glad we stayed overnight at the volcano as we got to enjoy the region leisurely and were not forced to spend 8 hours driving to and from it just for a 4 hour visit as the tours from Fiesta offer. The Tabacon hot springs were fantastic, a must do if you visit Arenal. You have to book in advance. Go to the springs after 3 p.m. as it's not too busy and you can totally relax. The food at Tabacon was excellent. The next day we drove up to the Arenal Observatory Lodge. Not much to see that day as it was rainy unfortunately. The drive around Lake Arenal is fun with spectacular views of the landscape. Visit Cafe Negro and the Toad for great food along the way. 10 out of 10

Tamarindo Trip: We rented a car on separate day and drove 1.5 hours down the coast to Tamarindo. What a great spot. Full of surf and sun and a long, wide inviting beach. We hung out at Copacobana for a few hours and had the most incredible food (mahi mahi and shrimp in green curry) and they played ambient music that gave it a beach lounge feel that was awesome. Everything about this spot is about being chilled out. We watched surfers ride the waves and fisherman cast their nets to bring in their dinner. Lots of small touristy shops on the main strip but you never felt that it took away from the charm of the area. Tamarindo was incredible. 10 out of 10

Ginger Restaurant: 10 km down the road from Fiesta Premier is a tapas restaurant called Ginger. What a find. It is an open-air, chic boite that is built on high stilts giving you a great view of the area. The owner used to be a chef in Montreal and she was really nice. They offer a pan-asian and mediterranian tapas menu. Dinner for 2 + bottle of 2001 Baron de Rothschild French wine = $40USD which was unbelieveable! A must try. 10 out of 10

Diving: We went diving 3 mornings with Resort Divers (on site at Fiesta Premier). It was an excellent operation from customer service to professional dive masters and high quality boats. On the 1 hour boat ride to the Catalina Islands we were privileged to be able stop and jump in the Pacific and snorkle with a whale shark for 20 minutes. The experience was magical with the creature gracefully letting us swim to within a few feet of it. When we actually dove the Catalinas and the other sites we got to see 6 sharks among the many urchins, starfish, lobster, octopus, trumpet fish, stingrays, eels, mantarays and schools of fish. While the visibility at all sites was low (10-20 feet) we were still able to see incredible variety of marine life. By the way, the water was 76-78 degrees! 10 out of 10

Fiesta Premier Rooms: Clean, functional and was tidied promptly. Great view of the ocean. 8 out of 10

Fiesta Staff: We are very friendly people but never found the bar staff to be chatty or ever cracked a smile. The staff holding the door to the buffet restaurant were always pleasant but waiters and food servers seemed nervous and didn't seem friendly. The service was always prompt, and in the al a carte restaurant, it was excellent. We never had trouble getting a shuttle to our room which was great since we were at the highest point on the resort. Check in & out was fast and easy. 7 out of 10

Fiesta Food: The dinner buffet kept recycling the same foods under different names which was tiresome and wore thin after a few days. The steak was tough and other meat and veggie dishes were spiced the same. Breakfast had a good selection of fresh fruit. The one time we were around to eat lunch at the buffet it was nothing special. The bar serves a decent chicken burrito. If you go to the bar at the Spa you can get "more healthy" choices like chicken & beef kabobs etc. and fresh fuit smoothies. Don't fall into the trap of going to the Spa to eat dinner around the pool and have their special "Italian" meal. There's nothing Italian about it and you get seated with other people almost like a cafeteria table style. The one day we were around to make a booking for the restaurant was worth it. That was a high quality meal with excellent service. 6 out of 10

Fiesta Entertainment: Every night is a dance show which wears thin quickly. While they are very talented they need to mix in other things to enterain you. 6 out of 10

Fiesta Resort Overall: Nice place, clean, good gym and spa, well maintained but if we had to hang out only there for a week we would have been bored to death.

Costa Rica Overall: Beautiful country. Great weather (not a drop of rain). Good diving, great dining outside the resort. You have to get out to really experience it. When we return we will not book an all-inclusive as there are so many amazing spots that let you get connected to the magic that is Costa Rica. Enjoy!


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Forum Posts

Fiesta Premier worries....

by robin25


I'm heading to the Fiesta Premier for my wedding the beginning of July.

I'm a little bit worried about the mosquitos. I hear they are quite bad that time of year. Also, I'm a bit concerned about the jelly fish and the overall condition of the beach there.

If you have been there, could you please let me know your thoughts.

Thanks a lot!!!

Fiesta premier Resort

by mbrague

My husband and i are leaving for Costa Rica mid February and we've booked at the Fiest Premier Resort. It looks great on the website but just wondering if anyone on this forum has first hand experience staying there?

FIESTA PREMIER RESORT Costa Rica Good or Bad choice

by Voxx


As this is a new resort does antone have any information on this resort?

Also are there others in the Area that are better?

Thank You!

Re: FIESTA PREMIER RESORT Costa Rica Good or Bad choice

by ginguba


where about is that resort? in what zone of Costa RIca?


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 Hilton Papagayo Costa Rica Resort & Spa

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Address: Playa Arenilla, (formerly Fiesta Premier Resort & Spa), Gulf of Papagayo, Costa Rica