This was my first time visiting Costa Rica. It was for a bachelor party and we stayed at Hotel 9 because of its close vicinity to the beach (literally right on the beach). The listing description was accurate in terms of layout and amenities. It is not the nicest hotel that I've been to but for the price you can't really complain. The hotel property is clean and well maintained and the staff is friendly and helpful. I remember the first day I arrived, my room's AC was broken and Laura sent a repair man to fix it right away. There's also housekeeping every morning for the rooms and the pool area maintenance man cleaned up after our crazy pool parties every night. The food at the hotel could have been a little better but I would still definitely recommend this hotel to a friend or a relative. I was able to go surfing, zip lining and try out some local cuisine. Overall, it was a fun trip and a great experience.