Hotel Bula Bula ★★★

4.7 /5
Overall score
100%
Would recommend
Amenities:
4.6
Cleanliness:
4.7
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
4.4
Location:
4.4
Value:
4.9
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Overview

Lush tropical gardens, a stellar restaurant, comfortable rooms and emphasis on service sets the stage for an enchanting stay in the small beach town of Playa Grande.

The beach is a seemingly endless curve of pristine beach in a national marine park. Excellent location for surfing, taking active tours or just relaxing. The hotel also offers free breakfast to its guest.

A visit to Costa Rica would not be complete without visiting Hotel Bula Bula and the beach communities of the Northern Pacific. This region offers ready access to volcanoes, rainforest canopy tours, waterfalls, hot springs, and of course, any type of beach and water sports you can imagine. And now, you can fly directly into our province from many airports in North America. Making this region of Costa Rica even easier to reach the beach.

Hotel Bula Bula is located in Playa Grande, on the Pacific Northwest of Costa Rica. The 5 kilometer white sand beach boasts one of the most consistent surf breaks in Costa Rica and is known for incredible barrels. The nearly private beach is also a terrific place to unwind and collect seashells. Tamarindo, a town featured in the surfing movie Endless Summer II is just across the estuary. We are on the Tamarindo estuary (where the Pacific ocean extends inland to meet the mouth of the Rio Matapalo) and about a 5 minute walk to the beach.
Bula Bula is a phrase common to many world cultures generally meaning the point where your body and soul can be described as "Happy, Happy."

Dining

The Great Waltini's
Chef Waltini creates a fusion of the Americas including California Fresh, Gulf Coast Cajun, New England Traditional with Latin American variety and Costa Rican specialties. Among the most popular menu selections are blackened Ahi tuna, Mahi-Mahi topped with tropical salsa, Lobster Tails, Ribeye Steak and Filet Mignon. Wally adds various specialties (like roasted duckling with a merlot reduction sauce or grilled quail) and they sell out quickly. The hotel is pretty famous for the bar drinks too! Whether they be fruity blender concoctions such as Pia Colada, Daiquiris, Margaritas. Or top-shelf scotches, whiskies, vodkas, and rums. Or even specialty shots and shaker drinks (surfer on acid, pineapple upside down cake, mojitos, caipirhinias, martinis).

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Amenities

Featured

  • WiFi
  • Free parking
  • Pool
  • No smoking rooms/facilities

General

  • No smoking rooms/facilities

Activities

  • Pool

Dining

  • Restaurant
  • Room service

Internet

  • WiFi

Parking

  • Free parking

Accessibility

  • Accessible Rooms/Facilities

Reviews

4.7 /5 Overall score

100% Would recommend

  • Amenities: 4.6/5
  • Cleanliness: 4.7/5
  • Hotel staff: 5/5
  • Comfort: 4.4/5
  • Location: 4.4/5
  • Value: 4.9/5

Great spot near the beach

Would recommend Tue, Feb 10, 2015
I stayed at this hotel for 3 nights, knowing that it was kind of secluded compared to other hotels near Tamarindo. This one is located in Playa Grande, which is part of a national park so dont experience all that buzz and crowds as in Tamarindo. The only downside of this is that the options for lunch and diner are more limited. If you want a quiet stay and a beach with few people around, pick this hotel.

Attractions

Playa Grande is a ten-minute walk away from the hotel. Beautiful place!

| San Jose Couples

5 /5

Overall score
  • Amenities: 4 /5
  • Cleanliness: 4 /5
  • Hotel staff: 5 /5
  • Comfort: 4 /5
  • Location: 5 /5
  • Value: 5 /5

Great Vacations

Would recommend Mon, Aug 4, 2014
Great hotel, great customer service and delicious food.

Attractions

Take the boat taxi to Tamarido were the night party is at!

| Ciales, PR Family

5 /5

Overall score
  • Amenities: 5 /5
  • Cleanliness: 5 /5
  • Hotel staff: 5 /5
  • Comfort: 5 /5
  • Location: 4 /5
  • Value: 5 /5

Quiet beach place

Would recommend Fri, Jul 18, 2014
This hotel was great, I was there with my boyfriend enjoying a long weekend vacation and we enjoyed it a lot. Although the hotel is not close to Tamarindo (drive-wise), it is just a 25 min drive away. The best part of the hotel is its location in Playa Grande, which is very quiet and clean. If you want to avoid crowds, this is your option.

Dining

There is a restaurant near by (forgot the name, :)), and they have offers on dining some days of the week. Check it out.

| San Jose, Costa Rica Couples

4 /5

Overall score
  • Amenities: 4 /5
  • Cleanliness: 5 /5
  • Hotel staff: 5 /5
  • Comfort: 4 /5
  • Location: 4 /5
  • Value: 4 /5

Great Hotel and Great People!

Would recommend Mon, Jan 14, 2013
We loved our stay at Hotel Bula Bula! The owners were wonderful and all the staff was eager to help and were fun to talk to. The room is on the small side but very comfortable. I would recommend to anyone!

| Chicago, IL Couples

5 /5

Overall score
  • Amenities: 5 /5
  • Cleanliness: 5 /5
  • Hotel staff: 5 /5
  • Comfort: 5 /5
  • Location: 5 /5
  • Value: 5 /5

NICE

Would recommend Sun, Jun 10, 2012
We had a great time and the staff was super-nice. It is a great place to get away from it all!!!

Entertainment hint

walk along the beach it is perfect.

| Grnad Rapids, MI Couples

4 /5

Overall score
  • Amenities: 4 /5
  • Cleanliness: 4 /5
  • Hotel staff: 5 /5
  • Comfort: 4 /5
  • Location: 3 /5
  • Value: 5 /5

Didn't want to leave!

Would recommend Thu, May 31, 2012
this place was fantastically peaceful. only a few rooms, so it feels like home. the staff were great, food is amazing.

Money saver

you can catch a water taxi to tamarindo directly from bula bula for $3, or walk down to the beach and pay only $1. take the $3 taxi as you get a lovely boat ride/tour for an extra two bucks!

| new york, ny Friends

5 /5

Overall score
  • Amenities: 5 /5
  • Cleanliness: 5 /5
  • Hotel staff: 5 /5
  • Comfort: 5 /5
  • Location: 5 /5
  • Value: 5 /5

Hotel Bula Bula

Would recommend Tue, Apr 3, 2012
My wife and I stayed at the Hotel Bula Bula for a week. It is 3 minutes walk from a wonderful and quite beach and it borders a nature preserve. The resturant is out of this world and the staff is genuine and nice. If you go, do not miss out on Asi's Tres Leches Cake -- we have never had better. This is a small boutique Hotel perfect for relaxing, which is what we did.

| Denver, CO Couples

5 /5

Overall score
  • Amenities: 5 /5
  • Cleanliness: 5 /5
  • Hotel staff: 5 /5
  • Comfort: 4 /5
  • Location: 5 /5
  • Value: 5 /5

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Hotel Policies

  • Check-in: 12:00 PM
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM

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Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

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