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Hotel Bula Bula

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Didn't hear about this place from anyone, just did some searching after we decided on Costa Rica for a vacation. The place looked nice from the pictures, so we decided to go for it. After a great flight, arrived and got our hotel rental. I studied the route from Liberia to the hotel. It was a pretty easy drive, say for the last 3 km. A dirt road, and pretty rough. Was pretty sure we were lost, but I knew by the landscape we were on the right path. We arrived after about 3 km of dusty road. Passing by vash and lush properties. These are mansions around here. I guess the dirt road discourages people from coming to do bad things. Anyway, the hotel restaurant area is quite lovely. Beautiful woods, the staff take care of the place like it was their own. The rooms were a bit smaller than I thought, but an absolute bargain by any standards. It's location to Tamarindo is deceiving. You would think just a small little stream shouldn't be that difficult to get to. Yeah, think again. 45 minutes around by car, 10 to 15 minutes across by boat - but only available during the day. But in the end, it was blissful. It is so quiet here, and your adventures take you away from the crazyness of Tamarindo. Returning each evening to dine either here, or a bunch of other cool places within walking distance was a treat. Listening to the crickets, monkeys. Looking at the stars. At first we were thinking, oh my, too quiet, but then we were like, ahhhhhhh. The food in the restaurant for whatever meal is spectacular. Ernesto and Jorge should form their own comedy team. Love them so much, they became very close amigos by the end of our trip.

I visited Bula Bula a few times for lunches and dinners and enjoyed each visit very much. My favourite dishes would have to be the shrimp and Annie's Salad. There was always a good selection on the specials board too but felt there were perhaps too many dishes to choose from. The portions were huge. The accommodation looked quite nice too so would be interested in staying here the next time we visit!

We visited the restaurant at Hotel Bula Bula in June. It was before the busy season and we had the whole place to ourselves. The bartender gave us great service and the food was delicious. We'll be back again during our next trip. I heard the hotel and restaurant are for sale. I hope the new owners keep it as beautiful as the it is now.

We loved this place - food was super, rooms kept clean & well air-conned, plenty of hot sun and pool space, service at the restaurant & bar was outstanding. We also liked the wildlife.... the iguanas and monkeys were awesome. There are a few inconveniences which to be completely fair are nothing to do with the Bula Bula team - accessing Tamarindo requires water taxi or a short boat trip across the estuary & the fellas providing the service can be a little bit unpredictable in terms of when they are around. Eating options are slightly limited without crossing the water, but the appeal here was the quietness and cultural experience of being slightly outside of Tamarindo. The rates quoted for airport transfer were a bit pricey & easily bettered in town. Finally in Tamarindo itself prices are really extortionate for souvenirs etc, there's a bit of a tourist trap. However all in all this place was a 5 star holiday experience, and the staff in particular are full of personality & fun which make it such an enjoyable stay.

Bula Bula is small, but perfectly formed. It had everything we required for a leisurely holiday. Our room was colourfully decorated and spotlessly clean, with coffee making facilities, complimentary water, a fridge, safe, fan & efficient aircon, Toiletries and even sarongs, a nice touch, for around the pool. The said pool was gorgeous. A good size and all ours, as we were the only guests most of the time, being low season. Lots of sunloungers too, some in the shade. The hotel grounds were expertly tended too daily and paid dividends as the hotel is so lush & pretty. There is also a pleasant covered lounge area just to the side of the bar, perfect for relaxing. Wally, Bula Bula's owner is a larger than life character, very welcoming and obviously has good taste as you take in all the little touches of art around the hotel. Mosi's can be an issue, but purchase spray from the bar, and all was well. Now to the bar... Another highlight of our stay was Ernesto, who offers a warm welcome, an ever friendly smile & hilarious nature. He makes the most amazing Fish Bowl Margaritas too, ideally enjoyed at a great price during happy hour (4-6 pm). Happy hour tasty snacks are on offer too. The bar & restaurant is well patronised by outside guests, so there's usually a lively mix of people early evening. Mondays Mexican night draws a large crowd too. Breakfast was included in our room rate, and were tasty and substantial. Setting us up for the day. Thanks to Grace for her cheer and assistance at breakfast and for anything else we needed, mainly the ferry, which can be booked with 15 minutes notice to take you down the estuary to Tamarindo. Running all day until a last 16.30 return. Wear shoes you don't mind getting wet, as you do need to manoeuvre off the boat at either end. The ferry ride was a highlight of our stay too. What better way to go to town passing such stunning scenery, wildlife and landing on beautiful Tamarindo beach. Each ferryman will ask you what time you wish to return. Have the right fair too if you care, as no change was offered regardless of the size of the note. At the end of a 'hard' day relaxing, we enjoyed our comfortable wicker rocking chairs outside our door, taking in the night air and the happy tunes emanating from the bar. A truly fabulous place, 10 mins walk from playa grande, and excellent value too! A final nod to the lovely lady who cleaned our room. She was fast and super efficient. The reason for the spotless conditions. Much appreciated. Do go.

The staff here was the best part of our stay. Ernesto (night bartender) was so funny!! Service was great!! The bar and restaurant is so good that people every day come by water taxi from Tamarindo which has no shortage of bars or restaurants!

Stayed for one week . Loved it .Hotel staff are very friendly and helpful . Rooms are very clean .Water is limited in the shower /sink because of a local drought but not a game changer . They have a restaurant with incredible food . You don't need to go elsewhere . Bar is well stocked and there is a happy hour. Thank you , Ernesto and Jorge Eduardo for the amazing service . The grounds are emasculate. Pool is clean and refreshing. There are crocodiles , monkeys , iguanas and a token cat ! There is an estuary separating this jungle park from Tamarindo . Tamarindo has everything for spring break enthusiasts . Crowds , restaurants , surfers and bars. This hotel is close but tranquil . You can get to Tamarindo with a 3 $ water taxi or drive 30 minutes around the estuary. Thank you ..Todd and Wally for a great week !!

Be weary of restaurant staff asking where you stay and when you are leaving. They will pass the info along to criminals. We were robbed and someone got in through the locked and barred patio door, and smashed into the plastic knob on the safe. All of our precious memories, photos on our phone, iPad and wedding rings were stolen. Photos were taken of our passports, credit cards, etc. by the thieves. The owner doesn't have content insurance for guests and we had $5000 in items stolen. A new door was placed on the safe and new tenants were in the next day. Just terrible! Avoid this at all costs.

We spent 2 nights here to start our week in Costa Rica. The pictures don't do this beautiful little place justice. Todd and Wally and all the staff (especially Tracy in the restaurant) were great and helped coordinate transportation plus sailing excursion. We had breakfast, dinner and drinks at the Great Waltini -- enjoyed them all. We loved watching Wally feed the iguanas. Would stay here again.

This is a great place for dinner and an evening swim. The service and staff were fun and entertaining. Food was good with a lively atmosphere. The owner even came over to introduce himself. Would highly recommend!

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Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining
  • Outdoor pool

Within a short walk of Grande Beach, Hotel Bula Bula is within 2 miles (3 km) of Las Baulas National Marine Park. This 3-star hotel welcomes guests with 10 rooms and conveniences like an outdoor pool, free in-room WiFi, and free self parking. Las Baulas de Guanacaste National Marine Park is also 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from the hotel, which is on the waterfront.


Sit down for a leisurely bite to eat at the onsite restaurant, or enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with 24-hour room service. Start each morning with full breakfast, available for a fee from 7 AM to 9:30 AM.


Hotel Bula Bula's 10 rooms are individually decorated and provide lanais, refrigerators, and coffee makers. Guests can expect to find free WiFi and cable TV. Other amenities include free bottled water, ceiling fans, and safes.

Property features

Guests of Hotel Bula Bula have access to an outdoor pool, a children's pool, and free WiFi in public areas. You can take advantage of free parking, along with an airport shuttle (available on request) for CRC 40000 per vehicle one way. The front desk has multilingual staff that can help with concierge services, and offer advice about sights and eateries nearby. This hotel also has wedding services.

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

87% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 373 reviews