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Marbella Surf Inn

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

We ended up here after trying to find our way out of San Juanillo in the worst rain storm ever.. We couldn't drive any further and had to stop... Thank goodness we found this hotel.. We walked in looking like drowned rats into the restaurant and asked for a room. The lady at the bar was more than hospitable. She gave us a room at discount and what a room! We felt like we were in heaven. It was very spacious and luxurious. The bed was a huge King. Big fluffy white pillows.. There was a kitchenette and we had a balcony with a beautiful view. Back down to the bar for a well needed nightcap. The restaurant was full and lively. We even bumped into some friends.. Their food looked delicious. Had a great nights sleep before getting back on the road.. We will definitely be back. A real hidden gem

This place never lets me down. Old Costa Rica like it used to be and should be, in totally comfortable accommodations. Great food in the restaurant, and a quick walk or drive to the best beach in The Guanacaste. Super friendly staff of ladies that are always smiling and ready to laugh. Waking up here and having coffee on the balcony listening to the monkeys, birds, frogs, cows and roosters before surfing will never get old for me. Pure CR. Great bargain too. Beautiful San Juanillo is a short drive to the South - dont miss it for sunset.

We went to Marbella Surf Inn for our daughter's destination wedding. The Inn is located off the beaten path, in the middle of lush landscaping, spacious pastures with grazing cows and horses. Also it was about a 1 mile ride to the beautiful black sand beach of the Pacific Ocean. Darcy ( the owner) arranged everything for us from a car service at the airport (with cold beer and bottled water), Mother's Day breakfast buffet, rides to the beach side restaurant for the night before dinner, outstanding wedding design at the beach and the Inn's restaurant decorated to the exact wishes of the bride and the delicious wedding dinner. I am sure there was so much more he did for the bride and groom! The rooms were clean and nicely air conditioned and the grounds and pool were lovely and clean, as well! The chef, Pedro, was a magician with the meals! The thin crust pizza was a lunch favorite! Everything that came out of the kitchen was amazing! We have never eaten fruit like this!! He and the rest of the staff never stopped smiling and were welcoming and wonderful! All of them have become our new Costa Rican family!! It was our first trip to Costa Rica but we hope is not the last! We would love to return to the Marbella Surf Inn for another relaxing and peaceful vacation! Wishing Darcy and all from the Inn a prosperous year! We will see you again!! Pura Vida!! Steve & Sandy W.

This was my first time to Marbella Surf Inn and first time to Costa Rica. Came here with family for my son's wedding. I can say the place is beautiful, very clean and the food great. You must get the thin crusted pizza if you come here. It is some of the best pizza I have ever had. Back to the wedding. Darcy and his staff did an awesome job making the Marbella Surf Inn and the beach area beautiful for the ceremony and reception.The Inn was closed to the public the day of the wedding which was very nice. This is an off the beaten path kind of place. There are beaches nearby, there is the Tiki Hut Restaurant on the surf beach and a little store in the village for snacks and drinks. It is about a 2 hour ride from the LIR airport to her but you get to see farms, cows, horses, sheep and goats along the way. It is a clean county with lush foliage. There are moneys, lizards and insects but I came home without one bug bite on me. The crabs were even beautiful ( royal blue and orange). The Wi-Fi works great in the restaurant area. The pool is refreshing.The A/C worked great(remember, this is a tropical area). Oh yes, don't be scared of the dirt road with the pot holes on the way in. The trip is well worth it. The Inn also has Quads for rental.It was a fun and relaxing trip all around. I would return here in a heart beat only next time I am staying longer.

Marbella Surf Inn is a comfortable location close to Playa Marbella. There is a simple breakfast available with fruits, break, coffee and juice. The restaurant offers lunch and dinner at reasonable prices for the area and the food is pretty good. Staff is very courteous and helpful. The room is equipped with a half kitchen and there are grocery stores pretty close in the village. Internet is available and works good at the restaurant. It seemed to be a very safe place. I enjoyed the contact with nature there. easy and quick check-in and check-out. I would come back there. A/C in the room working great.

This place is heaven on earth. My now husand and i first visited Marbella last year and loved it so much we decided to have our wedding here! Darcy and his staff were so accommodating to our family and friends. As we have known from our previous trip (and remains the same) the rooms are extremely clean and comfortable. The showers are huge!! The beds are so amazing! We slept better here then we do at home! Lol the grounds are kept impeccably clean. The food is out of the world!! The beach is just a short walk/drive down the road. The neighborhood is extremely safe. Darcy and Tere are the best hosts you could ask for. There is no way I could write a fulfilling description to do these people justice. they made sure our wedding was everything we ever dreamed of (and then more!!). Even if it meant them trouncing thru the jungle to find the best greenery for our center pieces :) This is our new home away from home, and we are so excited to continue to share this place with our family and friends.

We spent a week here in March and everything was terrific, the rooms were clean and bright and excellent room service daily. Had some great meals in the restaurant, and spent many lazy hours by the pool. The inn is not too far from the beach and many other beautiful beaches are within driving distance nearby. Darcy and Terecita were wonderful hosts and the staff were friendly and helpful every day. We will definitely return, and soon, we hope!!!

Great inn very close to the ocean and nice amenities. Cute restaurant onsite, pool, and wifi. Affordable prices and kid friendly. Would recommend to anyone looking for a place near the beach that won't break the bank.

Just exit this place. Ppl claims they have good food from the only 3 places that serves food on this small town. A young girl took my order, but 5 mins later an older woman came and claimed she need the table for other party of 2, and since I was alone they preferred the other customers. Next time please just refuse solo travelers at the entrance. Now I'm on a grill 1km north. So far still have the table.

We stayed at the Marbella Surf Inn during the 'predicted' arribada during September (the arribada happened about a week and a half later, but most of our party got to see turtles anyways). We loved it! The bathroom was huge, the beds super comfortable, the AC worked (almost TOO well), and the restaurant had great food and drinks available. The WIFI works great, there's a safe and mini fridge in the room if you desire, as well as a decent sized TV (which we did not use). If you are like me and NEED a blanket for sleeping, check the closet (ours was behind the entry door). Also if you think you are short on towels, check the ends of your beds. :)

300 meters West of the ICE Tower Marbella Guanacaste

Hotel highlights

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

Marbella Surf Inn is located 5.4 mi (8.8 km) from San Juanillo Beach and 8.6 mi (13.9 km) from Ostional National Wildlife Refuge. This 3-star hotel has 6 rooms and welcomes guests with a restaurant, an outdoor pool, and free self parking. Pitahaya Beach is also close to this Marbella hotel.


Enjoy a bite to eat at the hotel's restaurant, or relax with a drink at the bar/lounge. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with room service, or get a quick energy boost at the coffee shop/café. For your convenience, a cooked-to-order breakfast is served for a fee each morning from 7 AM to 11 AM.


All 6 rooms feature ceiling fans. Free toiletries are also included.

Property features

At Marbella Surf Inn, guests enjoy features like 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 USD 250 per person roundtrip. The 24-hour front desk has staff standing by to help with tours or tickets, and answer any questions about the accommodations. This family-friendly hotel also has a garden.

Room options

Basic Shared Dormitory, 1 Bedroom

Twin 3 | Sleeps 3

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

92.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 73 reviews