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Hotel The Place

3.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

We had a wonderful, memorable two night stay here at The Place. We basically had the place to ourselves during green season in August, staying in one of the bungalows, which are spacious and clean. The pool area and breakfast area are just beautiful, and the breakfast included on the rate is delicious. We found the staff to be just the right balance between attentive and friendly and also respectful of privacy. I would definitely re-visit. One note for the faint-hearted- we did find a (harmless) scorpion in our room, (it's quite normal during rainy season for creatures to find their way inside,) so just be sure to double check around your room to ensure a restful night's sleep.

It's actually really in boho surf Santa Teresa but who cares, about anything, like everything in this laid back paradise...... The bungalows are beautifully appointed, better than the photos to be honest with lots of space, crisp white linen and an amazing cleaning team that could even handle my teenage kids clothes hurling skills and made our place immaculate everyday. We went low season so there was no bar or restaurant in the evening but ST is teeming with great ones just 100m up the brown lumpy thing that passes as a road. It's also just a short stroll past the howler monkeys to the beach and the rock pools that Annabelle and Chocolate her friendly dog can point you to. Breakfast was great with a big plate of fruit, great Costa Rican coffee and a good range of al a cartel choices which was a real pleasure after weeks of hotel buffets. Having said that, the kids had the quesadilla every single day after tasting them once - totally devine. The pool is simple but perfect temperature and quiet with a water feature and plenty sun beds as well as thoughtful and cool curtained sofa areas where we pink Brits can shade from the full sun when needed and listen to the cool and eclectic music that again wax a real joy after the hotel piped junk! The Place organised trips for us - fishing in kayaks with Martin and Pablo which was brilliant - as everyone who knows me knows, I got a whopper, see below. Also surfing with Lolo, horse riding on the beach and atv hire which is a must do. What was great however is that they weren't hotel trip pimps - they got us great deals with people they knew and trusted. It's a small place and they've chosen wisely as every trip was chilled, hassle free and great value, arranged only when asked for, not sold. That's rare. thank you for a very special few days. We loved it. And good luck Yvonne with your next chapter - ST will miss you.

A mere 3 minute walk to St Theresa beach, Hotel The Place is at an ideal location. Initially assigned a room, we upgraded to a delightful bungalow with a beautifully decorated bedroom and spacious bathroom. Breakfast was absolutely divine (included) and Annabel was a wonderful hostess. She helped us with directions and planning and even stayed late our first night to await our arrival from Nosara. We also spent some time talking with the owner, who was also very pleasant. The semi-outdoor dining area and the pool were meticulous. Dinner is not served here but there is a bar with daily drink specials. Excellent music playing all day as well. We would love to be back here some day. Highly recommended! (Picture is sunset at the beach---majestic).

Great place to stay in Mal Pais, very close to the beach and downtown. The rooms are nice and very clean, the air conditioner function well. Has a safe and refrigerator. The breakfast is very good with good choices and well made with fruit. Staff very friendly.

The hotel is wonderfully decorated and designed. The bungalows are charming and made with love. I really enjoyed relaxing at the pool or in the lounge area. The pool area is great and it is beautifully made. The hotel has a very good location so you can walk to the beach easily and you also have restaurants nearby. The service was very friendly and the breakfast was delicious. I would definitely go back!

What can I say apart that this is a great and lovely hotel. We had a perfect stay. The bungalows are absolutely charming; as is the hotel. The swimming pool and the garden are a little paradise and everything is clean and well maintained. You can even enjoy local product for shower. In addition the staff as well as the owner are very kind and always helpful. There is a large choice of breakfast. I highly recommend you to stay here; the place is quite and really peacefull and totally worth the moderate price; and to enjoy a cocktail by the pool. Thanks again to the staff for such nice welcome !

I stayed at Hotel The Place in Malpais because my regular spot was overbooked. They were able to get me in for the number of nights I needed and could not have been nicer! The cabinas are lovely and the grounds very pretty. I particularly liked the waterfall feature in the pool. Felt nice on tired shoulders from surfing!!

We loved our stay here! We will say that we were very well versed with CR and MalPais before we came: there will be some bugs, lizards, dusty and poor road conditions, everything runs on Tico time, and all the other US traveler tips. I think this is a key aspect missing from some of the other reviews. The price was great: the bungalow comfortable, pool pristine, staff accommodating, and location perfect. Loved the breakfast, the coffee, the staff suggestions, the many recommendations, and overall would not hesitate before booking again! Already missing it from cold and snowy Boston!

Hotel missed the reservation we had. For some reason they thought it was cancelled. They helped us finding the place to stay, which was the only positive thing. Attitude of the owner was not what I expected after this kind of mistake as the apology came only after we asked for it when leaving and even a drink while waiting in hot was apparently too much to offer. And they did not want to even compensate price difference of the room they first found. Personally I expect hotel to go above and beyond in this kind of situation that they caused.

Great service, pool and breakfast area very clean and nice. Staff was very friendly specially Annabelle that handle an issue with my room very professional. For mal pais that everything is very modest, and not as fancy as you might think- this place is great! Rooms are just fine. Just in the middle between mal pais and santa Teresa. Thank you!

Room options

Standard Room, 1 Queen Bed

Queen 1 | Sleeps 2

Villa, 2 Bedrooms, Non Smoking, Kitchen

Twin 1 | Queen 2 | Sleeps 5

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

82% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 173 reviews