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Hotel Bula Bula

3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Playa Grande Road, Playa Grande, Costa Rica
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Ranked #3 of 7 hotels in Playa Grande
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 5 days ago
Elizabees West Olive, Michigan
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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West Olive, Michigan
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Bula Bula serves big portions of delicious food in a really fun atmosphere. Although we visited in the off season, the atmosphere was fun and the staff was amazing. The pork enchiladas are really, really delicious and almost more than one person can eat. We heard good things about desserts, but were too full to indulge.

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Orange Beach, Alabama
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

My friends and I visited Hotel Bula Bula restaurant almost every night during our vacation last week. We had a fantastic time!!! The staff is great especially Ernesto and Jesse! Make sure you have Jesse dance with the ceramic pig and have Ernesto show you his apron!! Miss those boys already!! We also met Todd and the "Great Waltini" during... More

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Playa Samara, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Hotel Bula Bula hosted my wedding on March 14th, and I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a destination wedding venue. Todd was extremely helpful and flexible in arranging all the details (menu, drinks, guest arrangements, florist, etc.), and Chef Wally made us some fantastic food! My guests raved about everything from the appetizers to the mahi mahi... More

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Pinckney, Michigan
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

My husband and I visited Hotel Bula Bula for 10 days in January, but the wonderful memories are still fresh in our minds. This was our fifth year in a row as returned guests. If you enjoy all inclusive hotels with swim up bars, Hotel Bula Bula is not for you. If you enjoy going to the beach and find... More

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2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

Would you like to brush your teeth when you get up? flush the toilet? Take a shower when you come back from the beach covered in salt water, sunblock and dust from the walk? If you answer yes to any of the above, then Hotel Bula Bula is not the place for you: they don't have running water!!! We made... More

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PG-FT-Resident, Owner at Hotel Bula Bula, responded to this review

First of all, kudos to our local water association for the difficult and thankless job of keeping the flow of water to all of the community. In the *twelve years* we have been in business here, this is the first community-wide water service breakdown we have experienced that overwhelmed our defensive measures to make sure our guests are comfortable. Regarding... More

Seattle, Washington
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

My fiancee and I had a fantastic stay at Hotel Bula Bula and I'm hoping we can come back soon. The staff were all friendly and helpful (and even let us borrow towels after we had checked out and gone to the beach) and helped us to book activities like turtle viewing and surf lessons. The food was delicious and... More

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Worcester, Massachusetts
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

My wife and I returned last night from our stay at the Bula Bula. That's the real reason for writing this review so quickly. Everything was fabulous. From the moment we checked in till the day we left we couldn't have had a better time. Everyone was friendly. The staff, and the other guests. The breakfasts were great. We didn't... More

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Calgary, Canada
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31 reviews 31 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

This is my first trip to Costa Rica and I'm staying with friends in a condo 20 minutes drive from Playa Grande. They are surfers and love that beach so we go to it daily. On my first day here, we stopped at the bar/restaurant Bula Bula and had the most fabulous drinks and home made tortilla chips and guacamole,... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

Wonderful experience at Bula Bula! Bula was recommended by a friend and it did not disappoint. I started my stay with a warm welcome from the staff as though we were old friends. This was followed by many great meals...we highly recommend the tuna and eggs Benedict! Bula's open bar and dining area make for a great place to gather... More

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Costa Mesa, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

My fiancé Kyle and I heard about Bula Bula through TripAdvisors and through a friend who lives and works in Playa Grande, so we decided to give it a try. If staying in Tamarindo (which we were), Bula Bula offers a free boat ride across the estuary with dinner reservations. We did not have reservations so we decided to take... More

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Also Known As:
Bula Playa Grande
Address: Playa Grande Road, Playa Grande, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Playa Grande
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Playa Grande
#2 Romantic Hotel in Playa Grande
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Bula Bula 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set outside Tamarindo in the beach village and national park of Playa Grande. We offer the romantic, the surfer, and the active traveler a tropical oasis amid the tourist stops. Superior rooms with modern amenities compliment the elegant restaurant where exceptional seafood, steaks and local specialties are served. Friendly and attentive staff ensure your stay is a satisfying one. ... more   less 
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