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Hotel Playa Negra

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Playa Negra | Paraíso, Santa Cruz 5150, Costa Rica
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Houston, Texas
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Short walk from playa negra ranch where we rented a house. Terrible service. We were the only ones there and wait staff just stared and waited for us to approach. Coffee tasted like instant at 8 in morning. Pancakes flat and like rubber. 9 dollars for 2 small rubber pancakes. I would not recommend.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wow! I'm shocked by some of these negative reviews, I had quite an amazing experience here. It is Best place to be during a tropical rainstorm. It is far out of the way but looking at a map you would know this right away and obviously it would be an intentional trip to get away from the hustle and bustle... More 

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Fresno, Texas
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

We booked the hotel through Hotwire only to learn when we got there that the room didn't have A/C. The temperatures were in the 90's and we were traveling with my 81 year old mother. This was supposed to be a 2 night stay. The first night we couldn't get A/C and we could get A/C the second night for... More 

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Milton, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

Having just stayed at the Hotel Play Negra, I can say it's a great place as long as you aren't expecting something that this place isn't built to deliver. It's a great setting, with small round bungalows clustered above and around a pool and restaurant directly off the beach. There's also a small surf shop and a yoga pavilion directly... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

We stayed two nights in a bungalow without AC and we didn't experience the missing AC as a problem. The hotel is so very average. The same the beach. You can experience so many beautiful places in Costa Rica and Playa Negra is just a waste of time. There is absolutely nothing to do besides surfing. There are also limited... More 

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Malmo, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

If you want surf, beach and a tranquil stay in beautiful surroundings, this is for you. For the surfer (we were just passing by) the ocean offers some of the best waves in Costa Rica. The bungalows offers good accommodation typical for a beach hang-out, but don't expect a Four Seasons Experience. This is more of a bare-foot bohemian place,... More 

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Lubbock, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

My family and I recently spent the first two weeks in December in the beautiful Casa Ganesha house located in the Hotel Playa Negra compound. The close proximity to the restaurant was an added pleasure. The food and service were always outstanding. ChiChi, you are the best! The rest of the staff is amazing as well. The chef will actually... More 

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Mumbles, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

First of all, the rooms were nice. Large and comfortable beds and very private. The location was incredible, smack back on an incredibly beautiful beach with amazing waves. The downside. We visited in September and there was literally no staff apart from cleaners or gardeners. Never did we meet a member of staff who would welcome us or give us... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

On a trip to Costa Rica we were looking for a true beach experience. Hotel Playa Negra offered just that with their picturesque bungalows or cabinas. Howler monkeys wake you in the morning and there is constant butterfly activity. Large flocks of brown pelicans cruise just above the waves. The beach is beautiful and is a surfer haven for both... More 

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Montréal, Québec
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

The huts of the hotel are very nice and cozy, I had A/C in my room, couldn't of done it without. Although, the surf shop and restaurant/bar are really bad. First the restaurant, the service is very very slow, the food is good but they forgot my orders twice which is pretty annoying. Waiting one hour for a burger is... More 

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