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Michael's Surfside Hotel

Paseo de los Turistas, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
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Ranked #3 of 13 Puntarenas B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014
Helene B Vancouver Island, Canada
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Vancouver Island, Canada
19 reviews 19 reviews
8 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

We stayed at Michael's surf side in the family room. Yes the rooms seems like they are coming from the 60's but we saw no mosquitos or cockroaches :-) we did not use the "kitchen", it was not very clean. Puntarenas is not a nice city anymore. You only go there if you need to take the ferry, that's it.... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Our trip to Puntarenas and Michael's Surfside Hotel were disappointing at best. The police escorted us to our hotel room while walking there from the bus stop (which was more than a mile away). The room was outdated and smelled of mildew. The TV was broken and the "free wifi" was only available around the pool. Although it was located... More

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

Michael's Surfside is a great place to upgrade if you're used to hostels --clean, secure, private, with lots of amenities--for a fair price. There is a funky charm about the place, with colorful murals that set it apart from the ordinary. Located right across from the beach. The staff is friendly and helpful; they will go out of their way... More

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Thunder Bay, Ontario
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29 hotel reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

Stopped at Michael's Surfside for a night ahead of zip lining. Room was clean, well equipped and everything worked. Did not go wrong as a last minute AirBnB booking and Michael is really accommodating. Felt very safe leaving our rental in his locked yard. Would return if ever in the area. Thanks Michael!

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Chugiak, Alaska
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

the perfect location and more than reasonably prices, Michael's Surfside Hotel is the perfect place to stay in Puntarenas! There are looong stretches of beach right across the street, gambling casinos and good restaurants all around.

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Ohio City, Ohio
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

As a traveling company we have been using Michael's Surfside Hotel for several years and we have not complaints at all about the hotel, service and Michael's kindness. We have taken groups of teenagers to this hotel during the summer and everything has been always a good experience. If you are traveling to Puntarenas or taking groups to the Central... More

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Marsh Harbour, Great Abaco Island
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

This oceanfront hotel exceeded my expectations, and the owner/employees went above and beyond during my 9 day stay in Puntarenas last month. Michael is super pleasant and extremely accommodating! He assisted us with arranging for a guided tour of the area, and was always available to answer all the stupid questions that we tourists have. The room we stayed in... More

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Denver, Colorado
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

It is right up the street from the Ferry, (I assume that is why you are in Puntarenas). Great stop over. Great pool, easy in and out. Mike is very accommodating to all your needs. Great place for the room rate. It is too bad that TripAdviser will let bad reviews stand, Where there is no evidence of the reviewer... More

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Guelph, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

I had the pleasure of staying at Michael's Surfside Hotel for 10 days in October and absolutely agree with the vast majority of the reviewers that it was nothing but a positive experience. Michael and his staff are wonderful people and would ensure that your stay is enjoyable and pleasant. In response to another review and after having toured all... More

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Toronto, Canada
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

Micheal the owner was nice however the room we stayed in was awful. Mold smell, we had thin sheets on the bed with no mattress cover ....gross!! Dead bugs all behind the bed. The bed skirt on the single bed was filthy. The swimming pool and area was nice. I chose this hotel because of reviews and pictures but not... More

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Hammerheadswamp, Owner at Michael's Surfside Hotel, responded to this review

Sometimes you have to wonder. Who were these people? I and my employees always ask our guests to let us know if anything is needed or out of order when they check in. We also inquire about their room and stay when they are checking out. That is standard policy. This is a small hotel and it would be nearly... More

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Address: Paseo de los Turistas, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Puntarenas
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Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
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A quiet hotel on the beach, overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Gulf of Nicoya, Mountains and islands of Nicoya. All rooms include A/C, cable TV, WiFi Internet service, Kitchenettes, private bathrooms with hot water and some with jacuzzi. Swimming pool and secured covered parking on location included. Lowest comparable prices. ... more   less 
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