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Vista Bahia Beach Resort

Papagayo Blvd, Playa Panama, Costa Rica (Formerly Monarch Resort)
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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San Pedro, Belize
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 hotel reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Booked trip in January for may. Eight nights and four airline tickets. Emailed me three days before take off said beyond their control had to cancel. Wow. How's that for vacation suprise. Went by place while there and they were open. No explanation no idea why. And we prepaid the entire stay. Just a miserable place

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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

I hate to give places a poor rating, but I have to be honest, I was not impressed. We were three girls looking for a place to stay for a few days while our boyfriends went off on a bachelor party weekend in Tamarindo. Since I had a Living Social deal to this place, we decided we'd just stay there.... More 

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Curitiba, PR
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

It was a very relaxing stay. The room was confortable, the way to the beach was gorgeous, many animals to watch. The sunset and sunrise were really amazing. Small breakfast and the restaurant is a bit expencive and there isn`t any place to eat around. it was about 20 dollars for a small meal and there is no snacks. It... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

The hotel itself was nice. It was clean and the rooms were huge. There is a relatively clean pool and nice private beach. The staff was very kind and helpful. The breakfast included with the room was great! The stay was very relaxing and peaceful. If you're looking to socialize with other people, this is not the place. There were... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

My daughter and I savored the quiet beauty and enduring kindness that enveloped us at Vista Bahia. Wanting a winter break excursion, I reveled in anticipation by looking at the photos and was not disappointed when we arrived. The serene tranquility was just want we needed to soothe our jangled nervous systems. Trepidations raised by other impressions were erased. Perhaps... More 

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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

A bit hard to find as the signs pointing to Playa Panama do not point to the location of Vista Bahia. Once you get there, the staff is friendly and the rooms are quite large. Overall, the place really needs some heavy duty maintenance. All the previous comments about the showers, pool, restaurant, etc., apply. The spigot in the tub,... More 

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London, United Kingdom
20 reviews 20 reviews
17 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

The feel of this hotel is that management has moved on and left it in limbo. It's a pleasant place but feels a bit like the Marie Celeste. A massage couch but no masseur/se; a dinner menu but hardly any diners; a private beach ( 5 mins walk down a track across which the iguanas flit) with just a couple... More 

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Nutley, New Jersey
16 reviews 16 reviews
7 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014 via mobile

I loved this hotel, quiet, clean,accommodating (needed extra towels), large room, beautiful breeze from the ocean. It was 100 degrees when we were there, but never used the air conditioner, plenty of soft breezes!!! The food was excellent. Now the "cons" ... Needs tender loving care. The pool, restaurant, little lobby needed a women's care. I had to dust the... More 

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Seattle, Washington
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

This place really has some potential to be amazing as I guess it was back in the day when new. Property is nice from the outside, but everything (except for the restaurant) and especially inside of the rooms simply spells OLD. Rooms are spacious, but not clean enough. We found hair in the bed when we showed up, and I... More 

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New York
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 hotel reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

Vista Bahia is tucked away in the jungle and is truly away from it all. There are no nearby stores, bars, restaurants or other activities. The closest "tourist area" (Playa Del Coco) is about a 15-minute $15-$20 cab ride away. What we saw of the grounds were well maintained as were the exteriors of the rooms. When we visited, we... More 

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Address: Papagayo Blvd, Playa Panama, Costa Rica (Formerly Monarch Resort)
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Gulf of Papagayo > Playa Panama
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 34
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Also Known As:
Monarch Hotel Gulf Of Papagayo
Monarch Resort Gulf Of Papagayo
Vista Bahia Beach Resort Costa Rica/Playa Panama, Guanacaste

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