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Esencia Hotel & Villas

3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Playa Santa Teresa, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
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Ranked #24 of 25 hotels in Santa Teresa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2010
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Willow Creek
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2010

My fiance and I stayed at the Esencia in February. We spent days on the internet before our trip doing research and finally decided to stay at the Esencia, largely because they had king beds and availability during our stay. Overall, I think we did well. We had a casita with a kitchenette. The casita was clean and beautiful (although... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2010

Esencia is a great little spot on a "dusty" little road. The staff were helpful, friendly and the villa's have all you need short beach towels. The pool is a great spot to cool off after a hot day at the beach which is just down the road. The kitchens are basic but great for breakfasts, and lunches; there are... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2010

I stayed at Esencia for 4 nights and thought it was a great place. The grounds are very clean and well kept including the pool and bar area. Each villa had a nice front porch as well for relaxing outside. I had read reviews about noise complaints from the bar across the street before but we never noticed this and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2010

Stayed for a week at the Escencia and loved it. The staff was very friendly and we loved being able to walk to the market and cook for ourselves. The short walk to the beach was nice. The big grocery was quite a walk round trip though - 4 miles. To go to the bank and back is 5 miles.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2009

Daniel, the onsite manager, did a great job on all requests, e.g., where to rent surfboard, where to eat out, etc. The hotel grounds were kept well groomed and clean. The pool was part of our routine after surfing and playing in the surf. The beach is just a short walk away. We stayed in the 1 room bungalow with... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2009

We stayed at the Esencia Santa Teresa in August. The location is perfect for surfing. 100 meters walk through the jungle to the beach, at probably the best advanced surfers spots. Completely unspoiled. clean, white sand. Great waves. And this is where Malpais Surfcam takes its videos so you can be a star! The hotel itself is, simply said, beautiful.... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2009

This is a great place to stay! Be sure to request a room AWAY from the street. The disco club across the street can get pretty loud at night. There is easy access to the internet across the street from the hotel. We rented surfboards and it was a short walk to the beach. The rooms were very small, but... More

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San José
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2009

We went to the Esencia Hotel last december for a family vacation. The hotel is very nice, rooms are pretty new and comfortable. We actually enjoyed pretty much our stay at Esencia. Our only problem was at night, there is this discobar in front of the hotel so when you want to go to sleep the noise is so loud... More

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esenciahtl, Marketing Manager at Esencia Hotel & Villas, responded to this review

The problem about the loud sounds from the disco/bar in front of the hotel it’s solved. The Costa Rican Health Department emit an order that force the bar to decrease their sound levels, by this way, the problems we were facing about this is solved. More

San Francisco
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2009

The hotel was recently remodeled and the room we stayed in was nicely redone. Not too fancy but very nice. The staff was very helpful and anything that came up the helped out as much as possible. They also came up with great recommendations on places to eat and do things. The issues are: construction going on in neighboring lots.... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2008

These villas a lovely, but have a few problems. They are currently completing additional hotel rooms at the rear of the property and the work started at 7am every morning. These works over look the pool, and therefore you have the workmen staring at you while you sunbath. The villas are very very nice and very clean, there are bugs,... More

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Address: Playa Santa Teresa, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Santa Teresa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Esencia Hotel & Villas 3*
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Esencia Hotel And Villas
Esencia Hotel Santa Teresa
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Located in Santa Teresa-Mal Pais Beach, one of the most virgin and beautiful regions! Endless miles of soft, white sand beach perfect for swimming and surfing. The hotel offers ten marvelous, independent and private villas. All villas have their own terrace with garden view, bathroom, hot water and safety box. Other exquisite elements are the teak chairs, the furniture and the deck of the villa made out of precious woods. ... more   less 
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