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Bella Vista Mar

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Playas Pelada | 300 Mtrs Oeste de la Garta Lodge, Nosara, Costa Rica
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Ranked #6 of 16 Nosara B&B and Inns
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Toronto, Canada
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7 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Best thing: the view, which is magnificent beyond description. Problems: the expat American owner was completely indifferent to us. We were made to feel that we were in the way. The young American woman 'working' there as staff (?) serving breakfast had no interest in us. There was a water problem for a day. The pool water is too warm--... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Stayed at this place for 2 days. No running water the whole time. We kept being told it was only out for a few hours and that it would be back ASAP. We could not shower. I had to haul water from the swimming pool to flush the toilet. Brushed my teeth with bottled water. No contrition, no refund. They... More 

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Manaleja, Owner at Bella Vista Mar, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, and we can understand your displeasure. We too felt very bad about the entire situation. As was explained to your group leader (and I believe yourselves) when you arrived: Guanacaste (the province we live in) has problems with water at this time of year. The rainy season last year did not fill the reservoirs sufficiently... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

This was out first trip to Costa Rica, and we chose to spend three of our nights at Bella Vista Mar. It was a very good choice. Alexa was a very gracious host. Our room was simple, but efficient. I mean, if you are at the beach, are you really spending your time in your hotel room? Of course not!... More 

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Grande Prairie, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

As a first time traveler, not knowing where to go or where to stay, Bella Vista Mar was my reward. Beautiful, peaceful, I felt the most relaxed than I have in years. The house, rooms are wonderful, the pool area magnificent. Alexa and her staff were most kind and helpful. Breakfast was a treat that started my day with a... More 

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Manaleja, Owner at Bella Vista Mar, responded to this review

Thanks Steve! We enjoyed having you here with us this season, and hope that you take a little of that relaxation and sunshine back into your hectic job in Canada! See you again next year! More 

Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

We spent an entire week at Bella Vista Mar on a yoga retreat. This is a peaceful, quiet, relaxing and beautiful spot to recharge and reconnect. The whole B and B is charming, very clean and extremely safe. There is an amazing view of the ocean that is unbelievable. Sip your morning beverage and take in the beautiful view. Being... More 

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Manaleja, Owner at Bella Vista Mar, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words. It was great to have the whole group here for a week of yoga and relaxation! So nice to know you enjoyed it all! Hope to see you again! More 

New York City, New York
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Maybe it isn't fair we had just stayed at a wonderful B&B the night before and when we came to Bella vista Mar we noticed that it was a little worn around the edges. The proprietress was a little too hungry for the tourist dollar. I didn't like that she had an extra fee for an additional person in the... More 

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Alexa130, Owner at Bella Vista Mar, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write your review, and I am sorry that you were disappointed in your stay. While we are not a brand new facility, we keep the property clean and in repair. The comment about the room charges are a bit confusing. Our rates are clearly posted on all sites and it is common hospitality... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

With such nice views, a relaxing atmosphere, wonderful pool, and delicious breakfast it's a shame that we immediately regretted our decision to stay there within the first hour. The whole time there we felt unwelcome, like we were walking on egg shells, and that we had done something to inconvience the owner. We were mistreated by other guests (not our... More 

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Manaleja, Owner at Bella Vista Mar, responded to this review

Thank you for review. Always, there are many facets to comments like these. Let me try to address them for you. First, the phone situation. We were without phone and internet for a total of 4 days - part of that time while you were here. You are correct - you heard me on the phone because I continue to... More 

Groningen, The Netherlands
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015 via mobile

Though not easy to reach (the roads to Nosara are unpaved, and once in Nosara the hotel is a bit "hidden" on an uphill road), this is a really nice place. Well-run, relaxed, great views at the ocean, good advice on local things to do. Rooms a bit small and without airco, but there is a fan and when we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Super place, friendly helpful people, clean comfortable rooms, stunning view, great pool. We say monkeys from the driveway and the hummingbirds that visit during the delicious breakfasts are beautiful. It's located a bit out of the way from the main attractions which offers a nice refuge but I'd say having a car to get there is necessary (as the roads... More 

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Arena, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

Disclaimer: I did not STAY at Bella Vista Mar. I stayed next door at Casa Banda, but I did enjoy breakfast on the patio at Bella Vista Mar with the group of people with whom I was traveling. I had the omelette though I would have loved to try the banana pancakes for which the cook, Roxanna, is famous (they... More 

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