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“BAHIA RESTAURANT” 5 of 5 stars
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Bahia del Sol Beach Front Hotel & Suites
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Bahia Potrero, Playa Potrero 11745, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Playa Potrero
Green Valley, Arizona
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5 hotel reviews
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“BAHIA RESTAURANT”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

We were renting a Villa 100 yards North of the hotel. Unfortunately we did not discover the restaurant until the 4th day of our 2 week stay. The property is right on the beach and immaculate inside and out in the restaurant area. (also bathrooms)
The fish and seafood items were excellent and beautifully presented. The waitstaff, especially Marvin", were entertaining and attentive to our needs.
Best value, bar none in the area is their breakfast. $7.00 for Coffee, Juice, pastries, bacon and eggs or omelets, etc. This may be a seasonal special as we were there at tail end of rainy season. By the way it never rained for 14 days from October 27 thru November 10.

Roy and Joyce

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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Boynton Beach, Florida
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2012

The Bahia Del Sol was the perfect venue for our wedding. We were married on the hotel beach in April 2012. We visited the location a year in advance and picked Potrero over a dozen other potential locations. The locals are excellent and this is a great location if you want a quiet secluded place for 10-100 guests. Flamingo beach is a very short drive away and Tamarindo is within less than 1 hour drive for shopping. Surfers will enjoy nearby Playa Grande which is less than 40 minutes by car. There are boat trips to Ollie's Point and Witches Rock for the serious surfer available within a short drive.
Every morning we were able to walk into the main town strip and mingle with all of our guests (40 persons). The event itself was wonderful with great scenery, entertainment, and don't forget that food!!!! Maik (Mike), Roxanna, and everyone at the hotel were focused on our guests/general enjoyment. There are multiple food and bar locations within easy walking distance to the hotel. The beach itself is beautiful with islands in the distance, cliffs, and of course jungle scenes.

Room Tip: The 2 bedroom suites have good size living rooms.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Vichug, Public Relations Manager at Bahia del Sol Beach Front Hotel & Suites, responded to this review, October 1, 2012
Dear Potrerowedding, this is a great description of our property, we felt honored that you chose us for this great event.
We hope to see you again.
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Frisco, Texas, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

I took my son and grandson to Costa Rica to fish and stayed at this hotel. It had a nice two bedroom suite that fit our needs. Service was outstanding and the setting great, beautiful sunsets and the fishing boat we chartered was able to pick us up on the beach in front of the hotel. The ONLY downside was there are dogs in the area that bark at night sometimes and disturb your sleep.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Vichug, Public Relations Manager at Bahia del Sol Beach Front Hotel & Suites, responded to this review, October 1, 2012
Dear Jim, thank you very much for your comments, related to the dog problem you mention we are trying to get their owners help, we track on this us part of our quality assurance program.
We hope to see you again.
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Chicago, Illinois
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

Place is beautiful and very clean. Food is excellent!

Mike was amazing. The girls at the front desk were also great! Light haired one and the pregnant one = )

We had a wonderful time and will be back!

Leslie and Pedro

Room Tip: Make sure you have an SUV. The road is not smooth the drive up to.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Vichug, Public Relations Manager at Bahia del Sol Beach Front Hotel & Suites, responded to this review, October 1, 2012
Dear Leslie, thank you very much and I’ll be sure to let Mike, Naudy and Maurren your comments about them and your experience.
We hope to see you again.
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Pittsburg, California
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2012

Bahia del Sol was definitely the BEST highlight of our Costa Rica experience and there were MANY highlights. We were trying to make the best of a destination wedding gone bust and the staff, starting with Victor, made sure we had a good time (thank you Victor!).

We found the place to be safe (armed security guard), clean, quiet, charming, well-kept, and restaurant/bar excellent quality. The open-air restaurant is about 30 feet from the beach, beautiful and peaceful.

But the staff is what made it *happen,* especially Francisco and Orlando the head waiters and cousins, who ordered the fresh fish that we bought from the boys on the beach prepared in the kitchen, brought ice up to our room, continuously made sure special requests were taken care of in the restaurant, advised us on many activities 1/2 price, and turned us on to Walter (also a cousin), the kayak/fishing guide, a great find in Potrero Beach. After a fun time catching bait fish, we rowed out where Scott had a great time landing a 10-lb mahi mahi which we later cooked in our room.

The complimentary breakfast is some of the best food we experienced in CR, partially because CR isn't known for food other than fresh fruit and fish. Even the best coffee we found to be mediocre, but I digress. I usually ended up having the "traditional" breakfast with the ever-present beans and rice, fried plantains, and an egg. All helped by our CR FOOD FIND OF THE TRIP: Salsa Luzano. We snuck 6 bottles home with us in the carry-ons.

Tip: Buy fresh fruit at the local Modelo grocery store along with some 9yo CR rum to make some tasty blended drinks in the room.

Be aware: The hotel is down a 2-mile pot-holed poor excuse of a road (by our standards, anyway). Prepare yourself for *odd* driving habits where stop signs, stop lights, lane markers, mean nothing. Few people own cars (at least between Liberia and Bahia del Sol) and there no shoulders on paved roads where there are constant pedestrians, bicyclists, chickens, horses and cattle. We saw two large trucks parked in the road while the drivers were across the street having a snack in the parking lot at the market.

Even though there seem to be no traffic laws, our daughter was pulled over for speeding a couple of years ago and told it would cost $300 if they were taken "downtown" but could be let off for $200 then and there. She later learned that was a common scam and they weren't really policemen. Ouch.

More car advice: After lining up car reservations (Thrifty) online for $18 a day "all-inclusive", we were driven by shuttle (Thrifty is NOT at the airport like the website says) about 5 miles away, in the middle of nowhere. Because we had no choice because of the remoteness, we were forced to accept the insurance that QUADRUPLED the price of the rental. Just be aware of the mandatory expensive insurance that isn't mentioned with the "all-inclusive" price.

But Bahia del Sol? Loved it!!!!!!!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Vichug, Public Relations Manager at Bahia del Sol Beach Front Hotel & Suites, responded to this review, October 1, 2012
Dear 100CCCer, first of all thank your comment about me, I’m here to help all our guest, also I want to thank you for your great review about the hotel and the staff, is good to know that you had such a good time.
A couple things I want to mention:
We are working on trying to get help from the municipality to fix the road
Then related to the policemen, you need to been sure they have a police car and uniform
We hope to see you again.
Best Regards From all Staff at Bahia Del Sol
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Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012

This is a GREAT find. We stayed here because friends of our had rented a house just down the beach. I think we got the better end of the deal! While their house was nice - the hotel was beautiful and the staff was stellar!

Room Tip: The cost of a suite isn't much more than a regular room and well worth it! It comes with a fully...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Vichug, Public Relations Manager at Bahia del Sol Beach Front Hotel & Suites, responded to this review, October 1, 2012
Dear VTodd, thank you for your nice comments.
We hope to see you again.
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Orlando, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

This place is AMAZING! The hotel itself is very well manicured. The staff was extremely attentive from the second we got off of our shuttle from the airport to when we left. Our suite was extremely spacious and very clean. The black sand beach was beautiful, and the sound of waves crashing was a welcome sound from anywhere in the hotel. Going during low season made it more of a private experience. The food from the gourmet restaurant was top notch. The hotel has access to plenty of tours in the area.

Thank you to Maikol for taking care of all of our needs! Thanks to Roy, Orlando, Alicia, Francisco, and the rest of the staff for making our stay memorable!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Vichug, Public Relations Manager at Bahia del Sol Beach Front Hotel & Suites, responded to this review, September 10, 2012
Dear Jestrtuning, thank you for this great review, we specially appreciate you mention some of the staff names, we’ll be sure to let them know your comments.
We hope to see you again.
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Additional Information about Bahia del Sol Beach Front Hotel & Suites

Address: Bahia Potrero, Playa Potrero 11745, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Playa Potrero
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Playa Potrero
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Bahia del Sol Beach Front Hotel & Suites 3.5*
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bahia del Sol is located in Potrero Beach, a beautiful beach of warm tranquil waters on the Pacific Coast of Guanacaste. The Hotel offers the guests the quality of a 4 Star Beach Hotel with all the comforts, including Pool, Jacuzzi, and a Spa, framed in an impressive setting that includes tropical artistic gardens with centennial trees, a Tropical Garden with Native & Exotic plants , and an extensive beach front. The location is perfect for soaking in breathtaking views of the tranquil Potrero Bay, romantic long walks on the golden sands, basking in the rich sun and watching the spectacular sunsets of the Pacific Coast.
With miles of uncrowded beaches, stunning coves and undiscovered inlets, Costa Rica's natural environment speaks to your soul. ... more   less 
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