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“Beautiful Setting” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Playa Negra
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Playa Negra | Paraíso, Santa Cruz 5150, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Santa Cruz
New York City, New York
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“Beautiful Setting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

This is a really special property. The bungalows are so charming -- very clean, though bugs and such will get in. We had a bit of an ant problem in our first room, but not in our second (we switched rooms halfway through to move to a bungalow with air-conditioning). The beach access is incredible, and even if you don't surf, you'll enjoy watching others tackle the waves. But it's also great to be able to sit sand-free by the pool, where you can see and hear the waves. I took advantage of the beachside yoga with Rosalie, who was wonderful. The restaurant is good but pricey. We had our Christmas Eve dinner there and unfortunately it was especially expensive while also being really disappointing. But the regular menu's food was tasty. Overall, highly recommended if you want a more off the beaten path vacation.

Room Tip: The air-conditioned suite-bungalow was worth the extra spurge for us.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Dallas
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012

We stayed here for a surf vacation and the stay makes it much more than a surfing experience. It was a five days in paradise when we stepped in the property!

We love the food in the hotel restaurant! Especially the whole fish grilled at their wood grill. I am still trying to reproduce the taste at home. It is the best fish we have ever had. By the way, the food choice at Playa Negra is surprisingly rich. It has so many great choices!

And staff are very friendly and relaxed. We love the yoga lessons offered at the hotel too. You can see ocean from there!

It is also close to multiple surfing beaches. Although not close to any nightlife, which is perfectly okay with us. :-)

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

Very chilled out and one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen. The surf break is great, service is very good and the location while out of the way, is phenomenal. Bonus: Very little lighting at night enables crystal clear views of the stars and the milky way!

Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

I've stayed in Playa Negra a few times. This is one of it's gems! Great food, great location and nice bungalows. Clean rooms and nice staff. Definitely a place to check out when in playa negra. Awesome place to watch the sunset!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 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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Barcelona, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

Here is a little place that one could call paradise! By the ocean, a wonderful surf spot, a great small hotel run by an adorable staff, excellent fresh food and simply one of the best spot to enjoy life and relax.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2012 via mobile

My wife and I spent five days at Hotel Playa Negra in March and we really loved it. If you want to avoid crowded places and just relax in the middle of nature, in a very comfortable and cool atmosphere, it's your place. The bungalows were beautiful and clean, the staff was very friendly and helpful, and the food at the restaurant was fresh and excellent. It was just perfect!

  • Stayed March 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2012

Once again, Hotel Playa Negra impresses us with it's location away from it all, the WORLD CLASS wave right in front of the restaurant, and the wonderful, fresh, organically grown food that they serve at every meal. Service in the restaurant can be a little slow until they get to know you. A modest tip goes a long way and will get you better service... If you are needy then I would recommend pre-tipping so that they don't slack on you, but that's anywhere in Costa Rica.... The cabinas are awesome. So authentic, feng shui in their simplicity and COMFORTABLE. Sleep like a baby to the sound of the waves and abundant wildlife around you. Wake up to an amazing beach in front of you and lush forest behind you that's alive with the sound of Howler Monkeys. Cool off in the refreshing pool overlooking the ocean after an amazing yoga class or massage within feet of your cabina. We look forward to our third visit.

Room Tip: New cabinas have AC, decks with hammocks and an efficiency kitchen. Sweet!
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Playa Negra | Paraíso, Santa Cruz 5150, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Santa Cruz
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Santa Cruz
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Playa Negra 3.5*
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Hotel Playa Negra Costa Rica/Guanacaste

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