We arrived in Mal Pais after spending 4 nights in Nosara. If you are planning on taking this route I absolutely recommend that you stick to the coastal "roads" and ignore the boring tar sealed road that cuts through the centre of the peninsula. This journey is one of my most memorable and includes driving through several rivers, through loads of lovely lush jungle and even a little spell driving along the beach.
Anyway, my fiancée and I initially booked for 5 nights at "The Place" but we ended up staying on for 7 due to feeling so at home and relaxed during our stay.
Our extremely positive experience started off when the very friendly owner almost insisted that we knew each other and continued when we were introduced to Franck and Estella, both of whom were extremely friendly and helpful.
Just as we were checking in, Franck informed us that as we were staying for 5 nights, the owner had upgraded us to the very lovely villa! It was perfect for relaxing, very spacious and included a kitchen, meaning we could make our own meals, something we weren't expecting.
The pool and bar area are like a little slice of Ibiza complete with Cafe del Mar soundtrack and was also a great place to relax. It feels almost engineered to bring on cravings for cocktails and soaking up the sun.
I find it a little crazy that people are complaining about ants and other wildlife invading the bungalows and other areas! What do you expect? The accommodation is amongst the jungle so this is their domain and to be expected. If you want somewhere free of native insects etc then go and stay somewhere clinical away from the jungle or embrace the little guys!
We found it quite hard to find nice, clean and relatively stylish lodgings at an affordable price when in Costa Rica and this place ticked all the boxes. It is also well placed for the great surf beach at Carmen. We'll definitely return if we find ourselves back in Costa Rica.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel The Place is within short walking distance to the main beach Playa Carmen,in close proximity to the center of town with easy access to shops,restaurants and banks. The hotel features standard rooms, bungalows and a vacation home. A beautiful free form pool with waterfall invites our guest for a swimm.You can enjoy breakfast in our lounge in the morning or, starting april 2012, prepare your own meal in our open Rancho kitchen.We gladly organize tours and transfers leaving from the Hotel.The Place is an ideal establishment to relax and feel at home for couples, families and smaller groups. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Surf The Place Hotel
- Hotel The Place Costa Rica/Mal Pais