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“Sublime chilled paradise” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel The Place
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   200 mts from Hotel Frank's Place direction Mal Pais, Mal Pais, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #6 of 10 hotels in Mal Pais
London, United Kingdom
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Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
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“Sublime chilled paradise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

A beautiful property, with a handful of bungalows laid out on the hill ensuring privacy. Each bungalow is decorated uniquely and all our stunning. The place has a great pool area, serves amazing breakfasts, plays some decent tunes and is run very efficiently by Yvonne and Chris and their small team of passionate staff.

A great location just minutes walk from the restaurants and five minutes from the surf.

I rarely write reviews on trip advisor unless something is exceptional and the place truly is exceptional

Room Tip: Splash out extra on a bungalow you will not be disappointed
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
    • 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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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Kihei, Hawaii, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013 via mobile

Such an inviting place! We stayed at a very nice bungalow.. We chose the African styled room. Super clean and beautiful property with breakfast included. So relaxing, we didn't want to leave! We were a five minute walking distance to the center of town. Safe and secured parking. Clean pool and beautiful lounge area.

  • Stayed November 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

I loved how conveniently located "The Place" is. I did not rent a car but wherever I wanted to go the staff was very gracious to help me. Speaking of the staff Frank and Graciella were so very nice and pleasant. If I wanted to hang out and chat they where there and if I just wanted quiet time to myself they left me alone. They both were quite helpful in any excursions or advetures I was into. They made it very painless and hassle free. Breakfast options are delicious and the sunsets are beautiful by the pool. I also loved the fact that my bungalow was my home for a week. Very nice and clean. There were a few of the red ants at night but I don't think one can do much about that. Ants always have a way and then they go away. I would highly recommend if one is looking for a truly relaxing vacation. Mal Pais is awesome.

Room Tip: get a bungalow
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Baltimore, Maryland
1 review
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

Long story short - "The Place" does not live up to its name or its website. We stayed in The Villa & it was anything but luxurious. Baby ticks, crabs, and lizards to name a few of the fun encounters. It rained the first night and the entire living room area was flooded. It is a shame because it has wonderful potential. The owner is not even present to properly run and oversee the operations. We were very disappointed all around and found another hotel for the remainder of our visit.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Lansing, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

Hotel the Place is a perfect stop in Mal Pais. The decor is comfortable and hip. The pool is beautiful and the staff is so sweet. The standard room was just perfect for us and we felt so safe. Breakfast and coffee every morning in the coolest open air surroundings was exceptional. The hotel is just a short walk from the town and beaches. This is definitely a place that we will return to for years to come. The coolest home away from home.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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asbury park, nj
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

Let's look on the bright side first ... great coffee, immaculate pool, walking distance to the beach, and definitely affordable! But what do you really want in a hotel? For us, the beds were too hard, it wasn't a comfortable night's sleep. The bed skirt was dirty, it looked like it hadn't been replaced in years. Thank god the sheets were decent. The shower was burning hot one minute and freezing the next. The drain was clogged so the water pooled up while you were showering. Overall, if you have a family and you're looking for something affordable… this is your place. But if you're looking for something on the nicer side, look elsewhere!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ashland, Oregon, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

First there is the swimming pool. It is the perfect temperature for human beings. Then there are the well-placed bungalows, and the proximity to the little town. Everything was perfect. It's a chore to get there, what with the roads being dusty and rutted, but once there, we could really unwind. We frequented "The Bakery" about 2 blocks away. Actually, we ate every meal there. Try the chocolate bomb. The Place is a sweet experience and we recommend it.

Room Tip: Not a bad one
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Additional Information about Hotel The Place

Address: 200 mts from Hotel Frank's Place direction Mal Pais, Mal Pais, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Mal Pais
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#4 Family Hotel in Mal Pais
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel The Place 3.5*
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

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