When my husband and I decided to take a couple's trip to Costa Rica we had never been there before so I did a LOT of research on hotels before we went. We chose Hotel the Place based on the best value for a private bungalow and it was worth it! Their manager Graciela booked a private taxi from the airport to the hotel and she even changed the time when our flight was delayed.
When we pulled up to Hotel The Place we were immediately greeted by Lucky, the resident dog, as well as Paul (the chef) and Graciela (the manager). Once we checked in we were really excited to see that our bungalow was very clean, intimate, had great AC, mini-fridge with beer, water and soda, as well as free coffee! There was also wifi so after I got a terrible sunburn we stayed inside the next day and watched movies on our ipad. The food at The Place is simply amazing, where else can you go where the chef asks you what you want to eat and then cooks it for you on an open range? We had delicious fish, pasta and our favorite Papa Brava! Make sure to ask Paul for that. They also keep the rooms very clean, the maids came like clockwork everyday and swept up all the sand we brought in from the beach.
We wanted to do a multitude of different activities like surfing, zip lining, horseback riding, snorkeling and riding ATVs through the jungle. Graciela knew all of the best companies to go on the tours with and booked the best experiences for us! It was a breeze. Every day we went out for an adventure and then returned to the hotel for a fruity drink and a lounge by the pool. All of the bartenders were super nice and helpful, we got to know everyone like they were our Costa Rican family.
Even though we went as a couple I would also recommend this hotel to families. There were a couple of families there with children and they seemed to be having a great time. Overall, we highly recommend this hotel if you are looking for exceptional service, comfort and delicious food. We can't wait to go back!