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“A gem in the middle of Mal Pais” 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 #5 of 9 Hotels in Mal Pais
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Washington, DC
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“A gem in the middle of Mal Pais”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2009

When we found The Place, with it's enticing oasis-like pool, it was like love at the first sight. The African-themed bungalow we stayed in was spacious, clean, and everything that we needed when we arrived after 7 hours of rough off-roading from Samara Beach. The manager, Candice, was friendly and helpful. A great stay overall!

Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    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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Vienna
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2009

we drove by and wanted to stay for 3 days but we stayed til the end 1o days later. That should say enough about this perfect place. Thanks and see you for sure again.

  • Liked — privacy at your bungalow and perfect pool
  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Carlsbad, California
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2009

I stayed in the Place for 8 nights, with my friend in the last week of October. The hotel was wonderful, very close to the Playa Carmen. It was getting some remodel and our room was not available but we got a better deal:) The Aftrican Bungalow, what a treat!!! The Bungalow was amazing, very spacious with extra day bed and very comfortable bed. The pool at the place is to die for....had the whole hotel to ourselves. The service at the Hotel is excellent, very helpful and willing to go above and beyond to make your stay very enjoyable. I would highly recommend The Place!!! I definitely will be back.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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North Carolina
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2009

The Place has a very unique design and each bungalow is individually decorated. The pool is very cool with great landscaping. The location is a short walk (5 min) from the center of town so it was great to be secluded but also close enough to walk for dinner and drinks. The staff/host was excellent, she pointed us in the right direction every time and made our experience more enjoyable. The only dislike is there was no personal mini fridge to keep drinks cold.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Zürich
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2009

I did spent 2 weeks at this very nice place, which I call it's a "Bijou". The pool is outstanding! The hotel is located very near to the center of Malpais and the beach is very close. I love the rooms, which are decorated with heart and each bungalow shows up in a different style. I love little Boutique-Hotels as "The Place" and the service is friendly with a warm atmoshpere. I only can recommend that hotel. The staff was very helpful in booking and find your activities.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Norway
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2009

Firstly, I'm very surprised after reading some of the other reviews.
Anyway, we spent two weeks at The Place and loved it, -the service, the bungalows, the food... the works. When travelling is always nice to have someone "local" to trust. We did several "expeditions" while there, and when we asked the staff at The Place for tour recommendations we always got very helpful, but even more importantly, honest answers.

Go, it's the place!

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2009

This was the most expensive hotel we stayed at on our visit to Costa Rica and it was not worth the money. While the room was nicely furnished it was dusty and bug infested (we were visiting at the end of the dry season). The pool was not clean and the courtyard again was coated with a layer of dust. The upside was a friendly staff, but they did not compare to the level of service we recieved in the two other hotels we visited on our trip to Costa Rica (Pura Vida in Alejuela and El Silencio Del Campo in La Fortuna). I would advise travelers to look elsewhere for a hotel to stay at in Mal Pais.

Stayed April 2009, traveled with friends
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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:
#3 Family Hotel in Mal Pais
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel The Place 3.5*
Number of rooms: 9
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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