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“Comfy rooms, phenomenal views, even better hosts” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Buenos Aires
Playa Carmen, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #3 of 25 hotels in Santa Teresa
Gulf Breeze, Florida
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“Comfy rooms, phenomenal views, even better hosts”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

My first trip to Costa Rica exceeded all expectations and Hotel Buenos Aires was icing on the cake. I couldn't get over how clean, cool and comfortable the rooms were for such an affordable price. The hillside location provided a view of one of the most picturesque sunsets I've ever seen. The world class waves were as expected, but the highlight of each day was a dip in the pool after the hike back up to the hotel...and the laid back vibe and cold drinks waiting for us at the top under the shade of the palm trees in the front yard. Mal Pais has much to offer, great food, cool town, endless outdoor activity, but you won't find better hosts on the peninsula than Javi and Flo. Javi is an endless source of information and smiles. I'm already looking forward to my return trip. Next year I'll spend less time on the inside break of overhead waves and more time on the porch with a rum and coke. Can't wait. Thanks Javi!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Rooms
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

These guys are set on a prime location in Santa Teresa/Malpais area. You are sitting on top of a cliff with a view of the ocean and town right below your feet. Pretty relaxing vibe, which after 12 days travelling around Costa Rica, were very welcoming to my wife and I. Initially we were planning a 2 day stay, but after one day we decided to go for 6.

Room Tip: First level rooms have hammocks, which in my opinion are a plus. The difference is that they have no...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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buenosaireshotel, Propietario at Hotel Buenos Aires, responded to this review, March 6, 2013
Hi Gustavo.
Thank you very much to take some time and write a review about our place.
It was a plasure have you and your wive, Daniela here with us.
Hope we can share a few more waves in the future!
All the best.
Javi.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

There isn't a better place to view the sunsets over the entire town and beach. 180+ degree view of white water, checking the surf each morning is easy from this perfect view. Javier is a gracious, knowledgeable host and Flo keeps the entire hotel spotless (and i do mean spotless!) with room service each morning. This place is clean, completely safe/secure and away from the dusty roads yet only a 5 min walk down the hill to the beaches and shops. Rooms are either a/c or fan. All with locking doors, hot showers and mini fridge/stocked bar. There is also a pool for lounging or cooling off.

This is by far the best hotel/host in all of Mal Pais/ST. The view is incredible!!!! The hosts are like you best friends.

Room Tip: You wont be needing hot water showers ;) Close your window coverings in the afternoon to keep the su...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

We spent two weeks in Costa Rica over Xmas and New Years and the 4 nights at Hotel Buenos Aires were one of the highlights. It is a short (but strenuous) walk up the hill and close to everything in town and the beach, Buenos Aires also lays claim to the best sunset views, a great pool and an amazing restaurant. It is also next door to Horizon Yoga, so very convenient for drop in yoga. Javier was an amazing host, and was extremely nice and helpful.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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buenosaireshotel, Propietario at Hotel Buenos Aires, responded to this review, February 13, 2013
Hi Marc.
So nice of you take some time to write this beautiful review, man! l really appreciate it. But l have to tell you, my job is easy with guest like you and Tara, lovely people!
Also thanks for the review for our restaurant and the recommendation for the brownies, haha!
All the best.
Javi.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

Unfortunately we could only stay for 2 days on our whirlwind trip through the pacific coast but even so, those two days left a lasting impression. The beach that you can see from the overlook is exceptional and a quick walk. We spent both of our days there. The room was comfortable and we only needed a fan to sleep peacefully. Our first night we did notice two HUGE spiders but my boyfriend quickly disposed of those. We ate at the adjacent restaurant one night and it was one of our favorite meals of the entire trip. We didn't have reservations but they squeezed us in (note: closed on mondays). The view of the sunset can't really be put into words so I took a million pictures instead. All-in-all, I loved it. One more quick note, if driving, you definitely need 4-wheel drive to get up there.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

What an amazing view! We arrived around sunset and immediately enjoyed a fresh Imperial on the 'terrace'. After enjoying the sunset, Javier took the time to have a chat with us and he gave us some good tips for dinner.

The hotel is great to enjoy the ocean view, relaxing atmosphere,... especially if you like to surf (we're not surfers, but I guess the other guests were).

Maybe one small disadvantage: the hard mattress.

But I still recommend everyone to book one or more nights at Buenos Aires!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

Buenos Aires has to have the most beautiful of all locations in Santa Teresa. It has stunning views and is only short walk up the hill from the main road. The rooms were extremely clean, comfortable, ensuit and perfect for our needs. The top floor ones have AC and a bigger view from the balcony, the ground floor ones have fans as AC is not necessary but the balcony is swapped with a hammock - the best way to chill & escape the afternoon sun.
What really makes this place is the owner Javi and his partner Flo. They run the place hands on with no outside staff meaning it's a very personal experience, extremely safe but above all fun! Javi was charming, always wanting to help out on advice, directions and how to book various things (surf lessons, paddle boarding, horse riding etc) but more so just a great guy to chat too and hang out with. It felt more like being asked to stay and hang out in their house than it did the formalities of a hotel. We loved it, it really reflected the Santa Teresa vibe.
Javi used to run the restaurant a 2minute walk down the hill which is now run by someone else but on his land. The food here is extremely good and fresh and the restaurant has beautiful views & a laid back feel but most importantly - the swimming pool here is exclusively for the use of Buenos Aires guests. We spent a lot of time hanging here when it was too hot to be anywhere else. This alone makes Buenos Aires THE place to stay!
We loved it. Could'nt fault it an any single way.
Thank you Javi, we will be back!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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buenosaireshotel, Propietario at Hotel Buenos Aires, responded to this review, January 31, 2013
Fred, man, l'm speechless! So nice of you, people will think we are family, jajaa!
Flo and l really enjoy to have you and Lenka with us. Sorry being so busy don't let me time to hang more, but we had a good times.
Hope the rest of your trip was as smooth as here. Guest like you make the place so nice, because we only put 50%, the other 50% is all yours.
Hope to see you again, here or there.
Love from Mal Pais.
Javi.
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Address: Playa Carmen, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Santa Teresa
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Santa Teresa
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Teresa
#3 Romantic Hotel in Santa Teresa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Also Known As:
Hotel Buenos Aires Costa Rica/Santa Teresa

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