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“serenity” 5 of 5 stars
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Cuesta Arriba Hotel
150 meters North From La Lora Amarilla, Santa Teresa 5361, Costa Rica   |  
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Huntington Beach, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
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“serenity”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

Enjoyed a wonderful stay with Barbara and Martin, a nice couple from Venezuela. This hostel/hotel emphasizes living well but simply. Nice, quiet location. Guests are requested to respect the peace and quiet for all guests. 100 meters from a beautiful beach and surf break. Barbara arranged transfer from San Jose airport, zip line tour, surf lessons, hotel in montezuma and cab to get there. Beautiful loft room with high ceilings. Howler monkees to wake you in the morning. we loved the serenity and are already planning our next visit. Don't miss this gem. Barbara and Martin even rescue animals. Be sure to meet Achilles the mastiff and Gianni the surf instructor from Italy. walking distance to restaurants and grocery store.

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  • Stayed January 2014, 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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cuestaarriba, Owner at Cuesta Arriba Hotel, responded to this review, February 25, 2014
Hi Betty and Brian!!! Thank you for your nice review! We are happy to know that you enjoyed the peace and quiet at Cuesta Arriba. We loved to have you around and enjoyed the small talks during your time with us! you can be sure we'll be here for your next visit to Santa Teresa!!!
Sincerely

Barbara and Martin (from Argentina)
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

Cuesta Arriba is by far my most favorite destination in Costa Rica. Welcoming owners, perfect location, clean, comfortable accommodation! Bonus..I can't stop the feeling that I'm on Animal Planet set :)

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 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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cuestaarriba, Owner at Cuesta Arriba Hotel, responded to this review, February 8, 2014
Thank you Aleksandra!
We are very happy to know that you had a good time and enjoyed Cuesta Arriba Hotel see you soon.

Barbara and Martin
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Lugano, Switzerland
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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013

I stayed here for few days, I was travelling with friends and we saw the good review in trip. The hostel is fantastic! Super equiped kitchen, free toast and coffee for breakfast, pool, dorm and double/four bed room..everything super clean! Is located just 100 m from the beach and during the hottest hours you can just chill at the pool. Barbara and her husband are super friendly and welcoming, their dogs are adorable! A grocery and a soda (typicall restaurant) are near by and thats all you need :) By far one of the best stay in Costa Rica!

  • Stayed December 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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Cuesta A, Owner at Cuesta Arriba Hotel, responded to this review, December 22, 2013
Thank you very much for your nice review. We are glad to know that you enjoyed your time with us so much. Hope to see you again. Cheers
Martin
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Hamburg, Germany
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

The hostel is perfectly located close to the beautiful beach. It has nice rooms, very nice owners and is surrounded by many little restaurants. They also rent surfboards and organize surf lessons for a decent prize. I will definitely come back!

  • Stayed August 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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Cuesta A, Owner at Cuesta Arriba Hotel, responded to this review, December 22, 2013
Hola!!! We really apreciate your nice words. Thank you for spreading the voice about our little piece of paradice!!! We hope to see you again soon. In the meanwhile...enjoy the ride!
Cheers
Martin
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Ocean City, New Jersey
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

What a beautiful hostel in a beautiful little place in the world! Cuesta Arriba was well kept & clean, located across the street from the beach, nearby restaurants, surf shops, grocery stores and everything you could need but still tucked away enough that being on the property was peaceful and quiet, whether lounging by the pool or in the hammocks. The owners and Julie truly care about the guests and their experience and were very helpful with anything you could need. It was a warm welcoming place, the only part I disliked was having to leave!

  • 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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cuestaarriba, Owner at Cuesta Arriba Hotel, responded to this review, November 27, 2013
HI Erica!!!
Thank you for making such a nice review! We know it was tough for you to leave but hey!!! good news...we've been here for the last 10 years and we are not planning to leave!!! See you sooner on your next trip to Costa Rica!!!
Martin
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Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

Cuesta Arriba is one of the cleanest hostels I know of. The pool is beautiful & is the best hang out spot on the property. Rooms are bare, but spotless, spacious & secure. Nice owners too. They have bikes for rent to tour the town. Cuesta Arriba has a great location, requiring only a short walk down a path with monkeys swinging above in the trees. It's located in the northern part of town, which is the best in my opinion... it is close enough to walk to everything, but secluded enough to be nice & chill. They have quiet hours starting at 10 or 11, which is quite nice when you don't wanna party till dawn. Excellent value because they offer dorm, private rooms, and rooms for groups.

  • Stayed July 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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cuestaarriba, Owner at Cuesta Arriba Hotel, responded to this review, November 19, 2013
Thank you Benny for your nice review. We hope to see you back soon!!! until then...enjoy the ride!!! cheers
Barbara and Martin
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2013

Stayed a few nights at this lovely little spot in Santa Teresa, and I would not stay anywhere else. During the off season, the prices are comparable to other hostels (plus maybe $5), but this place is superior by leaps and bounds. Everything is kept meticulously clean (rooms, bathrooms, kitchen, common areas), the pool is a beautiful and relaxing spot to hang out when not surfing or going out, and the staff are simply lovely, helpful people. Most other hostels in town, by comparison, are filthy and ugly and staffed with surly burnouts. I stayed in a private room with AC, a quality mattress/bed and pillows, a table and some cute decorative details for a very reasonable $35/night. The board rentals were also good here, with larger 7'10" boards for relative beginners as well as smaller boards for more advanced surfers. The boards were kept in excellent shape, with good leashes, and were well-waxed. Even better, there is a beach access about fifty feet from the hotel access with a sandy-bottomed consistent shore break which is perfect for multiple levels. I should also note that most of the other folks staying here were quieter and more mature than the usual hostel crowd, which kept everything at a very mellow (though still social) vibe. Lots of good nightlife and food options nearby, ranging from the ever popular Kika bar and La Lora (a dance club) to great cheap eats at the nearby soda Tequicia. Highly recommended. Small note: the shower did not have hot water.. but who needs that here anyway?

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
    • 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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cuestaarriba, Owner at Cuesta Arriba Hotel, responded to this review, November 27, 2013
Hola Jon.
Thank you for spreading the voice about us. We really apreciate that. We are glad that you had a good time here. It is unfortunate that you didn’t mention to us about the hot water on time, it only took us a few minutes to fix it !!! Hope to see you again in the future.
Sincerely
Martin
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Address: 150 meters North From La Lora Amarilla, Santa Teresa 5361, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Santa Teresa
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 46 Specialty Lodging in Santa Teresa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A Colonial-style hotel surrounded by trees and tropical gardens with unique affordable rooms. The hotel features a communal kitchen,resting areas, hammocks and a sparkling pool in the landscaped garden. Complimentary coffee and toast served from 7AM till 9AM, free Wireless is also offered. ... more   less 
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Cuesta Arriba Bed And Breakfast Hostel
Cuesta Arriba Hotel Santa Teresa
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