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“Excellent place, excellent food, excellent owners! :-)” 5 of 5 stars
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El Rey Patricio
3.0 of 5 Small Hotel   |   5km. Norte del cruce con Mal Pais, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #10 of 31 Santa Teresa B&B and Inns
Prague, Czech Republic
2 reviews
“Excellent place, excellent food, excellent owners! :-)”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

The title says it all :-) We had amazing time staying with Vanessa and Ramon. They are very friendly, helpful and fun people to be around. They put their hearts and souls into this place. We had small but very cozy romantic room with ocean view and hammock. Vanessa and Ramond were very kind to us. They took us to the beach with them, showed us how to surf, invited us to joint them and their spanish friends to go to the concert in the bar at Santa Teresa. It felt like visiting old friends. And their spanish cousine is delicious! If you are unlucky and the rooms are fully booked you have to come here for the food at least! We were on our honeymoon in Costa Rica for 2 weeks, traveled around a bit and then chose this place due to the best reviews - and it was the best choice :-) Unfortunately we originally booked only for 2 nights because we wanted to explore other places in Costa Rica but we extended straight away for an extra night. After 3 nights they were fully booked :-( but Vanessa and Ramon called for us to several places and helped us to find another accommodation in Santa Teresa so we could stay close and come back to their restaurant for the delitious mussels and chololate volcano cake.
Ramon you are a star, we really miss your food! :-) And Vanessa you make people to feel very welcome :-) You both make a great team. Thank you for making our stay at your place so wonderful. We will definitely stay in touch with both of you.
Lots of love Ilona & Martin, Czech Republic

  • Stayed February 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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  • Location
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  • Rooms
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Berlin, Germany
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

the owner Vanessa and Ramon makes us our stay unforgettable. we had a wonderful bungalow with hammock and nice ocean an sunset view.
the beach is only 50 mtr away. we did wonderful beach walks and snorkeling on ebb tide there we saw a lot of colorful fishes.
Ramon is one of the best cooks I ever met. at the hotelrestaurant especialy the fish dishes are exelent. you have to have your dinner there.
Vanessa and Ramon thank you very much for the very nice time at your hotel an restaurant.
we will come back next time when we are in costa rica.

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Dedham, Massachusetts
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

We had such an amazing time at El Rey Patricio. The hotel is a little outside of town, which is the way a like it! It gives you a feeling of seclusion and a more genuine, personable, and unique experience. The beach is about 50 feet from the hotel which was nice for a nighttime stargazing session on the beach. We had one of the romantic rooms which was perfect. It was a little small, but had an open air concept with an entire wall that could open up with folding doors to a little deck with a shower, hammock, and ocean views. Everyday we ate a complimentary breakfast that was provided for us and Vanessa and Ramon were eager to answer my many questions on what to do in the area and even reserved a tour for us to Isla Tortuga. The hotel was clean, the service was perfect and personable, and every one of our needs was accommodated. The hotel is very small, and the staff consists of four people so by the end of our trip we felt like we were part of the family.

Besides that, in descending order here are my Top 3 favorite aspects of Hotel Rey Patricio

3) Playa Hermosa - The Hotel is located right next to Playa Hermosa, which is in my opinion the best beach in Mal Pais. It's big, the waves are the perfect size, the sand is soft, and because its not in the center of Santa Teresa it's not that crowded. The beach is so big that even if it was crowded it wouldn't feel like it. And best of all it is aptly named . . .It is Hermosa! Do yourself a favor and spend most of your beach time at Hermosa instead of the other beaches. Maybe break your day up with lunch at Roca Mar or a sunset viewing at Banana Beach which are both more centrally located. Also the famous playa hermosa tide pools are right in front of the hotel. Vanessa and Ramon are happy to lend you a snorkeling mask to explore this vast array of tide pools.

2) Tapas Restaurant - The food at El Rey Patricio is amazing. Ramon is one of the owners and the chef. He has no kitchen staff and does it all alone and the product is gourmet yet affordable! We ate here 2 out of our 3 nights and I honestly wish we could have had another night there just to sample some more of the menu. The croquettes were better than any I had while in Spain, the chorizo amazing, and the Sangria perfect among many others. Without a doubt the BEST food we ate in Costa Rica.

1) Vanessa y Ramon - Any experience is so much better when you feel a personal connection with the people involved with it. It didn't seem like Vanessa and Ramon put any effort into accommodating all of our needs, getting to know us, and making our trip an amazing experience because that is just them being themselves. Everything about them and the experience they curate is 100% genuine and natural. They are also downright inspiring. Do yourself a favor and ask them how they made it from Spain to Santa Teresa and it will inspire you want to drop everything, runaway with your love, and live your life happy, healthy and surrounded by beauty.

Do yourself a favor and stay at El Rey Patricio

  • 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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2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

I'm so glad my girlfriend found this place on our trip to Costa Rica. We went for my cousins wedding, but showed up days before and I'm so glad we did. Vanessa and Ramon are two of the nicest people I have met and they made our stay truely memorable. The views from our room and dining area were the best I saw on the trip. Tucked up on the hill you had beautiful trees around you and the surf was loud enough to gently put you to sleep. And the food! Oh my the food was the best part of it all! Not pricey and perfectly portioned, its as if they knew it was just for you. I loved my time there and am definitely going back to visit them. Well worth every penny. Why stay anywhere else?

Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

We were in Santa Teresa and had an amazing stay at this lovely hotel. The owners are incredibly friendly and helpful, the place super romantic and the room, despite small size, very clean. We loved it! Only tip - probably for couples who have been going out for a while - there is no privacy! :)

  • 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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Helsinki, Finland
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

Absolutely gorgeous tapas a la Spanish chef, beautiful sunsets from the restaurant and from the hotel room, clean hotel, helpful and friendly service, near to Playa Hermosa with good surfing waves. I fell in love with this place. It's relaxing and not too close to the centre of Santa Teresa (5 km). Closest store is only 2 km away.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Munich, Germany
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

The perfect place to relax.
The tropical location 50m above the beach provides a certain calmness to come down & relax. El Rey is located a little bit outside Santa Teresa & away from the busy downtown life. The nature and the garden is well fostered. A lot of nice birds and some squirrels are daily visitors. Vanessa & Ramon, a friendly spanish couple that drives El Rey, have the ability to create a warm & welcoming atmosphere, which makes you feel like home. These guys love what they do and you realize it every day. My girlfriend and stayed in the hotel 1 week and we had the best time of our holiday. Rooms are clean and well equipped with warm shower, a good bed, hammock & ocean view. Ramon is very good cook, the food is delicious, special and always fresh. Even Mel Gibson passes by from time to time to have a nice dinner with his friends at Vanessa & Ramon`s Restaurante. From a surfing prospective, El Rey is is the perfect destination, as you have a lot of breaks, like Playa Hermosa near by. Vanessa & Ramon are always helpful and give a lot of tips, where to go and when.
When you around, stay in Hotel el Rey, you will love it.
We will come back!

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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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Additional Information about El Rey Patricio

Address: 5km. Norte del cruce con Mal Pais, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Santa Teresa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 31 B&Bs / Inns in Santa Teresa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — El Rey Patricio 3*
Number of rooms: 5
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