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El Rey Patricio
5km. Norte del cruce con Mal Pais, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #10 of 30 Santa Teresa B&B and Inns
Los Angeles, California
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Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Not a good stay”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

As you can see by my profile, I usually give glowing reviews. However I feel compelled to write about my negative experience at El Rey Patricio. Perhaps people thinking about staying there will gather from the description but this is a very basic place. Very small rooms. Yes there is an ocean view - from outside your room. Not from sitting inside your room so beware. Our room had no air-conditioning and no windows. To say it was hot and muggy is an understatement. And the bathroom is NOT separate. There is a curtain separating the bathroom from the (small) area where the bed is so you should know any rooming companions well. ha! Also, my friend was sick so we needed to move to a place that had air (or a window!) and the manager was not happy at all. She just didn't seem to understand why a windowless room lacking air conditioning and without a private bathroom would not be the best place for a person experiencing major stomach issues and fever. This place is far from town and any other amenities. But, if you want an ocean view from outside your tiny windowless room and to be covered by dust looking at it from the street below, then stay here.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We came to stay in santa teresa for 2 nights and planned to stay here for the full time. Vanessa and ramon are delightful and the restaurant is great. The bungalow we stayed in was right by a dirt road so the whole room was covered in a layer of dust and sheets didnt seem clean. We ended up only staying 1 night as we decided we needed a pool as the beach is not suitable for swimming. Pretty basic rooms. I would only really recommend this place for the restaurant.

Stayed July 2014
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Ramon V, Gerente at El Rey Patricio, responded to this review, 2 weeks ago
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Querida Amy,
Gracias por tu opinión.
La verdad es que el Hotel es un lugar maravilloso con habitaciones limpias y sencillas como tu misma aclaras. El tema del polvo en Santa Teresa es un cuestión que no esta a nuestro alcance dado que la carretera en esta zona no tiene asfalto muy a nuestro pesar, esperamos que la Municipalidad algún día asfalte la zona.
Normalmente en esta época el polvo no existe porque es época de lluvia, así que por un lado pudieron disfrutar de un tiempo estupendo sin lluvia pero el polvo por la sequía es algo inevitable para los vecinos de Santa Teresa como ya debe usted haber leído en las guías.
Esta zona es un paraíso del surf, así que como bien dices no es una playa en la que se pueda nadar y en ningún caso tenemos anunciado que nuestro lugar tenga piscina, estamos a 10m. del Océano con unas piscinas naturales maravillosas.
Gracias por tu amable comentario hacia nosotros y nuestro Restaurante, espero que disfrutara del lugar ya que es un paraíso increible Santa Teresa.
Gracias.
Un saludo,
Vanessa y RAmon
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Berlin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We loved our 9-day stay at El Rey Patricio. We had a bungalow all set with A/C and hammock on the porch, standing by itself. It was very clean and great value (beginning of rainy season) with Ocean views from the porch. The Hotel and restaurant are run by Vanessa and Ramón, a super-friendly couple from Barcelona. They helped with any questions and tips we might need. We can also recommend the tapas available in the popular restaurant within the hotel. The hotel is fairly small and outside of "town", so it's good to relax. You can get to town by taxi or your own car.

Room Tip: Sleeping quality depends on the tides and the weather as you are right next to the Ocean and it can...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ramon V, Gerente at El Rey Patricio, responded to this review, 2 weeks ago
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Muchisimas gracias por vuestras palabras.
Estamos felices de haber cumplido nuestras expectativas y hacerles felices en sus vacacones.
Aqui tienen su casa.
Hasta pronto.
Vanessa y Ramon
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Antwerp, Belgium
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

We stayed for 5 nights in the room with ocean-view and had a great experience!
The room is basic but clean, very charming and exciting. Very reasonable value for money. Being separated by wooden shutters from the outside gives it a real close-to-nature feel, hearing the ocean’s waves.
What is even more exciting is that you are at Santa Teresa and its surrounding towns’ best restaurant! We had a 3 week holiday and visited a lot of restaurants across Costa Rica and El Rey Patricio is the best restaurant we had. We had dinner there several times so we could taste a lot of different dishes and tapas. Everything we ordered was excellent; very tasty and honest dishes with respect to its ingredients. Ramon is really capable of bringing the ingredients’ tastes out at the best. The paella is one of the best we ever had, even in Spain! After a whole day of surfing and tasting salty ocean waters their legendary sangria as an appetizer and great food is a blessing!
Vanessa and Ramon are a truly friendly couple as well. They gave us good advise and information, made phone calls when needed and we had nice chats with them. They treated us like friends and we felt like home. A true gem!

  • Stayed March 2014, 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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Dusseldorf, Germany
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

As they they were fully booked, Vanessa and Ramon couldn't rent us a room. Nevertheless we went to have dinner at the restaurant to see what we missed. They both are doing a very fine job, working hard to please their guests. And the spanish food was really worth going to that restaurant. So this place seems to be a 'must' staying in Santa Teresa. And book early to get a chance of accommodation.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Prague, Czech Republic
2 reviews
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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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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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 ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #10 of 30 B&Bs / Inns in Santa Teresa
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