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“Cute Place. . .We Will Be Back” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Meli Melo
500m north of the soccer field, Santa Teresa 5810, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #6 of 31 Santa Teresa B&B and Inns
Spokane, Washington, United States
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11 hotel reviews
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“Cute Place. . .We Will Be Back”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

We stayed at Hotel Meli Melo for a week, and we loved it. The gardens were beautiful and our room was clean, cool, and very nice. The maid, Angela, kept it perfectly clean and even left flowers in our room a few times. It was nice having delicious coffee in the morning and the kitchen to cook food if we wanted to. The market was a short walk away as well as many shops and restaurants. We were in Santa Teresa in the dry season, so it was pretty dusty out on the road, but we loved it. It was a short walk from the hotel to the beautiful beach. My husband took a surf lesson from Frederic and was able to finally have success with surfing. He said Frederic was a great teacher. Melanie and Frederic both were very friendly and helpful, always ready to answer questions and give us tips. We are planning to come back next January and stay again.

  • 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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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

I can't say enough good things about this place. While the main road in Santa Teresa is dusty and not very pleasing to the eye (at least in high season), Hotel Meli Melo offers a calm, peaceful place to stay. Our room was bare-bones with not a lot of sunlight, but that doesn't really matter since you shouldn't be inside if you're in Costa Rica. The air-conditioning was great to have and the bed was VERY comfortable. There were no bugs in the room...it was amazing...very clean. Frederic told us that they purposely invested in high quality mattresses, because obviously all you really do at a hotel is sleep. Much appreciated! The property is full of shade, flowers, good smells, and sweet dogs and cats. I love Chico!

My boyfriend took a surf lesson from Frederic and he had a great time and learned everything he needed to for his first time surfing. Melanie was incredibly helpful in regards to telling us where to eat, helping us get cabs, and suggesting great spots to check out. She made me feel like asking her for help was her pleasure.

The location is perfect...far enough down the road from the loud-ish bars, but an easy walk from all of the restaurants. The beach is a 5 minute walk away...perfect. The kitchen was fully stocked and we used it on occasion. The Super Ronny #2 isn't the best for fresh produce, so we opted to eat out instead of making meals (you can't beat a heaping plate of casados for $6). There were a lot of noisy motorcycles and cars during the day, but at night I couldn't hear anything...such people sleeps!

We loved being able to interact with the other people staying at the hotel. Everyone was so nice and laid back. The hotel has a great social atmosphere.

I highly recommend this place! Thank you Melanie and Frederic!

Room Tip: Not all of the rooms have "private" gardens...I'd say 3 of them do. So ask about that...
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  • 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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Seal Beach, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

While staying for an couple week surf trip in Santa Theresa with a friend who goes there often we got a room at Meli Melo. I couldn't have had a better experience, the owners, Melanie and Frederico, were accommodating and helpful with everything from how to heal a cut to surfboard rentals. The rooms are clean and nicely air conditioned and the price is very reasonable. There is a common outdoor kitchen to share with the other guests which I found to be a great experience. The hotel attracts great people and the meal times were a great time to share experiences and get to know the other guests. The place felt very safe and secure as well. It's right across the street to the beach access where there is a great break out front. This place is hard to get a room since it books up fast, so book it if it's available.

  • 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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Toronto, Canada
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14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

This hotel has beautiful grounds and is a few minutes walk to the beach and restaurants. The owners are very welcoming, relaxed and had some great suggestions on what to do in the area. They were frequently available to answer questions and seemed happy to help.

The kitchenette is handy for preparing breakfast and fresh coffee is available each morning. The room we had was spacious and clean.

A word of advice; back into the parking spaces because we had our spare tire stolen off the back of the car...as did the other patrons of the hotel.

Overall, it was a pleasant stay and Frederic was a lot of fun to take surf lessons with!! The beaches were definitely the best part of this area, as they were not busy and incredibly beautiful.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

If we hadn't stayed at or looked at other places in Santa Teresa during our 6 week stay we would have rated this higher. The premises and rooms are kept impeccably clean by Angela and the bathrooms are nice bright and airy.

Melanie and Frederick were nice hosts and very nice. Lovely and helpful.

Strangely 4 days into our 8 night stay breakfast all of a sudden was not being served. No explanation at all? First we thought it was a weekend thing then maybe something else but no. Unsure if it is advertised as the no1 bed and breakfast I would expect breakfast.

We did get a reduced rate for the days there was no breakfast but still no explanation.

It is a nice place to stay but we will be choosing not to stay here again as there are other very reasonably priced clean and comfortable accommodations with private kitchens and lovely hosts as well.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Stockholm, Sweden
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

Spent Christmas in Santa Teresa, one of the best holidays ever. Hotel Meli Melo is an amazing place, run by a french family. They really made our trip, they have such a good knowledge about the area and help out a lot.

The rooms has AC and are fresh and clean.

  • Stayed December 2012, 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 December 18, 2012

We loved our time at Meli Melo! Santa Teresa in general has such a chilled feel to it, and so did Meli Melo. Melanie and Fred were super friendly and really laid back about everything, which made us chill out and enjoy too! Unfortunately they didn't have a room available for our final night in Santa Teresa, but they called around a few friends and found us another place which really helped us out. They also gave us great tips on where to eat. Surf lessons with Fred were heaps of fun and he is a really good teacher! I was initially surprised by the proximity of everything in Santa Teresa to the (dusty) main street, but the gardens/shared area and the rooms of the house are nicely sheltered. The house itself is really cute and the rooms are nice and crisp, clean and colourful. Loved the outdoor bathroom too! Merci, Melanie, Fred and Angela for your kindness and your hospitality - we really felt a part of the place for our few days! A une prochaine j'espere.

  • Stayed December 2012, 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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Additional Information about Hotel Meli Melo

Address: 500m north of the soccer field, Santa Teresa 5810, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Santa Teresa
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 31 B&Bs / Inns in Santa Teresa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The hotel Meli Melo is located in Santa Teresa, 2mn walk to the beach and few steps to groceries, restaurants...Our confortable rooms has AC, safety box, private bathroom with hot shower, private terrace and garden. We also offer to our guests a fully equipped kitchen.We have tour desk, surfboard rentals, surf lessons, fishing and snorkeling gear, bycicles...The hotel Meli Melo is the perfect place for beach and jungle lovers who wants to enjoy the Pura Vida in a cozy and confortable place !!! ... more   less 
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