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“Comfortable, affordable, friendly, safe & right across from the beach” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Raratonga
3 kms north from the Intersection of Playa el Carmen, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #12 of 30 Santa Teresa B&B and Inns
Denver, Colorado
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“Comfortable, affordable, friendly, safe & right across from the beach”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

Stayed just one night at this cute little place with a very friendly owner. The beds and pillows were just right. The patio is comfortable, we sat out in a lightning/rain storm and stayed perfectly dry. The room is fully accomodated with a safe, a.c., a closet w/hangers, fridge, coffee maker, soft towels, and a nice warm shower, wi-fi and more! This spot is definitely worth a visit and will fit right into any traveller's budget. Oh yes, and there is a communal kitchen, great for saving a few bucks in a town where dining out is quite expensive.

Room Tip: All of the rooms are nice.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 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
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Brooklyn, New York
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

My stay at Raratonga was perfect. Clean, simple and tastefully done rooms with hot water, mini fridge, safe, coffee maker and shared deck. It was peaceful, right up the road from one of the best surf breaks in Santa Teresa and very close to a supermarket, local restaurant and the best sunset restaurant in the area, Rocamor. Alessia was an amazing host who's willing to help you out with all your questions. I will definitely stay there again when I go back. I checked out most of the hotels and hostels in the area while I was there and she had the best prices for what you get.

Thanks so much!

Sean Aiken NYC

Room Tip: I won't tell because I want the same room next year ;)
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 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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Long Branch, New Jersey
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

We stayed at the apartments with another couple. It is very clean. Kitchen was great to have to cook and sit out on front patio and enjoy meals and drinks. Bathroom was great. Within walking distance to restaurants and stores. Air con worked great. The bed was very heard though but slept pretty well. I would definitely stay there again. Pool is also nice to take a dip in.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 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
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Raratonga was a joy to stay at from beginning to end, beginning with our host Gianni, who was so friendly, helpful, and sweet. He was ready with a smile every single time we passed reception, and answered all of our questions with regards to board rentals, restaurants, sight-seeing, and lessons. In fact Gianni himself gave me my first surf lesson ever, and was always ready with a report as to the wave swells morning, noon, or night - whether he was working, or we happened to run into him at a local restaurant. Speaking of which - our location was perfect! A short walk to the beach, so many restaurants, surf shops, and grocery stores, but secluded from the dusty main Santa Teresa road, and surrounded by lush trees and flowers filled with birds, iguanas, and monkeys. The rooms (we stayed in the wooden apartments) were simple and beautiful, with really lovely mattresses and crisp white sheets and towels. We had a kitchen, which was so great for making a little breakfast ourselves before heading out for a very early morning surf, and our room looked out over the private swimming pool. There was also an outdoor shower beside the swimming pool which was very helpful after a day at the beach for getting all the sand off before heading inside. We will definitely be back Gianni! Thank you so much for be so awesome!!!

  • Stayed February 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dubuque, Iowa, United States
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

Raratonga Apartments were great! We had a lovely set of rooms with kitchen, the best mattresses we ran into in Costa Rica, really nice grounds,and a swimming pool. We were insulated from the dust of Santa Teresa roads, which is overwhelming, and our owner/host, Gianni, was wonderful. He was there with a smile every day, and arranged everything we needed, from advice on beaches, to taxis and reservations. He was a true joy and made our stay memorable. We stayed other places in Santa Teresa, and this was the best, in atmosphere, accomodations, and professionalism. Alessia did a great job arranging our shuttle from the San Jose Airport, ferry transport and van to Raratonga. Our arrival was delayed by a day and she rearranged everything .Loved Raratonga Apartments!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

I stayed here for a week and enjoyed the stay. Its in a great location being as its by the hacienda super market, soda restaurant and beach way. Plus alysia and Lucy (owners here) are laid back and accommodating. Housekeeping everyday spoiled me. One bad thing though was this weird dream catcher that game me nightmares every night.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 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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Saskatoon, Canada
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37 reviews 37 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

We loved this little hotel. We stayed upstairs and it was kind of like a little tree house!! The wood exterior and interior were beautiful. Easy access to beach. Staff was very friendly. Soda and confectionary next door. Quite a few restaurants within walking distance. The only thing that would have been better would have been a pool. I know their apartments have a pool but not the hotel.

Room Tip: We enjoyed the upstairs
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Raratonga, Owner at Hotel Raratonga, responded to this review, March 9, 2013
Dear Mallory,
we would like to thank you so much for your nice words! You and your husband are such nice and gentle persons and we loved having you here with us.We are glad you enjoyed your stay and the grounds and with this response we would also like to thank all the guests that recently have been so kind to take the time and write a review for us. Your feedback is really very much appreciated.
Mallory would have liked to have a pool also.We have already a pool in Raratonga Apartments,but not in the hotel. So we are really excited to announce that we will soon have a pool in the hotel too and that would be no later than the first week of May 2013.
Again Mallory, thank you so much and we hope to see you back in the future ... to swim in our new pool.
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Address: 3 kms north from the Intersection of Playa el 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 Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 30 B&Bs / Inns in Santa Teresa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Raratonga and Raratonga Apartments.Two places to choose from for travellers of any budget.10 units total,double rooms and fully equipped kitchen apartments,swimming pool,A/C, private bathroom,hot water,safety box,wi-fi,daily cleaning.Rates from $35-$55 p/night p/double room.5 minutes walking from the best surf spot of Santa Teresa, supermarkets and restaurants. ... more   less 
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Raratonga
Hotel Raratonga Costa Rica/Santa Teresa

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