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“Unique beach front hotel deserves more attention” 4 of 5 stars
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100 meters north of crossroads of Mal Pais / Santa Teresa, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #7 of 30 Santa Teresa B&B and Inns
Stockholm, Sweden
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“Unique beach front hotel deserves more attention”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

I stayed at Casa Azul with my girlfriend between 2 January 2013 and 11 January 2013.

We started with 3 nights in the owner's suite (since the other room types were unavailable those dates) and then moved down for 5 nights in a beach front double room. See below for room types. I am extremely satisfied with Casa Azul's location and the operator's service.

The beautiful blue hotel is one of extremely few properties right by the beach with unobstructed sea view. This makes Casa Azul unique.

The owner and operator, Richard Sommer, is very service minded and among other things helped us book a table at the popular and always fully booked restaurant Brisas del Mar (known for its very tasty food, including the meat dishes, as well as the view, not least during sunset). He also supplied us with local eating suggestions (including Koji's sushi which was at least on par with the Nobu sushi restaurant in London) as well as restaurants we should stay away from. He seemed genuinely pleased to help us book the Brisas table just to make sure we had a nice experience in Costa Rica and his place (he actually got us table nr 1, which is the best placed table of the restaurant).

The pool, the garden and not least the unexploited part of the estate could easily fit twice the current capacity which means you will not find the place anywhere near crowded. You can grab a sun chair and put it in your favorite location around the pool or the garden anytime of the day without worrying if they might be occupied.

During the winter holidays (approximately the week between christmas and new year's eve + a couple of days) the neighbouring bar (Nativo's) and beyond that a nightclub (Coco Loco) make plenty of noise but otherwise this is a quiet location. If you are sensitive about your sleep or have small children you should choose somewhere else to live during christmas and new year's. If you like to party however, this is the perfect place to access Coco Loco and you won't have to bring your own music for the warm up party since Coco Loco is well audible. An added bonus for the party week is that you can tell when the place is heating up just by listening.

Casa Azul has THE perfect location - on the beach and close to everything essential. Right across the small gravel road, literally 10m from the Casa Azul yard, lies The Bakery which is a high quality breakfast and bakery as well as somewhat limited place for lunch and dinner, Right next to the bakery is the best place to rent Honda quads to explore the tip of the Nicoya peninsula on your own and just 10m further down the road is one of two (!) bank offices in playa Carmen (the other bank is even closer to Casa Azul, right next to Nativo's on the opposite side of the road. Next to the latter bank lies the open air "mall" with a small square and a couple of boutiques and restaurants (some good [Chop it], some less good [Umi's sushi] and a spa)

It's just a 5 minute walk to the nearest super market (actually two side by side) which means that's the only thing that's not more or less on Casa Azul's door step. The main road crossing (the road from Nicoyas east coast) is next to the mall and one one of the banks. There you'll find a souvenir and post card shop and not least the bus station (for transportation to San José, including the ferry and continued travel all the way to the capital in approximately a total travel time of 6 hours)

During the first part of the day, about up until noon, you can usually spot several iguanas (up to meter sized or 3 feet) in the trees, bushes and by the edges of the front lawn as well as sun bathing on the stone path ways.

If you are looking for a beach front stay with close access (meaning 10-100m) to everything (except the super market which probably is 500m) Casa Azul is the only way to go. If you are looking for a quiet bungalow with jungle feeling (lots of green stuff but no sea view) and perhaps a couple of monkeys in the trees you should try e.g. Tropico Latina or some of the larger hill side hotels. In the latter case, however, you won't be close to anything, the beach least of all).

There are wi-fi hotspots at nearly all restaurants in playa Carmen, Santa Teresa but, nota bene, not at Casa Azul so if you are a true internet junkie you could become frustrated by Casa Azul's beautiful and fresh pool no matter how striking the views are.

Room Tip: There are 4 different room types: 1) two private bungalows with (very) limited sea view, 2) two beac...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

We lucked out finding Casa Azul in Santa Teresa. We looked at the beachfront rooms but ended up staying in the Casita (separate bungalow) on the property after the owner Richard offered us a great rate. It is beachfront and central to many stores & restaurants. Not many properties in Santa Teresa are right on the beach so this was a definite bonus. The casita was very clean and spacious. The kitchen was convenient for breakfast, and there is a great bakery across the street (ended up going there to grab our morning coffees).

Note if you're staying here on a Wednesday or Friday night, the bar/club next door blasts their music well into the night. You will need earplugs if you need quiet to sleep. Richard gave us full disclosure on this though, so thankfully we weren't surprised. Even with the club next door, I'd still stay here again.

Room Tip: Stay in the casita if it is available (currently there's only 1 but a 2nd is being built)
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012

My friend and I had spend a few weeks traveling through costa rica before making it to Santa Teresa. We didn't have any hotel accommodations upon our arrival to the town but we quickly found Casa Azul and were so happy we did!! We were greeted by Richard who was extremely nice and knowledgable about the area, things to do etc. We ended up staying in the casita which was clean, private, modern (but not too modern) and very pleasant. We were only supposed to stay for 2 nights then continue our travels but we were so happy with Casa Azul and Santa Teresa as a whole, we ended up staying there until the end of our trip! In fact, I love this area so much, I'm going back mid October for a few months - which reminds me...time to put in a reservation request at Casa Azul!!

Room Tip: I recommend the private, bungalow casita - Its very private, clean and spacious.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

Reading the other reviews, not sure who Tess & matt were... but, I went in off season (Aug 2012)... I moved to Casa Azul after being down in St Teresa area. I loved the Carmen area way better.

It really is perfect if you want to be on the beach and a lower cost.

I stayed in the oceanview room for a couple nights, then 4 nights in the casita. The casita is the way to go. I thnk the best view, and privacy from the main house/rooms. The hammock out front of the casita has a great view of the ocean. I sat in that hammock most of the time, and read/listened to music. Enjoying the view.

So, noise wise. There is a club next door which Richard is very honest about noise level. I didn't mind it at all. Most of the nights they were playing music (does go until 3am), but I liked most of it so I fell asleep to it, or put in ear plugs if I didn't. It's not a huge deal.

I highly recommend this location. I really enjoyed the small B&B feel and on the beach. The staff here is extremely family hospitality. The pool is wonderful in case the surf is too strong to go swim in the ocean. Being right there on the beach is the best part of it as well like their marketing slogan says... Closer to the waves :)

Thank you again Richard - and crew for the nice time. I hope to return again. also a great place for a wedding :) ha ha. I thought when I get married, what a great locale if you can talk the management into it.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Graz, Austria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2012

We had a good time @ Casa Azul. Matteo and Thess were very friendly and supported us in every situation perfectly. They organised also some nice dinner for us. Visit also Vista de Olas, with an amazing view over the coastline and fantastic filet mignon.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2012

I just had the pleasure of spending some much needed R&R at the wonderful Casa Azul in Santa Teresa. Upon arrival we were greeted by the very friendly, Matt and Tess, who were extremely helpful and gave great recommendations for all things Santa Teresa. The house had everything you needed without being too connected to the outside world. It's the perfect place to go and get away from the daily stresses of life. The house was clean and absolutely beautiful with a gorgeous pool out front that overlooked the beach 50 feet away. The beach had some of the best surf you could find in the Santa Teresa/Mal Pais area. The property was a great place to view the exotic animals of Costa Rica. Iguanas of all sizes, tropical birds, colorful butterflies, and a family of monkeys were frequent visitors to the grounds. Santa Teresa has everything you could possibly need on vacation, while still maintaining that small beach town feel. Surfing, ATV rentals, yoga classes, horseback riding, and fishing are just a few of the numerous activities it has to offer. It has fantastic restaurants within in walking distance and great shops to visit as well. I'm already planning my return trip for next year and I know Casa Azul will be a regular vacation spot for me from now on! If you're planning a trip to Santa Teresa I highly recommend you spend your time at Casa Azul! Pura Vida!

  • Stayed May 2012, 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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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2012

We stayed for one week and had a fantastic week. Tess and Matt our hosts gave us great tips and recommendations and were always really helpful for us. The house is clean, beautiful with a fantastic garden and an own beach access. The surfing spot is just in front of the house. Simply heaven. We would love to come back.

  • Stayed June 2012, 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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Address: 100 meters north of crossroads of Mal Pais / Santa Teresa, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Santa Teresa
Amenities:
Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 30 B&Bs / Inns in Santa Teresa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
High quality beachfront property with private beach access. Located on Playa Carmen, with sand and some of the most consistent beach breaks in Costa Rica right in front. Great surf for novice to advanced. Custom professional surf lessons right on site. An economical room for $75 to a large luxury, private 2nd floor 2 bedroom suite for $375. A separate small private house, the casita and the option of renting the entire 5BDR / 4Bath private luxury beachfront home. You will not find better quality and value in our market. Excellent international cuisine within an easy walk and much more in a short drive. Come see why our clients have coined the phrase 'closer to the waves' for Hotel Casa Azul. ... more   less 
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Casa Azul Hotel
Hotel Casa Azul Costa Rica/Santa Teresa

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