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“Pura Vida Vibe” 4 of 5 stars
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Funky Monkey Lodge
center of Santa Teresa | 200m From Public School, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica   |  
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Large room fo 8 people
Ranked #15 of 25 Hotels in Santa Teresa
Cariari, Costa Rica
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4 hotel reviews
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“Pura Vida Vibe”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

The Funky Monkey was a treat. The pool table, ping-pong table, and bar all added to the laid back atmosphere. The howler monkeys at night made you feel like you were in the middle of a jungle. Welcoming staff. Went over Thanksgiving week in 2011 and went back to visit during October 2012. Nothing seemed to change which is a good thing.

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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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English first
Portland, Oregon, United States
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

I stayed at the Funky Monkey for a week with 20 girls for a surf camp, then stayed an extra couple nights by myself. The staff was really friendly, the food was amazing and the accommodations were clean and comfortable (despite a ridiculous rainstorm and mud slide).

The bunk rooms were comfortable for a group and the smaller bungalows were very nice.

There is a comfortable communal area where regulars play board games and a little guitar music. Everyone is really comfortable and makes you feel at home.
The bar closes early so it's pretty quiet most nights.

The lodge is about a quarter mile from the beach (with the surf shops about 1/2 way between), an easy walk in flipflops.

The pool is beautiful and quiet.

There is an open air silk yoga studio that has a beautiful view and the instructor is also an owner.

As a female traveling alone I felt very comfortable both in Santa Theresa and at the Funky Monkey. The staff can help you get around or book or recommend any activities you have in mind.

Room Tip: There are rooms both "downstairs" near the restaurant and common area, and rooms "ups...
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled solo
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2012

Somewhere between surfer lodge and high-end camping. The perfect place to get your feet wet in Santa Teresa. My fiance and I stayed here for 3 nights in one of the private bungalows. It was perfect. The sounds of the thunderstorms and howler monkeys were such a welcomed change of the everyday noise here in NYC. Very close to everything on the main street, but tucked away a bit from all the hustle and bustle.

We couldn't get over the customer service. Everyone was so helpful and gracious! Sebastian was an amazing host and helped us with any arrangements we needed...including setting up our first ATV outing. Nacho...dude, your cooking is out of this world!!! And thank you Manu and Marcello for your fantastic surf lesson....Geoff couldn't get enough! Everyone here is so eager to make sure you get the experience you want, even if surfing isn't your thing (I highly recommend you take a lesson with them!).

If you're looking for 5 star service/food and extremely comfortable, stripped down lodging, a friendly little community, then this is the place.

Room Tip: If you're going as a couple, get the private bungalow!
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  • Stayed August 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ontario, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2012

If you're expecting a 5 start resort, this won't be the place to go. But, it is a nice lodge, clean, great location, and reasonably priced. The reason I'm giving them a 5/5 is because the service there was amazing! The staff and owner were so nice and helpful, always going above and beyond. They really make you feel comfortable and welcome. I would recommend this place to anyone looking for a nice, relaxing trip to Costa Rica.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2012 via mobile

Best week of my life at funky monkey and Nacho the Chef is lo mejor!

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Boston, Massachusetts
2 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2012

Aaaannnnd now I see why I hear of so many people who visited and just decide to stay forever. I want to be them someday! I was here for 2 weeks, wanted a more authentic experience and to remove myself from over-touristy areas like Tamarindo. Santa Teresa itself is a sleepy town that values its quality of life and doesn't attempt to be something it’s not. FM had a fantastic website with amazing photos, so they made it very easy for potential guests to see the ENTIRE grounds and know what to expect. I found some other lodges were skimpy on this end, leaving me to question what places were like upon arrival. Gabi was also extremely prompt in replying to my (many) questions about booking/availability/flights, etc.

I was greeted right away by Marcos, one of the hotel staff and he showed me around and helped me with my embarassingly huge suitcase. I misunderstood the way bungalows/dorms were booked, and since I was travelling solo, the only room available was the suite. I decided to splurge and it was GORGEOUS. Huge room with two ceiling fans, a pull out sofa bed, a desk/chair, 2 large closets with a lock safe inside, outdoor shower and *drum roll please*...PRIVATE (private!) covered balcony with chairs and hammock, complete with candles for some dim mood lighting! This would have been an amazing room for a couple/honeymooners, and I felt a little weird being in it by myself but invited friends to have drinks on the balcony a few times to share the love.

Staff is all fantastic: its run by Gabi and Emilio, and their little boy who is the cutest and became my little buddy. Tina, Mary, Gustino help run the grounds/kitchen (in addition to putting up with my attempts at Spanish) and Juan is the best cook ever. I have a small stomach, and cursed myself every night because I could never finish his glorious meals. Freshest seafood imaginable, and they usually offer 4-5 options (including beef/pork/chicken) on the regular non-specialty nights. Other nights we had grilled pizzas, amazing sushi and homemade pasta – all unreal. Breakfast was hearty with eggs, french toast, amazing banana pancakes and delicious fruit. Tina's coffee was also phenomenal!

I went during the dry season, so I was fully aware that water was scarce and guests were to use it sparingly. That being said, you never felt like you were roughing it, always had plenty of water to shower with, and use in the bathroom - this is life down there, and for me it was not hard to "get on board". Speaking of, I went down mainly to surf, and immediately was able to set up lessons with Marcos, but Fran and Jose (also in the staff) taught as well. So there was no seeking out instruction if you wanted a lesson - everything was literally at your fingertips! They also helped us set up Canopy Tours and ATV rentals and can help with the many other activities you can do.

There were a few places in/around the area, but some were a bit of a walk away. Coco Loco and Kika were 2 of our major haunts, CL was more bustling and Kika had a mellower live music vibe. I also had drinks one night at a gorgeous beach bar called Rocamar. Nothing like digging your toes into the sand and enjoying a mojito at sunset. Speaking of Mojitos, if you stay at FM you will be lucky enough to have a great bar in addition to the restaurant right at your drunky drunk fingertips. Bruno, the bar master, was a major staple around the property and kept everyone entertained and fully liquored up if they wanted. And who doesn't want one of Bruno's mojitos or special secret cocktail? I want one right now and it’s not even NOON. Plus he's got friends, and they came around quite a bit so there was always a fun party vibe that wasn't too crazy. There’s also a pool AND ping pong table to help keep you busy on lazy afternoons. And if you're bored at all, you can play with Gabi and Emilio's 2 dogs, Pepe and Baine, both BIG, chocolate colored, canine balls of love.

The pool is lovely and a nice escape from the beach (a few minutes from the hotel by foot), plus is surrounded by lush plants/flowers and a few friendly iguanas. Next to the pool is an amazing outdoor studio where Gabi teaches AM yoga and silk classes. The entire hotel is set a little back from the road; so there is no street traffic/ATV noise, only the calls of roosters, monkeys and iguanas. They can get a little loud in the morning, but you don’t want to sleep late anyways because there’s a lot to do. When you’re extremely sad to leave a place that has a family vibe like The Funky Monkey, you know you picked an excellent place to rest your head. I’m very grateful for my entire time spent among awesome people, and really hope to return someday soon. Experience this place. Experience it NOW.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Munich
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

I wanted to stay for two weeks but finally ended up spending four weeks at Funky Monkey. I enjoyed it so much, I wish I could have stayed even longer. Funky Monkey is located in Mango Street on a hill in the djungle, above the main road, which is important because there is no noise or dust compared to the other hostels down at the main road. The loudest noise you will hear is from roosters, dogs and monkeys. The rooms and bungalows are clean and charming. The pool is great when it is too hot down at the beach, which is just 5 minutes away. The food of Juan is awesome (I love the Tuna and Sushi - but I didn't eat anything which I didn't like at Funky Monkey) and the drinks of Bruno were absolutely amazing. The staff did a great job (Thanks to José, Fran, Marcos, Marina, Augustina, Andres, Maria, Tini, Justino), and I wish to thank Gabi and Emilio for creating this hideaway. I met a lot of wonderful people in this place and I really hope coming back soon. If you want to go surfing, or just have a relaxed holiday, I highly recommend going there. (Bring a mosquito net, it might be helpful, when it rains.)

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 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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Address: center of Santa Teresa | 200m From Public School, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Santa Teresa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Ski-In / Ski-Out Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#12 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Teresa
#14 Romantic Hotel in Santa Teresa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Beach lodge on a natural hill in the middle of a private jungle, away from the main street but only 200m walking from the main surfer beach, famous for its white sand and perfect waves. Great place for solo travelers, couples, families or groups. Clean and comfortable rooms with daily maid, free wireless, free and secure parking, safe place with restaurant and swimming pool. Great getaway! ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Funky Monkey Hotel Santa Teresa
Funky Monkey Santa Teresa
Funky Monkey Lodge Costa Rica/Santa Teresa

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