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“tropical home away from home” 5 of 5 stars
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Esencia Hotel & Villas
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Playa Santa Teresa, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #22 of 25 hotels in Santa Teresa
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2 reviews
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“tropical home away from home”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2008

We ended up in Santa Teresa last year after a 6 hour drive through the country. Had the lady with me, so no $10 a night rooms this time.
We found the Esencia, beautiful grounds, nice pool, weight room palapa, kitchens, A/C which we didn't need, 2 minute walk to the surf, excelente.
The staff were very nice, professional.
Can't wait to return, it will always be a special place!

  • Liked — Surf
  • Disliked — nada
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2007

This place is amazing. 1/2 minute walk to the beach (99% of hotels in santa teresa/mal pais are NOT on the beach the government has restricted building on the beach). Close enough to walk to any number of food establishments (if it hasn't been pouring rain the mud makes it REALLY hard to walk rent some sort of vehicle like a bike). Each room has a kitchen and private bath. Hanging out on the porches was a great way to meet people. There is a little bar which I hear is open in the high season Stefano let us watch tv there the day it rained for 24 hours straight. Speaking of... Stefano and Camillo the two guys who work at the hotel are the most helpful people ever. They arranged car rental, day trips, told us the best places to eat, where the parties were, you name it they can help you with it! The pool was great, basically everything was GREAT! I can't say enough about how wonderful a time I had at this hotel. You won't regret staying at the Esencia!

  • Liked — Everything
  • Disliked — No internet access, but there was some down the road!
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2007

We enjoyed our stay at Esencia during a recent trip to Malpais. The town was ravaged by rain, but Esencia remained a little oasis in the middle of it all. Despite some landscaping issues (the rain basically caused a mudslide throughout the property) Stefano, the manager, was apologetic and very gracious. The cabins are new, spacious and well-appointed, with full kitchens, nice bathrooms and a patio. The pool is set atop the hill and is also well-kept. We saw monkeys in the trees just behind the property and iguanas sunning themselves on the rooftops. We'd like to return to Malpais when the waves are better and the rain hasn't wrecked the roads and property. When we do, we'd definitely stay at Esencia again.

  • Liked — Friendly service, close to beach, price
  • Disliked — n/a
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Esencia Hotel & Villas

Address: Playa Santa Teresa, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Santa Teresa
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #22 of 25 hotels in Santa Teresa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Esencia Hotel & Villas 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in Santa Teresa-Mal Pais Beach, one of the most virgin and beautiful regions! Endless miles of soft, white sand beach perfect for swimming and surfing. The hotel offers ten marvelous, independent and private villas. All villas have their own terrace with garden view, bathroom, hot water and safety box. Other exquisite elements are the teak chairs, the furniture and the deck of the villa made out of precious woods. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Esencia Hotel And Villas
Esencia Hotel Santa Teresa
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