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“Nice place but loud music at night” 3 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 #24 of 25 Hotels in Santa Teresa
San José
1 review
“Nice place but loud music at night”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2009

We went to the Esencia Hotel last december for a family vacation. The hotel is very nice, rooms are pretty new and comfortable. We actually enjoyed pretty much our stay at Esencia. Our only problem was at night, there is this discobar in front of the hotel so when you want to go to sleep the noise is so loud it's difficult to fall asleep. All the nights we stayed was the same problem, I think there should be something done since it is such a nice hotel, good service, etc.
Take it in account if you are considering this place.

Stayed December 2008
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esenciahtl, Marketing Manager at Esencia Hotel & Villas, responded to this review, March 24, 2009
The problem about the loud sounds from the disco/bar in front of the hotel it’s solved. The Costa Rican Health Department emit an order that force the bar to decrease their sound levels, by this way, the problems we were facing about this is solved.
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    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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San Francisco
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2009

The hotel was recently remodeled and the room we stayed in was nicely redone. Not too fancy but very nice. The staff was very helpful and anything that came up the helped out as much as possible. They also came up with great recommendations on places to eat and do things.

The issues are: construction going on in neighboring lots. Not excessive but definitely not going to be relaxing. And at night there is a nightclub across the street. It didn't bother me, but my wife heard it in the night sometimes.

Note: know that you are going to a town which is a single dusty dirt road and the town is little shacks on the side of that dirt road. You are out in the middle of nowhere. We had a great time, but it definitely isn't for everyone.

  • Liked — cleaniness and staff
  • Disliked — night club across the street, and no view of the ocean
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Australia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2008

These villas a lovely, but have a few problems. They are currently completing additional hotel rooms at the rear of the property and the work started at 7am every morning. These works over look the pool, and therefore you have the workmen staring at you while you sunbath.
The villas are very very nice and very clean, there are bugs, but you get that is most places.
Its a 100m walk to the beach, and there are not so many places to eat near by, but you have a kitchen which is great for cooking.

  • Liked — The cleanliness
  • Disliked — The workmen around the pool
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 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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Martinsville, Indiana
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36 hotel reviews
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2008

The setting: There are lots of beautiful vegetation: palm trees, mature, tall trees, etc. You look out the window and you see green all over the place, and it's very shady.

The hotel: It consists of several individual cabins (bungalows). They have a very nice architecture and are painted in a nice shade of yellow.

The cabin: The front porch has wooden furniture. It has a bedroom, kitchen/dining, a sofa bed, and a bathroom. It has high ceilings with beautiful woodwork. The bedroom can be made private by pulling some roman shades. The windows have the same kind of shades, made of a material that imitates bamboo. The bathroom is nice, with nice light fixtures. The kitchen is equipped with sink, fridge, stove, pots and pans and some china and utensils. It also has a coffee maker.
You should be aware of the following: The hotel only provides toilet paper and liquid hand soap. You have to bring your own body soap, shampoo and conditioner. There is no phone in the room. Also no TV (if that is important to you).

The front desk: It is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. They can help you with tours and transportation.

The town: Santa Teresa, where the hotel is located, is a remote town. The restaurants can hardly be called restaurants. All of the paid phones had been removed by the electric company, so the only way to talk on the phone was to rent one at an internet cafe. There are several internet cafes. The whole town smelled like trash or sewers, not sure what. It seems they're having some kind of problem. There are a couple of super markets. One of them just opened and it's about five blocks from Esencia if you go right when you leave the hotel. Super markets were a life saver since the restaurants are so bad. Most people are young (25 and under) and they are surfers.

The beach: It is beautiful if you just want to watch it. The ocean is too rough to swim/wade in it. I would not dare to let kids swim in that ocean. It is great for surfing, though.

My advice: If you don't surf, go somewhere else.

  • Liked — The vegetation and the privacy
  • Disliked — Not having phone access
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Chicago
2 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2008

Great place on the north side of town, 2 minute walk to the beach. Was the best looking place I saw in the area ( unless you want to pay 500 a night ). Rooms sleep 4 comfortably and had a kitchen, fridge etc. Very nice!!!!!!!

  • Stayed January 2008, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ca
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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San Francisco, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
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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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:
#4 Spa Hotel in Santa Teresa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Esencia Hotel & Villas 3*
Number of rooms: 10
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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