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Casa Zen Guest House & Yoga Center
Playa Santa Teresa | 50 mts West from Super Costa, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica   |  
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“Zen indeed”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

We stayed 2 nights at Casa Zen during our very busy trek throughout Costa Rica, but loved every minute of our stay at Casa Zen. The hammocks dangling on the top floor, the garden, the well equipped kitchen, this accommodation was everything we were looking for in Santa Teresa. We also got the opportunity to chat with Kelly who was extremely helpful in not only ensuring we had a fantastic stay, but also in putting us in touch with a local surf instructor (which turned out to be AMAZING) and led us to the local organic fruit market which takes place near the beach on Saturday afternoons. Being able to stock up on such wholesome foods and being able to bring them back to Casa Zen to cook was a blessing. All of the staff was extremely kind and helpful, and we are already looking forward to our next stay at Casa Zen having found Santa Teresa to be a slice of paradise.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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giuliostcr, Gerente at Casa Zen Guest House & Yoga Center, responded to this review, September 2, 2013
Dear Friend
Thank you for this wonderful review, that is one of our goal to keep this place for our guest, to make you and our futures guest feel at home.

Hope to see you arround in Casa Zen enjoy it our town and our people, always is nice to have guest like you with this amazing energy and positive. we definitely we love it!

Pura vida!!
Nos vemos.
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

We loved our stay at Casa Zen, Decor is beautiful, huge clean communal kitchen, friendly staff, relaxed atmosphere, yummy healthy breakfast and fantastic yoga classes! Right on the beach and near good restaurants and supermarket.

  • Stayed July 2013, 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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giuliostcr, Gerente at Casa Zen Guest House & Yoga Center, responded to this review, August 27, 2013
Dear Guest
We are more that happy, that is the reason why we are here, is always nice when people like you enjoy stay with us. Thank you very much
Pura Vida!!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

The moment that we arrived at Casa Zen, we felt our worries just fade away. The environment of the hostel was so peaceful and at ease; I loved it. The decor of the hostel was absolutely beautiful, rooms were very spacious, clean rooms, bathrooms were a little dirty but it wasn't too bad, two kitchens, wonderful staff, and SUPER close to the beach. Santa Teresa definitely has some beautifully hidden beaches that are well worth checking out. The breakfast provided was a nice start to the day and the daily yoga classes offered daily were incredible. Definitely a nice place to get recharged half way through a long backpacking trip like we were doing. Wonderful place to stay in Santa Teresa!!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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giuliostcr, Gerente at Casa Zen Guest House & Yoga Center, responded to this review, August 24, 2013
Dear Guest
Thank you very much for your comment, is very important for us. Sorry for the inconvenient on the bathroom we will work on that for sure. Hope can see you again.

Pura vida!!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013 via mobile

We loved our stay at Casa Zen. The staff were all super friendly and the yoga classes each day were excellent. A great value hostel with breakfast on one of the best beaches in Costa Rica. Highly recommend this place for a relaxing stay in Santa Teresa. Don't miss the organic markets on a Saturday at the beach (turn left from Casa Zen along the beach - from 3pm).

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

We stayed for a week but unfortunately I was ill for most of the time so really just spent time recuperating. For this purpose the hostel was good as it had a quiet vibe and lots of relaxing space.
As mentioned by others the rooms are basic, we had a double room downstairs with fan. The room was quite spare but nicely painted. Size was quite good, it came with fan, it was quite dark but i did not mind as helped me sleep, the bed was a bit lumpy. Bathrooms are shared but there are lots of them and they were cleaned well daily. There is only cold water.
As they have closed their restaurant there is a communal kitchen inside and another outside although almost everyone uses the inside one as it well equipped. The outside one is useful though as they close the kitchen and reception at 8pm. We never needed anyone at night but it would be interesting if you did.
Breakfast was included, it was toast and fruit with coffee and was very nice.
It is located very close to the beach in the middle of St Teresa so it is a good location in a very spread out town (about 20 mins walk to the bank and main section). The beach is nice but very much a surfing location, swimming is possible but better when the winds are making for large swell.
There are good communal areas with hammocks, plenty of tables and chairs. Wi-fi. There is also a computer with a charge. Good book swap. They also sell water for same price as supermarket.
Staff were mixed. The owner was not there for the majority of our stay, she did arrive on our last couple of nights but did not introduce herself and seemed to leave it to the staff which is fine. The manager Minor was very nice. Rosie was very friendly but Ada tended to be very cold and unhappy (was very nice on our arrival so not sure what happened after that) - she strangely told us one night after dinner we had to move rooms the next day if we stayed (we had told them we would be staying at least 5 nights) but they managed to keep us in the room after much discussion and on another occasion she seemed reluctant to agree to our bedding being changed (after 3 nights) which we felt was strange given they refuse to give any discount for longer stays (in that case they should be willing to change sheets and towels daily).
Overall we thought it was good value for St Teresa but average in comparison to what we have received in other parts of Costa Rica.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2013

I won't rehash much of what many others have said. Casa Zen is a small, relaxed, well-maintained beach hostel in a great location. The upstairs hammock/yoga space is great for relaxing, the beach is a stone's throw away, and there is a supermarket and two tasty restaurants within 100 feet. It can be a bit noisy (trucks and dogs at night/early morning) and breakfast is a bit basic (fruit and toast), but those are relatively minor issues. The apartment is great for a couple, especially for a longer stay. Yoga was great too and Jamie is a fantastic instructor for beginners or those who are more experienced. Great spot at a great beach.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

I've reviewed CZ twice before but given recent changes, here is an update.

Casa Zen remains a standout option among all others in Santa Theresa. Room rates (private or shared) remain very good and the atmosphere is hard to beat. As many other visitors have noted it is generally a very chill space attracting a variety of individual, couple, and group travelers from all over the globe.

The major change to CZ since last year is that the restaurant has closed. The upside of this is that the former restaurant kitchen is now open to use by all visitors from 8am to 8pm, providing a much improved situation for those on a budget who wish to cook for themselves. Another side-effect of this is, the evenings at Casa Zen are even more chilled out than they were before, since there are no groups coming in at night for dinner -- the separate dining room (rancho) is effectively dedicated to guests now as well. For those lamenting the closure of the restaurant, nearby Casa Del Mar (25m away) has expanded its kitchen and restaurant (including a wood fired oven) with a bar to offer a stumbling-distance option for drinks and dinner.

If you're a surfer like me and want access to your breakfast/pre-surf chow, stick it in the old communal kitchen fridge, so you can get at it before dawn-patrol surfs, which are typically the best conditions here. And when you get back from that early morning surf, the complimentary breakfast will be there waiting for you.

CZ remains exceptionally well staffed and tended. The (numerous) shared bathrooms and showers are cleaned daily. Your room will have its linens changed and be swept out occasionally during an extended stay, but if you want it done more frequently, just ask. I found twice per week to be fine.

They continue to offer laundry service, board rental (beginner gear), and bike loan/rental.

Don't forget to sign the guest book!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 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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Address: Playa Santa Teresa | 50 mts West from Super Costa, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Santa Teresa
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 41 Specialty lodging in Santa Teresa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Santa Teresa and Mal Pais are rather remote beach towns, and that is what makes them so special! Thankfully, even though we are a little off the beaten path, there are still quite a few services available to visitors. This is a excellent area to relax practicing of Yoga and Surf.On the first floor, we have six private rooms, ideal for single travelers, couples or pairs of friends. The rooms have either a double bed or two single beds. We also have two larger private rooms on the first floor, each with beds for three people. Scroll down for photos and prices for our private rooms. Upstairs you will find the apartment plus three additional rooms with varying capacities, featuring exterior doors as well as interior doors connecting to the apartment. An abundance of shared bathrooms are also located on the first floor (there are many to choose from and they are always clean!).We also have two well-equipped communal kitchens, including our signature chef’s kitchen, complete with a professional quality stove, microwave, blenders, and a giant stainless steel refrigerator. We offer a amazing Yoga deck with every day class. Our helpful, bilingual staff is always ready to help plan other tours and activities in the area, including surf lessons, canopy tours, stand up paddleboarding (SUP), visits to nearby waterfalls, fishing, sailing, snorkeling, horseback riding, ATV rentals and more. We can also assist you with restaurant recommendations, reservations and travel planning, so your trip can be totally relaxing and worry-free! ... more   less 
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