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“Great Spot” 5 of 5 stars
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125 meters east and 25 meters north of Super Ronny's, Santa Teresa 5361, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #5 of 25 Hotels in Santa Teresa
Toronto, Canada
2 reviews
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“Great Spot”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

I spent four nights at Casa Marbella in July 2014. Great property. Views from pool and yoga deck were fantastic. Room was large and clean. Staff were excellent. I am a beginner surfer and took lessons from Mikey each day. He picked different beaches and switched up times to take advantage of best conditions for me. Very centrally located as I did not have a car or rent a quad and was able to get everywhere I wanted to be on foot or renting bicycle from the surf shop at the bottom of the hill. Overall a great spot.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
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  • Rooms
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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Casa MarBella is a great little boutique hotel. Like other reviewers have said it's not perfect, but the pros far outweigh the cons in our opinion. It's location and views make it a prime spot. The service is excellent. Mikey and Ameline both helped us with whatever we needed, from surf lessons to excursion ideas and restaurant recommendations. The rooms we're nice and clean. We had a 2 bedroom suite with a kitchen and a nice deck looking out over the ocean. The beds were a little hard, but we found this to be the case for the Marriott we stayed in San Jose as well. One great part about it being small is that you get to know the people who are staying there. We met nice couples from all over the world. I would recommend this hotel and definitely stay here again.

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Istanbul, Turkey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

This is a very conveniently located hotel, that's almost a b&b, without any serious reception attendance at all. I would suspect that if there was a problem one day, its system would not be sufficient. Interestingly it seems to function well. You have the small infinity pool and somehow find drinks that you need and although there is no breakfast the coffee is there and at night you have only the night guard available but he does his best to help. The rooms are so close to one another that "soundproofness" is at their mercy - and somehow even that works.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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JimBubaloni, Owner at Casa MarBella, responded to this review, July 22, 2014
We would like to thank you for choosing Casa MarBella for your stay in Santa Teresa. As you stated, we are not perfect, but then again who is? We are a small boutique hotel specializing in individualized customer attention. Unlike many larger or chain hotels, we do not offer 24 hour reception. Our reception is open from 8AM until 5 or 6 PM, and often times even later. When the reception closes we have a night attendant/guard on the premises until the following morning. Therefore, there are approximately 22 hours in the day where there is someone on site and available to our clients. During your one night stay at Casa MarBella, our staff spoke to you several times to make sure that your needs were being met. There were no complaints mentioned by you, in fact, you seemed happy and content. If there was a problem, which you did not seem to have while you were here, we can assure you that we would do everything in our power to resolve it in as timely a manner possible.

Safe travels,
The Casa MarBella Family
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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Casa Marbella was absolutely perfect. We stayed in a 2BR suite with a full kitchen, one bathroom and a balcony. It was perfect for our group of 3. The shared pool area is gorgeous. The staff is excellent - we had a clogged drain and they fixed it asap, they were happy to set up a private driver to and from the hotel and they were always ready with recommendations! The location is perfect. You can certainly walk anywhere you need to go, though I would recommend renting a quad for at least a day for the fun of it. We will be back :)

Thank you Jim and Stephanie for creating an excellent spot to relax and enjoy Costa Rica!!

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Casa MarBella is walking distance to everything you need, yet still seems secluded and tranquil as it is up on hill over looking the tree canopies and ocean. The place is extremely well taken care of by a staff that is happy to help advise you on everything from good surf breaks to delicious restaurants. You can tell the owners really care about the quality of your experience. The beds are comfy, the rooms are super clean, the hot water is hot and the a/c is cold. Do yourself a favor and treat yourself to a relaxing stay at Casa MarBella.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 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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Orlando, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Was my second stay at Casa MarBella, I could not choose a better place to stay in the Santa Teresa area. I have visited Costa Rica four times over the years, with out a doubt the nicest place I've stayed at. Jim and Stephanie always treat my friends and I like family. Minutes away from the beach and perfect waves, a dream come true. I highly recommend Casa MarBella, if you have not been there yet, what are you waiting for?

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
    • 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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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Great atmosphere and setting, very clean, quite, great view and very nice staff. Plenty of things to do close by, beach is a short walk down the hill. Its a good place for a family, a couple or solo. Have no complaints and will be back next year.

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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
    • 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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Additional Information about Casa MarBella

Address: 125 meters east and 25 meters north of Super Ronny's, Santa Teresa 5361, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Santa Teresa
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#5 Romantic Hotel in Santa Teresa
#6 Family Hotel in Santa Teresa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Casa Marbella is a boutique style hotel centrally located in Santa Teresa, across the street from the beach on a hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Our guests can enjoy all that Santa Teresa/Mal Pais has to offer in comfort, style and security. It is a place where visitors can hear howler monkeys while watching the immense blue Pacific with a cool drink in his hand. After relaxing, it is just a short stroll to the beach, shopping, night life, restaurants, etc. We offer ocean view rooms, suites and condominiums with A/C, kitchen, in-room safe and more. Right in front of your door you will enjoy our refreshing pool with infinity edge. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Casa Marbella Santa Teresa
Casa Marbella Hotel Santa Teresa
Casa MarBella Costa Rica/Santa Teresa

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