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“What a view!” 5 of 5 stars
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Bella Vista Mar
3.0 of 5 Guest house   |   Playas Pelada | 300 Mtrs Oeste de la Garta Lodge, Nosara, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #6 of 16 Nosara B&B and Inns
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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“What a view!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

We didn't choose this hotel initially because it seemed too far from the beach, but we're very happy we spent the final 2 days of our trip here. In hindsight we should have spent a few more days here.
The pictures on web site don't lie. The hotel is beautiful, and the view even better. The rooms are very nice, especially the ones with a view. Breakfast is included and is very good.
The walk to the beach isn't too bad, though the terrible condition of the roads cannot be exagerated. You really want a good vehicle to make it up these horrible Nosara roads.
The price for a hotel of this quality is good - I think we paid $80/night (they don't take credit card)

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

The view here can't be beat and neither can the breakfast! Unfortunately we only planned for two nights here at the very end of our Costa Rican adventure. If we ever are privileged enough to go back I would spend an entire week here. We were so warmly welcomed. The property and rooms are very clean. The pool is exquisite and open 24 hours. It was quiet, romantic, peaceful, beautiful.... absolutely everything you could ask for. Highly recommend!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013 via mobile

This place is wonderful. The pool is always open, and Alexa is super helpful. Breakfast was amazing everyday.
Super clean and safe! We went here early in our trip to CR, but spent the rest of the trip talking about it!

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Manaleja, Owner at Bella Vista Mar, responded to this review, January 18, 2013
We are so glad you enjoyed your stay with us at Bella Vista Mar, and I hope the rest of your trip was equally enjoyable. Hope to see you again soon!
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Wilmington, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

Our honeymoon consisted of two weeks in Costa Rica, the 1st week was spent in Nosara staying at Bella Vista Mar. Alexa welcomed us with open arms! We were the only guests staying there at the time, so we had the whole place to ourselves. The boutique hotel was gorgeous! The grounds were well landscaped, the pool was huge and the amenities were wonderful. Breakfast was included in the rate which included a choice of banana pancakes, eggs over gallo pinto, omelet over gallo pinto or french toast. The use of community spaces included a kitchen, open air living room, covered dining room and bar. She recommended Miss Sky zip-line canopy tour, SIBU sanctuary and many different restaurants/bars. We stayed in the Marbella suite (her recommendation) & absolutely LOVED it! While there is no AC or cable TV, we didn't need it (we stayed that last week in June). We can't say enough great things about Alexa and her staff. If you ever get a chance to go to Nosara, STAY AT BELLA VISTA MAR!!!

Room Tip: Just share with Alexa your needs & I guarantee she will take care of you!
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Manaleja, Owner at Bella Vista Mar, responded to this review, January 18, 2013
Thanks you for your review! It was such fun having you join us for the first part of your honeymoon holiday. You are such a terrific couple - best wishes for an amazing new life together!
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Newport, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

After 5 visits to Costa Rica staying in the Tamarindo area, I decided to rent a car, surfboard,and spend a week in Nosara. I had been recommended Bella Vista Mar by another innkeeper who was not able to accommodate me, and quickly realized I had made the right choice. Although I was there to surf, it was a wonderful change from the beach, a beautiful quiet place. I was able to get around in a the smallest car available, a Suzuki Celerio, and after a day or two you learn the roads and how to navigate any potholes or "rain gullies". I found the service to be outstanding, those fluffy banana pancakes are addictive! The atmosphere is very quiet, private yet cozy. Alexa and Roxanna are very efficient and Giovanni the groundskeeper kept the pool and grounds spotless. Would highly recommend this lovely place.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ripon, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2012

Wonderful place!! I stayed at Bella Vista Mar over a year ago and have wanted to go back ever since. I went there for a wedding and the venu was beautiful, rooms were super clean, and service was fantastic. Couldn't have asked for a better experience. I can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Alexa130, Owner at Bella Vista Mar, responded to this review, September 13, 2012
Thanks so much! We had so much fun for that wedding! What an amazing time for the friends, family and US! Remember, we can do yours too ;)!
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Newport, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

Pete and I love Bella Vista Mar. We have had the pleasure of staying there twice and are sure to stay there again on our next visit. It is private, quiet, the ocean view is beautiful and it is only about a 10 minute ride to the beach. We love waking up to the sounds of parrots and howler monkeys, and watching the hummingbirds while we eat breakfast each morning. It’s a perfect way to start the day.

Alexa is a very charming hostess and is very knowledgeable about the area. She always gives us some good ideas and information on places to check out and things to do in and around Nosara. We always look forward to eating breakfast which is prepared by Roxana; she is a wonderful cook and a very pleasant lady. As soon as she sees that we have left our room, she immediately goes in to clean it. Giovani is meticulous in his work and keeps the grounds and the pool immaculate. We have even seen him trimming some of the plants and ground cover with scissors, now that is pride in your work!

Room Tip: We always stay in the king room. It is very nice and has a great ocean view.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Alexa130, Owner at Bella Vista Mar, responded to this review, September 12, 2012
Thanks so much! It's always a pleasure to see you!
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Address: Playas Pelada | 300 Mtrs Oeste de la Garta Lodge, Nosara, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Nosara
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 16 B&Bs / Inns in Nosara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Bella Vista Mar 3*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
No other hotel in Nosara Costa Rica can offer a more beautiful panoramic view of the ocean including Playa Guiones and Playa Pelada. Located upon a hilltop, Bella Vista Mar truly lives up to its name. We are conveniently located for all your vacation activities, and will help you plan to do as much or as little as you like! Horseback riding? World's longest zipline? Sportfishing? We've got all that and MORE! Our friendly staff and homey atmosphere are the ideal combination for a perfect vacation destination.You'll enjoy our relaxed and casual lodging policy. Come as you are, be yourself! ... more   less 
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