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200 Mts South of Hotel Frank's Place, Mal Pais 6111 Costa Rica
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#5 of 9 hotels in Mal Pais
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4.3
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4.4
Value
4.2
We are a charming boutique hotel located in Mal Pais/Santa Teresa, the premier surf destination in Costa Rica. Our hotel is secluded enough to maintain serenity yet conveniently situated within walking distance of the main beach of Playa Carmen along with numerous restaurants, shops and nightlife attractions. The Place features tastefully furnished bungalows, standard rooms and a private villa. Our pool adorned with a waterfall combined with our bar area offers our guests a serene and private environment to kick back an relax. Our multilingual staff will gladly assist you by arranging day trips and other activities in the area at your request. All our prices include breakfast, for special packages and surf retreats please contact us.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Bar / lounge
Bicycle rental
Diving
Airport transportation
Massage
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Shallow end in pool
Hiking
Horseback riding
Snorkeling
Canoeing offsite
Fishing
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun terrace
Laundry service
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Air conditioning
Housekeeping
Safe
Coffee / tea maker
Minibar
Refrigerator
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Quaint
Quiet
Languages Spoken
English, French, Spanish, German

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26Restaurantswithin 0.75 miles
2Attractionswithin 0.75 miles
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Anthony Z.C wrote a review Aug 2018
Quesada, Costa Rica33 contributions37 helpful votes
If you want to visit Malpaís or Santa Teresa and need a place to stay, definitely I recommend you the Hotel The Place. My wife and I had a good experience there, good breakfast. It also has a place where you to cook in case you need. In general, very good choice.
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Date of stay: August 2018Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Rachel P wrote a review Jun 2018
6 contributions1 helpful vote
We loved staying in the bungalow! The breakfast every morning was delicious. We loved ordering off the menu. The entire staff was very helpful! Setting us up with tour ideas and directions and the ATV. We loved renting an ATV from the hotel to use around town. We highly recommend this hotel!
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Date of stay: June 2018
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magistros wrote a review Apr 2018
Glyfada, Greece1501 contributions310 helpful votes
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There is no Television in the room, and that is not known during reservation. Other than that staff were great and very friendly. The hotel is nice. Breakfast was minimal to a selection of one main plate and a selection of juice or fruits.
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Date of stay: April 2018
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Trip type: Traveled with friends
Room Tip: noise from the road and from the birds
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Alain L wrote a review Mar 2018
8 contributions1 helpful vote
The Place is a small boutique hotel 100 m to the small commercial center of Santa Teresa/Mal Pais and 200m to the Santa Teresa beach. We rented a bungalow which wasan open space with one double bed in one corner, two single beds in the opposite corner and a closed bathroom in the middle. It was comfortable, clean and tastefully decorated. There are comfortable chairs is relaxing music around the pool. The breakfast is excellent. The staff is friendly and very useful. Service can be slow however as there is only one person at any time. The WI-FI reception in our bungalow was minimal and we had to stay around the pool for a reliable reception, which was OK. My only deception was the quality of the toilet paper, thin as rice paper, surprising at such a place. I would recommend buying your own at the nearby convenience store. Overall, pleasant and good value for money.
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Date of stay: March 2018
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Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: The bungalows are worth the additional expense
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Sarapool wrote a review Feb 2018
Brooklyn, New York27 contributions4 helpful votes
My boyfriend and I stayed here for one night at the tail end of our trip. The grounds are beautiful. As you enter you are greeted by a beautiful mosaic tile pool. The choice of green tile makes the pool feel very much like a lagoon. It is surrounded by beautiful plants and beach chairs. And feels like a little oasis between the sandy towns of Santa Teresa and Mal Pais There are also covered seating areas nearby with white curtains and red pillows, where you can get away from the sun. As well as a shaded bar right near the pool. Some things you should know before you book: 1) Breakfast is included and delicious! 2) You cannot flush toilet paper, this is true of EVERY establishment in this part of Costa Rica, including the $500 a night resorts. All of the staff were very welcoming and friendly, and we enjoyed our stay very much.
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Date of stay: February 2018
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biancaW wrote a review Jan 2018
Playa Santa Teresa12 contributions20 helpful votes
The Place is great for families and close to the amenities in the Malpais/Santa Teresa area, banks, pharmacy,... It has a beautiful pool lounge area that serves breakfast and lunch. Hotel and restaurant guests can use pool in the beautiful tropical surroundings. The staff are super nice and helpful, tasty poolside food, great smoothies and cold beer at this spot. Whenever my family is in the area we have many poolside lunches at The Place.
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Date of stay: January 2018Trip type: Traveled with family
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Thank you Bianca ! We appreciate it.
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K8E wrote a review Nov 2017
United Arab Emirates442 contributions50 helpful votes
The hotel rooms are charming, comfortable, and clean. We particularly liked the location as it is a five minute walk from the beach and great restaurants. Close to everything you need but far enough away that it was quiet at night.
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Date of stay: November 2017
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Litro_K wrote a review Aug 2017
Santa Ana, Costa Rica28 contributions29 helpful votes
We had a wonderful, memorable two night stay here at The Place. We basically had the place to ourselves during green season in August, staying in one of the bungalows, which are spacious and clean. The pool area and breakfast area are just beautiful, and the breakfast included on the rate is delicious. We found the staff to be just the right balance between attentive and friendly and also respectful of privacy. I would definitely re-visit. One note for the faint-hearted- we did find a (harmless) scorpion in our room, (it's quite normal during rainy season for creatures to find their way inside,) so just be sure to double check around your room to ensure a restful night's sleep.
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Date of stay: August 2017
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Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: The bungalows are delightful
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theritsons wrote a review Aug 2017
Leeds, United Kingdom30 contributions17 helpful votes
It's actually really in boho surf Santa Teresa but who cares, about anything, like everything in this laid back paradise...... The bungalows are beautifully appointed, better than the photos to be honest with lots of space, crisp white linen and an amazing cleaning team that could even handle my teenage kids clothes hurling skills and made our place immaculate everyday. We went low season so there was no bar or restaurant in the evening but ST is teeming with great ones just 100m up the brown lumpy thing that passes as a road. It's also just a short stroll past the howler monkeys to the beach and the rock pools that Annabelle and Chocolate her friendly dog can point you to. Breakfast was great with a big plate of fruit, great Costa Rican coffee and a good range of al a cartel choices which was a real pleasure after weeks of hotel buffets. Having said that, the kids had the quesadilla every single day after tasting them once - totally devine. The pool is simple but perfect temperature and quiet with a water feature and plenty sun beds as well as thoughtful and cool curtained sofa areas where we pink Brits can shade from the full sun when needed and listen to the cool and eclectic music that again wax a real joy after the hotel piped junk! The Place organised trips for us - fishing in kayaks with Martin and Pablo which was brilliant - as everyone who knows me knows, I got a whopper, see below. Also surfing with Lolo, horse riding on the beach and atv hire which is a must do. What was great however is that they weren't hotel trip pimps - they got us great deals with people they knew and trusted. It's a small place and they've chosen wisely as every trip was chilled, hassle free and great value, arranged only when asked for, not sold. That's rare. thank you for a very special few days. We loved it. And good luck Yvonne with your next chapter - ST will miss you.
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Date of stay: July 2017Trip type: Traveled with family
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Mainelycarib wrote a review Apr 2017
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii92 contributions20 helpful votes
A mere 3 minute walk to St Theresa beach, Hotel The Place is at an ideal location. Initially assigned a room, we upgraded to a delightful bungalow with a beautifully decorated bedroom and spacious bathroom. Breakfast was absolutely divine (included) and Annabel was a wonderful hostess. She helped us with directions and planning and even stayed late our first night to await our arrival from Nosara. We also spent some time talking with the owner, who was also very pleasant. The semi-outdoor dining area and the pool were meticulous. Dinner is not served here but there is a bar with daily drink specials. Excellent music playing all day as well. We would love to be back here some day. Highly recommended! (Picture is sunset at the beach---majestic).
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Date of stay: March 2017Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hotel The Place
Which popular attractions are close to Hotel The Place?
Nearby attractions include Playa Carmen (0.3 miles) and La Pesca Fish Market (0.7 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Hotel The Place?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Hotel The Place?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Hotel The Place?
Guests can enjoy a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Hotel The Place?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Hotel The Place?
Conveniently located restaurants include El Tercer Ojo Costa Rica, Las Piedras Santa Teresa, and Zula Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Hotel The Place?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Hotel The Place have airport transportation?
Yes, Hotel The Place offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Hotel The Place?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, and German.