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“for us, Mauna Loa was really perfect”
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Hotel Mauna Loa
West Chester, Pennsylvania, United States
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“for us, Mauna Loa was really perfect”
Reviewed July 19, 2013

We loved spending time in Playa Avellenas and we were so happy to find the amazing Mauna Loa hotel one afternoon as we searched for an "upgrade" to the place that we were originally staying. We looked around online and found a few places to check, but when we were actually looking at places in person, nothing really impressed us like Mauna Loa so we decided to move in to one of their cabinas and stay there for several days.

The Service was excellent. Anna cleaned our cabin each day while we were hanging out at the beach. She also cooked us an amazing meal (from scratch) each night, and we enjoyed several breakfasts and lunches there as well. My fiancé and I really loved her authentic Italian cooking. Both Anna and Mikaela (not sure if I'm spelling his name correctly) were very personable and fun to be around. Also, he speaks English.

The Value was excellent. For $60 US per night (LOL that's $30 per person!) we were enjoying all the luxury that we wanted to experience. It seemed like this place should cost about twice as much. In the states, you'd never find a value like this.

Sleep Quality was superb. Each cabin has air conditioning, and the bed has some type of orthopedic mattress that is very good to sleep on. Quality of sleep is important, especially if you're here to surf - you don't want to be sleeping in all morning because the best surf and offshore winds occur in the morning. I found myself waking up early (like 5:45am) everyday very refreshed and ready for the beach.

Cleanliness was great. Anna cleaned our room and folded up our bed sheets daily.

The location is amazing. Avellenas beach is a wonderful place to spend several days of vacation, there's a lot of space and not nearly as many people as some of the more popular beaches to the north. There's almost no nightlife, and not many stores or things to do other than enjoy the nature - for us, that was ideal. There's also good surf. There's beach break for surfing, and the rivermouth (estuary-mouth actually) has some good right handers... just watch out for that one big rock in the middle. I preferred the beachbreaks.... it's nice and spread out and I never had to struggle with a crowd, one morning I caught it uncrowded with perfect waist to chest high waves and offshore winds. High tide was in the late afternoon, and that coincided with light and variable winds on most days, so the sunset surfing sessions were also wonderful.

*Surf tip: survey the beach at low tide to see where the lava reef is.
*Another Surf Tip: if you are swimming, be aware and remember that this is the Pacific ocean, and the waves can get big and rough. That being said, the beach can be fun for swimming... I'd suggest wading out to about waist-high on low or mid tides.


I should also mention their pool - its' really nice and we had it all to ourselves most of the time.

Overall, I highly recommend staying at Mauna Loa if you're in Playa Avellenas. The value seemed ridiculously good compared to two other hotels we looked at that were asking about $90 per night. It also seemed like this place was more secluded, and almost a bit more exclusive. There's only a few cabinas here, so it has that uncrowded vibe that we were looking for.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Michele113sdrino, Proprietario at Hotel Mauna Loa, responded to this review, July 22, 2013
Hey Will, i have no words to say how much we appreciate your review; sometimes we have guests that really make me love my job, trying to do it better and better and that was you. Was our pleasure to spend time talking with you and trying to give you an unforgettable stayin' in Costa Rica. You will always welcome here, i hope to see you soon.
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victoria australia
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Reviewed July 6, 2013

We are an Australian family having stayed a week here. Michel the host cant do enough for his guests and Anna his chef is the best chef in town. Her pasta is made fresh daily and served with a smile always. To stay in Tamarindo would be a real shame. This place has it all, jungle, awesome beach, friendly dogs and a chilled atmosphere.

The pool is great, room simple yet clean and is close proximity to a number of surf breaks.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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MaunaloaCR, Owner at Hotel Mauna Loa, responded to this review, July 12, 2013
Hi Myles,
thank you for this great review. We really had a nice time with your wonderful family, i hope to see you again here or maybe in Australia!! we'll keep in touch, i'm following your blog. all my best wishes for you
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Mira, Italy
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Reviewed June 3, 2013

Èvery every year I got to go here
This is the BEST place to stay in CostaRica
Nice Rooms
Clean
Nice pool
Good original italian food
Fare prices
Frendly owners
5 minutes walk distance to the beach ( you will walk in a paradise )
I know every single corner of CostaRica & this is the best
Promess you will rimember your holidays for long long time if you check in at MaunaLoa
You love to surf This si the spot to be
TakeCare
K.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
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1 Thank Kendall37
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Michele113sdrino, Owner at Hotel Mauna Loa, responded to this review, June 7, 2013
Man, the time you were here was the best of 2013 to me!!. just check out the forecast and come back!!!!!!!!!
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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed April 13, 2013

We spent one night at Mauna Loa Surf Resort and it was a wonderful experience. We stopped there on our way to Mal Pais and next time we hope to stay longer. The cabinas are clean, big enough and the staff is welcoming and helpful. The food was awesome; we had the best carbonara ever!!! Well don guys!!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Michele113sdrino, Owner at Hotel Mauna Loa, responded to this review, April 14, 2013
Hi guys, thank you for this nice review, we had a nice time talking with you. i hope our advices will help you to have a nice trip, see you soon
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Insbruck
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Reviewed January 11, 2013

Nice place to stay especially since Playa Avellanas is so nice! The Hotel is very nicly set and decorated (loved the pool and patio area). Its very clean and quite. We enjoyed the shared kitchen facilities because we always met fun people while cooking. Good to have the chance to cook because eating out in CR it not that cheap. Should friends of us go to CR, we will send them to Avellanas and recommend to stay in Mauna Loa!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Michele113sdrino, Owner at Hotel Mauna Loa, responded to this review, January 22, 2013
Thank you guys, was our pleasure to have such a nice guests with us.
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Mira, Italy
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Reviewed October 30, 2012

I been to CostaRice 5 times and anytime I can not chage place to stay becouse MaunaLoa is always the best.SO I GOT TO STAY ALWAYS THERE
Guys the place is fantastic. is located two miniutes walk from the beach a cool walk into the mangroves garden in 1 of the most beautifull virgin sand beaches of CostaRica
with sea tourtles,many parrotts a lot of waves for surfin' etc.etc etc :=))
Anyway the resort "MaunaLoa" offers:
:Very huge bungalow with safe-box,very clean bathrooms,huge shower-box,hot water,,air condition, orthopedic mattress.(You will not find a more confortable place to sleep then here)
I SWEAR
Most of the bungalow are pool view,the swimming-pool is "divina" it's big,new,clean and surrounded of beautifull tropical plants and flowersThere are colorful .butterflys everywhere.
The owners are a married couple from Italy: clever polite and professional.They have a wonderfull son of 3 years old Lovely kid
Anyway...at Maunaloa also you have a restaurant... "wellwellwell" the pizza is great and the food is veryvery tasty also
I told you: they are 100/100 italians They doin a great job with the MaunaLoa Resort
So if you go to CostaRica check in at this place 'cause you will regret.
Pure classic CostaRica VIBsssSSsss
TakeCare
PuraVida
K.

Room Tip: Go there and y will not regret any room is absolutely fantastic
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
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North Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed March 5, 2012

I didn't personally stay at Mauna Loa, but my parents stayed here for four nights and had an incredible time. Gustauvo was super friendly and even invited me to come and join my parents in their private pool whenever I wanted. My parent's were made to feel at home in paradise and we're definitely interested in returning for another stay, hopefully in the near future! Mauna Loa has breathtaking scenery inside and outside of its gates, and is only a stones throw from the perfect beach of Avellanas. The atmosphere, the staff, and everything else was absolutely perfect!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Hotel Mauna Loa
Address: Playa Avellanas, Guanacaste, Playa Avellanas, Tamarindo 50309, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Tamarindo > Playa Avellanas
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Playa Avellanas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Mauna Loa 3*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Mauna Loa is about 15 min walking distance from Avellanas Beautiful Beach. Our 7 colourful bungalows can host up to 4 people. They are spread in the garden and around the pool for more privacy. Each bungalow is equipped with A/C, ensuite bathroom with hot water, A/C,orthopedic beds (1 double & 2 singles), and a small terrace. The Hotel has a pool (for both adults & kids), a restaurant and a boutique. There is also a common outdoor kitchen for our guests who prefer to cook. ... more   less 
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