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Reviewed April 28, 2014

Our family of 4 had a fantastic three night stay. This is an ideal place to relax by the pool and beach. Beautiful grounds and attentive staff. Our 2 bedroom suite was spacious and comfortable. The included breakfast was excellent, and we enjoyed dinner at the restaurant as well. There are a few dining options within easy walking distance as well. Flamingo, Brasilito, and Tamarindo are close by for more dining and shopping choices. Getting to the hotel is pretty easy, and they just recently paved the road right all the way to the hotel.

Room Tip: If getting a suite, the 2nd floor rooms are preferable for their private patios.
  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled with family
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1  Thank Eric H
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Hbs B, Manager at Bahia del Sol Beach Front Boutique Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded May 5, 2014

Dear Eric H,

So happy to read that you and your family had a fantastic stay with us! We agree completely, this is the ideal place to relax by the pool, beach or garden area. Grounds are green, luxuriant and our staff is always trying their best for our guests. The two bedroom suite are perfect for families, you have a big living area with sofas and a flat screen TV, dining area with big table, breakfast counter a full equipped kitchen, two separate bedrooms with bathrooms and AC´s.

NASU Restaurant is proud to deliver breakfast (included on the rate), lunch and dinner, excited that your breakfast was excellent and that you had the opportunity to have dinner with us as well. Potrero is still a bit secluded but in 5 minutes you are in Flamingo ( you can even go walking), 15 minutes in Tamarindo for more options of everything, front desk has great pointers of restaurants, beaches and plenty more. It is pretty easy to get to our hotel, we have signs all over the high way and the paved road makes a huge difference. Thank you very much for your comment, we appreciate your visit and review a lot.

Be well,

Victoria Bonilla
Resident Manager

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Reviewed April 28, 2014 via mobile

Thank you, Bahia Del Sol! Our family of 5 had a memorable and happy stay at your resort. Our three little boys can't wait to come back and order 7-up at the swim up bar. Each and every employee had a smile and took the best care of us. The beach is absolutely stunning! Pura Vida!

  • Stayed: April 2014
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Thank Crystalbrown1
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Hbs B, Manager at Bahia del Sol Beach Front Boutique Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded May 5, 2014

Dear Crystalbrown1,

Thank YOU for your recent visit and for sharing your experience. Bahia del Sol is also perfect for families very pleased that you and your family glad a memorable and happy stay with us. We remember pretty well your boys; those cuties were very popular during your stay. Staff is always ready to serve with a smile, pura vida style  Potrero Beach is a safe bay to swim in and also provides just in front of the hotel breath taking sunsets.

Best regards,

Victoria Bonilla
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Reviewed April 28, 2014

What a lovely place this is. A quiet, off the beaten track, small hotel which offered everything we wanted. An oasis of peace and quiet right on the virtually deserted beach. It was a lovely few days relaxation at the end of a tour of this beautiful country. We loved every minute of it all and this hotel was perfect. The room was comfortable and yes there were a few ants around the shower area, but what do you expect when you are open to the elements. We enjoyed being able to leave the patio doors open and just have the screens shut at night. The food was good, nice choice and all freshly cooked. The pool was lovely and we enjoyed being able to stay in the pool until quite late and enjoy a cocktail under the stars. All the staff were friendly and helpful. The sunset from the beach was just beautiful. Plenty of sunbeds in the gardens so it was always possible to find a spot for sun or shade as you wanted. We were sorry to leave.

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank Susan T
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Hbs B, Manager at Bahia del Sol Beach Front Boutique Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded May 5, 2014

Dear Susan T,

We do have a hidden gem; we are actually the only hotel in the coast of Playa Potrero. This is a quiet, small boutique hotel, you describes us to perfection by saying we are “An oasis of peace and quiet right on the virtually deserted beach”. Bahia del Sol is the perfect place to relax and disconnect from the world. Thank you so much for your kind words, super happy that you loved every minute of it and we feel honored that you founded our hotel as perfect. This was definitely the right choice for you, glad you encountered your room comfortable, we appreciate your understanding the fact that we are in a place open and full of nature, so ants sometimes can be around, we can take care of them in a safe way. We have a very safe hotel with security 24/7 and also the area is tranquil, great thing you felt relaxed. Cheerful food at NASU Restaurant was good and fresh.

Our pool and the wet bar are one of the favorite spots for our guests, especially during happy hour form 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. the night time is amazing how many stars you can see, since there is not much around us you can really see in a non cloudy evening all the stars. The highlight of the day is the sunset, every day gorgeous. This is all nothing without a great staff, attentive, friendly and genuine. We were sorry to see you guys leave!! You can always come back to your home away from home 

Pura vida,

Victoria Bonilla
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Reviewed April 27, 2014

We decided to get married in Costa Rica on a bit of a whim. Neither my husband nor I had ever been there, but the best time to go to Costa Rica is when it's very very cold in DC so it didn't seem like too much of a risk. We worked with a wedding planner in Costa Rica who suggested Bahia del Sol almost instantly.

We were slightly apprehensive about getting married at a place we had never seen, but we are so so so so so incredibly pleased we did. The location itself is amazing -- you're close enough to Tamarindo and have touristy options nearby, but can easily exist in this perfect, beach-front bubble without ever entering the outside world. The grounds are beautiful and completely unlike anything we've ever visited. Bahia del Sol is absolutely NOT trying to be an American resort in Costa Rica.

We had a small wedding, about 20 people in all, but also had a lot of (somewhat high-maintenance) ideas to make it still feel like a wedding rather than just a family vacation. We wanted to leave welcome gifts in the rooms for our guests, host a Superbowl party instead of a rehearsal dinner, buy gift certificates for some of our bridal party, have a private yoga session on the morning of the wedding, plan excursions and meals together, etc. The staff at Bahia -- Hector, Maik, Victoria, among many others -- made everything possible. They genuinely went out of their way to make sure we and our guests had a good time. It was by far the best customer service I've ever experienced in my life -- in any country. We went on to stay at several other places in Costa Rica and the service at Bahia outshone them all.

It hurts my heart in such a good way to think about how wonderful our experience was at Bahia del Sol. Can't recommend it enough.

Room Tip: King sun suite was unbelievable, but all the rooms looked amazing.
  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with family
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Thank ashleylmnop
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Hbs B, Manager at Bahia del Sol Beach Front Boutique Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded May 5, 2014

Dear Ashley M,

It´s so nice to hear from you guys. Super happy you choose Costa Rica and Bahia Del Sol for your dream beach weeding. It was a big risk but I believe it was worth it, you weeding were absolutely beautiful. Potrero is a great location because as you mention, we are close to Tamarindo and all the shopping and night time activity but we have the quit town of Potrero with this Oasis called Bahia del Sol. Grounds are well maintained and yes, we are not trying to be anything but what we are, a Costa Rican small boutique hotel, dedicated towards customer service and excellence.

We are very professional and specialist for weddings and events, glad we were able to provide the services that you requested with the best possible quality. The staff goes really above and beyond, and you were a joy to serve to be quite honest, a pleasure to assist you and your party. Behind every little thing there is a team backing everything out, we are a big family and we take our jobs very seriously, honored you qualify us as the best customer service you ever experienced. It warms our heart to read your kind kind words…. Thank you very much for your preference. Can´t wait to have you back, perhaps on your anniversary?!  PURA VIDA

Always at your service,

Victoria Bonilla
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Reviewed April 22, 2014

I stayed in the hotel for 4 nights and had a very good stay.
The hotel is right on the beach
The pool is very nice though small and doesn't provide enough shade.
The area around the pool and restaurant was great, you can find a quite place in the shade (or sun if you prefer).
The room had a lot of space, in addition to the A/C there is a fan which I used most of the time
The restaurant was good
The hotel offers Zumba, Yoga and Pilates. I enjoyed the Pilates lesson and the teacher made sure I was Okay during the class since I don't understand Spanish.
Minuses:
1. There are ants in the room
2. You need to have the water running for a couple of minutes in the shower before you get the hot water
3. Breakfast is really slow, even when I was the 1st one at 6:30 AM!

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled solo
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1  Thank Sshahar1
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Hbs B, Manager at Bahia del Sol Beach Front Boutique Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded April 30, 2014

Dear Sshahar1,

Thank you very much for taking the time to share your experience. We are very happy you had a good stay with us; the open area around the pool is great for chilling and relaxing with sun or shade. Pleased that your experience in NASU Restaurant was good as well. Our lessons are included on our client’s rate, that way they can just pick their favorite activity and enjoy at the fullest, soul and body. Our Pilates instructor Mercedes is super talented and very oriented towards customer service, as well as Colleen and Katelyn our Yoga instructors (they speak very good English) and Leyden our Zumba instructor. It helps a lot to have these lessons just in front of the ocean on our Lounge Palapa.

Regarding the minuses: 1. Sorry if you had an ant in the room, as you could see we are surrounded by natural environment, sometimes difficult to prevent ants, especially if you have sweets or any food open. In these cases we do a quick fumigation on the room and you should be fine, hopely we attended your need during your stay. 2. We have very hot weather in Guanacaste, we also work with CST (Certification for Sustainable Tourism Program), very proud to have 4 leaves, this means that we have a great commitment with a right practice of a safe tourism awareness, perhaps during your visit you could see little signs about this information. 3. I apologize for the slow service you received at breakfast, we will be taking all of your comments in consideration to get better.

Being said all of this, we appreciate very much your valuable feedback that can only makes improve and do better for our dear clients. It´s great that you had a very relaxing stay that is what we are all about!! Thank you once again for this comment.

Yours sincerely,

Victoria Bonilla
Resident Manager

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