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“Beach Paradise!!”
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Sugar's Monkey
Ranked #3 of 6 Playa Grande B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Newport, Rhode Island
2 reviews
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“Beach Paradise!!”
Reviewed June 4, 2013

With a crystal clear pool, cold beer and clean rooms, all of which is located (literally) two minutes from the beach, PGI is the perfect vacation spot! There's fresh coffee available every morning, in addition to Lynn's smoothies and granola bars which might the most delicious things you'll ever taste. You can lay by the pool in the sun or sit under the shade (and get super fast wifi), and be super relaxed and unbothered by anyone... except the guy selling yummy, fresh coconuts! The rooms in PGI are comfortable, yet simple. With all the activities to do outside though, it'd be a crime to sit inside watching tv or anything like that! I'd recommend PGI to the younger and more active crowd. The bar/restaurant is fun to go to at night.. the food and drinks are delicious and there's a ping pong table and surf videos playing in the background. Marbar is right next door for an awesome restaurant alternative as well! Justen and Lindsey are also always on site to help with anything you'd need or questions you might have. Overall an awesome spot!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Breckenridge, Colorado
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Reviewed May 10, 2013

Everybody elses reviews on here are spot on, so I won't repeat all that. Just going to add that Justen and Lindsey are super nice and I can't wait to go back. We had three people and stayed in an apartment that they had to rent, which was perfect for us because we like to cook a bunch of our own meals to save money.. Full kitchen, nice tv, dvd player, just amazing!! Wish I could move in, seriously! Also had a really intense poker night while I was there.. it was a blast. If you are looking to get away from the annoying gringo crowds of Tama.. then check this out... Oh, and they have a yoga spot set up with some other exercise equipment if you are missing your time at the gym!

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Encinitas, California
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Reviewed April 17, 2013

This place is awesome. My sister and I travel stayed here during the end of dec and into jan. It was the perfect place for us to stay. Simple clean rooms yet they have everything you need. Restaurant, drink, and pool. Also Marbar next door has delicious food and friendly staff. Great location, walk to the beach and surf spots, walk to restaurants/bars.The place has an "at home" feel. Justin the manager and his family are very awesome. Super helpful and laid back. Lynn has a smoothie bar and makes the best smoothies and granola bars ever! I still crave them. I only have good things to say about PGI! Definitely going back :)

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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Reviewed April 5, 2013

This is a great little inn with nice restaurant and beautiful pool. Simple little rooms too sleep in and it works great cause you spend majority of time outdoors here. Right at beach and in safe area...

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Akron, Colorado
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Reviewed March 20, 2013

Been to several beach inns and this is the best I have found. If you want the Hilton, than check in to one. Justin and the staff were great and Justin cooks a great set of ribs. Clean rooms and comfortable. Raw Bar and Marbar have very good food and portions. I certainly will go back especially during turtle season as we were late. Thank you

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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Reviewed March 10, 2013

I stayed here mid-February 2013.

As soon as I got to PGI, the manager was incredibly friendly and laid back. The rooms were spartan, but clean, and appeared to be well maintained. There was no smell of mold like at Las Tortugas. For $50 dollars a night I didn't expect anything more than a clean, safe place to sleep, and I got it.

The bar was excellent with a great atmosphere. The food was similarly excellent. The pool was well maintained and clean. I had no complaints about PGI. The atmosphere and excellent customer service on the part of the manager made this a better than average experience. If I ever go back to this area I will stay here.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Kinloch Rannoch, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 10, 2013

We have been travelling since the early 70's...South America on 5 and 10 dollars a day, Mexico, the Caribbean, North America and Europe and latterly Central America and now I' m thinking of quitting Trip Advisor because of the pettiness some of the reviewers.
I am a room snob; have paid mega bucks for a postage stamp room in NY cityand a lot for good accommodation in other US cities and more than expected for dingy rooms in motels and other establishments...but usually the total experience of the vacation outweighs the negatives of the accommodation.
So, Playa Grande Inn is what it is...a budget hotel with character and soul. We, as older well seasoned travellers have not had a negative experience,

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Sugar's Monkey
Address: 250 Meters South of Minae, Playa Grande 50308, Costa Rica (Formerly Playa Grande Inn)
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Playa Grande
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Playa Grande
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Sugar's Monkey 2.5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tropical life style Sugars Monkey is a small hostel where you can breath ocean; 150 mt from miles white sandy beach, welcomes its guests with pool surrounded of tropical garden where you can eat fresh and healthy food from our restaurant open from breakfast time till dinner. Eight room with air conditioning, ambient fans, private bathroom, shower and hot water; Two room settings: doble room for two occupancy and large room for four occupancy. Community space, gym and pool table are free for guest, Be Water surf rental and tour will happy to take you into waterworld ....... ... more   less 
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