This was our first hotel experience in Costa Rica. We were impressed with this place from the start, and are even more impressed when comparing it to the other less than stellar accomodations we experienced on our trip (Lavas Tacotal Lodge in Arenal and Hotel El Velero in Playa Hermosa).
The atmosphere is intimate and authentic. As of the date of this writing, Playa Grande is still in its development infancy, so the place is quiet and laid-back. One can only hope it will retain its charm through its inevitable growth.
The restaurant is a fabulous open-air space, and the owners and staff are friendly and helpful. The food is EXCELLENT! We were expecting Denny's fare (which is what we got for the remainder of the trip), but were pleasantly surprised to find five-star quality- all at reasonable prices. There is also a market within walking distance and a refrigerator in the room for snacks.
The hotel is a quick and beautiful estuary boat taxi trip away ($2 each way, per person) from Tamarindo if you need more excitement. We went over once, but actually thought Tamarindo was too crowded for our taste! (One tip: when researching the place, we were under the impression that the boat taxis run on a regular schedule. You actually have to call a taxi ahead of time and they generally stop running at 4 p.m., although you can arrange a later time if available. We were unable to secure a return trip, so we had to take a regular land taxi, which was a bumpy half hour car trip that cost $30.)
We highly recommend Hotel Bula Bula for anyone looking for an oasis. The owners put a lot of hard work into the property and it shows. It is a beautiful place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set outside Tamarindo in the beach village and national park of Playa Grande. We offer the romantic, the surfer, and the active traveler a tropical oasis amid the tourist stops. Superior rooms with modern amenities compliment the elegant restaurant where exceptional seafood, steaks and local specialties are served. Friendly and attentive staff ensure your stay is a satisfying one. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bula Playa Grande