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“LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION” 5 of 5 stars
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Michael's Surfside Hotel
Ranked #1 of 14 Puntarenas B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
San Jose, Costa Rica
1 review
“LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

Obviously the location is great being right on the beach. Everything is within walking distance. Place is clean with a pool. Rooms are nice and have a kitchen. Prices are good. The owner Michael is hands on and available at all times. Will definitely return and recommend to friends.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Raleigh
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

This place is definitely the best in Punta and the owner Michael is super nice and helpful. The rooms are large and very accommodating, nicer than most rooms back in the states! Hot water, microwave, TV, stove, huge bed. Michael is the man!!

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled solo
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Thank TaylorTy
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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2012

Puntarenas is expensive and generally uninteresting, but this hotel is reasonably priced, clean, right on the beach, close to the ferry and has a friendly and helpful host. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank aroundtheworldjf
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2012

Stayed here one night before waking up early to catch the ferry over to nicoya. The town of puntas arenas didn't have a lot to offer, kind of a quiet boring town from what we could tell. The hotel though was very nice, came hot water which isn't to common in costa rica, a kitchen and three beds. Michael was very helpful in telling us where we should go and where not to go, as well as giving us a little bit of insight.

  • Stayed February 2012
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Thank Takman623
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2012

You can't really do any better in town than at Michaels. The mile long beach in Punteranas is largely overlooked by most travelers. But the rooms facing the beach have an awesome waterfront view. The room was great. You could prepare food to save on resturants. The room was fine and clean. Even though most people just pass through town, this hotel and beach is great for an extended stay. And it is much cheaper than other beachfront locations in Costa Rica. I strongly recommend Michaels. And I have stayed all over the caribbean and central america. I would give the beach front rooms 4 stars. The rooms facing back would be slightly less desirable, unless it's just an overnite stay.

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2012

If you want a reasonably priced hotel with AC, a high powered fan, the ability to cook your own meals in their kitchenette, and a refrigerator to stash some leftovers or Pilsens/Imperials/Cuba Libres, Michael's is perfect. Literally right across from the beach, and just a short walk from the ferry and the point (to take in an amazing view of the sunset behind the Nicoya Peninsula). The staff were all very accommodating and helpful in not only providing us with a room, but in offering up maps, bus/ferry schedules, and travel advise. Next time and am lucky enough to be back in Puntarenas I will definitely be staying at Michael's Surfside Hotel again.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank nicholaslswartz
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2011

Michael's is a very basic hotel but adequate for a relatively inexpensive, safe place to stay if catching an easy ferry out of Puntarenas. Room was clean but relatively spartan, sheets were not cotton and no blankets. Quiet and safe. secure parking.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars
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Thank Woody59
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Additional Information about Michael's Surfside Hotel

Property: Michael's Surfside Hotel
Address: Paseo de los Turistas, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Puntarenas
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 14 B&Bs / Inns in Puntarenas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A quiet hotel on the beach, overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Gulf of Nicoya, Mountains and islands of Nicoya. All rooms include A/C, cable TV, WiFi Internet service, Kitchenettes, private bathrooms with hot water and some with jacuzzi. Swimming pool and secured covered parking on location included. Lowest comparable prices. ... more   less 

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