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Zula Inn Aparthotel
Ranked #5 of 27 Santa Teresa B&B and Inns
Reviewed September 10, 2011

We arrived in Santa Teresa at dark so we basically just picked the first place we came across. It was less than great, so we ventured out the following day to find a better place. That is when we happened across Zula Inn. Once we saw it, we knew we had to stay there. The landscaping was like a tropical garden surrounding the pools and bungalows. The pool area has a really cool common lounge area where you can sit and visit with the other guests or your friends. We spent a lot of time by the pool.

The bungalows are cozy with plenty of room. They are extremely well kept and clean. The fact that there is a kitchen complete with stove and fridge provides lots of added functionality and flexibility. The water was always hot also, which is sometimes hard to find in Costa Rica.

The owners/managers live on site and I found them to be extremly accomodating and welcoming. They also own the Zula Restaraunt down the street and it is outstanding as well.

If you are planning a trip to Santa Teresa or Mal Pais, I urge you to check out Zula Inn.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 2, 2011

In early August 2011 my boyfriend and I spent one night in San José (fyi it's $25 ride from the airport, there isn't much to see, and it is no vacation spot.) The next day we took a SANSA charter plane to Tambor and a taxi provided by Zula Inn to Santa Teresa. We stayed at Zula Inn for 6 days and we were so happy with our decision. Avi and Rotum were relaxed and extremely helpful dudes, splitting their time between surfing / working at Zula Inn / working at their delicious Zula restaurant down the road (which you MUST visit - we had the most flavorful chicken shish kebab and chicken hummus, complete with at least five sauces.) Our bungalow was simple, clean, had AC (it is hot and humid down there), and a kitchen to prepare breakfast (buy pineapple) in the morning and eat it outside on the patio furniture. We enjoyed cooling off in the nice pool, sitting in the hammocks and comfy chairs, and observing the local wildlife (monkeys, dogs, kitties, iguanas, geckos, etc. The monkeys might wake you up so bring earplugs.) Zula Inn is located in the middle-ish off Santa Teresa so there are restaurants on either side of you, and a beach entrance and grocery store only 100 feet away (Fyi there is ONE dusty road that runs through the town. Luckily Zula Inn is far away from the dust and noise of the road.) During our time in Santa Teresa we surfed, boogie-boarded, went zip-lining in Mal País, went to a yoga class, rented an ATV from Zula Inn (that's how most people get around on that one dirt road, costs $60 per day) and we used our ATV to check out the water falls on the other side of the peninsula in Montezuma (Warning, you should avoid the 10 k road from Montezuma to Santa Teresa because it is washed out and dangerous in August. Also, there isn't a trail to the Montezuma falls -- you must carefully walk along the steep banks and cross over to the right side when the water is shallow..) Avi & Rotum will give you details on all of these activities! We were so happy to find Zula Inn - clean, economical, private, air-conditioned, with a kitchen, by the grocery store with personable / helpful owners. We would LOVE to return to Santa Teresa and Zula Inn in the future!

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 23, 2011

Rotum and Avi run an excellent hotel in Santa Teresa. I felt very much at home while staying at Zula Inn with amenities including jungle patio with clean pool, hammocks, honor system cold beer/soft drink bar and clean apartments with kitchen. There is also an abundance of wildlife present including howler monkeys, iguanas, kittens, dogs, fruit bats and parrots that drop by to say hello. Staying with Rotum and Avi was like staying with family, they go beyond the call of duty to make sure your stay in Malpais/Santa Teresa is a pleasant one. Want to know where to surf on a particular swell? They are dialed in to all the reef/point/beach breaks and will share their intimate knowledge of the surf. Need off road wheels or a jungle excursion? They will set it up for you. How about a massage to ease you into vacation? They have beautiful and friendly masseuses on call for you. I rarely return to the same vacation destination twice, but Zula Inn will be my new mainstay relaxation/surf trip for many years to come. I highly recommend Zula Inn. --Mario Melendez (Encinitas CA USA)

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 6, 2011

I traveled with my boyfriend last may in costa rica and Santa Teresa was one of our favorites. We slept in Rotem's aparthotel called 'zula inn' and it was great. its perfect for couples and also for friends that travel together. The place is clean, quiet, beautiful and answers every request you have. The pool and the bar,like everything in the aparthotel, make you feel in a resort. I recomend you to go there and you will not regret it!

Batel, Israel.

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 28, 2011

Friendly owners and wonderful workers. Very clean private bungalows! Was very impressed and the pool is awesome! Very quiet and safe' and NO DUST(hotel is off the road)!

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank enewberry
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Reviewed May 30, 2011

Me and my boyfriend travelled around all of Costa rica but Zula Inn was definitely the best. Avi the owner and his brother Rotem lent us Rotems house for over three weeks and then we moved to the cozy bungalows. The service level and the kindness of those two were amazing. We recommend everyone to stay at Zula, the bungalows all have kitchen, nice and clean bathrooms, lovely cleaning ladies, the pool is clean and cooling (thats a lie, its hot when its hot) and if your'e lucky the mama cat will show you her kittens.
Make sure to grab a falafel from the Zula restaurant as well.
/Frida and Anders

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank fridalund
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Reviewed May 20, 2011

This hotel is the best hotel as far in our trip. We are backpackers and it was a very raisonnable price. The room was very clean, there was a little kitchen so we could cook our meals. There are mates everyday too. The bathroom is big and clean, and water is pretty hot. There is a common place with a tv, free coffee and thea, hamacs, little bar. The pool is very nice and clean. Moreover, Zula Restaurant is very good, its israeli food. In short, we had a really great time there and the owner is friendly and nice !

  • Stayed: May 2011
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Thank melissamaude
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Address: Playa Santa Teresa | 1 Km From the Crossroads to the Right, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Santa Teresa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 27 B&Bs / Inns in Santa Teresa
Price Range: $54 - $161 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Zula Inn Aparthotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Zula Inn Aparthotel features nine self-contained bungalows, all with views of our lush tropical garden and pool. Set back from the road in a quiet location, the hotel is only a two min walk to the white sandy surf beach of Playa Santa Teresa and it's consistent year round waves. Enjoy poolside relaxation in tropical gardens and take in our view of the jungle. Tha rancho next to the pool offers sofas, hammocks, cable T.V, free WI-FI internet, coffee and soft drinks. Zula Inn is also a short walk to all the shops and restaurants around our beautiful town of Santa Teresa. ... more   less 
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Zula Inn Aparthotel Hotel Santa Teresa
Zula Inn Aparthotel Costa Rica/Santa Teresa

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