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Zula Inn Aparthotel
Ranked #8 of 27 Santa Teresa B&B and Inns
San Jose, Costa Rica
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Nice Place!”
Reviewed July 7, 2013

Found the place in Tripadvisor and decided to give it a try because of the good reviews here. My first contact with them was by email. Great communication. We made a deposit of 50% of the total stay. Julio was very nice and bothered to answer all my questions. We rented the one bedroom for 2 adults and 1 kid and it was ok for us. Room has a mini kitchen with a fridge. Beach is about 300 meters from the entrance. You can drive to Playa Hermosa, Manzanillo, Mal Pais, they are all very close. The pool was also great! I will definitely consider to stay here again.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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San Diego, California
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Reviewed June 29, 2013 via mobile

My husband and I stayed for a week and enjoyed every minute of it! The bungalow was perfect; small kitchen, working AC, and a hammock. It was cleaned thoroughly each day and when requested our laundry was washed and dried within hours.

The Rancho area is the perfect place to lounge with a good book or drink a cup of coffee. We appreciated the honor system in place for beers or whatever refreshment we needed.

The owners, Avi and Rotem, were great hosts checking in with us frequently to ensure everything was okay. They also live next door and were there if we needed them. When we checked in we were told to ask anything and to feel at home, which we absolutely did. The brothers also own a restaurant up the street which had the best smoothies, delicious hummus, and pitas. We ate there twice and enjoyed watching surfing projected on the big screen.

Located off the dusty or muddy road and completely secure, with the beach, super market, and restaurants within walking distance so you can get by without a car. There are even bikes on the property for you to use. All in all a wonderful experience that we will remember always!

  • Stayed June 2013
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9 reviews
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Reviewed June 28, 2013

I was a little nervous when I advised the owner we would not be checking in, but he was quite gracious about it. We had booked through booking.com.

We booked a two-bedroom bungalow which was more of a one-bedroom with a bed in the large living area.

We did not stay after finding a large hole in the back door and a dirty kitchen.

The pool area looked nice.

Although over 90% of tourists to Costa Rica are from the U.S., I later noted a disproportionate number of reviews from Canada and Israel. Most of these reviewers also gave glowing reviews to the Zula Restaurant down the street.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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ZulaInn, Owner at Zula Inn Aparthotel, responded to this review, July 9, 2013
Dear guest,

Sometimes I wondering why keep working hard when every single person can effect your results with out even be a part of the experience ....
How can a person give a bad review with out spending even 1 min in my property...?
Just for record, if a client have a problem with a hole on the door or a dirty kitchen, you should tell us first and give us a chance to fix the problem... I could easily solved it. But instead you chose to run away without explanations and give me a bad review that will effect all my great work, ranking and starts. I can't satisfie all of the people that staying with me - but ill sure try!
Now it's too late - but please for next times - stay in a place and experience all it has to offer before you posting a bad review.
And please take a good look again on all of my reviews - their internationals from a lot of great people from great places - Canada, U.S.A, Israel, Sweden, Costa Rica and many many places....
Thanks and keep traveling - just wiser....... Rotem Avraham.
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Odessa, Texas
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed June 25, 2013

This place is wonderful and is a bargain. We stayed in casita #6 for 5 nights and enjoyed how quiet it was since it doesn't sit directly on the main road. Our A/C worked great at night when we used it and the wifi worked great too. The casita was clean and kept clean daily. The rancho area is beautiful and surrounds a pool with lush landscaping. There is an honor system for beers and sodas that are kept in a fridge in the rancho.
Avi and Rotem went above and beyond for us when my husband and I dealt with a thief. They are great people and run a great place. We would definitely stay here again. There are many pricey places to stay, but we had everything we needed included a small kitchen and larger size fridge and coffee maker. There is a road leading to the beach almost across the street. It's in a great location close to the rest of the town.
Did I mention their restaurant is great too? Fresh hummus, pita and more. Just a short ways down the street.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 10, 2013

What a great place! Great hospitality, great people! Our room was cleaned to perfection every day... The hotel owners also have a great restaurant in Santa Teresa Called the zula restaurant, highly recommended ! Go stay there, you won't regret it!

  • Stayed June 2013
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed June 8, 2013

We found Zula Inn through a couple of traveling friends we had made on our trip in Cost Rica. As we walked into to book at Zula Inn we were greeted with such warmth and ease that it made our whole experience super positive. Rotem and Avi are so helpful and made our stay so enjoyable. Zula Inn is situated in a beautiful part of Santa Teresa walking distance to the main part of town and right across the road from the ocean. There is full air conditioning, wifi and a beautiful communal area complete with couches and just overlooking the pool. The suites also have kitchenettes and it made eating in super easy and fun. Awesome find!! We absolutely loved our stay here!! Thank you Rotem & Avi!!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Atlanta, Georgia
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
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Reviewed June 5, 2013

My group and I narrowed down our options in Mal Pais/Santa Teresa to a few hotels. When we arrived in the area, we decided to stay at Zula Inn due to its location and value. However, we would come back for several reasons: it is a good deal for the rooms, the pool is well-kept and necessary in the heat, and most importantly, because the staff was wonderful. We needed their help with a variety of things like calling the bank when one of our cards wasn't working, scheduling a surf lesson for us (which was awesome with Del Soul Santa Teresa), scheduling a taxi pick up for us, getting advice on how to get to other parts of Costa Rica etc. While some of these services may be considered standard for hotels, the level of service and the way they delivered the service at Zula Inn makes this place unique. We enjoyed the other guests and some have been coming back to Zula Inn for 5+ years, which shows that even with the many hotel options in the area, Zula Inn is worth the repeat stays. The owners take pride in the property and live right next door so if you ever need them, they are there and they will answer the door! They take privacy on the property seriously and other positive aspects of the hotel include its on-site services, the lounge area by the pool, the convenience of drinks in the lounge area fridge (in case you don't feel like making a trip to the store), the security of the rooms and the property as a whole, the private parking area that is setback from the road, the WiFi in the rooms and public areas, the in-unit kitchens, the large bathrooms, the A/C, the cable TV, comfortable beds, and easy access to the beach across the road. The rooms are single-story cabanas (standalone homes) with a seating area and hammock out front, which are nice touches that help you relax and spend time with the people you are traveling with. I just really loved how flexible the owners and staff were and how attentive they were. So, give it a try and you'll see what I'm talking about!

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: Zula Inn Aparthotel
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 #8 of 27 B&Bs / Inns in Santa Teresa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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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