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Review of Otro Lado Lodge and Restaurant

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Otro Lado Lodge and Restaurant
Ranked #5 of 26 Hotels in Santa Teresa
Certificate of Excellence
Vancouver, Canada
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Amazing place to stay!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2012

My wife and I were on our honey moon in Costa Rica, and we decided to stay at Otro Lado since it was close to the surf, and the reviews sounded great. When we arrived we were not disappointed! The couple who run the lodge are so nice and we felt right at home. The room we were in was spotless, and was so unique with a spiral staircase that caught our attention right away.

They were unable to provide us with an official honeymoon suite, however, the room they gave us was amazing! They also said they would throw in a free breakfast every morning which thy did not have to do. We were grateful, because the breakfast was great, and the coffee is the best! The pool was always super clean and the entire grounds were maintained beautifully every day. What a great place to stay.

STAY AWAY FROM THE SURF SHOP DOWN THE LANE....
Completely unrelated to the lodge was the surf shop down the lane... My wife and I surf which is why we stayed here, so we decided to rent our boards from this shop... What a mistake. They rented my wife a board which looked to be very warn with the stomp pad falling off. After going in the surf my 110 lb wife somehow cracked the board (and she is a beginner) so we returned the board and apologized, accepting full responsibility. We were told the board could be fixed but were then later told it would cost us $400 to replace it with a brand new surfboard which was a huge shock... The employees are amazing, but the owners are extremely aggressive and unfriendly people, arguing with us every step of the way, even bringing my wife to tears. After giving them there $400, and dealing with their rude behavior, we said thank you for everything and were told not to thank them unless we meant it... It was awkward, and completely unnecessary. For your own sake, rent your surf boards somewhere else! there is a great place about 100 meters down the road that also rents ATVs. We wish we would have gone there from the start!

We love Otro Lado and would love to back someday in the future!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank Markus M
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Gothenburg, Sweden
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2012

We were really grateful for how much the couple that owns Otro Lado helped us arrive safely and quickly and orient ourselves. We sent them a few questions via email before arriving and they responded within a few hours. They organized a taxi for us and over and over gave us great tips about things to do and how to do them. Plus they make an epic Bruschetta! MUST TRY :-P It was a honeymoon without worry... perfect.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2012

A comparison at the number of 5 star reviews against all other choices will quickly tell you that Otro Lado Lodge is a special place.
For starters, the place is immaculately maintained. The rooms and cottages are beautifully designed and cozy. The grounds are taken care of on a daily basis. The pool setting is perfectly located and like everything else at the Otro Lado, very clean.
The breakfast and lunch menu is full of deliciously prepared foods. No need to go out anywhere else to get a great meal.
The BEST part of the Otro Lado is the STAFF. Lead by Baggie and Nico good-vibe personalities and a tremendous desire to make your stay perfect is what sets this place apart from all other. You cannot help the feeling that you are part of their family instead of a guest.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Jose G
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Mexico City, Mexico
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37 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2012 via mobile

I would have liked to stay longer. This cool Italian couple are there to make you feel within friends. Great service!

They know around well so their recommendations are very valuable.

  • Stayed July 2012
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Thank alecordon
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Fairbanks, Alaska, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2012

This was my second trip to Otro Lado, because it was so nice to visit the first time that I wanted to come back. The location is great. It is at the end of the local bus route and a two minute walk from the beach and great restaurants.

It has an extraordinarily friendly feel within the open air restaurant. The pool is lovely. The rooms are simple and clean. There is even a yoga shala. It is also a quick walk away from the beach. Different room options are available for both families and single persons. There is also a wi-fi connection. They also have a nice older dog, Hatta who will absorb all the attention your willing to give and some friendly cats. You'll most likely see iguanas, parakeets, chickens, geckos, and monkeys too around town. Overall, it's a lovely place to be. Nico & Baggi have done a great job. They'll also assist in booking quads, trips, massages, spas, yoga, surfing lessons etc... It's so easy and relaxing. Please note though that the high season and the summer season vary somewhat. I've visited in the low season and made many friends and had a wonderful time.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
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Los Angeles, California, United States
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2012

We began with a bad experience at another Hotel and we left and came across Otro Lado. The owners weren't there, But in charge was a friends of theirs. She was amazing, very hospitable, nice and caring. The Hotel was very clean and our rooms were amazing. The best place of the hotel was the dowstairs shower (the shower was made to have the feel of showering outside in the wild). The surfing beaches were very close to the hotel and parking had all night security.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Sylvia G
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Lethbridge, Canada
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2012

This hotel was the nicest I have ever stayed in! wow!! This hotel is very clean. The bed is comfortable, air conditioning is great and the bathrooms are super clean. The showers are so amazing. The pool is very clean and beautiful! The food is amazing and not to expensive! The staff was very friendly and helpful! This was the highlight of my trip to Costa Rica!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Otro Lado Lodge and Restaurant
Address: North of Soccer Field Santa Teresa 200 Mt, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Santa Teresa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service Spa Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Spa Hotel in Santa Teresa
#5 Family Hotel in Santa Teresa
#8 Romantic Hotel in Santa Teresa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Otro Lado Lodge and Restaurant 3*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Otro Lado Lodge is a small resort just a few steps from one of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica. Situated in a quiet tropical garden with a swimming pool, the lodge is comprised of four separate residences, each with two levels and can accommodate four people comfortably. The restaurant is open air concept with complimentary satellite television plus wireless internet. ... more   less 
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