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“Nice place, shame about the location”

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Cuesta Arriba Hotel
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Medellin, Colombia
Level 3 Contributor
24 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Nice place, shame about the location”
Reviewed March 31, 2014

Really nice place and also good value for money.
We stayed in a dorm room which was clean and spacious and only a few hundred metres from the beach. the kitchen and pool area were very well maintained. Although the bathoom was dingy and had to be shared by 3 dorms.
The only problem we found was that the majority of the good restaurants were a 2/3 kilometre walk away which resulted in us paying a lot for taxis especially in the evenings as the roads were pretty busy.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Cuesta A, Owner at Cuesta Arriba Hotel, responded to this review, April 3, 2014
Hola Barnaby, Thank you for your review. We are very happy to know that you liked our facilities so much! But, we think you missed seeing our second shared bathroom though. We never mislead you in any way when you made your booking through HW. It is stated clearly on their webpage that we have an 8-bed dorm with shared bathroom. We work really hard to keep everything nice, clean and organized for our guests to enjoy! We are sorry that you had friends in a different town (Mal Pais) while you were staying with us in Santa Teresa and therefore you had to spend more time there instead of getting to know our town. We are located just 2 blocks from Santa Teresa’s centre and we are surrounded by many restaurants and coffee shops that offer not only local Costa Rican food but also traditional food from Argentina, Italy, France, Spain, Chile, Germany, Israel etc. We actually have more food options in our town than Mal Pais. It is a shame that you didn’t ask us for restaurant recommendations and instead you jumped in a taxi. The only thing we are missing in Santa Teresa is a Bank and a pharmacy but for that…you don’t need to go to Mal Pais every day! Do you? Our location is great! Actually it is very hard to match. We believe it was your mistake when booking in Santa Teresa when you really wanted to be with your friends in Mal Pais. We don’t think is fair to rate our hotel based on your dining experiences and poor research skills.
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Stockholm, Sweden
2 reviews
Reviewed March 24, 2014

I stayed in Cuesta Arriba for two weeks. I absolutely loved this place. It's near to the beach, great restaurants and the people who worked at the hostel are very helpful. If you are an alone traveler this is the place to be. You will never be alone (unless you want to). The pool is very nice and clean and the rooms as well!

  • Stayed March 2014
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Thank Christabelpalacios
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Cuesta A, Owner at Cuesta Arriba Hotel, responded to this review, March 25, 2014
Thank you for taking your time to share your experience. We are happy to know that you had a good time with us! Hope to see you next year!!!
Cheers

Barbara & Martin
Cuesta Arriba Hotel
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Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic
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Reviewed March 17, 2014

If you want to chill & surf, this is the perfect place. Just 200m from the beach's best surf spot and with a swimming pool to relax, its a really good price compared for what others hotels offer. The owners are mindful and eager to help for anything. Just don't expect this to be a party place, as 11pm is quiet time and you're expected to respect this, try the nearby restaurant's, pubs instead for awesome partying!

I traveled throughout Costa Rica for 3 weeks, and for me this was paradise. Pura Vida!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled solo
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Thank dspiniak
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Cuesta A, Owner at Cuesta Arriba Hotel, responded to this review, March 19, 2014
Thank you for your nice review!!! We apreciate that you took some time to spread the voice about Cuesta Arriba!!! We are glad to hear the you had a good time here and hopefully we'll see you next year!!!
Cheers

Barbara and Martin
Cuesta Arriba Hotel
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Oslo, Norway
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Reviewed March 10, 2014

We were three girls travelling throuth Costa Rica. We had a gret time at CuestaAriiba Hotel. It was clean, and the best dorm we ever had on the whole trip! It was big, and had two big windows (without windows(!) You can rent bicycles, and store your surfboard. They are also very helpful with helping you to book other trips, and to tell you about Santa Teresa. It is close to the beach, and it also has a pool of you want to cool down. The only thing we missed, was one extra bathroom.

Room Tip: The dorm with the two big windows!
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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Cuesta A, Owner at Cuesta Arriba Hotel, responded to this review, March 11, 2014
Hi Silji!!! Thank you for such a nice review. We are glad that you enjoy your stay here with your friends. Will be here for your next trip and happy to help you with your plans...see you soon...er!!!
Cheers
Barbara and Martin
Cuesta Arriba Hotel
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Montreal, Canada
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20 reviews
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Reviewed February 28, 2014

I stayed at this property for 7 nights.

It is not even 5 mins from the beach, restaurant and super market. The more downtown area of santa teresa is about 10 minutes away.

The staff were excellent and able to boor tours or surf lessons which i enjoyed a lot.

It isn't a party place, and is very quiet and safe.

In the morning, they serve coffee and toast with spreads which i found to start my beach bumming day on the right foot.

I will return here my next time in costa rica, and recommend it.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled solo
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Thank montrealmatt83
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Cuesta A, Owner at Cuesta Arriba Hotel, responded to this review, March 11, 2014
Hi Matt...thank you for spreading the voice about us!!! We are happy to know that you had a good time with us...we're looking forward to seeing you again!!!
Cheers

Martin and Barbara
Cuesta Arriba Hotel
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Huntington Beach, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed February 23, 2014

Enjoyed a wonderful stay with Barbara and Martin, a nice couple from Venezuela. This hostel/hotel emphasizes living well but simply. Nice, quiet location. Guests are requested to respect the peace and quiet for all guests. 100 meters from a beautiful beach and surf break. Barbara arranged transfer from San Jose airport, zip line tour, surf lessons, hotel in montezuma and cab to get there. Beautiful loft room with high ceilings. Howler monkees to wake you in the morning. we loved the serenity and are already planning our next visit. Don't miss this gem. Barbara and Martin even rescue animals. Be sure to meet Achilles the mastiff and Gianni the surf instructor from Italy. walking distance to restaurants and grocery store.

Room Tip: grab one of the two lofts with ensuite bathroom if you can.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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cuestaarriba, Owner at Cuesta Arriba Hotel, responded to this review, February 25, 2014
Hi Betty and Brian!!! Thank you for your nice review! We are happy to know that you enjoyed the peace and quiet at Cuesta Arriba. We loved to have you around and enjoyed the small talks during your time with us! you can be sure we'll be here for your next visit to Santa Teresa!!!
Sincerely

Barbara and Martin (from Argentina)
Cuesta Arriba Hotel
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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Reviewed February 4, 2014

Cuesta Arriba is by far my most favorite destination in Costa Rica. Welcoming owners, perfect location, clean, comfortable accommodation! Bonus..I can't stop the feeling that I'm on Animal Planet set :)

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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cuestaarriba, Owner at Cuesta Arriba Hotel, responded to this review, February 8, 2014
Thank you Aleksandra!
We are very happy to know that you had a good time and enjoyed Cuesta Arriba Hotel see you soon.

Barbara and Martin
Cuesta Arriba Hotel
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Property: Cuesta Arriba Hotel
Address: 150 meters North From La Lora Amarilla, Santa Teresa 5361, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Santa Teresa
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 62 Specialty Lodging in Santa Teresa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Cuesta Arriba Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A Colonial-style hotel surrounded by trees and tropical gardens with unique affordable rooms. The hotel features a communal kitchen,resting areas, hammocks and a sparkling pool in the landscaped garden. Complimentary coffee served at 8AM, free parking and Wireless is also offered. ... more   less 
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