Unfortunately we were unable to avoid staying at this location because we showed up in santa teresa over New Years and every single bed, hammock, villa, house, hotel room, bed and breakfast, etc was reserved. The place was packed!!!
We thanked our lucky stars when there was a cancellation at this hotel. However, when speaking with the staff at check-in, we became a little leery when 2 guys were checking out because their bed had broken and the staff was not doing anything about it. Regardless, we walked around the place and it looked ok. The normal rate is meant to be around $60/night but the prices go up over high season to anywhere from $90-$110. We were ok with that - everyone needs to make their money, so we signed on for $120/night, getting an invoice and confirmation.
Having settled in to our 2nd floor room and about to hit the beach (yes!), the manager comes over and stands on the ground below us proceeding to tell us we must pay $180/night + taxes (equalling $206 US/night) or else we have to leave as his boss would be very upset because this is the busy season and he has other people willing to pay it.
(Keep in mind, he is standing on the ground below us so we are having this argument in front of all of the other guests. He is telling us it is our fault that his staff gave us the room for $120 so we have to pay or get out. However, I not only overheard the staff give this $120/night quote to others but also read it on a website - I'm not sure how this was our fault.)
We get in to a huge dispute where he forces us to pay or get out - knowing full well there is no other accommodation - we are at his mercy. So we pay. Only to later find out, he was in fact the owner, not the manager and completely lied to our faces.
And this basically ruins my time in santa teresa as I could not justify paying $206/night for a rundown room where the bathroom sink was broken, the wifi only worked if we sat out in a corner of the veranda, the ac barely put out any air, the mattress was hard, and the sheets/towels were never changed. For $60/night sure. For $206/night you better have something more to offer. Like something actually nice.
We stayed in a hammock the first night because there was no where else to stay and I would have preferred to do that again, than pay the owner the exorbitant amount he was asking for the associated quality. There are many other beautiful, luxurious, nice places in and around santa teresa (that we have since seen) that come with honest and welcoming hosts. Choose those!
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