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Playa Cielo
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All reviewsoutdoor showerevery morningfresh fruit deliveredlobster tacoscosta ricagorgeous groundsbeachfront restaurantlocated stepsthe king size bedguacamolelittle piece of paradisebeach locationour honeymoonwatch the sunsettide poolslocation is amazingthe entire staff
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Reviewed August 9, 2012

My husband and I came here on our honeymoon and we couldn't have asked for a better experience. Adele, Sol, Eti, Jose, Antonia, and the rest of the staff go out of their way to ensure that you have everything you need.

We arrived late after riding the ferry over and were there for over 24 hours before WE asked whether they wanted the money for our room. Very nice to not feel pressured for money but totally different from things here in the states.

Eti arranged all of our activities upon arrival; listen to her recommendations! You cannot go wrong!

We spent two of our five nights eating at the restaurant which had amazing food, there's really nothing on the menu that you won't enjoy.

The rooms are amazing; king size bed, outdoor shower, kitchenette, air-conditioning, amazing front porch, with each one having a wonderful view. We spent a couple days just hanging out on the property; there was always someone around to talk to and spent quite a bit of time getting to know Adele.

All in all there is nothing neither myself or my husband would change about our stay here except maybe skipping the coffee plantation and staying a few extra days!

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 6, 2012

The location is perfect - just steps from the beach. You can even see the ocean from your room. The rooms were very clean, bright and beautiful. The outdoor shower was very nice..however the water temp had a mind of its own - from cool to warm to hot without touching the dial. Jose, the groundskeeper was very friendly and always looking out for you. Carlos was also fantastic and extremely helpful. Although we did receive fruit each morning, I would expect that a hotel in this price range would include a breakfast with more variety. Habaneros was delicious!

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank rcbb37
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Reviewed July 20, 2012

We (my husband and I and our 22 year old daughter) stayed at Hotel Playa Cielo in June and had a wonderful stay. The grounds and accommodations are absolutely beautiful. It really looks exactly as it is represented on the hotel website's pictures; you won't be disappointed. The owners and staff were lovely and very helpful in making reservations and setting up activities, including surfing lessons, zip lining, massages, and ATVing. The family that owns the hotel is wonderful; they have three friendly dogs that are mainstays on the grounds. Dining is usually a big part of our vacations, we love to try out a bunch of restaurants. However, during our stay at Playa Cielo, we found ourselves always going back to the restaurant on the grounds. It was delicious and convenient. There was plenty on the menu so that you could easily eat there all week without repeating any dishes. The ceviche and guacamole were great, as were the margaritas, and really everything. It is located right on the beach, which was wonderful on both clear and rainy nights - we were there during the rainy season - as it was a great place to watch thunderstorms light up the beach and ocean. The only thing the restaurant does not offer is breakfast, for which you should check out an amazing bakery up the street. The owners are building a fourth house on the grounds, but the construction did not bother us. It is all done during the day, at which time we were either at the pool/beach or out. It definitely seemed like the nicest hotel in one of the best locations in Santa Teresa.

Room Tip: Right now there are three houses/cabanas and a fourth one is under construction. There are two closer to the beach and two (including the one under construction) right behind those. We stayed in the second row of houses, but it was not set back as far as we though, which was great because we still had a beach view. Really any of the houses are great.
  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank Judy E
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Reviewed July 9, 2012

Playa Cielo is perfect in every way. This boutique paradise is simply magical, the atmosphere, the beach location, the services, the people are all faultless. The staff are all kind and sweet and the owners Adele, Shlomie and girls Gabby and Sivan became such close friends that I teared up when I left.

I could go into fine detail about the amazing massages, all the excursions that they arranged for us, the stunning villas, and the exquisite food in Habanero's beach restaurant, but I can't possibly do it justice. I have travelled all over the world and stayed in many places, but playa cielo is my favourite by far. It casts a spell over you the minute you arrive... Pura Vida....

If you are even thinking about visiting CR, stay here...

Room Tip: All rooms are amazing!!!
  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with friends
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1  Thank AisliM
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Reviewed June 12, 2012

My husband and I spent 5 days at Playa Cielo to celebrate our anniversary and it was exactly what we wanted - private, quiet, clean, and relaxing. (with the exception of some construction noise from the new casita going up, but we quickly forgot about it) The casitas are lovely and well-done and the open air shower was a nice addition. We spent many hours relaxing on the porch or in the hammocks after surfing and would wander down to the pool to cool off. The restaurant was fantastic! We ate dinner there every night because we kept trying new things on the menu and loved the atmosphere, not to mention the 30-second walk home. Overall, it was a great experience.
Our only negative was that we were not told in advance that the remainder of our bill had to be paid in cash (Colones or US dollars) Had we known, we would have pulsed out cash in the US. Instead we had to spend a couple of hours messing with ATM cards and calling our bank to increase our withdrawal limit, then pay the transfer and exchange fees. Pretty annoying.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank Laura K
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