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Beachfront Villa Bonita - 4 Bedrooms, Private Pool, Large Terrace, Steps from the Beach
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4 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 10
Santa Teresa, Province of Puntarenas

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Kitchener, Ontario
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Potential is there...... But”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2012 for a stay in November 2012

We aren't sure how to write this because we have mixed feelings about this rental. It has many things that are excellent. Starting with the location. It has amazing views of the ocean and is located in a secure group of 5 houses right next to Luz de Vida hotel. Communications were excellent prior to our arrival and Eti continued to maintain contact with us all week.
The house itself is large and the new pool was beautiful. The rancho provided a great place for me to escape the sun while my wife basked by the pool.
We had a few issues that we feel keep this villa from meeting it's potential. The pictures on the website make this villa look very beautiful but it is in need of some repair and up keep that seems to have been left.
Our initial arrival day we had an encounter with an intoxicated gardener refusing to leave. Problem was rectified quickly by other staff but left us wondering about security.
We searched through a lot of rentals to find a place that listed a grill as we planned to make our lunches (grilled chicken and fish) and bought enough for the week. When we arrived and discovered that there was no gas grill, we mentioned it to Eti she said it recently fell apart and they eventually planned to make one out of bricks. She ensured us we would have one that day. One was delivered but it was a delapitated rusted former gas grill with aluminum foil put in the bottom to be filled with charcoal. It did not appear to be safe to cook food on due to the rust. 2 days later another attempt of a grill showed up that was a car rim painted with foil in the bottom with a painted wire top. We weren't sure about cooking our food over fresh paint.
There are 4 bedrooms and the ad says for 8 people. I think 4 couples would be crowded and 1 of the couples would be very disappointed with being stuck in the small bedroom with a double bed and no air conditioning at all. The other bedrooms are well equipped with air and ensuite baths.
We had planned to sleep in the king size master bedroom but upon getting the bed ready to sleep in was discovered that bugs/debris were falling from the ceiling and were on the bed and pillows. The next morning we mentioned this and told it would be fixed right away but then told days later that they would have to take part off the roof off and fix it when we were gone.
In the kitchen - the gas stove did not light so we had to buy ourselves a lighter to light the stove and the microwave sometimes worked and most times did not. Pushing buttons and unplugging and plugging it back in sometimes got you 3 minutes on the timer.
With some upgrades and some tlc this could be a very wonderful place.

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4 of 5 bubbles Service
Liked best: Sunsets while sitting on the porch
Liked least: Overall needing some tlc
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2012 for a stay in June 2012
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Oostende
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2012 for a stay in May 2012

5 of 5 bubbles Value 5 of 5 bubbles Rooms
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Samantha...
Breckenridge, Colorado
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“The house and staff are wonderful!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 25, 2012 for a stay in May 2012

We visit the Santa Teresa area once a year and this was the best lodging experience we have had yet! The staff will leave you to be and do your own thing but the second we needed anything they were there for us.There was a very friendly maid that came in every day to sweep, make the beds, put away dishes, and clean the bathrooms! The security is also the best we have seen yet with a gated entrance and a night time security guard. The owners also live on the property.
It is one house back from the beach but you still have a great view of the water and it was nice being one back because there was a nice big yard to hang out in and we felt there was more privacy from beach traffic. The day we were leaving they were going to break ground to put a private pool at the house and that was the only thing we were missing! (the pool only was 50 feet away with our own private entrance connected to the bar and restaurant) so it was great anyway.
Each bedroom had its own bathroom (one detached) which was perfect because we were four couples and no one was stepping on each others toes. The porch area was huge with a very large outside dinning table and the kitchen. The kitchen is detached from the rest of the living quarters which I saw some people have complained about in past reviews, but past homes we have rented with attached kitchens all end up with fruit flies, ants and other bugs no matter what you do! So to us it was great minimizing the bugs as much as possible.
On top of that there is great surfing right there and it was only a five minute walk down the beach to a beach break that was great for the people just learning. So all and all everyone in our group had a great time and will be visiting again! Oh, and price wise its the best you can get for being that close to the beach and having a higher end home.

5 of 5 bubbles How easy was it to book the property? 5 of 5 bubbles How helpful were the directions to the property?
5 of 5 bubbles How easy was key pickup/access to the property? 5 of 5 bubbles Overall condition of the property
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5 of 5 bubbles Bathroom cleanliness 5 of 5 bubbles Other facilities & amenities
5 of 5 bubbles Service
Traveling group: With Friends
Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups People with pets
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 10, 2012 for a stay in April 2012

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A romantic getaway
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MitchellM...
San Antonio, Texas
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Excellent beach house”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2012 for a stay in March 2012
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person found this review helpful

Very helpful staff, great location and very safe. The food was good with many proximate restaurants and grocery stores.

5 of 5 bubbles How easy was it to book the property? 5 of 5 bubbles How helpful were the directions to the property?
5 of 5 bubbles How easy was key pickup/access to the property? 4 of 5 bubbles Overall condition of the property
4 of 5 bubbles Bedding & mattresses 3 of 5 bubbles Kitchen & utensils
4 of 5 bubbles Bathroom cleanliness 4 of 5 bubbles Other facilities & amenities
4 of 5 bubbles Service
Liked best: Staff very helpful; great location and comfortable house. Great porch and yard.
Liked least: Many kitchen appliances did not work, but very quickly replaced when brought to the attention of the staff. Did not like rocks on beach.
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
Large groups People with pets
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
  • Was your security deposit returned on time?
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Jay, Vermont
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 10, 2012 for a stay in March 2012

5 of 5 bubbles How easy was it to book the property? 3 of 5 bubbles How easy was key pickup/access to the property?
4 of 5 bubbles Overall condition of the property 4 of 5 bubbles Bedding & mattresses
3 of 5 bubbles Kitchen & utensils 4 of 5 bubbles Bathroom cleanliness
3 of 5 bubbles Other facilities & amenities 3 of 5 bubbles Service
Liked best: The beach was right there
Liked least: Everything in Santa Teresa is very expensive!
Traveling group: Family with Young Children
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups
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  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
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