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“Great food with the not so great” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Milarepa
Ranked #24 of 26 Hotels in Santa Teresa
Mobile, Alabama
Level Contributor
56 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Great food with the not so great”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2012

The food at the restaurant was very good. BUT, our server was not with the program. She ignored us for the most part. We had to ask repeatedly for everything. I ordered a margarita. When it finally arrived it was the worst drink I have ever had. Seriously. One sip, no more. The lady never even asked if it was OK givien the fact it sat through the entire lunch. After she handed us our check, she then said oh, should have asked if you would like anything else! There was also a price for our meal in US dollars as well as colones. If we had paid in US dollars, it would have been a true rip off. Anyway, service horrible. Luck of the draw perhaps. The food was great though. The surroundings are also very beautiful and enjoyable. If only our server had been!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Dallas, Texas
Level Contributor
29 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 26, 2011

My husband wanted to wake up and throw a rock on the beach from our room...and this was the place to do it. There is not one bad thing I can say about our experience here...we wish we would have stayed longer. Noel, who worked for the hotel, was gracious enought to help teach my husband how to hand fish. He defiantly makes your experience at Milarepa a great one. The bungalows are unreal. They open fully to let in the fresh air and amazing sounds of the ocean. Not to mention, the outdoor shower was one of the coolest things I have seen and done thus far. The food at the restaurant is immaculate. We had breakfast, lunch and dinner here and the southern French cuisine was a nice suprise. Highy recommend this place.

Room Tip: Beach front bungalow is a must
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank Motpalmer
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Madrid
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9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2011

From the moment we arrived til the moment we had to leave (very hard to...) the experience at Milarepa was unforgettable and perfect in every way. The bungalows are beautifully integrated into the environment and simple... they had the necessary to feel comfortable and relaxed. The open-air bathrooms are lovely. Jesica and Nawel (hope i'm spelling his name right) were both remarkable hosts, they made us feel at home and offered to help us in any way and gave us great tips for the area. We were supposed to stay one night, as we were travelling with no plans, and ended up staying three since we loved the ambience at the hotel and were delighted with the hosts. The dinner at Milarepa is absolutely delicious and fresh, chef Sebastian is a great cook and prepared fresh daily menus. We had the best tuna tartar and mahi mahi ever... Definitely a better choice than Florblanca's - Nectar restaurant which is overpriced, too "americanized" and not as chilled. I highly recommend Milarepa Hotel as it has 'only' 4 bungalows (more private), the staff are very friendly and efficient (Jesica and Nawel), and the meals are excellent. I must add that the price/quality of Milarepa in relation to other hotels is definitely better. It was an unforgettable experience and we hope to go back to Milarepa as soon as possible.

Room Tip: beach front bungalow!
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank MADgob
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2011

We booked a package trip to Cost Rica and spent 5 days and 4 nights at Milarepa. We had not idea what the hotel would be like but once we got there we fell in love. With only 4 bungalows you feel like a VIP. The bungalows are very nice, the open bathroom and canopy bed were quite special. We were just feet from the beach, going to sleep and waking up with the sound of the waves is something we will never forget. We are not used to humidity so the open air bungalow was a little warm, but the fan does help.

The staff was great, Linus, Maria and Eric were very friendly and the daily menus are great. We loved sushi night and the mojitos! The beaches are great and surfing was not far away. The hammocks and pool were also very nice. The staff is there to help arrange anything you need, we enjoyed the zip lines, surfing, massages, local restaurants and shopping. It is a special place.

I have traveled the world and usually say "been there done that", but Milarepa is a place I would like to return to someday. It was a great place to really unwind, forget about TV, cell phones and traffic...Pura Vida!!!!!!!

Room Tip: Closer to the beach the better.
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  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Cathy B
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2011

My wife and I recently spent a week at Milarepa in Santa Teresa. The location is beautiful with plenty of deserted beaches to wander along. The hotel itself was very relaxing and the breakfasts were amazing. The bungalow we stayed in had great views of the beach. The best thing about this place are the friendly and helpful staff. They went out of their way to make our stay memorable and helped with anything from surf lessons to restaurant reservations. If you are looking for a relaxing break then I would recommend a stay at Milarepa.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank James A
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Phoenix, Arizona
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2011

We loved this property and our stay, but felt it was a little pricey for the overall value. The bungalows are beautiful and the location is great, but everthing is very simple and there are not a lot of ammenities for the price. The bungalow cannot be completely closed off so you hear all the noises of the ocean and outdoor life which makes for a great experience, but this property is not for everyone. It is a great way to experience Costa Rica if you are an outdoors person who doesn't mind the noises and simplicity. We did throroughly enjoy our stay and would definitely visit again! I highly recommend the breakfast at the restaurant and the special sushi night was delicious as well.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank coriitaly07
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2011

We spent 6 nights at Mileripa and found it to be the perfect get away to a tropical paradise. Suited for quiet cloistering with every meal there, great beaches, a walk to town or just sitting on your veranda. Or a helpful and charming staff will set up tours and help with activities. Eric cooked wonderful meals that were locally sourced, every one of the staff were warm and helpful. The no airconditioning, outdoor bathroom and sleeping in a fabulous teak bed draped with mosquito netting were pluses for us as we wanted a natural retreat. The overhead fan kept us cool at night, was surprised that there were no mosquitos to be seen or heard (but did get a couple of bites when dining late). Huge thanks to all there as we unplugged, recharged and rebooted. We will return.

  • Stayed February 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank wendelmeldrum
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milarepahotel, Owner at Milarepa, responded to this review, May 27, 2011
Thanks so much for truly understanding the experience we strive to provide. We look forward to welcoming you back soon.
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Additional Information about Milarepa

Property: Milarepa
Address: Oceano Pacifico 101, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Santa Teresa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#18 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Teresa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Milarepa is located on beautiful beachfront property at the Northern End of Santa Teresa. Our 4 open air cabinas and restaurant are surrounded by tropical foliage. Our resident howler monkey's can be found in the mango trees above your cabina on any given day and the sounds and vibrations of the Pacific will rock you to bed at night. At low tide there are gorgeous natural tide pools located just in front of the properties and the sunsets are unforgettable daily event. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Milarepa Hotel Santa Teresa
Milarepa Costa Rica/Santa Teresa

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