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“great experience!” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Raratonga
Ranked #9 of 31 Santa Teresa B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Long Branch, New Jersey
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25 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“great experience!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

We stayed at the apartments with another couple. It is very clean. Kitchen was great to have to cook and sit out on front patio and enjoy meals and drinks. Bathroom was great. Within walking distance to restaurants and stores. Air con worked great. The bed was very heard though but slept pretty well. I would definitely stay there again. Pool is also nice to take a dip in.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank kdono
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Toronto
1 review
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Raratonga was a joy to stay at from beginning to end, beginning with our host Gianni, who was so friendly, helpful, and sweet. He was ready with a smile every single time we passed reception, and answered all of our questions with regards to board rentals, restaurants, sight-seeing, and lessons. In fact Gianni himself gave me my first surf lesson ever, and was always ready with a report as to the wave swells morning, noon, or night - whether he was working, or we happened to run into him at a local restaurant. Speaking of which - our location was perfect! A short walk to the beach, so many restaurants, surf shops, and grocery stores, but secluded from the dusty main Santa Teresa road, and surrounded by lush trees and flowers filled with birds, iguanas, and monkeys. The rooms (we stayed in the wooden apartments) were simple and beautiful, with really lovely mattresses and crisp white sheets and towels. We had a kitchen, which was so great for making a little breakfast ourselves before heading out for a very early morning surf, and our room looked out over the private swimming pool. There was also an outdoor shower beside the swimming pool which was very helpful after a day at the beach for getting all the sand off before heading inside. We will definitely be back Gianni! Thank you so much for be so awesome!!!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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1 Thank MaureenWToronto
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Grecia, Costa Rica
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24 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

Raratonga Apartments were great! We had a lovely set of rooms with kitchen, the best mattresses we ran into in Costa Rica, really nice grounds,and a swimming pool. We were insulated from the dust of Santa Teresa roads, which is overwhelming, and our owner/host, Gianni, was wonderful. He was there with a smile every day, and arranged everything we needed, from advice on beaches, to taxis and reservations. He was a true joy and made our stay memorable. We stayed other places in Santa Teresa, and this was the best, in atmosphere, accomodations, and professionalism. Alessia did a great job arranging our shuttle from the San Jose Airport, ferry transport and van to Raratonga. Our arrival was delayed by a day and she rearranged everything .Loved Raratonga Apartments!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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3 Thank Greg P
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Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

I stayed here for a week and enjoyed the stay. Its in a great location being as its by the hacienda super market, soda restaurant and beach way. Plus alysia and Lucy (owners here) are laid back and accommodating. Housekeeping everyday spoiled me. One bad thing though was this weird dream catcher that game me nightmares every night.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
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1 Thank Momorellies
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Saskatoon, Canada
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38 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

We loved this little hotel. We stayed upstairs and it was kind of like a little tree house!! The wood exterior and interior were beautiful. Easy access to beach. Staff was very friendly. Soda and confectionary next door. Quite a few restaurants within walking distance. The only thing that would have been better would have been a pool. I know their apartments have a pool but not the hotel.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank Mallory H
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Raratonga, Owner at Hotel Raratonga, responded to this review, March 9, 2013
Dear Mallory,
we would like to thank you so much for your nice words! You and your husband are such nice and gentle persons and we loved having you here with us.We are glad you enjoyed your stay and the grounds and with this response we would also like to thank all the guests that recently have been so kind to take the time and write a review for us. Your feedback is really very much appreciated.
Mallory would have liked to have a pool also.We have already a pool in Raratonga Apartments,but not in the hotel. So we are really excited to announce that we will soon have a pool in the hotel too and that would be no later than the first week of May 2013.
Again Mallory, thank you so much and we hope to see you back in the future ... to swim in our new pool.
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Landskrona, Sweden
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

A nice quiet little hotel. The owners are very helpfull and very friendly. Very clean rooms and close to the beach. We stayed there with two small children and they loved the pool and garden. We really recomend this place.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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1 Thank Jennytove75
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Quebec City, Canada
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

Me and the boys stayed in Raratonga Apartments for about 1 month in the summer of 11'. The place is a little piece of heaven. Alessia (hi! remember us? 3 frenchies boys from Canada!?) , her husband Stefano if I have a good memory) and their dogs (are such nice people and they are always there If you need anything (help for the bus, restaurants, planning, etc.) We had a very lovely cleaning woman who make our bed and did the dishes at morning, perfect when you are hangover or when you just came back from surf and it's done! (we are just lazy, but gave tips!).

The location is perfect, 5min away from the beach, directly on the main road where all the fun stuff happens. It's really a surfer town with a lot of activities. From there you can go easily to groceries, surf shop, bars, club & Montezuma (best place ever). The apartments are perfect, clean woods and flowers everywhere, very stylish and well equipped (the Air Conditioner = blast).

Just email Alessia she's very friendly and don't miss Raratonga if you're in Santa Teresa. It's the place to stay! Otherwise you may find yourself in a ugly overpriced hotel too hot to sleep and full of bugs and snake wishing you were at Raratonga's.

Antoine and the boys (Oliver & Felix)!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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1 Thank AntoNguyen7
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Property: Hotel Raratonga
Address: | 3 kms north from the Intersection of Playa el Carmen, Santa Teresa 60111, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Santa Teresa
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 31 B&Bs / Inns in Santa Teresa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Raratonga is a small friendly lodge with 7 units total, double private rooms and fully equipped kitchen apartments for 2 to 4 persons, swimming pool, A/C, private bathroom, hot water, safety box, wi-fi, daily cleaning. Rates from $45-$60 p/night p/double room. 5 minutes walking from the best surf spot and beach of Santa Teresa, supermarkets and restaurants. Ideal for couples, families and group of friends. ... more   less 
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