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Esencia Hotel & Villas
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Reviewed January 5, 2009

The hotel was recently remodeled and the room we stayed in was nicely redone. Not too fancy but very nice. The staff was very helpful and anything that came up the helped out as much as possible. They also came up with great recommendations on places to eat and do things.

The issues are: construction going on in neighboring lots. Not excessive but definitely not going to be relaxing. And at night there is a nightclub across the street. It didn't bother me, but my wife heard it in the night sometimes.

Note: know that you are going to a town which is a single dusty dirt road and the town is little shacks on the side of that dirt road. You are out in the middle of nowhere. We had a great time, but it definitely isn't for everyone.

  • Stayed: December 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank SunLoving1134
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Reviewed April 20, 2008

These villas a lovely, but have a few problems. They are currently completing additional hotel rooms at the rear of the property and the work started at 7am every morning. These works over look the pool, and therefore you have the workmen staring at you while you sunbath.
The villas are very very nice and very clean, there are bugs, but you get that is most places.
Its a 100m walk to the beach, and there are not so many places to eat near by, but you have a kitchen which is great for cooking.

  • Stayed: April 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank Kaldog
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Reviewed March 3, 2008

The setting: There are lots of beautiful vegetation: palm trees, mature, tall trees, etc. You look out the window and you see green all over the place, and it's very shady.

The hotel: It consists of several individual cabins (bungalows). They have a very nice architecture and are painted in a nice shade of yellow.

The cabin: The front porch has wooden furniture. It has a bedroom, kitchen/dining, a sofa bed, and a bathroom. It has high ceilings with beautiful woodwork. The bedroom can be made private by pulling some roman shades. The windows have the same kind of shades, made of a material that imitates bamboo. The bathroom is nice, with nice light fixtures. The kitchen is equipped with sink, fridge, stove, pots and pans and some china and utensils. It also has a coffee maker.
You should be aware of the following: The hotel only provides toilet paper and liquid hand soap. You have to bring your own body soap, shampoo and conditioner. There is no phone in the room. Also no TV (if that is important to you).

The front desk: It is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. They can help you with tours and transportation.

The town: Santa Teresa, where the hotel is located, is a remote town. The restaurants can hardly be called restaurants. All of the paid phones had been removed by the electric company, so the only way to talk on the phone was to rent one at an internet cafe. There are several internet cafes. The whole town smelled like trash or sewers, not sure what. It seems they're having some kind of problem. There are a couple of super markets. One of them just opened and it's about five blocks from Esencia if you go right when you leave the hotel. Super markets were a life saver since the restaurants are so bad. Most people are young (25 and under) and they are surfers.

The beach: It is beautiful if you just want to watch it. The ocean is too rough to swim/wade in it. I would not dare to let kids swim in that ocean. It is great for surfing, though.

My advice: If you don't surf, go somewhere else.

  • Stayed: February 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 22, 2008

Great place on the north side of town, 2 minute walk to the beach. Was the best looking place I saw in the area ( unless you want to pay 500 a night ). Rooms sleep 4 comfortably and had a kitchen, fridge etc. Very nice!!!!!!!

  • Stayed: January 2008, traveled with friends
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Thank BMT124
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Reviewed January 14, 2008

We ended up in Santa Teresa last year after a 6 hour drive through the country. Had the lady with me, so no $10 a night rooms this time.
We found the Esencia, beautiful grounds, nice pool, weight room palapa, kitchens, A/C which we didn't need, 2 minute walk to the surf, excelente.
The staff were very nice, professional.
Can't wait to return, it will always be a special place!

  • Stayed: October 2007, traveled as a couple
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Thank juanchoCa
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