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Esencia Hotel & Villas
Ranked #22 of 26 Hotels in Santa Teresa
Zurich, Switzerland
1 review
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Reviewed January 24, 2011

This hotel disposes of a very great and clean arrangement.
In the rooms you feels very welcome, value is placed of small details.
The staff is very friendly and helpful.
We were very contented with all and will come again certainly.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with friends
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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Reviewed January 15, 2011

...this place is a paradise! more than that, an oasis!! like no other place in Sta. Teresa

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with friends
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Bern, Switzerland
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Reviewed January 13, 2011

We had a great time @ the Esencia, very nice staff, clean and beautiful villa!

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Aurora, Colorado
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed January 13, 2011

If you stay at Esencia, request a villa away from the main street. If you do this you'll end up getting WiFi and you'll be away from the noise of the nightclub across the street. Otherwise, our stay in Santa Teresa, CR was awesome.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled with family
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed December 9, 2010

This place was amazing. The rooms were clean and the service was impecable. Gerat place for people interested in surfing and lounging! Easy ride to Montezume for the excursion tours. The Manager Marco Romero is the most personable young man who helped us with every need. We felt completely safe and loved coming back to our villa at the end of the night. Monkeys hung in the trees. The pool and rooms were always clean and staff was extremely accomidating. This is the place to stay for a relaxing and one with the earth type of trip!

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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Reviewed August 13, 2010

I stayed here on 11/2009 and really enjoyed it. It was just for 1 night but the they made us feel very good. The reservation process was fluid and helpful,the check in fast ,friendly and very proffesional. The room was clean had some details eventough being discreet.The facilities were clean and well maintained.The place is somehow bohemian but the scenario of the beaches is great. The road not in very good condition but manageable.I would say it was one of those weekends to remember.

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  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
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Atlanta
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Reviewed August 1, 2010

I stayed here for 1 week with a group of girlfriends. I am not sure where to start, so many wonderful things to say about Esencia.

I have traveled and stayed in many places in Costa Rica. When you are in the middle of a tropical forest it is difficult to find a place that can keep up with the elements. Escencia did above and beyond. Every single part of the hotel, including the stacked rock walls were continuelly kept clean and mildew free. Not an easy thing during the green season. It was so great having howlers come thru the grounds. The pool is very welcoming and nice.

We had a 2 bedroom house. It is true that the place is built on a slight incline from the road all the way up to the end. Our place was in the middle, and to get to the pool we had a slight up hill walk for about 100 ft. If you can't handle this walk then you really have no business being in this part of Costa Rica. Our little house was VERY nice and new. The best was the bathroom. It was extremely clean and big. It even had a magnify mirror!! First I have seen in CR. The rooms were all a good size and the beds were comfortable. The kitchen was nice to have. We did a little cooking, but mainly used the fridge for beverages. The outside porch was great to hang out on and visit. There are outdoor showers for each place and a clothes line on the side of each house.

The staff is amazing. Jessica was our main contact. She was excellent. Any questions or requests we had she was on it. She was able to hook us up with everything we needed. She was not there for our whole trip, but the times she wasn't there Marco was there and just as great. Really the entire staff went above and beyond for us. We were a group of women traveling so they made sure where ever we went and who ever took us made sure we were safe during our adventures and for the entire time we were there. I can't say thank you enough to the staff. We just loved the place and them.

As far as the location, it is pretty good. You are across the street from the beach. This place would be perfect if it was ON the beach, but then it would cost a fortune and be out of many peoples budget. There is a nightclub across the street. It is actually a really fun locals hang out. The noise never bothered us and we often went and joined the fun. It was great being right across the street because the security guard could see us leave the club and make sure we were left alone. There are many restaurants very close to the hotel. Lots to choose from. When we wanted to do activities the staff always gave us the best suggestions. Sometime we would shop around but in the end Jesica was always right on about who to work with.

I can't come up with any negatives about this hotel except for some of the things that can not be avoided if you want to visit this part of Costa Rica. And this has to do with wild life and some conviences you might want in a more developed area. If these are things you are worried about or need then Santa Teresa isn't for you anyway.

So for the price I don't think Escencia can be beat. This was not my first visit to Santa Teresa-Mal Pais area and I have seen and stayed at many other places.

As far as the last review goes, the peoples expectations were not fair. They wanted to drive thru the resort along the walk way with their car? Who expects to do this. Would any hotel let you drive your car through the resorts sidewalks? This is not a motel on the side of the road where you park infront of you room. I am not sure what they were expecting with this area, not just this hotel.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Esencia Hotel & Villas
Address: Playa Santa Teresa, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Santa Teresa
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#5 Spa Hotel in Santa Teresa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Esencia Hotel & Villas 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in Santa Teresa-Mal Pais Beach, one of the most virgin and beautiful regions! Endless miles of soft, white sand beach perfect for swimming and surfing. The hotel offers ten marvelous, independent and private villas. All villas have their own terrace with garden view, bathroom, hot water and safety box. Other exquisite elements are the teak chairs, the furniture and the deck of the villa made out of precious woods. ... more   less 
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