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“Zenful Rest”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Casa MarBella

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Casa MarBella
Ranked #1 of 26 Hotels in Santa Teresa
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Foresthill, California
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“Zenful Rest”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2012

This place is amazing!!!!! We stayed in the suite- which was huge. 2 bedroom- large kitchen for $100 a night with amazing views!!! The place was decorated perfect and our deck outside had a perfect view. it is in middle of santa teresa so you can walk into middle of town. The road itself to the place is a little steep and bumpy but well worth it to check out your view of the ocean. The pool was amazing and the property is super cute!! Our hostess Elenita was super nice and helpful. Unfortuatly we went on the off season and alot of things were closed! But was so glad to have been able to stay their and would highly recommend!! I would stay there again!!!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2012

Hi !
This place is wonderful.
Nice pool, perfect ocean view, clean and cozy rooms.
Although the location is in the center of S Teresa it is nice and quiet.
Bars and restaurants are close to walk and my favorite restaurant was right next door perfect for the sunset drink.
Beside that Jim and Stef were super friendly and ready for all my stupid questions, I got this unforgetable surf lesson with Jim, explained with one word : stoked !
Me and my wife decided to come back for sure ....maybe with friends after we saw the amazing large condo upstairs on our last day.....
See you guys in 2013 :-)

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Nags Head, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2012

I have stayed at Casa Marbella 2 separate times. Once we went as a family and rented out the "apartment" upstairs. It was a dream, a HUGE covered porch with tables, benches, hammocks and more. Inside was a large living room and amazing kitchen. 2 bedrooms on the main level and one bedroom up a set of stairs. The whole set up and time at the hotel was amazing. The second time I stayed in one of their small rooms that has a mini fridge and a great bathroom. Both times I was very very pleased and the owners are great people. The young daughter is very entertaining and funny and you instantly felt at home. The provide fresh coffee every morning as you sit out by the infiniti pool and enjoy the view you have of the ocean. This is a perfect small family owned hotel located just close enough to town , but far enough up the hill so it is peaceful and quiet. I would definitely recommend this boutique hotel to anyone is who looking for a small, very well taken care of, family owned hotel.

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
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Santa Barbara, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2012

I stayed here with my boyfriend for three nights in September. The hotel has a gorgeous view and their infinity pool overlooks the sea. We really enjoyed swimming in the pool everyday while looking over the ocean.

Pros:
- It is located right near the town of Santa Teresa and we were able to walk to every shop and restaurant.
- gorgeous view
- nice size rooms

Cons:
- you can hear everything other guests are doing because the rooms are so close to each other
- the bed was very squeaky/cranky, thus every time I moved in my sleep, I woke up due to the bed squeaking and cranking
- our shower was not working properly. The water went from being cold to hot and when the maintenance guy said he fixed the problem, we still had the problem

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Stephanie B, Owner at Casa MarBella, responded to this review, September 25, 2012
I'm so glad that you enjoyed your stay at Casa Marbella. We apologize for the inconveinces and thank you for bringing them to our attention. We are aware of the inconsistency of the hot water in this room and have been waiting to close to be able to change the water heating system. Staring today the hotel will be closed for maintence for two weeks in which changing out the old system is a priority. We have made numerous attempts in the past to replace the exisiting instant water heaters with other brands, but still get similar results. Therefore, we now have no other option but to re-do the entire system. This requires changing some of the existing water tubes. In order to do that we need to actually break into the concrete walls and floors. It is a messy and very loud job. That's why we are taking advantage of this slow time of year to rectify the situation once and for all.

During this closure we will also take this opportunity to adjust any bed that may be squeaking.

As far as the hotel layout, some rooms are located nearer to the pool than others. Many of our guests enjoy the intamacy of this and how it encourages guests to get to know one another. Often times they end up dining out and doing tours together by the end of their trip. We realize that some people are looking for more privacy and one can find that in our suites and condos.

If you ever make it back to this area, we encourage you to stop in and experience the ongoing improvements that you and other guests have helped us to make. We strive to provide a beautiful, enjoyable , yet affordable accommodation in Santa Teresa.

Sincerely,

Jim and Stephanie Bubaloni
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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2012

Great little hotel on the hill with ocean view infinity pool. Rooms are comfortable, A/C, fridge, safe, some have king size beds. Yoga and sun deck available for guests to use. Nice and helpful staff, close by to restaurants and the beach. Only downside which took away the perfect score is the shower... warm water come in and out...
Perfect for couples.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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new york, new york
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2012

This hotel is rustic. You will encounter ants, musty sheets, barely functioning showers and other items in less than pristine shape. We stayed here for a few days in spring and decided to leave early for many reason but the one that cinched the decision for us was dealing with the owner's daughter, who took over the pool and proceeded to scream at guests periodically. She was often unattended and looking for attention from guests. Overall Casa Marbella is a decent, by no means great, B&B or Inn. I don't consider it a Boutique Hotel. If you want to interact with other guests, don't mind unattended kids jumping around and screaming with excitement - this may be perfect for you. A relaxing, quiet stay it did not make.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2012

We got home a few weeks ago from our stay at Casa Marbella, and we cannot stop thinking about how wonderful a trip it was and how great a place Casa Marbella is to stay.
There are many places to stay in Santa Teresa, but Casa Marbella is really your only choice. Up on a hill, it has beautiful views and a delightful ocean breeze to keep you cool, while also being easily accessible to the beach and everything in town. The hotel itself is beautiful and charming - not in a chandelier and wall-to-wall carpet kind of way - but in a rustic and open, you're-staying-in-a-rainforest-right-on-the-beach kind of way without sacrificing beautiful decor and impeccable cleanliness.
The owners, Jim and Stephanie, couldn't be better hosts. Whether it be making suggestions of places to go, arranging for a masseuse to come to the hotel for you, setting you up with ATV's to buzz around on, or giving you surf lessons, they make staying in a new place feel like an old familiar haunt.
Whether you want to spend your entire trip relaxing by the pool and enjoying the views or going out to explore Santa Teresa and the surrounding towns, Casa Marbella is the perfect choice for a fantastic vacation. During our stay at Casa Marbella, we met several people who have made Casa Marbella their annual summer vacation spot. And, it's no wonder. We will be back soon!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Casa MarBella
Address: 125 meters east and 25 meters north of Super Ronny's, Santa Teresa 5361, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Santa Teresa
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Green Hotel in Santa Teresa
#3 Family Hotel in Santa Teresa
#4 Romantic Hotel in Santa Teresa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Casa MarBella is a boutique hotel situated on a mountain slope in Santa Teresa. The property provides a spectacular panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean and is a five-minute walk to the beach, restaurants, and stores. Being surrounded by rainforest, it offers a unique opportunity to watch wildlife in their natural habitat. The area is renowned for its consistent surf breaks, some of which are walking distance from the property. The Casa consists of eight units with four different typologies of rooms for your different needs and group sizes. It is an ideal venue for those seeking the privacy, services, and comforts of individual hotel rooms, yet the intimacy of a private villa. The décor of the rooms is a minimalist approach with a tropical touch. The amenities of the hotel include free parking area, Wi-Fi in the common areas, infinity pool, ocean view yoga deck, sun terrace, and reception. All of the rooms have ocean view and air conditioning. Services we provide include house keeping, massage, babysitting, and concierge where we can schedule an array of activities for no extra charge. ... more   less 
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Casa Marbella Santa Teresa
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