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Casa MarBella
Ranked #1 of 26 Hotels in Santa Teresa
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Reviewed March 25, 2013

My girlfriend and I are from the outskirts of New Orleans and we stayed here 6 or 7 nights in late Feb-early May. It was our first time to this part of Costa Rica and we loved it. This hotel is unique, well maintained, tastefully decorated and exceeded our expectations. The entire staff and owners are friendly people who make you feel welcome and comfortable. Everyone is eager to help if you happen to need anything. It has amazing views, is centrally located to the town, and offers access to a great restaurant(also nice people). If you are wondering if you should stay here....you should. I hope to return soon. Thanks for a wonderful time.

Room Tip: standard room was fine for us, but if you plan on staying in your room...upgrade to balcony for grea...
  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 19, 2013

My second effort to get a review posted! Come on tripadvisor!!

We enjoyed our five night stay in suite #1. The deck provides a lovely view of sunsets as does the pool. The pool itself is a cool respite from the heat with enough room to do some paddling around. The suite's kitchen is big and has all one would need to prepare meals.

Best of all is the hospitality offered by Jim. He is a top-notch manager with skills to take care of any problem.

One suggestion is to provide shampoo or at least to sell it.

Room Tip: If you go for a suite ask for #6. It is better located than #1 in that it is not next to the parkin...
  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 16, 2013

It's beautiful, run by a very welcoming American couple and stunningly located on a hillside. The rooms are spacious and nicely designed. There is an infinity pool to cool down and the end of the day and one of the best restaurants in Santa Teresa right next door. What more do you want?
Unfortunately we did not book long enough in advance and could therefore only stay for one night.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 1, 2013

Three of my sisters, my young daughter and I stayed at Casa Marbella for 4 wonderful nights/days. Set on a hillside above Sta Teresa, it was an oasis from a town bustling with surfers and full of dust during the dry season.
The infinity pool was just what the doctor ordered after being out and about all day and was such a great spot to socialize with the others staying in this boutique hotel. With just 8 rooms (we had 2 of them), we quickly made friends with others at the pool swimming or watching the glorious sunset (or while marveling at the fact a howler monkey had taken up temporary residence in the trees on the property).

Jim and Stephanie were so helpful and their daughter Naia provided a great playmate for my daughter.

Drinks on the honor system and free, delicious Costa Rican coffee were some of the perks of this wonderful hotel.

Would go back in a heartbeat.

Room Tip: We loved the room with 2 bedrooms and a wee kitchen. Fridge was great to house cold beverages and th...
  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

We are a New York family of five (three teenage kids), and we stayed at Casa Marbella from February 16-23, 2013. We arrived around lunchtime on a Saturday, and were greeted by Amaline (spelling?), our wonderful Austrian concierge, who walked us through the beautiful hotel property nestled in the hills less than 0.5 km above the main drag in Santa Theresa. The hotel was built by the New Smyrna, Florida-native husband and wife team, Jim and Stephanie, back around 2006, and every inch of it is a Zen-inspired gem of design, comfort and beauty. The ocean views from every window are breath-taking, and the blue-tiled infinity pool set in the center court-yard was absolutely blissful. We stayed in the front villa (#8), which is a duplex suite with a large balcony, full kitchen, a master bedroom and one guest room with a full-size bed with a shared bathroom on the first floor, and another bedroom with twin beds, and another full bathroom on the second floor. The balcony was equipped with adirondack chairs, a full dining table which sat 6 easily, and a hammock. We had three "pet" iguanas who came to visit the roof below our balcony every day for fruit scraps, which made our kids laugh. Much of the furniture and the fixtures were designed by the owners using local materials. Stephanie is a certified Vinyasa flow Yoga instructor, and you can see her goal to create a calm sense of oneness with the surrounding, natural environment is present in every detail. The hotel provides arrangements for every activity you could dream of participating in, and we took advantage of a wonderful private Yoga session with Stephanie right on the hotel's gorgeous yoga deck, and a private surf lesson with Jim (who's been surfing for almost 30 years, and was - gratefully - very patient with us newbies). Our friendly hosts also arranged excursions to nearby destinations for zip-lining, horseback riding, and deep sea fishing. They also set up our day-trip to snorkle near Tortuga Island. The hotel is right in the middle of town, so you really don't even need a car if you want to veg out by the pool, walk to restaurants and the Playa Santa Theresa or Carmen surf sites. However, many people rent ATVs (which we did for one day) to get around. Tip: if you go by ATV or motorcycle, expect to wear goggles and surgical masks - the unpaved roads are very dusty. I can't say enough great things about the hotel, it's owners, or the location in Santa Theresa. We had the trip of a lifetime, and having seen the other lodgings around the town, we absolutly know we picked the best place!

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 24, 2013

We stayed at this hotel for 3 nights in february 2013 and it was perfect. We arrived really early in the morning and our room was not ready but they took care of us and our luggage and gave us some towels to enjoy the pool. Room perfect (#4) with a kitchen, frig and a king bed. Amazing shower and the decoration of the room is really beautiful. We took their honeymoon package wich consist of a canopy tour, a one hour massage each (Amelyn is a really great masso and it was a perfect moment of relaxation - there was some noise from the others clients from the pool but that was not really a problem because the massage was so good.... and it's part of the game when you have a massage outside or on the beach) and the last part was a bottle of champagne and a basket of fruits that we enjoy on the upper gallery with the sunset in front of us. Womderfull!!!! Thanks to Stephanie and Jim, the owners of this perfect place.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 21, 2013

We spent five nights here with our 5-year old son and infant daughter, and loved every minute. Although Santa Teresa can be a tough destination for little ones - it's hot, dusty, and located at the far end of a long, bumpy day's travel - Casa MarBella was a comfortable, charming oasis and base from which to explore and enjoy the surfers' vibe that we came to experience.

In terms of location, this hotel is located at the commercial end of Playa Carmen, near the main crossroads, which means that it's convenient to services, but a good 10-minute drive away from the fancier lodgings, restaurants, and Playa Santa Teresa proper. Two banks, two grocery stores (with diapers, formula, and baby food), plus a small handful of restaurants and shops, are all within walking distance of the hotel, but having an ATV or SUV would be ideal. Casa MarBella is located at the top of a very steep slope and driveway, which can be a bit of a hike with kids and surfboards in the sun, but also means that once you arrive, you're far above the dust and noise of the main road.

This is a small, intimate, and private hotel that is lovingly tended, and we quickly came to know both the owners and some of the other guests that were staying with us. We had no qualms letting our son roam around the property with his new friends, or hiring the wonderful housekeeper to babysit. Our two-bedroom suite was comfortable, clean, and spacious enough for the whole family - including a large portable crib - and we especially appreciated the well-equipped kitchen, essential for family travel.

The pool area is small but pretty, with a lovely infinity edge that peeks out across the treetops to the ocean. There is also a beautiful yoga deck that cantilevers out from the hill, to make the most of the breeze and sunset views. The view from our master bedroom was also to die for, with double french doors opening out to a small private deck overlooking the Pacific. Be aware that this property is very compact, so the basic studio rooms clustered around the courtyard, while comfortable, are nowhere near as nice as the larger accommodations. In terms of space, privacy, and view, it's the 2- and 3-bedroom units that offer superb value for Santa Teresa.

The owners, Jim and Stephanie, were friendly hosts, helping us set up surfing lessons, rentals, babysitting, and restaurant reservations without any fanfare. On the subject of restaurants, dinner at the adjacent Brisas Del Mar was one of the highlights of our stay, with excellent food, big tasty drinks, and a festive outdoor dining area overlooking the town.

Santa Teresa isn't for everyone - it's hot, dusty, miles from anywhere, and a bit rough around the edges. But for families seeking a little adventure, mixed in with creature comforts like cold beer, air conditioning, and great sushi, you'd be hard pressed to find a better value than Casa MarBella.

Room Tip: Absolutely spring for the 2- or 3-bedroom units with a kitchen. They're worth it.
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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: $122 - $202 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Casa MarBella 2.5*
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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