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Mar Inn Bed & Breakfast
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Reviewed April 23, 2011

Santa Elena is lovely, fairly low key. Mar Inn is a great bed and breakfast, run by a lovely family who could not be more helpful. My stay there was really pleasant, from waking up the first morning to the amazing view from the balcony to the helpfulness of the owners.

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed March 28, 2011

We stayed at the Mar Inn for 5 nights while on a trip with Global Volunteers. Our room was clean and comfortable, and the shower was nice and hot. The hotel is located right on the edge of Santa Elena so it was a very convenient 5 minute walk into town, which we did every day for ice cream.

Far and away, the best part about the Mar Inn is the owners, Giovanny and Zelmira. I was traveling with four kids, ages 8 to 14, and they went out of their way to take care of us. My oldest was sick with a stomach bug one day, and stayed behind while we went off to work. They kept an eye on him and gave us a report when we called in. The two of them also became special friends with my third son, who would get up early to help set the table for breakfast (how did they get him to do that?). Our family had some dietary restrictions and Zelmira even made special pancakes for us. Because we were traveling with a volunteer group, we also had dinners there, which were equally specially prepared and always delicious.

At the end of our week, we found ourselves with extra time, and Giovanny went out of his way to make activity reservations as well as a reservation at another hotel! (We just wanted to move up into the cloud forest). He took care of everything. On our last night, they presented each member of my family with a special piece of jewelry that had been handmade. My kids have not taken them off yet. My third son was in tears when it was time to leave, and in fact insisted we stop by again on our way back to San Jose so we could say goodbye one last time. They were genuinely excited to see us. I have traveled all over the world and have never stayed someplace where my family was so welcomed and comfortable. If we are able to get back to the area, which is stunningly beautiful, I'll definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 25, 2011

This is my second visit to the Mar-Inn Bed & Breakfast in the last year. Somehow, the warm and personal Marin family continue to improve their already charming and comfortable inn. The rooms are first rate, Zelmira's food is "tipica" a la gourmet ,and the owners can arrange for any and every need the visitor might conceive of. In the scenic mounain town of Santa Elena there are a plethora of hotels but the Mar-Inn is the very best for the money and the personal relationships with the owner/family if priceless.

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed March 19, 2011

This place was a gem. It was a wonderful location-above the town of Santa Elena. It was far enough away to be quiet for a good night's sleep, but close enough to all the happenings that Santa Elena and Monteverde have to offer. The family was warm and inviting. The breakfast was just wonderful and the value was amazing. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone staying in the area. I wish we had stayed there more than just the one night.

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 17, 2011

The room was ok, but not really cleaned every day. We had a dead cockroach laying there for 2 days. The beds were clean and warm enough, A/C isn't needed up there. Also the owners were very helpful in organising tours. Sadly, the breakfast not as great as we had expected it from other reviews and guide books: A small pot of coffee or tea with milk, some scrambled egg, 2 slices of toast with jam and butter and 6 small pieces of mixed fruits. WiFi worked pretty fast.

  • Stayed: February 2011
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Reviewed February 14, 2011

Geovanny and Zelmira have hosted our Global Volunteers teams for the past two months. We couldn't ask for more flexibility to accommodate our guests and help them feel at home. Her cooking has earned rave reviews and avoids having to go to a restaurant.
The hotel is a short walking distance from downtown Sta.Elena and doesn't get the downtown noise.
Today Valentine's Day, they even had a rose and candy for everyone! Love them! Don't come to this hotel we want them all to ourselves!

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed February 12, 2011

We were guests at the Mar Inn for two weeks while working on a volunteer project with our 10 and 13 year old children...plus other volunteers. The rooms are basic, comfortable and extremely homey. We enjoyed the wonderful deck view (you could actually see the Pacific in the distance) over the town of Santa Elena. The meals served were exceptionally delicious and enjoyed even by our picky family...and the kind attentiveness of the owners was beyond expectations. I kid you not....we are already planning our return.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Mar Inn Bed & Breakfast

Address: Calle 8, Santa Elena 60109, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Monteverde > Santa Elena
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 34 Specialty Lodging in Santa Elena
Price Range: $53 - $89 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Mar Inn Bed & Breakfast 3*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located at just 5min from Santa Elena downtown, Mar Inn Bed & Breakfast is your best choice to discover Monteverde. Managed by a local family, Mar Inn offers a warm and personalized service that will make every guest feel at home. The hotel offers a wonderful view to the Gulf of Nicoya, private parking and rooms with all the facilities that will make your stay a pleasant and memorable experience. ... more   less 
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