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Bahia del Sol Beach Front Boutique Hotel
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Playa Potrero
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“SUNSET”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

The absolute best sunset in the entire area. Other places probably have something blocking a part of the view. My girlfriend and I spent multiple sunsets (coincides with happy hour) on the beach until it was completely dark and then we moved a few feet over to enjoy the pool and hot tub under the full moon.
The property and staff could not have been better.
I rated fitness and spa average because I didn't use them.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Hbs B, Gerente at Bahia del Sol Beach Front Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, 6 June 2014
Dear brenfenn,

Sunset is the highlight of the day, almost like a ritual for our clients to watch and enjoy the magnificent work of God, just in front of us and every day a bit different. Bahia del Sol is steps away from the ocean and we have nothing to block the beautiful sunsets view. Yes, happy hour is at the same time, so that our clients can appreciate at half price most of our cocktails, you can have it on the beach, pool or garden area. The pool/ tub after sunset is a great idea, the warm water, heated by the sun of day time makes it comfortable and you can have a drink or even a snack in our wet bar, seeing the stars and the moon in a natural environment.

Thank you very much for your comment and we are blissful the property and staff exceeded your expectations. Hope your travels bring you back to us soon!

Warm regards,

Victoria Bonilla
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Escazu, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

What makes a great hotel besides location and accommodations is service. This hotel excels in it service staff. From the first encounter when we arrived to our check out and leaving nothing was too much or gone unattended.
I compliment the resident manager and her staff for taking the time to train the staff.
We cannot wait to return

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Hbs B, Gerente at Bahia del Sol Beach Front Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, 6 June 2014
Dear Stuart S,

We take very serious our mission towards our dear clients, so happy you got the great service that you deserve. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience at Bahia!! We have a marvelous location, great accommodation but that means nothing without our staff, people are the ones that make the difference. We have the privilege to have an excellent staff and we compliment that with training and intensive, caring follow up takes as results happy customers and happy employees.

Cannot wait to have you back!!

Yours sincerely,

Victoria Bonilla
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Silverstone, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2014 via mobile

We have just returned from a 2 wk holiday in Costa Rica and our 4 night stay at this hotel was a definite highlight! Fabulous sunsets,great food and cocktails, lovely rooms and amazing service! We had just finished a weeks travel around the country so we were in need of some relaxation and it was exactly that. We left refreshed having spent our days on the beach, walking to have a little explore and by the pool. Only thing I would mention is that if ur looking lively nightlife, it's not the place for you! We were happy to enjoy a few cocktails during happy hour (excellent drinks from Oscar and Eduardo!) and have dinner and go to bed. But if u want more than that you may have to go much further afield (though we did visit during the rainy season which meant much lower number of tourists so not as much activity). For us,it was perfect! Thank you so much Victoria and team (my arms are all healed now after your kind gesture of aloe Vera from you to gardens to help:))

Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Hbs B, Gerente at Bahia del Sol Beach Front Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, 6 June 2014
Dear Stephanie W,

To know that Bahia was the highlight of our stay in Costa Rica really makes us joyful. The sunsets are truly fabulous!! How nice that NASU Restaurant provided great food and cocktails for you and your husband. What we are most proud of is the amazing service you’re received, every guest for us is super important and we definitely achieved our goal with you. Bahia is a great place to relax and disconnect you from the world. Potrero is very calm and safe beach town, not a party place but we do offer taxis that can take you to Tamarindo for some night time activity if you wish. You are very welcome, is always a great pleasure to take care of our clients, happy your arm is healed, alove vera is truly a magical plant for healing.

Hope you can come back in a near future to relax, unwind and feel refreshed.

Thank you very much for your kind words and visit!
Always at your service,

Victoria Bonilla
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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2014

We stayed 3 nights in that hotel close to the Pacific ocean. A very good hotel, excellent service, excellent situation and good food. Do not forget Jenny for a very relaxing and professional massage - To be recommended

Room Tip: We had a suite - impressive
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Hbs B, Gerente at Bahia del Sol Beach Front Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, 6 June 2014
Dear Gino159,

Thank you for sharing your experience with us, hope you can come back soon. Nau Spa offers great relaxing services such as massages, scrubs, facials and much more, is on the middle of our garden, a little oasis with fine and professional therapist such as our dear Jenny. We are very happy you had a good stay with us, glad you felt the warmness of our staff and qualify our service as excellent, NASU Restaurant offers proudly breakfast, lunch and dinner for our guests and visitors. Thank you for your recommendation!

Best regards,

Victoria Bonilla
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Hampshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2014

We spent four nights at the hotel in the middle of our trip. We stayed in one of the two bed suites, which would comfortably fit a family or two couples, with a double and twin room and two separate shower rooms. We squeezed in two extra children on camp beds in the lounge! There was a large living, dining area and well stocked kitchen and a great terrace with a lounger and outdoor seating.
The rooms could do with a bit of updating, but were clean and the AC was a blessing in the heat of the day and night!
The hotel has a great pool and we all enjoyed the swim up bar and jacuzzi! The gardens were lovely and very well maintained. It was wonderful being right on the beach and the sunsets were beautiful! We really appreciated how nice our hotel was after visiting one on the neighbouring bay, playa flamingo, that had a road separating the hotel from the beach and was flanked with traders selling souvenirs and tours.
The sand at playa Potrero is dark volcanic, but this didn't detract from the beauty of the setting. There is little development along this section of coast and it felt very peaceful. The water was a little rough for our 8 year old at high tide, but was fine at other times. We loved watching the pelicans dive for fish!
We were all impressed by the friendliness of the staff, some of whom took time to get to know us and made our stay really special. The staff were very helpful and arranged a fantastic snorkelling, diving trip for us in the bay. Three of us used the hotel spa during our stay for massages and would definitely recommend this.
We ate at the hotel restaurant two nights and were all pleased with our meals. The restaurant is set in the gardens looking over the sea and on our last night there was live music and the tables were set up right along the beachfront, which was lovely! They offer a good range of food, if on the slightly higher price range compared to other local eateries. We had fantastic local food at The Shack, 5 minutes walk up the road.
Overall, this is a lovely hotel, great for couples or families and those wanting to avoid larger resort type establishments. Thank you bahia del sol!

Room Tip: - We loved our suite, 309, which was on the 1st floor so felt more secluded. We had to walk past some of the ground floor rooms to get to ours, so this might be a little annoying to those looking for more privacy!

Room Tip: Room Tip: - We loved our suite, 309, which was on the 1st floor so felt more secluded. We had to wal...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Hbs B, Gerente at Bahia del Sol Beach Front Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, 6 June 2014
Dear Sally C

We appreciate very much your comment and kind words. Our two bedrooms suites are ideal for families because as you mentioned are fully equipped and have plenty of room available for sharing, not to mention the view of our lush garden and steps away from the ocean. The A/C are very important because of our hot weather you have AC on the big living area and the two bedrooms as well that way you can be fresh and cool to enjoy your stay with us. The sunsets are truly amazing! All doe beaches in Costa Rica are public; Potrero is almost private, safe and secluded, perfect for long walks, breath taking views and occasional swimming.

Not only the pelicans but some of the locals fish here, is very relaxing to see the birds feed themselves in the water. Is so nice to read that your where impressed by the friendliness of our staff, for us is very important to make our guests feel not only welcome but to experience a personalized attention with us. We can of course arrange tours and excursions for our guests, not only in the area and ocean like sunset catamaran, snorkeling, fishing but also the mountains, hot springs, horseback riding, canopy and much more. Thank you for recommending NAU Spa, we have reasonable prices and great natural environment, is a little oasis inside the garden with AC of course and great professional therapist that have good knowledge of the body and soul. NASU Restaurant is an open Rancho facing garden, pool and ocean, which offers breakfast that, is included on the rate, lunch and dinner. You enjoyed our “Viernes of Bahia”, theme nights with music, bonfire and set up beach front. This is the perfect place to avoid the big resorts; we are a small boutique hotel committed to provide excellence to everyone that visits us. Thank YOU!!

Pura vida,

Victoria Bonilla
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Long Beach, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2014

Staff is wonderful. Very pleased with accommodations. Loved the enclosed patio with outdoor jacuzzi and shower. Romantic strolls on the beach and restful siestas. There's a little touch of luxury here and enjoyed the outdoor dinning every night. Small but inviting pool was truly refreshing. There isn't much in town but this small hotel is worth getting away to if you want to beat the crowds at other Costa Rica beaches. Of course, you have views of fabulous sunsets.

Room Tip: Lush gardens around pool area rooms give great sense of privacy.
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Hbs B, Manager at Bahia del Sol Beach Front Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, 31 May 2014
Dear CaroleNK,

We are delighted for the praises towards our staff, we really have a great family that works together to provide high quality to our guests. Glad you were very pleased with accommodations. From the description you had or our deluxe suite or our king sun suite that has the enclosed patio where you can relax take the sun or Look at the stars with full privacy, tub and outside shower. Bahia is a very romantic hotel, we put attention to details and we have plenty of space to chill relax and enjoy the natural and open environment.

The mood changes during the evening and gets elegant and NASU offers fine dining for our guests and visitors. During the day time, the swimming pool, wet bar and beach just in front makes it a relaxed and laid-back atmosphere. Potrero is a private safe town, perfect to get away for crowds as mentioned. Thank you very much for taking the time to share your experience!!

Warm regards,

Victoria Bonilla
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2014

From the first Hello after 5 hours drive, cool drinks cold towels the only thing missing was a hug(-:
Small hotel with a big heart!!!!! Rooms are clean and comfortable, loved the hamook in front of each, and the short walk to the beach, hardly no people which makes it so nice and quiet.
Go down the beach for launch or dinner at something ....Beach restaurant, Carmin is wonderful,
Their new location Tiki(don't bother)
$30.00 cab ride by William (ask the front gate) to Tamarindo beach, many little shops great restaurants, and surfers lots going on there, William will come back to get you.
Come back and be happy you stay at the "gem", coffee in the morning is wonderful on the beach
At 7am, breakfast has great options you order from a manu all good, (more than what I have at home) all and all great set up and not much$$$$ with a golden heart!

Room Tip: You could not go wrong, ours were 107, 109 which were on the ground level, get out of bed grab coffe...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Hbs B, Manager at Bahia del Sol Beach Front Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, 5 May 2014
Dear dldiamante,

First impression is super important, joyful we made the right one with you, part of the check in is to be greeted with a big smile, cool drink and fresh towel with aromatherapy. Yes, we have a huge heart; we are a big family that takes customer service to heart. Glad your room was clean and comfortable, they way you deserve it; the hammocks are always very well received here. Potrero beach is quiet, peaceful and safe, ideal to do walks swims and of course enjoys the sunset. We offer taxis to Tamarindo, very trust worthy taxis that will do the round trip for you with pleasure. Breakfast at NASU Restaurant is great, just in front of the beach and is included on your rate. Cannot thank you enough for your comment, we really try our best and put soul on what we do…. Is all worth it when we have clients such as yourself.

Warm regards,

Victoria Bonilla
Resident Manager
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Property: Bahia del Sol Beach Front Boutique Hotel
Address: North Of the Flamingo Junction 2 km, Playa Potrero 50101, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Playa Potrero
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Playa Potrero
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Bahia del Sol Beach Front Boutique Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 35
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bahia del Sol is located in Potrero Beach, a beautiful beach of warm tranquil waters on the Pacific Coast of Guanacaste. The Hotel offers the guests the quality of a 4 Star Beach Hotel with all the comforts, including Pool, Jacuzzi, and a Spa, framed in an impressive setting that includes tropical artistic gardens with centennial trees, a Tropical Garden with Native & Exotic plants , and an extensive beach front. The location is perfect for soaking in breathtaking views of the tranquil Potrero Bay, romantic long walks on the golden sands, basking in the rich sun and watching the spectacular sunsets of the Pacific Coast.
With miles of uncrowded beaches, stunning coves and undiscovered inlets, Costa Rica's natural environment speaks to your soul. ... more   less 
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