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Bahia del Sol Beach Front Boutique Hotel
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Playa Potrero
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Toronto, Canada
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“Great Family Vacation”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2014

We spent a wonderful week with our young children. If you plan to stay, you should know what to expect.

1. The beach is not the white sand of Tamarindo, but it is lovely and very quiet. Not a rowdy teenager or college student in sight. Our kids enjoyed playing with the local children who came down to the beach on the weekend. If you interested in exploring other local beaches, the hotel will arrange a guide to spend the day touring you around - Roger, our guide, was extremely friendly and knowledgable about the area.

2. This is not a large chain or a "luxury" hotel. There is no 24hr room service, chocolates on your pillows, or waiters ready to bring you your favourite champagne at your whim. But, if you like a smaller "family" feel, this is the right place for you. The rooms are not fabulously luxurious, but they are clean and entirely functional. They are commensurate with what you pay. If you are more interested in outdoor fun than how gorgeous your room is, this is the place for you.

3. The staff do not all speak English fabulously, but they are super friendly and lovely. The service at the restaurant is somewhat irritatingly slow, but the food is good and the staff are so sweet that you forget the service. If you bring your patience you will be treated to lovely meals. The view is spectacular and the staff will even set up a table right by the beach if you ask nicely. I wish the restaurant featured more local fare.

4. The resort is a bit remote. If you are more interested in tourist shopping that playing with your kids, this is not the place for you. If you are looking for a safe beach for your kids to play on without crowds, and tourist shopping isn't your thing, then this is perfect. There is a local shop a few minutes walk up the road where you can buy some local snacks, ice cream and beverages. And a local fruit stand just a few minutes walk in the opposite direction. If you like the idea of checking out some local shops, this is your spot.

5. If you wants lots of happening night life, plenty of bars to check out, stay in Tamarindo with the college students. If your focus is on a family vacation and you are frankly so exhausted from your busy life that the idea of a glass of wine in the hammock after the kids go to bed followed by bed-time yourself by 10 pm sounds perfect, this is your spot.

We would definitely go back.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Hbs B, Manager at Bahia del Sol Beach Front Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, 7 July 2014
Dear EtobicokeFamily1,

How nice to read you had a wonderful week with your young children, thank you very much for sharing your experience with other travelers so that they know what to expect. Potrero beach is a not white sanded beach but beautiful, peacefully and safe, the sunsets are to die for. We do have our tour desk that will arrange tours to the beach, volcanoes, zip lining and plenty more. This is definitely not a big chain hotel, we are proud to be a small boutique hotel oriented to details and customer service satisfaction.

Our rooms are spacious clean and comfortable, the outdoors are for sure our biggest asset, green garden that surround us, pool, right on the beach, the wild animals and natural beauty. Very happy our service was friendly and sweet, I do apologize if the service was slow, we appreciate your feedback that way we can strike this and improve. All of your comment will be taking in consideration to get better, more local options on our menu is one of them. This is not a crowded area, part of the magic of staying in Bahia.

We would love to have you back very soon.
At your service,

Victoria Bonilla
Resident Manager
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2014

The grounds are beautiful, the staff is warm and welcoming, the food is great. Who needs anything else? We loved our stay here. The location is tranquil and relaxing. Our room was beautiful and comfortable. A truly magical place.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Hbs B, Manager at Bahia del Sol Beach Front Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, 24 June 2014
Dear dawn0411,

Thank you very much for your kind words. We agree Bahia is a truly magical place; we proudly work with a lot of heart for all of our dear guests. The location is privileged; beach, sun, pool and green gardens compose a great relaxing place with personalize attention. Content NASU Restaurant provided great food. Hope you can return soon so that you can disconnect yourself from the hectic world and let us take care of you.

Warm regards,

Victoria Bonilla
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2014

We stayed in a villa with 5 couples just up the beach from this hotel - but frequently visited Bahia Del Sol for drinks or breakfast. Really a beautiful location, and the service was outstanding. We would consider staying here next time we visit Costa Rica. Fabulous hotel if you want a quiet get away. Playa Portrero has an amazingly empty beach, gorgeous views of the ocean, incredible sunsets, and lush tropical landscaping. You won't find much in the way of restaurants or nightlife here - which is exactly what we wanted. Peace, Quiet, and Nature.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Hbs B, Manager at Bahia del Sol Beach Front Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, 24 June 2014
Dear kb-austin,

We appreciate very much the time you took to share your experience and recent visit. Is lovely to know that our visitors can really find a good local spot for Restaurant, Tour Desk and Spa, drinks and meals are provided from our cuisine NASU Restaurant. Bahia del Sol definitely has a beautiful location, just in front of the ocean and with a lot of green areas to chill relax and enjoy the pool, services and of course the friendliness of our wonderful staff. Thank you for considering staying with us next time you visit Costa Rica, it would be a pleasure to have you with us. If you wanted peace, quiet and nature than you most certainly made the right choice by picking Playa Potrero for your holiday destination, is a very safe and beautiful beach town with awesome sunsets and people.

Pura vida,

Victoria Bonilla
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2014 via mobile

We stayed 4 nights in this hotel during our tour of Costa Rica.
It's located in beautiful beach, the reception, restaurant and bar area are outdoors under the straw roofs. The staff were very friendly and happy to help you with anything. Their yellow fin tuna salad was something to die for - absolutely top marks for that. In general the food was very good and fresh! The rooms were tidy & clean and included coffee facilities. Every night the staff would bring us freshly baked cookies, which were very delicious and it was really nice little touch. First night we had a little visitor in our room, quite big crab! Poor thing had got stuck behind our bags, it took us a while to get him out. We reckon it must have got in when the rooms were made up as the doors were normally kept open when the maid was in. There are quite a lot of them around, so would keep the door shut when ever around the rooms. We would stay there again,it's very relaxing place:)

Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Mari S
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Hbs B, Manager at Bahia del Sol Beach Front Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, 24 June 2014
Dear Mari S,

First I will like to thank you for choosing Bahia del Sol as part of your trip to Costa Rica. Glad to read you liked Potrero Beach and founded beautiful, the sunset is the highlight of the day. As you mention our Recepcion, NASU Restaurant and bar are under a Palapa Ranch, so an open area just in front of the beach. It´s always a great pleasure to help our clients and assist them the best way we can. The tuna salad is one of our star dishes, very fresh and tasty, happy you agree. Our rooms are spacious and comfortable and of course you get coffee facilities, we are in Costa Rica, coffee is a must! We do our cookies every day for our guests as part of the turn down service, fresh baked cookies made with lots of love. When we have crab season is hard to keep them out, we are taking notes of your recommendation so that our housekeeping staff closes everything while they clean. If your travels bring you back to Potrero, Guanacaste, we will be waiting with arms wide open for another relaxing stay.

Thank you again for your visit and for sharing your experience.
Warm wishes,

Victoria Bonilla
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Johnstown, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2014

The location and view from the hotel were wonderful. The staff was friendly and helpful. We had a great time there and a big part of that was the staff at the front desk, bar and restaurant who made sure that we were taken care of. The location was beautiful and the pool area was amazing! Can't wait to go back.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Kalli G
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Hbs B, Manager at Bahia del Sol Beach Front Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, 24 June 2014
Dear Kalli G,

Super happy to read about your wonderful stay with us! We know that we have an awesome location and view, to be just in front of the ocean is definitely a plus, the nature that surrounds us is just breathtaking. This all means nothing without our wonderful staff, that goes above and beyond for our precious guests, our goal is to have happy customers and for every guest to enjoy at the fullest their experience at Bahia del Sol. Can´t wait to have you back!!

Yours sincerely,

Victoria Bonilla
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2014 via mobile

This place is like little gem away from other tourist traffic, amazing view to the ocean with beach on the front also walking distance to next village along the beach.
Many birds, Jesus Crisis Lizards, other insects and resident dogs that been look after by locals.
Food here is amazing have so many different choices and all delicious!
There is a yoga class on every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday run by a lady called Colleen, she is really amazing.
It is free charge if you are hotel guest. It's fantastic to join this group to complete your experience with this boutique hotel.

Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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1 Thank Yves W
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Hbs B, Manager at Bahia del Sol Beach Front Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, 23 June 2014
Dear Yves W,

Thank you very much for taking the time to write this comment. We completely agree with you, this is a place to avoid the crowds. Our privileged location just in front of gorgeous Playa Potrero, allow us to have amazing views and awesome sunsets. The natural beauty around us invites our guests and visitors to enjoy a contact with some natural wild life of the area. So excited you liked the food form NASU Restaurant, we try to have a lot of variety to please all of our guests, blissful you founded all delicious.

The Sattva Yoga with Colleen is a great recommendation; she is really talented and professional and is included on the rate. It warms our heart to know you experience was good with us, hope you can come back if your travels bring you back to Guanacaste, Costa Rica.

Sincerely yours,

Victoria Bonilla
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2014

Not one complaint about my stay. I felt so well looked after, staff was genuine and layed back. Food was sensational, massage was incredible and inexpensive, and the beach connected to the resort was breathtaking. I will be back!

  • Stayed May 2014
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1 Thank Supernannny
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Hbs B, Manager at Bahia del Sol Beach Front Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, 23 June 2014
Dear Supernannny,

It is so nice to read that you have not one complaint about your stay with us. We are sincerely concerned about our guests and want to provide excellence throughout our services and attitude. Thumbs up for NASU Restaurant and NAU Spa!! Potrero beach is beautiful and very private. We appreciate very much your comment and can´t wait to have you back in your home away from home, Bahia del Sol.

Warm regards,

Victoria Bonilla
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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
Hotel Style:
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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