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“Nice, relaxing, friendly, not pretensious”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of La Marejada Hotel

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La Marejada Hotel
Ranked #3 of 7 Hotels in Playa Grande
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Denver, Colorado
2 reviews
“Nice, relaxing, friendly, not pretensious”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2011

This is a very nice, clean, friendly place, across the street from a great surf beach (almost deserted when we were there). Everyone there was incredilbly nice! We arrived late on a Sunday night (Nov 2011) and the owner Carli made arrangements to meet us there; she was very accommodating during our entire stay. This is more like a "guesthouse." If you expect the 4 Seasons, you will not like this place. But if you are looking for a simple, cool, relaxing, non pretensious, clean, convenient place to stay at the beach, this is the right place! There is a bar/restaurant attached and several simple restaurants in the area. It's a 20min drive to Tamarindo if you are looking for the tourist shops and (overpriced, as expected in any beach town) restaurants. We took surf lessons from the local surfers (not the overpriced "surf camps") and then indulged in a most relaxing massage (Carli is also a masseur). Overall, a great experience! Looking forward to the next opportunity!

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2011

I stayed at Marejada for business in November, 2011. The location was awesome with three restaurants within walking distance including Mar Bar in the hotel. Rooms were very clean (they cleaned daily) and the wireless internet worked great. Very easy to run down to the beach for a surf as well.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled on business
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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2011

We stayed there in December 2010/January 2011. The place is nice and clean and very close to the beach. It is a simple hotel, there are no TVs, fridges or other bells and whistles in the rooms but they do offer free wi-fi.
The owners are very nice and helpful and one of them even drove us to the surf shop and helped with a board rental. But the best thing about the place is their restaurant. Great food!!! We got addicted to their fresh made nachos with fresh guacamole...couldn't have enough. All other food we tried was just as good so we haven't really eaten anywhere else. We will definitely come back.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2011

This place was our favorite spot in Costa Rica. The hotel was clean, bright, safe and inviting. The bathrooms were clean, air conditioning was perfect, bed was really comfy. The owners were extremely helpful and available for whatever we needed- beach towels, directions, shuttle service, advice. The beautiful beach was right across the street and down a short path.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2011

Awesome little place.
Everyone here was soooo nice as mentioned in the other reviews. The Mar Bar was a great place to unwind each day and really didn't have to go anywhere else for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. It was all good.
Rooms were very clean and comfortable- AC was nice and cold.
Only downside was lack of water pressure- not a deal breaker, and a few mosquitoes...so bring the bug spray if you come during the rainy season.
Pool was really clean and perfect temp to cool off after a long hot day at the beach. Didn't need to be bigger, as we had the hotel to ourselves...which was amazing.
Usually you think....we'll, nobody else is there, so its probably not good. That is absolutely not the case! The whole town is pretty quiet, which is why we choose this place over Tamarindo. If you want to hang out with all the other touristas, this is not your place. We mainly saw the same few people and owners/workers from the other hotels (only like 5 in Playa Grande) hanging out here.
Surfing was great! has to be high tide...by the way. Not even a 2 minute walk through a little path to get to the beach- cool colorful crabs everywhere and a few lizards to see on the way. Lots of shells, which the kids loved...and a few stray beach dogs to keep you company. When the surfs low, we where the only people on the beach...was spectacular.
I would stay here again...if I come back to Costa Rica, I may just plan to stay here the whole time.
Kids and family loved it.

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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
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Fort Collins, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2011

I stayed at the hotel next door to the La Marejada. I was having a very good Tico breakfast the La Marejada Hotel and met Gail the co-owner. We talked and she gave a tour of the hotel. The rooms are a step above the area for near the same price. The beds are new and the sheets are high end. The restaurant is the choice for the staff/locals/tourist. I would stay there in a heart beat.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with family
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2011

Über nice place. Nice vibe, cool staff and the two owners were truly down to earth and kind people.
Would have loved to stay longer.
The bar serve surprisingly tasty food.
Only a short walk to the beach and to the Turtle Center, from where you can go turtle watching. We saw a massive Leatherback on the beach. That is something else.
Highly reccomendable place.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: La Marejada Hotel
Address: 200m Sur de Minae, Playa Grande, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Playa Grande
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Playa Grande
#4 Family Hotel in Playa Grande
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
La Marejada Hotel, located in the quiet town Playa Grande is a hotel for surfers and beach goers alike. The hotel is located a quick walking distance to the white sand beach of Playa Grande. Our on site restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner focusing on fresh, homemade food made with the best local ingredients available. The property itself is shaded with mature palms, has an inviting pool to cool off in, as well as hammocks for relaxing outside in the tropical ambiance. The rooms are simple, clean, and stylish, with A/C, hot water, and comfortable beds and linens. The surrounding national park ensures an experience for nature lovers and gives a tropical sleepy charm to the area. ... more   less 
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