We understand that this place was less touristy than Tamarindo, but it still smacked of "party-place central".... with constant music playing in the open-air restaurant and bar. With this constant noise, even during the early hours of breakfast, you didn't get to enjoy any natural sounds of birds around.
This place also felt less genuine than other places we stayed at in Costa Rica. The staff, actually, would probably have been very friendly and nice -- but there seemed to be some sort of dictatorial attitude of the management that wanted them to act jokey and upbeat, that seemed forced. We also did overhear some staff being berated by management in a very condescending way.... which was a real turnoff.
We also felt sorry for the 2 captive parrots with clipped wings, because they were also being bullied by the local birds. And when they fell off their perch, they couldn't get back up again.
We booked a tour through them, but they didn't seem to be knowledgeable about what the tour entailed. In fact, the tour organizer had never taken the tours before (this should be supported by management as part of their training process). They didn't know that on the private turtle-watching tour, whether we would be picked up by boat, van, or walk somewhere ourselves. They didn't know anything about the National Park tour, or how to register for it. We had to find out how to register for this program through the tour organizer at another hotel.
The pool was nice, the facilities were good. The room was good, quiet, but very small.
The food in the restaurant was good, though somewhat expensive. Internet was only available in the restaurant.
The hotel is difficult to find, and the road rather rough. But it's within a short walk to the beach. And the neighbourhood was definitely quiet.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set outside Tamarindo in the beach village and national park of Playa Grande. We offer the romantic, the surfer, and the active traveler a tropical oasis amid the tourist stops. Superior rooms with modern amenities compliment the elegant restaurant where exceptional seafood, steaks and local specialties are served. Friendly and attentive staff ensure your stay is a satisfying one. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bula Playa Grande