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Review of Alta Vista Condominium

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Alta Vista Condominium
Munster, Indiana, Usa
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17 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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“second stay, many more to come”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2014

This was my second stay at the Alta Vista and I will hopefully be back for many more and sooner than later. My first review is here somewhere or it got lost somehow but in any event, this is really the best of both worlds. You have a modern condo with all the comforts and a fabulous view in a typical Costa Rican neighborhood on the undeveloped side of the beach. All the other reviews are on the money and making reservations with the owner Patrick is very easy. His manager Catherine is a very nice young woman who does a great job of taking over once the reservations are made and checks you in and out. Randall is the watchman and maintenance guy who is all Tico which means he is a happy friendly guy. The maid is very nice too. There are some sodas (cafes) attached to a couple of the houses in the neighborhood where you can eat fresh typical Costa Rican food at very reasonable prices or you can take a short walk to town and eat while looking at the beach and ocean.

I have been to Costa Rica over 30 times and the Alta Vista and Samara Beach are now my favorite places. I just need to find a way to stay there forever.

Room Tip: if you need 2 bedrooms try and book the Begonia unless I am trying for the same dates!
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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alta_vista_condos, Manager at Alta Vista Condominium, responded to this review, 20 May 2014
Donche,

Thank you for the excellent and thorough review! We appreciate all of the kind words and are happy to hear you were pleased with your stay here! We look forward to hosting you many more times in the future.

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Gothenburg, Sweden
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2013

We stayed in the Begonia condo for a month. The apartment was clean, modern and suited all our needs. Close to the beach and the little village. We travelled with our two 16 month old twins and everything worked great.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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Boulder, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2013

This place is ideal for its comfort, convenience, and beauty. I could not resist waking up at dawn so that I could stroll down to the beach (even before coffee!) to take photographs and enjoy watching the early risers and fishermen quietly beginning their days as the sun came up. After local fresh fruit for breakfast back at the condo, I walked into town (you can walk everywhere from Alta Vista!) sipping on a nice cool coconut (so much better than coconut water from the can!) that I purchased from some friendly local girls.
Midday I loved to go for a swim in the ocean, and later after lunch played pool volleyball back at Alta Vista with my niece and nephew. Then it was time for a nice nap up on the roof of the building- the "Congo Lounge" where I could enjoy a siesta in a hammock, or watch the monkeys playing in the trees! Amazing!
Evenings were also relaxing and easy- we did go out occasionally to taste the local cuisine, but at Alta Vista you have the great option to use the fully equipped kitchen and prepare your own fresh fish or lobster... whatever you like!
I would highly recommend this place for families, couples, retreats, a solo vacation... if you're into breathtaking views and living close to nature in the comfort of a luxury condo, this place is for you! Pura vida!

Room Tip: All the condos have spectacular views and identical amenities. They vary in size, so just ask about...
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with family
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Boulder, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2013

We spent a week at Alta Vista in Begonia (the second Level). The building is steps away form the beach and just a few minutes from town. Howler monkeys are a daily sight in the trees surrounding the condos. Geckos, Iguanas and other animals hang around the condos gardens. Randal, the groundskeeper does a great job of keeping the place clean and beautiful. The locked carport gave us piece of mind, as well as the fence that surrounds the property. Begonia it self was comfortable and spacious. The full kitchen was a great amenity! Floor to celling windows give a spectacular view of pasture and palm trees that lead up to the beach. Every room had air conditioners and fans that made for cool comfortable living during our stay. Along with the gas grill out by the pool, the roof top was a nice place to hangout. Not to mention the incredible view! (pictures attached) Between check-in to check-out the entire staff was helpful and caring. With their help we were able to go on a Horseback Tour, horses were bought directly to the condos! With out a doubt we will be back, this was a dream vacation!

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2013 via mobile

We stayed in Playa Samara at Alta Vista Condominium in april of 2013. The weather was incredible with not one drop of rain. When we arrived after driving through town and scoping out other accommodations in the area, we were thrilled to be staying at Alta Vista Condos. We were greeted by a family of monkeys that were jumping from branch to branch and later on during our stay we enjoyed taking pictures and watching them from the observation deck. A photographers dream!
We stayed on the second floor in a 2bedroom and were blown away. The kitchen was phenomenal! It had everything you would find in your kitchen at home and the appliances were newer and in great condition. We prepared several meals during our stay and the preparation went off with out a hitch. The bedrooms and living room have ceiling to floor windows that display breathtaking views of the beach as well as the sunrises and sunsets. The condo is about a block to the beach which is fantastic!! The bathrooms were clean and the bows on the tp and toilette were a nice touch as well as the towel swans on the beds. And this is very worth mentioning, the master bath shower (double shower heads) was AMAZING!! All in all it was very welcoming and it felt like a home away from home. It was also nice having a caretaker on the premise at night and Zelda and Zorro patrolling the property. We felt safe and secure and they were great company.
It's a bit of a walk into town (about 10mins walking), so if your not a walker, definitely rent a bike. There is plenty to do in town as well as plenty of places to eat and the concierge was very helpful pointing everything out and scheduling some activities for us. I highly recommend the fishing!! My husband and his friend went out and between the 2 caught 9 sail fish and a Dorado. They couldn't have had a better experience. Can't wait to book our next trip at Alta Vista Condo's

Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
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Middlebury, Connecticut
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2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2013

Alta Vista is a posh Miami Beach high end condo type Property nestled just steps from the sand in the quaint and very friendly beach town of Samara in the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica. Every unit has up to date decor and top notch cooking appliances to prepare breakfast or lunch at home. If you are looking to disappear and have a vacation, creating life long memories Alta Vista is the place to go. It was amazing from the moment I arrived and we saw things only seen at the zoo. Sunrises are amazing as are sunsets every day! My friend and i chartered a fishing excursion organized directly for us by the Alta Vista staff and it was unreal and the most amazing trip ive been on in a long time. But Clearly my top Pacific fishing adventure. We caught 1, 50lb, mahi mahi or Bull Dorado, and between Patrick and I landed 9 pacific Sailfish or (Pez Vela) not to mention letting one Sail go in a triple header as there were only 2 of us who to fish and we landed both in the double header that it became to be , and it happened twice that day landing both, again! All billfish were released unharmed! It was a dream trip, Patrick landed the largest of the Sails which went to 120lbs, guestimate over 105" and I put the 60" 50lb dorado in the box first thing in the morning at 8:30 am which covered eats, that we prepared in a lovely dinner right at Alta Vista in a top notch kitchen! Delicious it was to say the least! Whatever your need to travel, family couples, friends etc Alta Vista condminiums is the place to call Home base!

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Boulder, Colorado
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2013 via mobile

I don't usually write reviews but for this stay I had to make an exception. The accommodations were amazing!! Overlooking the ocean and walked to town every night. Quiet and relaxing. Extremely clean with great kitchen for cooking. Plan on visiting again very soon!

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Alta Vista Condominium
Address: Meters (Yards) From the Beach in Playa Samara 150, Playa Samara 50205, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Playa Samara
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 24 Speciality Lodging in Playa Samara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Unobstructed ocean & beach views, steps from the sand and town, 1st world comfort with the jungle behind you and beach in front! Pool, A/C, wifi, hot & purified water, 1st world plumbing, full white line kitchens, modern design, secure on-site parking, full time caretaker, BBQ, Brand New! Unbeatable value + top notch service = we exceed your expectations. Our goal isn't one time business like the other guys, we want you to love us the first time and keep coming back! ... more   less 
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Alta Vista Condominium Costa Rica/Playa Samara

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