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“Beautiful, Romantic, Clean, and Friendly Service” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Moana
Ranked #4 of 9 Hotels in Mal Pais
Certificate of Excellence
Massachusetts
Level Contributor
15 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Beautiful, Romantic, Clean, and Friendly Service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2014

Our stay at Moana was lovely! We chose a standard room, which was more than sufficient. It was clean, quiet, and had a nice bathroom, a safe, and a fridge/minibar. It felt very private and the back windows looked out on trees. It also had a front porch where we could sit and enjoy a drink and the 24/7 sounds of the ocean across the street. The pool was nice, though we didn't spend much time in it. The pool area has some cool hanging beds to lounge on and an "honesty bar," where you can purchase drinks and snacks by simply taking them and writing down your name/room/date. The hotel staff are all very friendly and most of them spoke excellent English and were understanding of our less than perfect Spanish! Upon arrival we were immediately asked, Necesita ayuda?, before even leaving the parking lot with our luggage! We were able to book excursions through the hotel and we didn't need to pay until checkout (excursions are cash only and reasonably-priced). It was very convenient. The included breakfasts were excellent, and starting our day up in the Papaya Lounge with its amazing views and chill vibe was awesome! Not to mention the sweet (non-barking) dog, Lulu, who greeted us every day. We had a car but on several occasions walked down the beach into town, which was also nice. I would recommend walking the beach vs. the street as it is very dusty. I would definitely go back and recommend it to anyone! So romantic.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2014

My husband and I stayed at Hotel Moana for a few days during our honeymoon. We absolutely loved this hotel. It was clean, quite, room had nice beds, and most of all a spacious and modern and clean bathroom. This was by far our favorite hotel during our 11 day visit to Costa Rica. Breakfast is included in the room rate, and at restaurant not only has awesome food but great views. I would highly recommend staying at Hotel Moana.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Taylors, SC
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2014

My husband and I spent a lovely week in the suite at Hotel Moana. We debated about spending the money for the suite but decided to splurge. And we are so glad we did! The room is worth it for the view alone, the Pacific stretched out before you, the coast line snaking away to the north. The room itself was incredibly spacious, with two rain showers and a huge jacuzzi tub. It is a little bit of a climb up the stairs, but we didn't think it was too bad, and was a small price to pay for the views and the privacy. Not to mention the hotel's location guarantees you're far enough back and high enough up from the road that the ever present dust of the dry season comes nowhere near your room.

The staff were fantastic, happy to help us with any questions we had. We booked a zip lining tour, surfing lesson, and horseback ride through companies they recommended, and had a great time doing each.

Bottom line: yes there are far cheaper places to stay in Mal Pais and Santa Teresa, but if you can save up for Hotel Moana, it is worth every penny. It feels like an actual getaway.

  • Stayed February 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2014 via mobile

We enjoyed watching the sun go down and great panoramic views of Mal Pais and Santa Teresa from this hillside hotel's bar/lounge. The food looked great but we just enjoyed a Guanabana Daiquiri and a fresh pineapple juice which both tasted great. It's very relaxed and the staff are friendly but be prepared for a few stairs to get to there-worth it for the view though.

Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
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20 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 2014

Really liked the rooms. Spacious, clean, very comfortable beds, cool decor. The restaurant has a fantastic view of the ocean. You need a car or cab to get to town but it's not too far. My only comment is the service in the restaurant could have been better. The waitress seemed very inexperienced (for example, we asked for water for the table and were given one bottle with no glasses). Otherwise, great experience and I would highly recommend this hotel if you are planning to stay in the area.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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50 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2014 via mobile

This hotel has been my favourite of all seven we tried during our trip to Costa Rica. The rooms are well cared for, chic, spacious and very clean. The decor is beautiful! Also, the food at the Mango Lounge is to die for! Overall it's a fabulous place that I hope to stay at again!

Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2014 via mobile

Mal Pais is a rugged beautiful place, so having a clean and luxurious place to stay was essential to us. Relaxing in the junior suite was definitely worth the price. We were on a budget, so we cut back on excursions and rather spent on the awesome room at Moana. Stayed for 4 days and never got tired of walking the long beaches, exploring the many restaurants in the area, and then returning to our great room to watch the sunset over a few cocktails. The bathroom was fantastic as well with an outdoor shower under the stars, fabulous! Dinners at the Moana restaurant were very good and the bar has many different tropical drinks. I highly recommend this place if you are ok with being a quick walk from the beach.

Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hotel Moana

Property: Hotel Moana
Address: Mal Pais, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Mal Pais
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Mal Pais
#4 Romantic Hotel in Mal Pais
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Moana 3.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Moana is a small luxurious ocean view hotel nestled amongst a rich backdrop of wildlife and jungle. Inspired by Africa for its choice of décor, the beautiful rooms offer tranquility and comfort to all of our guests. Enjoy being served breakfast while you gaze out over the Pacific Ocean. Later hang out at the wonderful pool area and fall asleep on a suspended day bed while the waves crash in the background, paradise awaits! ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Moana Hotel Mal Pais
Hotel Moana Costa Rica/Mal Pais

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