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“Great Service, Great Location”
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Hotel Moana
Ranked #3 of 8 Hotels in Mal Pais
Reviewed 22 April 2014

From start to finish, the experience at Moana was excellent. Bruno took great care of all the details, the rooms are comfortable and luxurious, without unnecessary frills, and the views from the upstairs rooms and restaurant/bar are fantastic (not to mention the nice breeze). Keep in mind it's a couple of km from the main Santa Teresa strip, but the peace & quiet is nice, it keeps the dust down, and as long as you have transport, it's not a problem at all. The pool is great for a refreshing dip, and the honour bar is a nice touch!

Room Tip: The Jr Suites up on the hill near the restaurant are fantastic, with great open-air views.
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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 22 April 2014

We stayed in the junior suite for 2 nights quite a climb (6?flights) - - but the balcony view was worth it !

Bruno the manager was wearing many hats (front desk -waiter -bartender) because of staffing issues, . Even in this difficult situation everything ran smoothly. And he went out of his way to help us return our rental car and arrange airport transfer.

We had dinner at the hotel (1 more flight up)
It was a beautiful setting and great food.

Room Tip: Junior suite worth the price for the great view!
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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 April 2014

We had a wonderful time at Hotel Moana. It was an incredibly peaceful, beautiful, exotic, and enchanting retreat for us. We stayed in a Jr. Suite (for 2 weeks) with our 2 children and had plenty of room for all of us. The jr. suite was spacious, inviting, accommodating and beautiful. We had a nice little view of the water from our balcony and it was peaceful to sit and watch the sunsets. We all enjoyed swimming in the refreshing pool and lounging in the swinging beds (poolside). The restaurant had incredible 180+ degree view of Mal Pais, Santa Teresa, the beaches, and surrounding jungle. Great place to check the surf. The food was delicious. We really enjoyed having our breakfast include with our stay. Most of all, we really enjoyed the helpful, courteous, and friendly staff. Bruno was incredible at answering our questions and providing insight about the surrounding area. Everyone was very accommodating and helpful if any issues arose. We highly recommend Hotel Moana and will certainly return on our next trip to Mal Pais/Santa Teresa.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 8 April 2014

We stayed in the exquisite junior suite for 6 nights with incredible views, especially at sunset. The decor is clean lined, minimalistic with a bohemian flair, which is perfect for a beach getaway. We had dinner most nights at The Papaya Lounge, the restaurant on the premises, and found the food to be tasty, creative and the view breathtaking! The service at the hotel and restaurant is superb. Bruno, the hotel manager, creates the most delicious mojitos, caipirinhas and daiquiris. Both Bruno and Chiqui were accommodating and happy to assist us in all our daily adventures. Definitely recommend renting a quad or a jeep during your stay in Mal Pais. The pool is also lovely and relaxing with an honesty bar that's a plus. We loved the tranquility and privacy of this hotel and would love to come back sooner than later!

Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 April 2014

This hotel will not disappoint. The staff are friendly and very helpful, the food at the restaurant was fabulous and the view spectacular. Be prepared to climb a lot of stairs, but it's worth it. The pool was also very pretty and the tropical gardens well kept and lovely to walk through. Thanks Chuiqui for a great few days - wish we could have stayed longer.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 April 2014

My husband and I had a great stay at this hotel. The room was spacious, relaxing and peaceful. We paid extra for the views and it was worth it. We had to make changes in our reservation (twice) and Bruno was very accommodating and cheerful. We discovered the A/C was dripping some water in our room, due to some blocked line outside, I think. Within minutes, Bruno climbed on the roof and fixed it. No problem. The women at the desk and restaurant was also very helpful. I read the review about the dust, and I'm very surprised. I didn't notice any dust. It isn't right on the street. Also, in this area, I don't think I would want to be on the beach. Exploring beaches during the day, watching the sunset, then, coming back to a relaxing hotel was more our style. By the way, the pool was nice, too. Great place to stay!

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 April 2014

Great rooms at reasonable prices. Or SUPER ROOMS with Great views!!!!
Nice Pool and the Best Tapas Restaurant with a sunset view!!!!
We could not have asked for more!!!
Thanks especially to Chiki, Bruno, and the rest of the Moana Staff!!!!

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hotel Moana

Address: 1.5 kilometers to the south, Playa Carmen, Mal Pais 60111, 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: £51 - £109 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Moana 3.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Moana is a small private luxury ocean view hotel. Located in the magnificent tranquil region of Mal PaÌs Beach on the Pacific Coast of the Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica. During your vacation with us you'll encounter high quality modern hotel suites and rooms that blend comfort with style leaving you with an unforgettable personal experience. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Moana Hotel Mal Pais
Hotel Moana Costa Rica/Mal Pais

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