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Hotel Vista de Olas
Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Mal Pais
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Reviewed 9 March 2008

Was recommended by a friend. Beautiful setting on a lush hillside well above the ocean -- one of the best I've encountered in my travels. (The only comparable one was a hotel above the Adriatic south of Dubrovnic.) A quiet hotel with amazing views of the long coastline from the bar & infinity pool, especially at sunset. Breezy & pleasant when it's hot & dusty down the hill. Gorgeous, clean, beautifully conceived rooms in individual cabinas. Definitely planning to return.

  • Stayed: February 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 February 2008

What an incredible Valentines Day! My wife and I had been traveling through Costa Rica and kept hearing about this secluded retreat in the hills of Malpais. We decided to take a little detour for a Valentines getaway. As the view hit, our breath was taken away!!! Our gorgeous air conditioned bungalow was the perfect scene for a romantic evening. The restaurant was fantastic. I had the baby back ribs, which melted right off the bone, and my wife had the filet mignon. To wake up to that view reminded me of why we came to
Costa Rica in the first place. Our hosts Roger and Heidi were super friendly and helpful with little details like candles and flowers. We would recommend this experience to anyone and everyone!! Thanks again guys!!!

  • Stayed: February 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 February 2008

This place is by far the best place to stay in Mal Pais. Unbeleivable coastal views droping out of the infinity pool. The bungalows spacious clean beutifully crafted. The BBQ is outstanding and reasonably priced. Be sure to book a charter with Badlands Sport Fishing, in to days fishing we caught 10 out of 14 sailfish a wahoo and 4 huge dorado.

  • Stayed: January 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 April 2007

Too bad, this could be the best hotel in town if it wasn't for the terrible management, the location is stunninig. However the owners seem to view running the hotel as an inconvience to themselves. The food is way overpriced and not very good and the owners get annoyed whenever you don't eat there. Expect to feel more like paying house guests at a bad and selfish relatives house than a paying client who expects some level of appropriate service. Stay at one of the numerous other hotels in the area and stop by for a drink to enjoy the fabulous view.

  • Stayed: February 2006, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 April 2006

What a shame. The Vista Los Olas biungalows is one of the most beautiful locations and physically pleasing accomodations in which we have ever had a pleasure to visit. We booked for a week when we could find no other accomodations for our group---which should have been a tip.

The ownersf and their service is as awful and unpleasant as we have ever endured in our many travels. The owners are more inclined to run it as a personal convenience (theirs not ours) which includes being relegated fo uncomfortable picnic tables, to eat expensive and bland food which takes hours to be served, when their friends show up. To watch the staff and owners pound beers while service is
ignored. To be harassed about not eating at the hotel when better, less expensive and more accomodating restaurants are available. To have obviously inebriated owner regale us with issues in the evening, comp us with drinks and then charge us for the drinks the next day.

Staff would awaken us in the early morning to clean the rooms. The included breakfast was always a mystery and made up of whatever was on hand on a given day.

We should have been warned when they required all payment in cash up front and I could go on for many, many pages of the various problems with this hotel. Perhaps for a honeymooning couple this hotel works...but it is clear that unless you buy in (and an expensive buy-in) to the hanging out with the owner's family, friends and idea of service, this place is the pits. It is definitely buyer beware.

(I won't even mention the owner bragging about getting endangered almond wood out of honduras to build his huts)

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Additional Information about Hotel Vista de Olas

Address: Vista de Olas Dr. | Mal Pais de Cobano Apto.#93, Mal Pais 5361, 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 Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Mal Pais
#2 Romantic Hotel in Mal Pais
#4 Family Hotel in Mal Pais
Price Range: £125 - £208 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hotel Vista de Olas 2.5*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Vista de Olas is a refined hotel in Mal Pais perched on top of a peaceful hill. From this vantage point our guests are treated to sweeping views of Mal Pais and watch the most memorable sunsets. The hotel offers 6 sumptuous, secluded deluxe villas with ocean view, AC, open-sky bathroom, and private porch. Hotel amenities include fast WLAN, a luxurious infinity pool and jacuzzi, pool lounge, and the best BBQ restaurant in Mal Pais. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Vista De Olas Mal Pais
Hotel Vista De Olas Costa Rica/Mal Pais

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