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Hotel The Place
Ranked #5 of 8 Hotels in Mal Pais
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Reviewed 8 March 2010

At $139 per night, I was expecting a lot more from "The Place." First, the entire area surrounding the pool is crushed gravel, so if you forget your flipflops, you're in trouble. Second, there is no fridge in any of the rooms, so forget about waking up to cold water or storing drinks for yourself. Its part of the effort to be "green", but I think its an effort to reduce their energy bill and force you to buy water, beer, etc. from them. What else...I had a scorpion in my room (not uncommon), killed it and did not have time to dispose of it due to a shuttle arriving. Returned later that day to find it there - housekeeping apparently thought it was my pet. This hotel charges for paying by credit card as well saying it is the law in Costa Rica. I ha've encountered that nowhere else during my stay in C.R. They are shifting the merchant fee onto you to save money. Stay next door at Ritmo Tropical, it is half the price and the grounds are a lot nicer in my opinion. I would not stay here again.

Stayed: March 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 21 January 2010

Our stay here was a great surprise. The modern decor and fabulous outdoor space made our visit so much more enjoyable. The beautiful pool area was perfect for hanging out and enjoying the sun with comfy lounge chairs and umbrellas, as well as hammocks for chilling in the breeze. We stayed in the villa which was very comfortable and had a great living space for us all to hang out in with 3 different outdoor spaces with a table and chairs for dining, outdoor beds, and a hammock. The beds in each of the rooms were a little hard and didn't have much cover but, it's pretty warm out there and the airconditioning works great. The staff were wonderful and very accomodating. I would go back in a heartbeat.

It is quite the trip to make it to Mal Pais between the pot holes and dirt road but, once you're there you have reached paradise. The hotel is in close proximity to the "town square" where great restaurants, shops, and surfboard rental can be found.

  • Stayed: January 2010
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Reviewed 28 December 2009

Since this is the first (and maybe only) review I've ever written, that alone should say how great The Place is. Yes, location is important...and with a short walk to Playa Carmen, The Place has it. But with immaculate rooms, an amazing pool and grounds, and a restaurant (Chez Mois) which makes you feel like you're missing something if you go out to eat - as well as all the amenities you don't have at home - The Place has the whole package. Credit must be paid to Yvonne whose Swiss way of doing things shows clearly in the facilities and operations...to Candice, Janine and Florence whose welcoming and accommodating demeanors make them instant friends, and to Nico whose cooking needs to be discovered beyond just Mal Pais. No sane person will be anything but ecstatic with their stay at The Place

  • Stayed: December 2009, travelled solo
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Reviewed 16 December 2009

The Place is a wonderful, a very clean and a very friendly place. I would go there anytime again. And can recommend it to everybody. We stood there 16 nights and it was very sad to leave.

  • Stayed: December 2009, travelled with friends
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Thank AnnamariaHamburg
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Reviewed 11 December 2009

When we found The Place, with it's enticing oasis-like pool, it was like love at the first sight. The African-themed bungalow we stayed in was spacious, clean, and everything that we needed when we arrived after 7 hours of rough off-roading from Samara Beach. The manager, Candice, was friendly and helpful. A great stay overall!

Stayed: December 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 November 2009

we drove by and wanted to stay for 3 days but we stayed til the end 1o days later. That should say enough about this perfect place. Thanks and see you for sure again.

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 5 November 2009

I stayed in the Place for 8 nights, with my friend in the last week of October. The hotel was wonderful, very close to the Playa Carmen. It was getting some remodel and our room was not available but we got a better deal:) The Aftrican Bungalow, what a treat!!! The Bungalow was amazing, very spacious with extra day bed and very comfortable bed. The pool at the place is to die for....had the whole hotel to ourselves. The service at the Hotel is excellent, very helpful and willing to go above and beyond to make your stay very enjoyable. I would highly recommend The Place!!! I definitely will be back.

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled with friends
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Address: 200 mts from Hotel Frank's Place direction Mal Pais, Mal Pais, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Mal Pais
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 Family Hotel in Mal Pais
Price Range: £65 - £167 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel The Place 3.5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel The Place is within short walking distance to the main beach Playa Carmen,in close proximity to the center of town with easy access to shops,restaurants and banks. The hotel features standard rooms, bungalows and a vacation home. A beautiful free form pool with waterfall invites our guest for a swimm.You can enjoy breakfast in our lounge in the morning or, starting april 2012, prepare your own meal in our open Rancho kitchen.We gladly organize tours and transfers leaving from the Hotel.The Place is an ideal establishment to relax and feel at home for couples, families and smaller groups. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Surf The Place Hotel
Hotel The Place Costa Rica/Mal Pais

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