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“Pass on The Place”
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Hotel The Place
Ranked #6 of 9 Hotels in Mal Pais
Certificate of Excellence
New York, NY
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Pass on The Place”
Reviewed 5 December 2006

Our experience with this property was very different from the others I've read on this site. We called the property directly to book a bungalow over the Thanksgiving holiday. They advised us that they were booked, but offered us their Villa at a discounted rate of $150 CASH per night. This was above our budge but we were desperate. They said they were 5 minutes from the beach and misled us to believe that we would find comfort there. Quite the contrary: the maid service was un-thorough and pretentious (they wouldn't even wash the few glasses we left in the sink), the property's pool is small and looks green, the landscaping is retarded - there is no clear path for walking from the Villa to the dining area, so you have to duck under chains and leap over plants, and neither lunch nor dinner is served here. Also, the property is not 5 minutes from the beach, but 10, down 2 rocky roads. And the roads to get to Malpais are so bad that it doesn't seem worth it unless you like to surf. If you are looking for groovy streets filled with interesting travelers, head to Montezuma. The only great thing about Malpais in general was a little restaurant called Las Piedras which serves chicken and pork ribs grilled to perfection on an open flame all night long. Oh, and we never met the famed Antonio spoken about in other posts. Andrea was the manager in charge while we stayed and she was a giant exception to the otherwise cordial Costa Rican hospitality we found in the rest of the country. She and The Place are trying to imitate the chic boutique hotels of Miami, but only achieve the pretense without any of the service or charm. We'll pass on The Place, next time.

  • Liked — The hammock
  • Disliked — The Price vs. Value Ratio
  • Tips/Secrets — Montezuma Instead, but if in Malpais, go to Las Piedras restaurant
  • Stayed November 2006, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 September 2006

My boyfriend and I ended our trip here. When we arrived at "The Place" we took a look at the bungalows and immediately upgraded from our original budget room. We stayed in the Mexican themed bungalow, it was so cute. The staff was very friendly and the pool was amazing. The grounds had a great night atmosphere, although it was very quiet at night, as we were the only ones there (went during rainy season). I would return here again in a heartbeat, it was one of our top highlights of the trip! The only downside is that the bungalows let a lot of bugs in at night, due to spaces in the walls.

  • Liked — The atmosphere, bungalows, nearby beach
  • Disliked — bugs on the floor at night
  • Tips/Secrets — Go now
  • Stayed July 2006, travelled as a couple
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Manhattan Beach, CA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 September 2006

We adored this hotel and would have liked to stay longer. The honeymoon cabin was great, the pool, bar and dinning areas are amazing. You have to eat there if Antonio and Sophia are cooking, the food was delicious. Mal Pais was a beautiful, quite town with great surf. We enjoyed it so much we are planning our next trip.

  • Liked — The pool area
  • Disliked — The open air bathroom
  • Stayed August 2006, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 July 2006

We went here not knowing what to expect as there is little to no information other than the property's own website. Based on that alone we chose to stay here for four nights- June 26- June 29. We are glad we did.
The location is great, just left of the cross road entering MP/ST about 1/2 mile. The grounds are very attractive, the pool is perfect, the rooms, even the least expensive, were more than adequate.
The best part to our stay was meeting the people that run it, especially Antonio, a jack of all trades. We went fishing, he created a gourmet meal. This included running to the market for fabulous side dishes he put together from scratch! We wanted to get surfing lessons, he instructs. Anything and everything we asked for he was more than accommodating--and pleasantly so! The same can be said for the others, we just interacted more with Antonio, as he was always around.
I don't know how this place has gone unnoticed for so long but I highly recommend this property.

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Property: Hotel The Place
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 (Based on Average Rates): £
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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Surf The Place Hotel
Hotel The Place Costa Rica/Mal Pais

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