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“The PERFECT wedding!!!”
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Hotel The Place
Ranked #5 of 8 Hotels in Mal Pais
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 20 July 2010

We stayed with our 2 teenage daughters and 11 other friends for our wedding and there is absolutely nothing that could have made our experience any better! The staff went way out of their way to make every moment purfect! Absolutely above and beyond anything we could have expected! Food, drink, reservations, flowers, and more were taken care of for us. 200 meters down the road is the most perfect beach spot for a wedding!! The stores, restaurants and bars are walking distance. Just hanging out in the pool is awesome! Everyone had a fantastic time without a single complaint! This is THE Place to stay!!

  • Stayed: February 2010, travelled with friends
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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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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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Address: | 300 mts south from shopping mall Playa Carmen, 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:
Ranked #5 of 8 Hotels in Mal Pais
Price Range: £58 - £159 (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):
We are a charming boutique hotel located in Mal Pais/Santa Teresa, the premier surf destination in Costa Rica. Our hotel is secluded enough to maintain serenity yet conveniently situated within walking distance of the main beach of Playa Carmen along with numerous restaurants, shops and nightlife attractions. The Place features tastefully furnished bungalows, standard rooms and a private villa. Our pool adorned with a waterfall combined with our bar area offers our guests a serene and private environment to kick back an relax. Our multilingual staff will gladly assist you by arranging day trips and other activities in the area at your request. All our prices include breakfast, for special packages and surf retreats please contact us. ... more   less 
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Surf The Place Hotel
Hotel The Place Costa Rica/Mal Pais

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