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“true PURA VIDA”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Hotel Buenos Aires

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Hotel Buenos Aires
Ranked #2 of 26 Hotels in Santa Teresa
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Gulf Breeze, Florida
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“true PURA VIDA”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2011

we have sayed at Buenos Aires Surf Hotel twice a year for the past ten years. we have traveled all over Costa Rica and always come back to stay with Javi and Flo, the owners. They make you feel so special and part of the family each time we visit. They are so helpful with "local Knowledge." We highly recomend staying at Buenos Aires also because the view from up on the hill is spectacular. They have a great pool, easy access to great surfing, and the best Restaurant in the entire Nicoya Peninsula.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2011

First: Thanks to the kind owners and hosts of Buenos Aires hotel, Javier and Flo, for a great time at youre wonderful place! We really enjoyed oure stay.

The place is located appr. 5 min. stiep walk up the hill from the mainroad in Santa Teresa and it provides a fantastic 180 degree view over the coastline and the surfbreaks. You are high above the dust and noise below and can just relax in one of the hotels hammocks and have a perfect overview of the lines comming in.
The rooms has a good standard and the hotels property is very well held. The daily room cleaning is also very good.

The hotels connected restaurant, Brisas Del Mar, is definitely the areas best restaurant. We ate dinner at Brisas many evenings and were satisfied every time. Electric limonade is a must!

If you walk 15 min. further up in the hills behind Buenos Aires you will probably see many species of birds, groups of monkeys, reptiles etc. Welcome to the jungle!

Thanks again, Javier and Flo, for being so helpful and serviceminded, and for youre warm hospitality.

We will definetely stay at Buenos Aires again if we travel back to Santa Teresa.

Best rgds from Norway

Kristin & Thomas

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Providence, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2011

Wake up to the smell of coffee, and the sound of surf thundering below. Open your door, walk out onto the terrace, fill your cup with freshly brewed Costa Rican gold, and look out over the beach hundreds of feet below. From the chair you are sitting in, you can see for miles, and think about where you want to go for the morning. There are plenty of choices within easy walking distance. Maybe you will Join the owner Javier in the water. If you are up after six, you missed him. He gets in early so he can get back in time to take superb care of his place, and his guests.
Maybe you will head a few steps down the hill to one of the several restaurants, shops, even yoga studios nearby. You could go right to the beach, or travel to the nearby park. Maybe you will just fall back in to one of the hammocks permanently hung in front of your room, and sip another cup of coffee. You could head down to the Chrystal clean pool located right next to the restaurant. They are both down a short path on the next terrace down the hill. One of the great things about Buenos Aires is that it is located close to everything, but because it is high on a hill, you feel like you are above it all, in your own world. Yes, it is very quiet.
Whatever you do during the day, make sure you catch at least one sunset from the beautifully manicured green lawn in front of your room. Sunsets are an event at Buenos Aires. Javier and Florencia have created the perfect space to either sit quietly and take it all in, or to mingle with other guests while the best sunsets you have ever seen explode, then subside over the warm pacific below.
Warning: You will not want to leave. Life is too good and too easy here. Go you must, because the rest of the country has so much to offer… But you will be back.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Grover Beach, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2011

I have decided to take the time and write this review of my stay at Hotel Buenos Aires. My 6-day stay was just wonderful; I could have stay for 6 more!

Buenos Aires spectacular views of the coastline with the magnificence sunsets are just wonderful. It is so much fun spending the days doing many activities along the Playa then relaxing with friends on the lounge chairs on the property overlooking the towns of Mal Pais and Santa Teresa, as you watch the sunsets you enjoy a cool beverage or two.

The hospitality of the owners of Hotel Buenos Aires, Javier and Florencia provide a safe and secure, eco-friendly environment. Best of all their family approach made me feel at home. They are so helpful in arranging transportation, providing contacts for tourist activities, such as riding ATV’s along the Playa to providing direction to the Montezuma Water Falls.

An additional benefit to my stay at Hotel Buenos Aires is the on site restaurant and bar (Brisas del Mar), which of all the places I eat in Mal Pais or Santa Teresa, it was far the best.

The bottom line at the Hotel Buenos Aires for the price of the clean and comfortable rooms you get the best location, restaurant, view and sunsets in all of Mal Pais-Santa Teresa.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled with family
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Gulf Breeze
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2011

Business, wife and kids has limited my time exploring new surf destinations. However, I am quite happy with our familiar Buenes Aires Surf Hotel. I am able to visit twice a year (once with wife and another trip with my guy friends) both trips we always stay with Javi and Florencia (owners). The rooms are clean with natural teak wood furniture, mini fridge (there is a "super mercado" at the bottom of the hill) and I always opt for the A/C rooms. There is an unbeleivable view of the Pacific and the mountains of the Cabo Blanco Reserve. But what really makes the trip is the friendship I have made with Javi. He and Flo are super friendly and always around to answer questions and make suggestions. The restaurant is fabulous and I love the pool for after surf sessions. I feel comfortable here and have no worries.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Quebec City, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2011

My wife and I spent 9 nights at Buenos Aires Hotel and we definitely had a relaxing and fun vacation. Javier and Florencia (the owners) are so friendly and helpful; it doesn't get better than this. The rooms are really clean and the beds are top comfort. The hotel is made of nice local wood wich gives it a nice warmful touch. With only 8 rooms in the hotel, you feel intimate and previleged specially with the amazing view you have on the ocean and the sunsets. You don't even need to chek the surf report. You just wake up to the sound of the waves and look how they are from your doorstep (by the way, the pictures on the site are truly representative). The beaches around are amazing and you can find spots for all levels of surfing. That was excellent for us since I already surfed and my wife was just starting. Javier has excellents contacts for surf lessons, board rental and any other info you need (activities, food, etc.) Don't even bother bringing your board. You get real cheap price for boards in good shape (around 60 $US for 8 days vs 200 $ per board round trip on the plane). There is also an excellent restaurant and a nice pool where you can relax between surf sessions. I definitely recommand the place to everyone. Just don't tell to many people, because I sure want my spot for next year. Have a good time!

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Tegucigalpa, Honduras
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2011

Buenos Aires Hotel is one of those places you can easily get attached to and hope to return sooner than later. I've just returned from a trip to Costa Rica and stayed there for three nights with my girlfriend and we loved it. In our opinion the location of the hotel is an absolute privilege (despite having to climb a steep hill to get there), because once you're there the view is spectacular. There's no need to climb the hill more than once or twice a day if you plan well and the perks of staying at the hotel are well worth it: perfect sunsets, great view of the waves, peaceful mornings... just perfect.

The prices are also very reasonable, we paid 50 dollars for a double room in the middle of the winter holidays and have no complaints with the room. It was clean, comfortable, every room had a hammock outside of it and the atmosphere was very calm and peaceful.

Finally, on to Javier and Flor, the people who run the hotel... in short: as friendly and helpful as they come. They made our stay a lot more enjoyable, they helped out with whatever we needed and made sure we had the best experience possible. They'll give you great tips about what you can do in the area and basically offer to help with whatever you may need. They're a huge added value to your stay and make 50 dollars seem like a steal. We'll undoubtedly stay at the Buenos Aires Hotel if we return.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Buenos Aires
Address: Playa Carmen, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Santa Teresa
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Santa Teresa
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Teresa
#6 Romantic Hotel in Santa Teresa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 8
Also Known As:
Hotel Buenos Aires Costa Rica/Santa Teresa

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