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Zula Inn Aparthotel
Ranked #9 of 33 Santa Teresa B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Costa Mesa, California
1 review
“Amazing place and people!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2013

My husband and I happened to find Zula on air bnb as we visited in October, just at the end of low season in Santa Teresa. We were staying in the area for 12 days, and it was so easy to settle in there and make it home. The little bungalows are perfect size, and the full kitchen was so great to be able to make meals (when we felt like it). The outdoor living space, and the pool were nice on days when my husband went to surf- everyday, because the waves were good consistently.. and I stayed and enjoyed the property. The wildlife just in the hotel grounds is amazing- birds, butterflies, giant iguanas, and sometimes the monkeys in the trees. The best part for us about this place though was the owners and the staff. Zula is truly a family owned business, and they have so much obvious love for this property and for Costa Rica. We had some things stolen off the beach- which is common although still a bummer (dont take things you like to the beach). Avi and Rotem, the brothers who own Zula were so helpful and even offered to loan us money until our replacement cards got fed exed from the US. Over all, we had an awesome time and were glad we found Zula Inn.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Dana L
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Lahaina, Hawaii
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2013

We Loved these bungalows!! By far our favorite place we stayed in Costa Rica. I was travelling with a group of 8 people and we just wandered into the first place that really caught our attention and it just happened to be Zula. Rotten and Javi , the brothers who own the joint, were super cool, and helpful. They were able to accommodate us with three bungalows for the 8 of us, all with refrigerator, kitchen, a/c, tv, and my favorite feature, a hammock right out front. The pool and bar area was sick. They had a "trust" bar stocked with beer, water and other beverages. The Zula in restaurant is right down the street and was awesome. If you go to Santa Teresa or Mal Pais and don't stay here...Well that would just be foolish.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Adam R
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2013

We stayed at Zula based on our friends recommendation and we loved it. Everything we look for when we travel... Close to the beach, close to the waves, friendly staff, well kept premises, great food close by and budget friendly. Not only were there great restaurants in the area, but the zula restaurant was awesome too... Best smoothies in town hands down. Rotem and Avi were super friendly and helpful... Obviously happy with what they are doing... Pointed us in the right direction for the best waves daily.... We will stay there again and I would send any of my friends there to stay... I forgot to mention clean!! Room was totally clean and for some reason I loved the coffee they made each morning ... Was really good... Oh and yoga close by as well... Great place to stay!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Orinda, California
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2013

Had a great time staying at Zula Inn. We were traveling with two small kids, ages 3 and 1. It was the perfect place for us. The pool was great, nice little shallow area for the kids to splash around in. It's a kind of place where you check in and just relax. Any place with an honor bar is where I want to stay (take what you want, write down what you take). Loved the gardens surrounding the rooms. The rooms are nice, hammock on the porch, AC, small non-focal point TV. Coffee was on all day, parrots in the trees, monkeys could be heard from the pool.

Location is in a quiet part of the stretch of road, but walkable to restaurants (15-20min?). Recommend a 4X4 or quad to truly experience the area. Hit up their restaurant for amazing falafel!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank matttcoats
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Peabody, Massachusetts
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2013

We came to Costa Rica for 10 days and been recommended Zula Inn by a friend.
We booked it online for 4 days, but in the second day in the Zula we decide to stay for all the vacation time.
We’ve been really surprised by the green peacefully place with the nice clean pool in the middle. We’ve been more surprised and happy to discover our room been clean every day with a new sheets and towels (for such a fair price)
The location is walking distance to beach, supermarket and stores and there are secure parking spots.
I will recommend Zula Inn in Santa Teresa for everyone I know.
Enjoy!!
!BTW
Check the food in Zula restaurant - delicious…(but about the food in deferent review :)

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Ofir R
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2013

My friend and I came to Costa Rica, we planed to stay at Zula inn only for a couple of days,but after we saw how great the place was,(the location, the rooms, the pool, the cleaning services and more) we decided to stay there for the rest of our trip.
you just won't be disappointed,
The owners are very nice and helpful, and always made sure we felt at home,
Thank you Rotem. I enjoyed staying at your place.
Hoping to come again
Dvora.

Stayed July 2013
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Thank Dvora L
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2013

This place is a hidden gem in Santa Teresa. Perfect location in town. I stayed there with my 2 kids, but we met couples and groups staying there in the center pool/lobby area. The bungalow's are so nice, everything you need, very clean & spacious. Grounds are beautiful, safe fenced in and security fence closed nightly. Pool is awesome, you see Monkey's all around, and owner Rotem is one of the nicest, trusting people you would ever meet. He will do would ever to make you happy. My computer broke and he loaned me his laptop. We were tired from traveling and he offered to make us dinner. Drinks and beverages on premises, plus his brother owns the Zulla restaurant (a must eat place) down the street. He has surf boards, bikes on ground but we had our own boards and quads. We will stay at no other place but Zulla when in Santa Teresa. Thank you Rotem for your hospitality. The kids and I had a great time. Your Chicago friend, Jason

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Jas0n_33
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Additional Information about Zula Inn Aparthotel

Property: Zula Inn Aparthotel
Address: Playa Santa Teresa | 1 Km From the Crossroads to the Right, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Santa Teresa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 33 B&Bs / Inns in Santa Teresa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Zula Inn Aparthotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Zula Inn Aparthotel features nine self-contained bungalows, all with views of our lush tropical garden and pool. Set back from the road in a quiet location, the hotel is only a two min walk to the white sandy surf beach of Playa Santa Teresa and it's consistent year round waves. Enjoy poolside relaxation in tropical gardens and take in our view of the jungle. Tha rancho next to the pool offers sofas, hammocks, cable T.V, free WI-FI internet, coffee and soft drinks. Zula Inn is also a short walk to all the shops and restaurants around our beautiful town of Santa Teresa. ... more   less 
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Zula Inn Aparthotel Hotel Santa Teresa
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