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“Nice little spot to chill!” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Esencia Hotel & Villas
Ranked #22 of 26 Hotels in Santa Teresa
Vancouver, Canada
1 review
“Nice little spot to chill!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2010

Esencia is a great little spot on a "dusty" little road. The staff were helpful, friendly and the villa's have all you need short beach towels. The pool is a great spot to cool off after a hot day at the beach which is just down the road. The kitchens are basic but great for breakfasts, and lunches; there are plenty of good restaurants around too.

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled as a couple
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Toronto
2 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2010

I stayed at Esencia for 4 nights and thought it was a great place. The grounds are very clean and well kept including the pool and bar area. Each villa had a nice front porch as well for relaxing outside. I had read reviews about noise complaints from the bar across the street before but we never noticed this and we were one of the closest villas to the street. I slept fantastically in our giant king size bed. The security guard there at night made it feel like our stuff was very secure when we weren't in the room and there was also a very secure safe for our stuff. The staff was all very friendly and helpful in suggesting restaurants and stuff in the area. We especially enjoyed the Guacamole at the pizzeria El Pulpo, one of the restaurants that is within walking distance of Esencia.

The only negative I would say was the bizarre smell in the villa when we first walked in, I think it had something to do with the chemicals the cleaners used. It was kind of there for the duration of our stay. But it wasn't unbearable and after a few minutes in the room didn't bother me. The bathroom wasn't the cleanest I've seen and the towels weren't that nice, but after seeing the amount of sand that I personally put into that bathroom I guess I couldn't blame them.

All in all I would recommend Esencia.....it's not the Ritz but I don't think there are too many nicer places in this little surfer town for this price point.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank wrldtrvlrr2010
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Washington
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2010

Stayed for a week at the Escencia and loved it. The staff was very friendly and we loved being able to walk to the market and cook for ourselves. The short walk to the beach was nice. The big grocery was quite a walk round trip though - 4 miles. To go to the bank and back is 5 miles. We did everything on foot. The local panaderia had amazing breakfast foods and our favorite pizza of all times is from El Pulpo. The staff told us about it - know we long for it...Can't wait to go back to this town and will stay with Escencia and the howler monkeys and lizards..lovely property, secure, awesome bartenders, especially Madro.

  • Stayed January 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank jd1991
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Virginia
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2009

Daniel, the onsite manager, did a great job on all requests, e.g., where to rent surfboard, where to eat out, etc.
The hotel grounds were kept well groomed and clean. The pool was part of our routine after surfing and playing in the surf. The beach is just a short walk away.
We stayed in the 1 room bungalow with stove, refrig, A/C, hot showers...it's porch was great to hang for meals or when we had brief rainstorms.
Overall great location, good value, great privacy, secure.

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank tom-irginia
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Ramat Hasharon, Israel
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2009

We stayed at the Esencia Santa Teresa in August. The location is perfect for surfing. 100 meters walk through the jungle to the beach, at probably the best advanced surfers spots. Completely unspoiled. clean, white sand. Great waves. And this is where Malpais Surfcam takes its videos so you can be a star!

The hotel itself is, simply said, beautiful. The grounds are meticulously landscaped. The cabins sleep between 4-5 people. We were 5 in a single cabin, and it was just fine. They have an outside shower for washing off after the beach (in addition to the full shower inside). They have a basic kitchen which in our case continously pumped out food for 3 hungry teenage surfers. Supermarket is a few hundred meters away. A/C was great. As were most things.

The staff were, without exception, extremely helpful and friendly. From the first reception to the final checkout, including the people in the office, the cleaning crew and the groundskeeper Pollo.

Santa Teresa is a surfer's paradise, and the non-surfers amongst us had a great time too. Since its all stretched out along a single, long, strip, its a good idea to rent a bike.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank GadiZooks
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Austin
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2009

This is a great place to stay! Be sure to request a room AWAY from the street. The disco club across the street can get pretty loud at night. There is easy access to the internet across the street from the hotel. We rented surfboards and it was a short walk to the beach.

The rooms were very small, but nice. We cooked dinner a few nights in the kitchen. The AC worked great and our showers were warm. We felt safe and we enjoyed our stay.

You may want to think about bringing a face mask. It can get very dusty!

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank picaboanna
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San José
1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2009

We went to the Esencia Hotel last december for a family vacation. The hotel is very nice, rooms are pretty new and comfortable. We actually enjoyed pretty much our stay at Esencia. Our only problem was at night, there is this discobar in front of the hotel so when you want to go to sleep the noise is so loud it's difficult to fall asleep. All the nights we stayed was the same problem, I think there should be something done since it is such a nice hotel, good service, etc.
Take it in account if you are considering this place.

Stayed December 2008
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Thank any175
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esenciahtl, Marketing Manager at Esencia Hotel & Villas, responded to this review, 24 March 2009
The problem about the loud sounds from the disco/bar in front of the hotel it’s solved. The Costa Rican Health Department emit an order that force the bar to decrease their sound levels, by this way, the problems we were facing about this is solved.
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Additional Information about Esencia Hotel & Villas

Property: Esencia Hotel & Villas
Address: Playa Santa Teresa, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Santa Teresa
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#5 Spa Hotel in Santa Teresa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Esencia Hotel & Villas 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in Santa Teresa-Mal Pais Beach, one of the most virgin and beautiful regions! Endless miles of soft, white sand beach perfect for swimming and surfing. The hotel offers ten marvelous, independent and private villas. All villas have their own terrace with garden view, bathroom, hot water and safety box. Other exquisite elements are the teak chairs, the furniture and the deck of the villa made out of precious woods. ... more   less 
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