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Casa MarBella
Ranked #1 of 26 Hotels in Santa Teresa
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New York City, New York
2 reviews
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“Can't wait to be back there!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2011

We had not made a reservation at Casa Marbella and stayed our first night in a place that we could not wait for morning to start sooner. My husband forgoed surfing in order to find "the place". He walked up a hill next to our favorite Soda place and found paradise!
The owner Jim did his best to make sure we would get accomodations at his place even if he had to pull a little magic and that's exactly what he did. We room hopped at the Casa and got to experience every style from the 3 bedroom condo to the one room with a queen bed and ended in the 2 bedroom suite. Each room had it's own magic and a view of the glorious ocean and infinity pool! This is a place to stay wether your a couple, flying solo or with teenage kids in tow.It seems to attract a clientele that you like hanging with by the pool for coffee in the morning(there is plenty of it for the guests) or to watch the fabulous sunset!
Stephanie is the other half of the team and she has a rockin yoga practice and great advice on where to chow! And if your lucky you get to hang out with Naia their 4 year old girl who adds to the pura vida life!
The place is tranquil and perfectly located to walk to the beach and town.
We woke up everyday with the sun and looked forward to sleeping there at night.
I miss you guys!!

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank katcher64
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2011

Me and my girlfriend spent 4 days at Casa Marbella in march 2011. Great place to stay, walking distance to the beach (AWSOME surfing, nice beachbreak, consistent) and St Teresa. Beautiful view from the hotel and the pool area. Lovely couple runs the place, Jim gives super surf lessons + surf board rental. Nice sized clean rooms with fridge and AC.

  • Stayed March 2011
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Seattle
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 2011

A fantastic hotel, Jim & Stephanie are the best. They go 110% to make your stay comfortable & can help you with everything. We rented the condo for 2 weeks & had the best vacation of our lives. See you all next year!

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2011

The owners and hosts, Jim and Steph, offer up a slice of paradise at extremely fair prices. They are sweet as can be, as is the rest of the staff. Truly genuine and knowledgeable in accommodating your needs and giving great tips for your stay. Everything we needed was arranged in a snap with their guarantee of a quality product/tour/experience.

The property is beautiful. We are thankful to have found this place. Infiniti pool overlooks a stellar view of the beach, and is clean and very well kept, as is the rest of the property. They offer yoga in the yoga studio attached, and surfing lessons at any hour you wish to set up. Place of refuge and relaxation, you are sure to leave smiling and content as we did. This is the first of many visits to the Casa. Amazing restaurant located next door with views to go with the cuisine.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2011

We spent 4 nights at Casa Marbella as a part of our 25th anniversary trip. The hotel is somewhat hard to get to. Since we flew into San Jose and drove you have a long process to catch the ferry across from Puntenares. Then you have the last 12km into St Theresa across one of the worst roads I have ever travelled. Finally, a really steep drive up to their property. Once you do get there it's great though as the hotel delivers in many ways. Jim & Stephanie are very helpful to make your stay a good one. The hotel has amazing views. My main recommendation is to try and get one of the suites vs. one of the standard rooms. Yes, it was $40 more and you might wonder why you need 2 rooms but those rooms (#1 & #6) have more space and the king sized bedroom opens onto your own balcony overlooking the ocean. We spent a ton of time on that balcony. My biggest complaint is that we didn't find the bed very comfortable but I suppose that's a subjective thing. We very much enjoyed our relaxing stay.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2011

My family stayed here for about a week and loved it. The room was great and the hotel was beautiful and comfortable. The staff were outstanding; Jim and Stephanie were extremely helpful with everything.

We stayed in one of the 3 bedroom suites, which included a large kitchen and a private ocean view balcony. It was very clear that a lot of attention had been paid to all of the details of the suite, including beautiful stone work. The kitchen was clean and well equipped. The rooms were large, clean, and very nice. The balcony had a table and chairs where we usually at meals, a couple adirondack chairs, and a hammock. The balcony was a great place to hang out and watch sunsets, as well as play games and eat meals.

Having the kitchen was great for both convenience and saving money. We ate all of our breakfasts at home, and many of our dinners and lunches. We went fishing on the second day of our trip and brought back enough Yellowfin Tuna to provide a few meals. Without the kitchen, we wouldn't have been able to cook up the tuna. There is a grocery store (Super Ronny's), that is right down the hill, so shopping is easy.

The location is great, right in the middle of "downtown" santa teresa. There are many restaurants and shops within close walking distance from the hotel. The beach is also about a 5 minute walk.

There is a great restaurant called Brisas del Mar, whcih is just up the hill from the hotel. There is a private staircase that leads up there, so you can easily walk up, rather than having to go down the hill and back up and around. The food was outstanding and quite reasonable for the quality. They also have some local microbrews from La Perra Hermosa Coastal Brewing, but you might have to ask for them as they didn't put them on the board. We went there twice and tried a few different seafood dishes and the beef tenderloin. Everything was outstanding and the portions were pretty sizeable and included a salad. The appetizers and desserts were also great. We always ate breakfast in our room, but I guess they also offer a discounted breakfast to people staying at Casa Marbella.

The pool is great, it's an infinite pool with a view of the ocean. It was always very clean and was a comfortable temperature. A shower is provided right next to the pool to rinse off. The pool gets some shade in the morning and late afternoon, which is really nice.

The hotel has an "Honor Bar" with water, soft drinks, and beer. The prices are only slightly more than at the grocery store, and you just take what you want and write down what you took next to your room number. This was really nice when we first arrived, because we felt like having some beers, but wanted to just relax and not go anywhere.

Each morning, they make great free coffee for guests. It's usually available all morning and often into the afternoon.

Jim and Stephanie were extremely helpful, as was their assistant Amelina. Stephanie helped out with setting up a shuttle from the ferry to the hotel, so that we didn't have to deal with finding a legitamite taxi ourselves. When we first arrived, we had gone through a rough travel day with a lot of issues and last minute changes, and arrived much later than we expected. Jim was there to greet us, and brought us right up to the room without worrying about checking in that night. He showed us around, and called in an order for pizza for us.

The staff helped us rent an ATV, and schedule the excursions we were interested in. They even called in dinner reservations for us. They were very knowledgeable and helpful, and were always around to assist. Jim rents surfboards right out of the office and has a selection of all different types and sizes. They also work with an ATV rental company that will bring the ATV right up to the hotel.

Overall our stay was great, and the atmosphere and service provided by Casa Marbella were a big part of it. We spent about half of our trip hanging out around the hotel and town, and really enjoyed the comfortable and helpful environment.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled with family
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Thank chrismtb
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Atlanta, Georgia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2011

We can't wait to return to Casa MarBella! A home away from home indeed. Service was amazing - the owners were fantastic - the view was unforgettable - I could go on and on.....
I would recommend renting a quad & trying the local Guaro at least once during your stay.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled with friends
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Thank HSWeese
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Additional Information about Casa MarBella

Property: Casa MarBella
Address: 125 meters east and 25 meters north of Super Ronny's, Santa Teresa 5361, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Santa Teresa
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Green Hotel in Santa Teresa
#3 Family Hotel in Santa Teresa
#4 Romantic Hotel in Santa Teresa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Casa MarBella is a boutique hotel situated on a mountain slope in Santa Teresa. The property provides a spectacular panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean and is a five-minute walk to the beach, restaurants, and stores. Being surrounded by rainforest, it offers a unique opportunity to watch wildlife in their natural habitat. The area is renowned for its consistent surf breaks, some of which are walking distance from the property. The Casa consists of eight units with four different typologies of rooms for your different needs and group sizes. It is an ideal venue for those seeking the privacy, services, and comforts of individual hotel rooms, yet the intimacy of a private villa. The décor of the rooms is a minimalist approach with a tropical touch. The amenities of the hotel include free parking area, Wi-Fi in the common areas, infinity pool, ocean view yoga deck, sun terrace, and reception. All of the rooms have ocean view and air conditioning. Services we provide include house keeping, massage, babysitting, and concierge where we can schedule an array of activities for no extra charge. ... more   less 
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