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“Great location, great owner”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Refugio Del Sol

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Refugio Del Sol
Ranked #14 of 18 Nosara B&B and Inns
Portland, Oregon
2 reviews
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“Great location, great owner”
Reviewed 21 January 2014

Loved this place! Low-key, comfortable, shady, nice hammocks to hang out on. An array of tables to sit at and eat, spaced to allow for privacy. And most importantly - a communal kitchen (and clean, too). The whole place felt laid-back, yet grounded. Despite the communal kitchen, this did not feel like a youth hostel or party spot, which we liked. The rooms are a bit dark, but not dismal or dingy.

You can walk to Playa Pelada from here in about 5 minutes, as well as several restaurants. We would definitely stay here again if we find ourselves in the area.

We loved the way the owner balanced helpfulness/attentiveness with just simply leaving us alone. While in Costa Rica, we did experience hotels with owners (usually foreigners) whose friendliness was almost overbearing and annoying. This, refreshingly, wasn't one of them. The owner (from Spain originally) even drove us to the bus stop when we left without charging extra, also refreshing, since EVERTHING costs money in Costa Rica.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Seattle, Washington, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2013

The Italian guys are great. Always making sure you have whatever you need, or helping you out with any questions you may have. They speak Spanish, English, and Italian, make incredible food, and are a lovely bunch of happy guys! Good location to the beach, and close to laluna for dinner at sunset! Would go back for sure :)

  • Stayed February 2013
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Heredia, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 17 January 2013

This is a very small hotel - five rooms for the public, I think. The Italian manager and his Costa Rican girl friend do almost everything, although there was an Italian chef staying and working there as well. Everybody was extremely nice and helpful. The rooms are very comfortable and all open onto a patio and garden that are very pleasant. There are chairs and tables outside the rooms.

It is conveniently located about 200 yds. from an excellent swimming beach. There are several restaurants and bars within easy walking distance. WiFi and parking are available. There is a small market across the street.

I would stay there again without hesitation.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 30 November 2012

A very nice place to stay! Far away from the hippie-town of "Guionnes". A 5 minutes walk away from the beach and another 10-15 minutes to the beach of Guionnes which is a very nice place for surfing. The owners are very helpful in every situation, know alot about the area and the things to do around. Also the restaurant has a nice flair and especially the typical Italien Lasagne is awesome. (It's a little more expensive than other parts of Costa Rica, but that's like in all places of this area). And to lie in one of the 10 hammocks is the best thing to end a day in Refugio del Sol.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 October 2012 via mobile

We were disappointed about the two guys working there. They did not spea k any language beside italian and were not very friendly... The place was kind of dirty outside and iside the rooms. Food was not that good at all ... The two guys working there were not payong attention to guests at all. My advice go sleeping somewhere else. Too bad!

  • Stayed September 2012
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Reviewed 6 August 2012

This tiny hotel is located at the end of an incredibly bumpy, rutted road. It took us almost an hour to go the 14 miles separating the hotel from the paved roads, but boy was it worth it! The two Italian guys that run the place make you feel totally at home. This remote area actually has pretty much everything that you could want tucked away here and there and the guys are very happy to show you around. The area has a real international vibe as well and these guys have lots of local friends who come around and have a drink on the property's patio. We had a couple of wonderful family-style dinners prepared for us as well. The rooms are rather plain, there is no air conditioner and some "nature" gets in, but they are clean and have nice tile work. Oh, and the beach is just a 3 minute walk down the road, and, its spectacular! The value is crazy good. We had two rooms, a really yummy dinner for six with more wine and beer than I can even remember, and the total 1st days bill came to $139! They arranged a visit to Ostional beach for a guided visit to see the olive ridley turtles as well and even accompanied us. We loved it here and even stayed an extra day.

  • Stayed July 2012
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New York
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Reviewed 6 April 2012

I cant speak to the hotel, but the restaurant was very good. We were made to feel very welcome and I felt as though we were dining in an authentic Italian home. Pasta Carbonara and the Iced Coffee were amazing!

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Refugio Del Sol

Property: Refugio Del Sol
Address: Across from Pancho's Resort | Playa Pelada, Nosara 50206, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Nosara
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 18 B&Bs / Inns in Nosara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Refugio Del Sol, your tropical "refuge from the sun" located in Nosara, Costa Rica. Nestled in Playa Pelada, a serene, unspoiled area of Costa Rica, Refugio Del Sol is the area’s only Boutique Hotel, Restaurant and Bar. Our unique hotel features five (5), private rooms with a Costa Rica, "pura vida" atmosphere. While Refugio Del Sol is situated in a tropical, natural setting, our rooms feature 21st century amenities such as comfortable beds, private baths, hot running water and cool ceiling fans. Plus, you can relax on your very own hammock! We also have a spectacular, tropical garden with exotic orchids and other beautiful flowers, colorful birds and exquisite butterflies. Refugio Del Sol is only steps away from some of Costa Rica’s most beautiful beaches. ... more   less 
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Refugio Del Sol Costa Rica/Nosara

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