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Main Road 250 to Northeast from MINAE, Playa Grande 50309 Costa Rica
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#6 of 7 hotels in Playa Grande
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Welcome to ONDA Playa Grande - a newly renovated adult-only hotel located just 500 yards from one of the best beaches in Costa Rica and nestled in the beauty of the pristine Marino Las Baulas National Park. ONDA is more than just a place to sleep, it’s a unique experience that offers our guests a memorable travel experience by inviting them to fully immerse into the Playa Grande community. Our beautifully designed spaces encourage social connections and offer the ability to work remotely (if you have to). Whilst our restaurant and bar offers fresh and local cuisine from healthy breakfast to sunset cocktails. ONDA was designed by travelers for travelers.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Yoga classes
Bar / lounge
Beach
Billiards
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Public wifi
Outdoor pool
Shallow end in pool
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Happy hour
Snack bar
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Evening entertainment
Karaoke
Patio
Business Centre with Internet Access
Meeting rooms
Adults only
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Outdoor furniture
Sun deck
Sun terrace
First aid kit
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Laundry service
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Room features
Blackout curtains
Air conditioning
Desk
Housekeeping
Safe
Seating area
Walk-in shower
Complimentary toiletries
Clothes rack
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
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Pool view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Spanish

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Grade: 61 out of 100
13Restaurantswithin 0.5 km
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matt w wrote a review Nov 2022
So impressed with the ONDA. The staff was friendly, helpful, there for everything we needed and overall just great to be around. The entire vibe is centered around finding your ONDA (Vibe or wave), and every staff members brings their own element of that (with a smile) to each and every day. Internet is top notch, so working was a breeze while we sat in the open air restaurant. Food was exceptional, whether breakfast, lunch or dinner. Short walk to the beach. We are coming back!
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Date of stay: November 2022
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Saul H wrote a review Jun 2022
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Onda in playa grande is an absolute GEM. I’ve been to MANY different places in Costa Rica for surfing trips, for the price I think Onda tops them all. Very pretty boutique setting, beautiful decor, pool, and grounds. Rooms were very clean and comfortable. They have a stellar cohesive staff dedicated to making sure you have an awesome time. Stuff going on almost every night of the week: movies, sushi, DJ. And super chill vibe. And they have very knowledgeable surf coaches to help with everything surfing. Food is great too and located just down the road from the playa which is amazing. Would definitely recommend👍👍👍
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Michael W wrote a review May 2022
Carlsbad, California4 contributions1 helpful vote
My team rented out the entire resort for a week and were very impressed. Service: 10/10 Incredibly wonderful hospitable staff and owners looking out for us 24/7. Room: 10/10 Cozy bed, cold AC, nice shower. Price: 10/10 Mid-level pricing with upscale amenities Food: 8/10 Great breakfast, lunch, and dinner options - yet can get redundant if you’re staying for more than 5 days. A rotating menu would nice. Location: 9/10 A short walk to the beach, and short drive or bike drive to local restaurants
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Response from Veronica Halderson, Guest Services / Front Office at ONDA - Playa Grande
Responded 23 May 2022
Hi Mike! Thanks for your detailed feedback, it helps to know where we're doing great at ONDA, and in what ways we can improve. We can see that despite having a delicious menu with fresh ingredients, if it's not a large menu, it can get redundant after a week of trying out everything. The rotating menu is an excellent suggestion. Again, thanks for choosing us, and we hope to see you here in ONDA again in the future. :-)
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Rho-Nee W wrote a review May 2022
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I honestly can say this was better then I could have imagined. From the second we arrived, the bar staff was handing us fresh coconut cocktails. The concierge would check on us to see if we needed LITERALLY anything. Huge menu with great options for all dietary needs. They are very accommodating and can work with you on anything! The Wifi was incredible. Olivia is the manager and she went above and beyond to make this trip feel like it was tailored to us and our crew. We could literally ask her anything and she would know the answer and I’d she didn’t, she would find out. Javi, the surf instructor was incredible, stood up first try! Rene, Julia, Esteban all fantastic staff and really accommodating. I just can’t say enough good things… this place is definitely one of the best places I’ve stayed.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled on business
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Response from Veronica Halderson, Guest Services / Front Office at ONDA - Playa Grande
Responded 19 May 2022
Awesome! Thank you for your feedback, we're glad to hear that you had an excellent stay, and we're motivated, knowing that we're helping our clients find their onda. We hope to see you again soon in the future!
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Irene K wrote a review May 2022
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My work team and I stayed at ONDA for a week and had such an incredible time! The hotel itself is beautiful inside and out. Everything from the planned activities to the food was so well put together that it instantly made me feel at ease and on vacation, which doesn't always happen when I visit new places for the first time! Huge, huge thank you to the staff who made my whole stay even more enjoyable. Olivia was an absolute rockstar when it came to scheduling and making sure the entire team and I were happy and having fun. Also, all of the bartenders were incredible and super accommodating. Rene, Julia, and Estaban thank you guys for all of your hospitality and for being so friendly! I cannot wait to go back!
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Response from Veronica Halderson, Guest Services / Front Office at ONDA - Playa Grande
Responded 19 May 2022
You're very welcome Irene! All of our staff are pretty awesome, it is important to all of us that all our guests have an excellent stay. We hope to see you again soon in the future!
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Leigh Ann B wrote a review May 2022
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I hadn't left the states in 22 years and was a bit nervous. Travel to the hotel was seamless and the hotel was perfection. My nerves disappeared the minute I stepped foot in the hotel and they never returned. It was so easy to pop from the pool, to my room, to the kitchen and bar and back. Everything was so convenient. I think my wristband/key was one of my favorite conveniences ever! The room was spacious, clean and comfortable. Food was available whenever I was hungry and it was delicious! The staff could not have been more accommodating. Olivia arranged for travel, adventures, excursions and even joined us for an amazing dinner. Javi, the surf instructor, helped me stand up on my first try ever. And I'm 50! Julia and Rene tended the bar and catered to my every whim and Juan Pablo the chef made my mouth water every time. The cleaning staff kept the pool and grounds spotless and the entire staff was incredibly friendly. I was visiting on a "work" adventure, but nothing ever felt like work! And the adventure? Endless opportunities for having fun and making memories! I enjoyed waterfalls, surfing, water slides, horseback riding, special shopping markets, a rodeo, zip lining and hot springs. I truly felt like the staff wanted my coworkers and I to experience a trip we'd always remember. Mission accomplished. I would go back in a heartbeat!
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Room Tip: All the rooms were beautiful and convenient to all!
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Response from Veronica Halderson, Guest Services / Front Office at ONDA - Playa Grande
Responded 19 May 2022
That's wonderful! We're honored to have helped make those 22 year old nerves disappear. Thank you Leigh Ann for your review, everyone here at ONDA is happy to have accomplished the mission, and we'll be here waiting to give you the same treatment for your future second trip. :-)
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Faby F wrote a review May 2022
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Had one of the most incredible weeks of my life. The accommodations at ONDA were fantastic! Beds were super comfortable and hotel was very clean! Olivia was incredibly helpful and so fun to be around. The food by Chef Juan Pablo, drinks by Julia and Rene we delicious and all of the staff were amazing. Location of hotel was top notch and exceeded our collective high expectations by a margin! We had 10 people and each one of us loved the experience. La Leona Waterfall was a huge highlight for me. Zipline and Hot Springs at Vandara was also a must!
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Response from Veronica Halderson, Guest Services / Front Office at ONDA - Playa Grande
Responded 17 May 2022
Thanks for your awesome review Faby! It was a lot of fun for us at ONDA to cater to your group. Come back soon! :-)
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FellowTraveler571481 wrote a review May 2022
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We stayed at Hotel Onda for 7 days. The staff is excellent - super fun and relaxed but very service oriented as well. They didn't miss a beat. We got surf lessons from Javi and he was a FANTASTIC teacher... I got up on the board several times and rode 3 waves in to the shore from start to finish. Couldn't have asked for better! The place has a boutique hotel vibe, but also runs kinda like a cool hostel.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Room Tip: Toilets delicate and you're requested not to flush paper. Bring small trash bags to replace...
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Response from Veronica Halderson, Guest Services / Front Office at ONDA - Playa Grande
Responded 17 May 2022
How awesome that you got up and rode 3 waves! Yes, Javi is a great teacher. Thanks for your feedback! :-)
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Kathryn H wrote a review May 2022
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First and foremost, let's talk about the staff. The staff was so friendly, inviting, and extremely helpful. Service was phenomenal, organizing and scheduling was on point (while remaining flexible), and all of their local activity and adventure recommendations were 10/10. Here are some of the activities we partook in while there for reference: waterfall hike, turtle sighting, horseback riding, surfing, natural hot springs, zip-lining, and shopping at the local markets. The physical hotel itself; food was delicious and offered a wide variety menu, beds were comfortable with cool air conditioned rooms, pool is intimate and relaxing, and the 5 minute walk to the beach was perfection. My company went as a work retreat, and we left with memories that will last a lifetime and more bonded than ever. Would absolutely go back again.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Response from Veronica Halderson, Guest Services / Front Office at ONDA - Playa Grande
Responded 17 May 2022
Thanks for your feedback! We're very glad that your group enjoyed their stay. :-)
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Markus s wrote a review Apr 2022
Salzburg Region, Austria11 contributions14 helpful votes
It was a pleasure to stay with you! Kind of a family spirit where you feel welcome from the first second on! Thanks to Georgia, Giulia, Steban, Rene and all the other stuff members! Modern, comfortable and clean rooms. Not the cheapest but the quality (also food, great thanks to the kitchen) is definitely worth the money. Even if you stay at another place ONDA is worth a visit to have dinner or a drink at the bar!
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: not thr easiest place to go with public transport, if you you go by bus get off at Huacas and get...
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Responded 17 May 2022
Thanks for your feedback Markus! We only use fresh ingredients, nothing frozen, so that probably helps with the food quality. :-)
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US$157 - US$215 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
Costa RicaProvince of GuanacastePlaya Grande
NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about ONDA - Playa Grande
Which popular attractions are close to ONDA - Playa Grande?
Nearby attractions include Las Baulas National Marine Park (0.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at ONDA - Playa Grande?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at ONDA - Playa Grande?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, blackout curtains, and a desk.
What food & drink options are available at ONDA - Playa Grande?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at ONDA - Playa Grande?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to ONDA - Playa Grande?
Conveniently located restaurants include Taco Star, Upstairs at the RipJack Inn, and Kike's Place.
Are there opportunities to exercise at ONDA - Playa Grande?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and yoga classes during their stay.
Is ONDA - Playa Grande located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.4 km away from the centre of Playa Grande.
Are pets allowed at ONDA - Playa Grande?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does ONDA - Playa Grande offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to a business centre and meeting rooms during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at ONDA - Playa Grande?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.