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Palm beach Estates Playa Tamarindo, Playa Grande 50309 Costa Rica
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#5 of 7 hotels in Playa Grande
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Set outside Tamarindo in the beach village and national park of Playa Grande. We offer the romantic, the surfer, and the active traveler a tropical oasis amid the tourist stops. Superior rooms with modern amenities compliment the elegant restaurant where exceptional seafood, steaks and local specialties are served. Friendly and attentive staff ensure your stay is a satisfying one.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
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Free breakfast
Evening entertainment
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Air conditioning
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Minibar
Flatscreen TV
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Non-smoking rooms
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Romantic
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Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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Suzy S wrote a review Nov 2022
The Grateful Hotel is one of a kind! Such a fun, welcoming place where you immediately feel like you've arrived at a reunion or family party! Very special atmosphere and great live music. So glad I found this place. Will definitely be back!!
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Date of stay: November 2022
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Misha wrote a review May 2022
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We came for a few drinks in the evening. This place is so cool, lovely atmosphere, nice cocktails and the live band was epic. The location of Playa Grande is great, empty beaches in the day and the surf is spot on.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Lisa wrote a review May 2022
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Highly recommend for breakfast, lunch and or dinner. Food and drinks are excellent and they often have live music which is a great fun night out. Loved the atmosphere too. Owner very friendly.great location and you can take the water taxi to get there or if you are staying in playa grande it’s very easy to get to.
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Alli B wrote a review May 2022
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The best veggie burger I have had in all of Playa Grande! Great environment and great food :) breakfast is especially good! Love the French toast. They have live music 4 or 5 days a week and are great at putting on a fun show with a warm welcome.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Tracey C wrote a review May 2022
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This place was so much fun! They only have 8-9 rooms, and they’re all decorated in Grateful Dead style!! Zoilhy got us all checked in….she speaks great English and is funny, kind and helpful. They don’t have a huge menu, but everything we tried was plated beautifully and tasted wonderful! Thank you to the very talented chef. This is a place where everybody knows your name since it’s so small. We hated to leave our “family” there! Nice relaxing pool area with outdoor dining/drinking. There’s a beautiful beach with perfect sunsets close by, too. And I’m saving the best for last….the music! I think the bands switch out weekly, but I don’t think I ever heard the same song twice! It’s helpful to know Grateful Dead music, but not required. Lots of acoustic guitars and “chilax” (chill/relax) music. Phil is the owner. He’s from the US and fits in perfectly with the vibe! He’s really cool and you will see him every night dancing and hanging with the crowd.
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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553heatherd wrote a review Apr 2022
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Spent a long weekend here with my son for our birthdays. The music and food were absolutely fantastic. The hotel went to great lengths to make sure we felt celebrated!! Small and intimate setting makes you feel like you are part of the family.
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Jen B wrote a review Apr 2022
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My husband and I spent our long awaited honeymoon at this glorious hotel! I made friends for life,as everyone was super lovely and treated us like family. Will definitely keep coming back! The live music was as talented as they come, and the food was exquisite!
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Michael W wrote a review Apr 2022
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What a fantastic place to stay in Costa Rica! We felt right at home from the get go, and Phil and his staff are some of the most friendly and helpful folks I have ever met. We will visit here another 100 times over. Can't wait to come here again!! 6 stars!!!
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Steven James wrote a review Apr 2022
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Yes! Costa Rica and The Grateful Hotel were Amazing! Just finished performing 10 shows over 2 weeks. I expect WAY more friends to come when I’m asked back. They’re super jealous after seeing my daily blogs and photos! Secluded boutique hotel in the jungle, monkeys in the trees, 10 minute walk to a 3 mile secluded beach, perfect water temperature, with excellent breaks to surf! Amazing chefs, talented bar tenders, lovable quirky staff, & fun shenanigans from Phil, the owner. Sugaree’s Bar & Grill could compete with any 5 star restaurant in the US, PLUS, a Grateful Dead theme! Rooms are charmingly decorated, including Grateful Dead art and a classically beautiful ceiling fan (rooms also have air conditioning). Beautiful pool right outside your front door, open 24/7 . 7 minute water taxi to town, through the magical Esturario. Live music almost every day! Hands down, BEST gig I ever had. So easy to become fast friends with all the guests. Best way to describe it is like summer camp for “grownups”!
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Julia A wrote a review Apr 2022
Tamarindo, Costa Rica8 contributions
The Grateful Hotel has been a haven for us throughout the pandemic. A place we can come to listen to live music, meet awesome people and eat good food. We love staying in the hotel too! The rooms are clean and the staff is super friendly and helpful. Playa Grande is one of the best surfing beaches in Guanacaste, it's not too crowded and just down the street to go for the day or for sunset! I highly recommend visiting the Grateful Hotel for music, dinner or staying in the hotel when you visit Costa Rica (especially fellow dead heads)!
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Date of stay: April 2022
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PRICE RANGE
US$90 - US$154 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
bula playa grande
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Hotel Bula Bula
LOCATION
Costa RicaProvince of GuanacastePlaya Grande
NUMBER OF ROOMS
10
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Grateful Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to The Grateful Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Seven Cave Bar (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Grateful Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at The Grateful Hotel?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at The Grateful Hotel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at The Grateful Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Grateful Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include L'Estanco El Jardin Escondido, Cafe Mar Azul, and La Kitchen.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Grateful Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does The Grateful Hotel have airport transportation?
Yes, The Grateful Hotel offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Grateful Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.