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Reviewed 15 November 2019

First for the good: you can't beat the view from the pool area or the ocean view rooms. Especially for the price. The staff are all extremely friendly and willing to help, but there was an occasional language barrier (yes, that is our fault and totally not theirs!) The pool was nice and refreshing and always nice to have a swimup bar.
Access to surf boards and boogie boards is a great addition, and you can keep them for your whole stay, which saves time every morning if you want to get an early start.
Monkeys. There is a troupe of monkeys that hangs out in the trees by the steep driveway. They were a blast to watch.

The bad: Its sadly a long list. The furniture. The beds are not uncomfortable in of themselves, but the frames are the noisiest things I have ever encountered. Every time you move in bed it makes the most awful creaking sounds. The sheets on the bed were very rough and scratchy, especially when you have spent the whole day at the beach and some back with a sunburn.
And the outdoor patio furniture was very uncomfortable to sit on and enjoy the beautiful view so we really didn't spend as much time out there as we would have liked. The lounge chairs around the pool (the few that there were) had seen better days and most were sagging almost to the ground. It looked like they were in the process of fixing them, but slowly.

The Crazy Monkey breakfast was pretty good and filling but we made the mistake of eating there one night. WORST. BUGER. EVER. I haven't had a burger that bad since the junior high cafeteria.
And speaking of the Crazy Monkey... Friday nights. They can warn you that it "might" be a little noisy during their weekly party. They lie. It is beyond just a little noisy. It was deafening. With a beat that pounded in your head until you think it might explode. It was so freaking loud that it was scaring the cockroaches out of the walls to run around our room looking for somewhere to hide from the racket. If you are not a 20 something party animal, my suggestion is plan your trip so you ARE NOT STAYING HERE on a friday night. Even a woman we met staying across the street and down a block said the noise kept her awake.

The annoying: The steps going up to the hotel from the street. Yes, if you do any research before you book, you will know about them. They are very pretty, but day after day of use killed my knees. Again, this is my fault and not the hotel's because I am the one with bad knees, but be forewarned that this might not a good hotel choice for anyone with mobility issues.
And speaking of access, another issue that is in no way the hotel's fault but we found to be a problem at times is the lack of a sidewalk. You have to walk along the side of the road for a couple of blocks to and from town and at times the traffic on the road is very heavy and going faster than it should with pedestrians present.

All in all this is definitely a case of "you get what you pay for". We enjoyed our time here, but would not stay at Vista Villas again.

Room tip: Definitely get the upgraded ocean view rooms
Date of stay: November 2019
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Thank Laura C
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Reviewed 5 November 2019 via mobile

If you are looking for a nice cozy place to stay, right by the beach with all of the essentials for a room.... you should stay here! My boyfriend and I did lots of research & we chose this place! It was great & dog friendly for my pup that o brought with us. All of the staff were soooooo helpful and very very friendly. The rooms were very clean & safe. The grounds were nice and tidy and there is a breathtaking view of the ocean from the terrace where you swim and dine.

This place is perfect for those who are planning to spend lots of time at the beach which is so close (and it’s the best part of the beach). Most people who stay at the fancy places have to walk to this property to get to nice part of the beach. So it’s Deff the best spot for beach goers!

When you check in the staff will let you know exactly how to get to your room and will provide you with a panflit with recommendations of what to do while you are there. They will also let you know that attached to the resort is a bar called “crazy monkey”. The bar is the highlight for the entire town every Friday night, and people travel from San Jose to come to it. It’s all you can drink from 9pm-2:30am if you stay at the resort. For people staying at other resorts; they will pay for a wristband to get the same deal. The music is loud but it is a GREAT TIME & you get to meet loads of people ... but just remember it’s only like that on Friday.

Last point and most important: if you stay at the property you get free Surf board rentals the entire stay. This is GREAT!!!!!!!! Attached to the villa vista is “salty sols surf school” .... I HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU GET A LESSON WITH ERIC! He is the most humble guy in the world. Sooooo nice & will make it his mission to have you surfing in minutes. He is also the best guy to get advice about the town from. I’m sure you will become great friends with hiM. Very cool dude!

Overall, I loved this place and I will 100% be staying there when we visit again after the new year!

Enjoy!

Date of stay: October 2019
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank ohlordyjordy
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Reviewed 4 November 2019

We stayed here for 3 nights of our 1 week trip to Costa Rica. In general, the staff was very nice and Eric with Salty Sols was great. He offered us free surf boards and kayaks, which we took advantage of. You also get discounted surf lessons. He was very friendly and helpful. The accommodations weren't terrible but not great. The toilet seat was broken, there was a lot of noise outside our room in the mornings because the environmental services closet was right outside our door, and the beds were very uncomfortable and noisy. We were told that breakfast was included in our room, but after leaving we were charged $40 USD from the restaurant with no explanations or itemized receipt sent to us. When I called, the manager said she would "look at it in the morning" and "IF there's a mistake" we will get a refund. She even made note in the conversation that breakfast was included, and these were other restaurant/bar charges. We did not purchase anything from the restaurant or bar. The "receipt" that I was sent did not show the same amount total as what was charged to my card. I'll be disputing these charges with my credit card. Would not recommend staying here.

Date of stay: October 2019
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Thank Kyla H
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Reviewed 1 September 2019

We a an awesome time at Vista Villas. Osmar was really helpful and attentive to the guests and made everything easy and fast. Gesler and Estefi will make sure you have fun at the bar (Monkey Bar) with awesome drinks, cold beer and great conversation!!! Will definitely come back!!!
Cheers!!!

(wake up early to see the sunrise and hear the howling monkeys)

Tuvimos una excelente experiencia en Vista Villas. La pasamos increible y todo el staff nos hicieron sentir como en familia. Muchas gracias Osmar por coordinar el tour a Rincon de la Vieja y toda la atencion, gracias a Gesler y Estefi por los buenos tragos y grata compania en el bar (Monkey Bar)!!!

Pura Vida!

Giancarlo Horna and family

Date of stay: August 2019
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Thank giancarlohorna77
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Reviewed 13 August 2019

the staff is super friendly and help to book excursions, nice room and view! not counting the salty sols surf school, the owner Eric is amazing. surfboards, bodyboards are free!!! We enjoy this hotel! Pura vida

Date of stay: August 2019
Trip type: Travelled with family
Thank Mireilleboiteau1
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