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Reviewed March 12, 2014

I wanted to get this review posted before I forgot how wonderful Mel and Ray have designed and maintain Casa MelRay. We stayed 6 nights this month and didn't want to leave. With only 4 rooms plus a small rental home and a penthouse apartment the hotel is intimate and charming. The hosts are generous (cookies & treats) and very knowledgeable about the surrounding area. Also, at your disposal are all sorts of sports gear to use on the beach and a common kitchen if you feel like dining in. Although the hotel is in a very quiet spot directly on the black sand beach of Playa Potrero it is in walking distance of the more lively Playa Flamingo and restaurants. To appreciate a larger area a car is the best means of traveling. 2 of the locals work to maintain and clean the property and they do an incredible job. The landscaping, pool and the rooms are beautiful.

All in all the price/quality ratio for Casa MelRay is almost off the charts in a very good way!

Room Tip: If you want a sea view ask for the Monkey, Iguana or penthouse rooms. The other rooms have a pool view.
  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Ray G, Owner at Casa Melray, responded to this reviewResponded March 21, 2015

So glad you enjoyed your visit. We are very proud of Lygia and Nelson who always do their best to accomidate and help our guests and keep our property in great shape.
Appreciate the great review.
Pura Vida

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Reviewed March 7, 2014

This is my second trip to Costa Rica and have been so fortunate to stay at Casa Melray each time. Never have I enjoyed a holiday more. In fact, I asked Mel and Ray if they ever had a guest that never left. They are the most gracious hosts and make you feel like you are part of the family. Each morning you are greeted with fresh fruit in the communal kitchen and more often than not, the fruit is accompanied by fresh baked goodies compliments of Mel. There are so many amazing restaurants nearby, and tons of activities available without ever leaving home or within the surrounding area, from horseback riiding, to white water tubbing or, my personal favourite ... relaxing poolside. Thank you Mel & Ray for making my second trip to Costa Rica as memorable as the first.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled solo
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Ray G, Owner at Casa Melray, responded to this reviewResponded March 21, 2015

We really appreciate your review. We are blessed with many good local restaraunts in the area, Several are beach side restaraunts, close by, which you can safely walk to. Hope you can visit us again next year.
Pura Vida

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Reviewed February 24, 2014

We only stayed one night here, but it was a definite highlight of our 8 days in CR. I actually found this place when trying to book a kayak fishing trip. Turned out, the guy i booked the fishing trip was busy that day (Valentines Day) , but our hosts made it happen for us!! One of their friends took us out instead and we departed right from the back yard (beach). My hunny loved the guy, they were able to chat it up about all sorts of things. I hooked a humongous fish, and although it got away, we had such a blast.
We returned to shore with Mel waiting for us with our shoes in hand, and once in our room we found she had left us some incredible brownies and heart shaped cookies. They were also so accommodating to let us keep our things in our room while we went to see Tamarindo, so as to not worry about leaving our stuff in the vehicle. Luckily nobody was in our room the following night, so they had no problem with us pushing back our check out time.
We wish we could have stayed here longer - without a doubt the most personable accommodations. The guests were all super friendly too. We will definitely return!

Room Tip: We stayed in the Iguana room, it was very nice
  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Ray G, Owner at Casa Melray, responded to this reviewResponded March 21, 2015

Thanks for the great review. This is a great area for Kayak fishing as the bay is sheltered from the open oceon by several islands. Rooster fishing is especially popular here in this area. Hope you can return and land the big one.

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Reviewed February 23, 2014

Ending my trip here was the the icing on the cake with a cherry.The rooms are comfortable, Their staff of two are very congenial and Mel and Ray are 6+ stars. It is conveniently located within walking distance of stores and restaurants. I have never been made to feel so welcome and included. I'll certainly go back. Costa Rica is a wonderful inviting country.
Costa Rica is an amazing country.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with friends
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Ray G, Owner at Casa Melray, responded to this reviewResponded February 24, 2014

We also enjoyed your visit here with us, and are happy to hear that you loved Costa RIca. Hope to see you again next year. Thanks for the great review.
M&R

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Reviewed February 17, 2014

We have just returned from Costa Rica and we were so fortunate that our son hooked us up for our stay at Casa MelRay. The owners Mel and Ray welcomed us into their home as if they had know us all of their lives. The fresh fruit and special home baked goods daily were a hit. Whether you want to relax by the pool or stroll on the beach Casa Melray is top notch. The spacious well appointed rooms combined with the comfortable atmosphere makes this an excellent location. We look forward to our next stay at Casa Melray. Mel Ray and Soma thanks for your hospitality.
Joe and Sherry

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Ray G, Owner at Casa Melray, responded to this reviewResponded February 24, 2014

So glad you had a great stay here at our Casa. Thanks for posting sush a great review. Looking forward to your next visit.
M&R and Soma.

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