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8 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 11
Playa Ocotal, Province of Guanacaste

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Caroline...
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4 reviews
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“Incredible views, relaxing stay ”
Reviewed December 13, 2014 for a stay in December 2014

We were lucky enough to stay on the second floor of the villa and enjoyed a spacious apartment with incredible views ! We woke up every morning to the birds and the howler monkeys and ate breakfast on the patio overlooking the ocean. Calin and his wife were both gracious hosts ... Giving us great travel advice and inviting us for breakfast ! We had a memorable stay !

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Pickering, Canada
Reviewed December 9, 2014 for a stay in November 2014

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Management Response
11 Dec 2014
Thank you very much! We love very much to be hosts and accommodate people of your quality. You are welcome always. Me casa su casa!
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Neno09
Edmonton
Level 4 Contributor
13 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Villa El Sueno de Ocotal”
Reviewed April 23, 2014 for a stay in February 2014
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We booked our stay for 10 days in private neo-Spanish villa El Sueno. Our vacation rental was located amidst the scenic surroundings of the Pacific Ocean and offered all the facilities that a traveler may ever need for an awe-inspiring trip, priced within reach of almost everyone. Villa was built on the steep hill side in the scenic Ocotal bay. The Ocotal beach was within 10 minutes walking distance from the villa if you follow the road. We used a shortcut through some private lots and high grass, and it took only 5 minutes to the beach, but be aware of the wildlife (snakes!).

On the main floor, villa El Sueno had one two bedroom apartment and four other separate bedrooms each named after different painter. The five of us were staying in these four bedrooms by the pool, with access to the small kitchen and patio. On the second floor was a huge three bedroom apartment which was rented at the time by another group of Canadians from Kingston (Ontario). We were promised by the owner Calin, that he will provide hearty breakfast for our group at some extra cost, but when we arrived on site he didn’t have the staff to keep that promise. The villa itself is in dire need to be updated. During our stay we had pluming issues in the bathrooms, problems with locking the room doors, the furniture is outdated and the mattresses are very uncomfortable and hard. Pool furniture is also beyond its life expectancy.

There was an elegant gazebo, surrounded by a lush garden available for our use, but the BBQ there was old and very dirty. For guests’ convenience and comfort, the owners live in a separate villa, adjacent to Villa El Sueno. They were permanently available to respond to the guests’ needs with discretion and respecting the guests’ privacy and full enjoyment of the premises. Although, this time Calin didn’t respond to our request to change sheets in one of the rooms (after the quest was there for seven days!). But this is what you get for the very low price we paid. Just don’t get surprised! Not big issues, just little things that can be fixed easily.

There are no words to describe the view, though. Looking out from the pool patio at the Papagayo bay below, nestled beneath the trees, all the way to the bay enclosed by mountains, ‘wondrous’ is a good starting point for descriptive language. Miniature boats dotting the big blue expanse of water. Small and large islands protruding out like prehistoric land masses. Just fantastic! There was a big Iguana permanently living on the roof of the villa. One evening we watched a family of howler monkeys munching the leaves on the tree in our front yard. Amazing!

All in all, we were happy guests in this villa and if I come to Ocotal again, I would stay there again, no problem. Hopefully, Calin will find some handy man to fix all these small issues we had during our stay and upgrade the villa before we come next time.

So, Hasta Luego until next time, mi amigos!!

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Liked best: Pool and view from villa
Liked least: furniture was outdated...
Travelling group: Friends
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CBfromBC
Gibsons, Canada
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3 reviews
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“Very relaxing and comfortable”
Reviewed January 20, 2014 for a stay in January 2014
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Calin was very helpful in getting us settled. He looked after any needs we had about the place.
The arrangement with the common kitchen worked for us. Being able to see the Monkeys was a treat.
I would recommend this Ville to anyone with a small group or just a couple looking for a great get away

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Liked best: The ambiance of the property, the attentiveness of the owner, and closeness to the beach.
Liked least: Having to leave
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Albertage...
Alberta, canada
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5 reviews
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“Quiet and relaxing”
Reviewed January 20, 2014 for a stay in January 2014
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We started everyday with a five minute walk to the beautiful, quiet, family orientated Ocotal beach. Most mornings there would only be two or three other couples there. Our afternoons were spent mostly by the refreshing pool. Calen (pronounced K-leen) was always there to make sure you have a great stay. We never rented a car so it was a $6 for a ten minute cab ride to Coco beach,( unless Calen gives you a ride), for groceries, souvenirs, bank or a bar type atmosphere. The rooms vary in size but are clean, airconditioned with basic kitchen supplies. If you want a relaxing, quiet stay with a great beach for a very reasonable rate, this is your place. We will be going back.

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jGiroux19...
Peterborough, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
69 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Outstanding!!!”
Reviewed January 19, 2014 for a stay in January 2014
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We booked a rental property for a second trip to CR as we wanted the 'local experience'. This property is the perfect balance of tropical serenity and easy 5 minute cab access to party life. Our one bedroom apartment was reasonably priced, clean, nicely decorated, had internet access, A/C, easy pool access and a stunning view. Within a 10 minute walk there was access to restaurants, the beach and nature including various birds, howler monkeys and magnificent flowers. We have travelled to many places outside the resort experience and we must commend our host, Calin on being the most attentive, thoughtful, personable and accommodating host we have ever had. From helping us out with ideas for unique sight seeing adventures, transportation and creating a home away from home feeling we attribute much of the 'magic' we experienced on our trip to the time we spent with him. Forget the resorts, buy your own food and booze (like you do at home anyway) and experience the beauty of this small Costa Rican gated community. We are already trying to talk our friends into renting the whole upper floor and the villa with us for next year. Thumbs up for the location, property, accommodations and the host...many thanks for everything Calin and Silvia!!!

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lorsal
New York City, New York
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10 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Fabulous”
Reviewed August 21, 2013 for a stay in August 2013
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We (all 12 family members) had a wonderful time in Costa Rica and at the Villa.. Everyone had their own room and only 2 had to share a bath. Calin was very accommodating and helpful. We were only a 5 minute walk to the beach and a lovely restaurant. We did rent a van, however, to get into town to the supermarkets and other restaurants.
I would recommend a day trip to Nicaragua. It is definitely something to experience.
The only thing we had a problem with was the mosquitoes. You need to bring sprays.

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Liked best: The size and beauty of the property
Liked least: the mosquitoes
Travelling group: Extended Family
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Management Response
20 Aug 2013
Thank you very much. You are very generous. See you in paradise again.
Calin
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