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Lounge by your private pool Cabina bedroom with king and single beds a/c and fan
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Main House
Lounge by your private pool
Cabina bedroom with king and single beds a/c and fan
King bedroom a/c and fan
Queen bedroom a/c and fan
Queen bedroom a/c and fan
Beach in front of house
Enjoy tropical fruits in the kitchen
Spacious dining room seats 16
Cabina rooms capture the ocean breezes
Patio with BBQ
Relax and watch the stunning sunsets from the beach
Beautiful colours are a nightly event
Front of the house
Pool lights for evening swimming
One of 2 twin rooms a/c and fan
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Garden looking towards ocean
Main house and pool
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7 Bedrooms, 8 Bathrooms, Sleeps 16
Puntarenas, Province of Puntarenas

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Very good - based on 40 reviews
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gracejack...
Orlando, Florida
1 review
“Men retreat”
Reviewed 17 March 2017 for a stay in March 2017

The place was great and Ronald and wife we excellent. We had a total of ten men at the home and we had more than enough space. Karin and her husband was there to greet us upon out arrival even though we were 1 1/2 late. They was very nice and accommodating and gave us great detail of the house and a list of great things to do and place to dine while we was there. While there you must have Ronald wife prepare a great meal for your group. My group is definitely planning on a return visit to this home while in Costa Rica

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Management Response
23 Mar 2017
We loved having your group. Thanks so much for doing your retreat with us. Ronald and Bernie speak highly of your group's friendliness and politeness. We would love to have you spend your vacation with us again. Karin and Rupi
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marci7620...
Alamo, California
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
“Perfect home away from home in Costa Rica”
Reviewed 25 February 2017 for a stay in February 2017

Our week at Oceano was absolutely wonderful. Karen and Rupi were fantastic in helping us prepare for our first trip to Costa Rica. They were thorough and prompt in answering our questions and having us well prepared for a week at the beachhouse, The property is beautiful and impeccably clean. We loved being able to walk to the beach or just hang in the pool to cool off. And Ronald and Bernie were awesome. They became part of our family vacation. Anything we needed they graciously either did for us or helped us do. One of our best family vacations ever, would not hesitate to stay here again or tell friends to stay here.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
26 Feb 2017
Hi Lorraine and family: we are so thrilled that you enjoyed our property and the attentive service of Ronald and Bernie. It truly was a pleasure hosting a group who can appreciate the beauty of Costa Rica and our rustic little piece of it. Ronald and Bernie are over the moon that your email to me said you would have given us 10 stars if you could. That will make their day and remind them that the effort and enthusiasm they bring to their work does make a difference. So thank you for that also. You are welcome back and your friends and family too. Karin and Rupi
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preachers...
Germany
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Enjoyable but quite rustic”
Reviewed 9 November 2016 for a stay in October 2016

We enjoyed our time together at Oceano house. We were quite surprised that there wasn't air conditioning in any of the eating or living areas. Since the weather was extremely hot and humid we weren't able to enjoy hanging out together in the evening so as we had hoped.
Bernie and Ronald make this house ! They were helpful in every way. They cooked, cleaned, did laundry, booked taxis , shopped for us... just to name a few of the thing she they did for us.
We were so thankful for all they did to make our vagcation great.

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Liked best: Swimming pool and Bernie cooking for us
Liked least: No air conditioning in the common areas and the Bugs and lizards in our bedrooms.
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Management Response
26 Mar 2017
Hi and thank you for the nice review! Glad you enjoyed our cottage style beach house. We specialize in an authentic Costa Rican cultural experience and it sounds like you had that! I am so sorry that you hadn't read the description of our property when you booked. It says that we have air conditioning in the bedrooms only. Our house is fully opened with only glass shutters to catch the breeze, so it's not possible to have air conditioning in the common areas. Happy Travels! Karin and Rupi
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Rico3522
Chilliwack
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Maybe the Best Vacation Ever.”
Reviewed 26 March 2016 for a stay in March 2016

We travelled with a group of friends again this trip and we all were very happy with the accommodations. It was nice to have the owners on site when we arrived. Karen and Rupi were very nice and gave a little run down on the area.The rooms were spacious for 2 guests staying in them and were clean. The cabinas near the pool are just a little larger than the house rooms. The electric showers were something to get use to but we're just fine. Didn't need a lot of hot water since the weather was very hot with the start of summer.

Our group can not say enough great things about the caretakers on site. Bernie and Ronald were the best. We paid to have them cook meals for us and Ronald helped us out at the market. Bernie is a great cook with authentic food and the fresh fruit every morning is just a delight. Ronald also gave us a contact to do some excursions which were very good. We will be back in the area next Feb 2017 on a cruise and plan on visiting these two wonderful people. It was nice to walk to the rear of the property to the beach and search for shells once the tide went out.

The local bus runs right by the house and it will take you downtown for shopping in the market for food or souvenirs. A grocery store is also very close by taxi for many food needs.

The house and cabinas are very comfortable and private. The house is secured at night but an individual can not enter the kitchen in the morning unless someone staying in the 2 rooms near the kitchen open the door or the caretaker does so. The guests in the rooms at the front of the house an person must exit their room and the building and walk around the rear of the building to enter the kitchen. We had a locksmith vacationing with us and stated the cost to create keys that open an individual room plus the kitchen door would be minimal. Overall this was never a huge issue for Ronald generally had coffee started around 6am on the patio. Some of us still got up early to enjoy the non hot times.

The pool got a severe workout with most of us in pool at one time. The fountain was a nice feature from the norm. The fresh blue paint around the pool edge did come off on my hand during the mid day heat. There was some fresh paint close to the pool and cabinas area that didn't take very well and when it become wet was very slippery with one of our companions slipping and falling hard. The caretaker scrubbed the entire freshly painted area and removing the fresh paint as not to have a reoccurrence.

Overall, our group said this was a wonderful place to stay and made our first and not last trip to Costa Rica most enjoyable.

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Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups
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Management Response
29 Mar 2016
Thank you so much for the 5 star review. We would love to see your group again. We have taken care of the paint issue and all is well. Regards, Rupi
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samsjake
Calgary, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
68 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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“Great Family Vacation”
Reviewed 2 February 2016 for a stay in January 2016
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You will not go wrong with the choice. It is true costa rica and not a hotel with all the ammenties that that brings. So if that is what you are expecting, you may not be happy. We had 14 ppl aged 1 to 14 and we had lots of room. We all lived in the pool and it is large enough for everyone and can even play water polo etc. It is about 5 feet deep everywhere which we enjoyed. We left our air-mattresses to relax in the pool!
I never used my electronics but some did and the internet around the pool area worked well.
Roni and Bernie make the experience awesome. They cooked for us one day and helped with shopping. Roni took us to the fish market and carried the fish back for us on the bus and Bernie cooked for us. The bus is only 400 colones each way so about a dollar . You can go into puntarenas which is about 15 min by bus and there are lots of 'flee market' type items for sale like hats etc at a decent price. The bus driver will tell you where to get off and which direction to walk! Go when there are no cruise ships in so there are not too many ppl. Go the other direction to El Roble for groceries or bakery etc but there are not really any souvenirs that direction. Coffee is made for you every morning which was awesome and Bernie cuts up fruit for you. Karin provided a gift basket to get us by until we could shop. Thank you Karin!!
THe grounds are well kept by Roni. The beach is a close walk through the yard (less than 3 minutes) but was difficult for the elderly due to the slope of the sand and it is dark/blk sand so it is very very hot. You will need water shoes or will burn your feet walking. The beach is large and can walk either way for miles. We found it safe and lots of locals playing or fishing. The water is warm as the pool and is safe. No under tows and waves are decent when the tide is coming in. we had fun in the ocean. One review said there were some bottles or Styrofoam on the beach but we did not see much and didn't bother us at all. We did NOT experience a weird smell at all. it was lovely. You may want to buy an umbrella if you want to spend day time at the beach as there is no shade and it is very hot. There are no beach chairs so you can buy them if you don't want to sit in the sand. Also bring your own beach towels and you can buy boogie boards there at the mega super. we left our there so help yourself!!
For eating out, take a cab or walk towards the double tree on the road and there is a restaurant across from the entrance which has good prices and food is good. If you cross the highway from that place, there is an open type bar restaurant (sirens I think it was called) and it was cheaper and really good food and more choices than costa rican dishes. services was great too. there is a resident dog in the parking lot that lives in the security booth and the staff feed it. It did not have a name so we called her \Lucy. she is a little afraid of ppl but very sweet. cab is only about 1000 colones one way which is about $2 US. so great if you do not want to walk. remember you do not have the right of way so be careful walking. they are courteous if you indicate you want to cross a road. There are some good soda eating places towards the hospital and are close. try them. Do not recommend going to costa del sol for dinner as written up in the book. It is far ($15 can ride one way) and is expensive and food not great. Staff are not friendly and we seemed to be an annoyance to them. The watermelon and pineapple is the best. even better than Hawaii. the coffee is good but if you like cream, you cannot buy it. have to use milk which is not a good coffee to me. but I adjusted and drank it black.
there were hardly any bugs even at Manuel Antonio park (which I do NOT recommend anyway) . iguanas and gecos are around the pool area and rooms but are fun to watch. odd spider but not bothersome. some awesome toads/frogs in the flower areas and by the AC by room 7. some birds were making nests in the palms and tons of pelicans at the beach.
As with the prev review, Rupi does need to do some basic maintenance for up coming guests. We did mention this to him the morning we left. THe door lock for room 2 does not work well and needs replacing. The shower drains in rooms 1 and 2 do not drain well so you stand in ankle deep water when you shower. The shower heaters were not an issue for us as the water is never COLD. The mattresses on the twin beds in the one room are meant for kids so an adult sleeping on it sunk a lot and did not offer any support or a great sleep. Other beds were great. Bernie will change your sheets and towels and they were great. Pillows are ok but I always bring my own so no issue.
The walkways around the pool and to the house can be very slippery so be really careful. Half of us fell at least once and one of us twice. We started betting a cervaza on who would be next!! One large issue was the floor in the upstairs room 2. the floor needs a major repair which I assume will have been done once we left as the floor boards in the room gave way and the person fell through up to his ankle. . I think the wood was rotting or something in that area. It was a bit scary.
This is a well loved and well used place so of course work needs to be done on a constant basis. Don't let that discourage you from booking as it was a great place for a great price and Roni and Bernie and the sweet dog Macha make it a great vacation. Pura Vida. They will teach you some Spanish! enjoy don't be afaid to go here if you are on a budget. it made it possible or us to go with so many people.

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Liked best: Macha, Bernie, Roni, the pool, the ocean
Liked least: figuring out good places to eat. we eventually figured it out
Travelling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups
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Management Response
3 Feb 2016
Thank you Jackie for your review and great 4 star rating. The caretaker has rectified the issues you mentioned in your review. If only you had told us during your stay, they could have been done that same day. Pura Vida! Rupi
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