Hotel Bula Bula

Playa Grande Road, Playa Grande, Costa Rica
Hotel Bula Bula
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Love Hotel Bula Bula!

by TripAdvisor Member TeriRichardson

My husband and I decided to celebrate our 11th year anniversary of living in Costa Rica by staying a night at the Hotel Bula Bula. We have always enjoyed their wonderful restaurant The Great Waltini's so staying there was an extra treat! I was impressed with the attention to detail. The delightfully cheerful painted walls with local art sets the mood for a Costa Rican experience. Everything was included from 4 pillows on the king size bed, extra large bath towels, bottled water, in-room coffee to use of sarongs provided for loungeing around the pool. The staff was helpful to make us comfortable and see to our needs.
A big thank you to the owners Wally and Todd for a great time! Staying at the Hotel Bula Bula is an experience you don't want to miss!!
Pura Vida!

Happiness at Hotel Bula Bula

by TripAdvisor Member SFgirl888

Hotel Bula Bula is like a hidden treasure in the dense greenery of Costa Rica. Located just a quick 3 minute walk to the beach (past a great surf rental shop) and a 5 minute water taxi ride from the town of Tamarindo, Hotel Bula Bula is a sanctuary. After the airline lost our luggage, we showed up at the hotel discouraged. The friendly owner (an american who moved to costa rica and opened up the hotel a few years ago) and bartenders quickly took care of us and provided us with essentials. The outdoor restaurant has not-to-be-missed fried fish poppers, and a delicious and exotic extensive menu that is reasonably priced. It also seems to attract locals to the bar. It's lively and youthful, but also a great spot for families. The complimentary breakfasts are beautiful, big, and delicious. If you want to go into town, the bartender/concierge (as there is no real "lobby") will call you a water taxi that cost about $2 to take you to town. They also happily set up any tours or spa treatments (in town, though maybe possible to get in your room) for you. The rooms are comfortable, cute, and clean. The hosipitality is truly unmatched. Lastly, I left behind my ring in our room, and the owner made sure it was shipped back to me immediately and free of charge! I highly recommend this spot for young couples, families, and pretty much anyone looking for hidden jems in their costa rican travels.

Great Memories from Bula Bula

by TripAdvisor Member ShinerBeer

We stayed at Hotel Bula Bula from May 6 to the 10th. We drove in from the Liberia airport right after we landed. The drive was supposed to be about an hour and a half but due to the roads it took about 2 hours. (We heard the Government has put up the money to fix the roads! :) ) It was a little nerve racking because you feel like you are driving in the middle of nowhere and if it is at night like it was for us you hope you are going the right way....most of the signs were pretty well marked though.
Once you get to Bula Bula you instantly are comfortably met by the staff and offered a beer. Todd, Wally, and Felix are great hosts and make you feel right at home during the whole time you are there. You never need to hesitate to ask for any information as they are willing to help you with anything you may need. The hotel was very clean, quiet, relaxing and comfortable. The food was excellent for breakfast, lunch and dinner! We would definately stay here again! No doubt about it!
The beach by the hotel is great because there are not a whole lot of people and it is not crowded at all. The sunset was breath taking! We walked along shore about 10 to 20 minutes to the estuary and grabbed a boat taxi across due to the tide being high and spent the first day in Tamarindo. When you get dropped off by the taxi, be sure and set up a time with him to take you back to Bula Bula. It is definately a surfer town. There was good shopping and great little places to eat along the beach. Another day we took a tour into the estuary which was very interesting. It is like going deep into the jungle. We saw alligators, different birds, and lots of monkeys!
Thanks again to Hotel Bula Bula and we will absolutely stay here again!

A Must Stay Hotel/Restaurant!!!!!!!

by TripAdvisor Member mickris

We couldn't have planned a better vacation this summer. I contacted Hotel Bula Bula with general questions about Costa Rica. Both Todd and Felix at the hotel helped me plan the perfect vacation. Every recommendation was spot on. Per their suggestion, my husband and I went to Arenal and stayed at Villa DeCary for the first couple of days. It's a quaint B&B on a former coffee plantation with beautiful grounds, nicely decorated rooms with sweeping views of the lake, and informative staff. Got to see the volcano from Tabacon and did the canopy tour over there as well. All awesome experiences.

My husband and I are beach aficionados and really happy we picked Hotel Bula Bula to spend the majority of our vacation. The attention to detail and special touches extends not just to the hotel rooms, but to the restaurant and grounds. Colorful, comfortable rooms with bottled water everyday, flowers and sarongs in the rooms, tons of pillows on the bed, the list goes on. The restaurant is open air and has a romantic feel with soft lighting, elegant table settings, and lots of tropical plants. The groundskeepers keep the gardens in fine shape with all types of palm trees, orchids, and even cactus.

The restaurant and bar serve the best meals we've had in a very long time. The chef, Wally, has the steaks and seafood dialed in--tender steaks and fresh, fresh seafood. We also spent a lot of time enjoying the bar drinks (maybe too much?) and staying up late meeting the locals. Margaritas and Pina Coladas are first rate as are the Martinis and Rum Punches.

The service on all levels was just right - Fatima, Felix, Douglas, and the rest of the staff made sure all our needs were met from what types of excursions to do (the sunset sail was our favorite), Spanish lessons, and teaching us more about their country.

I can't wrap this up without mentioning Burt the parrot. He is hilarious! I think Fatima taught him opera and he entertained us tremendously each morning.

All in all, I can't say enough about this gem in the jungle. We will definitely be back with friends and family.

We loved Bula Bula

by TripAdvisor Member kittymiss

We just spent 5 nights at Hotel Bula Bula and adore this place. The proprietors, Wally and Todd, have created a welcoming and lovely haven that felt like a home away from home. The rooms are brightly painted, clean, extremely comfortable and have thoughtful touches like bottled water replenished daily and sarongs to wear to/from the beach or lounging around. The food was EXCELLENT - everything was cooked to perfection, don't miss the incredible french toast for breakfast, the perfect BLT with avocado for lunch and any of the seafood or pork dishes for lunch or dinner. (People raved about the hamburgers and filet mignon but I ran out of meals to try them because I became addicted to that BLT and the jumbo prawns with garlic and butter sauce - yum.) The attribute that really set this place apart is the friendly, responsive, engaged service from Wally, Todd and the entire staff. Many of them have been there from the time the hotel was opened and you will see most of the same faces every day - they feel like a little family unto themselves that takes you in while you are there. Overall, the quality of the services, food and the room was excellent and particularly great value given the reasonable rates. In addition, Playa Grande was a wonderful beach to be near - since it's part of a nature preserve and protected from development, it remains pristine, beautiful and free of crowds and vendors. Take the nighttime tour to see leatherback tortoises laying their eggs on the beach - it was amazing.

Incredible food, relaxing environment, CLEAN! *****

by A TripAdvisor Member

Stayed for a week at Bula Bula looking for a relaxing get-away. While much of Costa Rica remains "third world" this hotel is incredibly accomodating! I arrived on the Monday, intending to stay one or two nights then move on through the country. The food rivaled that of major restaurants in the states, the proximity to the beach (300 meters) was perfect, the rooms were spacious and clean and the managers were as welcoming as they come.
If you're looking for a great place to stay in Costa Rica but can't pony up the $400/night for the Four Season, this is your next-best option (at about $90/night!). Rooms have AC (so necessary), cable (so UNnecessary) and are impecably clearn. You're guaranteed to cross paths with local surfers, tourists and an assortment of great personalities. Ask for Todd (hotel manager) and he'll set you up with anything (surf board, lessons, taxi to airport, directions to the best zipline, ect).

Also, if you can tear yourself away from Bula Bula's restaurant for one night... try the pizza place in Playa Granda... incredible food and great atmosphere!


We LOVE Bula Bula!

by A TripAdvisor Member

We just returned from our honeymoon in CR and cannot say enough about Bula Bula! Our first experience at Bula Bula was 2 years ago. We were staying at a nearby hotel and ate, drank, and enjoyed ourselves at Bula Bula everynight. This time we had the pleasure of staying for 4 nights and would have stayed longer if possible. The atmosphere is relaxing, the staff is so friendly and accommodating, and the food is incredible! You MUST have a siberian after dinner! They even went out of their way to prepare my vegetarian husband meals every night.
The rooms are small (not a problem), very clean and bug free (a big plus in Costa Rica and quite rare!). The A/C works great and the TV is there if you need it. There is a mini fridge and a safe and waters and coffee are provided daily. Breakfast is included and changes daily to include french toast, gallo pinto, pancakes, eggs,etc.
The owners are extremely courteous and seem to truly enjoy their guests. Wally was not there at the time, but Todd remembered us from 2 years ago and treated us wonderfully. We are already planning our next stay.
Playa Grande is a wonderful beach, especially is your goal is relaxation. We even had massages in our room! The surf is great and the beach is uncrowded. Tamarindo is 5 minutes away by water taxi and only worth the time if you need to buy something. The road to Playa Grande through Mato Palo is horrific at best, but is part of what adds to the adventure of staying in Playa Grande.
Two visits to Costa Rica and we still have yet to see a volcano, somehow we just seem enjoy relaxing in Playa Grande a little too much! Next time we'll do the volcano first!
If you are looking to stay somewhere where the staff calls you by name and does everything they can to accommodate, Bula Bula is the place.

Love the Bula Bula

by TripAdvisor Member dbh58

The first time we stayed in Costa Rica we stayed in Tamarindo at the Vista Villas Hotel. A great place to stay if you want to party with the surf crowd. I am a surfer and I have 3 girls, two are young teenagers and the thought the crowed was to party happy for my taste.
I found the Bula Bula on Tripadvisor and trusted all the reviews and booked for 8 nights. If your looking for a laid back place with lots of privacy, this is it. The staff could not do enought for us. The rooms were beautiful and clean. The restuarant and bar was fantastic. The food was great. The night life consisted of a few people getting to know each other at the bar, comparing daily adventures and giving each other helpful hints in what to do in the coming days.
If you want to go to Tamarindo its a 2 minute boat ride across the river. After visiting for one day, we never went back. Playa Grande is uncrowed and stress free. I was glad we stayed in Tamarindo a year earlier because it help us appreciate Bula Bula that much more. Don't miss out on this gem of a place

Secluded Paradise

by TripAdvisor Member jbetsy

A treasure of a hotel, tucked away at the end of a cul-de-sac. Once you get there you won't want to leave. We were scheduled for just one night, but extended it for another to take advantage of all that was there. The Great Waltini Restaurant is on the property and the food is delicious. The bar scene is interesting, too, as many of the locals drop by to commune with the guests. The owners Wally and Todd are so helpful and nice, that we felt right at home immediately. The boat dock that is on the property that ferrys you over to Tamarindo is also a plus. If you like beaches with generous surf in which to play, this is the place to be. You need to drive to the beach, but is is only a mile or two down the road. The rooms are close together and sound can be an issue if the hotel is full. Great Escape!!

Micromoon at Bula Bula

by TripAdvisor Member waterpro

Kat and I were married in April this year. Some friends presented us with a gift certificate to enjoy dinner and an overnight stay at Bula Bula, a favourite of theirs, about an hour from where we live. We were delighted as we walked the enchanting path lined by luscious plants to the office to check in. Our room was beautifully colourful and comfortable.

Our hosts, Wally and Todd, made us feel welcome and special, even concocting a special "appletini" to our specifications. After an outstanding al fresco dinner of Maryland crab-stuffed Wahoo and blackened filet cooked to perfection and served with style, we re-joined our fellow travellers and guests for a magic evening of cameraderie as can only flourish in such an environment of pleasant relaxation and ambiance.

We will return and highly recommend a visit to Bula Bula to everyone.

don and kat


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