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Hotel Bula Bula, Playa Grande

3-star3 stars
Palm Beach EstatesPlaya GrandeGuanacasteCosta Rica
Waterfront hotel with restaurant and outdoor pool
  • Free WiFi and free parking
Very Good8.2
  • A little bit off the beaten path to this safe, friendly and rather lavish sanctuary.…Mar 4, 2017
  • Rooms are simple but clean Staff is friendly and helpful Food is amazingly delicious.…Jan 27, 2017
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Hotel Bula Bula, Playa Grande

from $129
  • Standard Room, 1 King Bed
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At a glance

Key facts

Hotel size

  • This hotel has 10 rooms
  • This hotel is arranged over 1 floor


  • Check-in time 3 PM-10 PM
  • Check-out time is 11 AM
The front desk is open daily from 7 AM - 10 PM
There is no after-hours reception at this property. Guests arriving late won't be able to check in until the next morning. To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property at least 24 hours before arrival using the information on the booking confirmation.
Airport shuttle service is available on request. Contact the property in advance to make arrangements. The reception desk closes at 4 PM on Monday. If arriving after 4 PM on Monday or after 10 PM on Tuesday - Sunday, guests must contact the property prior to arrival to receive late check-in instructions. Check-in after 11 PM is not allowed. Contact information is provided on the confirmation page received after booking.

Required at check in

  • Credit card or cash deposit required

  • Government-issued photo ID required

Travelling with others


  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed (service animals welcome)


  • Free WiFi in public areas

  • Free WiFi in rooms



  • Airport shuttle (available on request) *


  • Free self parking
* See small print for additional details or extra charges

In the hotel

Food and drink
  • Full breakfast daily (surcharge)
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • 24-hour room service
Things to do
  • Outdoor pool
  • Children's pool
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Concierge services
  • Wedding services
  • Multilingual staff
  • Number of buildings/towers - 3
  • Accessible bathroom

In the room

Home comforts
  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Iron/ironing board (on request)
Things to enjoy
  • Lanai
  • Individually decorated
Freshen up
  • Private bathroom
  • Shower only
  • Hair dryer (on request)
Be entertained
  • Premium TV channels
  • DVD player
Stay connected
  • Free WiFi
Food and drink
  • Refrigerator
  • Free bottled water
  • In-room safe
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available
  • Access via exterior corridors

Special features


The Great Waltini - This restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar.



  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Ecotours nearby
  • Golfing nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Sailing nearby
  • Scuba diving nearby
  • Snorkeling nearby
  • Surfing/boogie boarding nearby

Hotel Bula Bula, Playa Grande’s small print

Also known as

  • Bula Bula
  • Bula Bula Hotel
  • Bula Bula Playa Grande
  • Bula Hotel
  • Hotel Bula
  • Hotel Bula Bula
  • Hotel Bula Bula Playa Grande
  • Bula Playa Grande


The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.

Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.

For transfers, guests must contact the property before arrival at the number on the booking confirmation.

The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation.

Optional extras

Rollaway beds are available for an additional charge

Full breakfast is offered for an extra charge of CRC 15 for adults and CRC 15 for children (approximately)

Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge of CRC 40000 per vehicle (one way)

We have included all charges provided to us by this hotel. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

What’s around Hotel Bula Bula, Playa Grande


  • On the waterfront
  • Las Baulas National Marine Park (32-minute walk)
  • Grande Beach (32-minute walk)
  • Las Baulas de Guanacaste National Marine Park (2.9 mi / 4.6 km)
  • Monkey Park (8.3 mi / 13.3 km)
  • Conchal Beach (11 mi / 17.7 km)
  • Flamingo Beach (13.1 mi / 21.1 km)
  • Tamarindo Church (10 mi / 16.1 km)

Getting around

  • Liberia (LIR-Daniel Oduber Intl.) 75-min drive
  • Free self parking
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)

Recent reviews

Very Good 8.2 From 14 reviews

Hotel Bula Bula, Playa Grande
This charming boutique hotel in Playa Grande is well worth the drive. The rooms are set up hacienda style around a central courtyard with a pool. There is also an open air dining room and fully stocked bar, which seems to be the place to go for happy hour. All of the staff we interacted with are well spoken and friendly. Everyone is happy to assist you with tours, information and directions. I will definitely stay here again.
Lisa, us1 night family trip
Hotel Bula Bula, Playa Grande
If you like being woken at 6.30am by the music of the restaurant ... this is the place for you !!!
Stephane, us1 night romance trip
Hotel Bula Bula, Playa Grande
Meh. Wouldn't stay there again.
We were disappointed with our stay at Bula Bula. It's hard to get to, and not much there when you get there. Our room was on the small side. The air conditioner was unable to keep up with the heat, the toilet ran, and there was inadequate water pressure in the shower. The plumbing fixtures in the shower were mis-matched (they had different handles), and the bathroom was small. My pillow smelled, and the bed was very uncomfortable. On the other hand, the hotel service was wonderful. Very friendly and helpful staff, and we enjoyed hanging around the pool. The complimentary breakfast was very good.
A Traveler, usRomance trip
Hotel Bula Bula, Playa Grande
Very Good8.0
My stay at Bula Bula.
Hotel Bula Bula is a bit out of the way in Playa Grande--about 20 kilometers from downtown Tamarindo by road, but about 3 kilometers by boat that runs between Playa Grande and Tamarindo from 9:00a.m.-4:00pm. I stayed four nights and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. It is in a high end neighborhood with easy access to a great beach. The staff is efficient, friendly, and very professional. I also met the owners, Todd and Wally, and immediately understood why their staff was so great. They are "hands on" managers who ensure that customer concerns are handled in a timely manner. I will definitely stay there again when I need accommodations in the Tamarindo area.
Thomas, mx4 night business trip
Hotel Bula Bula, Playa Grande
Hidden Gem with great food
We really loved our stay here. The rooms are very clean and cozy and face inward towards the pool. We enjoyed the food at the Great Waltinis restaurant. The only issue is that its a little off the beaten path.
Zach, mx1 night romance trip

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Hotel Bula Bula, Playa Grande

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