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Esencia Hotel & Villas

3-star hotel with outdoor pool, near Santa Teresa Beach

  • Free WiFi in lobby and free parking

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2 Km North of Cruce de Playa Carmen, Cobano, 50201, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
8.4.Very good.
  • We booked a bungalow. Upon arrival, we were given a "2nd floor bungalow". There is no…

    Feb 19, 2021

  • The staff was very helpful and made my stay smooth. They reserved a cab for me for the…

    Feb 12, 2021

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Enhanced health and safety measures

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Staff wears personal protective equipment
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Shield between guests and staff in main contact areas
  • Social distancing measures are in place
  • 24 hours Gap period enforced between guest stays -
  • Protective clothing is available to guests
  • Masks are available to guests
  • Gloves are available to guests
  • Individually-wrapped food options are available
  • Guests are provided with free hand sanitizer
  • Free WiFi
  • Free parking
  • Pool
  • Non-smoking
  • Air Conditioning

Property highlights

Main amenities

  • 19 smoke-free guestrooms
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Near the beach
  • Outdoor pool
  • Breakfast available
  • Spa services

For families

  • Free cribs/infant beds
  • Refrigerator
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available
  • Private bathroom
  • Free toiletries
  • Garden

What’s around

  • Santa Teresa Beach - 2 min walk
  • Carmen Beach - 13 min walk
  • Cocal Beach - 24 min walk
  • Grande Hermosa Tidepool - 30 min walk
  • Hermosa Beach - 32 min walk
  • Playa Mal País - 3.4 mi / 5.4 km

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Enter dates for 2 guests

  • Family Villa
  • Pool View Room (1 King Bed)
  • Pool View Room ( 1 king bed + 1 Twin bed)
  • Pool View Room (1 Queen bed + 1 Twin bed)


2 Km North of Cruce de Playa Carmen, Cobano, 50201, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
  • Santa Teresa Beach - 2 min walk
  • Carmen Beach - 13 min walk
  • Cocal Beach - 24 min walk

What’s around


  • Santa Teresa Beach - 2 min walk
  • Carmen Beach - 13 min walk
  • Cocal Beach - 24 min walk
  • Grande Hermosa Tidepool - 30 min walk
  • Hermosa Beach - 32 min walk
  • Playa Mal País - 3.4 mi / 5.4 km
  • Manzanillo Beach - 4 mi / 6.5 km
  • Ario Beach - 7.1 mi / 11.5 km
  • Cabuya Island - 8.4 mi / 13.4 km
  • Montezuma Falls - 9 mi / 14.4 km
  • Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve - 9.2 mi / 14.8 km

Getting around

  • Tambor (TMU) - 56 min drive

At a glance

Hotel size

  • This hotel has 19 rooms
  • This hotel is arranged over 2 floors


  • Check-in time 2 PM-8:00 PM
  • Check-out time is noon

Restrictions related to your trip

  • COVID-19 alert: Travel requirements are changing rapidly, including need for pre-travel COVID-19 testing and quarantine on arrival.

Special check-in instructions

The front desk is open daily from 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM. If you are planning to arrive after 6:00 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation. Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • No pets or service animals allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas


  • Free onsite self parking

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
*See small print for additional details or extra charges

In the hotel

Food and drink

  • Continental breakfast daily (surcharge)

Things to do

  • Outdoor pool
  • Spa services on site
  • Spa treatment room(s)


  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Luggage storage


  • Number of buildings/towers - 19
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Garden
  • Terrace


  • Wheelchair-accessible registration desk

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • German
  • Italian
  • Spanish

In the room

Home comforts

  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Minibar
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Iron/ironing board (on request)

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Shower only
  • Free toiletries

Stay connected

  • Desk

Food and drink

  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave (on request)


  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available

Special features


Guests can pamper themselves by indulging in the onsite spa services. There are massage/treatment rooms and couples treatment room(s). Services include body treatments and manicures and pedicures.

Small print

Also known as

  • Esencia Hotel
  • Esencia Hotel Villas
  • Esencia Hotel Villas Cobano
  • Esencia Villas Cobano
  • Hotel Esencia Hotel & Villas Cobano
  • Cobano Esencia Hotel & Villas Hotel
  • Esencia Hotel & Villas Cobano
  • Esencia Hotel Villas
  • Hotel Esencia Hotel & Villas
  • Esencia Villas
  • Esencia Hotel & Villas
  • Esencia Hotel & Villas Santa Teresa
  • Esencia Hotel Villas
  • Esencia Hotel & Villas Hotel
  • Esencia Hotel & Villas Cobano
  • Esencia Hotel & Villas Hotel Cobano
  • Esencia Hotel Villas Cobano
  • Esencia Villas Santa Teresa
  • Hotel Esencia
  • Esencia Hotel & Villas Costa Rica/Santa Teresa
  • Esencia Hotel And Villas
  • Esencia Hotel Santa Teresa

Optional extras

Microwaves are available for USD 5 per day

Continental breakfast is offered for an extra charge of USD 7 for adults and USD 7 for children (approximately)


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.

This property does not have elevators.

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F; the property is cleaned and disinfected with electrostatic spray.

Personal protective equipment, including masks and gloves, will be available to guests.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitizer; cashless payment methods are available for all transactions; contactless room service is available; masks are required in public areas.

Enhanced food service safety measures are in place.

Individually-wrapped food options are available for breakfast and through room service.

Each guestroom is kept vacant for a minimum of 24 hours between bookings.

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

This property accepts credit cards. Cash is not accepted.

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


  • Yes, Esencia Hotel & Villas does have fully refundable rooms available to book on our site, which can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
  • This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitizer, social distancing measures are in place, and gives staff personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
  • Yes, there's free self parking.
  • Yes, there's an outdoor pool.
  • Sorry, pets and service animals aren't allowed.
  • You can check in from 2 PM - 8:00 PM. Check-out time is noon.
  • Yes. Nearby restaurants include Soda Tiquicia (4-min walk), Pronto (4-min walk), and Zwart Art Cafe (6-min walk).
  • Esencia Hotel & Villas has an outdoor pool and spa services, as well as a garden.
8.4.Very good.
  • 8.0.Very good

    Great location

    Carley, 1 night trip, Mar 6, 2021

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  • 8.0.Very good

    Great location, near everythign, but tucked away

    We stayed in one of the villas, and it was perfect for our group of 3. Basic kitchen essentials, desk for working, plenty of space, nice pool. We even had the water heater go out during our stay and it was replaced the same day. Great service, beautiful spot, conveniently located.

    Leyna, 4 night trip with friends, Feb 10, 2021

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  • 2.0.Poor

    We booked this reservation at 3:40 PM we arrived one hour later and were told they could not take the reservation and he tried to contact us even though we had no email text or phone calls from this property. He said we do have a room it’s in our other property on the other end of the island I believe it was a scam. I think this guy took a reservation knowing he didn’t have a room at his seemingly nice looking resort and sent us to the next best place with literally a bed in a room PERIOD!!!! A bed in a room AC that only works with a key so you cannot cool your room down before. They say breakfast and at 7:30 am there was not even coffee. The pillows were foam pieces and the bed was just horrible. Booking a room at The Esencia means nothing!!!!! You will NOT get what is represented or shown on their website. BUYER BEWARE!!!!! This is a scam!

    LHY, 1 night romance trip, Jan 23, 2021

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  • 2.0.Poor

    Worst Hotel Experience of my life- beware!

    Let me start by saying that I have been to over 30 countries in the past three years- I'm comfortable with anything from budget accommodations to high-end lodging. I have a small service dog that accompanies me everywhere. I contacted the hotel immediately after booking to let them know and said I would happily send over her paperwork. They assured me there would be no issue. We arrive in Santa Teresa, planning to stay at Escencia for two weeks and they kicked us out after one night, claiming a "no pet" policy even though they had agreed. Turns out, they are simply greedy and were attempting to charge us for 2 weeks of lodging that we did not use. They have agreed after weeks of hassle to refund only a few nights and charge us for 10 nights when we were there less than 24 hours. They knew that they would be able to book the vacancy immediately (high-season) and thus make double money. Locals in the area are aware of their penchant for kicking people out for no reason and hiding behind a no-cancellation policy. Book at your own (high) risk. -As an aside, the rooms are also quite mildew-filled and the appliances are completely rusted over, and the hotel manager is incredibly rude. There are many beautiful places to stay in Santa Teresa- anywhere from $50 a night to hundreds. This was terrible by every account possible.

    14 night trip, Dec 15, 2020

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Very nice and quiet. Right across from the beach. I liked that breakfast was brought right to your room. Very nice pool area.

    1 night trip, Jan 23, 2020

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  • 8.0.Very good

    Our stay here was overall quite good. The path to the beach is kitty corner from the hotel so that was convenient. It was a bit of a walk up a hill to our room which could be challenging for some, but we had no issue with it. Breakfast is delivered to the room each morning which was a nice touch, super nice to eat breakfast on the deck with a view of the gardens and pool! I found the bed to be quite hard which I didn’t love, but my partner had no issue with it so just depends on your preference. The blanket for the bed was basically just a bed sheet, which I didn’t feel was enough due to how cold the AC was in the room. The staff were super helpful and informative with booking tours/taxis/shuttles, and the place was clean. Walking distance to many different restaurants. Would definitely stay here again!

    Brittney, 5 night romance trip, Jan 22, 2020

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  • 6.0.Good

    Basic Villa ... Very loud dance club across the st

    We rented one of the Villas and got the first one upon entering the grounds. Quite far from the pool but seemed ok until the nighttime. There is a club with very loud music that can go on till 3/4 am. Unfortunately we heard it first hand. The villa is basic. It needs a Reno especially the washroom. Found some bugs and a work on the floor but not surprised. The only bonus is gated at night with security guard so you feel somewhat safe. Great sushi place next door 😀

    Angie, 1 night family trip, Jan 12, 2020

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  • 8.0.Very good

    This place was good. I would stay here again and recommmend it to my friends

    Okivia, 3 night family trip, Dec 25, 2019

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  • 8.0.Very good

    Nice hotel close to the beach with many options to eat and walking distance to the beach and supermarkets

    Jerry, 4 night trip, Dec 15, 2019

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  • 8.0.Very good

    Good stay, good value.

    Very nice stay. The rooms were comfortable and attractive. We enjoyed having a balcony and overlooking the pool. The pool itself was beautiful and clean. Breakfast was adequate, but not stellar - just quite basic, a few more options and better coffee would go a long way. We did have one service issue, which I thought was pretty slow in being addressed, but it was resolved to our satisfaction. Overall we enjoyed our stay and found this to be a good value and good location. I would stay here again.

    3 night trip with friends, Dec 4, 2019

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