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The Sunset Shack

Playa Guiones 350 mts south of Café de Paris, across the street from The Harmony Hotel, Nosara 50206 Costa Rica
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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Updated 06/11/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#13 of 23 hotels in Nosara
Perfectly located in the heart of Guiones, The Sunset Shack hotel sits just 300 meters away from one of the most consistent surf breaks in Costa Rica. It has 8 recently renovated rooms, ideal for travelers seeking a simple, laid back and comfortable atmosphere for their stay at the beach. Rooms at The Sunset Shack are each equipped with a kitchenette, A/C, safe, private bath, hot water, daily housekeeping service, and strong wi-fi. We offer laundry service and on-site parking with nighttime security, and our friendly front desk crew is available to help you plan any of the exciting activities that make for an unforgettable Nosara adventure. Just a few steps from the lobby and pool area, Al Chile bar and restaurant is a local and guest favorite, serving Mexican inspired dishes made from scratch every day (along with the best margaritas in town). Breakfast at Al Chile is included in your stay.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Non-smoking hotel
Laundry service
Outdoor pool
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Non-smoking rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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Heidi G wrote a review Jan 2021
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Our family of four from Canada has stayed at the Sunset Shack twice (Nov. 2019 and Nov. 2018 - I had to insert a 2020 date in the field as per TripAdvisor) and can't wait to go back when travel becomes possible. The rooms are spacious and clean, the location is ideal and close to restaurants, stores and the beach and the staff are friendly and helpful. Loved the breakfast at Al Chile and the whole pool and restaurant area is really lovely and well maintained. Great value, great place.
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Date of stay: February 2020
Julie L wrote a review May 2020
Saint Charles, Illinois21 contributions
I have been quite remiss in writing my review since we were there in June of 2019! This is one of the best hotels I’ve ever stayed at, filled with employees who really made everything perfect for us. My son and I were there for week, after which I my husband met us and we stayed for an additional 3 days. I communicated extensively with Alejandro via email (I hope he’s still there) and he answered all of my questions and arranged a shuttle for us from Liberia to the hotel. The reception people, Alejandro, Paz and Jose, were incredible! Paz arranged for us to see turtles laying eggs on Ostional Beach, such an unforgettable experience! Jose helped me find a doctor for our son for an ear infection and then arranged transportation for us to a pharmacy in Nosara. And Alejandro took time to write driving directions from the Liberia airport for my husband who doesn’t speak or read a lick of Spanish. All 3 were incredibly helpful and friendly. My son and I first stayed in room 6, which had a double and single bed. There’s a little kitchen counter with a sink, dishes, coffee maker, and refrigerator. The bathroom was nice and roomy. Everything was immaculately cleaned every day and the two cleaning ladies were exceptionally nice, even when my son dumped his collection of rocks and shells on the porch. No tv but the WiFi was exceptional. Right before my husband arrived, we transferred to a larger upstairs room, which was almost too big! We couldn’t believe the size of the room! The kitchen area had a table and we now had a queen or king bed and a single/daybed for our son. The two cleaning ladies and Alejandro even helped us move all of our stuff! The property is small, but filled with lush plants. I felt surrounded by green and blooms were everywhere. It seems that everything was grown there for use in the Al Chile restaurant on property. The pool is a nice size and there’s an outdoor shower to rinse off after being at the beach. Howler monkeys are frequent visitors in the trees above! And the restaurant! Free breakfast, for which I ate homemade granola and yogurt and my son had pancakes every morning. Good coffee, too. We pretty much ate there for every meal and really got to know the staff, waiters and bartenders alike. The food was so good and we fell in love with the yucca fries and I with the passion fruit margaritas. The staff was very proud of how sustainable the hotel and restaurant are. The beach is a short walk from the hotel. We loved it, but please ask where the two riptides are! My son took surf lessons from Coconut Harry’s. At low tide, there’s an area of tide pools to explore. When it came time to drive up to our next stop, Playa Hermosa, I was in tears because I didn’t want to leave! Everyone felt like family at this point and I dream of returning. We liked Playa Hermosa but the hotel was kind of gross, such a comedown from the Sunset Shack. So please do yourself a favor and stay at the Sunset Shack. You won’t regret it!
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Date of stay: June 2019
Josh O wrote a review Feb 2020
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Great spot to stay! Very friendly and helpful staff. The rooms were spacious and very clean! Great restaurant and bar! The location and walk to any where around town and the beach is great. If you come to Nosara, this is the place to stay!
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from Alonso S, Director de Relaciones Públicas at The Sunset Shack
Responded 13 Feb 2020
Hola! Thank you for taking the time to comment, we will be waiting for your next visit to Nosara and our Hotel. Pura Vida! Sincerely, The Sunset Shack Hotel
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Jeff B wrote a review Jan 2020
San Jose, Costa Rica6 contributions
3 min walk from great surf breaks, excellent complimentary breakfast (also great for dinner on site). Comfortable room, mellow staff, everything as advertised. Lots of nearby restaurants and surf shops. We’ll be back for sure.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from Alonso S, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at The Sunset Shack
Responded 15 Jan 2020
Hola Jeff, Thank you for sharing with us your great experience in our Hotel, restaurant, and beach. We will wait for your next visit soon. Sincerely, The Sunset Shack Hotel
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Stanfordtraveler45 wrote a review Jul 2019
Palo Alto, California9 contributions9 helpful votes
We chose Sunset Shack because it was an affordable option right down the road from the Nosara Language Institute, where my sons and I took Spanish classes. This hotel did not disappoint. Very comfortable king bed and 2 twin beds for my kids. The setting is beautiful and right across the street from Harmony Hotel where we ate lunch in a lush tropical setting. Breakfast included is good and we enjoyed after-dinner drinks at the Sunset Shack restaurant. The service at the restaurant could be friendlier, but Jose at the front desk was a real gem. So friendly and helpful and he speaks very good English.
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Date of stay: July 2019
Response from Alonso S, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at The Sunset Shack
Responded 22 Jul 2019
Dear Stanfordtraveler45, We appreciate your comment and visit, we hope to have you and your kids back with us soon! The beach and sunset are waiting for you
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US$146 - US$184 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Costa RicaProvince of GuanacasteNosara
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Sunset Shack
Which popular attractions are close to The Sunset Shack?
Nearby attractions include Playa Guiones (0.3 km), Nosara Kids Camp (0.4 km), and Nativa Gallery (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Sunset Shack?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at The Sunset Shack?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at The Sunset Shack?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Sunset Shack?
Conveniently located restaurants include Cafe de Paris Restaurant & Bakery, Robin's Cafe & Ice Cream, and Pacifico Azul.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Sunset Shack?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Sunset Shack?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Is The Sunset Shack accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.