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Reviewed 10 March 2019 via mobile

We searched Trip Advisor for the best place to stay in Playa Grande and read some great reviews for Sugar's Monkey. Right off the bat we had a great experience - the online availability/booking system on their site let's you see which rooms are available and everyone there is super responsive by email. They helped us book a shuttle from the airport and even responded immediately once we were at the airport and looking for the driver. We booked one of the rooms with a kitchenette, and small patio area, which is perfect for making breakfast or lunch and eating on your private terrace. The room had a/c plus two ceiling fans and was always cool. The entire place is very clean and there is always someone nearby to answer questions or share information about what's happening in the area. The kitchenette is set up with a 2-burner hotplate, fridge, microwave, coffee maker, frying pans, utensils, plates, bowls, mugs, glasses. It's everything you need, but remember to stop for oil/butter, salt/pepper/spices if that's your thing for cooking. All the tap water is drinkable but sugar's monkey also has a water tap with additional filters in the common area - great to refill your water bottle and avoid lugging bottled water around.
We did not bring a rental car and we never needed it. There is a great little mini market within 10 minutes' walk with drinks, fruit, eggs, bacon, bread, condiments, yogurt, milk, etc - virtually everything you will need. There is a larger market down the beach at Palm Beach Estates with a few additional things (such as diet Pepsi, when the mini market only has the sugary version; and also tampons, whereas the mini market has pads only).
Everything you read in the other reviews about the proximity to the beach is true - there is a lovely shaded path right in front of Sugar's Monkey that takes you to the beach in minutes. It makes it very easy to go back and forth throughout the day. Definitely recommend bringing collapsible camping chairs for the beach (you can buy or rent larger ones but bringing small ones was a great convenience), and a thermos or small cooler to keep your drinks cold at the beach (again you can buy Styrofoam coolers at the palm beach market, but they are pricier and probably too big to bring home with you). As other reviews have said, there isn't any shade at the beach but it's easy to go back to Sugar's Monkey and rest by the pool in the shade during the hottest times of day.
They also serve breakfast 8-10 every morning (we didn't try it). Some great restaurants are right next door (Marejada, Rip Jack's) or a comfortable walk away (El Huerto, the bagel stand, and of course the beach-side taco stand!) You can walk either way on the beach for a fun adventure (north to Playa Ventanas, playa carbon, or south to Tamarindo) - if you want a relaxing holiday you must stay at Sugar's Monkey (and you don't need a car!)
Finally, the hotel organized surf lessons for us with an amazing instructor (thanks Gabriel!) And rented boards after we got the hang of it. They just add this to the room bill so everything is super easy. Can't say enough great things about this hotel and playa grande in general.

Date of stay: March 2019
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank Sonja607
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Reviewed 23 February 2019 via mobile

We stayed at Sugar’s Monkey for 5 nights in February 2019. The place is super laid back with a really great beach vibe. We were so happy that we did not stay in Tamarindo which is much more touristy. It was a few minutes walking distance from a beautiful beach. They organized surf lessons for my 2 teenagers. Gabriel the instructor is very experienced and my kids thought he was great. There was a great market on Wednesday nights where you can meet all the locals and guests staying the area.

Date of stay: February 2019
Trip type: Travelled with family
Thank nadler2016
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Reviewed 18 February 2019 via mobile

I can’t say enough good things about Sugar’s Monkey. It is a low key little hotel with such a cozy feel and personal touch when it comes to service.

The Loft was absolutely perfect for our 7 night stay in Playa Grande. The bathroom was a good size and the kitchenette area was perfect for what we needed. We should have used the kitchenette more but the restaurants around Playa Grande were just too good.

The king sized bed in the Loft was extremely comfortable and the highlight to the Loft is the quasi roof top deck where you can check out the stars at night.

The staff here were so personable and accommodating.

I would recommend Sugar’s Monkey to anyone. It really is a hidden gem. Don’t get me wrong, it isn’t the Ritz Carleton, but for those who are budget conscious it is an absolute steal. The big plus is that it is maybe 200 metres to the beach.

Date of stay: February 2019
Trip type: Travelled with family
Thank S8912KGgaryl
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Reviewed 25 January 2019

The hotel is quiet with a nice pool. Enrico and Victoria are nice hosts. The only downside was that the breakfast was expensive. $8 for a small sandwich, left me hungry and i had to eat again later. The vibe is like a hostel.

Date of stay: January 2019
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Thank Mike C
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Reviewed 22 January 2019 via mobile

We stayed here for 4 nights and loved it. Awesome pool and bar with very friendly and helpful staff! The room was huge with a comfy bed. The beach entrance was just on the other side of the road. Shower is pretty weak but we were swimming every day so didn't matter. Make sure you check out Playa carbon whilst you're there!

Date of stay: January 2019
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank Korean M
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