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Harbor Reef Hotel
Ranked #12 of 24 Hotels in Nosara
Reviewed 11 May 2017

My family stayed at the Harbor Reef over Holy Week Holidays and we had a great stay despite how busy the hotel was! The hotel offers prime location for getting around Nosara and all nearby beaches. It was easy to just hop on one of their free bikes (which our kids loved!) and go and come from the beach as many times as we wanted.
Although the menu is simple, the food was of excellent quality, super fresh, healthy and tasty;they tried to accomodate all of our requests every time. The staff was especially friendly and sweet to our two 11 and 8-year old kids. They even baked chocolate chip cookies with them one afternoon!!

Rooms are simple, but bedding is of the best quality (brand new super comfy mattresses and linens) and best of all, the housekeeping staff does an amazing job keeping the rooms spotless and super neat every morning! They provide additional beds for kids in case they don't want to share, like in our case at no extra charge.

All in all, our family had an amazing time and we were able to surf, enjoy sunsets at the beach, do yoga, enjoy great meals, a movie night and even a pretty cool live concert at the hotel!

  • Stayed: April 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 9 May 2017

Just want to say I think the new Harbor reef looks great. we had lunch there twice during our week in nosara. they allowed my kid to play in pool, the staff was so nice, the food was better than ever. great portion size. and the music was some of the coolest soundtracks we have chilled to all week. great place to spend the week, night or just the day. thanks!

  • Stayed: May 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 14 April 2017

The hotel was very basic but it was spotlessly clean with beautiful grounds. The staff was incredible. From the front desk to Diego in the dining room to the housekeeper, everyone we encountered was incredibly helpful and pleasant all the time. Friendliest staff I think I've ever seen. Very close to the beach, felt very safe, security at the gate all the time but we never felt like it was needed. That's a good sign! We will return here without question. I was there with two children ages 12 and 14.

Room Tip: Rooms are basic but very clean.
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  • Stayed: March 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 31 March 2017 via mobile

We stopped in the the Harbor Reef for lunch with a large group. The drinks were great (pitchers) and I had the beetroot risotto which was incredible. I am serious, if you order just one thing, get that. I at with 18 friends and everyone said it was by far the most delicious thing we ordered. If this helps you remember the helpful button below.

Stayed: March 2017, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 20 February 2017

We just got back from a stay at Harbor Reef. Wow!! What a wonderful surprise! The hotel has changed ownership, and it really shows. We had stayed at Harbor Reef before, and there is a huge difference as to how it is today vs our last time. The rooms got a real nice facelift and they feel fresh and clean. We can understand how some people might not like it because there are no TV’s in the rooms any longer, but honestly, we didn’t mind since they had great (and fast) wifi all over. Asides from the new look, the best part of our stay was service. The team went out of their way to make us feel at home. Mariana and Aldair were the best, they helped us out with everything we needed. One thing that has changed, is that you can no longer enjoy the pool at Surf City next door. But now on the positive side, they lend you bikes so you can have time exploring other places in town! The new restaurant is amazing! Not only the decor is simple, fun and colourful, but the food is delicious! Homemade breads, ceviches, and incredible drinks (by the way, there’s no pop anymore). Lemonades are awesome, and if you need to have your soda, just bring your own and store it in the room. By the way, the big fridge and kitchen are gone, but there is a mini bar instead with beer at a convenient price and the prices at the restaurant are very reasonable. And, there is a great a la carte breakfast included. Overall, we had a great time and will be back soon!

  • Stayed: February 2017, travelled with friends
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Cayuga S, Manager at Harbor Reef Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 23 February 2017

Dear Sunshine,
thanks for taking the time to write this review. It is the first one we receive since we took over management. The last review posted in August mentioned the bug problems and the fact that the hotel looked run down. All changed now. We did a complete face lift and have installed proper barriers against bugs. Yes, the concept has changed a bit. We are happy to hear though, that you liked the changes and are already thinking about coming back. Thanks again and all the best.

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Additional Information about Harbor Reef Hotel

Address: Del Hotel Cafe De Paris 400 Suroeste y 150 al Este | From Café de Paris 400 m West and 200 m South, Nosara, Costa Rica (Formerly Harbor Reef Lodge)
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Nosara
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Nosara
#10 On the Beach Hotel in Nosara
Price Range: €168 - €206 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Harbor Reef Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located a short walk from three miles of white sand beaches, Harbor Reef is surrounded by the astounding beauty of the tropical dry forest. Our rich natural land and seascape is part of Ostional Wildlife Refuge, protected by the National Park System of Costa Rica. Harbor Reef is the ideal spot for those seeking to experience the beach that Natural Geographic Adventurer named as one of the world’s Top 20 surf locations. Playa Guiones offers a challenge for the seasoned surfer, and an opportunity for the beginner to stand up after just one lesson. All rooms at Harbor Reef offer air conditioning, ceiling fans, private bath, mini-bar, safe, and complimentary WI-FI. Harbor Reef provides 24-hour security and daily housekeeping. We have an outdoor pool and a small shop stocked with travel necessities you may have left behind. ... more   less 
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Harbor Reef Hotel Nosara
Harbor Reef Hotel Costa Rica/Nosara

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