House, 4 Bedrooms, 4 Baths, (Sleeps 9)
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About Paul King
We are a family based outside of Toronto, Canada and Casa Zen is our future retirement home (remember 'Freedom 55'?) We are confident Casa Zen will be the source of a fantastic and memorable family holiday and we look forward to hosting you!
Paul King purchased this House in 2009
Why Paul King chose Playa Grande
Quiet, close to the beach and estuary; close to Tamarindo if you want more excitement - perfect blend of serenity and fun!
Pool / Spa
100% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 7 days before arrival date.
Great Stay, Great Place, Great Hosts
Property was as listed and was in good shape. The beach is 150 steps away and as always the best beach in CR. Kristi, (property manager), is a fantastic host, she arranged everything from surf boards to a fishing trip and her contacts were spot on as well. We cannot say enough good things about the whole experience!
We enjoyed the house and location. The house was well stocked with family games. The a/c was amazing for some of the hottest days. The house could use some inexpensive upgrades such as decent pillows and new mattresses in the smaller bedrooms. All in all a good stay!
Great place, perfect for families
Loved the house, second time we’ve been there. Really close to the beach (walking distance), great administration. Perfect place for families with small kids because pool is right in the terrace.
Beautiful house conveniently located
The house was lovely! The beds were comfortable, the kitchen was well equipped, and the floor plan was spacious. The area felt safe and the alarm was a nice feature. We were close to the beach, Tamarindo, and yummy restaurants. I did not give the place 5 stars simply because the house comes with complimentary concierge service, as well as internet, and those had issues. We are not looking to spend time on social media or shopping while in a beautiful country, but Internet is the primary way for communicating in Costa Rica through the WhatsApp. We did not have internet for three days so making reservations for excursions was difficult; we had to walk to town to connect. I understand things happen and service goes out but we could not get assistance from our concierge provider while the managers from the neighboring houses already had theirs fixed. We had a sick baby that had to go to urgent care one night and we didn't have service. Again, things happen, but she was not available to help us get the service back up and running. When we checked in the manager/concierge person was not there to let us in as planned. She arranged surf boards for us but then asked where the boards came from after we checked out to which we replied she had arranged and she said she didn't. She was just very unavailable and unprofessional, but very nice. There were small things that need to be fixed like the shower faucets and door handles, but I noticed in earlier reviews, those were previous issues that as the manager of the house, she should address. Again, beautiful house! Beautiful beach! We had a lovely time and would definitely go again if you would have us. I would encourage better response, better communication, and better maintenance. Thanks for letting us stay in your home Paul!
Terri, Thanks for your response. We do apologize for the internet. We were actually down the week before and also had issues. Customer service in Costa Rica for services such as internet providers is terrible and I know Kristi was on the phone numerous times trying to get it resolved, but other Tigo customers were also impacted. As you know, we are literally at the end of the line. I know the modem was eventually replaced, but again we were hostage to Tigo service call - which is 10 times worse than etierh Canada or the US. I also know Kristi tried to accommodate you in every way possible but there were issues in connecting as you were likely off enjoying Palya Grande (which, ultimately, is all it is about!). For example she arranged a late check out and other ways to assist. All other guests have raved about Kristi's services, so we were a little surprised to read your comments. In any event, we hope you had an enjoyable trip otherwise and will visit Costa Rica again!
Paul and Cristina
Serenity in Playa Grande
Casa Zen is a perfect name for this home. Serenity abounds in a beautiful home. First class accommodations and plenty of room for all. The home is ideally located a short stroll to the beach in a gated community. You can hear the waves from the back patio. Top notch appliances, furniture and security system. Back patio and pool are ideal for afternoon and evening activities/relaxation. In walking distance to most Playa Grande restaurants. Only a 5 minute walk to the Tamarindo water taxi. Surfing is fantastic and the sunsets are unbelievable. Truly a treasure for relaxation and play.
Added benefit is the property manager, Kristi, who was extremely helpful with any home/community questions and issue mitigation. She is also well connected with the local community for event planning and recommendations.
I highly recommend this property for your Costa Rican adventure!
Fred - thanks for the kind words and it was a pleasure to have you at Casa Zen! I hope you consider us again should surfing plans take you back to Playa Grande!
Paul and Cristina
Amazing Location and Even Better Service!
A group of us stayed at Casa Zen while in Costa Rica and we absolutely LOVED it! Very close to the beach/good restaurants in Playa Grande (Café Mar Azul was our favorite), lots of space, and a really nice pool! Each bedroom had it's own bathroom and shower which made getting ready very easy. We all felt extremely safe and enjoyed having our own space. We also loved being away from the touristy spots in Tamarindo, however, it was not far or hard to get to there if needed or wanted. With this being our first trip to Costa Rica, we weren't sure on things to do or what was around us but the property manager, Kristi, was extremely helpful! From before our arrival with helping us get an airport shuttle, to when we were departing, she was so kind and eager to help with whatever we needed or asked. We can't express enough how helpful that was to us! Paul, the property owner was also very helpful and so easy to work with. We are already planning a trip back to Costa Rica and will for sure be checking Casa Zen for availability to stay again!
Thanks Paul and Kristi!
So glad you guys had a great time at Casa Zen and Playa Grande and thanks for the kind words! We would love to host you in the future!