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The remainder of the amount due will be charged to your credit card 4 weeks prior to arrival. Should numbers or room selection change, the per person deposit times the number of people who actually travelled will be deducted from the total accommodation charge levvied by the hostel.

Cancellation / No Show & Reduction in Numbers Policy

Cancellations and reservation changes must be made by EMAIL ONLY.All reservations require a deposit of 50%, easy to pay by credit card through PayPal, or direct deposit into a bank account. The remaining 50% must be paid one week (7 days) before arrival. Requires a minimum of 5 nights to book. Note that Zen House does not accept credit cards.
To give a refund of the night to do the cancellation deposit 4 weeks (28 days) before arrival. After 28 days no refund. These policies are valid for reservations of more than 3 rooms.

The following group types are not accepted by this hostel: Junior / Primary School, High / Secondary School, College / University, Business Trip, Stag/Hen/Bachelor Party If you have misrepresented the type of group you are booking for, your booking may be cancelled by the hostel."

Any cancellations resulting from agreement to these terms and conditions under false pretences will result in loss of deposit.


Casa Zen Guesthouse & Yoga Center

Book more than 3 days in advance for Free Cancellation.
  • Perfect Location
  • Brilliant Staff
  • Excellent Cleanliness
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Property Description

Santa Teresa and Mal Pais are rather remote beach towns, and that is what makes them so special! Thankfully, even though we are a little off the beaten path, there are still quite a few services available to visitors. This is a excellent area to relax practicing of Yoga and Surf.

On the first floor, we have six private rooms, ideal for single travelers, couples or pairs of friends. The rooms have either a double bed or two single beds. We also have two larger private rooms on the first floor, each with beds for three people. Scroll down for photos and prices for our private rooms. Upstairs you will find the apartment plus three additional rooms with varying capacities, featuring exterior doors as well as interior doors connecting to the apartment. An abundance of shared bathrooms are also located on the first floor (there are many to choose from and they are always clean!).

We also have two well-equipped communal kitchens, including our signature chef’s kitchen, complete with a professional quality stove, microwave, blenders, and a giant stainless steel refrigerator. We offer a amazing Yoga deck with every day class. Our helpful, bilingual staff is always ready to help plan other tours and activities in the area, including surf lessons, canopy tours, stand up paddleboarding (SUP), visits to nearby waterfalls, fishing, sailing, snorkeling, horseback riding, ATV rentals and more. We can also assist you with restaurant recommendations, reservations and travel planning, so your trip can be totally relaxing and worry-free!

Please note:


Check in: 2:00pm
Check out: 11:00am

Cancellation Policy: 2 days in advance.
Only cash accepted upon arrival.

Fruit and coffee are inclusive.

Non smoking rooms.

If you need more information please contact us and we will help you with all details. Our contact details will be in your booking confirmation email. View House Rules

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 8.2

  • Security 7.6

  • Location 9.4

  • Staff 7.6

  • Atmosphere 7.8

  • Cleanliness 8.0

  • Facilities 7.6

Latest Reviews

  • 9.4


    14 Feb 2020
    I loved Casa Zen! I wish I could have stayed longer. Its really cute and comfortable.
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 9.1


    24 Nov 2019
    Lovely hostel with nice staff. Great breakfast of fresh fruit. WiFi not great, cold showers only.
    Denmark, Female, 25-30
  • 8.6


    02 Jan 2021
    Beautiful place with beautiful location close to the beach. Seems to stay quiet even when people are partying down the road. Just wish I got more information. I was told there was breakfast and yoga classes. I didn’t know how to get breakfast for a while and I had to leave a yoga class because I didn’t know you needed to buy a ticket for it. But overall a nice night in a beautiful facility.
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 7.7

    Very Good

    22 Jan 2021
    Dug the fruit plate for breakfast- cut papaya, banana watermelon and grapefruit & pineapple. Missed out on the yoga classes but the space was pretty sweet. Normal rooms I guess, some bunk beds and a single bed. Kinda warm up top on second floor. Regular surf town kind of hostel I think.
    USA, Mixed Group, 31-40
  • 7.7

    Very Good

    17 Jan 2020
    Nice location very close to the beach. Staff very professional and willing. Easy to hook into a conversation but don't expect any serious consciousness because of the name Zen, it's a backpackers not a dedicated spiritual place. Unless you booked the.mixed dorm you'll probably be able to sleep okay, but I've experienced a very bad night. It was slamming hot and until very late the road traffic is not really helping. The door is pretty loud and next the communal area. Overall it's fine for most.
    Netherlands, Male, 31-40
  • 7.7

    Very Good

    26 Nov 2019
    This hostel is great in theory, but I wouldn't stay again. The sheets are clean and they do give you a huge plate of fruit for breakfast, but the front desk staff don't seem to care much, it's impossible to get away from the bugs, and this place has the worst wifi I've dealt with in CR (even though nearby cafés have great wifi, so it's not the town's issue like they say it is). It's also not close to the main town or the good surfing beaches.
    Canada, Female, 18-24
  • 7.4

    Very Good

    18 Feb 2020
    The room was ridiculously hot and buggy. Supposedly I was in the “worst room” and “worst bed”. I would never stay here again because of the temperature And hugs at night. Breakfast was nice. Very close to beach.
    USA, Female, 41+
  • 6.9


    13 Feb 2020
    Private ground level room - no AC (and one night no power, meaning no fans) meant it was HOT overnight; open areas also didn't get a ton of breeze. Facility itself is nice (2 kitchens, 2 seating areas), but the vibe was quiet, lots of long-term stays, hippies, etc. Location is a tiny bit of a dead spot between ST North and South, so expect to walk ~1 km to get to hubs of food/activity; proximity to beach can't be beat though!
    Canada, Couple, 25-30
  • 6.0


    27 Jan 2020
    Pros: right by the beach, great free breakfast, allowed us to store our stuff after checkout, directly across from grocery store, small lockers for valuables Cons: Rooms are more like sweat lockers, difficult to sleep due to poor ventilation and heat, staff dismissive and largely not proactive in being helpful with questions
    Canada, Female, 18-24
  • 6.0


    16 Jan 2020
    Was very clean. Staff was friendly and helpful Was really expensive for what it was (a bed to sleep in) and its very hott the fans in the room aren’t great.
    USA, Female, 25-30
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  • Free Breakfast
  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free Parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Towels Included
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Book Exchange
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Parking
  • Safe Deposit Box
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Airport Transfers
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • Shuttle Bus
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels for hire
Food & Drink
  • Café
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Wi-Fi