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The Grateful Hotel

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Building design
Outdoor pool
Outdoor pool
Standard Single Room

Overview of The Grateful Hotel

The Grateful Hotel

2.0 star property
Hotel with outdoor pool, near Las Baulas National Marine Park

9.6/10 Exceptional

16 verified guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Free breakfast
  • Free parking
  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Laundry facilities
  • Restaurant
Palm Beach Estates, Cabo Velas, Guanacaste, 50309
Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Near the beach
  • Restaurant and bar/lounge
  • Outdoor pool
  • Coffee/tea in a common area
  • Computer station
  • Vending machine
  • Water dispenser
  • Self-serve laundry
  • Multilingual staff
  • Concierge services
  • Gift shops/newsstands
For families
  • Private bathroom
  • Television
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry facilities
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Blackout drapes/curtains

Room options

About this area

What's nearby

  • In Palm Beach Estates
  • Conchal Beach - 33 min drive
  • Tamarindo Beach - 35 min drive
  • Flamingo Beach - 42 min drive

Getting around

  • Tamarindo (TNO) - 33 min drive
  • Daniel Oduber Intl. Airport (LIR) - 75 min drive
  • Nosara (NOB) - 155 min drive


  • Taco Star - 4 min drive
  • Sprout - 29 min drive
  • Pico - 30 min drive

About this property

The Grateful Hotel

Enjoy your visit to Cabo Velas with a stay at The Grateful Hotel . The restaurant is the perfect spot for a bite to eat, and after having fun at the outdoor pool, you can unwind with a drink at the bar/lounge.


English, Spanish

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Follows industry cleaning and disinfection practices of COVID-19 Guidelines (WHO)

Social distancing

Protective shields in place at main contact areas
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Hand sanitizer provided
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 10 rooms


  • Check-in time from 2:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Minimum check-in age - 18
  • Check-out time is 11:00 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • The front desk is open daily from 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
  • Guests will receive key retrieval information
  • If you are planning to arrive after 9:00 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Free uncovered onsite self parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking and van parking on site

Other information

  • Designated smoking areas

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Free cooked-to-order breakfast each morning 8:00 AM–11:00 AM
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Coffee/tea in a common area
  • Private dining
  • Private picnics
  • Water dispenser

What to do

  • Ecotours
  • Hiking/biking trails
  • Horse riding/rentals
  • Ziplining
  • Beach nearby

Working away

  • Computer station


  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Concierge services
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Wedding services
  • Multilingual staff
  • Porter/bellhop


  • Television in common areas
  • An outdoor pool


  • Wheelchair-accessible path of travel
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible public washroom
  • Wheelchair-accessible concierge desk
  • Wheelchair-accessible van parking
  • Valet for wheelchair-equipped vehicle
  • Wheelchair-accessible registration desk
  • Wheelchair-accessible pool
  • Wheelchair-accessible business center
  • Wheelchair-accessible restaurant
  • Wheelchair-accessible lounge
  • Well-lit path to entrance


  • English
  • Spanish

Room amenities

Be entertained

  • 40-inch LED TV
  • Cable TV channels

Home comfort

  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Iron/ironing board

Sleep well

  • Blackout drapes/curtains
  • Bed sheets provided

What to enjoy

  • In-room massage

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Shower only
  • Free toiletries
  • Towels

Stay connected

  • Free WiFi
  • Free international and long-distance calls

Food and drink

  • Chef
  • Champagne service
  • Free bottled water


  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe
  • Guidebooks/recommendations
  • Local maps
  • Restaurant dining guide

Fees & policies

Refundable deposits

  • Deposit: USD 5 per accommodation, per stay

Pool, spa, & gym (if applicable)

  • Pool access available from 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property, and commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; guests are provided with hand sanitizer.

This property affirms that it adheres to the cleaning and disinfection practices of COVID-19 Guidelines (WHO).


Noise-free guestrooms cannot be guaranteed.

This property does not have elevators.

This property accepts credit cards, debit cards and cash.

Also known as

The Grateful
The Grateful Hotel
The Grateful Hotel Hotel
The Grateful (Dead Themed)
The Grateful Hotel Cabo Velas
The Grateful (former Bula Bula)
The Grateful Hotel Hotel Cabo Velas

Frequently asked questions

Does The Grateful Hotel offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, The Grateful Hotel does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at The Grateful Hotel ?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitizer, social distancing measures are in place, and staff are given personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Is there a pool at The Grateful Hotel ?
Yes, there's an outdoor pool. Guests have pool access from 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM.
Are pets allowed at The Grateful Hotel ?
Sorry, pets aren't allowed.
Is parking offered on site at The Grateful Hotel ?
Yes, there's free self parking.
What are the check-in and check-out times at The Grateful Hotel ?
You can check in from 2:00 PM - 9:00 PM. Check-out time is 11:00 AM.
Is there an onsite casino at The Grateful Hotel ?
No, this hotel doesn't have a casino, but Casino Diria (4.1 mi) is nearby.
What is there to do at The Grateful Hotel and nearby?
Have fun with onsite activities like horseback riding, ziplining, and hiking. Additional recreation onsite includes ecotours. The Grateful Hotel also has an outdoor pool.
Are there restaurants at or near The Grateful Hotel ?
Yes, there's an onsite restaurant.
What's the area around The Grateful Hotel like?
The Grateful Hotel is a short 1-minute walk from Nicoya Peninsula and 7 minutes' walk from Grande Beach.

Overall score and ratings






Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities



10/10 Exceptional

This a amazing small hotel. The pool area amazing restaurant food was amazing. The free breakfast made to order. The staff was amazing live music was great. There is nothing I can say bad about this place. The only this that it’s not fancy room small and just enough to shower and sleep. That was all I was looking for. If your looking for a big fancy resort this place is not for your. If you are looking for a small piece a Paradise the staff makes you feel like home. Area quite not a big city area. This hotel is for you. Would stay here again
Pauline, 6-night trip with friends
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10/10 Exceptional

Sarah, 1-night trip
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4/10 Fair

I recently book a stay at the Grateful Hotel because it was one of the few places available on fairly short notice. I would have preferred to stay at the nearby Hotel Cantarana or El Manglar, both of which are about half the price. Truth be told, the whole Grateful Dead theme was specifically NOT why I booked, but I was willing to overlook the over-the-top décor, especially if the live music lived up to the hype (which it didn’t, except for one brief gig by a reggae artist). I got blinded by the rave reviews and didn’t see that the hotel was rated at 2.5 stars. And that is what it should be rated. Ants in the bed, a rotating bathroom sink (that had no water on my second day), lighting so bad I had to use the flashlight on my phone to see anything at night on one side of the room. And the service at the restaurant was some of the very worst I have experienced. Food to go taking an hour and 15 minutes. Being asked again what you would like to order 20 minutes after placing an order. Food sitting so long it would get cold or soggy. The staff was very nice and seemed to be working hard, but they didn’t know what they were doing. That being said, the Filet mignon steak with the au poivre sauce was excellent. There were some die-hard deadheads there that seemed to enjoy the whole vibe. It’s admittedly not for everyone. Bottom line: way over-priced. Plan ahead and book the afore-mentioned two places. I ended up biting the bullet and rescheduling the whole last week of my stay.
Roman, 14-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

The staff was friendly! The food was amazing! I will for sure stay here again. Traveled to CR over a dozen times and stayed at many places (20 ). This is at the top! Say hi to Phil the owner.
PeiJen, 4-night trip with friends
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10/10 Exceptional

Super friendly & helpful staff!
1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Tropical getaway!
1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

So greatful for the escape!
1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Jeremy, 1-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Beautiful property with great food, drinks, music, ambiance, pool and location. Phil is a great host and the staff are friendly and helpful. A very welcoming vibe here and the Grateful Dead art around the property is incredible!
2-night trip with friends
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