we ended up staying in nosara for another night at a hotel closer to the beach and downtown, giardino tropicale.
price: average for the area. around $85 per night
bathroom: well, there is a sign on the wall that says to put paper in the garbage can, not the toilet. i think this is really normal for costa rica. also, this hotel is really eco-friendly, so maybe that's part of it
pool: awesome. when we were lounging in the pool, the owner came over to chat with us. i asked her if we could bring a beer to the pool, and she went and got us two imperials in beer cozies. so beer+pool=amazing afternoon
breakfast: not included, but i think it was $7 of something, and looked really good. coffee is free.
location: awesome. you can walk to the main strip with all the ice cream shops and smoothie bars. and really close to the beach
notes: this room felt a little like the beach cottage j's family has. it was nice, but everything seemed aged. i liked that. the owner was really nice. she has this old dog named after her that follows her around. the whole scene was very welcoming. this hotel is maybe not fancy honeymoon appropriate, but definitely beach-vacation-worthy. for a fancier hotel in nosara, the harmony hotel looked the part.