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El Sueno Tropical

3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Playa Carrillo | Guanacaste, Playa Carrillo 50205, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 3 weeks ago
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If I'm ever in Costa Rica again, which I certainly hope to be, my very first stop will be Sueño Tropical. Owner Jose and his wife Joanna run a quiet, beautiful escape from reality! Everything about Sueno Tropical is beautiful and relaxing. There's a great pool, personal hammocks for each room and it's surrounded by gorgeous rainforests just a few... More

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Prague, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

First of all this place has the best banana bread I've ever had and jose is very accommodating for breakfast. The food is delicious and the atmosphere is great both at night and during the day. The pool was so relaxing and refreshing and the vibe was very positive! I did not want to leave!!!

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coo, thanks for your lovely review, and for letting me post your beautiful picture in the chillasana surf shirt, loved u guys, please come back soon More

Miami, Florida
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

El Sueño Tropical was definitely a dream. Beautiful grounds--a mini-tropical garden, with clean and cool rooms, an outstanding staff that served delicious breakfast with fresh fruit and home-made jams. Great dinner menu. Jose can arrange for your bucket list of things to do: beautiful horseback ride through the tropical forest ending in a great views from the mountains ending on... More

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Charleston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

We were made to feel so welcome by Jose and Maria; they are both very friendly, along with the rest of the staff. We stayed in room number 5 which was basic yet large and clean with a hammock on the porch and had everything we needed. The sparkling clean pool is the best aspect followed by the bar/restaurant area.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Jose's place is amazing! The pool was great and the food and drinks were excellent! Jose is very welcoming and friendly, along with the rest of the staff. I was also lucky enough to book a massage with Lillo, which was hands-down the best massage I've ever had. I left feeling completely relaxed and looking forward to my next trip!

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

My boyfriend and I spent five days at Jose's place in March and we could not have been happier with our experience. The room had everything we needed, including a cute hammock on the porch outside our door and air conditioning for those hot days. The restaurant had the best food we ate during our whole trip (and my boyfriend... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

This is a excelent, peaceful and nice place for staying. Me and my girlfrient spent 3 nights there, and it was awesome! The owner, Jose, is a friendly person, attentive and make some marvelous jelly! The manager Lillo and his wife Maria are great human beings, and we became very close. The employees are friendly (Maria, you are great) and... More

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Miami Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

Rooms are big, very clean and the grounds are just great. But I must say above all is Jose's hospitality. When we arrived my friend was having serious back problems. Jose immediately just gave him a room all to himself so he can recuperate better...without asking for a dime extra. Him and the whole staff turned a tough situation into... More

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Bowen Island, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

We had the amazing good fortune to stay at El Sueno with Jose, Maria and the rest of the great staff there. We had a lovely two bedroom suite with kitchen and great beds. Very clean. There's a beautiful pool and shaded restaurant with hammocks where we spent a lot of our time hanging out. But the best part of... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

My husband and I were lucky enough to spend 22 amazing days in Costa Rica last month, 10 of those days were spent at El Sueno Tropical. If we didn't have to leave to attend a wedding in San Jose, we probably would have extended our time at El Sueno. We were made to feel so welcome and at home... More

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Address: Playa Carrillo | Guanacaste, Playa Carrillo 50205, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Playa Carrillo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — El Sueno Tropical 3*
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El Sueño Tropical is a small 16 rooms resort set in the 3 acres of tropical gardens. There are 4 buildings that house 4 units per building. There are 8 standard rooms, 4 deluxe rooms and 4 two bedrooms apartments. There is a freeform Italian tiled pool with a small wading pool. El Sueño Tropical has a 70 seat open air restaurant featuring American, Italian and Tico fare along with the best pizza in the area. The restaurant receives fresh fish daily from local fisherman which means it was swimming only hours before it is served to you. Adjoining the restaurant is the Bulldog in the Jungle bar serving your favorite libations along with the freshest tropical fruit drinks you will find anywhere. ... more   less 
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