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El Sueno Tropical
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Playa Carrillo | Guanacaste, Playa Carrillo 50205, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #2 of 7 hotels in Playa Carrillo
New Haven, Connecticut, United States
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“Fantastic Time and Great People”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

My girlfriend and I stayed in this hotel 3/12-3/17 and had a fantastic time. Carrillo beach is absolutely beautiful and there are no buildings at the beach (it looks like a deserted island). There are few people at the beach and it is really an amazing place to go. Samara is only a short drive (or bus ride - we took the bus a lot) away and has lots of restaurants, bars, and a marketplace.

The restaurant was affordable and absolutely delicious. Every meal we had was excellent.

Vinny and Zeta are the owners of the hotel and they were great. They were extremely knowledgeable and very helpful. Vinny was even willing to drive us some places if it was on his way or he wanted to go. Melissa, their daughter took us out to show us the nightlife personally.

This was really a great experience and the people at this hotel are what sets it apart. I'd highly recommend it for couples, families, friends, or any other people that want to relax and have a good time.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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Denver, Colorado
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

We didn't actually stay at this hotel, but we were in the area during Thanksgiving and went there for a big feast they throw for all the Americans. We had a large party and we ended up talking with the owner and his daughter for almost an hour. The owner is married to a Costa Rican and they run the place with their daughter. They were incredibly accommodating and told us a lot about their experience in CR. They also own some pet deer that are much smaller than deer in the US and they were very friendly! The place had a very laid back vibe with a beautiful landscape. It is near Carrillo beach, which is absolutely gorgeous! It was one of our favorite beaches in all of Costa Rica. (We went all over the western part of the country.) Also, Samara Beach is just north of there and is gorgeous as well and has a lot more activities. (It's only about 10-15 minutes.) I would highly recommend both the area and the hotel!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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San Anselmo
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

We had a wonderful family vacation at El Sueno Tropical. Would have been 5 stars, if it had just been a little closer to the beach (only a 5 minute drive). It is a beautiful little spot surrounded by lushness and serenity-- with just the right amount of night life available in the great restaurant. Vinnie (El Gringo) and Zayda (La Tica) could not be more accommodating hosts, making it an ideal spot for locals and tourists alike. The rooms were clean, comfortable and safe. It is a great launching pad for a whole host of fun activities in the surrounding area. Highly recommend.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Denver, Colorado, United States
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2012

El Sueno Tropical was a fantastic place to stay. The rooms were great and had A/C. The owners we super friendly and made sure we had a great vacation. The breakfast that was included with our stay was amazing. Make sure you order the tico breakfast. It does not have ocean views, but playa carillo is only about a 5-6 minute drive. We didn't use the pool that was on the grounds because we were mostly in the ocean, but it was a nice pool next to the eating area.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2012

El Sueno Tropical is the best in the area for Costa Rican and American cusine with local flare by far!
The resort's personable, hands on owners and staff can customize your Costa Rica visit to ensure it is a memorable one. El Sueno Tropical is at the center of world class sport fishing, surfing, nature attractions and boast's the most beautiful crescent white sand beach on the Pacific coast that can make your vacation complete and is minutes away!
We have visited El Sueno Tropical every year for the last 4 years and will continue to do so!
If you truly want to relax on your vacation, El Sueno Tropical fits the bill.
Your trip to Playa Carrillo is not complete without stopping in and let Vinnie and Zeta show you their Costa Rican hospitality.
The best value in the area hands down and don't be offended if you are asked to sample the drink of the night.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Orford, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2012

What a great place to stay at when visiting Samara. It's only 5 minutes drive away and we got a huge family suite (with 2 bedrooms, 1 king bed and 3 twins) for $70 with a delicious breakfast included (take the tico breakfast). The rooms are super clean, the beds are comfortable. It is very quiet and the pool and pool side is great.

Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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Wasilla, Alaska
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2012

We stopped in at El Sueno Tropical for dinner last month after a local said it was a great place to eat with a large variety on the menu. The owner, Vinny, suggested the fresh-caught seared tuna and it was excellent.... to gourmet standards prepared by local chefs with very reasonable prices. My husband had a great meal as well and our 13-year-old who had a perfect Costa Rican cheeseburger and fries (his usual). There was also a good live acoustic guitar player/singer. The grounds are beautiful and has very relaxing pool area. I I liked the comfortable, authentic and 'not too fancy' feel of the place and Vinny was a knowledgable, nice guy. I only wish we would have found it earlier that was our last night and we would have returned for sure. We plan to stay there the next time we're in the Carillo/Samara area. Also, the wild deer around the grounds was worth the stop alone.
Andrea in Alaska

Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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Additional Information about El Sueno Tropical

Address: Playa Carrillo | Guanacaste, Playa Carrillo 50205, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Playa Carrillo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 7 hotels in Playa Carrillo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — El Sueno Tropical 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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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