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“Hidden treasure in Puerto Viejo, CR” 4 of 5 stars
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Totem Hotel Beach Resort
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1,5 km south Puerto Viejo Beach Front | Playa Cocles, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca 70403, Costa Rica   |  
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studio city, ca
2 reviews
“Hidden treasure in Puerto Viejo, CR”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

I spent 4 nights here with my boyfriend. We ran into a few problems like the AC not working properly in suite 2 and had to spend the night in room 10 which was not a suite. Despite the downgrade for one night, the room had operating AC and the next morning the manager had moved us to another suite, room number 1. The manager provided us with two food tickets worth up to $20 USD which is the difference from downgrading for the night. Despite the rough start, the staff was very helpful and attentive to us. The food was great, and we absolutely LOVED suite #1. The room had hot water, operating AC, and ceiling fans and lots of closet space and a flat screen TV, with backyard access to a wonderful pool. I would recommend this place to anyone travelling to Puerto Viejo. PURA VIDA!

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  • Stayed September 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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cormacbr2, Gerente at Totem Hotel Beach Resort, responded to this review, September 27, 2012
Hello Carla,

Thank you very much for your comments. It was a pleasure for us to have you in our Hotel.

Mariela Pérez
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Austin, Texas
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

Very nice hotel with lots of character. The water pressure was so so, but for the price it was fantastic. The breakfast buffet is really good as well. Free wifi but it was not working for us when we were there and when it was, it was really slow. A good walk from thw town but for the price it was a great location and really huge complaints.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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largo
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

I love the place, good prize and the building was great. I felt like living in nature.
Nice staff, great pool, beach is in front, close to the town.
The room was nice and clean, tv, hot water, no spa, not fitness center.
It was a romantic get away for us. Good value !!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Zweisimmen, Bern, Switzerland
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2012

We had a good time at the Totem Hotel. You only have to pass the road and you're at the beach where there are big waves for surfing. The town is a 20 minute walk away. The hotel staff was nice and friendly and the food was great.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Heredia, Costa Rica
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2012

We spent two nights here with my parents and we limed it a lot because it has a/c, the beds are built with the hotel, so it looks diferent and free of bugs and snakes under it.
The room was clean, they gave us beach towels and free local calls. I didn t try the wii fii but is good to know that it exist. The machine for eliminate the humidity was a great sorprise.
The suits in front of the swimming pool was perfect.
The two problems were that bathroom doesen t have ventilation and it is 1 km far from Puerto Viejo, so we took cabs and rented bicycles.
The restaurant has good meals and great service, the bread was amazing.
I recomend this place :)

Room Tip: Suits are located in front of the swimming pool and got mosquito net.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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cormacbr2, Gerente at Totem Hotel Beach Resort, responded to this review, July 22, 2012
Hello Pau,

It was a real pleasure to receive you and your parents. I enjoyed a lot to talked with your mother. We are very happy and motivated because your experience in our hotel was memorable and positive. Whenever you want to come back, will be welcome!

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Mariela Pérez
Manager
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2012

The Totem hotel really exceeded our ( 2 adults, 2 kids 6+8) expectations in every aspect. Stayed there for 5 nites in July of 2012. Great location on Cochels beach - very uncrowded part of Puerto Viejo. Beautiful grounds, nice pool, very clean rooms, helpful staff. The resteraunt is exceptional. The Itialian family that runs it bakes fresh bread and pastries every morning, also eggs, rice, beans, fruit, toast, jam, cookies, sausage, tomatoes, ham, breakfast pizza, coffee, juice, ect. Its the full deal. We stayed in 5 other hotels on our trip and this was by far the best food and overall winner. The kids wanted to live there. Have no idea how TacomaTX07 states "breakfast was OK"? I've stayed in 300 dollar romms in the US with breakfasts that were not as good. HIghly recommend!

Joe

  • Stayed July 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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cormacbr2, Gerente at Totem Hotel Beach Resort, responded to this review, July 22, 2012
Hello Joe,

Thank you for choosing us for your vacations. It is gratifying to know that your stay with us was pleasant and has been a nice memory for you and your family. Anytime you come back, you will be welcome.

Warm regards,

Mariela Pérez
Manager
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Mission, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2012

Totem Lodge

Stayed here 3 nights in June. Very friendly staff. Check in was a breeze and rooms were clean. No issues with rooms at all. 

Breakfast, which is included, was ok. Not that great. Watch our for the stray cats that will eat your food if you aren't looking. LOL. 

Location for Totem is great. Right across from Playa Cocles. Possibly the best beach close to Puerto Viejo. 

Mosquitos weren't a problem on the property except for when I was eating. They bite the heck out of your legs. 

Wifi on property was great. 

Night guy, Cimone (Sambo as we called him) was awesome.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Totem Hotel Beach Resort

Address: 1,5 km south Puerto Viejo Beach Front | Playa Cocles, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca 70403, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Limon > Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Totem Hotel Beach Resort 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Totem Hotel Resort embrace the spirit of simplicity and quality, timeless elements of tropical architecture are employed in creating accommodations of impeccable elegance and style. The hotel is a perfect place to relax, enjoy the beach and experience typical Italian cuisine.Totem is designed as an homage to the sand, sun, waters, and all things beautiful of the beach that is only a few feet away from the resort. This place was surrounded by jungle and yet just steps from a REALLY nice, uncrowded beach: Playa Cocles. Very relaxed atmosphere, nice hotel grounds. A big plus is the wonderful, family owed restaurant with an array of Northern Italy foods as well as tasty Costa Rican dishes located right on the property. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Totem Hotel Beach Puerto Viejo
Totem Hotel Beach Resort Costa Rica/Limon

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