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“V relaxing time!” 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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Hong Kong, China
2 reviews
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“V relaxing time!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013 via mobile

Totem is in such a great location. Friendly and relaxed, and a hop from the beach out of the hum drum of Puerto Viejo. Nice pools and good hearty breakfast although the cheaper rooms need updating so recommend that you pay a little more for the beach view suite.

Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Rating summary
  • 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
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013 via mobile

Stayed here on our honeymoon in sept/oct 2013. Amazing location with only meters between hotel and beach. Good points: free breakfast, location, free wifi in rooms and common areas, friendly staff can organize tours, bike rental, nice and quiet and two swimming pools.
Bad points: breakfast is the same day in day out. Was severe water shortage for our first 4 days so only water available 2 hours in morning and 2 hours at night, inherent with location, get over it. Have to pay to rent/borrow bikes. Showers aren't great, lack of pressure etc.
All in all it's a really nice place with friendly helpful staff. Do yourself a favor and pay the extra $20 to upgrade to a suite, much much better and you get a private balcony overlooking the pool and view of the ocean. Muchos Gracias!

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rome, Lazio, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

I stayed at Totem Beach Resort for 2 weeks with a friend,and we loved it! The resort is really nice and clean,with a wonderful garden and pool and its located right in front of cocles beach (perfect for surfers,like me!). The hotel also have a restaurant that makes great italian food and awesome breakfasts. Right place to be if you want to live some pura vida in Puerto Viejo,also thanks to Marco (the owner) and his amazing family,always helpful and super friendly. truly recommended!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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MarielaTotem, Gerente at Totem Hotel Beach Resort, responded to this review, October 17, 2013
Hello Christian,
Thank for your review and for lrtting us know you feel confortable with the services you enjoyed. It is greatful.
Best regards.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

Had a very nice time here! Great little hotel with a fantastic location. Yes there were some things we didnt like but overall we loved it. We also got to adopt there Black lab dog which was a sweetheart of a dog. We will return for sure!

Room Tip: We had room 2 and it was the prime room!
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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MarielaTotem, Gerente at Totem Hotel Beach Resort, responded to this review, October 17, 2013
Hello John,
Thenk you very much for the comment. You will be welcome when you come back to our Hotel.
Best regards.
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College Station, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

After having an entire trip planned for our 25th anniversary and a real vacation, All our tours were paid for to go on a snorkeling trip, white water rafting, fishing, excursions galore!!!. After our flight and a long 6 + hour drive down to Cocles due to rain storms. (Don't get me wrong, the views from our private transportation from the airport to the hotel were spectacular). we came to the Hotel Totem.....
This is where it all changed for us.


We awoke the first day and I saw all the jungle I had not been able to see the night before since it was dark and right there was dumbstruck, then went across the street to the beach with my cup of coffee..............

This is Paradise!!!!!!!!
all the plants I have not been successful in growing are wild here and monster size all by themselves. the beach is right outside the gate and is perfect for relaxing or surfing with the school there right out front.! You can plan trips right out of the hotel.

The Hotel Totem is adorable with a variety of size rooms and décor to make anyone comfortable. the rooms are kept clean and I even had towels all rolled and twisted into heart shapes ( ours were twisted together into a heart) Since our friends met us there we had the chance to see more rooms with different décor I would recommend any reasonable size group to stay there.
we all went to eat a delicious breakfast at the Italian restaurant in the Hotel before taking our first look around the town and ended up getting bicycles to ride the rest of our stay,


OK, I know this all sounds good, but it was not without problems.

We LOVED it so much there, we cancelled all of our other itinerary for the entire trip to stay right there. but we did have issues with the travel agency......
my new friends at the Hotel Totem took over with the language barrier they called and had a huge undertaking to fix what happened the travel agency......Yes of course all of the personnel are happy to answer any question and help in any way just like the locals. They all helped us so we could stay where I have fallen in love.

I recommend anyone to come and stay at the best hotel with the best personnel who make you feel special.

I will post pics when I get a chance to filter since I have too many for a speed post.

Miss you guys at Hotel Totem!!!!!!!!!!
I will be back soon,
Joann

Room Tip: If you want the swimming pool off your patio, choose the front rooms. I had a perfect suite next to...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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MarielaTotem, Gerente at Totem Hotel Beach Resort, responded to this review, September 21, 2013
Hello Joann,
It was wonderful to meet you and your husband.
Thank you very much for your review, it is very very helpful and rewarding for all of us.
You will be welcome to Totem Hotel and Costarican Caribbean South any time you come back.
Warm regards,
Mariela Pérez
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

Worth the 5 hour drive through the national park to a sleepy town clean quiet beaches if you want the typical resorts this is not the place love the quiet atmosphere
Great Italian restaurant homemade bread pasta very fresh
Clean beach
Bike rentals for you
Great local town

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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MarielaTotem, Gerente at Totem Hotel Beach Resort, responded to this review, September 21, 2013
Hello Ikyu,
Thank you very much for choosing us to enjoy your vacations.
Your opinion is very important to us to improve our labor.
I hope see you soon again.
Best regards,
Mariela Pérez
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La Linea de la Concepcion, Spain
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Excellent! there are no additional words to describe my staying in Totem Hotel. In the last 10 years I have been traveling all around the world and I have to say this is one of the best place I have been. The location is simply fantastic, just 10 meters from Playa de Cocles.
The hotel perfectly represents what my boyfriend and I were looking for in Costa Rica: Wild nature, wonderful beaches(and of course nice waves for surfing...:) and friendly people. You have all this at the Totem. In fact, the hotel is in the middle of the Gandoca-Manzanillo Nature Reserve. Part of the it is in front of the beach and the view from the suites is breathtaking, the rest of the hotel is basically in the middle of a tropical garden with chill out area, swimming pool, hot tube and hammock to relax. The staff is very friendly and always helpful, rooms are clean and very comfortable. Finally, the breakfast was very good with nice pizza, pancakes, fruit and cakes!!!
I would strongly recommend to everyone to have a look of this hotel and stay at least one night. The hotel and of course the beach in front of it and the town are for sure one of the reason why we will go back to the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica soon.
Alice

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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MarielaTotem, Gerente at Totem Hotel Beach Resort, responded to this review, September 21, 2013
Hello Alice,
We want to thank you for staying with us during your trip in the Caribbean South of Costa Rica.
The most important is your opinion to make our labor better every day.
Come back soon.
Best regards,
Mariela Pérez
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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
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