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Hotel Ritmo Tropical
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   100 mts. sur del cruce Playa Carmen, Mal Pais., Mal Pais, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #6 of 9 Hotels in Mal Pais
Calgary
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24 hotel reviews
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“Still the best value.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2012

I stayed here in Feb 2012 for about the fifth time in about 10 years.
I completely concur with the previous reviewer as I cannot fault the hotel nor the family who run it.
I recommend it to all.

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
    • 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Ventura, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2012

We stayed at this wonderful place in June, 2011. I was with a group of 6 and we rented 3 of the bungalows. The family that runs the hotel made us feel like family every day!! The restaurant is open for breakfast & dinner and the food is great!! The pool area is clean & comfortable. Loved the air-conditioned bungalows that include ceiling fans, in room safe, TV and surf racks. I didn't want to leave!! Very quiet location in MalPais while within walking distance to the beach and downtown. I can't wait to go back!!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
    • 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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vancouver canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2011

We recently stayed at this hotel and were very impressed with what we experienced. The rooms are a great size with air conditioned rooms and satellite TV. The grounds had a pool and a restaurant (very yummy!). Everything was clean and the people were friendly.

We did a walk in and were fortunate enough to find a room. After biking around the area and seeing what else was to offer in terms of hotels, we were super pleased with our selection. The location is great- walking distance to a great surfing beach and all the amenities of town.

Word of warning- lots of people rent ATV's in the area to get around and we saw an unfortunate situation where a man was driving an atv, a dog bit his leg, he swerved, hit another ATV, cracked the fender, buggered up his knee= $1200 repair bill. Needless to say we rented bicycles instead.

If you come to the area, it is worth checking out this hotel. It's hard to beat for the price in the area.

  • Stayed December 2011, 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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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2011

I did not stay at this place, so I cannot say whether it was a great place, but I will say that the hotel emailed me 4 days before I was supposed to leave for Costa Rica saying they accidentally double booked the room and we no longer had a place to stay. I was extremely disappointed to hear this, especially after reading so many great reviews.

Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2011

We've stayed a week in Ritmo Tropical and loved it! The rooms are spacious with fridge and big safe and a lovely porch where we regularly sat. Poolarea is beautiful, with comfortable deck chairs; pool was also for small kids very suitable. There is even an outdoor fitness area, that we didn't use (far too hot), so don't know the quality. Good wifi connection in the whole hotel and last but not least a fantastic restaurant, with complimentary coffee during the day. We've tried a lot of places but actually the food in the hotel restaurant was the best. And despite the fact that it was quiet in the whole village, the ritmo tropical restaurant was most of the times the one with most people and a nice atmosphere. All in all great value, one of our best stays during our 6 weeks holiday. One small negative remark. The host family didn't really give us the feeling we were very welcome, nothing wrong, but also nothing special.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2011

Ritmo Tropical is a great value - approximately $60-$70/night depending on the season. Great location - only a 3 minute walk from surfing at Playa Carmen, but yet just off the main road - so quiet and peaceful. I believe there are only 7 casitas on the property, so the pool area is the perfect spot to relax after surfing or a day of exploring. The restaurant on property is also one of the best in the area. On the negative, the shower water wasn't always "hot" and just expect the basics in your room - no hair dryers or irons. While in the area, our other favorite restaurants included: Brisas Del Mar - by Buenos Aires, simple combo specials at the Playa Carmen hotel - can't beat Ceviche and a beer for $4, Restaurant Chameleon is a great breakfast spot - great fruit smoothies and breakfast burritos. Also, the "Surf Hole" also referred to as the "[---] Hole" is the cheapest place to rent boards - only $5/day.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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Polson, Montana
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2011

The Ritmo Tropical is so beautiful !!! The cabinas are modern, clean, quiet, roomy, private and for longer stays the owner was willing to reduce the price. The staff was pleasant and the grounds immaculate - including the pool. You can hear the surf from your room at night unlike another hotel down the road with an 'on the beach' location that is surrounded by bars on both sides with loud music that's impossible to ignore. The restaurant offers delicious food, good portions and as a pizza officianado I couldn't stop ordering their thin crust variety of authentic Italian pie. It can be a little loud until the restaurant closes at night but it's a popular place and it does seem to close down by 10:30PM. After staying at several hotels in Costa Rica - some double the price of the Ritmo - I came to really appreciate the silent fan and air conditioner in my room.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled solo
    • 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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Address: 100 mts. sur del cruce Playa Carmen, Mal Pais., Mal Pais, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Mal Pais
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 9 Hotels in Mal Pais
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Ritmo Tropical 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Feel the beat of the nature on one acre tropical gardens. The chant of colorful birds, the sound of the night wild-life and the constant waves of the Pacific Ocean. Let Ritmo Tropical be your host to make your holidays the best you ever had. Come enjoy Costa Rica with us! ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Ritmo Tropical Hotel Mal Pais
Hotel Ritmo Tropical Costa Rica/Mal Pais

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