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“Nailed it. Loved this hotel.” 5 of 5 stars
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100 mts. sur del cruce Playa Carmen, Mal Pais., Mal Pais, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #7 of 10 hotels in Mal Pais
Toronto, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
“Nailed it. Loved this hotel.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2012

My 3 girlfriends and I stayed at this gem of a hotel in April 2012. First off, the photos on their website and Trip Advisor don’t really do it justice. From the moment we arrived, we knew we had made a great choice. It’s charming, comfortable, well located and carefully maintained. After seeing a variety of other hotels we could have stayed at in the area, we all agreed that Ritmo provided the best value without compromising on quality.

LOCATION: We decided to fly from San Jose to Tambor on Nature Air (beautiful view of the coast and islands, totally worth it by the way). We arranged a shuttle/SUV taxi through the hotel that took about 40 mins and cost $50 USD for 4 people. The hotel is about a 5 min walk to the beach and a 3 min walk to a variety of shops, restaurants, banks and pharmacy. We liked being close to the restaurants, bars and nightlife, but not smack in the middle of it. Apart from the howler monkeys, birds and occasional iguana on our roof, Ritmo was very quiet at night.

ACCOMMODATION: We stayed in bungalow #5, right in front of the oh-so-lovely pool. We were very pleased with our room. Simple, yet spacious and clean. We had a mini fridge, large ceiling fan and working AC wall unit, which was awesome on those 35+ degree days. The cleaning lady came once a day and was respectful of our things or requests for more towels.

RESTAURANTS: We were blown away by the food at Ritmo’s restaurant (again, steps away from our bungalow). A perfect spot to start the day off with some delicious CR coffee and breakfast. We also enjoyed several dinners here and loved their seafood dishes and pizza. We were also spoiled by amazing dinners we had at the other local restaurants like Vista de Olas and Pranamar.

STAFF & LOCALS: The hotel manager Jonathan took very good care of us during our stay. Anything we needed, whether it be restaurant recommendations, taxis or renting ATVs, he was happy to help. The other staff were very friendly as well. We also had the opportunity to meet a lot of great Costa Ricans and foreigners working in the area – everyone was very sweet and helpful.

BEACH: Great beach for long (safe) walks, boogey boarding, surfing (beginner or advanced, not so great for intermediate supposedly) and playing in the waves. We were super impressed about how few other people were on the beach and the lack of garbage and pesky vendors.

ACTIVITIES: Would totally recommend renting ATVs and driving to Montezuma. We did this on an overcast day and loved it.

Overall, we had a fantastic trip and Ritmo was the perfect home base for us. The worst part about this hotel was having to leave it. We’re already talking about planning another trip next year to Ritmo with a bigger group of couples.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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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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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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Denver
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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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Additional Information about Hotel Ritmo Tropical

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 #7 of 10 hotels in Mal Pais
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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 
Also Known As:
Ritmo Tropical Hotel Mal Pais
Hotel Ritmo Tropical Costa Rica/Mal Pais

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