We saw this place on tripadvisor, and then by chance talking to one of our friends they mentioned they had stayed there (and highly recommended it!), so we gave it a shot. Made a reservation online, but when we got there they couldn't find it - no worries, they had rooms available (but maybe just double-check your reservation before you leave; better yet, CALL them to confirm? We just dealt with the hotel through email). The staff was super laid-back and nice, and they give a discount if you pay cash. We didn't have any cash on us but they were like "No problem, just go to the ATM and pay later"... soooo trusting! This was one thing we really liked about Costa Rica - the people are chill and stress-free.
Anyhow, back to the hotel. The place is kept immaculate - everything looks just like in the pictures. The room was small (we had two double beds and a mini-fridge crammed into the room with two surfboards) but has a built in shelving system and board storage rack so that helped keep it organized. Big bathroom. Nice pool. Great AC (it is REALLY hot in Mal Pais!!!) And EXCELLENT restaurant - we got a pizza and some beers and the pizza was really good. They have a bar too if you dont want to drink beer. We noticed that around 8pm the restaurant filled up - it appeared as though both locals and tourists alike were hanging out here. Also, the price we paid for this place was really good (around 30 or 35 dollars US I think?). It's a 2-minute walk from one of the most gorgeous beaches I have ever been on, and the surf is good for both beginners and more advanced riders. Mal Pais/Santa Teresa is VERY small so there is not a whole lot of nightlife or ANYTHING going on really, except relaxation, surfing, and maybe some yoga at some places, so be prepared for that. (I wasn't, so after 3 days I was a little bored, but if that's what you want your vacation to consist of, this place is right up your alley.) There is a grocery store within walking distance and 5-6 restaurants and bars within a 5 minute walk as well. If I ever go back to Mal Pais, I would probably stay here again.
- 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