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“Everything We Had Hoped For” 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
South Lake Tahoe, California
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“Everything We Had Hoped For”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2012

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.

Room Tip: All rooms open out onto a courtyard with a beautiful pool - probably can't go wrong in any of th...
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    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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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

Howdy travellers, we are a 50+ aussie couple , well travelled. It was great to arrive a RT , lovely aircon, coffee urn on the go all morning. Sensational kitchen staff with gourmet pizza and italian food. Close enough to the beach but far enough from the night life of town this is an excellent establishment. Thank you Johnathon and staff you made our stay a good one.

  • Stayed June 2012, 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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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2012

after checking in to what at first glance appeared to be a good place....the trouble began! Turned on the bathroom sink to wash my hands and the knob came off in my hand. Water splashing everywere. The front desk manned by a 14 year old boy was unable to rectify the problem. After 15-20 minutes ( I had turned off the water under the sink) the owner came in and "fixed" the problem. so we thought! Now There was no water as the knob had basically been jammed on. not repaired mind you! OK could be worse. We'll just use the shower water as a sink. Then the air conditioner ceased to function. This was repaired. Then the toilet wouldnt flush. when I told the owner that the toilet wouldnt function he began yelling and gesticulating. God knows what he was saying. Needless to say we left. Dont stay here its a dump. be forwarned!

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Canada
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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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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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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 ( Wi-Fi ) 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): $
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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Ritmo Tropical Hotel Mal Pais
Hotel Ritmo Tropical Costa Rica/Mal Pais

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