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“Always on our minds” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Villas Gaia
3.0 of 5 Small Hotel   |   Playa Tortuga, Costa Rica   |  
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Lomira, Wisconsin
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Always on our minds”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012

It's been a couple of years but it seems like yesterday.
We talk about it so often.
We had such a fine time here.
It was our first time out of our home country, we were humbled in so many ways. We couldn't talk spanish, but we were fortunate enough there was always someone that talked english on our trip. Had all we needed. Hot water, clean rooms, comfortable beds, laundry, AC, pool, fantastic food, fair prices. Library of area plants, animals, and things to do,
Gardener will show you the jungle on the grounds and a staff that answered all your questions. The staff and owners are friendly and funny. We felt safe.
We miss them, they were so patient and forgiving with us through our fears, and our spoiled american sides that got frustrated quickly when things weren't just what we thought.
It's a good base camp if you are venturing about that part of the country.
You won't be disappointed. Enjoy.........

Room Tip: Cabanas up by the pool are farther from the rode noise
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  • Stayed December 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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  • Location
    4 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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Bartow, Florida
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

My wife and I stopped in for a meal on our way to the Osa Penisula. We had one of the best meals of our stay in Costa Rica. The Snapper in Shrimp Sauce was so good, we stopped again on the way back north for the same meal.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Nijverdal, The Netherlands
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012

We stayed here because of the good recension in the travelguide. Altough this time it was not a good choise. No hot water in the shower, the restaurant is reasonable, no more, no less. The rooms are clean but very basic. Our eating table was gone in the early morning for catering a big group in the restaurant. Pricy. Catering for big groups is their main thing. Breakfast was a single pancake. Nice pool and garden though, hotel at busy road. Lots of better eat and sleeping opportunities in this area. Too expensive and basically not a great restaurant at all, anyway, not nowadays.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica
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61 reviews 61 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2012

We stayed in one of their cabinas nestled in the rainforest, so enjoyable! We had a smallish kitchen (sparcely equipped but they staff was eager to assist with glasses and such/so forth). Each bedroom had a/c which was heavenly so deep in the humid rainforest. The grounds were absolutely stunning, plentiful and well maintained plantings. Nice pool area with honor bar and slightly obscured ocean view (a bit of a walk to the pool and view). My package included the room, dinner and breakfast which was an absolute deal considering the location. Dinner (in the package) offered 2-3 options for fish, chicken, pasta etc. Breakfast was plentiful, fresh fruit, gallo pinto, fresh juices, wonderful coffee. A wonderful surprise esp. for the value, cabinas, view. A good spot enroute to locations north and south or just enjoy the local beaches!

Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2012 via mobile

Hotel has nice condos. Very friendly staff and a good restaurant. However, the beds are very poor. We were with several people and none of them had a good sleep. That's a pity since the rest of the hotel is good.

  • Stayed April 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2012

The shower curtain had black mold on it and stunk. The queen sized mattress was actually a double sized mattress which also stunk of mold, mildew and sweat. The shower barely had any water. The toilet moved when you sat on it. They leave unwrapped & used soap bars in the bathroom. The pool bar is an "honor" bar wherein the surfers charge their drinks to everyone else's room. The pool was cloudy. We were glad for the air conditioning, however, had to turn it off because the room stunk so bad, wherein we died of the heat because the room doesn't catch the ocean breezes. Can't see the ocean. The hotel could have cared less about the issues. DO NOT STAY AT THIS HOTEL! Our friends said the road noise kept them up.

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Truth or Consequences, New Mexico
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2012

Being nature lovers and not lovers of crowds or excess, we certainly wanted to avoid the mainstream beach resorts of the Jaco area. Therefore, we stayed far south of there in this lovely hotel. There are many choices along the Pacific highway stretch, and I'm sure that some of those places are quite nice, but overall the value at HVG was great for what we received: a spacious casita with very comfortable beds and A/C, hot water, and a great big porch for relaxing. Additionally, there is a very nice pool here and an open bar right at the pool, and meals are served right on the property as well in a lovely open air dining area.

Of course the main reason my husband and I stayed here for two nights during our honeymoon was because of access to the beach. Playa Tortuga is beautiful, quiet, AMAZING! There is also a small beach to the North a couple of km that was fabulous and very private. If you like beach caves and awesome views, you can find those things at both beaches mentioned above. We love birdwatching also, and the birdwatching for the entire area was muy, muy bueno. Also, there were very cool lizards, monkeys, and spiders all around!

Two more great things: We traveled south a few km to where the Osa Peninsula started to expand out to the West. On the West side of the road and past a large open air restaurant was a small joint called Remy's Ceviche - she was having a new sign put up as we were eating there so I don't know if it will read exactly the same. There are many places to get good, fresh ceviche around but hers was fantastic. Not to mention she had amazing ice cream treats there as well! There's a shaded outdoor eating area there when you can enjoy the cuisine if you like.

The second great surprise was that on Saturday mornings at Hotel Villas Gaia, nearby artists from the local indian tribe come and sell their art. The piece we bought was beautiful, and we were so happy to buy our one Costa Rican souvenir from an actual native person who worked so diligently to create it. It now proudly stands as a centerpiece in our home to represent our amazing honeymoon in CR. At the airport, we saw similar art pieces made by the same woman and marked up 2-3 times what we paid at HVG!!!

Room Tip: If given an option, I would choose a room closer to the pool and ocean. The rooms near the highway...
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  • Stayed February 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Hotel Villas Gaia

Address: Playa Tortuga, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Osa Peninsula > Playa Tortuga
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Playa Tortuga
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Villas Gaia 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Villas Gaia offers a home base to experience the wild beauty of Costa Rica's southwest Pacific coast. One of the most biologically diverse regions on the earth. Strategic location on the new scenic coastal road. Convenient access to Ballena Marine National Park, Caño Island Biological reserve, Corcovado National Park and the most extensive mangrove ecosystem of Central America. Hotel Villas Gaia is 12 colorful bungalows (casitas) separately nestled in a jungle setting offering privacy and comfort. ... more   less 
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Hotel Villas Gaia Costa Rica/Playa Tortuga

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