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“Beautiful setting and excellent food” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Villas Gaia
3.0 of 5 Small Hotel   |   Playa Tortuga Costa Rica, Playa Tortuga, Costa Rica   |  
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Hope, Arkansas
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Beautiful setting and excellent food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

On our most recent stop @ Villas Gaia we finally got lucky; they had a vacancy. As we knew it is a beautiful setting and the food is excellent, including breakfast (included in the room rate). Staff is extremely friendly and accommodating. Unfortunately there was construction on the driveway, which woke us up earlier than we would have liked, & the mattress & linens were not up to US standards of rooms similarly priced. (But that's hard to find in Costa Rica). They offer interesting tours, have a great pool, grounds as well as rooms are impeccable clean.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Reading, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
92 reviews 92 reviews
28 hotel reviews
Reviews in 56 cities Reviews in 56 cities
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012 via mobile

Lovely cabinas set in a small but lush garden. Pool at the crest of a hill with views over the canopy and down to the coast. Pretty much in the middle of no where on a highway with occasional trucks passing but very nice and well equipped.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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
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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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
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
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
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
26 helpful votes 26 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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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
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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Also Known As:
Hotel Villas Gaia Costa Rica/Playa Tortuga
Address: Playa Tortuga Costa Rica, Playa Tortuga, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Osa Peninsula > Playa Tortuga
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant 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*
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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