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“Beach front for $17 a night!!” 4 of 5 stars
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Dominical, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #10 of 11 Hotels in Dominical
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“Beach front for $17 a night!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012 via mobile

This place is very convenient for a traveler. The rooms are what you would expect for under $20, but being beachfront makes the value well worth it. The service at the bar and restaurant is incredible and it is so nice to have people around that truly care about how ur stay in costa rica goes. I def recommend this place!

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

Basic rooms With hot showers with hammock across from beach for 20 dollars Great busiest bar with western owners tunes and sports on tv. Try the charred burgers $7 beers $3. Shops line beach front. Ruff and Ready Dominical

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London, England, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012 via mobile

For $15 a night, Tortilla Flats is definitely one of the cheaper options in Dominical. For us, the cheap rate wasn't worth the sleepless night on the very thin mattress, all the noise outside in the morning, the unclean bathroom and the fact that the window screen was badly torn (there's no glass etc, so the screen was the only division between our room and the mosquitoes outside). We paid double the price for a room at Dominilocos and it was much more than double the value- it's very clean, the rooms are large and air conditioned, the wifi is as fast as we have at home and it's also about 30 seconds from the beach. Go there instead.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

Totally the place to stay if you're young and want to meet people and party. The room we stayed in was clean, but very, very basic. There were ants in the bathroom and a small lizard. It was noisy. The food was in the restaurant was so-so. The beach is only a few steps away. With the riptide, you really don't want to swim.
The rooms also do not have air conditioning, only a fan.
It would be a nightmare for someone just wanting a place to relax, but for partiers, it can't be beat. We also did feel quite safe as their is a lot of activity and you park next to your room.
The set up, with hammocks outside the room and lots of benches in a close quarters, encouraged socializing and by the end of the evening everyone seemed to know everyone.
Everyone was super friendly, the town is wonderful, the beach beautiful
and I do recommend it for the right type of person. My group fell in love with this place and would move in if they could....so, for the right person, a terrific place.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Escazu, Costa Rica
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

The good things about this hotel are the location and price. It is very basic and I guess how you like it depends on how much you like to rough it. I've been in several hostels in Costa Rica and this one goes down as one of my least favorites. I prefer cheap (working as a volunteer teacher on a small stipend) but this was just too cheap for me. Our room was filthy from all the sand and the bathrooms were less than clean to begin with. The beds were uncomfortable and I barely slept more than a few hours each night from the heat (we had a fan that didn't really work), the uncomfortable beds and noise. If you are just looking for a place to crash and want to surf all day plus have access to a bar, go to Tortilla Flats. If you want to relax a little and actually get some decent sleep, I am sure you can do better. If and when I go back to Dominical, I will try a different hostel.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Bristol, Connecticut
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

We didn't stay in the hotel but, we have eaten at the restaurant a few times. Average food, big bar and selection of beer. Waitresses are very nice. What I like about this place is the people watching. Seems like just about everybody who visits town comes to this bar and restaurant. They have free wi-fi and you can hang out half naked with no shoes and no one even notices. They almost always have reggae on the stereo which adds to the laid back vibe. Definitely worth checking out. Prices are geared more towards gringo travelers not expensive but not a bargain.

Right across the street from the beach, they just remodeled so the place has a lot more space.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Madrid, Spain
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012

The rooms are very basic and essentially furnished (bed + fan, that's all), but they're quite neat even if the bathroom is not separated from the actual bedroom (the wall that acts as a divisory is not as tall as the roof) .The owners were not that helpful when our toilet clogged (apparently it's normal when the tide is high..), it looks like their core business is the restaurant and they don't focus that much in running the hotel business.

Anyways, if you are travelling on a budget and don't mind about fancy rooms and frills, this is just the right place to relax by the wonderful beach and do some cool surfing.

Next time, I would rather try some other hotel, knowing that I wouldn't regret missing out this one.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Tortilla Flats

Address: Dominical, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Dominical
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 11 Hotels in Dominical
Number of rooms: 7
Also Known As:
Tortilla Flats Hotel Dominical
Tortilla Flats Dominical
Tortilla Flats Costa Rica/Dominical

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