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Hotel Tropico Latino
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Santa Teresa, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #17 of 25 Hotels in Santa Teresa
Denver, Colorado
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“This review is for the spa: AMAZING!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2012

We did not stay at the Hotel Tropico Latino but booked spa treatments there after the owner of our hotel recommended their spa. I am extremely picky about spa treatments--and I was not disappointed. Maria and another therapist provided the Four hands bliss treatment--it was so amazing! The coconut scrub made my skin incredibly soft and the massage, facial and reflexology were amazing. Thank you so much-- I highly recommend this spa!

Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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HotelTropicoLatino, Manager at Hotel Tropico Latino, responded to this review, June 14, 2012
Thanks for your feedback on the SPA, its great to hear that you liked the four hands bliss treatment.

Maria and the rest of the staff is still here, let us know if you would like to come next time you visit and we can offer you a better deal on the same treatment or on something new :) The cucumber wrap is also great!

Take care and thanks again for your kind comments, we really appreciate them.

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  • Location
    4.5 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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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2012

We spent the tropical portion of our honeymoon at Tropico Latino and had a great time. Luz is fantastic, she helped us out left and right. We arrived unannounced a day early, and they were able to accommodate us in a nice room, then the next day we moved to our beachfront cabina - which was perfect! We arrived the day of a festival and had great food, surfing, and tremendous fun.

To the reviewer who thought they had branches scraping the roof - perhaps it was a roof iguana? There are ropes all over between the roof-lines and trees, I'd imagine to keep heavy iguanas from plopping down on guests heads. This isn't just Tropico, it's all over the area. Metal roof = nice warm place for reptiles to get a little sun. Our roof iguana moved around to the same spots each day, following the sun, and we thought he was quite cool.

Overall, if you're used to a serf buffing your toenails for you upon your arrival at a hotel, this isn't the place for you. If you respect yourself and others, and your planet, want to be right on the beach and have some of Santa Teresa's best food, by all means go to Tropico.

Room Tip: Beachfront cabinas, all the way.
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Montreal, Canada
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19 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2012

We stayed at Tropico Latino from December 24th to December 28th/ 2011. Our kids are 15 & 13. The location is great with regards to proximity to banks/ grocery/ other restaurants/ etc. All within walking distance.

The hotel itself is sweet, lovely/ lush grounds/ meandering pathways through the greenery...very pretty and private. Take note though...to walk on the gravel paths you def need flip-flops or some form of footwear, lol...or ouch! We were in Garden View Bungalow #4. It was perfect in respect to beach proximity/ proximity to pool/ restaurant/ etc. It's large enough with 2 double beds, coffee maker, small fridge, nice bathroom with large shower. They have air co as well as fans, and a very large deck with table, chairs and hammock. We also had a little outdoor tap area to rinse feet. All in all a sweet little bungalow. There were red squirrels & howlers on the property daily btw. All of the "garden view" bungalows are along the same path that runs from the pool/ restaurant area towards the road. So, even #1 which is the closest to the road in truth isn't that close to the rd. Ultimately, the difference between being in Bungalow 2 or 5 is literally a few extra steps, so don't fret over that. The "beach" bungalow does have an ocean view.....but I don't think I'd pay the extra to be in it over a garden view. Now, there are the standard rooms which are at the back of the property by the parking lot/rd. They are large rooms & the least expensive, but farthest from the beach...but "far" is relative...30 extra steps if you are on a budget ....no big deal. They have a beach front suite unit, and the new Beach house...both more $$$, but very lovely. If you are at the pool restaurant area facing the beach they are off to the right a bit.....very lovely indeed if you have the $$. The 2 bedroom house is in behind these in the jungle, a bit by itself.

Now for the restaurant....it recently changed from Al Chile Viola to Shambala so I think they are trying to find their "footing". Staff was sweet and friendly in the resto, but they were only 2 and thus it was quite slow( we weren't in a rush ). But....we found the portions very small & the prices high in comparison to other places of similar rating. Thus, we didn't frequent the restaurant on the property which was a bit of a pain. They need to adjust their prices....

The reception staff was sweet & helpful( thank you Diego) calling cabs, making reservations for us, etc. Check in and check out was fast & great.

The beach directly in front has a bit of rock formation, but a few steps left or right and its no issue...plus the little pools at lowtide are fun.

Santa Teresa is a cool little town, the beach is very beautiful, especially towards Florblanca. So north of Tropico Latino towards Florblanca is the prettiest stretch(imho).Things are indeed stretched out along the one long, dusty rd. You can walk it, just be careful. We cabbed it to restos further away ie Kikas. That would have taken a good twenty minutes to 1/2 hr. And I would never do it at night.

We ate at Kikas, Brisas del Mar, Vista de Olas, and Gumbo Limbo. Our steaks were fab at Vista de Olas. Our meal at Kikas was great. It was "good" at Brisas which is apparently "the" spot....but our best meal was at Gumbo Limbo. And great, friendly service from owner.

Our bank card did get eaten at one bank, and the other was out of cash. We got our card the next am, and the other bank had $$. It was a bit of a pain in the butt to always be going to the bank to get cash....one doesn't want to carry too much $$$ around at one time, and very, very, very few places take credit card. Keep that in mind with your planning.

Ultimately Tropico Latino was a good choice, and we got our bearing with regards to where things are...the layout, etc. Since in the end we cabbed it everywhere ( with the exception of banking/ grocery ) staying up towards the Florblanca area/ or in Malpais would be no issue. WE chose Tropico because we thought it might be more "active" for our teens, ultimately...it wasn't a dealbreaker.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 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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Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
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11 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2012

My friend and i were looking to have a nice dinner in Santa Teresa for New Years Eve. Hotel Tropico Latino has a lovely restaurant called Shambala and the special menu was incredible. After sharing the gyozo and brussel sprout appetizers we both had the fish ratatouille which was amazing! After some chocolate cake with passion fruit ice cream the party moved to the beach with fire spinning, african drumming, a massive bonfire and hula hooping. The owners of the hotel are the most lovely people i have met in a very long time. The property is so beautiful and i look forward to going back and spending a few nights there. They also have an amazing spa and yoga studio on the property.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2011

My boyfriend and I stayed here for six days in December. It was our favorite stop on our trip (in fact, we wished we had stayed there the whole time!) It was perfectly located on the beach in Mal Pais, a quick walk to many (amazing) restaurants and grocery stores etc. The food and staff at the restaurant was great, front desk staff (Daniella) was more than helpful - we couldn't have been happier.

Highly, highly recommend.

Room Tip: The beachfront/garden view bungalows are the way to go!
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Seaside Park, New Jersey
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2011

Upon arrival this place was awesome. We stayed in the beach bungalow 2nd off the beach. No ocean view but the sounds of the surf put me right to sleep. My 6 year old daughter was scared of it only once when the swell was up and pounding. My 6 month old son didn't seem to mind. Mom was alittle uptight about the wide open spaces along the floor and wall but there weren't really any bugs in the place (maybe a few). AC worked like a champ and the beds were ok. They even provided a crib for the little guy. Fridge worked well and was stocked daily with room for a gallon or 2 of water, some Imperials and leftovers. Safe in the room had pleanty of space for all our valuables (GPS, see below). You can choose your own combo. We all loved the pool and the easy, stones throw, access to the beach. Surf was unbelievable every day we were there. Chest to head high, and some days bigger, all 7 days right out front. What a blast. Can't say enough about the beach. Not really for the kids tho. Anyway, restaurant was very good but a bit pricey. Working in the service industry my entire life I would have expected alot more warmth. Last night there I met a friend at the bar that I met earlier in the day. He was also staying there with his family. He told the bartender he would buy my 2 beers as I got them. In the end he says "You (me) pay for 2 and you pay for 3". My buddy says, "no, I wanted to get his beers". The bartender says "well its already written up" and he shows us a handwritten bill. My friend then says "well can't you change it?" With this he gets mad tells us were drunk and walks away. The waitress comes up and says she'll take care of it. We were the only 2 in the place. Not a very accomodating dude....FYI, do not, under any condition, leave anything of value in your car. As I was packing up for the ride back I realized someone had, or attempted to, break into our vehicle. We had nothing in it so its unknown if they were successful getting in. The damage to the vehicle cost me an extra few hundred. Funny it happened on our last night there. Left with much uneasieness about the car but I would def go back. Gotta be smart. For $195 per night I suppose I would have expected alot more but the memories we all brought back were totally worth it.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2011

My husband, 9-year old son and I enjoyed the relaing time at Tropico Latino. It was an older, but nicely kept hotel with ample parking and a great location. The grounds were kept nicely and the pool was great. The rooms are a bit out of date, but nice enough. The staff was wonderful and the restaurant was outstanding - especially if you don't feel like going anywhere else. We will go back again!

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Santa Teresa
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Spa Hotel in Santa Teresa
#13 Family Hotel in Santa Teresa
#13 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Teresa
#15 Romantic Hotel in Santa Teresa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Tropico Latino 3*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tropico Latino is an intimate beachfront boutique hotel located in Santa Teresa, a breathtaking white sand beach on the Pacific Ocean of Costa Rica's Nicoya Peninsula. Situated on four acres of unspoiled tropical beach, you will find beautiful swimming areas and also outcroppings of rock where natural tide pools form.Our exquisitely-designed tropical bungalows and suites, built with exotic hardwoods, are surrounded by abundant tropical gardens under an old forest canopy, giving you the feeling of landing in paradise. Immerse yourself in the most pristine natural environment and experience the wildlife of Costa Rica right outside your window. Howler monkeys, hummingbirds, iguanas and bright flowering heliconias are just a few examples of what you will see.All of our accommodations feature luxury amenities, including wireless internet, air conditioning, ceiling fans, hot water, security safe, mini-bar, coffee maker and complimentary coffee. Ask for our new beachfront suite, featuring its own beautiful private saltwater pool and Jacuzzi. Relax poolside or lounge in a beach hammock under a grove of coconut and almond trees as you watch the sunset. You will love it!Tropico Latino resort features a full-service Spa and yoga studio. The Spa offers professional massages, wraps, exfoliations, facials, and other services such as acupuncture, manicures and pedicures. What makes our Spa different is that we create our own 100% natural healing and beauty products from ingredients like papaya, cucumber, coffee, coconut, almonds, carrots, honey and mint.Our yoga center offers daily Vinyasa Flow yoga classes and retreats. We have two beachfront open-air decks were you can receive classes while you listen to the rhythm of the waves at the ocean's edge. Yoga lessons will keep you centered, flexible and relaxed during your stay. Our classes are complete with mats, blocks and straps, and are open to everyone, from beginning students to experienced practitioners.Your stay would not be complete without a delightful dining experience. Our open-air beachfront restaurant combines a relaxed, yet classy atmosphere with nationally-renowned organic international cuisine. You will find healthy options on the menu using organic fruits and vegetables, local fresh fish, seafood and meat.Our commitment with sustainability in Santa Teresa BeachTropico Latino is an environmentally conscious hotel. We coordinate and sponsor the Blue Flag ecological program and sustainable initiatives for the beach communities of Mal Pais, Carmen, Santa Teresa and Hermosa. We are very proud that in 2012 all four beaches obtained the ecological Blue Flag recognition award, which ensures the quality and sanitation of the water, beach clean-up projects, community informational signs, and environmental education. We also are committed to conserve the vibrant biodiversity and richness of the rainforest that surrounds the region. ... more   less 
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Tropico Latino Nicoya
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