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Hotel Tropico Latino
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Santa Teresa de Malpais | Cobano, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #17 of 25 Hotels in Santa Teresa
Westphalia, Indiana
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9 hotel reviews
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“Beachfront paradise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

We recently had an amazing stay in the Beach House at Tropico Latino. Often you are disappointed as the resort is not as nice as the pictures. That is not the case here!! This place is gorgeous. We are two adult couple in our late 50's and we have traveled extensively. We all were in awe of the Beach House. It is set up perfect for two couples but has one additional unit on the ground floor plus two units upstairs so it would be great for a large group of adults. The kitchen had modern stainless steel applicances including a dishwasher. Everything in the unit is concrete...floor, counters, cabinets, bed frame...this makes it a little stark but quite functional.

My husband and I both had a massage. Mine was the full treatment with Maria and I have never had such a great scrub, wrap, facial & massage. His was just a massage with Nathan and he was also very pleased. We only ate at the restaurant once and it was very good even though the menu is rather limited. We prefer to explore the area and visit different restaurants. It is quite convenient to venture across the road to the grocery for lunch and breakfast items. We were a little disappointed as we visited in low season and many restaurants and shops were still closed. No night life at all that we could find. We did think it was a rather long way to get to Santa Teresa from San Jose. You should plan on an entire day for this venture. Great place for R & R.

  • Stayed October 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
    4.5 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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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

Trip dates: Oct 29-Nov 5, 2012.

This place is pretty, very well-situated, and the rooms are rather nice. The staff are uniformly super-friendly, helpful, and honest (thanks Hugo, Jaime, Junior, etc). This is high praise. Santa Theresa is an easy place to travel, and this is a downright pleasant place to park yourself for some R&R or a jumping-off spot for surfing or whatever.

The yoga platform is about as well situated as you could imagine, and I have to hand it to the people who set up this place for putting it in prime location, rather than some bungalow that could command a hefty fee. When we found that the shower did not work so well, someone was over in several minutes and fixed it. The restaurant was beautifully laid out in a teak-y rustic fashion, and the food was on the nicer side of standard. Wifi works well over the entire property, from what I've seen. AC was a nice addition... this place is humid.

Prices are on the slightly high side for the town, but this is no knock on the place; I found that the value was excellent. May be best for couples or families with kids, or a group of people who are looking for a swish crash-pad. This is not quite the hostel environment where you're meeting other travellers with any frequency. Of course, a friend and I arrived in the low season, so this may factor in.

In my view, you won't go wrong. Happy travels!

Room Tip: Beachfront and Garden View are nice (we stayed in both, don't ask). The Garden View rooms are n...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Costa Mesa, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

This place was absolutely amazing, and the staff were great! I would highly recommend it to anyone staying in Mal Pais / Santa Teresa. The (room) prices are reasonable, and you really can't beat the location. A big thumbs up!!!

Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

We spent the weekend at the beach house and had a great time. Location is the best. So many thing to do right in front of your house. The house is amazing and very confortable. The kids had a great time at the pool and jacuzzi.. The area offers many food and entertainment options for all ages. Make sure you visit hermosa beach, best place to learn surfing in the area. Look for Lolo a great teacher.

Marco, Hugo and the rest of Tropico Latino team, thank you very much. It was a great vacation for all my familly and freidns. Hope to go back very soon...

  • Stayed October 2012, 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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Moorestown, NJ
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

The hotel is located right on the beach which is beautiful, but the hotel itself is just okay at best. We stayed in a cabina closest to the beach which would have been wonderful except for the fact that you cannot open the windows as there is no screen or mosquito netting. So we paid a fortune to be close to the waves and couldn't listen to them without being eaten alive.

The front desk won't bargain AT ALL and they are fairly rude. The staff at the restaurant is also surly and obnoxious. They could definitely use some lessons in manners.

Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

My husband and I stayed here for 3 nights in early mid-September. We loved it! The grounds are beautiful and our bungalow was really nice and spacious - no complaints at all. Since it was the rainy season, we basically had the pool and beach to ourselves. We enjoyed all our meals at Shambula and the service was nice too - Donny and Junior were great. We also found the little grocery store right across the street very convinient. We drove around the area and ate at good places in Santa Teresa. The only thing I regret is flying from America to San Jose and making the drive/ferry ride to Santa Teresa all in one day. But we knew that it would be a long day.

Room Tip: We stayed in the beach bungalow closest to the beach, #8. It was perfect.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

My boyfriend and I stayed at the Tropico Latino Hotel for six nights in late August 2012. We'd spent the prior week on Costa Rica's Caribbean coast and a couple of nights on Arenal volcano, and this west coast, beachfront hotel was the perfect way to end our trip. Our room (bungalow?) opened up to a small "front yard," which opened up to the beach. We were in room 12, which is a room on what appeared to be a quadplex. For most of the week, I think we were the only ones in that whole building.

Anyway, the hotel itself is gorgeous. The bungalows are spread out around the property and are mostly individual little cabins/bungalows that are tucked behind trees and seem very private. The restaurant (Shambala) is right in the middle and offers an interesting combination of Indian, Asian, and Costa Rican food. We had the Gyoza every night, it was so good. Also very good was the Red Snapper, which was the "fish special of the day" every day that week. The wine selection isn't much, but you can get a glass of wine (decent pour too!) for $5, and a small bottle (250mL) for $9, so the prices weren't steep.

No meals are included and the average breakfast price was $7-8. Dinner ranged from $9-17.

Hotel Tropico Latino also includes a Spa, the Yoga Spa Natural. This was one of my favorite parts, as we could do yoga with a beachview every day we were there (and we did!). The yoga studio is right in front of the pool (though separated by some bushes), and since this was the slow season there were really only a couple of times anyone (kids) were using the pool and we could hear them in our class. This isn't bothersome at all to me, but I thought would be worth mentioning. I'm not sure if the noise from the pool influences the yoga classes at all during the busy seasons.

The yoga instructors are all wonderful, and teach various styles of classes. We took classes with Maria, Jenny, and Daniel. Jenny is a bubbly Canadian now living in Costa Rica and teaches a quick-paced, upbeat class. Maria's class started with Pranayama breathing, then moved into a Vinyasa, and finished with a 15 minute savasana (longest I've ever enjoyed! My teachers at home in Minnesota, Oregon, and Colorado have all wrapped up in 2-5 minutes). They're all vinyasa classes, but since each teacher brings his/her own personality and experience into it, they vary accordingly and are all beautiful classes. When your drishti is a tree in front of the ocean, it's a good, good thing.

Our only spa experience was the reflexology, which we loved. However, we'd never done reflexology before and were expecting more of a consultation based on what was felt in our feet. Instead, it was essentially just a really, really great foot massage with a note at the end about how she felt some blockage or tension in my right foot. So, I'm not really sure what we should've expected, but the foot massage part was incredibly relaxing.

All in all, we'd absolutely stay here again. In fact, their rates for the bigger rooms/suites are so good that we've talked about trying to talk a group of friends into coming back here with us sometime.

Room Tip: Room 12 is a two-bedroom suite in a duplex right next to the yoga studio and that opens into a big f...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Santa Teresa de Malpais | Cobano, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Santa Teresa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) 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
#11 Family Hotel in Santa Teresa
#12 Romantic Hotel in Santa Teresa
#13 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Teresa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Tropico Latino 3*
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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