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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
Gallatin Gateway, Montana
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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“VERY pleased with our choice!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

We found Tropico Latino in the Frommers guide and then I reviewed them online. My wife and I chose them for our honeymoon and we had NO regrets. We did have probably the best room for the price however and that was the beach front bungalow. It was just the best deal you could imagine. Overall everything was great. We were very hesitant to send the required deposit by wire but it was just fine. It takes at least 7-9 business days for it to go through from the states so do it early and be patient.

Room Tip: Beach front Bungalow #8. Best room without a doubt!
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  • Stayed February 2013, 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
    • 4 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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Alexandria, Virginia
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

Perfect location. Bungalows are private, but close to the beach. We stayed in #8 which is the closest to the water and best view. Don't eat at the restaurant. Everything is made with over flavored sauces: steak with chocolate/raspberry sauce? overcooked fish with too much seasoning, no bacon slices available for breakfast, eggs overdone, weird hamburger that tasted like meatloaf on a stale bun. They need a lot of help with the menu! Even the drinks were bad.
Go across the street to the grocery store and buy your bar needs there, make your own. We got beer and wine for the room. Also cheeses and crakers for snacks. The staff are wonderful. They will get a taxi, make reservations and make sure you have everything you need. Strange, though that they don't take credit cards..... that's not a problem at most restaurants. The ATM/bank is only 1 mile away - it's a curving, dusty, uneven dirt road. Bring walking shoes and a hat.

Room Tip: Bungalow #8 is closer to the beach and is the only one with a beach view.
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  • Stayed December 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Santiago, Chile
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

Excellent location and bungalows. All the employees work to ensure that we have a pleasent stay. I would definitively recomend it. We were in bungalow # 1 that is the farest away of the beach but is only 50 meters.

Be advise that you can only pay in cash or transfer, not credit card. Santa Teresa is still a "virgin" place

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

Had Christmas Dinner 2012 here.
The portions were very very small. Had Steak with Mashed and salad and a Fish dish with salad.
The steak was very nice and had a nice sauce, the fish was a little over cooked (better places in Mal Pais/Saba Teresa for fish)

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Orlando, Florida, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

Staff was great, yoga class was a highlight of the stay, thank you Daniel! We enjoyed being close to the beach and a quick walk to any restaurants. The only downside to the room was that we were close to another room and could hear through the walls.

Would stay here again!

  • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

This is the perfect place to stay in Santa teresa, on the beach, simply but nicely decorated and in very good order, it is extremely peaceful and quite, and we loved the fact that it was on the beach, close to a lovely beach bar full of young surfers, baby surfers and yummy mummies! the pool is also gorgeous, and if the waters of mal pais are a bit to rough for you (or your kids) it gives you a break and it offers you a good swim!
The only thing that could be improved is the food at the restaurant! The staff is very nice but food is not great, not bad either but just mediocre. However breakfast on the beach was extremely nice!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 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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portland, oregon
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

Santa Teresa is a surf town, first and foremost. Hotel Tropico Latino is probably the most upscale hotel around, with a nicely maintained property, adequately secluded from the surrounding craziness (which, as it turns out, I happen to enjoy, but, just a heads-up that this place is NOT typical, and the "town" is not much more than a one-lane (really bad) road with cheap restaurants, hostels, campgrounds and surf shops). Don't plan to come here to hang with rich ex-pats who like to play golf. BUT - if surfing is your thing, and you want a little pampering (i.e., a nice place to stay), I can highly recommend Tropico Latino. The staff is great, and the ambiance is chill and accommodating. The restaurant and bar staff are a lot of fun, but you'll have to ask them to speak Spanish if you want to practice, because they all want to practice ENGLISH. The food is only ok, though. Beautiful presentations, but the food is fussy, not well cooked, and too contrived. We got better fish at Basta Pasta, up the road. The cook there knows when to stop cooking a good piece of fish. Not so much at Shambala.

We'll definitely go back, but will eat dinner elsewhere.

Oh yeah - this place isn't easy to get to - be sure to take the ferry (we didn't), but even with that, you still have 10k of gut-busting dirt road to negotiate.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 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 ( 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
#11 Family Hotel in Santa Teresa
#13 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*
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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Also Known As:
Tropico Latino Hotel
Tropico Latino Nicoya
Hotel Tropico Latino Costa Rica/Santa Teresa

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