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La Gaviota Tropical

75 meters north of the second entrance of Playa Hermosa, Playa Hermosa 5019 Costa Rica
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#1 of 12 hotels in Playa Hermosa
Location
5.0
Cleanliness
4.9
Service
4.9
Value
4.8
A beautifully appointed boutique guest house located on the beach. All rooms have ocean views. Only the Sol y Mar Suite is ocean front. Full breakfast included
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Free breakfast
Beach
Bicycle rental
Books, DVDs, music for children
Children's television networks
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Infinity pool
Rooftop pool
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Complimentary welcome drink
Happy hour
Outdoor dining area
Wine / champagne
Snorkeling
Fishing
Board games / puzzles
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Highchairs available
Taxi service
Massage
Rooftop terrace
24-hour security
Non-smoking hotel
Picnic area
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Laundry service
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Room features
Blackout curtains
Soundproof rooms
Air conditioning
Private balcony
Room service
Safe
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Bathrobes
Seating area
Telephone
Clothes rack
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
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HOTEL STYLE
Charming
Ocean View
Languages Spoken
Spanish

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75 meters north of the second entrance of Playa Hermosa, Playa Hermosa 5019 Costa Rica
La Gaviota Tropical
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LynnDTar wrote a review Mar 2024
Atlanta, Georgia20 contributions5 helpful votes
Definitely a highlight of our vacation! There was NOTHING I would change about La Gaviota Tropical, and I dream about the day I will return. Our room was spacious, comfortable, and immaculately clean. The location of the hotel, just steps to the beach, could not be better. Chairs and beach towels were provided! The beach is clean and not crowded or loud. Free, secure parking is available on site. The rooftop pool is a great alternative to the beach if you don’t want to deal with sand. Roberto’s restaurant (which I reviewed separately) is wonderful. And finally, the face of the hotel, Betty, is BEYOND DELIGHTFUL. She is a warm, welcoming presence who immediately makes you feel like family. Thank you Betty for a wonderful, Pura Vida experience.
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Bette Grove, Owner at La Gaviota Tropical
Responded 3 weeks ago
It was a pleasure to have you here and we look forward to your return. I love sharing my dream with others like you.
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Ashley A wrote a review Mar 2024
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We stayed at La Gaviota for 3 nights and every minute there was special. The property has 5 room, a rooftop pool with an incredible view and a beach front bar and restaurant. The guys that work at the bar go above and beyond for their guests. Steven was wonderful and very helpful and accommodating and made excellent margaritas! We stayed at a few luxury resorts right before this and we enjoyed this more than the big resorts in the area. This place is a true gem and defines pura vida!
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Date of stay: March 2024
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Buckeye101 wrote a review Jan 2024
Columbus, Ohio2 contributions1 helpful vote
The area has a small town feel, not a lot of restaurants but the few are pretty good. The people are friendly and beach was not too crowded for the high season. We rented a house in gated community, but the area felt safe even at night. Del Coco beach is 15 minute drive and offers more restaurants and nightlife.
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: You definitely need a car, food prices similar to U.S.A in cost.
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Response from Bette Grove, Owner at La Gaviota Tropical
Responded Jan 18, 2024
We love that our beach is rather laid back and quiet. We are glad you enjoyed it, too!
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Rob K wrote a review Jan 2024
17 contributions3 helpful votes
Jazmin went above and beyond for me. It was my boyfriend's birthday and she made sure to put champagne and his gifts and bed decor in the room immediately after we checked in but before he entered. All of the staff was lovely, the rooms were cleaned daily by a friendly and attentive cleaning staff. Strongly recommend watching the sunset from the rooftop and if you're up late, it's a perfect view of the stars. Roberto's was good for breakfast and lunch. Will 100% be back again
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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AnnieBeeTravelin wrote a review Jan 2024
Denver, Colorado9 contributions2 helpful votes
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This was our 1st visit to this hotel and we just had the best time! First of all, the staff is incredible & everyone we met was super friendly and welcoming. We really liked having Roberto’s downstairs so we could grab a bite to eat whenever we liked & everything we tried was delicious! We actually ended up eating most of our meals there. The hotel and all the grounds are beautiful and very well maintained. We came to celebrate our anniversary and stayed in Sol y Mar. We loved the room and it’s even more beautiful than it looks in the pictures! The house keepers always kept the room very clean. The bed was comfortable, there were plenty of pillows, air conditioning actually got cold, the tub is perfect for 2, and loved spending time on the balcony. Every sunset we enjoyed from the rooftop pool, our balcony & the beach was just incredible! Maybe someday we can make it back ❤️
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded Jan 6, 2024
We are So happy you enjoy your visit. Thank you for taking to to write this nice review. We hope you will come back and make more good memories.
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Neev321 wrote a review Dec 2023
London, United Kingdom59 contributions57 helpful votes
Christmas eve, most of the walkable restaurants are closed. Roberto’s is out of steak and rib, and I eat no seafood/fish. Also as there are no shops nearby, would it hurt to have a couple of complimentary water bottle in the room? That certainly was the case in other countries but in Costa Rica they seem to want tourists to pay for every little thing. First night I’m going to bed hungry and dehydrated. Otherwise seems a nice hotel.
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Response from Bette Grove, Owner at La Gaviota Tropical
Responded Dec 26, 2023
Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I am sorry the restaurant was out of steak and ribs. That is unusual. Since water from the tap is potable in all of Costa Rica and our water has an expensive filter system and is tested regularly, we do not feel a need to use bottled water. I hope you enjoyed the rest of your visit.
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Lauryn C wrote a review Oct 2023
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We came here for our honeymoon and we would choose this spot 100 times over again! We had the best 9 days here. Our room was perfect - spacious, clean, comfortable - with big windows, a beautiful shower, a private deck, TV, fridge, etc. The cleaning was available daily and it was absolutely wonderful to come back to each day. Every single staff member was so friendly and helpful. By the end of the week, we felt like friends with each of them. This was the perfect spot for us to relax all week - between the oceanfront property with everything you need included for a beach day and then the rooftop pool - we NEVER needed to leave. In fact, we only left the resort three times in nine days. Once to eat lunch down the road and twice for sunscreen and medicine. In our nine days, we ate every single meal except for one here. It was truly phenomenal food! So many options, so fresh and quick - and delicious. We can't say enough good things about this place and the people who run it! We will be back again!
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Date of stay: September 2023
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Response from Bette Grove, Owner at La Gaviota Tropical
Responded Nov 11, 2023
How wonderful to share my dream with you! Even my cat loved you. Thanks for sharing your experience. I do hope you will come again. Pura Vida!
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Passport38783396166 wrote a review Apr 2023
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Located right on the gorgeous Hermosa beach, perfect for morning walks. Loved the relaxed atmosphere and the friendly staff that treat you like family. The popular, attached Roberto’s restaurant offers fantastic seafood. WOW, the rooftop pool has amazing views. Can’t wait to return!
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Date of stay: March 2023
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Room Tip: It's quite a small hotel.
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Responded Apr 8, 2023
We are so glad you enjoyed your visit with us at La Gaviota Tropical! We hope you will come back again.
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travelmuppet0 wrote a review Mar 2023
Ottawa, Canada120 contributions108 helpful votes
We returned for a third time to this great place and it did not disappoint. The perfect combo of great location, nice beach, beautiful pool, comfortable rooms, good food both onsite and in the vicinity, and helpful staff. So glad we were able to come back.
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Date of stay: February 2023
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Responded Apr 8, 2023
We are always happy to see you and look forward to your next visit. Thank you for taking time to write a review.
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Salem Oak V wrote a review Feb 2023
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Wonderful food, great service, excellent atmosphere! Went several times and tried a different selection each time. The plates were presented well, each item was delicious. I will certainly miss their cuisine ! I can’t wait to get back!
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Date of stay: January 2023Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Response from Bette Grove, Owner at La Gaviota Tropical
Responded Apr 8, 2023
Thanks for reviewing Roberto’s Restaurant at La Gaviota Tropical. Come back soon. Pura Vida!
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$209 - $243 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
Costa RicaProvince of GuanacastePlaya Hermosa
NUMBER OF ROOMS
5
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Frequently Asked Questions about La Gaviota Tropical
Which popular attractions are close to La Gaviota Tropical?
Nearby attractions include Playa Hermosa (0.1 miles) and Embassy Club de Artes (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at La Gaviota Tropical?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at La Gaviota Tropical?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and blackout curtains.
What food & drink options are available at La Gaviota Tropical?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at La Gaviota Tropical?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to La Gaviota Tropical?
Conveniently located restaurants include La Casita del Marisco, Roberto's Restaurant, and Aqua Sport.
Are there opportunities to exercise at La Gaviota Tropical?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Is La Gaviota Tropical located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.4 miles away from the center of Playa Hermosa.
Does La Gaviota Tropical have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
Is La Gaviota Tropical accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.