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Hotel Las Tortugas
Ranked #5 of 6 Hotels in Playa Grande
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed February 12, 2012

This place was great. We stayed in Greek 4 and loved it. It was cheap, clean, and in a great location. When we arrived there was a group of howler monkeys sitting in the tree outside our window! We went to Playa Grande for a chance to see the sea turtles and Las Tortugas was situated just across the street from where the tour was, which was very convenient. Everyone who worked there was very friendly and helpful. They set up the turtle tour for us, as well as a canoe tour around the estuary, where we saw a lot of wildlife, including crocodiles!
We loved how Playa Grande was a little more remote than nearby Tamarindo. It didn't have noise or crowds the Tamarindo did. Also, there was very little light pollution, so while it was a bit dark when walking the streets at night I felt good knowing there was no light to disturbed the sea turtles. The only thing to keep in mind, esp if you don't have a car and can go somewhere else easily, is that no where nearby accepts card. Also the nearest ATM we found was in Tamarindo. So just bring enough cash to do everything you want and you won't regret staying here.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 11, 2012

Even though Hotel Las Tortugas was more expensive than our other lodgings in Costa Rica, I made reservations here because it seemed to be the 'go to' hotel for the turtle nesting tours. The room wasn't dated. It was just plain shabby. The mattress was lumpy and it felt like it was full of sand. The bathroom was so out of date that the one outlet couldn't handle a grounded plug. On top of the disappointing room, the front desk staff was rude and unable to provide us with even the most basic information, like the time or meeting location, for turtle tours.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 10, 2012

I spend three to six months in Costa Rica each year and am always searching for places that make me feel "right at home". There are several nice hotels in Playa Grande, but there is only one that offers the "total package"......nice rooms and apartments, an awesome staff, a full service restaurant with an excellent menu and reasonable prices, all the amenities that you expect at a beach resort, and my favorite time of the day....HAPPY HOUR! (Don't even think of missing out on the mango margaritas!) Whenever I stay at the beach, I want to be on the beach and, in all of Playa Grande, there is only one hotel on the beach....Hotel Las Tortugas. Your room will be steps away from one of the most beautiful, wide, white sand beaches in Costa Rica and, of course, the incredible sunsets. (I think of sunsets on Playa Grande as the Key West experience...Tico style.) The Hotel Las Tortugas family will make you feel "right at home", too. I am homesick already, but, luckily, I made my reservations for 2012, before I even left this special place in paradise

Room Tip: The rooms and apartments are all different, so it was easy to find one to fit your needs.....PERFECT...
  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 13, 2012

We only stayed here one night to do the turtle tour at the national park, but wished we were staying longer. The property is more like the beach house that belongs to your friends' hippie parents. Our room was on the small side and sparsely furnished with an aging bathroom but was clean and had a beautiful spacious balcony that overlooked the pool. The AC worked great but the pillows were flat and the towels worn. Also, they were out of beach towels so try to bring your own.

The staff were friendly and accomodating. The pool area was small but nice - plenty of chairs and hammocks for the number of guests. We had dinner and lunch at the restaurant and all the food we had was outstanding - fresh local shrimp and mahi mahi. Service is quick and friendly, although expect a visit from the on-site cats and dog (which we liked). Because of the turtles, lights are kept very low which made for a romantic candle-lit dinner. The lobby is on the second floor and you had to carry your bags so keep that in mind if you don't pack light.

The best part about this place is the location right on the beach. The beach is wide, flat and clean with nice waves. We didn't want to leave. There are no beach chairs, etc. but we didn't mind.

There are notices about not leaving your valuables, etc but we felt very safe during our stay. The parking area was attended 24-7 while we were there.

Room Tip: We had room 10, with a view of the pool and a great balcony with plenty of room for lounging.
  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 5, 2012

We had stayed in Greek 4, 5 years ago and also in Hotel Villa Baula twice, and this time we stayed in Octopus 4 and 2, our 18 year old daughter and 5 frieds, ages 18-21, we all had a great time in Playa Grande, with the quietness of the Apartments and the safe parking in beach front Hotel´s pool-jacuzzi-hammocks.
For New Year's Eve we stayed celebrating from our 3rd floor terrace, watching Flamingo and Tamarindo´s fireworks, while the kids went to Tamarindo´s party!
Octopus 4 has a kitchennete and fridge, very convenient!

Room Tip: Best rooms are the Apartments, not right on the beach but a short walk from the hotel´s amenities
  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 1, 2012

This hotel is the best place for those wanting the real Costa Rica beach experience. Play in the waves in the morning and then retreat to the poolside hammocks in the afternoon. Follow that with dinner on the deck and a late night tour to see the leather back turtles and you've done it all! Staff are excellent help and are all fluent in English. Las Tortugas also prides itself on low environmental impact so the hotel is a great place for families wanting an authentic relaxing trip.

  • Stayed: December 2011
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Reviewed December 31, 2011

We have been staying at Las Tortugas for many years and cannot recommend it highly enough!

The accommodation is simple but clean and charming with fabulous touches like private courtyards with hammocks and lounges off many rooms.

The pool area is the perfect place to relax with loungechairs for sun worshippers or a covered tiki area with hammocks hanging from every post for those who prefer a shady afternoon nap or place to read.

There is reliable surf at Playa Grande directly in front of the hotel or you have a choice of iconic breaks including Playa Negra and Avellanas within a 30 minute driving distance.

The staff are warm and friendly with good, fresh food available at the hotel restaurant and 2 for 1 margaritas at happy hour every night. The mango margaritas are a specialty!

Note - although other hotels in the area claim to be 'beach front', Las Tortugas is the only true beach front hotel in Playa Grande. Be prepared for a dusty walk down a gravel road to get to the beach from any other hotel.

There's a reason why we make multiple visits to Las qTortugas every year (and even store our surfboard at the hotel because we know we'll be back!)



  • Stayed: November 2011
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Additional Information about Hotel Las Tortugas

Address: Frente al mar, Playa Grande, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Playa Grande
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Playa Grande
#4 Romantic Hotel in Playa Grande
#5 Family Hotel in Playa Grande
Price Range: $25 - $135 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are a small, ecotouristic hotel located directly on the beach in Playa Grande with our rooms, pool, jacuzzi, open-air restaurant/bar, and hammock area just steps from the sand and the main surf peak in Playa Grande. We offer every kind of accommodation and price range with small economy rooms on the beachfront property with AC and private hotwater bathrooms starting at $25/night and our honeymoon suite with oceanview between $70 and $130/night depending on the season. We also offer economical apartments with kitchenette facilities up the road from the hotel, just a five minute walk to the beach. All of our apartment guests enjoy full access to the beachfront hotel amenities. ... more   less 
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Las Tortugas Playa Grande

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