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“Luxury/comfort and personalized attention to detail...and THE VIEW!!!”

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La Gaviota Tropical
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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 reviews
“Luxury/comfort and personalized attention to detail...and THE VIEW!!!”
Reviewed October 17, 2013

We stayed for three nights the week after Labor Day 2013. It was absolutely amazing. Roberto, his wife, and everyone on the staff at La Gaviota Tropical were just so accommodating, going out of their way to make our couple's trip for my boyfriend and me comfortable and carefree. This place has much more of a B&B feel due to its personalized attention. I think they only let out 5-6 rooms, so they're very aware and up-to-date on the state of their guests. Thus, whether we slept in (hey! it's our vacation) or had an early morning due to a SCUBA excursion, our breakfast place settings were always waiting for us when we came downstairs into the cozy open-air restaurant area, with a perfect view of the water. When we realized it would get really pricey going from Guanacaste to Arenal back to San Jose (we had started off in Manuel Antonio for a friend's wedding earlier in the week, and we decided to make it an extended vacation of it; this was our second stop of our extension) we inquired how much it would cost for us to rent a car...they called the rental place, negotiated a rate that we were really happy with, and even scheduled for the rental guys to drive the car over...the entire time while we had enjoyed our delicious breakfast /coffee, then went for a stroll on the gorgeous strand. We had a beautiful room (the Playa room) that had the sounds of the waves from the beach. And it seemed like we had the whole hotel to ourselves, often enjoying the amazing rooftoop pool views without anyone else even walking up there. One night there were so many stars we just sat in silence looking up at them. If you dive, this place is PERFECT b/c most of the boats will just drop you off at the beach and you can just walk 20 steps into La Gaviota. I want to go back...

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed September 6, 2013 via mobile

This place is fantastic! Beautiful large well appointed rooms all with a different theme. Super comfy bed, a balcony with view of the sea, but the best part is the infinity pool on the third floor roof top. The sunset from here with a cocktail in hand is pure luxury. Roberto and the team provide attentive customer service, they gave us some fruit and water as we left for our road trip, nice touch. If strong wifi in your room is important just check first, our room kept dropping out but the common areas were good speed.

  • Stayed September 2013
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed September 3, 2013

We spent two nights here at the end of our trip and loved it! The rooms are spacious and well-appointed (albeit a slightly funky style). The staff and Roberto are fantastically nice and helpful. The food is quite good. And the view is beautiful, plus ready access to a beautiful beach. A few rough edges to clean up for the high season, but considering they've only been open a few months, they are well on their way to a fantastic new spot.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed July 30, 2013

We had our wedding on the beach in front of La Gaviota, the staff could not have been more helpful and really made it a wonderful experience for us. We stayed two nights and thoroughly enjoyed our room, very nicely decorated with modern amenities. After the ceremony we had a fun reception at Roberto's restaurant which is on the ground floor. After the reception we had our wedding dinner on the top floor next to their amazing roof top pool. Roberto set up a grill and cooked the fantastic meal right in front of us! You won't find a more welcoming and accommodating establishment in the area!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Newport Beach, California
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

Beautiful accommodations, friendly staff and incredible food. Great for the entire family. The property offered paddle board rentals, massages and helped book our day trips. I look forward to a return visit.

Room Tip: I stayed in the bird room. It was fantastic and good for the entire family.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Heredia, Costa Rica
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Reviewed July 6, 2013

We stayed two nights this week and liked the Bosque Lluvioso room, decorated with monkeys, nature and every thing about the theme.
The staff were very kind. The meal was excellent, they had some musical groups and i think this new hotel has a great future because is made with love.
They have five rooms, is a four floors new building and the last one is the best: ther is the swimming pool with amazing view of the beach and the hills.
We could hear and see a family of monkeys shouting from their tree. Precious!
Internet connection wasn' t good inside the rooms.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Tomball, Texas
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Reviewed June 26, 2013

We were in Playa Hermosa to attend our friend's wedding. They were married at La Gaviota on the beach. It was a beautiful ceremony and the reception afterward was a delight! The rooftop pool is gorgeous with an amazing view. Although we did not stay in the hotel we did get to see the rooms. They are beautiful and quite spacious and air conditioned!!!. The food was to die for. Roberto and his staff took great care to make this event special for the wedding couple. When I return to Costa Rica this is definitely the place I will stay. I would certainly recommend this place for a destination wedding!!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: La Gaviota Tropical
Address: 2nd Beach Road to End | Right 75 Meters to Roberto's, Playa Hermosa 5019, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Playa Hermosa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Playa Hermosa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A beautifully appointed boutique guest house located on the beach. All rooms have ocean views. Full breakfast included ... more   less 
Also Known As:
La Gaviota Tropical Costa Rica/Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste

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