I am only now getting around to writing this... and quite surprised at the negative experience Riah M had... since we a) loved it; b) thought it matched the website expectations; c) stayed for 8 days.
Staff, particularly in the restaurant for breakfast and dinner, were friendly, helpful and attentive. Food was outstanding; fruit and coffee at breakfast were standouts, although the crepes were delicious as well. We had dinner twice, and drinks/appetizers nearly every night before heading out for dinner elsewhere (Ojochal has a surplus of good restaurants, most a very short drive or long walk away). Service and quality of food was outstanding. Edgar looked out for us, and we felt cared for.
As to the room, I think it is perspective. Yes, the Casitas are not "luxury" -- this is an ecohotel. But clean, and cool, and except for the highway noise (an issue for all the coastal hotels) a delight. We actually liked the bed for the firmness, so much we're shopping for the equivalent for our home in the U.S.!
We enjoyed the "small" pool, and the distant view of the ocean. But our interests are modest, and we thought the price was great, and so we'll be back. Howler monkeys at dawn and morning, off in the distance. Fabulous sunsets. Great staff. Fair price. Good food.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Villas Gaia offers a home base to experience the wild beauty of Costa Rica's southwest Pacific coast. One of the most biologically diverse regions on the earth. Strategic location on the new scenic coastal road. Convenient access to Ballena Marine National Park, Cano Island Biological reserve, Corcovado National Park and the most extensive mangrove ecosystem of Central America. Hotel Villas Gaia is 14 colorful bungalows (casitas) separately nestled in a jungle setting offering privacy and comfort. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Villas Gaia Costa Rica/Playa Tortuga