I have stayed here twice, 2005 and 2012. The place has gone totally downhill. The only redeeming qualities are that they replaced the old louver shutters with windows at some point, the outdoor areas(hotel grounds) are kept very clean and the staff are accommodating at least as far as our needs were at the time. The beds are in serious need of replacement. The door locks are questionable. Leaving you to stuff anything valuable in the safe if you can get it all in there. The tree line on the beach used to be for guests of the hotel more or less. Now its just a hang out for every bum and floozy on that beach. All the youngsters who have decided to drop out of life congregate there, every day all day long. So a peaceful day at the beach will have you walking at least 100 meters north unless you want to see them hanging all over each other. So good luck getting a chair or hammock.
One thing I enjoyed in 2005 was waking up, walking to the restaurant on premises, getting a coffee then taking an early swim or relaxing on the beach. The restaurant has now been leased to a group of rude guys from Chicago who open later in the day. So now if ya want a coffee in the morning you have to walk a good bit to find one.
They advertise that it's authentic Italian food. Thats a laugh. All they have is overpriced pizza($14.00 for cheese and sauce), pasta dishes and get this, Imperial for $5.00?
They also just throw their old junk and trash right behind the pizza oven right there on the beach. The toilets at this restaurant are overflowing with used toilet paper and other trash.
Literally piled in the corner next to the toilet. Luz De Vida needs to do something about this. It's still their property I presume. The only thing nice was the bartenders. They were cool guys. The family/owners are jerks.
Anyhow, do yourself a favor and stay elsewhere. There are plenty of places in Santa Teresa now that are cleaner and much much cheaper. Even the hostels are nicer.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We have 8 garden view rooms and 5 pool view bungalows, all of them equipped with a/c, phone, safe and hot water. We also have an international cuisine restaurant, a spa and pool. We have a nice kids area, and a volleyball field. We are a beautiful beachfront resort in a nice piece of paradise. Santa Teresa, Costa Rica. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Resort Luz De Vida
- Luz De Vida Hotel
- Hotel Luz De Vida Costa Rica/Santa Teresa