I just returned yesterday from our wonderful trip to Costa Rica but didn’t want to wait another moment to warn all future travelers - Do not stay at this property! I had read some of the negative reviews about this property but the last 4 were all so good I figured the owners/managers must have corrected the problems other guests had encountered during the past. Boy was I wrong!! What a dump! No one cares at all about this property. The whole place smelled like sewage, especially right by the restaurant. And I should mention it did not rain during the time we were at the property so this can not be blamed on the rainy season. The pool was filthy and the water was green and looked like it had not been cleaned in months. The only people I saw use it walked in off the beach and were not guests of the property. In fact I didn’t see any other guests. The only people I saw on the property were the employees, who were all hanging out at the bar and their friends who all come there and hang out as well. This property is run like a hostel but without the inexpensive hostel prices! For $95/night, I would expect my bungalow to at least be clean. Our bungalow was filthy and not maintained – foot prints on the walls, smashed bugs on the windows and walls, hair all over the bathroom, dirty glasses with dried food in them, dirty mini-fridge, etc... I have traveled throughout the world and this experience was by far the worst hotel experience I have ever encountered. We ended up leaving after the first night and went down the street to the Hotel Playa Carmen. We were able to enjoy the rest of our stay (4 more nights) in the area. The staff at the Playa Carmen was GREAT!! The hotel couldn’t have been nicer and was $30 less per night than our bungalow at the Luz de Vida. Mal Pais/ Sta Teresa is a fun place and we enjoyed the beach and surfing and the restaurants and people were great. We would love to go again but NEVER stay and the Luz de Vida. I can not say enough bad things about this property and would recommend all travelers avoid this property!
- 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