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La Gaviota Tropical

75 meters north of the second entrance of Playa Hermosa, Playa Hermosa 5019 Costa Rica
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#1 of 13 hotels in Playa Hermosa
Travellers' Choice
A beautifully appointed boutique guest house located on the beach. All rooms have ocean views. Only the Sol y Mar Suite is ocean front. Full breakfast included
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Rooftop terrace
Non-smoking hotel
Pool / beach towels
Infinity pool
Rooftop pool
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Sun terrace
Laundry service
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Air conditioning
Room service
Seating area
Clothes rack
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
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63Somewhat walkable
Grade: 63 out of 100
16Restaurantswithin 1 km
2Attractionswithin 1 km
196Reviews9Q+A54Room tips
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William O wrote a review Apr 2021
Westminster, Colorado103 contributions22 helpful votes
Good food, spacious and comfortable rooms, killer 4th floor infinity pool, great location right on the beach. In the “Playa” room, (lowest priced), we could have used a coffee pot, a microwave, and a refrigerator. With a bad hip, I loved the elevator. Everyone who works there is very nIce, especially Roberto, Jasmine, and Betty, the owner.
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
GBP61 wrote a review Mar 2021
Hull, Massachusetts35 contributions12 helpful votes
What a beautiful location for a hotel! We were greeted with a lovely cocktail as we checked in and our luggage was taken to our immaculately clean room. The hotel is on the beach....no crossing the street or walking down a trail. The hotel provides towels and chairs for the beach. The rooftop pool is the perfect place to watch the sunset! The restaurant is adjacent to the beach. We did not have dinner on the grounds but the breakfast which was included was absolutely delicious!. Every employee we encountered could not have been friendlier. The only problem we had was we only had one night as we were flying out of Liberia airport the next day(a half an hour $40.00 cab ride.....could not be easier or a better way to end 3 weeks in Costa Rica)
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from Bette Grove, Owner at La Gaviota Tropical
Responded 25 Mar 2021
We hope you will be able to visit again, Thank you so much for taking time to write a review of your too short time with us.
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ExecAssistantArizona wrote a review Mar 2021
Scottsdale, Arizona18 contributions3 helpful votes
We loved our time at La Gaviota. We inquired about a few details during the booking process. Roberto was prompt and straightforward in his responses. After a long day of driving, we were welcomed with warm smiles, a delicious, fruity cocktail, and an amazing view. The room was spacious, allowing us to unpack, settle in, and relax. The kind staff was always available to help with everything from early morning coffee to ice for our room to yummy local dishes. We will definitely return to La Gaviota!
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Date of stay: February 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from Bette Grove, Owner at La Gaviota Tropical
Responded 3 Mar 2021
We are so happy you enjoyed your visit and look forward to seeing you again.
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Karyn1981 wrote a review Mar 2020
16 contributions2 helpful votes
If you are looking for a nice, relaxing time this is the hotel for you! PROS: Wait staff/Hotel staff are amazing Rooms are clean and beautiful Food at Roberto's is the best Ocean just feet away from hotel Hotel only has five rooms Wildlife all around you Rooftop pool is awesome/great view Close to other restaurants for variety CONS: None Information: ATM is within walkable distance, but nice to just bring a lot of cash with you for tours, ocean fun (The ATM at the Liberia airport was broken also) Book at least one tour beforehand Learn some basic Spanish. They really appreciate it!
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
Response from Bette G, Owner at La Gaviota Tropical
Responded 16 Mar 2020
We are so glad you enjoyed your visit to La GaviotaTropical. I agree this is a hidden small gem. I am so glad you found us. I hope you will recur to make more fabulous memories.
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Jonathan S wrote a review Mar 2020
206 contributions106 helpful votes
This small hotel is REALLY a boutique hotel despite so many others purporting to be boutique. Only 5 rooms with “Sol y Mar” the best which is a suite, beautifully designed with a large terrace over looking the beach. Immaculately clean with terrific staff. Rooftop pool, which gets a bit hot with minimal shade during the afternoon, but who needs a pool with gorgeous Playa Hermosa just out the door. Wonderful location, quiet, great breakfast included with traditional and local items. This is a comfortable place to return to repeatedly! Muchas gracias, pura vida siempre.
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Date of stay: March 2020
Room Tip: Sol y Mar is best choice
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Response from Bette G, Owner at La Gaviota Tropical
Responded 7 Mar 2020
It makes me happy when we exceed your expectations. That is our mission. I am so glad you enjoyed your visit and hope you will come back soon.
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Costa RicaProvince of GuanacastePlaya Hermosa
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Frequently Asked Questions about La Gaviota Tropical
Which popular attractions are close to La Gaviota Tropical?
Nearby attractions include Playa Hermosa (0.2 km) and Embassy Club de Artes (0.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at La Gaviota Tropical?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at La Gaviota Tropical?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a seating area.
What food & drink options are available at La Gaviota Tropical?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at La Gaviota Tropical?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to La Gaviota Tropical?
Conveniently located restaurants include Ginger Restaurant Bar, La Casita del Marisco, and Roberto's Bar & Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at La Gaviota Tropical?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Is La Gaviota Tropical located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.6 km away from the centre of Playa Hermosa.
Does La Gaviota Tropical have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
Is La Gaviota Tropical accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.