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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
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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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Room features
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
193Reviews8Q+A54Room tips
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Karyn1981 wrote a review Mar 2020
17 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: Traveled 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
207 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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Jake W wrote a review Mar 2020
Sparta, Michigan4 contributions1 helpful vote
Not sure where to start, but this is my 3rd time staying her and it is still by far my wife's and my favorite place to stay in Costa Rica. Roberto is a great host and his staff is amazing as always. The highlight of the stay was the rooftop dinner for my mother n law's birthday for 8 of us. It was a very special night and one our family will not forget. This place treats you like family. The food is amazing and we always have a great time when we stay here. We will be back for sure in the future.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Response from robertjes2, Propietario at La Gaviota Tropical
Responded 6 Mar 2020
I love it: what a beautiful opinion. Thanks to you, for making us part of your vacation and being part of this great family: Robertos and The tropical Tropical. PURA VIDA
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Art H wrote a review Feb 2020
Lexington, Kentucky11 contributions5 helpful votes
We stayed 4 nights based on a recommendation from friends. La Gaviota is a wonderful boutique hotel located on the beach. Most units have a beach front location with large balconies overlooking the beach. We stayed on the Sol y Mar suite on the 3rd floor, the small elevator was a real plus. The suite had a wonderful large balcony with an ocean view. We had a sitting room and 1 and a half baths. There is a large soaking tub and a very nice double shower with plenty of hot water. The bed was firm and we liked that the bedroom was just off the balcony so we could hear the waves. Roberto’s restaurant on site was very good with 3 meals, breakfast is included with the room, and a nice selection of beverages. Our host, Roberto, was very gracious and helpful with local information and transportation accommodations. While the beach was ok, there isn’t much to say about the town, no shops or stores unless you walk up to the highway and uncollected trash everywhere. If you are looking for a nice beach hotel a short drive from the Liberia Airport La Gaviota Tropical is a nice option.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from robertjes2, Propietario at La Gaviota Tropical
Responded 28 Feb 2020
Hi. Thank you very much for your opinion, Hermosa Beach is a very quiet place, I hope you visit us again, always here to serve you. PURA VIDA
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connie russell wrote a review Feb 2020
Thunder Bay, Canada40 contributions23 helpful votes
My husband and I stated at La Gaviota for a total of 11 nights at the beginning and end of a 3-week trip to Costa Rica, and it was perfect. We picked it because it was right on a relatively quiet beach where there was plenty of shade and because it was small (only 5 rooms). The stunning rooftop pool was never busy. There were beach chairs available to use and we rented the kayak one day when the waves were calm. The restaurant, Roberto's was fantastic (breakfast was included). We stayed in two different rooms (La Playa on the 3rd floor which was large with a lovely balcony that had a nice view of the beach and Boaque Lluviosa on the second which was smaller with not much of a view but very comfortable with a frig which was useful). Both rooms were impeccably clean, with comfy beds and excellent showers. The staff were absolutely lovely - kind and helpful when needed, laidback when not. I got a massage from Carmen who is associated with the hotel - it was so good, I booked another one a few days later. We'd stay here again in a heartbeat.
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Date of stay: January 2020
Response from robertjes2, Propietario at La Gaviota Tropical
Responded 15 Feb 2020
Hello I love it, I love it, I can only say thank you for such a nice review. PURA VIDA
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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 center?
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 inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.