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“Paradise in Costa Rica” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of El Sueno Tropical

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El Sueno Tropical
Ranked #5 of 8 Hotels in Playa Carrillo
Certificate of Excellence
Victoria, Canada
Level Contributor
4 reviews
“Paradise in Costa Rica”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2014

If you are looking for a piece of paradise, then this hotel is the place to stay. We spent 5 nights and wished we could have stayed longer. The rooms are comfortable and clean and hidden by the gorgeous foliage surrounding it. Sitting on our porch during the day or night was a great treat. The pool, restaurant and bar were wonderful to have on site and the good food was an added bonus. The staff were amazing and so courteous and friendly. Jose was most helpful and went out if his way to ensure our stay was perfect in every way. The most beautiful beach is located not too far away where you can spend your days lying in a hammock under the palm trees. We highly recommend this hotel and we plan to come back as we have travelled most of Costa Rica and this was our favourite spot. It was also great value. Thanks so much Jose, Joanna and Maria!

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Nadene S
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JosefromCostaRica, Owner at El Sueno Tropical, responded to this review, 20 March 2014
hola n

u guys were/are great, what a fun couple, always up and happy, such a ray of sunshine u are, and so well matched, u both are very lucky people, and so am i to have met you, and wish u all the best, and that includes a return trip here, soon....

jose
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Livermore, California
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2014

I have stayed at Sueno Tropical many times in the past. With the recent change in ownership we were a bit skeptical and curious how it would compare to past years as it has gone up and down. The first thing we noticed is they have reduced the prices which makes sense. After staying 4 days last week, I am happy to see the new changes taking place. The rooms are large and have great air conditioning, the staff while limited is very helpful, and Jose is an amazing cook and great host.

The highlight is the morning breakfast that includes his homemade papaya and mango jam! Awesome!

While not on the beach, it is very private, safe, comfortable and a great value if you are staying in town for multiple days. I would highly recommend it again.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank CHRIS C
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JosefromCostaRica, Owner at El Sueno Tropical, responded to this review, 20 March 2014
hola c

it is special to me to read reviews from former guests, because i have tried to upgrade the existing physical part of the hotel, and give it some new energy from the personal side, so responses such as yours are very well received. i am sorry i missed u on the way out, i was going to give u some of the mango jam, but now, you will have to come back and get it (;-)). c u soon, i hope, jose
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amsterdam
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2014

We just got home from a great 2 nights stay at Sueño Tropical. The hotel is fantastic and the staff very welcoming. We had a standard room which had a queen bed, it was very comfortable and the room nice and clean. We even had our own hammock on a private terrace. The grounds of the hotel are very pretty, with lots of trees and animals. They have 3 deers roaming, and a cute squirrel who would eat coconuts. We loved the restaurant so much that we had all our meals there - everything we had from the menu was delicious and elegantly presented, my compliments to the chef!
To get to the beach we had to drive, it was about a 4 or 5 minute drive which was not a problem but make sure you have a car if you do go to this hotel. The beach itself is beautiful, soft white sand and plenty of palm trees for shade.
All in all we would definitely recommend this place, and hopefully will return some day!
Gracias Jose por todo!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank ameliasasso
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JosefromCostaRica, Owner at El Sueno Tropical, responded to this review, 20 March 2014
hola amy

thanks for the nice review, u guys make a wonderful team, and i wish u all the best. i hope u can bring your group for a few days, love to see you do your work, and a bunch like that by the pool doing their pilates thing would be a wonderful sight. c u soon, jose
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Berlin, Germany
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2014

We spend 3 weeks in Costa Rica; stayed in 7 different hotels, B&Bs up to international 4 star hotels and this was by far the best place.
The rooms are super nice and cosy, the location is perfect and the staff was lovely! Jose and his team gave us the feeling of being welcome till the last minute.
We would definitely recommend this place to everyone!

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Clemens S
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San Ramon, Costa Rica
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2014

This was our first trip to El Sueno Tropical since the new owners have taken over. The place is really spiffed up. The food was terrific and was one of the highlights. It is 1/2 mile from an unbelievable beach and provided a nice get away from the beach crowd. You will really enjoy Jose and his staff. They added to our enjoyment with great laid back attitudes while running a tight ship. All they wanted to do is please their guests. Jose even made us Huevos Rancheros on our last morning. For a modestly priced place near a super beach you can't beat this intimate hotel. We can only see continued improvements that will make it a better bargain. If you want to get away, this is the place. If you want the "beach" scene Samara is a short ride away. It has all the stuff you might want to rent, ride or buy.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Dean K
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Miami, Florida
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2014

A great place to stay on that part of the coast. New owner Jose is a pro who knows how to make guest feel welcome and comfortable during their stay. The food was very fresh and good and they remembered our favorites. Rooms nice and clean. Secure. Lots of jungle sights and sounds all around. Short 10 minute drive to the beach or to charter fishing boats. We had a great day, more than enough sailfish releases and 4 big Dorado which Jose kindly fed us multiple ways over multiple days. Pura Vida !

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank 001Bo
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Alta Loma, California
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2014

A great place to stay in CR. Jose and his staff were probably some of the nicest people I met in Costa Rica. The place is very clean, spacious, and the whole resort is nicely laid out and a bargain for the price. The food was great as well. They easily accommodated and fed the seven of us in two rooms.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Tomdaina2014
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Property: El Sueno Tropical
Address: Playa Carrillo | Guanacaste, Playa Carrillo 50205, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Playa Carrillo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 8 Hotels in Playa Carrillo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — El Sueno Tropical 3*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
El Sueno Tropical is a small 16 rooms resort set in 3 acres of tropical gardens. There are 4 buildings that house 4 units per building. There are 8 standard rooms, 4 deluxe rooms and 4 two bedrooms apartments. There is a freeform Italian tiled pool with a small wading pool. El Sueno Tropical has a 40 seat open air restaurant featuring American, Italian and Tico fare along with the best pizza in the area. Adjoining the restaurant is the Gator in the Jungle bar serving your favorite libations along with the freshest tropical fruit drinks you will find anywhere. ... more   less 
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