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Giardino Tropicale
Ranked #4 of 22 Hotels in Nosara
Certificate of Excellence
Tucson, Arizona
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“Loved staying here!”
Reviewed 12 July 2014

Such a relaxing spot with beautiful, lush gardens. I stayed here for a week with my 10 yr. old son. The owners were very friendly and helpful with arranging activities. The room was very clean and comfortable. I was very happy we stayed here. The beach is a short walk.

Room Tip: Our room was on the top floor, we had a nice patio with a hammock out front. The room had lots of n...
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 9 July 2014

We recently spent one night here and it was awful. Those writing excellent reviews may travel much differently than we do. For example, there were scratchy bottom sheets on our beds and only one small scratchy odd cover thing. No top sheet. No blanket. Pillows were like balled up gym socks in a pillow case. The towels were all mismatched and also quite thin. Warnings posted all around about local crime, esp at the beach. I'm sure people go there and love it but after your early 20's I think everyone has a much different expectation for a vacation- not to mention that you have to drive for hours on dirt roads filled with potholes. In fact the entire drive was potholes. We all still feel like we are recovering from our visit there a few weeks later. The owners do seem lovely and we're very warm. But I think others should know what they are getting into. We learned the hard way that all trip advisor reviews are not equal. I would say this could be an excellent stay for very young travelers wishing to save money. Know we never saw a beach near this place either. Still a 10 min walk away. Went to another stretch of beach by driving. Walked through the reserve at Lagarta Lodge and much nicer for families. I'd hate for another family to have the same experience we did. Almost ruined our much needed vacation.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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MYM357, Gerente at Giardino Tropicale, responded to this review, 4 February 2015
We are sorry about your experience entering Nosara. It is a town off the beaten path and not for everyone. It is a long drive down a partially gravel road, most travelers are prepared for this before their visit and know it is worth the effort. The beach is a short walk away because no development is allowed on the beach, as it is part of the Ostional Wildlife Refuge, a national park (mainly for the Olive Ridley turtle who nests here and the surrounding beaches). There are several parking lots near the beach entrances where one can arrive by car, but our street ends in a magical sandy trail, wonderful for a quiet walk. Please be assured our beds come fully dressed and there are blankets in the closet area of each room for those who need (our experience is few are cold enough for this, which is why we keep them folded). Pillows and sheets have been updated since this review and we are grateful for the feedback and apologize for not meeting the standards of these 5 star travelers. The owners previously managed Lagarta Lodge and we have much respect and mutual admiration for one another, often sending each other clients.
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Telluride, Colorado
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Reviewed 29 May 2014

I have never stayed at the hotel, but in my search for the best pizza, was directed here. (Closed during off-season; we had to come back a year later!) Guests of the hotel say that it is very nice and it seemed; strolling through, like a summer-camp paradise!
Having only dined there, I can say the service is professional, the wine is very good, and the pizza is some of the best I have ever had. We were celebrating our honey moon in 2013, and our first anniversary in 2014. The Malbec was very good and the pizza was melt in your mouth lovely, with a shared first course of salad, with chicken. Built on a hillside, in the traditional open style, you can enjoy the tropical night air. If you are in Guiones, it will require a short walk, which can be a treat, if the fireflys are out; or a bit of a challenge, if it is raining. Totally worth it! Very good! Romantic and special.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Atenas, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 10 May 2014

My daughter and I visited Giardino's and fell in love with this lovely place! The landscape with tropical plants and flowers was so lush, and, toward the evening, the lights come on just enough to make this an absolute magical experience! Words just can't describe it! The hosts, Marcel and Myriam are wonderful and welcoming, and we knew we were in good hands, as they are both very capable, well organised, and know what they're doing!! We hated to leave after only 3 days there...lucky for us, we live in Costa Rica, so make make the 3 hour drive there from time to time! The rooms were clean and inviting, and the food was quite good at the restaurant there..I hear the pizza is terrific, but did't try it! Coffee is hot, fresh and strong..perfection!
Thanks, Myriam and Marcel...we will be back!!!!

Room Tip: I recommend the second story..we stayed in "B" and enjoyed the beauty from the balcony!
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Edmonton, Canada
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Reviewed 7 May 2014

I was traveling alone, from Canada, with my 2 children for the first time. 8 and 11 years old. We stayed for 10 days at Giardino Tropicale and loved it. Myriam and Marcel were so welcoming and kind. We left feeling like family. Everyone associated with the hotel was kind and welcoming.
It was very hard to leave. The rooms are great, we had a kitchen and shopped at the local market as groceries were quite expensive in guiones.
We walked everywhere and felt completely safe at all times. The beach is very close.
We will return for another stay with Myriam and Marcel. They honestly took care of us like we were family. Our friends were staying at a (very expensive) yoga/healing resort near by and wished they would have stayed at Giardino Tropicale.
It was a tropical paradise and felt like home. We really did not want to leave and we are telling everyone to stay there. We miss waking up with our monkeys and all the birds !!! Thank you for making our first holiday perfect. Allison, Kelly and Andie

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Sao Paulo, SP
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Reviewed 15 April 2014

Excelent place, very beautiful and well organized. The room is great, with air conditioning, frigobar and good space. The garden has cataloged species of plants.
The owners, Marcel & Myriam are lovely human beings, friendly and attentive.
The costs are fair, and the beach is 5 minutes distance walking.
Excelent waves for surfing around...

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed 12 April 2014

We just came back from a holiday in CR. Staying at Gardinio was one of the amazing highlights.
Everyone theres was SOOOO lovely and kind. Myriam and Marcel are amazing hots. Thank you so much for recommending the turtle watching and for trying to accomodate our friends when we arrived. The place is so beautiuful and we will plan a trip to be back one day. You have build a life project that is so lovely to enjoy, this place is AMAZING !!! Clean, beautiful and everything you need in a lovely town of Nosara.
We miss it already,
with love, Monika, Toby and the girls.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Property: Giardino Tropicale
Address: Playa Guiones, Nosara 5233, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Nosara
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Nosara
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Nosara
#3 Romantic Hotel in Nosara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 11
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