About this listing
Close to three of the best beaches in Costa Rica: 2 minutes to Playa Carrillo, great for swimming, calm, many palm trees, no development; Playa Camaronal, best surfing in the world, nature reserve and turtle protection area, and Samara, with shopping
Join us for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. Great food. Happy Hour daily! We highly suggest poolside cocktails.
Note: Please contact us with any questions you may have and to confirm availability prior to making your reservation. The calendar is hard to manage and sometimes shows full when we have space for you.
Be advised that the location on the map is NOT correct, there is no construction at all on Playa Carrillo, no hotels, bars or anything else, and there is no longer an airport there. We are located 2.5 km from the beach on a main paved road, a 2 minute drive. I cannot get airbnb to change this map.
Located at the edge of the jungle, with howler monkeys you can hear every AM and at dusk, and iguanas and other critters around, El Sueno Tropical / Tropical Dreams is an intimate 16 room resort set in 3 acres of tropical gardens. There are 4 buildings that house 4 units per building. There are 8 standard rooms with two twins, or a king or queen bed, 4 deluxe rooms with 2 queens beds or a queen and 2 twin beds, and 4 two bedrooms apartments, with a queen or king in each bedroom, some have 2 twins in the second bedroom, and all have a twin in the living room, sleep up to 5. We have a portacrib available for tiny ones. We are secluded but walking distance to the village of Estrada, old-time Costa Rica at its best, all our staff walk to work from there. We are on a bus route to Carrillo and Samara, and from there to all of the country. All rooms and apartments are beautifully decorated, and have cold A/C, ceiling fans, 24" TV with cable, mini refrigerator (full size refrigerator and cooking facilities in the apartments), and coffee makers, with a hammock hanging in each front porch, and also high speed WiFi throughout the property. Online working or social media catchup by the pool is the way to live. There is a free-form Italian tiled pool and a separate smaller pool for kiddies or adults to chill. We are located close to 3 world-class beaches-beautiful Playa Carrillo, which is a sheltered bay with small waves, great for kids, stand up paddling, and offshore world-class fishing, great place for a sunset swim as well; Samara is well-known for shopping, bars and restaurants, a small touristy beach; Camaronal is a well-kept secret, undeveloped, incredible right break for world class surfing, and it is a turtle refuge with arrivadas or desovadas, the laying of eggs, then the births about 20 days later. El Sueno Tropical is a short distance to many area activities, zip line/canopy tour/rappeling, ocean and river kayaking, surfing and standup paddle boarding, dolphin watching and snorkeling, scuba diving, horseback riding, hiking, bike, scooter, motorcycle and ATV rentals, 4 x 4 adventure tours, gyrocopter tours, cooking, dancing and Spanish language classes, inshore and offshore fishing with professional captains or the fisherman who does it every day for a living, or you may want to stay in and relax by the pool with drinks served poolside. Hotel El Sueno Tropical offers many wonderful amenities including 2 swimming pools, restaurant and full bar. Great food, tapas, grilled fish and meats, and a brick lined pizza oven with over 30 types to choose from, all creatively prepared from fresh local ingredients--exotic fruits and vegetables, catch of the day seafood, grass fed beef, pork, and poultry. Good stuff!
Lots of wildlife to see on the property and be sure to hand feed our pet deer, we have three on site, Rosie, Bruiser and Spike.
Also nearby is La Selva Bromelia Gardens and Animal Rescue Center to see a lot of the local wildlife. 4:00 is a good bet--feeding time!
Enjoy laid-back luxury at El Sueno Tropical!
We can arrange weddings or vow renewals at sunset in Playa Carrillo, we have one happening December 21, watch for pictures shortly after, catered, with flowers and palms. We are providing a hairdresser, manicure and makeup for the bride, and we can do it for the groom as well (;-)
Standard Room Sleeps 2 $80
Deluxe Room Sleeps 2-4 $100
2 bedroom Villas Sleeps 5 $120
These are year-round prices and include a complete menu breakfast, fresh seasonal fruit, orange juice, eggs any style, ham, sausage or bacon, toast, home made jams and jellies, pancakes and french toast, a great way to start the day
Under new ownership and reopening December 1. Please disregard all the old reviews on Trip Advisor, we should havensomemsoon here, as we have airbnb guests coming later this month. Meanwhile, look to your right and click on "Jose" and read about our sister property, Vida Tropical Bed and Breakfast in Alajuela, since 1999. The perfect stop-over as you start or end your trip to Costa Rica. We promise the same level of attention and service at our new location.
Interaction with Guests
we love to meet people from all over the world and share experiences
we are in a quiet area but not secluded, close to everything, with howler monkeys, iguanas and other critters around
Smoking is not permitted in rooms or restaurant by law. In an effort to conserve water and energy, linens and towels will normally be changed every three days of your stay. Just let us know if you need something sooner. Please supervise kids while in the pool and on the grounds. Mom and Dad: we highly suggest cocktails poolside.
From the time we walked up to the hotel to the time we left, Maria made us feel welcome and special. Jose was very flexible in as we asked to come a day early and he told us " No Problem". It was so much fun swimming in the pool and watching the parrots and monkeys go from tree to tree. Breakfast was great and we were also treated to great meals made by Juan the chef!! Maria made us "Gringo's" feel like one of the local ex-pats by inviting us to a picnic at Playa Carrillo on the 3rd of July for the Americans and Canadians that live in the area. Our entire stay was trouble free and the beach at Playa Carrillo is fantastic, waves, nice wide beach, and hundreds of palm trees to relax under.
Nice hotel with fully equiped rooms at a reasonable price. The pool is a nice asset, breakfast ok. Maria was very helpfull, we felt welcome
Wir (mein Mann & Freunden-Paar) verbrachten 2 Nächte in einem der grosszügigen Häuser. Die Anlage ist sehr gepflegt und der Pool lädt zum baden ein.
Unser Haus war mit allem ausgestattet, was man sich wünscht. Wir haben an einem Abend selber gekocht und am anderen Abend in ihrem Restaurant gegessen. Wir hatten dort im Restaurant die beste Pizza von ganz Costa Rica - das war aber kein Wunder, denn der Koch war aus Italien.
Als wir wieder nach Samara mit dem lokalen Bus fahren wollten, bot Jose seine Mitfahrgelegenheit uns an.
Wir können die Anlage Jedem weiterempfehlen, welcher gutes italienisches Essen liebt und einbisschen relaxen möchte.
Our stay at El Sueno Tropical was amazing. Jose, Maria and all the rest of the staff were incredibly friendly. The room was big and spacious with lots of space for us to unpack and feel at home. We loved the pool and were very impressed by the dinner we had there one night, in hind sight, should have had more dinners there. The beach was a 5-10 minute drive, but not a problem since we had a car. Loved the town of Samara, but nice to be staying a bit further away. Jose and Maria, continued their hospitality well after we left by shipping a forgotten bag to us in San Jose. Very grateful for their help. Will be back next time we're in Costa Rica.
J'ai séjourné au El Sueno Tropical du 23 février au 2 mars. Nous avions loué une villa. Nous sommes arrivé tard le soir, à 21h et nous avons pu souper quand même, au charmant restaurant de la place, qui était sur le point de fermer. Les pâtes y sont délicieuses ainsi que les petits déjeuners... L'hôte, Jose, est super gentil et à l'écoute de ses clients :) La villa était très propre et très confortable et équipé pour s'y faire à manger. À la demande, votre villa peux être nettoyer à tout les jours et avoir de serviettes propre. La Playa carillo est magnifique et à 5 min en voiture. Notre séjour a été parfait dans notre villa du El Sueno Tropical. Merci Jose :)
Jose seems like a nice guy and the property is in a good location with beautiful surroundings. Pool area is pleasant enough and the food in the restaurant was good. However, we had to cut our stay short after 2 nights (which to be fair Jose understood) as we found the apartment was unsuitable for a comfortable stay with our 2 daughters (5 months and 4 years old) for 10 nights. The apartment needed a good clean and dust and after requesting this and it apparently being carried out, it still looked like it hadn't been touched for a while - they did clean our pots and pans but we were yet to see our cutlery before we left. The lighting in the living area is dull with only a small single bed and a couple of chairs at the kitchen bench to sit on. Moreover, there was no security safe as advertised and A/C only in the living room with noisy fans in the bedrooms. In addition, although this apartment is on the edge of the tropical jungle and some insects are of course unavoidable (I've stayed in many varying standards of jungle lodgings in the past but they were all commensurate with their price), for the $120/night price tag I was not expecting hundreds of ants of all shapes, sizes and colours, along with various other tropical insect species to infiltrate our living space rendering it pretty much useless for young children to play on the floor and to make and eat meals on the breakfast bar. The rooms may be better - I never saw one. But, if you need to spend any time in an apartment with your family (for example when the kids are asleep in the evenings) there are better options for that kind of money. Overall, I believe an upgrade is required to the property to match the price.
Reviews like this leave me shaking my head and chuckling, no one can have all good reviews. I rent this apartment constantly, yearround, had folks in there just before and just after Neil came and went, so we clean it every day, wash all dishes and cutlery (although neil`s request to rewash everything was a first, but we did it, not to his satisfaction, however) and nary a bug or ant is seen, and i never saw one while they were here, they only say they saw them at night obviously, so where they came and went from, who knows, but 100`s of ants, sounds like an army ant invasion, which i have never seen here, but this would never have different sizes and shapes and colours. funny, though, that the $120 price was a key, mentioned more than once, as if a lower price would have made 100`s of ants acceptable, even if u have a baby and a small child. In fact, neil said they had so many ants their little girl was afraid to walk on the floor and they had to carry her to the bathroom. if that happened to me, i would not stay a second night like they did. in any case, neil felt strongly enough that he also wrote a similar review on trip advisor, so i apologize for any inconvenience, and i will be extra careful. if i did not know better, i would say he was sent by a competitor, because in the other review he resented that there were so many good reviews. in either case, neil, happy trails, and hope you have a bug-free trip. btw, thanks for the few nice comments at the outset of the review.
Great location and adorable kittens on the patio! We had an excellent time here.
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About the Host, Jose
I was born in Cuba, raised in Florida, moved to Costa Rica in 1997, love to read, travel, grow stuff to cook it and eat it, surf the Net, opened Vida Tropical in 1999, have great people helping: Isabel, my manager for 6 years, is from Colombia, married to Norman, New Yorker from Colombian parents, he owns Jalapeño Central Tex Mex Restaurant in Alajuela. Their son is Nico, born in Costa Rica. Sylvia, from Costa Rica, has been our housekeeper and cook for 10 years. Adilio (Pilo) is also Costa Rican and is there covering late arrivals (after 8) and early departures (from 3 to 7 AM), I'm there only part of the time, the rest I spend now in my new place in Playa Carrillo. We all enjoy meeting the great variety of guests from all over the world. We have one of the world's best breakfasts at both places, with 4 or 5 types of fresh fruit, orange juice, high altitude coffee and assorted teas, white and brown sugar and milk, corn flakes and granola, several kinds of bread for toast, several kinds of homemade jams and jellies, eggs any style, poached, sunny side up, over easy, scrambled, omelettes, frittatas, your choice of plain or with smoked cheese, garlic, onions, green pepper, tomatoes, smoked ham or country sausage, French toast and pancakes with or without fruit or chocolate chips, honey, syrup and Nutella. Include also if you wish a serving of our own version of Gallo Pinto, a mix of rice and beans seasoned with diced veggies and our secret mix of spices, Balsamic vinegar and Lizano sauce, the Costa Rican version of Worcestershire sauce, mighty tasty stuff.