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El Mono Loco

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

One of the greatest place in Tamarindo !!! Best time staying at this hotel !!!! Best service !!!! We have a great time staying on this hotel, The staff was very helpful and very friendly. We meet the owner (Lady Boss) a very good person ,she made our stay in the hotel a blast!!!! I really enjoy my holiday in...

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JoyceVP_45, Owner at El Mono Loco, responded to this review

"Lady boss" and company loved having you. Your group brought such a great energy enjoyed by all.

Berkeley, California
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you want a big international hotel experience right on the beach, look elsewhere. But you want a relaxing, intimate, comfortable, colorful, garden-y lodging experience, then this is the place. 100 meters from the beach down a sandy path, El Mono Loco is run by a fun and helpful couple who are always around. Rooms are clean, colorful, and work...

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Reviewed 20 February 2017

This place was great, we totally enjoyed our stay here. The owners and staff were very helpful and accommodating. The hotel is clean and convenient to the beach and town. We met some very nice people and had a great time in a family atmosphere! Would definitely stay again!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Great location off the busy strip, this clean and quaint hotel has beach access across the road. Marvin and Karla is super friendly and so helpful, although they do not speak a lot of English, it was easy enough for us to communicate. The rooms had great space and the decor was just right. We stayed in three places throughout...

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Seattle, Washington
Reviewed 9 February 2017

Read prior reviews and must say this place lives up to the positive statements in those reviews. The hosts are friendly and very helpful. Safe parking for your rental car and easy access to a store and numerous restaurants, coffee shops and bars. Both air conditioning and a celing fan available. I can recommend this place. The only negative is...

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St. John's, Canada
Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

This was the perfect place. Firstly, the caretakers, Karla and Marvin made us feel like part of the family. They were kind and welcoming, and no request was too much. The facility was tranquil and felt like a tropical paradise. There is a small pool, surrounded by beautiful gardens. Even though it is close to stores and restaurants, it has...

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
Reviewed 28 January 2017

I stayed at Mono Loco for 6 wonderful days. The staff was CONSTANTLY cleaning and asking if I needed anything. My room was straightened and cleaned daily. The hammocks right outside my door were perfect for reading and lounging and set in a great shaded patio, which was perfect for eating meals and just hangin out playing cards. The cooling...

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Reviewed 24 January 2017 via mobile

This place is a gem. The pool area surrounded by a lush garden and teaming with birds is so peaceful. The shaded seating area with hammocks is very chill and casual. The owners are lovely and helpful, although they only speak Spanish, we managed to communicate with a lot of gesturing! The rooms are simple and clean. The location is...

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JoyceVP_45, Owner at El Mono Loco, responded to this review

Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay with us. Our managers are very attentive to our guests and property despite the challenges with the language. Regarding your shower, we ask all guests at checkin and in a followup email to let us know if ANYTHING needs attention to please...

Reviewed 20 January 2017 via mobile

I loved this hotel. The couple that runs it was absolutely amazing. I loved the pool area and location of the hotel. It was close to town but just far enough away to not hear all the noise. Very beautiful.

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Reviewed 19 January 2017

For the price, staying here was worth it. Not the most luxurious stay, but walking distance from town and worth the price. Owners were very nice and provided excellent service. If you are traveling on a budget with friends, staying here is a good choice.

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Free Parking
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  • Family Rooms
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
We are a small 12 room hotel located across the street from the beach and a short walk from town. Our basic, clean rooms can accommodate solo travelers, couples, families, and small groups. All rooms have private bathrooms with hot water, quiet A/C, ceiling fan. Community area offers a TV, free wi-fi, shared refrigerator, hammocks, and rocking chairs. We have a refreshing plunge pool and outdoor shower. Our on-site cafe offers breakfast daily for purchase. Free secure parking is available on site. ... more   less 

Additional Information about El Mono Loco

Address: Calle Cardinal | 450m South of Pacific Park, Tamarindo 50309, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Tamarindo
Price Range: $69 - $140 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 12
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El Mono Loco Tamarindo
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“Room next the office had good wifi, and was quiet.”
 of 5 bubbles davemW2089NT, 25 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Stay away from the road if you don't want to hear early morning bus traffic, but closer to the common areas mean more evening noise”
 of 5 bubbles Sara1108, 13 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Wifi intermittent in room, but works great on the patio.”
 of 5 bubbles , 2 Sep 2016 | Read review
“We were in the east side (toward town) and that seemed to be "monkey central" at night; recommnd the south-side rooms”
 of 5 bubbles JWD1964, 28 Mar 2016 | Read review
“Try the green papaya restaurant, it has the best tacos in tamarindo.”
 of 5 bubbles Pair_of_surfers, 28 Jan 2016 | Read review
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