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Reviewed 15 December 2019

Beautiful hotel right on Tamarindo beach. Upgrades are being made in preparation for the high season. Despite this, staff accommodated every request with courtesy and a smile. I love Costa Rica and Costa Ricans

Date of stay: December 2019
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Thank phyllisl646
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Reviewed 14 December 2019

My husband and I booked this hotel in August for 2 weeks in December, we were not told about the construction work that would still be going on mid December. We booked a sea view room which was right where all the construction work was going on.

We arrived on the evening of the 3rd to be shown to our ground floor, average sized room, which I can’t say overwhelmed us considering we paid a reasonable amount. After a day of listening to the constant sound of hammering and drilling and workmen walking back and forth infront of our window, we asked to move to the other side of the hotel which they were happy to accommodate.

Half of the pool was sectioned off for works and the reception area was a complete health and safety hazard. None the less we tried to not let it affect our honeymoon.

The breakfast in the mornings was nice with a good selection of hot and cold food. The hotel is set in a good location with lots of bars and restaurants. The beach is beautiful but you get hassled every 3 mins (no exaggeration) to buy wooden bird whistles, necklaces etc it’s really annoying we ended up just ignoring them.

The pool and bar staff were friendly and helpful but the security were intimidating and seemed intent on keeping an eye on everyone 24/7. Coming from the uk we were not aware that you couldn’t smoke on the balcony, and there were no “no smoking” signs out there, so security came over and shone his torch up at us shouting something in Spanish. Reception phoned us 10 minutes later to “tell us off”

At best I would give this hotel 3 stars taking into account value for money and lack of communication.

Won’t return.

Date of stay: December 2019
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
1  Thank Chickpeasfortea
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Reviewed 9 December 2019 via mobile

The location is great, in front of the ocean and the hotel surrounded with a lot of bars and restaurants.
But our room was far away from the reception, we had to cross the street and walk few minutes in a big complex of building and pools.
So if you don't book ocean view room take in account it's not view only, your room is not in front of the ocean.
Breakfast was good.
The constructions didn't affect us, it's only in the ocean view area.
The room was very old and need update.
The garden looks nice.
And the view from the restaurant is beautiful.

Date of stay: December 2019
Trip type: Travelled with friends
2  Thank Shushush
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Reviewed 5 December 2019 via mobile

Have just arrived home from this hotel. It was under construction which was not made clear to us. Only found out after reading it on the website on the way here. This was very clearly planned maintenance as it was done in low season and had a time frame to be completed by 1st December which went over schedule. We left on the 2nd and it was still under construction. It was a little bit of a H&S nightmare for customers and I imagine the hotel itself. I’m very pleased we were in the adult only section which was across the road, we heard nothing of this maintenance until we went to the restaurant for breakfast. I imagine this has now been completed ready for high season to start.
In terms of the rooms, they were lovely, spacious, and very clean.
Breakfast was different most days and was adequate with a large selection including pancakes and waffles which were lovely. Fresh omelette/egg station and fresh pancake station. Great coffee.
Hotel had four pools which I saw, there may have been more but I didn’t see them. The two pools across the road were by far bigger and better. Those two had swim up pool bars.
Lovely staff, helpful, didn’t seem phased by the hotel construction going on. Very relaxed in terms of who uses what facility. We paid extra to be in adults only pool however everyone would come over and use it and the staff said there was no way of knowing who was allowed to use it and who wasn’t.
I would come here again, I wouldn’t pay the extra but just use the pool anyway. And I would still come in low season even through there is chance of more maintenance being carried out, as it was very relaxing and peaceful. Tamarindo Diria was by far the biggest hotel we saw and dominated a lot of the beach road.
Very lovely place.

Date of stay: December 2019
Trip type: Travelled with friends
1  Thank cazfoster72
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Reviewed 4 December 2019 via mobile

Arrived here today and extremely disappointed to find a building site for a reception. Room is great (as it’s over the road) and away from the disruption, but was a bit disappointed to see the famous beautiful sunset tonight was accompanied by the sound of hammer drills - recommend elsewhere for a couple of weeks!

Date of stay: December 2019
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank steventK3366NH
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