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El Sabanero Beach Hotel

Playa Flamingo 50308, Costa Rica (Formerly Estela de Fuego)
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Atlanta, Georgia
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25 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a insight into the workings of a hotel. I tried on several times to contact this property to reserve a room. I was sent an "auto response" with a note they would get back to me. As the trip was getting closer I tried again to contact them using their "customer service" response page. I think this is... More 

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4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

New Management last fall. Now the Paradise Dream Hotel. We stayed in a couple rooms. 4 kids and 3 adults. The views and the beach below are superb! 5 star stuff. Pool was great for the kids. Staff was friendly and tried to be helpful. The new staff had some hiccups. Rooms were being renovated across the hall and all... More 

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Thank John C
Ronald R, Public Relations Manager at El Sabanero Beach Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you John for staying with us, looking forward to see you soon again! More 

New York City, New York
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18 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is an interesting place. Wonderful views, private beach, nice gardens. The stairs to the beach have been renovated and there is some major ongoing work to render the outside of the building more appealing. Unfortunately there are several caveats. Important considerations are: NO ELEVATORS (you need to carry your suitcase down the stairs, since the entrance is on the... More 

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Thank patrigiulia
Ronald R, Public Relations Manager at El Sabanero Beach Hotel, responded to this review

Hi! Thank you for your review, and thank you for point out the things we need to improve. Right now we are working on increasing the parking lot with three times more space. The administration is new, the name is new, Paradise Flamingo Beach, and so we have new rooms, the rooms by the pool are the oldest, and the... More 

Ferndale, Washington
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42 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

The only major complaint was that they changed the name of this to the Paradise Flamingo Beach Hotel but they neglected to tell us this which made it a challenge to find. Once we found it everything else was good. The have done some extensive remodeling and our room was fresh and new. No furniture to speak of and missing... More 

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Ronald R, Public Relations Manager at El Sabanero Beach Hotel, responded to this review

Hi! Thank you for your kind review. Yes we are working on improve different areas, like the parking lot. We just bought this hotel a few months ago, we have been working on re-branding, getting access to social media accounts from the old owners and so. Actually we finally got access to this TripAdvisor account today! We just changed the... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015 via mobile

My girlfriend and I just took our first trip to Costa Rica and this was by far the nicest hotel we stayed in. We took a taxi from Tamarindo (Tamagringo) to Playa Flamingo with no reservations, just a few recommendations to see this little beach town and were dropped at the bottom of the hill at the town center. After... More 

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Thank Robert C
Ronald R, Public Relations Manager at El Sabanero Beach Hotel, responded to this review

Hi! thank you for sharing your experience, very nice! We are very happy to tell you that yes, we have newer rooms, and services. Please come back when you can, weather is gorgeous now! Contact me prior to visit and I we´ll enjoy some margaritas, on me!, promised! R More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 via mobile

My girlfriend and I visited the hotel and we have to say the view is just outstanding as well as the service from the staff. There are some parts of the hotel still under construction, but it doesnt affect the whole experience. Great location, access to a private beach as a plus. This is an excelent option if you want... More 

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Thank Pablo a
Ronald R, Public Relations Manager at El Sabanero Beach Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words! We´ll hope to see you again soon! More 

San Jose, Costa Rica
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Too much potential, bad conditions. Excelent location to visit other beaches. Poor breakfast, dirty pool, renovations taking place. Be prepared to have the hotel as a staring point to visit other places but not as a place to spend a complete day.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

My boyfriend and I stayed at El Sabanero in February of this year and had a wonderful time. The hotel is distinguished by its private location and is perfect for people who are wanting access to amenities, without the crush of tourists common at other hotels. The food is excellent, the service is absolutely second to none, and the friendliness... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

My family spent beautiful 4 nights at this hotel. After a sleepless night at another hotel with spiders this was a nice turnaround. The hotel is currently being renovated. The top floor rooms have already been remodeled but the bathrooms still need some work. All the rooms have picturesque view of the Pacific that is worth million bucks. The pool... More 

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Thank Marian B
Saskatchewan, Canada
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32 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014 via mobile

New ownership looking to impress!!! My wife and I really enjoyed the service and the food was wonderful! Recommend the calamari to everyone!!! Thank you very much for your great service! We will be back!!! The view is absolutely stunning!!

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