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La Palapa

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Beach Front Hotel, Main street in Tamarindo, Tamarindo, Costa Rica
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The happy hour special which runs all day at 2 for 1 and is a great deal plus lunch to go with it was awesome!! This is our third time here on our trip and have to say this place is really friendly, great people and treat you like family. They totally remembered us and our names and even if... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

there are not many places you can stay and feel like you were at home: very friendly and good people. Room was really clean for local standards and quiet. This hotel was a great surprise to us. We will be come back, La Palapa. Pura vida!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Visited this restaurant /hotel for dinner only and not for the hotel accommodations and visited to watch the sunset. One of the nicest places I have ever been to watch a sunset. Food is great and staff is friendly. As a reminder Costa Rica beaches are public so if you don't want to be bothered by vendors ask for a... More 

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Tamarindo, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015 via mobile

The service and food at palapa is incredible- Roth is outstanding, and he provided great entertainment, andrefined pura vida in costa. I will be sure to come back every trip i have. great people, great vibes

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Very welcoming and friendly staff !! Right on the beach, good restaurant, and very nice massages !! Big rooms, maybe a bit noisy but that's okay Very good deal for Tamarindo, and very well situated. I'll be back

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

We could have stayed at much nicer (in US standards) and some cheaper places in Tamarindo but we were intent on getting a beach front room less than j150 a night. We found the perfect place at La Palapa. It was quite an experience to be sure. And we could have picked it apart if we wanted. But we chose... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Fantastic location and staff were incredibly nice. Our room was right on the beach. Staff helped in setting up a nice boat tour for us. The hotel also has a wonderful restaurant and even had some nice entertainment the night that we stayed. HOWEVER, there is no sewer system and the hotel's septic system had some sort of issues. As... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

We had a place on the beach! Hardest working staff ever! They were so nice and friendly! Order Surf and Turf! Loved the massage on the beach! And the nightlife in Tamarindo rocks!!! And the dancing nearby was the best! 10 stars in my opinion!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

We had the best room in Tamarindo. Our door opened to the beach, and monkeys hung out in the tree outside our door one day. The Staff could not have been better. Michael, along with the rest of the staff made our stay special. We even partied with a few of them at a local nightclub our last night there.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Great little place, right on the sand and just a few feet from the ocean. If you want to stay in busy Tamarindo this is the place! Clean affordable rooms, and a great restaurant. The seafood here is wonderful, and I can't say enough good things about Roth, our food server. The only con is that because you're on the... More 

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