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“Luxury in paradise” 5 of 5 stars
Review of La Posada at Hacienda Pinilla

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La Posada at Hacienda Pinilla
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   6 miles from Playa Tamarindo, Playa Avellanas, Tamarindo, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Playa Avellanas
Long Island, NY
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71 reviews 71 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
“Luxury in paradise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

The resort is a bit off the beaten path on the Pacific coast. The rooms are beautiful and very comfortable. The food is excellent and the service outstanding. The pool is great but if you expect to swim in the ocean, forget it. It's pretty rocky and very unsafe. I'm a pretty good swimmer, spent years as a lifeguard and wouldn't try going for a swim there. We didn't bother with Tamarindo as all of our needs were met at the resort.

Room Tip: Ask for a room facing the pool or ocean. We got stuck with a view of the weeds!
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Vancouver, Canada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

We were here for 5 nights in Jan 2013. Some may find this place remote, but it provides a wonderful relief to the traffic & bustle of Tamarindo. If you get breakfast included the price is reasonable. We loved the beach club & went there every day. Walk to Lola's for lunch along the beach, another great restaurant. Only complaint was that they don't have wifi in the rooms, although its available at pool. Would definitely recommend it if you have a car as you'll want to tour around & cab into Tamarindo is $40 from reception.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Carolina R, Gerente at La Posada at Hacienda Pinilla, responded to this review, May 7, 2013
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Gracias por dedicar su tiempo a compartir su opinión sobre nuestro hotel. Realmente nos alegra saber que usted y su familia disfrutaron de su estadía. Como usted lo indica Hacienda Pinilla es el sitio ideal para relajarse, apartarse del bullicio y estar inmerso en un ambiente relajado, silencioso y tranquilo en donde el canto de los pájaros y el sonido del mar serán sus compañeros.
Lo esperamos nuevamente para que disfrute no solo del Club de Playa sino del resto de atractivos que tenemos para su disfrute como lo son el Campo de Golf, senderos para realizar caminatas o cabalgatas, canchas de tenis y gimnasio.
Esperamos contar con su visita pronto. Lo estaremos esperando para hacer de su estadía una experiencia sin igual.

Saludos,

Hacienda Pinilla
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Sacramento
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

This resort was amazing and decently priced. The room was not very large but very comfortable bed, coffee, fridge, closet. The grounds were relaxing and beautiful. The pool on site is very quiet with comfy lay out chairs, the pool club you have to drive to but only a short drive, 1-2 min and we saw monkeys cruising along the roadside in trees while driving to the pool club. The infinity pool at the club, drinks food and service right at poolside was amazing and relaxing. The beach was nice but a little rocky so not great for swimming. The restaurant on site had great service, very friendly and happy staff and the dinner was gourmet and delicious, yet decently priced for the quality. The breakfast was pretty standard. We are not golfers but heard great things about the course from others. We did a horseback ride at sunset tour and the whole experience was great and the guides were fun! We spent some time in CR at different hotels and resorts and this one in particular we would definitely come back to again and have ranted and raved to friends and family about. It was very family/couples resort style but I would HIGHLY recommend this place to anyone visiting CR.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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North Vancouver, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2012

Private, quiet, clean and comfortable rooms. Breakfast was delicious. There is a small pool right at Posada, but I'd recommend going to the beach club (5 minute drive) as both the beach and pool are very nice. Found the restaurant a little pricey and limited options within Pinella so we left the 'compound' for dinner each night in Tamarindo which is about a 20 minute drive 1/2 on unpaved roads.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Corona del Mar, California
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9 hotel reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

15 minutes outside of Tamarindo is an enclave, Hacienda Pinilla, that has a charming small hotel, La Posada. It is well maintained, quiet, and has a comfortable restaurant overlooking a pool. Nature blends with comfort in an extraordinary way; iguanas traipse through the gardens, multi-colored birds soar overhead, and howler monkeys serenade in the trees. In the "mind's eye" one has a picture of Costa Rica and this is it.

Room Tip: Rooms away from the swimming pool are even quieter.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Ramon, Costa Rica
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

Take a good look at their cancellation policy before booking. It is completely unreasonable compared to other hotels in the area. I was charged a full night stay on a master suite $229 for canceling two weeks prior to arrival.

Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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Gura Humorului, Romania
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

To be considered as positive just :
The infinity swimingpool at the Beach Club is nice .
The shutle bus service is very good ( you need it because the beach is 3 miles away).
The iluminating by night and the garden is very well maintained.
Ileana - the massage girl.
When booking ,think about if you like that:
1. The hotel staff (beginning with the manager ) are not guest oriented !!
2. The place is very isolated !! 10 km away on a very bad and dusty road from the first town (Tamarindo) I asked the front desk how can I get there ? The answer was 40 $ one way !
3.You are very isolated and you have to use just their services which are very expensive !
3. Transfer cost from Liberia airport is 110 $ /one way !!
4..Rooms are definitely not 5 Stars !!! They are old and very cold style,they need big attention. The wardrobes have some shelter like the freezer , so that you have a very strange feeling to put your clothes in the fridge....
5. Internet in the room is very, very poor or it is missing at all ! It is telephone cable WiFi
This is why I asked them to change the room ; they did it , but it was the same situation.
.6..The restaurants are just TIPS oriented !!
Food is not bad ,but very expensive ! Plus TIPS for each Limonade !! Breakfast is like nowhere in the world ! It is included in the room price , but just the traditional one ( rice&blak beans, scrumbled eg, a small slice of cheese, and 5 cm of baked banana), 1 glass of box orange juice, 1 cup of coffee or tea) + 150 gr of fruits If you want something else they bring you the menu , they have other breakfast options ,but you have to pay !!! And ...it is about 12,5 $ .
You can get crazy to eat 10 days the same breakfast !! From the 10 days I stayed there , at least 5 of them I was the only guest in the hotel !
This hotel is not for a sojourn , it is just for 1-2 nights. If you are not a golf player or a surfer , there is no reason to go there because it doesn't offer anything else and beside this it is very expensive .
I recommend to stay away from this place.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 6 miles from Playa Tamarindo, Playa Avellanas, Tamarindo, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Tamarindo > Playa Avellanas
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Playa Avellanas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — La Posada at Hacienda Pinilla 4*
Number of rooms: 58
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Buttressed against three miles of pristine shoreline within the Guanacaste province in northwest Costa Rica on the Pacific Ocean, Hacienda Pinilla is a 4.500-acre luxury beach resort and gated residential community situated within a dry tropical forest and a vast wildlife refuge. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Hacienda Pinilla Santa Cruz
La Posada At Hacienda Pinilla Costa Rica/Playa Avellanas

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