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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
Toronto, Canada
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“Wonderful”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013 via mobile

It's an excellent place. Accommodation and grounds were beautiful. Very clean. Staff were very friendly, helpful and genuinely nice and informative both at the resort and the beach club. Breakfast buffet was o.k.The restaurant on site was fancy and expensive. However the one at the beach club was more reasonable and offered a variety for adults and children-food was excellent there as well as service. The resort was not on the beach which we missed the view of the water. It was however very quiet and peaceful. The shuttle left every hour to the beach. Only draw back was there was nothing to do or see in the evenings and the shuttle did not leave the hacienda grounds. Cabs are expensive to go even a few kms.
Suggest the restsurant on the premise offer a kids menu and some activities in the evening-cultural shows and or info re Costa Rica.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 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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The Woodlands, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

The Posada is, as described, a group of small Haciendas designed and built around a pool and restaurant area. The landscaping is immaculate. The rooms are generous, with kitchenettes and sitting areas. It is located in a gated community about 15 minutes from Tamarindo. There is a gorgeous beach facility with a larger infinity pool nearby, a great golf course, and other locations have excellent tennis court and gym facilities. If you plan on going into Tamarindo much, a car is necessary. Amenities within the compound are accessible by a shuttle, but we went by car, so I cannot comment on convenience of shuttle. There is easy access to Avellanas Beach - beautiful and convenient for surfers, and Langosta - more isolated, but pristine. The WiFi service is only good in the restaurant/pool area, but that was where I sat to browse internet anyway, so not really inconvenient. Buffet was the same every day, as mentioned elsewhere, but its a buffet. You can vary your choices. The food was very good. Lovely place. Perfect for families and couples.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Atlanta, Georgia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

The hotel is a little away from Tamarindo city center (where all the action is). The roads to this hotel from the city center is bad and takes about 25 mins to get there.
The hotel amenities are reasonable and the staff is friendly. The AC in our room was making a ton of noise but was fixed the next day after i complained. The hotel has shuttles to and from the city center but at specified times which could be inconvenient at times. The food at the hotels restaurant is really expensive.
This hotel is inside a community and is not next to the beach as it appears int he pictures. The resort it self is away from the town and is good if you want to escape the busy city life.

The JW Mariott at this community is by the beach.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

We spent 6 nights at La Posada, just south of Tamarindo and had a very relaxing time. The room was large with a king bed, sitting area, bathroom with shower, mini fridge, lots of extra towels for the beach. Las Posada consists of many two bedroom units spread out on the hotel grounds. There is a swimming pool with pool service from the nearby restaurant. The booking includes a buffet breakfast which consists of fresh fruit, yougurt, pastries, rice, beans, scrambled eggs, sausage, juice, coffee. There is a breakfast menu that you can also order from for an additional cost. The restuarant is open all day and serves lunch and dinner. Service is friendly and efficient and the food is quite good, although we did not eat here everyday.
There are 3 beaches within a short drive or shuttle ride that you can access as resident of La Possada. All three are lovely - as are all the beaches we visited in Costa Rica, each of the three have different features depending on what you would like. The pool/beach at the Marriot have all the amenities of a large hotel chain, beach chairs with umbrellas, etc and several restaurants. Drinks serviced pool side or beachside. The same is true of the Beach Club. There are also boogie and surf board rentals at both locations. At Langosta beach it is a bit more rugged, with palm leaf umbrella's for shade and a small assortment of lounge chairs. There is no pool at this beach, which was fine with us, and no bar, but there was a young man selling cold drinks and a few snacks from a cooler. There is also a bathroom and shower to rinse off, but no other amentities. This was our favourite beach, with miles of clean beach to walk on and great waves to bounce around in.
The only drawback for us was that the beach was not within walking distance. We had a car so we could travel to a different beach everyday and to the other smaller beaches nearby. We also played a round of golf and we pleased with the friendly service. The chef even brought me my sandwich out to the 10th hole, which was totally unexpected.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Long Island, NY
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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.

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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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Vancouver, Canada
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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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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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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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Hacienda Pinilla Santa Cruz
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