Playa Grande has got to be one of the best beaches I have ever seen. It's huge, clean, and beautiful. The waves are great for surfing. There are volcanic rock formations down the beach that just look amazing. Playa Grande had a lot of wildlife, and we saw various species of birds, geckos, iguanas and monkeys.
Playa Grande doesn't have much going on, so if you like to just relax in the evening then this is the place for you. If you want nightlife, then you may want to stay in Tamarindo.
Playa Grande Inn had beautiful grounds, and the staff were great. Lynn at the smoothie bar was awesome, and so was Justen and Johnny. Everyone was so friendly. The cleaning staff were friendly. The hotel is a 2 minute walk from the beach, and the hotel has a restaurant for breakfast and dinner. We had breakfast our last day there and it was delicious. Dinner menu consists of pizza, wings and nachos.
Now for the negatives:
Because there is not too much competition for restaurants in the area, everything here is more expensive.
Our room was really bad. I try not to be a room snob while I am traveling for a long period of time, but this room was way over priced for its condition. The walls looked like plywood. There was a table but no shelves and no safe. There wasn't even any pictures on the wall. I noticed a hole in the wall that was filled with some paper. The floors were so creaky, and so was the bed. We kept waking each other up because the bed creaked so much. Our 2nd night there I actually was scared that the bed would collapse. Plus it was very uncomfortable. The sink in the bathroom moved when I leaned against it and there was no hot water the 3 days I stayed here. The air conditioner only cooled the room down at night. There was a huge gap under the door so I had to put a towel down just on case a night visitor wanted to make their way in.
The part that got to me the most was the awful night bartender. Not only was he loud and swore lots with the locals, he scams people. We asked for 2 bottles of imperial beer our first night there, and he said it was warm and convinced us to buy a different kind of beer. My husband specifically asked how much the beer was, and the bartender said $2. When the bill came, he charged us $3 per beer. My husband went to talk to him about this and the bartender argued with my husband in front of all the guests at the bar about the price. My husband paid the $3 for the beers but ended up refusing to pay the mandatory tip. I let management know about this. The manager said he would speak to him about this and make this up to us. He never did and not sure if the bartender was spoken to.
2 nights later, we witnessed the bartender do the same thing to a couple who were there with their children. The bartender originally told them their bill was $65, and when the couple went to leave, he chased them and told them the bill was $10 more than he originally quoted. So basically he ripped them off.
Another thing that was worry-some is that this hotel promotes themselves as family-friendly, but everyday that we were there, the local dealer was in trying to sell his pot. He was talking openly about this at the bar for everyone to hear. This made me uncomfortable, especially when he ended up getting into a heated argument with one of the guys at the bar and they were all swearing loudly to each other. The dealer left in a huff and yelled from the street.
Because the Playa Grande Inn has one of the only bars in town, it becomes the local hangout for the surfers and the people that live there.
I will never stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Playa Grande Inn is an 8 room hotel situated across from the National Marine Park. We offer advanced bookings for the turtle tours. If you are a surfer there is no better place to stay. ... more less
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