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“Adequate accomodations in a beautiful environment” 3 of 5 stars
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12 km From Tamarindo 1 km of Hernandez, Santa Cruz 1234, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #7 of 8 hotels in Santa Cruz
Pine, Colorado
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“Adequate accomodations in a beautiful environment”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

Grounds were immaculate. Foliage was beautiful. Hotel was part of a larger reserve that included >4000 acres. JW Marriott and private residences with a golf course and horse stables are included in this gated paradise.

The hotel room was comfortable overall. Difficult to cool and the hot water/ cold water dance is something one gets used to (never perfectly temperate for very long) in the shower. Not all rooms include a patio, which would have been nice. If you were willing to pay extra you could arrange for type of room (we stayed in a deluxe....I think).

The food was astronomically expensive. An average lunch for three including two smoothies, diet coke, civiche, nachos $78 US dollars. Dinner, likewise. We rented a car from Liberia so we ate in nearby Tamarindo--better food, more reasonable prices.

You are really paying for a country club experience here. Like I said, the grounds are very nice. Elegant even. But the room was a little disappointing.

The staff was great and quick to help/ solve problems. The concierge is a little biased on what retreats/ activities he will show you--do your research and figure that stuff out for yourself. As an example, we left tasteful, glossy cards for Kelly's Surf Shop out on the counter next to other brochures and they were removed/ discarded promptly. No hard feelings; just wanted to help an excellent local business.

The beach club was very well appointed with travertine floors and an infinity pool. The club was behind Avellana beach. The layout was great! The ocean at this beach is untamed--huge waves and strong rip tides ( my daughter and myself were rapidly carried several hundred meters from shore in a matter of seconds--very scary but we managed our way back). Be mindful where your children swim here. Likewise, one must shuffle rather than "walk" through the water as this area is very popular with manta rays. They sense the vibrations from a shuffle and pierce you if you step on one--see Steve Irwin. The beach club and ocean here were definitely highlights.

Nevertheless, I would not stay here again. Prices and remoteness to food options/ activities (surfing/ beach) were cumbersome with respect to carefree vacationing. I would not dissuade someone else from staying here. However, if you are looking for activity/dining/convenience--Stay in Tamarindo or its like. I could see this this resort option for newlyweds. Not families.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Fort Worth, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013 via mobile

We were not encouraged by the JW Mariott to eat at this wonderful little non-commercial spot. The staff so inviting and the open air dining was tucked in by the pool with many ceiling fans- absolutely comfortable. The food was spot on Pumpkin Gnocchi with mushroom Alfredo delicious. My wife had amazing vegetable lasagna. My daughter had a great chicken and ham with cheese roll ups. Much to choose from for seafood- we just weren't in that mood. We were so glad we made our own decision to go here. 5 minute shuttle from the JW. Must make reservations in advance. Don't miss this gem!

Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

We stayed at La Posada in June 2013 at the start of the rainy season. Fortunately we had little rain whilst at this location but when it falls it's heavy. Our air conditioned bungalow was well equipped with large comfy beds and coffee making equipment with coffee replenished daily. It was also close to the pool although we spent most day time at the Beach Club. There were ample towels to use by the pool as well as in the large shower with toiletries and a hairdryer as you would expect at this standard. The staff were very helpful and the shuttle bus driver (a short ride to the beach resort) stopped to show us the howler monkeys. We ate lunch at the beach resort and also visited Lola's along the beach to see the famous pet pig and enjoy lunch while watching the surfers.
The beach is fabulous but the infinity pool at the Beach Club was great for cooling off. Lots of interesting wildlife in the vicinity including large iguanas.

Room Tip: Our bungalow was near the pool and restaurant so very close when it rained one evening. The staff al...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

We have stayed at this Hotel in January of 2013.
The Customer Serivice was extremely unprofessional. We had issues with our room but the staff did not care.
Be careful, because most rooms have a locked backyard/terrace door. I asked many times to open the door but the staff was unwilling to do so. So basically we were unable to ever stay in our room to just relax or use our "backyard". It was a room to just sleep and leave, otherwise we would just feel locked up in there.
Also the cleaning service was not good at all, at times dead insects were left incl. dirty dishes.
I don't recommend this place.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Smithfield, Rhode Island
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

Thank you to the staff at Hacienda Pinilla and especially the La Posada staff. Your friendly service made our trip special. The lovely property offered gorgeous beach and inland views. Our room was spacious and comfortable with a lovely outdoor space which allowed me to enjoy the mornings with the birds, iguanas, and monkeys. The only challenge was regulating the shower temperature. We played tennis most early mornings. Enjoying the beach and pool in the late morning and early afternoon. We walked to Lola's one day to enjoy a nice lunch on the beach while watching the surfers manage the waves. This fun space and menu was good for a vegetarian and carnivore alike.

The best part of this trip was the beach experience! This place offers truly energetic surf and gorgeous views!

Thank you Costa Rica!

Room Tip: Choose a room with an outdoor space to enjoy the wildlife!
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Normal, Illinois
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2012

Hotel is in a good location. Bed is good and firm. Bathroom poorly constructed. From here you can go to different type of beaches that is suited to your taste and liking.

Lots of animals to see if you walk around the huge propetry. You can hear the howler monkeys all over.

They have shuttle service and will even take you to the nearby Marriot for dinner at the Marriot restaurant.

Local restaurant is reasonable but gets overwhelmed when there is increased number of tourists.

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2012 via mobile

This is the second time that I stay in this hotel and every time is better. We were at a suite (casita) and it is great, with a large fully equipped kitchen, dinner table and living room, also with a private terrace. The bedroom is great and so the bed.

  • Stayed January 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about La Posada

Address: 12 km From Tamarindo 1 km of Hernandez, Santa Cruz 1234, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Santa Cruz
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 8 hotels in Santa Cruz
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Also Known As:
La Posada Costa Rica/Guanacaste

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