I would like to start off by saying, if your going to whinge about dust and dirt don't come to Costa Rica! You're here to enjoy the country as best as they can give you. Portofino hotel offers the best for $50 a night! A full kitchen help to keep beers and food so you save money, (grocery store two shops down- convenience much?!) it was fun using an old school stove top! The living area was great! Old school but cute, biggest tv I've seen in a Costa Rican hotel so far, two great sized bedrooms w/ big double beds, massive closet. We spent two nights elsewhere, went for a walk and came across portofino. The manager was so nice, showed us a room n we took it straight away. As soon as you walk through the gate it's like a whole different world. Massive courtyard decorated with palm trees flowers and pebbles leading out into the pool area. The balcony was a great place to have breakfast is the morning with a view of tamarindo through the trees. It was peaceful , barely any noise. The room was cleaned everyday no issues there. More than happy to leave a tip! The only issue I had was the shower system which took a while to get used to. Takes some time to get some heat in it but after everyday coming home from a 40-45 degree day I couldn't complain who need hot water. The AC rocked I actually wore pajama pants to bed! I would live in this aparment !
Also there's the best and cheapest bikini store right next door. The lady is Argentinian, designs her own bikinis and she is good at it. I searched every shop in tamarindo and was ecstatic when I came across her shop. The Best. Amazing :-)
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