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“Good news and bad news” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Tamarindo Diria Beach Resort
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Tamarindo Beach, Tamarindo 506, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #14 of 21 Hotels in Tamarindo
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“Good news and bad news”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

After staying in smaller hotels and national park lodges, the Diria does come as a bit of a cultural shock. It is very large and very busy. The good news is its location right on the beach, clean rooms, despite earlier reviews plenty of towells and face cloths including two pool towels despite issuing us with tickets to get more from the poolside. There is more than adequate storage space for clothes, both drawers and wardrobe. A nice view over the pool from our room. Also the beach is huge and sandy with some rocks for looking for crabs and shells and is also great for surfers - although we are not. The staff without exception were all polite and happy and greeted you each time you passed them. The staff at the beachside restaurant were very attentive and service was fast. However in the main restaurant at breakfast, due to the large number of people there, service with hot drinks could have been faster. There are three pools plus a small childrens pool. We found the best one was the newest one which is across the road near the new block of rooms. This was exceptionally clean and often we were the only people there. All of the grounds and gardens were well kept and constantly watered. Often to cross the road, the guard would stop the traffic for you. Reception were very helpful when we discovered we had lost something at a previous hotel. The bell boy arrived as requested and we had a letter through our door the day before we left telling us our transport time to the airport.
The bad news is that you do have to cross a busy road if you are the other side from the ocean. There is no fridge in the room to keep drinks cool. Also as mentioned in an earlier report there are teething troubles with the new rooms in the new block where we were. There was a strong smell of sewerage in our bathroom that drifted into our room. Some in our group asked to move, but we defeated the smell by putting a soaked face cloth over the drainage holes in the shower tray where the smell was coming from. When you flushed the toilet, you could hear the water from it running under the shower drain and it seemed that there was no trap of any kind under the shower drain to pevent smells from coming up through it? Also workmen were still working on this block, although not much of a problem. There was also the same strong smell on the path from the room towards the road. The bar at the pool nearest our room was not manned until noon, so no chance of a drink until then unless you went elsewhere. At night the guards seemed to have a two-way radio switched on and the transmissions could be a nuisance in the quiet of the night. The wake-up call of the howler monkeys was better!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

Overall I would recommend this place. The pros: the big pool (across the little street) is gorgeous (lake-like) and quiet. THe rooms were spacious and very clean. So was the bathroom. Our room faced the ocean so at night, I went to sleep with a smile, listening to the sound of the waves, keeping the windows open. The room had a beautiful balcony with two chairs and a small table facing the beach. The beds were very confortable too. THe location is awesome. You have little shops outside of the resort where you can buy clothes, excursions and there is even a supermarket. Keep in mind that this is a touristy area and as such, the prices in these stores are like in New York!! The restaurants nearby are nice where you can have dinner on the beach watching a show with people playing with fire or a happy hour looking at the dusk.

THe cons: the beach in this hotel is not very nice. THe sand is all wet so you can't really lie down. It's good if you like surfing since there are relatively big waves. THe breakfast (buffet style) could be better quality. As for the service, it seems like the waiters are asleep or they are naturally lazy and slow. The pool could be kept cleaner. There were tons of leaves inthe pool the second day. The chairs by the pool were all broken and dirty.

Room Tip: Get a room facing the ocean. It is worth it!!
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

This was a tricky review. This was the second half of our Costa Rica vacation. We had just come from quiet, peaceful, spacious accommodations in La Fortuna to busy, loud and and very very small "ocean front" room at Diria in Tamarindo. It took me a day or two just to readjust to the different accommodations.
We met staff that was rude and we met staff that was wonderful. One of the waiters, Ronald, at the beachfront restaurant basically right outside of our room was one of the wonderful ones. He served us our first meal there and was interactive and attentive and accommodating. We saw him a few other times and he was also very nice.We will remember Ronald.
The tour desk employees were also very nice and helpful.
Our room was so small. It bordered the kitchen so it was also very loud. We heard dishes clattering, water running, staff talking ect. (THIS is why I cannot give the an "excellent" review)
The grounds were quite beautiful. The pools (one smaller one near our room and then a lagoon style pool across the street) were clean and refreshing.
The food in 3 of the restaurants part of the hotel including the breakfast buffet was all very good.
The location was perfect. It is located at the beginning of town and it takes 10 minutes to walk through the tourist (shops and restaurants) part of town.
Overall this was a great hotel; the rooms themselves was the most disappointing part in my opinion.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Laconia, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013 via mobile

The reason to stay here is the beautiful beachfront location. The grounds, setting, beach and sunsets are all spectacular. The room was comfortable and clean although the shower was difficult and they only supplied two bath towels; no hand towels or face cloths. The public areas were quite attractive while the food was good but not great. Security was well done with a guard at the entrances to make sure that only hotel guests entered, but the town and beach both felt safe. The beach had vendors who rent chaises and umbrellas for a modest cost; they are not part of the hotel as the beach is public space, but it worked out well. The town was fun with several nice places to eat.
We took a catamaran excursion, not part of the hotel, which was fun with a very professional and friendly crew, but the snorkeling was disappointing with no coral and relatively few fish.
Overall the resort was comparable to many Caribbean resorts we have been to.

Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Madison, Wisconsin, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

Ww really enjoyed our stay at the diria, the room was great. Poolside and great view of the pool. The houler monkeys were in the trees outside our room for a day.The views on the beach are unbelievable, hiked the beach every morning after our great breakfast at the hotel. The only down fall was the cost of everything in the town, come with a pocket full of money. The people there are very freindly and it was a real pleasure meeting alot of people. Our favorite place to eat was the Flying Bull. The steak was unbelievable and the service was great. If I was to ever go back to Costa Rica I'd stay their again.

Room Tip: Gardan Poolside rooms Larger and newer. Room 602 was great
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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San Francisco, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013 via mobile

Location, location, location is what the Diria is all about. Right in the center of tamarindo beach, the Diria rules for its location and convenience. While it is located both on the beach and with rooms across the street, this does not detract from the experience. Along with the easy beach access, the Diria also has three swimming pools, so it is easy to find a lovely spot to read and relax.

The rooms: we were first given a room in the newest building that is still under construction. While small, it was clean, with decent linens and very comfortable. (With the exception of the beds which were rock hard). When we complained about the construction noise, we were promptly given an upgrade to a larger room in the tropical poolside building. This room was lovely, with a balcony overlooking the pool, much better beds, and a mini fridge in the room. Both rooms had working safes.

Breakfast was fine. It was buffet style. There was a large selection, with made to order eggs and a waffle bar, fresh fruit and yogurt. The coffee was the bad point, very weak. Service was in attentive/slow.

Parking was in a locked lot with a guard, very safe.

Location. It's right on the main road, you can't miss it.

The purpose of our trip was to have a relaxing beach vacation, and we accomplished this at the Diria. After seeing some of the other options in town, we were very glad we picked it. At $200/night in the high season, I thought it was well worth it, and would return.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

It was mine and my wife Breanna’s first time going to Costa Rica and we had a blast at this hotel. The service was great starting with the Front Desk, Tour Desk Rolando and even the Security Guard Danny was very nice. We would definitely recommend staying here. They have a Buffet Breakfast that is great every Morning from 7am to 10am along with walking distance from the downtown and beach.



I was a little hesitant in regards to what Hotel to stay at and am very pleased that we chose Diria. The only draw back is that there is no clocks in the rooms but I guess who cares about Time when you are in Paradise



Great Times and will be coming back next year!

  • Stayed January 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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Address: Tamarindo Beach, Tamarindo 506, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Tamarindo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Tamarindo
#7 Spa Hotel in Tamarindo
#9 Romantic Hotel in Tamarindo
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Tamarindo
#10 Family Hotel in Tamarindo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Tamarindo Diria Beach Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 238
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Tamarindo Diria Beach Resort Costa Rica is the iconic beach resort located in Tamarindo Beach, Guanacaste, Costa Rica, with its own personality perfect for an authentic Costa Rica vacation. Features direct access to the most famous costa rican white sand beach, front ocean view accommodations, 4 swimming pools, 6 restaurants, 5 bars, and much more! ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Hotel Tamarindo Diria Beach And Golf Resort
Hotel Tamarindo Diria Beach & Golf Tamarindo
Tamarindo Diria Hotel

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