My wife and I had our wedding here in early June 2013 along with 40 of our friends and family. All 42 of us stayed at this hotel and everyone had an amazing week. The rooms were clean, and in the majority of the rooms the AC worked very well. For the two rooms that had issues, the staff was more than accommodating by helping those individuals switch rooms and also gave them complimentary dinner/drinks at one of their restaurants for the hassle. We stayed in the "tropical poolside" rooms which are across the street from the beach, but it was less than a 2 minute walk to the pool/beach so would definitely stay over there again to save the money. However, the ocean view rooms have incredible views of the sunsets, and they are also more convenient to run back and forth to the rooms for food/drinks/etc.
The grounds of the hotel are spectacular, and there are plenty of chairs on the grassy area right in front of the beach that only people staying at the hotel can use. We always felt safe during our stay, whether it was leaving valuables in the room, walking around the hotel grounds/beach at night, or leaving our stuff on the chairs while we swam in the ocean or pool. The hotel is also really convenient to any bar or restaurant in Tamarindo, and you can walk anywhere within 15 minutes.
In regards to the wedding, Eunice did an amazing job planning everything for us. We completed all planning via email with Eunice, and trusted her to take care of the majority of the details. From start to finish we literally couldn't have asked for anything better. The ceremony was held on the grass overlooking the beach, followed by a cocktail hour held nearby, then the reception was across the street near the pool in the Mixcoa restaurant. The food was absolutely delicious!! If you are thinking of getting married at the Diria, I can't say enough good things about Eunice and the hotel. We are more than happy to answer wedding-related questions, and Eunice has all of our contact info.
The service at the beach bar is a little slow as other reviewers have mentioned, but it was the slow season in Costa Rica after all. I wouldn't read into the bad reviews on here too much as we came across some "typical" US tourists during our stay here who were complaining about every little thing, and one lady even said "I wish people would speak better English around here" while yelling at the front desk. If you only want to speak English, do the rest of us a favor and stay in the US.
Tropical poolside rooms are slightly larger, but the ocean view rooms are more convenient and have a...
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