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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 #15 of 22 hotels in Tamarindo
Los Angeles, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
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“Great Beach Location!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

If you are looking for a great location to beach and restaurants, this is the place to stay. We stayed 6 nights and enjoyed all of them. The food options are great and they offer a nice Breakfast Buffet (the coffee is incredible). The rooms are fairly small and simple but who wants to be in the room anyway when you have access to great pools and a wonderful beach with bars and restaurants right on the sand. We basically only slept and showered in the rooms. There is so much to do right on the beach..walk, run, surf, get a massage, fish, go for a boat ride, watch the sunset, drink, etc. There is also a small casino with a couple of card tables and slot machines just a 3 minute walk away near shopping and restaurants. I highly recommend this location as the employees are friendly and helpful. Please remember to tip them well, they deserve it! Also, just in case you are wondering, the area is very safe and we never felt any type of danger whatsoever, even at night with my wife and daughters.

Room Tip: There are two options. Beach side of steet which is great for sunset views and beach access but more...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 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
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

My husband and I booked a last minute trip to Costa Rica and our friends referred us to this hotel. We booked transportation through the hotel which was overpriced but we were picked up on time and the driver was very courteous. We upgraded to the ocean view room which was worth every penny. The sunsets in Costa Rica are the best I’ve ever seen so we could sit on our balcony watching the sunset every evening before heading out to dinner. The breakfast was great and included in the price of the hotel. The location of this hotel could not be better. We ate at a different restaurant each of the seven nights we were there and could walk to each of them.

The negatives were that we didn’t get hot water a couple of the nights we were there but when we told the front desk a couple times, the water magically started working…then stopped again. The service at the bar was pretty slow and the beds were hard.

We would definitely stay here again.

Room Tip: Ocean view rooms are worth every penny.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

Was here for 2 nights in the 1st week of Sept after a few nights in Arenal. The hotel itself is average/good.

Checkin: During the check-in process there was a mix-up. The front desk lady was able to fix it fairly quickly. Our room was across the street.

Room: The room itself was nice, nothing too wow. It was clean and the showers had good pressure. Our room faced the big pool which was nice and it had a balcony.

The breakfast buffet had a decent selection of items. However, some of the waitstaff was kind of rude. On our last day there we went to get breakfast and the hostess said there was no seats for 7. (keep in mind this was our 3rd day eating there... we had the same big table each time). She said she could only seat us as 4 and 3. What the? our "usual" time was clearly free but it was not set. So after a few minutes the manager came by and they set the table for us.

The pools: There are 2 pools by the front by the beach. 1 is more of a kiddie pool and the other is bigger. Theres also the big pool across the street. Now, that pool is nice ! There's a swim up bar (that wasn't open... I guess b/c of slow season?)

Bar service: When we were are the big pool a waiter came by to take our drinks orders. He had to go across the street and come by with our drinks. He was nice and fairly quick with that. The 2nd day we were at the pool by the bar and the service was soooo slow. I felt like I was melting away as I was waiting for our bottle of water.

Spa: We got a massage in the garden for $40. It was an experience to remember. Hearing the waves and relaxing. Use bug spray though!

Location: great! which is the main reason I'm giving it an extra star. It's located near a bunch of restaurants, bars and disco/club. We were able to walk around to shop, eat and drink. When we wanted to go to a fancier hotel a few minutes away the cab ride was quick.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013 via mobile

Last month my friend and I stayed in room 223 on the second floor. There was a view of the lawn below, the beach and ocean. We were able to sit on the small balcony which was pleasant. But the "sewer smell" from the bathroom was terrible and was always lingering in the room. I told the front desk with no response. There were also gray, moldy spots on the ceiling above the shower. It was clear the floor needing a good cleaning. While my friend got our car I told the young woman behind the desk about the smell who made it clear she was uninterested.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

My wife and I are a 30 something couple who like to travel comfortably, meaning not over the top Ritz-style but as close to it as possible. We found this hotel to be perfect for our needs. It is right in the center of town and close to everything. We did not upgrade to an ocean view, so enjoyed views of the gardens and pools.

The hotel is a little dated, but I have found that to be the case in most Latin American hotels. However, the grounds, rooms, and restaurants were very clean. A breakfast buffet was included in our rate, and it also was very good. We would eat a big meal in the morning and not have to eat again till the evening.

The staff is excellent. The concierge is a reliable source for restaurant suggestions and activities in the area. The front desk staff was also very helpful and courteous. The hotel (concierge) also took note that we were celebrating my wife's birthday and delivered chocolate covered strawberries and a cake and candle.

Our only complaint is that we did not have hot water 2 of the 4 nights we stayed. I know this sounds basic, but after hot, muggy days, it wasn't so bad. We immediately notified the front desk. They informed it was due to the electrical storms and credited us $18 per night. Their immediate response improved the situation immensely.

I would recommend this hotel if you like to be in town, don't want to pay the JW's prices, and want some extra comforts in your vacation.

  • Stayed September 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Napa, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

We were there over New Years and the Resort had a fantastic party to ring in the new year! Nice to be able to walk out of your room and the beach is right there.....Easy to walk to shopping and restaurants. They also have a travel desk that makes it easy to plan daytime activities. Front desk staff is excellent. The new addition is across the street, but their pool is worth going to!

Room Tip: stay in one of the beachfront rooms-nice to hear the ocean waves. The old section can be noisy as it...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

The Diria has a great location right on the beach. The breakfast buffet is very nice and great room views. The staff is exceptional. The hotel is walking distance to the downtown restaurants and shopping. The on ground restaurant has great ambiance. Great place to surf . The turtle nesting tour at night is a must.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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 Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#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*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Modern oceanfront hotel with Costarican flavor, located 65 km from Liberia Airport (LIR). ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Hotel Tamarindo Diria Beach & Golf Tamarindo
Hotel Tamarindo Diria Beach And Golf Resort
Tamarindo Diria Hotel

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