There is a good amount of positive reviews on the Diria, but there are a handful of negative ones too, so I wasn't sure what kind of experience I was going to have here. I must say, my family was planning to stay somewhere else, but we cancelled and chose the Diria instead and boy am I glad we did!!! The hotel is in the perrrfect location... close to a lot of restaurants and stores, and most importantly right on the beach!! beautiful views of the pacific+sunsets, The waves were decent.. nice break off of Pico Pequeno( a small section of reef right in front of hotel). If you walk North, about 2 minutes down the beach towards the river mouth the waves can be alot better. The hotel is close to playa Grande (best, most hollow waves I've ever seen) and Longasta.
The Service: The people at the front desk were always very helpful and were able to provide us with whatever we needed right away, from extra room keys to beach towels. As many of you have read, the Costa Ricans are generally more laid back, and restaurant service isnt going to be as fast, so I was prepared for this, and it didnt bother me at all. Once or twice though, the Diria's waiters took a little too long to reappear, but it didnt matter, and if you are in a rush, someone else would be more than happy to get your check for you. I didnt have my room cleaned everyday, so I figured we'd get screwed on washcloths and bath towels (I had read they can be hard to come by here) but they always made sure they dropped some off later in the day. All in all the service was alot faster and better than i was expecting. I was pleasantly surprised. Considering the breakfast was free, I wasn't expecting too much, but the food was awesome! especially the french toast and fresh fruit and my parents loved the omelets. We arranged our rides to and from the airport with the hotel and everything worked out perfectly with that! Overall, I can't say I've recieved better service than this anywhere else I've stayed!
The Rooms: they were very comfortable (I had an oceanview room) The beds were soft, the room was clean, the shower was HUGE! :), me and the 3 other girls staying in my room always had hot water when needed, and I had read sometimes the plumbing here goes wacko, but had no problems there either. The air condition worked PERFECTLY and boy did it feel good to come back into the room after a long day of the heat outside. We were on the 1st floor and had a good sized porch with lounge chairs and a gorgeous view!! The rooms here were more than I could ask for!!
The Pool/Beach: The pools on the beach side of the hotel were kind of small, but always clean, never really crowded. The hotel has a REALLY nice pool across the street by the condo things. It has a swimup bar, statues, fountains, a bridge going over it and its just beautiful. I used the free drink card that i got when checking in here :) Everyone should definatly check this out. The beach was pretty, the water was blue and pretty clean. They don't have lounge chairs on the beach, I would have liked that,but no biggie. There were locals trying to sell jewelry and such that you can find on all resort beaches, but unlike cancun or other places, if you say no thanks, they understand and leave. they arent all pushy (except for this one coconut guy). The one thing about this beach that you must be aware of is the lava reef! Most of the rocky areas are obvious and easily avoidable, but there was this one small patch that everyone kept stepping on.we all came home with a scrape from that one..so when close to shore, be careful. Oh yes and one more good thing...I was here April 6-13, spring break, probobly one of the busiest weeks of the year, but the beach was never that crowded.. coming from virginia beach, I know what a pain overcrowded beaches can be.
General Stuff: There were plenty of restaurants to choose from a couple that I really liked were Nogui(beach grill), The restaurant at the Hotel Jardin del Eden (romantic/calm atmosphere has italian, seafood, etc.), withches rock restaurant ("nachos as big as your ***" i would reccomend the "nachos mama"). Fun stuff we did that i recommend: the canopy tour (all the employees are super nice), ATV tours, and we rented go-ped things that were a blast to ride around town and explore! I had heard so much about this iguana surf shop,but I could never find the real one.. there is a smaller one across from the hotel. A good place to rent surfboards is hightide surfshop (large selection, but not the cheapest). My sister took a turn too sharp on those scooter things and hurt her leg reallllyy bad, and we were desperate for health care. there isnt much healthcare there, but we decided to go to a clinic in the front of town and they did an awesome job. they spoke good english, and gave her all the meds she needed..infact our doctor here said he wouldnt have done anything different. so if your injured dont be completely afraid of going here.
All in all this was an amazing vacation. It was alot different than the spring break vacations we normally go on. There is so much to do and see that I couldnt do it all in one trip. I can not wait to come back and I will definatly stay at the Diria again. Ahhhhh I cant wait to come back!!!!
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- Modern oceanfront Hotel and Resort with Costarican flavor, located in Tamarindo Beach, 65 km from Liberia Airport (LIR). ... 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