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“I want to go back!!” 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 #13 of 21 Hotels in Tamarindo
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“I want to go back!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2006

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!!!!

  • Stayed April 2006
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2006

The Diria looks great from the outside - pretty grounds, nice looking bar/restaurent, etc. But... we found this to be a terrible hotel overall. The food in the restaurants was simply terrible (worst of all of our CR experiences, which were generally great). The room was TINY (and we supposedly had the best in the hotel - sunset ocean view). The AC leaked all over our luggage, ants in the bathroom, shower alternating from scalding hot to freezing cold every tend seconds (and we changed rooms because of this and had the same problem in the second room). The hotel pools are very dirty. Overall, we were extremely disappointed and would not stay here again. We would opt for Capitan Suizo or Cala Luna instead.

  • Stayed March 2006
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2006

We just returned from a 2 week stay in Costa Rica and spent a few nights at the Diria. We were pleasantly surprised during our stay because we read some negative reviews about this hotel. We can honestly say that from the time we arrived to the time we left, the hotel staff were amazing...so friendly and were always willing to help. We had no problems whatsoever. It just goes to show how different a persons opinion can be. We stayed in a Sunset Oceanview Room--updated room and really funky. The location of the room was perfect. We could not have asked for a better one. We also found the grounds to be beautiful and very well maintained ..always clean with lawn chairs scattered thoughout the property. The resort makes you feel as though your are in a paradise of your own and you would never know that it's located in the middle of town unless you left the grounds. The beach was great..good for long walks, lots of interesting shells and the water was warm. The only "negative" for us was that we felt the resort lacked the Costa Rican culture that so many other smaller boutique hotels have--the music they played was current "top 40" you would hear in North America which started right at breakfast. Not a big deal though because we still had a great time. Would we return to the hotel? Definately!

  • Stayed February 2006
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2006

Spent 3 days of President's Day week at El Diria with my wife and two teens. There was flawless dry weather in Feb. There wasn't much surf, and there is an undertow but the water was about 80.

It's a very nice, centrally located 4 star hotel right on the beach. It was clean, the staff was friendly and helpful. Breakfast buffet was very nice and you can walk to numerous local restaurants. The room had minor problems with the sink, A/C and a broken slider door which they addressed. The ocean view sunset rooms were a good choice. Would go again.

  • Stayed February 2006
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2006

It's looks pretty nice from the outside. However, it was a dirty, boring room with very uncomfortable beds. Hotel staff unfriendly and no one at pool or around hotel...EVER! You can hear everything from the main road and hotel neighbors (very loud all night). We only stayed one night and were happy to check out.

  • Stayed January 2006
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Tamarindo Beach, Tamarindo 506, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Tamarindo
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 Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Tamarindo
#11 Romantic 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):
Modern oceanfront Hotel and Resort with Costarican flavor, located in Tamarindo Beach, 65 km from Liberia Airport (LIR). ... more   less 
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