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“Good Location, OK accommodations, Meh” 3 of 5 stars
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BEST WESTERN Tamarindo Vista Villas
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1000 Calle Principal, Tamarindo, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #9 of 21 Hotels in Tamarindo
Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
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“Good Location, OK accommodations, Meh”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012

We stayed here in August for 3 days/nights. The check in was smooth and fairly helpful. Floribeth also assisted us with checkout and looking over our luggage before we departed.
The good:
It was 3 minutes away from the beach
Security was helpful
Bar was convenient

The bad:
The room doors out to the patio wouldn't lock on top, but locked on the bottom. Trevor said not to worry about it, but this should be fixed
They ran out of towels and told us to take the bathroom towels. When we returned, we were told not to take the bathroom towels. (conflicting info from front desk)

Overall, it wasn't bad

Room Tip: We had 3 people and one had to sleep on the sofa because double beds were not available.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Tamvv, Guest Relations Manager at BEST WESTERN Tamarindo Vista Villas, responded to this review, September 25, 2012
It’s really important that we get comments like yours so that we can continue to improve our property and service. Thank you for pointing out that our Front Desk staff was able to get you in and out swiftly. It makes things like the mix-up with the towels a minor occurrence. Especially since rarely do we run out of the beach towels that we offer to guests at the reception.

FYI: Sounds like you were a guest in one of our suites. We are currently renovating our suites, making sure that everything is of the highest quality.
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012

My family and I just returned home from our stay at the Best Western Vista Villas in Tamarindo and we had an amazing time! In terms of location, quality, and price, you really can't do better. Our room looked out over the sea, and it's hard to explain how pretty it actually was without seeing it for yourself. Particularly come nightfall!

Getting to the beach was literally a minute's walk. All you've got to do is cross the street and you're there. I also would endorse using the beach as your main source of travel getting out of and into Tamarindo's major strip, which is just 5-10 minutes away on foot, dependent on your destination. Not that you can't walk along the street / path, it's simply much pleasanter dipping your toes in the sea on the way over.

If your youngsters are not very fond of the sea, like my youngsters of eight and eleven, the Vista Villas has a great pool for kids to play in, which also has a swim up bar and lounge chairs so us adults can have our own fun, while pretending to serve our kids = )

Breakfast was totally great! If you are not into large meals in the morning, they provide juice, milk, cereal, baked goods, toast, and array of fresh local fruit for free . If you are like you and me like a good breakfast, for a little fee it's easy to get the local treat of gallo pinto a rice and beans dish served with assorted egg preparations. We only ate dinner at the hotel once during our stay, but again, it left little to desired. Aside from the fact that it wasn't as geared towards local cuisine, my wife and I both had a great piece of fish served with multiple pineapple salsas that were really flavorful, and my children had pizza, which I am glad they did not finish, as it was surprisingly good.

The hotel can also get you set up to take tours if you have an interest in doing something like zip-lining or a day of sailing

The rooms are easy, but have everything you need on a visit to Costa Rica comfortable beds and air con. If you are planning on visiting the area, and if you do not wish to spend a third of your annual income by going directly to one of the areas top quality resorts, we found that the Best Western was the perfect place to stay!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 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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Tamvv, Guest Relations Manager at BEST WESTERN Tamarindo Vista Villas, responded to this review, September 25, 2012
Wow! What a great review, from top to bottom. Thanks for writing it on TripAdvisor, as the reviews are really important to us as a way of letting the public know exactly what we are about at the Best Western Tamarindo Vista Villas. Sounds like you and your family had an amazing time, really enjoying every aspect of our property and personnel. This makes us feel proud to have the staff that we do, and also one of the best hotels for the value in the area. Please bring your family to see us again soon.
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Eden Prairie, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

We stayed here for 4 days and nights. Our rooms were clean and comfortable. The view of the ocean from our balcony was wonderful. The pool / bar / restaurant area was a great place just to hang out. Everything was in walking distance. The beach was a very short walk away.

Trevor was very helpful if we needed anything and very helpful with suggestions if we needed to find something. Yerlin Salonera went above and beyond the norm to make sure we well taken care of, and always with a friendly smile.

We would strongly recommend this a place to stay if you visit Tamarindo.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a balcony and if you plan to spend a lot of time in your room, ask for a suite.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tamvv, Guest Relations Manager at BEST WESTERN Tamarindo Vista Villas, responded to this review, September 25, 2012
We are filled with gratitude for your review of our hotel. Nothing beats our ocean view rooms and suites, pool, bar and restaurant as you discovered. You can find Trevor in the restaurant every morning giving guests advice on Tamarindo, tours and more. He’s a great manager, always willing to go the extra mile. And, thank you for recommending our hotel to others.
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Los Angeles, California, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2012

the hotel have the best person for the room service her name is yesenia ...costa rica pura vida espero regresar pronto !!! a todos los del bar fernando,Evelin,yesenia they are the best at the bar....saludos a todos...

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Tamvv, Guest Relations Manager at BEST WESTERN Tamarindo Vista Villas, responded to this review, September 26, 2012
You hit the nail on the head with your praise for Yesenia. She has been with the Best Western Tamarindo Vista Villas for over 10 years, and is quite popular with the guests (and other staff) because of her friendly demeanor and excellent housekeeping skills. Of course, the people who work at the bar also go the extra mile with their outstanding service and amiability. Esperamos que vuelva a visitarnos pronto también.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2012

We first stayed at the Vista Villas about 8 years ago when my husband and I went to Costa Rica It was recommended to us by friends who are also surfers, and we were not disappointed. We had a room with a great view of the beach. It was not fancy, but clean and fine for us, as we'd rather spend our time (and money) exploring the area. The pool is fun, and the view from there is beautiful! Pretty decent pizza at the Monkey Bar too.
We stayed there again twice last year while we were in Costa Rica for 7 months. This time we had our daughter with us, so we stayed in a Tropical suite which gave us more room and was very comfortable.
Love all the tropical fruit at the breakfast buffet- this hotel is a great deal!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Tamvv, Guest Relations Manager at BEST WESTERN Tamarindo Vista Villas, responded to this review, September 26, 2012
There’s no better way to show your approval of our hotel and what we do here than to have our guests come back over and over again. We think we are perfectly suited to the needs of surfers, especially with our great ocean views. You can check the surf breaks from the comfort of your room, or out by the pool. We even offer board storage to returning guests, so they can leave their surfboards with us and avoid the costly airline fees for transporting them to and from Costa Rica. Of course, for the non-surfer there’s always the pool with waterfall and swim-up bar, or it’s a short walk across the street to beautiful Tamarindo Beach. And our reception will book you on any tour desired. We’ll see you again soon and save some waves for you.
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2012

Very close to beach. Great ocean views. Floribeth, Trevor and rest of staff very nice friendly n helpful. I liked staying here and would come back as it's very laid back nice and great staff to help answer questions etc. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tamvv, Guest Relations Manager at BEST WESTERN Tamarindo Vista Villas, responded to this review, September 26, 2012
Thanks for the nice review and the recommendation to others. We’re glad you felt our excellent pura vida vibe, and that our staff helped you relax and enjoy your vacation. We hope that you are already thinking about returning so we can have the opportunity to make you happy once more.
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New York City, New York
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2012

This hotel is not the place to stay if you're traveling with family and wanting to get sleep at an average time like most people before 2:30am!!! This hotel needs to decide whether they want to be an open dancing club or hotel. You can't be both! If you this salsa night is so amazing build accordingly in a sounds proof building like a decent hotel would.

The only notice you will receive about this salsa night will be printed notice the day of the activity. Your are not told about this situation on their website or upon booking.
If you complain they'll just tell you to stick ear plugs on your ear and suck it up.
Best Western should consider taking the brand away. I'll make sure that their headquarters are aware of this ridiculous situation.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Tamvv, Guest Relations Manager at BEST WESTERN Tamarindo Vista Villas, responded to this review, September 28, 2012
We are sorry that our very popular Friday Salsa Night disturbed your otherwise comfortable stay with us. We really try not to keep the event a secret, and, as a matter of fact, we publicize the weekly event on our website, in flyers, on billboards, and even on taxi tops! In addition, we notify our guests about the party early enough on Friday afternoon to give our guests the option to join the fun - which most people do. The fact of the matter is that our Ladies Night has been going on to much success for over 10 years, and in fact seems to be the highlight of many vacations.
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Address: 1000 Calle Principal, Tamarindo, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Tamarindo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Tamarindo
#7 Family Hotel in Tamarindo
#9 Romantic Hotel in Tamarindo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — BEST WESTERN Tamarindo Vista Villas 3*
Number of rooms: 28
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A great place to play! The BEST WESTERN Tamarindo Vista Villas offers the best ocean views, a clean and safe environment, and a wonderful staff.... All just steps away from the world famous beach of Playa Tamarindo. ... more   less 
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