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“Great pool view” 4 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 #10 of 21 Hotels in Tamarindo
Vancouver, Canada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Great pool view”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

Stayed here only one night, got the last room during Christmas week. While our room was small, we loved the pool& terrace & bar area. This is near the quieter area of town & would recommend it for families with small children. We did have a lovely view of the water & staff were Avery helpful &pleasant. Breakfast at the pool was simple but very pleasant, it was a great into to Tamarindo.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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EllenZoe, Guest Relations Manager at BEST WESTERN Tamarindo Vista Villas, responded to this review, January 9, 2013
We love your review. Short, sweet and to the point, praising our views and staff. You were lucky to get a room during Christmas week, and we were glad to have you. Visit us again another time or year and we will still be here for you.
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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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Pittsburgh
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

The entire property could use a little updating and nothing in particular really blew us away. The rooms on the 1st level lacked a view but had plenty of space. We had a bit of an ant problem that bothered my gf; however the housekeeper apologized and tried to help us. The complimentary breakfast was more than adequate and the food from the bar was good (chicken wings and fish tacos). Fernando, Luna and Trevor were very friendly, helpful and a joy to talk with while watching the sunset from the pool bar area. The location made it quite easy to rent a surf board from Waves the shop down in front and an easy walk to the beach. Also, my gf and I walked into to town multiple evenings and did not feel unsafe walking back to the hotel. Overall, the property was not bad and with the groupon price we paid I felt it was a pretty good value.

Room Tip: Rooms in the 300s have the best views.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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EllenZoe, Guest Relations Manager at BEST WESTERN Tamarindo Vista Villas, responded to this review, January 9, 2013
We remember you and am glad you realize that with the low, low GroupOn price you got a good deal. That GroupOn deal provided you with the Tropical Suite at an incredibly low price, one you would not find ANYWHERE in Tamarindo for a suite is a spacious one bedroom, with living room, kitchen, partial ocean view, and a patio. Meanwhile, we’d like to let everyone know that during low season we did a lot of renovations on our rooms and plan to do some more at the end of next season .
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

Overall, my friends and I were pleased with this hotel. There were a few negatives, but overall it met our needs and we really enjoyed it. We had the corona suite which was very roomy with a beautiful view. The view from the pool area and restaurant/bar is beautiful as well. Water pressure was low but we experienced that in other parts of Tamarindo, and there were some outdoor bugs - but that is to be expected in the area. The two sofas/beds weren’t fantastic but they were okay to sleep on – we had four people in the suite. The staff were great – all friendly and helpful – starting with Ellen Zoe, Guest Relations Manager, months before my trip. She was very responsive to many many emails I sent with questions about the hotel, excursions, and in general. Trevor, the manager, is available at breakfast each day and seemed to get to know all of the guests. He was very friendly and helpful in answering any questions we had about things to do or where to go. I celebrated a “milestone” birthday while I was there. My friend asked Trevor how she could arrange for a birthday cake and Gustavo, the chef, provided one (at no charge) which was really nice! The waitresses, housekeepers, reception and maintenance staff were all helpful and friendly (apologies that I can not remember all of their names). Two of us took beginner surfing lessons with the connected surf school. Our instructor Alan was great – knowledgeable, experienced, well-spoken, and encouraging.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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EllenZoe, Guest Relations Manager at BEST WESTERN Tamarindo Vista Villas, responded to this review, January 9, 2013
What a nice review—thanks so much. We are beautiful here with simple, clean rooms and lots of gardens and many ocean views to appease the senses. Indeed the Corona Suites are large, feature a kitchen, queen bed in the living and 2 single beds (which double as sofas; they are not pull out sofa beds). We get a lot of praise for our staff who take the initiative even before a guest arrives to make sure that every question is answered and every need meet. Of course we were really happy to celebrate your birthday with you and make sure that you were able to take part in one of Tamarindo’s most popular sports—surfing. Here’s a thought: Come back next year for your birthday so we can once again fete you with cake and you can take another surf in our never-ending waves.
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Greenville, South Carolina
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

My wife and I celebrated our 25th anniversary in Costa Rica the week of December 8, 2012. The first 4 nights we stayed at this property.

The location was good. The property was OK. Noisy HVAC, below-par breakfast, but a spacious room with decent layout. We paid $10 more for breakfast and got something decent.

Here's the bad part. Our internet reservation was for 4 nights. Yet, during our second day in Tamarindo, we found another property that was 2 steps above in quality, but only a few dollars more per night. So, we went to the hotel office to change from 4 nights to 2 nights, at 1 PM in the afternoon of the second day. Impossible. We couldn't even change from 4 nights to 3 nights, not because of the local management, but because of Best Western state-side. Even though I had "silver elite" status as a Best Western customer, they made us stay the full 4 nights because of some internet booking rule. Yet, the walk-off-the-street price was what we had paid.

So, don't do business with Best Western, at least not over the internet. My business travel will no longer be with Best Western. They got their 4 nights in Costa Rica, and that's it.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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EllenZoe, Guest Relations Manager at BEST WESTERN Tamarindo Vista Villas, responded to this review, January 1, 2013
You make a great case for booking with us directly rather than using an online travel agent or even the Best Western central reservations system. Booking with them adds another layer of difficulty by inserting a middleman into the process. By dealing directly with us, it’s easier to make any changes a guest may need because we are sitting right here on the property. In addition, we will be here when you get here to accommodate any of your needs.
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

Aldolfo at reception was exceptional! He even price-matched a room for my daughter and family when they arrived just before Xmas! Breakfast on the pool by the patio was memorable with such grand views of the Pacific!

Room Tip: Any room either in the 2 story building or the villas is great. Friday nites can be a bit noisy if y...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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EllenZoe, Guest Relations Manager at BEST WESTERN Tamarindo Vista Villas, responded to this review, January 15, 2013
We appreciate your taking the time to write a few good words about us. We are so glad that we were able to get you into the hotel during Christmas time, which is our busiest time of year. Do come back again.
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Boulder, Colorado
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

Fernando was awesome at bartender, as well as the rest of the staff (i can't remember their names, Sandra?). Across the street from the beach. We had two big rooms over looking the pool. Felt safe and comfortable.

Room Tip: 301 and 302 are the biggest room, with kitchens.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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EllenZoe, Guest Relations Manager at BEST WESTERN Tamarindo Vista Villas, responded to this review, January 15, 2013
Fernando has been with us a long time and people love him as you did. We are grateful for your review of our staff, location and our spadcious room. It’s good to let everyone know that we are a simple, basic, clean and safe place to have a vacation. We hope to see you again; we’ll save a seat at the bar.
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Houston
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2012

The staff was very helpful and the hotel is at a great location near stores and restaurants. The surf store at the hotel was particularly hospitable. They went above and beyond to help me and made my visit extraordinary. Special thanks to Andrea Diaz.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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EllenZoe, Guest Relations Manager at BEST WESTERN Tamarindo Vista Villas, responded to this review, December 25, 2012
Of course we love your nice review of our facilities. Waves Costa Rica is one of our special amenities, the Roxy/Quiksilver surf shop right on the property. Andrea, a former national champ, is so with guests, as you found out. I’m glad you got your surf on while you were visiting us.
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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:
#7 Family Hotel in Tamarindo
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Tamarindo
#9 Romantic Hotel in Tamarindo
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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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