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Jardin del Eden boutique hotel
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Tamarindo Beach, Tamarindo, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #15 of 22 hotels in Tamarindo
Seattle, Washington
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“Relax”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

Tamarindo and Jardin Del Eden are best if your vacation plan is to slow down and relax, especially if you travel in off season. Our room was always spotless and the housekeeping staff fantastic. Costa Rica is a very eco friendly nation, so expect a few ants in your room. But we never saw a roach during our whole vacation. The restaurant staff was more laid back than the housing staff. They prepared a very basic breakfast - the same thing every day. But by dinner, they seem to only open if enough employees show up. So don't count on food service staff being present after 1pm. They did not open for dinner any of the five nights we were there - but always promised to be open one or two days in the future. Best to plan to walk the 100 yards or so along the path you see in photos. The other end opens onto the main street of town where all sorts of dining options are available. And since most rooms have a mini fridge, you can always bring something back for snacking. The last couple blocks of the road into the hotel would be a challenge if you are driving a small car.

Room Tip: The higher you go, the better the view. But there is lots of landscaping and hearby new construction...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

I spent 1 week at Tamarindo and all of them in Jardin del Eden.
The hotel is not in front of the beach - which was positive in my point of view - but have an amazing view of the beach, with amazing atmosphere at the pools and bangallos.
The restaurant is really good for the price (less than 15 dollars for dinner and 8 for lunch), the lobster was a surprise! The drinks are pretty much good, in special the Piña Colada.
My room was the 31, a huge one! 2 king beds, and a small one (just for me and my firend), with a huge balcony and expectacular view of the sea.
They have 3 parking levels which was enought for everybody.
Highly recommend!

Room Tip: All the rooms have anti-noise windows and doors. But was unnecessary...the hotel is realy quiet!
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  • Stayed November 2012, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Alfonso A, Manager at Jardin del Eden boutique hotel, responded to this review, May 9, 2013
Thank you for your time putting comment about your stay in our hotel, and Thanks for your great comment and for you recommend.
We hope you stay was perfect, and hope to see you soon as possible in El Jardin del Eden hotel.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

We originally wanted a place on the beach but ended up staying here. Just as good! They had beach access and two pools. The beach was a close walk. And the hotel was close to the little shops. The concierge was helpful in booking us a sailing trip. We went on an evening sailing trip where we had dinner, too many cocktails, and went snorkeling. The snorkeling on the Pacific side isn't that great, but it was still worth it.

The hotel had great food and drinks. The pool was super relaxing. And while I was reading one morning by the pool I saw howler monkeys and iguanas on the hotel grounds. So awesome! Saw lots of lizards. We felt super safe in this hotel and they even had us park our rental in a secure lot. Our room was amazing. By far the biggest bed we slept on the whole trip. Nice and soft. The bathroom was beautiful. And the breakfast was really good.

I would stay here again for the town, hotel, and activites in the town. PS look into Tierra Verde travel Costa Rica. It's who we used and they were awesome. The prices were wonderful and they are a huge help. You can send me a message if you want to know more or to get their website link.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Alfonso A, Manager at Jardin del Eden boutique hotel, responded to this review, May 9, 2013
Thanks for your great comment about your hotel, and thanks for you recommend.
All the staff hopes that your stay was perfect and hopes to see you again. Let yourself be tempted by on other experience in El Jardin del Eden.
Thank you for everything
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Zareh Sharan, Paktika, Afghanistan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

Visited with my wife for our "Second Honeymoon". El Jardin was the last resort we stayed at out of 3 others during our stay in Costa Rica. The room we stayed in was rather small, but nicely appointed and very comfortable. Bathrooms were spacious and shower was quite large. The breakfast buffet was mediocre at best, cold eggs, swatting away flies. Location was the selling point of this resort. Only a hundred meter walk to the "Main Street", which runs right along the beach. Plenty of small shops for souviners, and several good places to eat. Nari's Pizza was the best! The Flying Bull was a really nice outside bar with excellent sevice. When we revisit Costa Rica for our "Third Honeymoon", El Jardin will definately be on our list.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Alfonso A, Manager at Jardin del Eden boutique hotel, responded to this review, May 9, 2013
Thanks for your really great comment, and your recommendation.
We hope your stay was perfect in our hotel, and we hope your third honeymoon will be here. Let yourself be tempted by on other experience in El Jardin del Eden.
We hope to have another opportunity to share with you and make you feel welcome again
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Towson, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

Room: Excellent rooms. Comfortable bed and nice showers. The jet tub did not work that great and took forever to fill up. Recommend spending extra for the balcony view of the ocean. We got a bottle of wine one night from the local market and just chilled up there and relaxed. The room had a strange Asian them though.

Service: Awesome. Roger is the man. He makes the best drinks we had in Tamarindo. The cleaning staff was thorough and the other folks at the hotel were helpful. Get the mojito.

Excursions: Don't book through the hotel. Everything can be booked on the street for less. You don't even have to search for more than a minute before you find a vender for whatever you want to do. Surf board= 10 dollars a day at a place on the main strip!

Grounds: Tropical garden with iguanas roaming around. The pool is also a little bigger than it looks in the picture. The swim up bar is not really used, but the bar staff makes a point to come down and serve you. The gated walk way to the beach is about 100 feet. A short walk and then the beach is across the dirt road. Easy access. The grounds people were always working on something. The pool was very clean. The only problem we had is they are doing a lot of work all day and night to the hotel going up in front of it. (Also make sure you get an SUV as there is a dirt road leading to the hotel, which could prove difficult).

Happy Hour: From 5-7 buy one get one everything. The best deal in Tamarindo we found.

Food: Was good, but not great. Good $8 plates for lunch. The nachos were always served cold, that may be a costa rica thing b/c it happened to us some placeelse. Breakfast was good (rice, beans, eggs, toast, fruit, sliced deli style meat). The only problem was it is the same every day.

Internet: No internet connection in the room, doesn't really work. Internet connection in lobby works great. But you need to bring your own device. Very odd that they charge you to use 2 computers in the lobby, usually at hotels it is complimentary.

Overall: Recommend for breakfast and lunch. There are better options for dinner in Tamarindo. Great for happy hour 5-7. Service is first rate! Make sure Roger makes your drinks. Decent pool, easy beach access. As far as luxary goes, probably the best option in Tamarindo from what we saw. The only other hotel that would of met our honey moon standard is Hotel Diria. However be warned that locals hate that place and consider it an eye soar. If you stay there do not tell any of the locals...

Things to do: Scuba dive, surf, monkey zip lining, beach, drink (sharky's), great sushi at a few places, and a couple other really great restaurants (nibanna I think the name was). Tamarindo was awesome, I will be back and probably will stay here again.

Room Tip: Get a balcany room over looking the ocean, worth it.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Alfonso A, Manager at Jardin del Eden boutique hotel, responded to this review, May 9, 2013
Thanks for your very great comment and to recommend us to everyone.
As we see you enjoyed our hotel, services, food and all the staff really hope to see you again.
Thank you for your review, much appreciated. Let yourself be tempted by on other experience in El Jardin del Eden.
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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

Just returned from a trip to Costa Rica where we stayed at Hotel El Jardin for 1 night. We had one of the less expensive rooms with no terrace or view, however, the only time we were in our room was to change and sleep. It was the only room available because of the Tamarindo marathon that weekend. It was very clean, quite, and well appointed. The bathroom was spacious & very modern. The hotel makes you feel that you are far away from everything, but just a short walk down a path leads you right into the heart of Tamarindo where there is so much to do. The pool area was great and the restaurant for dinner was amazing. The lobster was outstanding. You can't go wrong at this hotel.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Alfonso A, Manager at Jardin del Eden boutique hotel, responded to this review, May 9, 2013
Thank you for your time putting comment about your stay in El Jardin del Eden. We hope you enjoyed our peaceful hotel and our staff. As I see, you really loved our lobsters and have a relaxing night.
We hope you stay was perfect, and hope to see you soon as possible in El Jardin del Eden hotel.
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Kissimmee, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2012

The hotel itself is cute and the gardens were well maintained & beautiful, but we didn't find the front desk staff to be very friendly or helpful. When we first checked in the lady at the check-in desk was very serious. No smile or asking how our travel was. Just pulled out paperwork and told me to read & sign. When I asked a question about the wifi she just replied with "you haven't got there yet, it's on the next page." Very cold and it came across as rude. I have always worked in hospitality and I know it's hard to "be happy" all the time, but at least put on a show for just minute and answer my simple question politely.

The rooms were simple but very spacious, They are all decorated with a theme from various countries, ours was African themed & very cute but not very well maintained. The shower head was mildewy and it looked like it needed a good deep clean & the toilets didn't flush easily, it took playing with the handle and realizing you can only push it half down, not all the way. This was a little annoying. If you like iguanas, there are plenty around for your enjoyment. We had one little guy that stayed on our patio for the whole 3 days, or at least we think it was the same one. lol, he was cute.

The restaurant wasn't really up to par with how they advertise themself as a "gourmet restaurant". They even have signs on the main street by the beach to bring people in. We ordered a burger that was cold and not very good at all, that turned us off from eating there anymore. I will say the "welcome drink" which is a fruit blend, was amazing. The hotel is located about 100meters from the city's main street and beach so we ate out every night and bought some easy lunch, drinks and snacks at the mini-mart across the street and kept them in the mini-fridge in the room. The free breakfast though was surprisingly delicious and the fruit was very fresh every morning,

The pool staff was very polite. They mostly do not speak English but I still thought it was easier to communicate with them than the lady in the lobby. They also gave us fresh coconuts with a straw when they were trimming the coconut trees and we were hanging by the pool. The main pool was clean & very relaxing with hammocks nearby but the bar pool was filled with leaves and looked as though it hadn't been cleaned in a while. Then there was the hot tub that was the same above ground type that someone would have in their backyard and it was very dirty and has been unused for a long time. With the beach being so close though, these things didn't personally effect us, they were just eyesores for the most part.

In conclusion, i'm thankful that I was busy most of my stay in Tamarindo. I would not have been have been happy spend too much more time at the hotel. But the truth is, it's very, very close to the city & beach and there is no reason to be at the hotel for the most part. The rooms are ok with cute decor but could use a deep clean and a few updates. Free wi-fi & free breakfast is a plus. Not the best best or fanciest resort but an ok place to lay your head down at night.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Alfonso A, Manager at Jardin del Eden boutique hotel, responded to this review, May 9, 2013
Thanks for your review about your stay in our hotel. All the staff hopes that your stay was good. And you enjoyed your vacation in Tamarindo.
We hope that we will have the opportunity of welcoming you back to el Jardin del Eden.
Thanks to share your really beautiful pictures.
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Address: Tamarindo Beach, Tamarindo, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Tamarindo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Tamarindo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Jardin del Eden boutique hotel 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
El Jardin del Eden is a small, discrete luxury boutique hotel in Tamarindo Beach, Costa Rica. Located on a small hill, 120 meters from the beach, it features a magnificent view of the entire Tamarindo Bay, the number one place to enjoy the Pacific Ocean sunset! The hotel consists of five villas with a total of 36 rooms with air conditioning, TV, mini-bar, safety box and terrace or balcony with ocean views. ... more   less 
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