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“Hit or Miss for the Budget Traveler” 3 of 5 stars
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Hotel Pueblo Dorado
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   P.O Box 295159 | Villarreal, Playa Tamarindo, Tamarindo, Costa Rica   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #20 of 21 Hotels in Tamarindo
Van
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Hit or Miss for the Budget Traveler”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2012

I was traveling alone but didn't want to stay in the super-cheap hostels. This place seemed to get some decent ratings, but based on what I paid ($120/night Cdn), I think it was overpriced. Granted if I was traveling with someone else, that would be $60/night, but single travelers can't seem to get a break. The room was clean but there was an ant problem in the washroom. They got into my cosmetic bag, ugh. Chalked it up to being in a tropical country and didn't make a fuss. The air conditioner was pretty loud so I had to wear my earplugs to bed. The safe in the room had no key, so I just locked everything up in my locked luggage. The free wi-fi only works in the front third of the hotel, but they have a desktop computer in the reception area where you can use that for free. The staff is generally friendly and even though I came to breakfast late one morning by 20 minutes, they went out of their way to make me some breakfast (after a scolding in high-speed Spanish and pointing at the clock). The best thing about the hotel is the pool area. The beach at Tamarindo isn't the best, so the hotel pool is a relaxing oasis, that is shaded from the beach winds that can get sand in your eyes and get things flying. It's a bit of a walk (10 - 15 mins) from the main village area so consider a flashlight as there are no sidewalks, just dirt roads walking to and from the hotel at night, and no street lights. Or cross the street and cut through the other hotel to walk on the beach in the daytime. I think that everywhere in Tamarindo, you wake up to the sounds of exotic birds (and sometimes monkeys) so if you are a light sleeper, bring ear plugs. I did appreciate the breakfast, with the fresh cut pineapples, cantaloupes, etc. It seemed safe and generally clean.

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2012

Stayed here in February 2012 while traveling with two girlfriends. We walked in and paid around $100 per night. The rooms are meant for only two, but they added an extra bed to accomodate us. The rooms were decent and clean, nothing spectacular but perfect if you are looking for a simple, standard room. A continental style breakfast is provided in the morning. The staff was friendly, but the receptionis was not very helpful when we tried to arrange a catamaran tour(one company was full for the tour and she didn't know of anyone else to call so we ended up figuring it out ourselves). The only complaint would be that the internet/Wifi was not working the entire three night stay we were there, but nothing out of the ordinary in my Costa Rica experience so far. The hotel is located a 5 - 10 minute walk to the beach, restaurants, etc and easy to find. Definitely overall a good value for the price!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Miami, Florida
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2012

First, I agree with other reviewers the staff here were really friendly, especially the young lady taking the reservations on the front desk. This place is a short walk to everything, not sure what the other reviewer was referring to...maybe they walked in the wrong direction. This is no Ritz Carlton that's for sure but it's a convenient place to throw your bags down take a shower clean up and head out, all for a cheap price..I think I paid about $60...walkin....that included a good breakfast...make no mistake this is a budget motel type place but overall I would recommend it for what it is.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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london
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28 reviews 28 reviews
24 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2010

we booked to stay at this hotel over the Xmas period as many of the better hotels were charging very high rates.due to high demand at this time of the year.
The staff were very good, much better than at many hotels we have stayed in Central America.
The rooms were quite small and pretty plain although very clean.Our room had an adjoining door which allowed noise to come through very clearly.The swimming pool was nice and had lots of natural light.However the breakfast was very hit and miss.Not enough room for the staff to work in and equipment woeful.However saying all that it was ok and did not make or break our stay.We had a good speed free wi fi but had to pay for the safe in the room(one of those minor charges which are really quite unnecessary)

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Texas
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4 hotel reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2009

A group of us (3 girls) stayed in the "Presidente Suite." It looked as if it had not been used for a while. There were spider webs and spiders in the room. The shower head was clogged and the air conditioner leaked. The staff did fix the shower head and air conditioner the first day were arrived. There was hot water. The top bunk bed did not feel/look safe; therefore, 2 of us had to share a bed. The restroom was very small. The fridge and microwave did not work.

Although, the room itself was not good. The staff was polite and friendly. The pool was nice. We had computer access 24/7. Breakfast was included which was across the street at a French bakery. The staff there was nice as well. Breakfast choices included: American Bfast, European Bfast, Typical Bfast and Lite Bfast.

Everything was within walking distance...the beach, stores, grocery store, restaurants, and the bank.

Personally, I would stay again BUT not at the Presidente Suite. 2 of our other friends stayed in a typical room, which appeared to be very clean and neat.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Charlotte, NC
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2008

We were very impressed with the hotel's staff and cleanliness. Although the rooms are a little tight, we weren't in Costa Rica to spend our time in the room! The entire staff was exceptionally friendly and answered many questions for us. Breakfast and free wireless were included in our rate. The breakfast is provided by a quaint French bakery across the street and was surprisingly excellent for being included in what we considered to be a low nightly rate.

The hotel is conveniently located near beach access, shopping, and the grocery store. We felt 100% comfortable with parking our car here as well. The front desk is staffed 24/7 which we found to be a nice "perk".

We especially loved the outdoor living space on the second floor. It provided us with a comfortable place to lounge in the evenings! I would highly recommend the Pueblo Dorado and would definitely stay here again.

  • Liked — Staff friendliness, cleanliness, security
  • Disliked — size of rooms, lack of view
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Rochester, Minnesota
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2007

We stayed 1 week in this hotel. It was great. the rooms were clean and airconditioned with hot water. The staff was always very friendly and helpful. We had breakfast included, across the street with very good authetic food and a french bakery with wonderful pastry. Coffee was excellent. Tour guides from Liberia and Tamarindo picked us up at the hotel. They were exceptional! Very friendly and we learned alot about Costa Rica from them. The pool is kept clean and the grounds are kept spotless. We cant say enough about our wonderful tour guides, Oscar, Rubin, Daniel and Jason. The drivers were very careful and made the tours worryfree. A great little hotel.

  • Liked — very clean, friendly staff
  • Disliked — no coffee in the room or lobby
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Additional Information about Hotel Pueblo Dorado

Address: P.O Box 295159 | Villarreal, Playa Tamarindo, Tamarindo, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Tamarindo
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#12 On the Beach Hotel in Tamarindo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Pueblo Dorado 3*
Number of rooms: 28
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