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Hotel Arco Iris
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Tamarindo, Tamarindo 50309, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #4 of 21 Hotels in Tamarindo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Denver, Colorado
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Fantastic Hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Richard and the hotel were absolutely fantastic. The omelets in the morning were beyond delicious and Richard repeatedly went out of his way to make sure everything we taken care of for us. This is not a giant mega-chain hotel so do not expect this here. However, if you're looking for a great experience, book at this hotel!

  • Stayed May 2014, 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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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

I just stayed at Hotel Arco Iris at the end of May and would highly recommend it to travelers looking for a true personal experience from their visit to Tamarindo. The hotel grounds are beautiful, who can argue with warm wood buildings, hammocks and a sparkling pool to take a dip in anytime. The hotel is boutique sized so it’s easy to get to know your fellow hotel guests over complimentary breakfast or around the pool.

Everyone in these reviews talks about Richard and it’s apropos. This ex-pat from LA makes this place! He truly is dynamite. He went out of his way to help us on multiple occasions, he’s open and honest with recommendations in town. He prides himself on showing his guests the best time in Tamarindo and he does not disappoint. If you’re looking for more than just beach and surf lessons, stay at Arco Iris and get a true sense of how to make Tamarindo more than the typical Tamagringo.

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  • Stayed May 2014, 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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Livingston, New Jersey, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

It is small and cozy, but the rooms are very spacious, clean and well maintained. The host and rest of the staff is very friendly and will go out of the way to ensure that you have reservations for dinner or activities or any other help you might need. Breakfast was perfect with made to order omelets and fresh fruits. Only complaint you may have is the birds chirping and waking you up in the morning or Iguanas :-)

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

Arco Iris was a huge relief for us--my husband and I traveled to Playa Grande to spend a few nights, but our hotel there was not up to par (ants all over the room, no other guests, algae in the pool, etc.). We had to search quickly for a new place to stay before traveling to Arenal the next day. We found this hotel in Tamarindo, and Richard, the owner, was so accommodating. He set us up in a great little bungalow, gave us an extremely reasonable rate, and made us feel very at home. I'm a clean freak and this place passed the test. Very well kept--you can tell he cares about his property. Pool was immaculate, too. Thanks, Richard!!!

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Grand Cayman
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

Arco Iris is a stylish hotel, with beautiful rooms a welcoming pool, sensational restaurant and staff who genuinely care about their guests. The location is close enough to the action in Tamarindo, but far enough to be able to get a good nights sleep.
Whilst in Tamarindo I was unwell and the staff at Arco Iris were so helpful and caring, I would recommend this place 100%

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled solo
    • 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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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Hotel Arco Iris is a perfect little boutique hotel tucked away behind the hectic streets of Tamarindo. A five minute walk to the main street or even shorter walk to a local grocery store, this hotel is close to everything while still being a calm and quiet oasis. The staff was extremely helpful in booking excursions and always available to ask questions or get recommendations. My boyfriend and I stayed two nights in a bungalow and two nights in the deluxe room, both of which were lovely. The rooms were clean, included up-to-date amenities (AC, mini fridge, cable TV, safe), and there were private sitting areas outside of each room. Although I loved the privacy of the stand-alone bungalows, I would recommend the deluxe rooms as they are a bit more spacious. The only very slight drawback was that during extreme heat days (95+ degrees), the AC would sometimes turn off in the afternoon or would not be powerful enough to combat the heat. Breakfast was fresh and delicious every morning, served next to the pool -- a relaxing way to start the day. We saw a pack of wild monkeys playing in the trees one afternoon and there are two iguanas that rome the lawns, a true testate to the beauty of the well-maintained grounds. Lastly, do not miss out on the hotel's restaurant, it was by far our favorite meal of our entire Costa Rica trip!

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Seattle
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

I'm happy to answer any questions regarding this hotel.It's perfect.
Walking distance to everything, quiet, immaculate, it's amazing.
We arrived late. Richard showed us right to our room. We didn't even have to check in. The restaurant (the food is stunning) stayed open late for us as we arrived 10 minutes before they were closing.
Stay here. Seriously.

  • Stayed May 2014, 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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Address: Tamarindo, Tamarindo 50309, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Tamarindo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Family Hotel in Tamarindo
#4 Romantic Hotel in Tamarindo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Arco Iris 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Arco Iris is located within walking distance to the beach, shops, restaurants and the center of town. The hotel has been completely remodeled and has five bungalows and seven deluxe rooms, which are surrounded by a lush tropical garden and swimming pool for your relaxation. Set back from the street, Hotel Arco Iris assures guests a quiet and tranquil experience. The rooms have been re-designed with beautiful contemporary bathrooms and comfortable interiors and have A/C, TV's and mini bars. ... more   less 
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