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“El Mono Loco for the win!” 4 of 5 stars
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El Mono Loco
Tamarindo, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #18 of 23 hotels in Tamarindo
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“El Mono Loco for the win!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2012

We had a fantastic vacation at El Mono Loco in Costa Rica! The rooms were clean, the people running the hotel were friendly, and the food was delicious! There are comfortable hammocks and rocking chairs to lounge in if you just want to hang out by the pool or the beach is just across the street. The town is easily accessible by foot and offers plenty of activities for all. Definitely worth a visit!!!

Room Tip: Only 12 rooms...can't go wrong.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Stow, Ohio
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2012

This husband and wife duo were amazing! We were expecting to arrive at the hotel around 4:00pm, however, with flight delays we did not end up arriving until 10pm. They were more than understanding and were there to meet our needs even at that late hour. The first room we arrived at had a lot of ants. We brought this to the attention of the staff and they were more than happy to move us to another room. After the first night we explored Tamarindo. This hotel was out of the hustle and bustle of the downtown area, but close enough to the various restaurants and beaches. The staff was always available to offer suggestions of the "must sees" and best restaurants. The pool area at the hotel was small, but is definitely an experience in its self. Both days of our stay were accompanied by several monkeys on the surrounding trees! Overall, I really enjoyed my stay at this location. I would stay at this hotel again, due to its perfect location and reasonable rates.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2012

With it's proximity to beach and downtown, without being overrun with traffic, This hotel is perfect. Quiet, private and comfortable. The owners were super helpful. Nothing extravagant, but I don't particularly care for, nor need extravagant. For the price it was perfect.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2012

we had only planned two nights (jan 6-12) but ended up staying 6 nights. the hotel is charming, great location, a terrific family runs the hotel and we had a yummy breakfast everyday which was not included, but our rate was so reasonable. there are fancier places to stay but we felt so comfortable and the beach is so close and we were 5 min from the center. Just a note the road to the center was very dusty but, that does not reflect my opinion of the hotel.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2011

We spend 6 night at El Mono Loco and we cannot wait to be back.
The hotel is beautiful and the room are always clean.
The staff is very pleasant and helpful , and the kitchen offer good food for breakfast lunch and dinner.
The price are very honest , it is a very good option in Tamarindo.

  • Stayed September 2011, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2011

We enjoyed our stay. Less expensive than most places in Tamarindo. It was quiet and clean. A bit of a walk to town, probably 5 minutes. Nice pool, and a few birds in cages that make beautiful sounds.

  • Stayed March 2011, 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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Chicago, Illinois
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2011

This hotel has a great location. You are only feet away from the beach, yet walking distance from town. I went for a jog on the beach in the morning, walked to all of the shops in the afternoon, ate lunch, and then spent time down at the beach. We come back to the hotel in the evenings and enjoied the veranda with family. We played cards, mingled with each other, and even just took naps on the hammocks. The staff was so accomidating and friendly. By the time we left, they felt like part of the family. The room we had was spacious and clean. We even enjoied the pool on-site. I think that if anyone is looking for an affordable place to stay that is trustworthy, and clean, you should go to El Mono Loco. I don't think you will be dissappointed.

Room Tip: Room 12 was great (only 12 rooms)
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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Also Known As:
El Mono Loco Hotel Tamarindo
El Mono Loco Hotel
El Mono Loco Tamarindo
Address: Tamarindo, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Tamarindo
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Ranked #18 of 23 hotels in Tamarindo

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