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“Manage your expectations, then enjoy this great little gem.” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel La Laguna del cocodrilo
Main Street, Tamarindo, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #17 of 23 hotels in Tamarindo
Belfast, Maine
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“Manage your expectations, then enjoy this great little gem.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2012

My 16 year old daughter and I ended up at the Cocodrilo by accident, as overflow from our usual hotel in Tamarindo. Cedric, Sandy and Mickael were all so welcoming and helpful, it felt more like visiting old friends, and we were sad to leave when our planned hotel opened up. We found the rooms and grounds clean, and very well kept. Everything was in good working order, and I have no doubt that if there was a need, it would have been met. Just ask! The location is right by the main surf break, so perfect if that is your thing. Being on the edge of town kept it convinient but also away from the late night bar scene. This is Costa Rica, so please don't expect a Miami Beach experience, then all will be well. Everything has its style/value.
The gate to the street is locked at late night and there is a night guard for added security, so we felt fine even though the room locks seemed a bit weak and the shelf on which the roomsafe was bolted was weak at best. I'm sure Cedric would safekeep anything you wanted if you felt the need. We didn't. Claudine and the bakery were first rate. Again, please don't expect a "Cinabon", or McMuffin; but if you appreciate a buttery Croissant or fresh Pain au Chocolat you will be oh so happy. We will be back!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Sugar Land, Texas, United States
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6 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2012

Our group of 15 spent 2 weeks travelling in Costa Rica. After staying in 4 different hotels, ranging from $10 a night pp to $105 for a room we were prepared for anything, but kept our expectations low. I must say, we were pleasantly surprised and Laguna del Cocodrilo exceeded all of our expectations for the price. The rooms were clean and spacious, A/C worked great, beds were big and comfortable, and the staff was pleasant and helpful. Our group occupied 6 different rooms. Rooms 1, 2, and 3 are on the ground floor and have a nice little covered patio with chairs. The curtains are somewhat thin, so I would recommend room 1 since it is at the end and nobody will be passing by. Room 6 had 2 king beds and they put another mattress in to accommodate our 5 boys. Rooms 6, 7, & 8 are all ocean view upstairs. Room 10 was across the hall on the 2nd floor and overlooked the street. This hotel is located a short walk from downtown. It is one of the last hotels on the main drag and on the beach. We did find the food to be very pricey compared to other options. We did have some pastries in the French bakery, but found them a bit lacking. To be fair, we did have them later in the day and it was the slow season, so maybe they would have been better fresh.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Nashville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2012

I cannot adequately express to you how impressed we both were with the willingness of the personnel at the hotel to accommodate and provide for our needs. The service was unparalleled. I would highly recommend your services to anyone considering a trip to your remarkable country. I loved the beachfront location. I could have stayed here several days. The staff was above all expectations. These included: Stacy, Michael, and Cedric at the desk, Clarine at the French bakery, and D.J. at the restaurant. Our estuary tour with Nelson, which was booked by Stacy, was one of the highlights of our trip. Thank you very much.

The facilities could use refurbishment; it's time to update. (The room was barely adequate and could have used some cleaning and updating. For example: moldy bathroom, no towel holders, limited hot water, broken faucet, intermittent internet service, etc.)

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Croydon, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2012

We booked the junior suite which was the most expensive room and on the top floor. It was large room and clean and the balcony had good views of the beach, but it was pretty tired and the bed was quite sunken and the lock on the door not great. In the mornings for breakfast, we could never work out whether we were supposed to wait for service or go and order ourself from the bakery. I think only once did someone come to the table to take an order and that was because they had obviously just brought food to another table.
The food in the French bakery is lovely and we ate in the restaurant once which was also good. I get the impression the business is more based around the restaurant and bakery and the rooms are just a sideline, so it was fine for a couple of nights and probably good for backpackers as the rooms are reasonable.
NB, we had thought the fact the hotel was next to a pool of crocodiles was a good chance of seeing a bit of wildlife but the pool dried up a couple of years ago, so no crocs. Don't expect that would bother most people though

  • Stayed January 2012, 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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San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2012

We spent our first two nights in Tamarindo at this hotel. We thought it would be amazing since it was right on the beach. Turns out, the bed was uncomfortable, the A/C was dripping water on the floor (granted, they fixed it after the first night) and the lock on the bedroom door wouldn't work. The first day when we went out to eat breakfast, we sat and waited maybe 15-20 minutes and the waitress didn't even come out to ask how we were!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Darmstadt, Germany
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18 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2012

The Laguna del Cocodrilo is a nice, small hotel, incredibly quiet, ideally located at the entrance in Tamarindo, you can hardly believe that you are actually staying in one of the busyest playas in Costa Rica. We had one of the junior suites and it was great. We had a big terasse, we could lie in the bed and still see the ocean, extremely relaxing. The French bakery and the restaurant in the hotel add even more value to it. The ocean is just a short walk away, perfect location.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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White Rock, BC
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2011 via mobile

We booked nine months ago to avoid problems and after a long flight from Canada, the owner had lost our reservation. He put us up in a non view room on the busy road. The room was basic at least and noisy as [--]. Having no space he recommended we go to a hotel down the street which was an absolute dump. He knocked $10 off the room rate and it cosy us a lot to find a decent place at short notice. A horrible beginning to a great vacation. His response to his error was pitiful and I would NOT recommend staying here as he admitted he had lost reservations in the past.

  • Stayed December 2011
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Main Street, Tamarindo, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Tamarindo
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #17 of 23 hotels in Tamarindo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Family and friendly hotel located on the beach. Tropical garden, with faun and flora. ... more   less 
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