We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“Very Relaxing” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Flamingo Beach Resort & Spa

Best prices for -
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 5 more sites!
Flamingo Beach Resort & Spa
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Playa Flamingo
Certificate of Excellence
GreenLeadersPlatinum level
Kansas City, Missouri
Level Contributor
5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Very Relaxing”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2013

There are so many good things to say about this resort that I'm not sure what to start with. We like to stay at all-inclusive resorts when we visit somewhere for the first time and this hotel definitely is one of our favorites. Unlike many all-inclusive resorts that only serve a buffet, at the Flamingo all-inclusive guests can order from a menu or choose the buffet. The food was excellent and they had plenty of variety. For people who like to try different restaurants while on vacation, there are two restaurants located just a short walk away.

The hotel is small enough to feel intimate, but large enough to provide all the amenities. The rooms were clean and up to date. Most rooms with a pool view also have at least a partial view of the ocean. We never had a problem finding a chair by the pool, but if you want a chair in the shade get there early. Of course the swim up bar is almost always shaded so no worries if you can't get your hands on a shady chair. The beach is right outside the hotel, and you can get a beach chair from the hotel so you don't have to lay in the sand.

One of the best things about the Flamingo would have to be the staff. We were always greeted by smiling faces, and everyone was always friendly and helpful. While the same can be said for everyone that we met in Costa Rica it was especially true of the hotel staff.

There is only one bad thing that I can say about the hotel, and that only affects the scuba crowd. The hotel website says they offer an "on-site dive center" that is misleading at best. Diving can be booked through the hotel tour desk, but the dive operator is not on-site. This means that you can't ask specific questions about the diving or the dive operation. There is also no storage for dive gear like you would expect with an on-site dive center. The dive operator will pick you up in the morning and drive you to the dive boat though, so there is no need to book separate transportation to get to the boat.

That gripe aside, We had a fantastic experience at the hotel. If you are considering a trip to Costa Rica I would definitely recommend the Flamingo Resort.

One last piece of advise: When you leave Costa Rica there is an exit tax. This is not paid at the airline counter. There is a separate desk that just handles the tax. If you go to that desk and pay the tax on the day you arrive then you can avoid the long line on your departure day.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank DiveLog
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

1,942 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    880
    703
    237
    76
    46
See reviews for
640
803
54
18
Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (565)
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Ogden, Utah
Level Contributor
8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2013

Overall we had a good experience at the Flamino Beach Resort and Spa. The staff was friendly and helpful...finding us a room to check-in to early (that had recently been rennovated), providing a second room to use across the hall when our air conditioner malfuntioned (sounded an alarm every 20 minutes). We didn't want to switch rooms because none of the available rooms had been rennovated and were not as nice as our original room -- so they let us leave our stuff in the original room, sleep in another room across the hall until our AC could be fixed the next day.

The room was reasonably quiet and the beds reasonably comfortable (especially in comparison to Mexican hard beds!)

Our package included a free breakfast buffet daily that we enjoyed. There was sufficient variety of food and changes day to day to keep it interesting. We especially enjoyed the fresh jucies (e.g., beet root, carrot/orange) and fresh fruit. They also do omeletes to order and had a large variety of local breads and pastries.

We took advantage of the resort activities (e.g., aqua aerobics, yoga, massage class) and enjoyed that -- although the leader of those activities (Lulu) is very directive! She is there to make sure you work hard and do things "right!" The resort is small enough...and although at fairly full capacity during our stay...the demand for the activities is low enough that we either had personal attention or were in very small groups for the activities.

To stay connected the hotel offers free wifi in every room -- but ours didn't work until the morning we were leaving. That wasn't a huge inconvenience because the wifi was accessible in the lobby and the resturant. They also offer limited free access to personal computers if you want to travel without your laptop, tablet or smart phone. The connection is reasonably fast.

The beach is literally adjacent to the hotel. There were never more than a handful of people on the mile long beach. This beach is clean, has a nice sandy bottom and is very swimable -- although you are best off going just a little south (to the left as you hit the beach) before swimming. Immediately across from the hotel there are some large rocks on the sea floor that you wouldn't want to smack into in the surf.

We didn't eat lunch or dinner at the resort, and found the meal choices in town expensive and somewhat limited. The food at Marie's (just across and up the street from the hotel) was very good and nicely presented, but we thought over-priced. (The price on the menu doesn't include the mandatory tax and tip, so what seems like "a lot" ends up being really a lot!) Our best and most memorable meals were taken at the local "Soda's." In particular we enjoyed "La Choza de los Antujitos" -- along the east side of the road just north of Brasilito. There is another Soda on the right as you come into Huachas from the north (across the street from the large grocery store and next to a used clothing store) that is really good...busy with local businessmen and truck drivers delivering goods to the coast). It had free wi-fi too! But to tell you the truth we didn't have a bad experience with an Soda we ate at -- clean, realtively inexpensive, and tasty. The service at some can be slow (everything is made to order and they seem to wait for you to ask for your bill in most places).

Although we aren't likely to go back to Costa Rica, I wouldn't hesitate to stay at this resort again. (Note: it's about a 5 hour drive to the airport in San Jose and less than 2 hours to the airport west of Liberia.)

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank UTHogboy
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Rhode Island
Level Contributor
35 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2013

Walking up the front stairs and seeing the sunset right through the lobby and across to the beach was a fabulous first impression. Our room was on the second floor and was considered a suite which we needed due to having four people. It was a nice room and the beds are extremely comfortable. You should know all suites face the parking lot. It is a long way to travel to face the parking lot so thank goodness you don't spend much time in the room. If you do not need so much room space I would suggest a room that has a balcony and faces the pool. The pool is lovely with lounge chairs you can actually put in the water. The in pool bar is wonderful and the pool bar manager and his staff are very attentive and make a great Crazy Monkey. The beach is awesome particularly at sunset. The only issue we had was the concierge who had no idea that the water sports rentals are not opened on Sundays and when I asked her about getting to a river boat cruise she said oh you will never find it on your own. We did! If you are looking to rent jet skis make sure you make reservations to avoid the disappointment when they are booked. Our boys loved this hotel and so did we. It is relaxing, beautiful and very clean. The staff other than the concierge were very friendly and helpful. The sunset is beautiful and lounge chairs can be brought out to the beach for you. We were just there last week and the beach was empty. There are trees there so you can lounge in the shade. It was a wonderful place to come back to after a long day of hiking. Enjoy it is worthwhile to go here.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank lucky1999
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Temecula, ca
Level Contributor
15 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 18, 2013

We spent 4 nights here after being up in the Arenal Volcano area. Very relaxing resort. We had a great breakfast everyday and then headed to the beach only steps from the resort. They provide towels and chairs to hotel guests. There are trees to sit under if you need shade. Also you can rent an umbrella if you want from the hotel. The ocean was heaven....85 degrees. At about 2pm the tide would come up and we would go to the pool for a few hours before showering. We ate dinner one night at the resort and it was great. We had a rental car so we drove to Tamarindo each night for dinner. Its about a 20 min drive. I was told it costs $30 each way to Tamarindo in Taxi, quite pricey! We would come back to hotel and play cards at night. My only complaint is there was no night life...The game room(pool tables, ping pong,etc) would close at 9:30. There is a bar that closes at 10. And then a very very small casino that has a bar that is open til 2am. So It was very quiet at night. We were in bed by 10! I felt bad for anyone who might like to stay up and be social. Over all was awesome and would stay there again.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank lisalu32
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
New York
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 17, 2013

My boyfriend and I stayed at the Flamingo Beach resort on March 12th – 19th and we are so happy that we choose this hotel. The hotel is perfectly situated right across from the beach and you have a choice to relax by the beach or by the pool and just hang by the pool-bar and drink some great coco locos or piña coladas. I have to say that we had the most wonderful experience at the Flamingo Beach resort. The staff is by far the best. We received excellent service from everyone. We had a pool-view room and the bed was absolutely heavenly…like sleeping on clouds. The resort grounds are beautiful you are surrounded with lush gardens and palm trees and beautiful wildlife (different species of birds) and cool iguanas…one we nicknamed Ralph! My boyfriend decided to surprise me for my birthday on Saturday and Oscar was so wonderful in coordinating everything to make my birthday special, from ordering a beautiful flower arrangement, to coordinating a romantic dinner on the beach while watching an amazing sunset. Oscar coordinated all the arrangements and was so humble in advising that everyone in the staff assisted with planning this special dinner for us from setting the table arrangements, to the chef planning a delicious three-course dinner. I have to say that the personalized service that Oscar provided was as excellent as a high-end restaurant in New York. Oscar was very attentive to details and provided exceptional service to us, advising the menu choices and ensuring that our romantic dining experience would be memorable. We met wonderful staff members, Lulu who was spunky and energetic and would handle the recreational activities from water aerobics to yoga; Wilmar, Edwin and Manolo the best bartenders who always provided excellent service with a smile and made wonderful drinks; Orlando, Jorge, Carlos and Erica who would greet us in the morning at the Arenas restaurant and provide exceptional service; Marianne at the front desk, a wonderful young lady who was very helpful. The Flamingo Beach resort caters to families, couples and different age groups. If you are not looking for nightlife and prefer to get away from the fast lane and want to relax and see the most spectacular sunsets then I would highly recommend the Flamingo Beach resort. The resort is right near the beach that is very beautiful and only steps away from the resort. We met kind and wonderful people at this resort and had a great time during our vacation.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank maribel316
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Lexington
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 17, 2013

Very nice, clean property, very close to the beach and town. The staff were pleasant and helpful. We did not do the all inclusive, but that worked out great for us. The breakfast at the hotel was very adequate and the fruit was great. There are several places to eat in the town that are within walking distance and Carlos y Carlos is an excellent restaurant that will send a driver to pick you up and bring you back to the hotel. The hotel will arrange for day trips. We traveled to Arenal Volcano for zip lining and the hot springs, and we rafted on the Tenorio River, which was excellent. There were a lot of families with children, which we are not, but it was quiet at night and never seemed to be too crowded. We would stay here again.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank kytravel13
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
New York City, New York
Level Contributor
37 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 17, 2013

I would say 95% of this review will be excellent! My only complaint of this hotel is the bathrooms. The bathrooms are nice & comfortable and large in size but here are my pet peeves:
- Shower head has no pressure
- Tub is too high, nothing to hold as you enter/exit the tub
- Towels are too small, rough and somewhat dingy.

Now for the good part! I LOVE this hotel! The proximity to the beach is amazing! The staff is 5 Star friendly (genuine) and the breakfasts were really delicious. So glad I could have my typical Costa Rican breakfast everyday if I chose.The fruits were so sweet and delicious every morning! The coffee, AMAZING!!
They offer a large pool with side kiddie shaded-pool, small casino, photo shop (on-site photographers photograph you all day on beach and at the pool and you can buy their photos before you leave!) pool table, nicely laid out lobby with lots of sitting areas, convenience store, gift shop, restaurants, pool side bar, gym, movie night, their own private transportation with "Servicios Rizo" which was very reliable and moderately priced and most importantly a BAR!!! Also, because the beach is farther away, you won't be bothered with all the souvenir vendors like other beaches. They do however, have the ones you DO WANT TO SEE, like the ice cones and coconut water vendors...those are a must on any beach. I met several people (Costa Rican and tourists) who admitted to yearly visits!

Room Tip: If you want quiet, request a room that does not face the pool/bar. You sometimes have your late-nig...
See more room tips
  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank Emily Y
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
Also consider these accommodations in or near Playa Flamingo
16.6 mi away
Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort
Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort
#1 of 15 in Gulf of Papagayo
4.5 of 5 bubbles 1,375 reviews
2.9 mi away
The Westin Golf Resort & Spa, Playa Conchal
7.0 mi away
Hotel Riu Guanacaste
Hotel Riu Guanacaste
#2 of 3 in Sardinal
4.0 of 5 bubbles 5,941 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
6.8 mi away
Hotel Riu Palace Costa Rica
13.8 mi away
JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa
15.0 mi away
Secrets Papagayo Costa Rica
Secrets Papagayo Costa Rica
#3 of 15 in Gulf of Papagayo
4.5 of 5 bubbles 1,438 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Flamingo Beach Resort & Spa? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Flamingo Beach Resort & Spa

Property: Flamingo Beach Resort & Spa
Address: Playa Flamingo 2050, Costa Rica
Phone Number:
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Playa Flamingo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Playa Flamingo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Flamingo Beach Resort & Spa 3.5*
Number of rooms: 120
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The only resort located on one of Costa Rica's most famous blue-flag, ecologically protected beaches, this resort location is the perfect beachfront base from which to explore all of Costa Rica’s natural beauty and adventure. ... more   less 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Priceline, Expedia, Cheap Tickets, Travelocity, Despegar.com, Booking.com and BookIt.com so you can book your Flamingo Beach Resort & Spa reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Flamingo Beach Resort And Spa
Flamingo Beach Hotel Playa Flamingo
Flamingo Beach Resort Costa Rica
Flamingo Beach Resort & Spa Costa Rica/Playa Flamingo

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing