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Flamingo Beach Resort And Spa
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Playa Flamingo
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Reviewed September 30, 2013

We had a poolside, 2nd floor room. The room was clean and had plenty of room. We enjoyed the balcony overlooking the pool, with palm trees and plantings attracting birds, squirrels, and iquanas. The pool is large and we alternated between it and the ocean. A quick walk across the service drive and you're on the beach! The buffet breakfasts were very good with plenty of variety. For a complete tico experience, walk south down the beach 1/4 mile to Coco Loco, a beach-side outdoor restaurant. Reasonable prices, great food, and you can watch the sun set over the water!

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Flamingo B, Owner at Flamingo Beach Resort And Spa, responded to this reviewResponded October 1, 2013

We appreciate your taking the time to write this lovely review on Trip Advisor of your stay at the Flamingo Beach Resort & Spa. We are very pleased that you enjoyed your stay. We hope you will come back to visit again, and also help spread the good word about our mid-sized, family-owned hotel.

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Reviewed September 26, 2013

My husband and I stayed at this resort for two nights during our week long stay in Costa Rica. We used the All-Inclusive plan and it was great! The room was nice and overlooked the pool. The food at the resort was amazing. We spent the day at the beach and I have to say that Flamingo Beach is the most beautiful beach I have ever been on. The staff was amazing and always very friendly. We also had pictures taken by the photo studio on site. It was such a great experience and Valerie did an amazing job! We will definitely return to this resort in the future.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Flamingo B, Owner at Flamingo Beach Resort And Spa, responded to this reviewResponded October 1, 2013

There is nothing that my staff and I love more than to read that you had a "Perfect Vacation" at the Flamingo Beach Resort & Spa. You even came in our low season and it was everything you had hoped for. We could not hope for higher praise than that, thank you so very much for your lovely feedback. We are sooo happy you plan to return, please give us a heads up before you come, because we have to try to beat perfection to make your stay even better next time!

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Reviewed September 26, 2013

I had been here 5 years ago with a friend and it was great. This time I went solo and I was put in a room on the ground floor, which smelled like the room wasnt clean in a while. Talked to the reception and was helped by a gentlemen(forgot his name :( ), he immediately offer me another room on the second floor, view was the parking lot but it was clean.

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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled solo
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Flamingo B, Owner at Flamingo Beach Resort And Spa, responded to this reviewResponded October 1, 2013

We were very sad to read your review and see that your stay was only "average." During the heart of the "green season" (Sept & Oct) it's hard for any beach hotel in Costa Rica to avoid the musty, humid smell in the ground-floor rooms. We do our best with constant cleaning and the use of ionizer machines, but it's a climate-induced problem that we have to live with. Our occupancy rates are lower, and the cost of electricity in Guanacaste makes it prohibitively expensive to run the A/C's 24 hours a day when the rooms are not in use--- not to mention our commitment to sustainability which means we try to save on energy. We do run the A/C's regularly to try to maintain good air quality; it's just sometimes not enough. Please be sure that cleanliness is a TOP priority for us. Thank you for your feedback.

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Reviewed September 24, 2013

I wasn't sure what to expect, but the staff was friendly & accommodating. Our initial room was on the lower level which is half way below the ground level, but has a patio & steps up to the lawn. It looked very nice & clean, but had a musty smell. We checked with the front desk & the staff upgraded us to he 3rd floor pool view for a small fee $15.00/night. ($45.00 total). However, the front desk also sent us a complimentary bottle of wine. every one was very friendly and helpful. The food was great, poolside or at their resturant & the dining staff was just as friendly & helpful. We enjoyed our ATV ride with Christian who was located beachside. He was friendly, accommodating, and not "pushy" at all. He made the "sale" with us, but as a pleasent surprise he also took us on the ATV tour to the north. It was a great trip. He stopped at different areas & let us walk around. We took a couple trails to great views. He never hurried us or seemed rushed. He was always looking for monkeys, of which he spotted a family of at least 6 & with another 2 babies on the way home. He still left us stop to see them & take pictures. Our ride was over 2 1/2 hrs. Thanks Christian- Michelle & Wayne- hope you read the review.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Flamingo B, Owner at Flamingo Beach Resort And Spa, responded to this reviewResponded October 1, 2013

Thank you for your sharing your comments on your recent stay at the Flamingo Beach Resort & Spa. We appreciate your positive comments regarding our staff and their excellent guest service as well as your good review of our restaurant and food. We are also happy you enjoyed your ATV ride, it's a wonderful thing to do while visiting our resort.

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Reviewed September 23, 2013

Jus got back from spending almost a week here with the boyfriend and we both had a relaxing stay. Our poolside room was a bit plain and simple and a bit outdated, but it was clean, cool and comfortable and it grew on me. I loved the hammock outside our room which I happily spent hours on reading. One thing I do wish was better though was the water pressure in the shower, it is very, very weak (and you ladies with long hair know what I mean). The staff overall was was very courteous and polite. We didn't spend too much time interacting with them being that we went out a lot exploring, but when we did need help they were always very helpful. The food at the hotel was a toss up. While we really enjoyed the breakfast plan, we were also glad we did not get the all day all-inclusive plan. The breakfast was always very fresh and a mix between American and Costa Rican food which we really liked. We had dinner twice at the restaurant but we were not really impressed with the menu and found ourselves fumbling between the pages a lot in order to pick something out. Keep in mind we are also a young couple on a budget. I recommend dining at the nearby restaurant Coco Loco at least once and if you have a car, head to the next town Tamarindo for food as well (I highly recommend Green Papaya Tacos!) The sunsets here were beautiful. For activities, we booked an ATV/ziplinng tour with the Flamingo Adventures group on the beach and we had a great time.

All in all, this was a great stay for a great value. The only thing I wish I had known beforehand was how isolated the resort was from any true "town" experience. That was a research fault on my part, but it was redeemed by adventure tours and a rental car. However if you're truly just looking to relax and have the budget for all the spa amenities on site, this is a great place to sit by the pool and enjoy the views.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Flamingo B, Owner at Flamingo Beach Resort And Spa, responded to this reviewResponded September 24, 2013

Thank you very much for sharing your review of your recent stay; we always like to get this kind of feedback from our guests. You have our apologies for the lack of water pressure, this is an issue that we have been working on both through our own renovations and also working with the local water company (which has had its share of problems). Glad you enjoyed our breakfast selections, but unfortunately, you came just as our new menus are being finalized and printed; in fact, they should be in Arenas Restaurant and our Sunset Lounge by next week at the latest. We have a lot of new freshly prepared dishes at Arenas and a whole new "Tapas" menu for the bar upstairs. So hopefully, you will get a chance to visit us again and will notice a big difference in the selections and preparation. We are happy that you "had a great stay for a great value;" however, we regret we didn't "Wow" you enough to get more than three bubbles on your review.

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Reviewed September 21, 2013

we spent a week at the resort aug 31st thro sept 7th. we booked our reservations through a timeshare- interval. we had a decent size room with two full size beds but since there was only two of us we would have preffered a king or a queen bed but the hotel was not accomadative of that. all in all our stay was great. the rooms are alittle dated and under construction though that didnt really bother us since we spent most of our time either outside at the pool, beach or away from the resort. we had a great time it was relaxing and the views are amazing. the staff are great. after a couple days of having breakfast at the local restaurants we opted for the breakfast plan which was a great idea. we also ate dinner and several other meals at the hotel and we have to admit that the food was great. we like exploring local eateries whenever we visit a new place. have to admit that the resort had great food being low season the area had very little activity outside the resort.
all in all we enjoyed our stay there and look foward to going back, hopefully soon.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Flamingo B, Owner at Flamingo Beach Resort And Spa, responded to this reviewResponded September 24, 2013

We truly appreciate your feedback on your recent stay at the resort. Glad you enjoyed our beach and pool area, and found the food to be great. We apologize that you did not get the room type you would have preferred, we do have a large block of rooms out of order for maintenance and renovations due to the low season. And you are right, during low season things are bit slow in the area, best time to come if you just want to chill out and relax and have our beautiful beach mostly to yourselves. We hope you do come back and see us again soon!

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Reviewed September 17, 2013

Traveled to Flamingo Beach Resort with my husband, our 2 1/2 year old and my mother in law for 4 days, Aug 31st - Sept 4th. We decided to go with the Breakfast plan, we like to eat at local places in Costa Rica, but we did have 2 dinners and they were PERFECT!! I had Mahi one night and Sea Bass rolls another, super fresh and deliciously prepared.
Yes, the resort is being renovated, they plan to have the renovations done in a few months. The renovations did not bother us at all, it was not loud or dusty. We stayed in an older room, everything worked, beds were comfortable, pillows were soft, which we liked. I'm sure once all the rooms are renovated it will be even better.
Staff was friendly and attentive.
This is a wonderful resort for all, but perfect for families with small kids since the resort has a kids pool that is completely under cover. Beach is perfect, super clean, lots of tiny crabs and snails. We live by the beach and love to travel to places by the beach, Playa Flamingo has one of the best beaches I have seen.
I can see our family staying at this resort again.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with family
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Flamingo B, Owner at Flamingo Beach Resort And Spa, responded to this reviewResponded September 19, 2013

We truly appreciate your lovely review and thank you for taking the time to share your recent experience here at the Flamingo Beach Resort & Spa. We are particularly happy to hear your excellent feedback about the food. Chef Frank has been working hard on tailoring our menu to our clients' likes and needs, and to using produce from our own organic farm and locally sourced fish, meat and chicken whenever possible. When it is fresh, it tastes fresh! We can only agree that Playa Flamingo is one of the nicest beaches anywhere, and we sure hope you do come back and see us again very soon!

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Address: Playa Flamingo Santa Cruz | Guanacaste, Playa Flamingo 50308, Costa Rica
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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
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Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Playa Flamingo
Price Range: $126 - $273 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Flamingo Beach Resort And Spa 3.5*
Number of rooms: 120
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Once you've experienced a Pacific Ocean sunset from the Flamingo Beach Resort & Spa, you may never want to leave. Located in the vacation province of Guancaste, you’ll be perfectly-positioned to explore Costa Rica's natural beauty and limitless adventure. ... more   less 
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