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2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4
Tamarindo, Province of Guanacaste

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Hollsopple, Pennsylvania
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Best Vacation. EVER!”
Reviewed July 26, 2012 for a stay in July 2012
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As a lover of tropical places, Costa Rica has been my favorite thus far. It wasn’t any one thing, it was everything together. Ryan's condo was an awesome diversion from the sheltered atmosphere of a hotel and allowed us really enjoy Tamarindo. It is a quaint little town with a nice beach and delicious food. We never bothered to go grocery shopping because the restaurants were too tempting - and lived up to our expectations. The blender did see plenty of action though!
Now the property - the pictures posted are right on. The kitchen is well equipped with anything you'd need - pitcher, silverware, casserole dishes, dish towels, washer for clothes, etc. The property management company does well to keep things neat and in good condition, plus there is a mid-stay cleaning to refresh towels and bed linens. Balcones del Pacfifico #8 was a really, really great accommodation for us.
We wanted to do the zip lining and adventure stuff so we booked the Buena Vista Lodge trip through the local group Tamarindo Shuttles. Our guide, Rodolfo, had strategized the day tour so perfectly; our experience was like our own private experience despite 300 other people on site enjoying the same activities. I did some pricing and they were the cheapest place around for that trip, and they offered plenty of others. They were also our return shuttle provider at $20 per person ow for airport transportation. I recommend booking this yourself through their website. (The property management office booked us a private transfer for $40 ow pp which was a little too pricey.)
My interaction with Ryan, the owner, was always pleasant. He was very responsive through email, answering any questions I had, which made the decision to rent from him a comfortable one. The property management company was also very responsive via email, as I worked with Daniela to coordinate everything and ask any additional questions.
We were a party of 2 females, mid-20s. Overall, I can’t say enough great things about Tamarindo, Costa Rica, the atmosphere, and Ryan's condo that really allowed us to enjoy the true vibe of vacacion! GREAT experience!

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Liked best: the condo isnt right on the beach, but the short 100 yard walk is actually very nice
Liked least: no dishwasher, but we rarely ate at the condo anyway! and this is the ONLY thing i could think of :)
Traveling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Orotina, Costa Rica
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“Fantastic value - a hidden gem.”
Reviewed July 28, 2011 for a stay in July 2011

This review relates to condo number 8 only. There are other flats with different decor and equipment. No 8 has a very good kitchen, all the equipment is of top quality and works! The rooms are comfortable and very nicely decorated, the A/C works well. The condo has a good pool and although it doesn't have sea views it is a genuine 100 yards to the main beachfront and all the restaurants and bars while avoiding the noise etc. There is a good supermarket 50 yards away and AutoMercado (Costa Rica's Waitrose) is 2 km away. 24 hour security. We paid $75 per night low season - sleeping 5. An absolute bargain and it didn't feel "cheap", but quality accomodation at a realistic price!

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Traveling group: Extended Family
Your age range 50-64
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Reviewed September 17, 2009 for a stay in August 2009

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Liked best: Location
Liked least: No balcony chairs
Traveling group: Family with teenagers
Your age range 45-54
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