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Hotel Villa Amarilla
Ranked #5 of 47 Tamarindo B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Montreal, Canada
1 review
“come as strangers leave as family”
Reviewed October 11, 2013

my girlfriends and i needed to find a hotel last minute. this was the first hotel we checked out and it was awesome that we did! walking in we where greeted by the owners, super chill down to earth couple. Gave us a welcome shot of our choice and we where sold! we only stayed 2nights, but im going back for another trip this winter and plan to go back to villa amarilla. the location is ideal, in the front is the main strip, in the back tamarindo beach. our room was clean and big, no complaints with that. we stayed mostly in the communal area, and in the morning there was scones, muffins, coffee ect. i would recommend this hotel for friends traveling, solo travelers.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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hotelvillaamarilla, Manager at Hotel Villa Amarilla, responded to this review, November 21, 2013
so happy you enjoyed your stay and come again anytime!
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San Diego, California
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Reviewed September 8, 2013

This hotel has a great location, right on the main strip along the beach. Only a 5-10 minute walk to restaurants and bars. The staff are friendly, warm and welcoming. One lowlight about the trip was that we were almost robbed in our room on one of the nights we stayed there. The perpetrator broke into the room through the balcony terrace. Luckily we were awake at the time and managed to scare him off. We were discouraged by the staff from reporting the incident to the police. I HOPE this was an isolated, rare incident as our time in this town (besides the incident) was pretty safe and friendly. But as any traveller, be cautious of your surroundings at all times - even in your hotel room!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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hotelvillaamarilla, Owner at Hotel Villa Amarilla, responded to this review, September 10, 2013
Hi JJles15,
We are sorry about your experience with someone coming through your balcony door.
That was an isolated incident. But since you have been here we are taking more precautions.
We have had all the locks checked on all the doors of the rooms. We have security lights throughout the garden and lights on the beach to dissuade anyone from being tempted. We do have a lock and the front and back gate. Also our Rottweiler sleeps out on the patio. We pride ourselves in having a secure hotel. We hope that when ever you come back to Tamarindo you will give us another try. We are sure you won't be disappointed.
TJ and Cinde
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San Francisco, California
1 review
Reviewed August 29, 2013

My friend and I were recommended Hotel Villa Amarilla by a bartender at Nibanna and we couldn't be happier. Extremely clean, well decorated rooms with a complimentary SHOT OF TEQUILA when you check in. Cindy and TJ(the owners) were amazing; they have done a great job with the place. I will not stay anywhere else when I come back to Tamarindo. Staying here is like having your own house on the beach. BEST PLACE TO STAY in Tamarindo.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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hotelvillaamarilla, Owner/Manager at Hotel Villa Amarilla, responded to this review, October 7, 2013
Trevor,
Thanks so much for the great review. We loved having the two of you here.
The key to having a fun place to stay is having great guests.
Hope to see you soon.
Cinde and TJ
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Reviewed August 27, 2013

Me and my friend where hunting for hotels last minute we found this place and we're so lucky we did, this hotel or home makes more Spence is so awesome Cindy and Tj are like your family so friendly and so nice was a pleasure staying there, the location is awesome and its right on the beach I strongly recommend this place, if your traveling to tamarindo here is the place to stay,

  • Stayed August 2013
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hotelvillaamarilla, Owner/Manager at Hotel Villa Amarilla, responded to this review, October 7, 2013
It was great to meet the both of you. We are so glad you had a great time.
Also how Bacardi (dog) became your best friend. Hope to see you both with your
families soon.
Cinde and TJ
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Swindon, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 18, 2013 via mobile

My friend and I stumbled onto this gem of a b&b after a long journey on a very uncomfortable quad bike. The location is perfect. It's right on the beach and in the heart of Tamarindo. Cindy who owns Hotel Villa Amarilla is very accommodating and lovely, on arrival she gave us each a shot of tequila. The b&b is very comfortable, clean and homely - it's a little slice of paradise. The breakfast is delicious too. I would strongly recommend Hotel Villa Amarilla and would definitely stay again if I return to Tamarindo.

Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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hotelvillaamarilla, owner/manager at Hotel Villa Amarilla, responded to this review, October 7, 2013
Caitlin,
It was great to meet the both of you. We wish you could have stayed
longer. Hopefully next time . We are happy that you had a great
experience here at Villa Amarilla.
Safe travels where ever you go.
see you soon.
Cinde and TJ
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed August 16, 2013

If you travel to Costa Rica, Tamarindo Hotel Villa Amarilla is the place you want to stay. You can't find a better location, you can't find a better staff, and the rooms are clean, comfortable and extreme cozy.

Breakfast is included, and different food is served, such as bagels, muffins, burritos (loved them) croissants, coffee etc.

My boyfriend and I met a lot of nice people there and the atmosphere at Villa Amarilla is very laid back. You can lay your surfboard in the yard, and like we did went for surfing right outside the hotel on the beach.

Jason who is the brother of the one of the owners, was a great or let me say a fantastic host. He made our stay very comfortable, fun and secure.

Have fun

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank nicolemarguerite
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hotelvillaamarilla, owner/manager at Hotel Villa Amarilla, responded to this review, October 7, 2013
Nicole,
We are sorry we didn't get to meet you and your boyfriend.
We are very happy that Jason took care of you and you had a great
experience here at Villa Amarilla.
Hope to see you here again soon.
Cinde and TJ
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Venice, CA
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Reviewed August 9, 2013

If you're even thinking about heading to the Pacific side of Costa Rica, you must stop in Tamarindo Beach and stay at the Hotel Villa Amarilla! The hotel is located directly on the beach for the most beautiful sunsets. The rooms were clean and the breakfast and kitchen were top notch. The main courtyard is the perfect place to gather and mingle. But the most important part was the hospitality and overall outstanding customer service! Jason was a dream and made us feel very at home. From the moment we walked in, he bent over backwards to make sure we had everything we needed. Even the other travelers who were also lucky enough to find this hotel all made my trip that much more enjoyable. Please stop looking at other hotels and book NOW! We will definitely be back!

Room Tip: All face the ocean, all are amazing! Besides your never going to be in your room anyways..not here.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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hotelvillaamarilla, owner/manager at Hotel Villa Amarilla, responded to this review, October 7, 2013
SunCole,
We are happy you had such a great experience here at Villa Amarilla.
And you will come and stay with us again. One of the best parts about Villa Amarilla for us is getting to know our guests. Sorry we missed you, but we knew you were in good hands with Jason. See you soon. Safe travels where ever
you go.
Cinde
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Property: Hotel Villa Amarilla
Address: 152 | Playa Tamarindo, Tamarindo, Providence of Guanacaste, Costa Rica, Tamarindo 50309, Costa Rica (Formerly Villa Amarilla Bed and Breakfast)
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Tamarindo
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 47 B&Bs / Inns in Tamarindo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are a fun friendly hotel. Right on the beach with tropical gardens. We have a Rancho with day beds and hammocks. The Rancho has a chill vibe. It's where you can mingle with other guests from all over the world. There are games and books in the Rancho. Our sound system always has different genres of music playing or you can put on your music. We have a pingpong table, frisbees, paddle boards, soccer balls or just kick back and relax. We have a fully stocked community kitchen if you feel like cooking. Free Breakfast which includes Muffins, French Pastries, Quiche, Papaya, Mango, Pineapple, Bananas, Watermelon, Milk, Juice and of course Costarican Coffee. We have a massage palapa, the masseuses are amazing. We have a salon palapa, if you need blow dry or cut/color. Amenities included in the price of your room are AirConditioning, Flat Screen Cable T.V, Ceiling Fan, Free Wi-Fi (throughout the hotel), Hot Water, Hair Dryers at your request. Need a snack late in the afternoon, In the Community Kitchen you will always find Fresh Fruit. At the reception desk you will find Beach Towels, Sunscreen and Bug Spray. We also carry a First Aid Kit. Free Parking in Front and We offer Free Laundry Service. The fun begins at check-in with a shot of tequila.... "Come a strangers, leave as family" ... more   less 
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