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“Papouilles, Beautiful, Paradise, Hidden Gem!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Hotel Mahayana

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Hotel Mahayana
Ranked #14 of 49 Tamarindo B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Orange, California
1 review
“Papouilles, Beautiful, Paradise, Hidden Gem!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 7, 2013

I had a lovely time at this hotel. Cecile the owner is such a gracious, kind, and caring host. She goes out of her way to ensure you have a comfortable and fun stay. She knows everything that is going on in the city and really takes care off her guests. Her dog Maya is so friendly as well. My experience in Tamarindo will forever be remembered for the beautiful beaches, glowing sunsets, and the warm heart of our host Cecile.

CONDITION: The hotel is in great condition. Newly painted walls, clean sheets, comfortable beds, clean working bathrooms with hot water. Rooms include AC, ceiling fan, a fridge, a safe, and closet. Right outside your door is a patio with a table, chairs and a hammock to enjoy a morning coffee or book and the sounds of nature. There is a nice cool spa with jets that you can see pictures of with a clean wooden deck. They also have an outdoor kitchen/bar/hangout area if you don't want to get involved with the commotion of down town.

LOCATION: 5 minutes walking distance to a local market, late night food places that are open until 4 am, the beach, and the downtown strip but far away enough that you are not disturbed by the noise.

VALUE: Really affordable and well worth every penny. I would stay here every time.

RECOMMENDATION: YES!!!


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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Sihanoukville, Cambodia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2013 via mobile

A lovely little place a little off the main drag which means its quiet and that is nice in Tamarindo! The private rooms are simple but have AC and hot water.

The real highlight is Cecile who could not have been more welcoming or helpful. Thank you.

  • Stayed February 2013
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2013 via mobile

Cecile, the owner, is a great host and very helpful. Prior to our arrival she already wanted to make sure that we arrived safely, she was very supportful throughout the stay.
The hostel is set up in a U-shape and allows for good contact with the other guests. The patio in the middle holds a jacuzzi and a kitchen. The rooms are small, but very clean and well equipped with toilet, shower, AC, fridge and safe. The hotel is very well maintained.
We will recommend the place to our friends and definetely go back there when visiting Costa Rica again.

Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Marseille, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2013

Beautiful and quiet place, 5 minutes walk from the beach. It is really an asset not being in the noisy center of Tamarindo. The rooms are very comfy and super clean. The outdoor kitchen is really practical.
Cecile is very friendly and always give you good advices on how and where to travel to make your trip more enjoyable.

I will definitely come back ;)

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 4, 2013

The owner of Hotel Mahayana is fantastic ! Cécile will ensure that your stay at her hotel is a great moment, she is an incredible hostess compare to other places we've been. Our room was very clean and comfortable with a nice design touch. The common faclilities are well maintained, which make you enjoy sharing social moments with other tenants (we had the chance to meet very cool people from all over the world at this place). It has been 4 marvellous days staying at this hotel. I'm already planning another trip to this place, this time with my family

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2013

This is a nice, little hotel that offers great value, good location and a super friendly and accommodating host.

Room - the room we stayed in met our needs very well. Everything worked perfectly and it was very clean.

Service - Our host, Cecille, was friendly and super helpful. She gave us very good information on where to go, eat and have coffee, and she organised a surf lesson and surf hire, as well as transport to the airport.

Ambience - this is a pretty laid back and relaxed hotel. Because of the way it is set up, you can easily meet other travellers and socialise. By the same token, no one will make you feel bad if you just want to keep to yourself.

Location - the hotel is not absolute waterfront, but is conveniently located around shops, restaurants and cafes. The beach is a two minute walk.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Florianopolis, SC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2013

Our stay in Hotel Mayhana was great!!!. It’s a very nice place! The room was very comfortable, clean, the sheets were good, and bathroom was also nice. The place was a shared kitchen that’s good. The owner Cecile was very friendly, and all the other guests was also cool. It was a nice new year’s eve there!!!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Mahayana
Address: 150m nordeste del Hotel Pasatiempo, Tamarindo 20750, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Tamarindo
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 49 B&Bs / Inns in Tamarindo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hotel Mahayana 2.5*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Mahayana is a few minutes away in walking distance from the beach as well as from the center of Tamarindo and its shops and restaurants. The Hotel Mahayana is composed by 6 attractive rooms with terrace looking onto the outside little swimming-pool and also a commun kitchen. All the rooms have private hot water bathroom, AC and ceiling fan. They are also equipped with mini refrigerator. Double rooms have double beds and triple rooms have twin beds, all with orthopedic matresses. ... more   less 
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