The Mahayana is a very nice and well-maintained B&B. It is located a bit away from the main street and action of Tamarindo (which is what I wanted) - but it's a 3mins walk to restaurants and a 5mins walk to the beach only.
The rooms are clean, with a very comfortable bed, decent-sized in-room bathroom, AC and a fan as well as a cupboard. All rooms of the main sector of the hotel face towards a communal area with palm trees where there's also a kitchen, a small jacuzzi (no pool) and several sunloungers. All rooms also have a small patio with table and chairs. There's also a separate room where you can store your surfboards, if you're in town for surfing.
The hotel is small (7 rooms) and on the quiet side - if you're more into a party place, you may feel more comfortable in the bigger hostels around the main street of Tamarindo.
The owner, Cecile is very nice, friendly and always around if you need her. She's helpful and will always give advice or recommendations about anything you may look for or need.
Unfortunately while we were there, the hotel got broken into along with two other hotels nearby. While no one was harmed, quite a few things were stolen. Break-ins and thefts do happen every now and then in Costa Rica, so do not take this as a negative reflection on the hotel or the safety of it - but take Cecile's advise to always lock all doors, windows and gates seriously.
I stayed at the place for almost two weeks and would stay here again.
- 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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