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Hotel Pasatiempo
Ranked #3 of 45 Tamarindo B&B and Inns
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Reviewed March 11, 2014

This hotel is the type of place that me and my husband love to stay. Is small in the good way. The crew smiles and greet you almost like a friend. They don't hesitate to full fill all your needs. This place really allows you the relax by the pool, read a book or just drink a beer and talk with your friends. It is worth the investment.

Something really nice is that they incentives the local tourism which is great as some other places focus on the international tourism in here costarricenses are worth the same.

  • Stayed: March 2014
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Reviewed March 10, 2014 via mobile

People Are super friendly and informative. The rooms were clean peaceful and private. The monkey LA LA was a great place to just kick back relax order food listen to music and chillax. Overall a great experience. I would stay again. The overall ambience of hotel pasatiempo is beautiful quiet and relaxing a good escape from the hustle and bustle of the busy people of tamarindo

Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
Thank Sean A
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Reviewed March 9, 2014

Know you know that I've been in and out of Tamarindo Costa Rica, for some time now. You know that staying in the same beach town can get a little 'weary'. Well I have a cure for that! Pasatiempo just east of the road to Langosta is a special kind of delightful! The rooms are freshly refurbished, the pool is an oasis, the food is healthy, familiar, and remarkably tasty. The real gift is the lounge area, the beverages are comparably priced and on wensdays they have an open mike night hosted by the house band, ''the Leatherbacks", a great rockin rhythm section and well worth the effort. On saturday night, the acoustic open mike is hosted by local legend Jesse Bishop, who accompanies most players on his own guitar or mandolin. My favorites are the duet of "surfer" Jim and Banjo Bill on old timey blues and country rags. A delightful night for certain. A wonderful place to be in a wonderful town to be in!

Room Tip: get a room in the northeast corner away from the pool and lounge.
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  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled solo
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Reviewed March 9, 2014 via mobile

Rooms and grounds where kept clean. Friendly staff, that felt like friends. Just a little bit of the main strip which was great, but less than a 5 min walk from the beach. I could not ask for more from my trip. Thanks guys.

Stayed: March 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 4, 2014

Two of my girlfriends and I stayed at the Pasatiempo as part of a package we booked through LatinVacationOffers.com. Overall we liked the property. The pool was in the center of the property and very cute. Each room had it's own patio with chairs and the room were simple and clean. There is a lone monkey that regularly made an appearance. Randy who checked us in was wonderful and very accommodating. The location is slightly off the main strip but an easy 5 minute walk to the ocean. The hotel restaurant, the LaLa Monkey, was ok. I personally wouldn't recommend it. The bartender Steve is ok, but being an expat and living in Costa Rica you would think he would be happier with life. We only ordered food once- nachos. The chicken was so over cooked that it was rubber. I would recommend that you walk 50m to the right outside the hotel for several other restaurants.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 28, 2014

I stayed at Hotel Pasatiempo for 2 nights while in Tamarindo. The rooms were quite clean and very cute. The grounds were well kept minus the sand in the pool but that comes with being in Costa Rica. However, we did not feel an overly welcome or warm response during our stay.

The first day at breakfast I was told that it was pancakes and there were no other choices. Because I am vegan I was forced to pay to eat elsewhere. Later that day I mentioned my veganism to the chef and asked if he could simply give me toast and fruit the next day and he was very accommodating. I just wish this was offered the first day as well or that there was more communication regarding options. The second day he even made rice and beans for breakfast for me which was much appreciated.

The bartender was kind but not overly generous, I felt a bit guilty asking for another bowl of free popcorn at times.. as it was not offered and seemed like a bit of a hassle to bother him. Perhaps I didn't understand his personality but his sarcasm rubbed me the wrong way. Also the drinks were mediocre.

Overall if you need anything at this hotel you must ask, which I guess I am not used to while on vacation. Typically people try to cater to you and please you at hotels. Also it did not feel very secure at night as the security guard just sat playing on his phone and would randomly glance up at you when you walked by. Lastly, asking you to throw your toilet paper in the toilet was not ideal. I know that this might be a typical custom in Costa Rica, but higher end hotels in Tamarindo do not make you do this. For the price it was just OK, probably a 7 out of 10. Not sure that i'd stay again.

Room Tip: All the rooms are quite cute, ask for a room away from the pool
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  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 26, 2014

In a great location, just an 8 minute walk off the main road where you can find the wonderful beach, restaurants and shops. Pasatiempo is a quaint hotel with cabanas nestled around a pool and wonderful landscaping. Yes, I agree the rooms could be cleaner and there is some mold in the bathroom, but its not that bad; as far as I know this hotel is a work in progress. The staff here is delightful: Randy is the man of all traits, you will always see him running around working up a sweat; I have no idea how this place would run without him. Steve, not just the man behind the bar, but a wonderful, straight forward, accommodating person to talk to who also helps keep Pasatiempo's glue in place. I hope the staff never goes unappreciated, they work hard, so never forget to say Thanks. Chef Derek:Thanks for the foodie recommendations, YUMMY We had a great time Toronto Italian Girls

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Hotel Pasatiempo

Address: Main Street, Tamarindo 50309, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Tamarindo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 45 B&Bs / Inns in Tamarindo
Price Range: $81 - $156 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Pasatiempo 3*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Pasatiempo is a charming boutique hotel in Playa Tamarindo just 7 minutes walk to the beach in the quiet part of town. The freshly remodeled hotel features a central pool area with a natural stone and teak deck, a full service restaurant in a natural palm rancho, and a spa. The hotel is situated in a tropical garden beneath the shade of hardwood, palm and mango trees. All of the rooms feature high efficiency AC and hot water, flatscreen televisions with cable, orthopedic mattresses, safe, and a clock radio. ... more   less 
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