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“Gardenia Retreat, a quiet, safe and clean Oasis!”
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12 reviews
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Living room with kitchen equipped and sofa(bed)
Kitchen equipped
The Hotel entrance from the inside
Outside area
Sofa or 3 bed in the living room
The swimming pool
The entrance of App #4 on the left side
Tamarindo Bay at sunset, 5 minutes walk away
Hacienda Pinilla golf course and Reserva Conchal Golf course 20 minutes away drive
May's blooming tree
Rincon de la Vieja 1h15 minutres away drive and Arenal volcano 3h
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1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 3
Tamarindo, Province of Guanacaste

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Elisabeth...
Seattle, Washington
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Gardenia Retreat, a quiet, safe and clean Oasis!”
Reviewed January 12, 2014 for a stay in December 2013
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We could not have stayed at a better place! Luke and Sabine have recently renovated Gardenia Retreat and created a lovely, charming and original place! The kitchen is fully furnished and included a small oven, coffee maker (Costa Rican Coffee is simply the best!), dishes, pans/utensils and even wine glasses and a small library with books to read. Warm water, clean pool, air conditioning, completely fenced in with locked gate. It's a 4-5 minute walk to the beach, on a little hill, quiet, away from the tamtam of Tamarindo Discos. We enjoyed the solitude, our breakfast on the patio, dinner on the patio, siestas in the air conditioned bedroom. Warm showers after surfing and swimming. Reading, relaxing, mingling with the neighbors of the 4 other apartments that share the pool. There is an outdoor shower next to the pool to wash off sand and dust before entering your clean apartment. Once per week a cleaning service comes, changing sheets and towels. There is also free washer and dryer on site to use. Also free wifi, which was a little spotty for us. The managers and owners Sabine and Luke speak several languages (French/dutch/English) so it's easy to communicate even if we didn't have the right words, they responded to all our needs very timely! They are both very calm and friendly people who check in on the property everyday in the morning. We will definitely be staying here again! Stayed there for 17 days. Most people in the other apartments stay for 1 month or longer. It's a great place!

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Liked best: The tranquility and Peace of Gardenia Retreat! It's a great location, so close to the beach and old beautiful center of Tamarindo, but very quiet. Enjoying evening drinks on our private Patio and watching millons of stars in the night sky!
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
People with pets
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Jean C
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Stayed only one night - not as expected”
Reviewed August 12, 2013 for a stay in August 2013
1
person found this review helpful

We were very unhappy with this place... We only stayed one night instead of 11 nights (since it was already 10:30pm).

There is only air conditioned in the room. There is no TV.

There was only 1 coffee mug (we were 2) and most of the dishes was stained.

It was dirty.

Very unhappy and wouldn't recommend to anyone unless you want to travel very cheap and don't mind very, very basic...

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Liked best: nothing
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Management Response
Nov 24, 2015
Dear Jean,
That must have indeed an unpleasant stay.
My husband and i bought the Hotel in June 2015.
We are the new owners and refurbished it completely.
Though most of our Cottages are for 3 persons, we supplied the kitchen for 4, just in case.
We put flat screen cabled tv and take great pride in keeping the place perfectly maintained, bright and neat.
Hope you might get the opportunity to check it out again.
Sincerely,
Charlotte
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kalamoon
Sooke, Canada
1 review
“Excellant accomodations, simple, economical and clean.”
Reviewed March 3, 2013 for a stay in January 2013

We really, enjoyed our stay at Gardenia, near the end of our trip we found Tamarindo fairly easy to navigate with regard to language barriers etc.... Beautiful spot, though we found the street hawkers overbearing (very hard working though ... didn't see anyone looking for a handout like here in Victoria, BC) The surfing was pretty good, a little windy at times. If we go again I think I'd like to experience the area in the off season and travel a little further to enjoy some more of the culture. Overall, 9/10 for accommodation, 6/10 for location.

RIP Bucky.

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Liked best: The pool was great during our acclimatization to the mid-day heat.
Liked least: I guess the ants, but I sprayed the windows, doors and after two days they stopped coming... and of course understandably 'Bucky
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children Large groups
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San Diego
Reviewed May 5, 2012 for a stay in October 2011
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A romantic getaway
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Management Response
May 5, 2012
Thanks Skip...Looking forward to seeing you at Gardenia this summer.
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emilianoZ...
Sestri Levante, Italy
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed July 8, 2017 for a stay in February 2017
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Nico M
2 reviews
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Reviewed November 30, 2015 for a stay in November 2015
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Traveling group: Solo
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Geert D
Oudenaarde, Belgium
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed November 29, 2015 for a stay in November 2015
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Traveling group: Friends
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