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Hotel Tamarindo Diria
Ranked #12 of 24 Hotels in Tamarindo
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Reviewed November 21, 2007

Several friends and I stayed at the Diria in late August and had a great time. We stayed in a room across the small street and had no problem. The walk is only about 2 minutes from our room to the sand. We enjoyed the pool across the street as well. It was mostly empty throughout our whole stay.

The location of the hotel is excellent. You are in the middle of several shops and restaurants. I recommend Witch's Rock (limbo!) and Hotel Pasatiempo (open mike night) for nights out! We had a great time at both places and both places are about a 5-10 minute walk from the hotel.

The breakfast (included in the price of your stay) is really great. It is a buffet style and had something for everyone.

Bring an umbrella! In August, it rained just about every day and mostly around 4 pm. Sometimes it lasted an hour and sometimes it lasted 4 hours.

I recommend renting scooters from Tamarindo Adventures. We rented 6 scooters for about 6 hours and paid around $30 each. We spent all day driving and visiting different beaches and shops. It was amazing!

  • Stayed: August 2007, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 18, 2007

The Diria is a nice place to stay. The groups and pool areas are nicer than most in Tamarindo. The hotel is conveniently located in the middle of town. We walked the whole thing with no problem.

The staff isn't as helpful as some smaller family owned places but we didn't have much problem. The breakfast is fantastic and our rooms were clean and well maintained.

We rented scooters while we were there and this was great. I highly recommend doing this. We rode 6 hours up and down the coast! Great views and really fun. MUST catch the sunset - you won't believe it!

The nightlife is good. We were a group of 25 year olds and we had a blast. The beers are cheap and music is always playing somewhere. Overall, great time ... lots of sun!

  • Stayed: August 2007, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 5, 2007

A four stars hotels, but a very good hotel.

1. Very clean.
2. The stuff is so, so, so friendly. I've spent 2 weeks like a dream.
3. Good food.
4. One of the best breakfast ever...!!! 15-20 kinds of meals.
5. Well guarded, very safe.
6. Super!!!

  • Stayed: March 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 12, 2007

Once you get over the fact that you are in a third world country that has very little infrastructure, you can enjoy your stay.
Rated as a four star resort, keep in mind that four stars in Costa Rica is most likely two or three stars stateside for this type resort. Pretty well maintained hotel(staff is always mopping floors), good security procedures, rooms a bit small, more on the european style, many hot water issues, excellent restaurant, with many activities at your fingertips.
Hot water comes and goes....frequently. Never can tell what you are going to get when you turn the handle. See the infrastructure statement.

We had some major rain during our stay and the building leaks in certain areas, some of it in my room, but nothing that presented a major problem. The only hotel that has rooms on the beach, other than La Palapa which only has six rooms available.
The older section is the Ocean rooms. The other "land view" rooms are across the street. Newer, but still, you must cross the street to get to the main hotel.
When booking tours through the tour desk, keep in mind that the hotel only deals with Cat Tours. You will see other photos and descriptions of tours in a booklet of which you will select one, but keep in mind you may not be getting the tour illustrated. They show many companies, but only deal with Cat Tours. We aware!

All in all, it was a good, enjoyable stay. Would recommend with the caveats above.

  • Stayed: August 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 9, 2007

My wife and I stayed at the Diria during the first week of Sept. 2007. We highly recommend asking for an ocean front room, otherwise you will need to cross a small street to get to the beach. The staff was pleasant and the food was decent, although there are better choices in and around town. The room was large with a balcony and the staff seemed to be constantly cleaning it (a good thing). The water pressure was terrible but the A/C worked very well. One very interesting caveat about all of Tamarindo. In the rainy season, they shut the electricity OFF on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. every week. If you must have electricity, this is not the place for you. This was the nicest hotel and had the best location in Tamarindo.

  • Stayed: September 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 27, 2007

We stayed at the Tamarindo Diria at the end of July 2007 for one week and we really enjoyed our time here. Though not a high-end five-star hotel, it was very nice and accomdating. The staff here was very friendly and they all spoke English quite well. The food at the restaurant was good as well and overall the property was clean and very pretty.

We had a garden view room, so it was in the back half of the hotel by the big pool and away from the beach. The room itself was nice - pretty simple, but clean and sufficient. It had a safe, pretty comfy bed and a clean bathroom.

The pool was nice and almost always empty and quiet. They have a swim-up bar, and again, the staff here is very friendly. The only downer was construction while we were staying there, but you sort of got used to it and could ignore it.

We also arrange two day tours through the hotel - a trip to the Arenal Volcano and white water rafting and both trips were a lot of fun and we didn't have any problems.

Stayed: July 2007
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Reviewed August 26, 2007

My husband and I just returned from a week at The Diria. We loved it! The beach front location was superb! My husband surfed right in front of the hotel while I was sitting so comfortably on a chaise facing the ocean. The room was adequate: a bit small but kept very clean by the cordial and accomadating housekeeping staff. The food was excellent...the breakfast buffet was so good and we ate several meals there. The prices were so reasonable...filet mignon for $14!
We definitely would go back. There might be some nicer hotels in the area but The Diria's location can't be beat!

  • Stayed: August 2007, traveled as a couple
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Address: Tamarindo Beach, Tamarindo 50309, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Tamarindo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Green Hotel in Tamarindo
#5 Business Hotel in Tamarindo
#7 Spa Hotel in Tamarindo
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Tamarindo
#10 Romantic Hotel in Tamarindo
#10 Family Hotel in Tamarindo
Price Range: $147 - $284 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Tamarindo Diria 3.5*
Number of rooms: 239
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Tamarindo Diria is the iconic beach hotel located in Tamarindo Beach, Guanacaste, Costa Rica, with its own personality perfect for an authentic Costa Rica vacation. Features direct access to the most famous costa rican white sand beach, front ocean view accommodations, 4 swimming pools, 5 restaurants, 5 bars, and much more! ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Hotel Tamarindo Diria Beach & Golf Tamarindo
Hotel Tamarindo Diria Beach And Golf Resort
Tamarindo Diria Hotel

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