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“Wonderful stay in quiet, safe, homelike setting near beach” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Luna Llena
Ranked #14 of 49 Tamarindo B&B and Inns
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MISSOULA
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7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Wonderful stay in quiet, safe, homelike setting near beach”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 22, 2013

We stayed here in bungalow #2 for a week in early March 2013 and really enjoyed it. Such a friendly French? family runs the place. The owner is an activist for the monkey population and their sad interface with all the dangerous electrical line so tempting to run across. The breakfasts were tasty, in a lovely setting. Pool was very clean and inviting. Nice and cool with all the trees, complete with daily howler monkeys. Seemed very clean and we felt our rental car would be safe in the parking lot. Desk and restaurant staff was very helpful and firendly.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank Merrymakers
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Ottawa, Canada
Level Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 3, 2013

We originally found this hotel on tripadvisor. Didn't know what to expect.
We had a small hut - with an upstairs - it was very cozy.
The beach, as advertised, was a mere five minute walk from the hotel.
Toni and Angela, at the office, were very forthcoming with needed information.
They helped us organize our trip back to San Jose.
The lady who cleaned our hut - Marina - was very discreet and very helpful
as we only knew a few basic words of Spanish.
We know we will go back and are not afraid to recommend it to anybody.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Diane P
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San Jose, Costa Rica
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 23, 2013

Since I have an extended big family coming to visit me in Costa Rica, we decided to book at hotel Luna LLena. We have been very impressed about this little jewel in the heart of Tamarindo.
Rooms are clean and big, the boungalows are amazing, you can feel everywhere the love that the owners and staff put in their business. Staff is friendly and helpful in booking the best tours in town.
They also made good pizzas and Italian food when we were too lazy to leave the pool and the jacuzzi to go out for lunch/dinner.
The insects we could have seen in the rooms were just few of them and we found that was logical since we were in Costa Rica and not in NY. We enjoyed Luna LLena , a nice place where people feel comfortable like at home , even if far. In few words. a positive experience

Room Tip: if you stay for few days choose the boungalows with kitchen
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank scubatama
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
53 reviews
39 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2013

Beware the cute exterior and nice brochures--this place is a hot mess. We stayed at Luna llena in 2010 and found it fabulous with cute bungalows that slept 3-4 people with a kitchen, good pool, sushi bar, offering excellent value with a location off the beaten path. Now "fabulous" is just a word I'd use to describe how I felt leaving it this morning. I guess when i checked into the room and there were packets of raid it should have clued me into the bug problem; red ants crawled all over the walls every night. Saw a good number of spiders, too. And got bitten a lot. This was not an issue last stay. I told the girl at the front desk and she hardly seemed surprised or sorry. She said someone would come spray. When I checked back later to ask if someone came she said she didn't know--it was too busy that morning. At that time I asked for beach towels. She said they didn't have any--all towels were in the wash. Ok.. Then our air conditioner broke. I asked someone else to look into that. Hours later it was still not working. They sent someone to look and he couldn't figure it out. My boyfriend went around back & flipped the breaker and it worked. Then there's the lack of general upkeep; Tiles are falling off of the jacuzzi (which doesn't work), a piece of our roof was missing and an iguana we named jub jub lived in there, the towels are old and ratty, bungalows have noticeable mold on them, and everything just seems to be falling apart. I'd think it was just our bungalow (#2) but our friends next door also had a bug problem and remarked about the lack of upkeep of the place (they also stayed there in 2010). I'd urge anyone considering staying here to reconsider unless you're ok with a sub-par stay.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Sarck
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HOTELLUNALLENA, Proprietario at Hotel Luna Llena, responded to this review, February 25, 2013
Hello,
My name is Pino Trimarchi and i am the Hotel Luna Llena owner and manager
I just read this review and i think that there is something wrong,
This Lady lie about packet of Raid in the room because we never use it .
And the Lady lies again when she speaks about the A/C (we changed 2 breakers) and the A/C was working fine.
Also it's not true that the staff wasn't helpful or interested in helping the clients, i personally spoke with this lady explaining her what's happen with the A/C and I personally went to therir room at 10 in the night to check the a/c.......and when i arrived at the bungalow the A/C was working....
Also she lies again when she speaks about the Jacuzzy that wasn't working, probably she has only to ask for the things she need instead of following her fantasy...............
But anyway i want to analize and understand the situation.................
We sprayed the outside of the bungalow #2 every day (2 times a day) during the stay of this client and we sprayed the inside of the bungalow each 2 days as i personally explained to this lady telling her that was not healthy for them to breed Raid every night. She agreed this.......................
I understand that there are people that are obssessed and have problems not only for "bugs" but also for normal ants, please don't forget that we are in a rural area, .
Honestly it was more a problem of the client than a realty. Was not an "ant" invasion but only few ants on the walls...
Please understand that Costa Rica is different from a modern city everywhere in the world........
Another strange things is that the client never complained about nothing at the Hotel and this is weird because i can't imagine this lady keep silence if she don't like something.....
Now my question is: why to stay at the Hotel if you don't want??? We never charge in advance at our clients so no problem to move for another place.......
The last thing is that nothig is missing from the roof of bungalow #2 (another lies) and our towels are NOT old and ratty, YES it's true that we don't offer to our guest beach towel for a very simple reason: the sand it's a big problem for the washing machines.
About the maintenance of the Hotel the Lady stated that "everything it's falling down" but this is a personal idea of this lady that for sure is not an architect.
Best regards.

Pino Trimarchi
HOTEL LUNA LLENA
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Tamarindo, Costa Rica
Level Contributor
54 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2013

This is a cute place from the outside, nice looking pool and bar area and is within walking distance to town and the beach. Nice tile shower.
I didn't stay in one of the bungalows so I can only fairly review the standard room which was a small, run down room that smelled musty. I would not recommend staying in one of these rooms. They seem old and dingy, just overall yucky. It has a bed, an older model tv,A/C and not much more. Staff did their job but didn't seem especially helpful or even friendly.
They advertise a "breakfast buffet" which was not even close to a buffet but a small complementary basket of toast and jelly, juice and coffee or a small plate of rice, beans and scrambled eggs. I had to laugh at this. At least it is served complementary and in a cute little outdoor bistro type "restaurant". I never did find any food served at any other time of day or any real restaurant so if it is there, I never saw it! Internet didn't work for a full day. No refrigeration or even ice available for the room.
Overall, cute and convenient but I cannot recommend staying overnight here.

Room Tip: Standard room not recommended.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
5 Thank kcctraveler
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New York City, New York
Level Contributor
10 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 25, 2012

First off the positives:
-it was walking distance to everything so that was great
-the bed was comfortable
-nice pool
-breakfast was good (kinda small though)
-super friendly staff

Negatives:
-charged more than advertised
-tons of ants/millipedes/stinkbugs/other creatures in the room
-internet did not work in the room
-didn't have our room ready as they were not expecting us

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank Sam J
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North Vancouver, Canada
Level Contributor
11 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2012

This is a nice little spot just off the beaten path in Tamarindo, but walking distance to everything. We stayed in a bungalow unit which was clean and spacious, staff was friendly and helpful, and price is very reasonable. I enjoyed the atmosphere with plenty of happy cats and dogs milling about, and the building structures allowing for some free flowing air (and the odd gecko) in from the outside.
My only discomfort is that the mattresses are foam, which we are not used to and thus proved for a bit of a restless sleep. We stayed mid week just before the busy season so not sure if the noise level of the gravel road becomes an issue during busy season or on weekends as you do clearly hear each passing vehicle that goes by.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Scott T
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Property: Hotel Luna Llena
Address: Calle Real | Playa Tamarindo, Tamarindo 5150, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Tamarindo
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 49 B&Bs / Inns in Tamarindo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Luna Llena 3*
Number of rooms: 14
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