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“It's fine if you have a good back.” 1 of 5 stars
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Hotel Luna Llena
Ranked #14 of 48 Tamarindo B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
San Leandro, California, United States
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24 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“It's fine if you have a good back.”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013 via mobile

My husband and I chose to stay here based on the pictures. It was kind if kitschy and cute... Totally our style. We loved that it had a restaurant and a wet bar. Sold. I was also excited about the "orthopedic" bed.
So the property is pretty adorable. However when we where there the evening restaurant wasn't open and neither was the wet bar. The tico breakfast however was actually the best we had the entire time we where in Costa Rica.
The room was covered in ants but I figured given where we at as long as they didn't get in bed with us I could live with them. Not to mention when we finally left this place and checked into another hotel the ants where just as bad there.
We where supposed to stay for 7 days but ultimately checked out after 2 days. The bed was absolutely the most uncomfortable thing I have ever slept on in my life. I woke up so sore and in so much pain there was no way I could stay for another night.
Ultimately it just wasn't what we where looking for on our long stay in Costa Rica

  • Stayed April 2013
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English first
Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
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30 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

It has been a while ago since we went here, November 2007 but I wanted to include this wonderful place in my reviews as it is a place to remember. Cabannas are very practically set up, breakfast is very good - lots of nice fresh fruits in the morning. Tamarindo is amazing, with it's jungle. howling monkeys and beautiful beaches!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

No love here. We stayed here for two nights as part of a week long trip through Costa Rica. Perhaps, for the price it is adequate. The room was clean but insects were a problem. The lack of privacy was annoying and the bed was uncomfortable, lacking a mattress pad. The lock on the door was not reassuring. The pool bar is a fun touch and the bartender was friendly. We did enjoy the monkeys who made regular appearances.
The Tamarindo area was a bit touristy for our tastes but many folks would love it.

Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

When we got to the front desk there was nobody to great us. We had to wait like 15min until somebody came. The rooms are ok (cozy somehow) but the matress are really hard and the pillows really low, therefore is difficult to fall sleep. There are red ants walking in the walls, but they are not sooo many as a lady from a previous review wrote. The pool looks dirty eventhough they clean it every morning, the water looks full of sunblock. The breakfast is not good. You can choose between a Tico breakfast fullll of fat or a Continental breakfast (2 slices of bread and butter). The service is not good ( the employees need some customer service trainning). BAD SERVICE, BAD FOOD, GREAT LOCATION SURROUNDED BY NATURE.

  • Stayed March 2013
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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
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1 Thank Merrymakers
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Ottawa, Canada
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7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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 stars
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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 stars 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
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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 48 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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