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Hotel Diuwak
Ranked #11 of 14 Hotels in Dominical
Zurich, Switzerland
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12 reviews
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“Stay elsewhere - run run run”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2014

Beyond bad - no hot water, sink clogged up, poor internet, mechanic working outside the bathroom window, and zero attention by the manager to these issues. We raised our issues to the nice receptionist who was sympathetic, but the manager just hid in his office and never came out to talk to us (albeit he could not speak english) which was apalling. When i asked what the difference was between my deluxe room and the standard I was told it due to a coffeemaker and closer to the pool (which was only 10 feet away in this tiny hotel anyway.) We were booked for 4 nights but left immediately even though they would only refund one night - it was THAT bad. Two stars at best. The breakfast was the only good thing. The receptionist herself was so fed up of all the complaints that she quit and was leaving the next day! PS. As a bonus we had a loud neighboring "double" room packed with 4 adults and 6 kids which was not possible with only two beds but somehow allowed?! Felt like a scene from a chevy chase movie.

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2014

We stayed here for one night of our honeymoon and were thoroughly disappointed.

Good things about DiuWak:
-Close to the beach
-Room has AC (though we witnessed a fellow guest complaining that his was not working)
-Pretty surroundings

Bad things abot DiuWak:
-They did not have our reservation, which we arranged by e-mail, when we arrived. We were told they were completely full. Another guest had also had problems from booking through a third party. Bookings.com bookings seemed ok. The one other hotel they recommended was full and they refused to suggest or even phone anywhere else without a lot of hassle. We walked to the other side of town to find a room, and returned to pick up our cases, to be told they had finally managed to find an available room.
-We paid $125 for a standard room, $10 more than was orininally quoted to us. This was one of the most expensive hotels of our honeymoon and the worst value.
-A double and a single bed squeezed into a very basic room clearly not big enough - the door didn't close without moving the double bed.
-No safe in the room
-Refusal by staff to recommend anywhere other than their own restaurant
-Very profit-driven atmosphere, much less friendly or personal than anywhere else we stayed in Costa Rica.
-Dodgy wifi, connected a little bit every hour or two depending on exact position of phone, another guest said his wasn't working either
-Noisy

About Dominical in general - only go if you are a keen surfer. There are hardly any places to eat and not much else to do in the tiny village.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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San Diego, California, United States
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24 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2013 via mobile

Resent remodel was top notch. Service was above our expectations. Maid staff,front desk and resturant staff made Us feel like we were 5 star visitors. The included breakfast was delicious and exactly what a hungry surfer needed. The kitchen was well organized and extremely clean.
The grounds and pool were very well maintained. Rooms were insect free and the ac made for a great nights sleep. Did I mention flat screen tv with kinks from miami. For those that must see football games.
All this comfort in the middle of the jungle. We will visit again. Thanks for a great visit Pete and Rachel Blakeley.

Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Madison, Wisconsin
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2013

We went on our trip to Dominical in mid sept which is their off season so needless to say the hotel or surrounding area was not very busy. I loved the feeling of having the town and hotel pretty much to ourselves. The hotel room was small but had a great authentic Costa Rican vibe! It had a tin roof that made the rain at night sound amazing! It also had warm water in the shower - There was also an outdoor shower that was perfect for rinsing off after surfing. Though the room was small it was one of the nicer places to stay right in Dominical and the staff was great! The front desk staff assisted us with tours and surf board rentals and gave us a great price due to the off season. They also included a free breakfast every morning with the best fried plantains I have ever had! The hotel is also within walking distance to the beach and every shop and restaurant in town. I recommend it to anyone!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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6 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2013

I stayed here with my boyfriend on our romantic getaway for 2 nights. The receptionist was very kind and helpful, the rooms were clean and the pool was fantastic with a nice waterfall!
They have beautiful gardens were you can relax and even do some yoga. Also, the hotel is really close to the beach and bars of dominical.
The only things I didn't like was that we had a hard time to get our A/C to work on the room and the breakfast was a poor buffet with some fruits and bread.
Despite of this everything was perfect during our getaway <3 !

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Kimampie05
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Southfield, Michigan
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42 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2013

We went during off season and the hotel was undergoing repairs. Many of the shops and restaurants were closed. It was great that we could rent a car at the hotel, that allowed us to go the Whale tour in Uvite and to Quepos. The on site restaurant has good thin crust pizza, they also will make the typical plate (if you ask). Rooms were clean and nice and it appears the security is good (there had been several break-in's around town while we were in the city.
One of our two rooms had problems with the Air Conditioning (the AC is critical during these hot evenings). You can't swim at the beach, but the beach is close to the hotel.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Morresa
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atlanta
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13 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2013

I stayed here for 1 night this past summer with 10 college students from CofC in SC, USA and it was pretty nice. We visited the shops and restaurants at the beach nearby during the day. It rained all throughout the night so we didn't venture out much but we rely enjoyed the outdoor pool. We swam all afternoon night and were never bothered by any workers or upset guests. The wi-fi only works for half of the resort which our cabin was not included in unfortunately - but everything else was great.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank shannon m
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Property: Hotel Diuwak
Address: Across From the ICE Office | Playa Dominical, Dominical, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Dominical
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Dominical
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Diuwak 3*
Number of rooms: 36
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel DiuwakDiuwak , from the Bri -Bri indigenous language in Castilian means " People of the Sun " .The Diuwak hotel is an oasis located in Dominical along the southern Pacific Coast of Costa Rica beach. The hotel is just 50 meters from the beach . The hotel has 36 comfortable rooms , including 5 suites and 6 fully equipped bungalowsThe Diuwak hotel has beautiful gardens and is the only hotel in the area with planters bio creating the perfect atmosphere in the green landscape. As part of the lovely natural landscaping is Tilapia pond surrounded by traditional figures and a small bridge, making it ideal for finding tranquility.Hotel facilities include a magnificent Diuwak pool with night lighting , plus the Tulu Restaurant, the restaurant offers delicious international dishes, the restaurant is known for having the best pizza in the area. The hotel how much a circuit cable television , car rentals , surf lessons , tours and countless options .See you soon at Hotel Diuwak , an experience you deserve. ... more   less 
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