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“Pleasantly surprised by the beauty (Feb 14 - 18, 2012)” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hotel Tamarindo Diria

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Hotel Tamarindo Diria
Ranked #10 of 22 Hotels in Tamarindo
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Pleasantly surprised by the beauty (Feb 14 - 18, 2012)”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2012

We booked the hotel through a Living Social deal and I was not expecting much so I was very pleasantly surprised when we drove up and found a beautiful open air lobby with view of the (smaller) pool, a picturesque walkway to the beach, and the bonus of arriving right before sunset so we got to watch the sun set over the water from the lobby. Our room was not on the beach side but was across the road on the other side (which has a large and beautifully landscapped pool with a swim up bar). We were in room 611 and although noted by several people below, this area of the hotel was impacted by constant construction noise throughout the day, the noise did not bother us as it did not start early and ended before sundown so we were rarely in the room when the workers were working. Unlike some below, we found the beds quite comfortable (our room had two doubles). The grounds of the hotel (both sides) are very very nice and the breakfast (which is included) was wonderful with a buffet that included omelets made to order, bacon or sausage, rice and beans or other starch, plantains, toasts, pastries, pancakes, lots of delicious fresh fruit (watermelon and pineapple were always available along with grapes, apples, papaya, tomatoes, cucumbers, etc, etc), a cereal station, and several juices. Although it is true that the front desk is not the best in responsiveness and customer service, the hotel itself far exceeded my expectations. (And anyone wanting a recommendation for a place to eat, we LOVED La Beach Club right down the way....ate there two nights and would have on our third night but we were full from the food from our excursion). Our package also included a bottle of wine and we were very pleasantly surprised to also receive a large and beautiful fruit tray filled with kiwis, papaya, watermelon, pineapple, and grapes. On the downside, the wine and tray were supposed to be in our room when we arrived. We did not get them until we called Latin Express to see if they were suppose to be at this hotel or our next one...so there does seem to be service glitches at the hotel (and bartender service was slow in the main section) but since we did not interact with the staff much, we were overall impressed by the location and beauty of the resort.

Room Tip: I suspect the rooms on the beach side would be wonderful as the view of the ocean was one of our hig...
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2012

Perfect location, no need to ever leave hotel except to go ziplining LOL. Recommend paying extra for ocean view, as your patio porch is the hotel's lushious gardens and just steps to the beach. I was in poolside room for 1 night, but was moved because of noise repairmen were making. The hotel immediately acommodated me by moving me to an oceanview room for a nominal additional fee. The Concierge Andre was fantastic & quick to make the switch happen. Thank you!!

Beautiful pool & swim up bar & lagoon pool located on other side of hotel. The swim up bar pool had tunes playing & it was all Top 40 music & a variety of House,salsa, reggae- very hip.

Great staff, friendly and very knowledgeable & their English was very good. I contemplated staying @ The JW Marriot as opposed to this hotel, and so glad I chose Hotel Diria instead - mainly because of its central location. The hotel is next to all nightlife in Tamarindo, including Aqua Discothetique, and the entire 3-4 blocks that compromises Tamarindo's town.
NOTE: Hotel Diria does NOT charge a daily resort fee (not charge yet shall I say b/c Im sure they're gonna wise up soon LOL) and they do NOT charge for local calls(including calls to local cellphones). This suprised me (in a good way!)

  • Stayed February 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Taber, Canada
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2012

Good location just across the road from the beach. Our 1st mistake was paying for our room before we looked at it. The 1st room the bed was full of hair. The 2nd room we tried the sheets were wore right thru....mostly held together by threads and garbage on the floor.tried to get our money back and had a tough time....so we tried a 3rd room and the bedspread had a bunch of dead bugs on it. So needless to say the wife was not having any part of these accommodations. We left without a refund, but came back the next day and the manager did cancel the charges on our credit card. For $85 we didnt expect a palace, but a good maid would have made a world of difference

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Whitestone, New York
2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2012

My boyfriend and I just returned from a 5 night stay at Tamarindo Diria Beach Resort. Although we had an unforgettable time in Costa Rica, there were a few glitches that made our stay unpleasant. Upon on our arrival, we were not greeted by a friendly staff. We had an ocean view room which was standard size. The bathroom was a bit small for two people to navigate through but it did not bother us one bit. On our first night there was no warm/hot water but that problem did not reoccur on the following nights. During the day ants were not as visible in the room but at night the floor had many ants crawling all over the place. We tried extremely hard not to leave any of our belongings on the floor. It was seriously the one thing that ruined our stay at this hotel. With that being said, the grounds on this hotel were well maintained by the staff. The beach front property had a gorgeous beach, breath taking sun set and excellent scenery. There are guards located on both entrances on the hotel which allowed us to feel safe and protected. It also kept away the locals from entering onto the property. The hotel provided its guests with lounge chairs by the pool but unfortunately, the ones located on the beach were not included. The hotel was located right in the middle of town in walking distance to many little shops and magnificent restaurants (Seasons was our favorite). I also recommend that it is best to do some research on finding a good deal on the excursions. The one located inside the hotel is a bit overpriced compared to other places in town. After seeing many of the other hotels located in the town, I was pleased to say that the Tamarindo Diria Beach Resort was the best place to stay during your visit to Tamarindo. Overall we enjoyed ourselves and had an unforgettable vacation in Costa Rica.

Room Tip: Sunset Ocean View
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Hermosa Beach, California
1 review
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2012

We booked a stay with this hotel for 4 nights (through a Groupon) recently, and were highly disappointed with the hotel, staff and services and WILL NOT be back.

To start, the Groupon was not made clear to us at check-in. It was assumed all food and drink was inclusive during our stay. After being charged on several instances, we questioned the front desk and they explained that we had a $250.00 voucher to use for food, and drink upon our stay and that there were certain places we 'had' to eat in to qualify for this. Again extremely confusing and frustrating!

Secondly, we were taken to a hotel room across the street from the resort that was located in an area next to a lot with extremely noisy construction going on (all day), a safe that didn't work and a very uncomfortable bed. The front desk was happy to move us to a different room further back behind the pool, however, this room did not include a fridge, nor have hot water. We later arrived back to ants and other such bugs in our room. The unfortunate part was that it took several attempts to receive a fridge and they never did fix our hot water. Very disappointing from a 5-star hotel! No hot water, are you serious?!

Thirdly, my expensive sunglasses were stolen from my hotel room. When I questioned the maid, she all of a sudden said (in good English); “I don’t speak English”.

And lastly, the front desk staff (especially Marco - there in the afternoon/evening) was extremely unprofessional and rude. I was told by several hotel staff I could exchange some American currency for colonies at the desk and was told twice by him they had no money there to do so and to go to the bank, which was extremely frustrating and time consuming! Even the bar, could never exchange for us…

Room Tip: Book a room facing the beach (on the actual Resort side).
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Hotel Tamarindo Diria
Address: Tamarindo Beach, Tamarindo 50309, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Tamarindo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Centre 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:
#1 Green Hotel in Tamarindo
#5 Business Hotel in Tamarindo
#7 Spa Hotel in Tamarindo
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Tamarindo
#9 Romantic Hotel in Tamarindo
#9 Family Hotel in Tamarindo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): €€
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, 6 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
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