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Reviewed 8 December 2017

Travelled for the weekend on the 01Dec-04Dec17 amazing location right on the city strip close to restaurants,dance clubs and shops very friendly people. Tours can be purchased off the beach. Please take advantage of the surf lessons even if your a beginner so worth it. Will be returning for sure with the whole family.

Room Tip: Adult area across the street farther away from the beachfront
  • Stayed: December 2017, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 6 December 2017

A ten day trip to Costa Rica brought us to Tamarindo. Tamarindao is a tourist/ surfer town with shops to support these two market groups. Be prepared for an hours drive from the airport to the hotel. We opted to stay at the Tamarindo Diri beach resort and specifically the hotel rather than the condo simply because we did not want to deal with making our breakfast every morning. Lazy? No just wanted to holiday. Breakfast is buffet style with ample options and flavourful food. Staff were friendly and pleasant. We did not eat that the hotels restaurant for dinner, as there are ample eating out options throughout the town. Everything is an easy walk from the hotel. The wedding meal was superb, so I can imagine the restaurant menu would have been as wonderful. The hotel/ resort has a beach side and "across the road side" but not an issue. The hotel room we stayed in was on the second floor and large enough for three persons but more comfortable with two.

Maintenance appeared to be a priority with management as touch up and fixing was on gong to keep the property in good nick. It could have been because we were there prior to November 25th which is the early start of their high season. The hotel grounds are lush and well maintained providing a delightful home for the many familys of Howler monkeys. Yes, monkeys on the property but never out of their safe haven trees. They do let you know they are around with their howling but that is part of the experience.

There three pools, one on the beach side and two on the "across the road" side of the property. One pool for family's with children which is quite large and designed with a few niches to afford some privacy. We opted for the adult only pool as it fit right in with a quiet holiday setting. Both pools operate swim up bars but the adult pool bar was closed during our stay. There are two signs designation the adult only pool, one stating "Adults Only" and a second that reads "children must be accompanied by an adult" Humm - Adult Only!!!!!

The beach has charcoal to light grey coloured sand. It is wide and long with ample room for long leisurely walks. When the tied is out the sand is hard packed making for easy walking. We were told to watch for crocodiles during beach walks but all we came across were warning signs at the rivers flowing to the ocean, so they are there. Should you walk to the north along the beach (turn right) from the hotel to the river, there are fellows who will take you up the river to see monkeys, birds and crocodiles for a fee ($15US) that can be negotiated, at least during low season. The boat ride will take about an hour.

The surf is ideal for beginners and novelist surfers. The water is said to have a strong current but as a strong swimmer I did not experience the currents like in other tropical areas such as Hawaii or Mexico's Pacific coastal area. The water is shallow and will allow one to walk a fair way out without getting much above the waist. Large rock outcrops and rocks in general are and can be a concern if care is not taken. If and when you travel to this destination check out the beach at low tide before you run head long into the surf.

The town is typical of a tourist destination, so closing your eyes and turning around and then opening them you could be any place in the tropics. That is not a bad thing it is just as it is. There is nothing historic or culturally distinctive in the town, at least nothing that we could find or told about from our friends who have traveled to this destination in the past.

The Saturday morning farmers market was quaint as was the Thursday evening market. Interesting items but not much in the way of unique local items. Little to no bargaining, as these are not traditional markets like one would come across away from a tourist destination.

The US dollar for the most part is the currency of the day for 95% of the stores. If you go to any of the grocery/ convenience stores they list products in local currency, colones. If you pay in US currency, you will receive either US, local currency or both as change. Money changing is simple, just remember to bring your passport. US currency is key, so to my Canadian readers, leave your Canadian currency at home.

Traveling and staying in Costa Rica is not inexpensive. The Tamarindo Diria room rates are similar to typical destinations in Canada or the US. The products/ souvenirs in the local stores are fixed prices, in US dollars and similar to what you would pay back home. But many of the wood products are interesting and worth searching for that unique piece. Street and beach vendors are typical of any tourist destination but not aggressive. Their prices are not fixed but they will ask way more than they are willing to accept. Most often they will accept about half what they are asking.

While there are less expensive hotels in the area, we would recommend the Tamarindo Diria resort, it is clean, staff are friendly and helpful.

Room Tip: All of the rooms view out over gardens.
  • Stayed: November 2017, travelled with friends
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4  Thank TLBMW
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MariaTDBR, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Hotel Tamarindo Diria, responded to this reviewResponded 7 December 2017

Dear TLBMW,

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience about your recent stay at our hotel.

We sincerely appreciate your feedback and we will address it directly with our management. Our goal is always to make our guests' stay a memorable one so we continuosly strive to improve our services in the áreas where is needed.

We hope you enjoyed the Wedding celebration and we look forward to welcoming you back again in the future.

Best regards.


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Reviewed 5 December 2017 via mobile

Friendly hotel staff, but do not visit the “Tour Desk”, unless you want to get rip off. I asked Medary about a private boat trip that was listed at $425. She told me that the boat was not longer available because it had been struck by lightning. She told me that they had one similar for $500. She continued to try to set me up on more costly boat tours. I returned the next day and talked to Bryant the manager and I was able to get the boat for $425. I confronted him about what Medary had told me. He told me that she was confused and gave me the wrong information. I told him that I speak perfect Spanish as she does, so it wasn’t like it was a language barrier. Bryant continued to try to excuse Medary behavior, that she had been on vacation and wasn’t up to date, etc,etc,etc. I told Bryant that I would expect that from others vendors but not the Hotel were about 60 members of my friends and family, were staying to attend a friend’s wedding. I’m very disappointed that this happened.

Stayed: December 2017, travelled with friends
3  Thank Angel T
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MariaTDBR, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Hotel Tamarindo Diria, responded to this reviewResponded 6 December 2017

Dear Angel T,

We apologize for the issue you have encountered at the Tour Desk and appreciate your feedback.

We have addressed your concerns and shared your comments with the Tour Desk Manager and we truly believe this time it was a miscommunication from our part. It is never our intention to make our guests feel disappointed or upset.

As always, please feel free to contact us with any concerns you may have and thank you for choosing to stay with us.


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Reviewed 3 December 2017

If you intend to stay in here, be aware that unless you book OCEAN VIEW, you will end up in their other buildings across the street. We were one of four families who were led to believe we had ocean view rooms only to find out we had Lagoon rooms.We did NOT want those! When I inquired about being moved to Ocean View, I was advised there weren't any available for 2 more nights. We had booked through a travel company so I called them and they were able to get us two Ocean View (which is what they told the travel company we booked!) the next night. Over the course of several days, I saw 3 other family's going through the same thing we did. It seems very much like "bait and switch". In addition, there was quite a bit of maintenance going on. The hotel wasn't cleaned well either. (See pictures). The buffet was average. The ocean view rooms were much better than the rooms across the street. The staff wasn't as friendly as other places and many didn't speak any English. Tamarindo is very much a touristy type town: lots of people bothering you to buy souvenirs every few feet. Those were the negatives. The positives: great beach location. If you want to learn to surf or just lay out on the beach, there is plenty of room. Be advised, you can't take the resort lounge chairs to the beach but you can rent some from vendors on the beach for $15/pc. Restaurants are good. The bar staff is friendly and good conversationalists.The highlight was the howler monkeys that hang out in the trees and walk across the roof. Very cool! Over all, this resort hotel is one of the better beach front hotels we've stayed at (in ocean front rooms). It's not posh but in Tamarindo, it's the nicest one on the beach there is.

  • Stayed: November 2017, travelled with family
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2  Thank Shannon S
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MariaTDBR, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Hotel Tamarindo Diria, responded to this reviewResponded 6 December 2017

Dear Shannon S,

Thank you for providing feedback regarding your recent experience at our hotel.

We are sorry to hear about the issue with your room assignment, however, we are sure this was a miscommunication from your Travel agent as all our room categories are duly described.

also, we had an opportunity to perform some renovation work to keep our property in excellent condition, so we are sorry that it caused you discomfort. However, we are sure that our guests will be pleased with the results.

Best regards.


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Reviewed 3 December 2017 via mobile

Stayed at the hotel for 2 nights. I was in the new section across the street from the main hotel. Wi-Fi was very slow and kept going down. In the shower the water kept going from real hot to real cold and there was nothing I could do today keep it at a good temperature. The last morning there was no hot water at all.
You have to cross a busy street to get to the restaurant and beach. They don't have a security guard that helps with the traffic.
The staff were very friendly.

Stayed: December 2017, travelled solo
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