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5 Bedrooms, 6 Bathrooms, Sleeps 16
Tamarindo, Province of Guanacaste

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Joseph S
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“¡Pura Vida!”
Reviewed 29 September 2015 for a stay in September 2015
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¡Pura Vida!

This was my third time to Guanacaste, Costa Rica. During my first two vacations, I stayed at the Westin. This time, I stayed at this luxury penthouse. I have a winner and am sold. This penthouse experience was extraordinary. It’s simply impossible to get the full luxury and ambiance of this private penthouse. Wow! The penthouse is pristine.

With the penthouse comes a local cell phone with pre-programmed contacts for Bob and his team, who are available, pleasant, and responsive 24/7.

We were picked up at the Liberia airport - - had a thoroughly enjoyable partial-tour ride to Tamarindo, where we were met by Bob, the property-manager-extraordinaire. After touring the property (the ground floor security, the building’s pool, the vastness, modernity, and beauty of the penthouse we were ready to go grocery and wine shopping. Bob took us to the grocery store and escorted us with local tips while shopping. On the way back to the penthouse, Bob gave us a fantastic tour of Tamarindo, including recommendations for restaurants, hang outs, and activities, including pointing out the private beach club of which we were members for the week.

We arrived back to the penthouse in plenty of time for gourmet Chef Frank of bellyfedbetter.com to prepare the first of three dinners for the week - - and to catch the first of many breath taking sunsets from our private balcony facing west.

The Langosta Beach Club was fantastic with its infinity pool - - unparalleled, pleasant, personal service - - great cocktails, beer, champagne, and wine - - and activities, including first-time surfing lessons.

Bob also assisted us on two extraordinary days of sports fishing. One full day on the Talking Fish via Tamarindo Sports Fishing with a trophy sailfish, bonitas, snapper, and unbelievable grouper - - and a half day on the Gamefisher II via gamefisher2.com with rooster fish, mahi mahi, wahoo, and a trophy amberjack.

Thanks to Bob and his timely logistical arrangements, we were able to historically visit and see the Olive Ridley Sea Turtles laying their eggs at Playa Ostional. How lucky we were. it really is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see this natural wonder of Costa Rica. Bob arranged ground transportation to and from the penthouse - - and covered with Chef Frank to move the timing of that night’s celebration dinner to a bit later.

I believe our only regret - - is that our week went by too quickly. Costa Rica has a special place in my heart and, on future trips to Costa Rica, I cannot imagine staying in a “Westin” or other major hotel when you have the elegance and attentiveness like the Peninsula Penthouse with Bob and his team.

You will not be disappointed. To the contrary, you will experience the grandeur and beauty of Costa Rica from your private penthouse balcony with jacuzzi. What a splendid way to experience "¡Pura Vida!"

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StvPR
Onsted, Michigan
2 reviews
“Magnificent”
Reviewed 31 August 2015 for a stay in August 2015

First Bob Wilson, the owner, is a character .. and a pleasure to deal with. He is a resident in Tamarindo with an easy laid back style. As soon as we arrived we wanted to stock the kitchen .. 'OK" he said 'lets go to the grocery store..". We were a party of 6 (with 3 more arriving during the week) and all climbed aboard his truck and headed out.. He accompanied us through the store giving helpful hints mixed with his blend of humor.
And so began our 10 day stay at the 'Penthouse', a truly tranquil location. From Howler monkeys on our street (they do not interact with people), to Marlin in the bay, the location and accommodation met every box we ticked.
We did not need a car (taxis are really cheap when we needed one) and the town center was a short walk. Safety was not a concern. The town still has a local feel with plenty of food/adventure options and a vibrant, un spoilt, character. Recommended? You bet!

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akthree
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Great Place!”
Reviewed 29 June 2015 for a stay in June 2015
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We stayed here for a week - a family reunion of sorts. This was a wonderful place to stay. Very impressive bedrooms, baths, patios, views and complex. Each bedroom has a private balcony (perhaps all but one), kitchen was really nice, common areas were spacious and luxurious. Fairly centrally located to "downtown" tamarindo, has a spa on the patio in the unit, huge pool in the complex, plus unlimited access to langosta beach club (gym, pool, beachfront, bar, etc - a nice addition).

A couple of considerations for those considering this condo:
1. Great with kids.
2. Great for families and for non families - would be a great bachelor party spot also.
3. Furniture is a little worn - living room couch was shedding white stuff onto our clothes - not a big deal but should be addressed.
4. There are wall air conditioners in each room (as opposed to central air - which is apparently common in CR). The a/c unit in the kitchen didn't work and we were told it never did. The a/c unit right outside the kitchen didn't work, we reported it and were told a part had to be ordered, so the entire week we had no a/c in the kitchen or right outside - might not seem like a big deal but it's HOT! The a/c unit in one of the living rooms also didn't work, was never fixed despite reporting it and so consequently we didn't use that living room.
5. Wifi! This is huge. I had planned to work a bit from my vacation. The wifi was very spotty and was extremely frustrating. Don't plan to have reliable wifi in this unit - bring an air card with international data. My company offered it to me and I turned it down because I knew the unit had wifi. Big mistake. It worked about 50% of the time. Had to go to the beach club and sit in the hot sun to get a signal sometimes.

This is 5 stars FOR A RENTAL - but just because it's a 5 star rental doesn't mean it's a Four Seasons or a Ritz Carlton - mostly because of the few issues listed above. Overall it was an incredible place and I'd stay there again. For a reference point, I typically stay at 5 star hotels exclusively - and I would go back to this penthouse. It truly was awesome!

Another tip: renting a car was awesome - not necessary but we did rent one and it made it really easy to explore the area on a whim and also go to dinner with kids.

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Shawn K
Providence, Rhode Island
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“Even better than we ever could have imagined”
Reviewed 3 June 2015 for a stay in March 2015

We had the pleasure of spending a week in the villa at the end of March. We were two families, with 6 kids ages 6 to 14. Unlike many other listings where they don't look like the pictures in the ad, this one was even more spectacular. The space is huge and immaculate. Bob and Sebastian did everything they could and then some to address anything you could possibly want, from planning day trips to arranging travel to making restaurant recommendations, they did it all. The location is perfect....a short walk from more restaurants and bars than you could ever go to. In addition the beach is literally across the street. One of the best bonuses of the trip was the membership that was included to the Langosta beach club. Between the pool, the restaurant/bar and access to the beach, this was the icing on the cake. I couldn't recommend this more highly and I encourage anyone thinking about renting to reach out to Bob and/or Sebastian to learn more. You will not be disappointed.

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SusanS061...
Pleasanton, California, United States
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“Luxury Living-Pura Vida”
Reviewed 12 January 2015 for a stay in January 2015
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I will start by saying please read Kathy O's excellent review from August 2014. i will not restate the accommodations because she does it beautifully. This property is exactly as advertised, large, clean, nicely decorated with a well appointed kitchen and lush linens. The beds are very comfortable. The chairs and sofas allow for socializing and relaxing in comfort as well. The pantry has a large shelf of soft beach towels, games, pool and beach toys. The place could easily accommodate the 16 they allow very comfortably. The wi-fi was very unreliable but it may have been due to the extremely high winds during our visit. Much of the time we had no access. We heard from several residents that they had never seen winds that strong. The power was out one day and to our wonderful surprise this unit has a generator to keep some lights and necessary things running-like the refrigerator.

Bob greeted us, showed us around the condo and got us settled in. We had a few maintenance issues and Bob took care of them within a few hours. (A/C unit leaking, one not working, sink running slow) It was very easy to work with Bob, Sebastian and Juan. I do recommend that you rent at least one phone from them for your stay. We had to rely on email or walking to their office (a ten minute walk across from the Beach Club) to contact them because there is not a working phone in the home. It would also have helped us to get taxis into town, make dinner reservations, etc. The guard at the gate was kind enough to call us a taxi, but the cell phone would have been a big plus.

We loved Tamarindo. It has a vibrant (by Costa Rican standards) nightlife with lots of dining, bars, and a casino. We did touring 4 of our 8 days. They are long days in the car but so worth the experiences. We took the Mega Combo, the Day trip to Nicaragua, a trip to the beach to see the turtle nesting areas, hiking in the rainforest and the Palo Verde Tour. All the tours were unique, fun and our entire group from 22 to 73 enjoyed them.

We also spent a few days at the beach club. It has lovely cabanas and a pool with poolside cocktails and dining. Due to wind, the pool was constantly full of debris but the staff was diligent in trying to keep up. With the beach just a few steps away and the availability of boogie boards, surf boards, paddle boards and kayaks we played in the ocean most of our time there. Also due to the high winds, the trees over the club were alive with howler monkeys. It was such a treat to watch them jump and play. The babies were so funny and kept us entertained.

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Liked best: The ability of our group to congregate in so many areas of the home and also have a spot to get some alone time when you needed it.
Liked least: No local phone to call for taxis, reservations or to contact Bob, but this is easily remedied by renting a cell phone from him for $35 dollars per week.
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
Large groups
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