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Flamingo Beach Resort & Spa
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Playa Flamingo
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Quesada, Costa Rica
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5 reviews
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“Beautiful secret in Costa Rica”
Reviewed 23 April 2014

This is a beautiful location for a family not looking for a lot of night life but want relaxation and quality time together. It is an excellent value, an awesome beach with waves you can actually have fun and swim in. It is just simply a beautiful location. From there you can ride around to other beaches and enjoy the other wonderful beaches in the vicinity. The service and rooms are very nice. Very large resort feel but service of a small quaint hotel. The pool is amazing. The hotel caters to English speaking tourists but there were people from many countries there. Playa Flamingo is one of my favorite beaches. I am married to a wonderful man from CR so we have traveled around a bit and I have always loved this area. Don't be afraid to explore to other beaches. Just hire a car or rent a car and have fun discovering new places.

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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Flamingo B, Owner at Flamingo Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 29 April 2014
Thank you so much for your your kind words and recommendation for the Flamingo Beach Resort & Spa. We are so pleased that you appreciated the great value that our hotel represents. We are not fancy, but our prices are excellent compared to other Costa Rica beach front hotels and we do our best to provide excellent service, facilities and a variety of amenities. Your comments regarding our resort are helpful and very much on target; we hope you come back and visit us again real soon.
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Huntington Station, New York
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Reviewed 22 April 2014

A beautiful hotel, amazing staff, quiet and peaceful. This hotel forces you to relax and take an actual vacation. Not much activity, only one restaurant w one menu but for the money its a great vacation. Staff is incredible... We love Elias and Manuel at the pool bar. Alexi in the restaurant was a awesome. Front desk was very helpful when we needed them for an emergency situation.... Twice .
Our only real grief was the limited menus at the restaurant. As beautiful as it was , it got redundant. We venutured out to coco loco down the beach, 10 min walk. And to Angelina's restaurant, 2 min walk. Try the swordfish or the tuna at coco loco and the short ribs at Angelina's , best I ever had and I'm from NYC ,,,,I've had a lot. All in all a great RELAXING vacation

Room Tip: All the same, only the ground level rooms are surrounded by greenery so no view from there
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Flamingo B, Owner at Flamingo Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 29 April 2014
While we hate to go from "Perfect" to "Almost Perfect," we are truly grateful for your positive comments and recommendation. Thank you also for recognizing several of our amazing, hard-working staff members by name; they really appreciate it. We are sorry you found our menu limited after a few days; but we do have some excellent restaurants within walking distance from the hotel and we encourage our guests to try them. Thank you for choosing our property for your Costa Rica vacation; please tell your friends from New York and Long Island about us, as we look forward to welcoming them and seeing you back here again when you plan another escape to our beautiful tropics!
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Decatur, Texas
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Reviewed 21 April 2014

My husband and really enjoyed our 5 days and 4 nights here at this hotel. The rooms were nice and clean and the staff was very helpful. When we checked in we had a pool view room which we paid extra for that had a view of the children's wading pool - not very good. They quickly let us move up to the 2nd floor which was much better. I can't warn you enough that if you are driving from Fortuna to this hotel your GPS will take you on a "monkey road" which is a unpaved back way in…LOL. If you are into 4 wheeling then you will enjoy it but if not- consider yourself warned. The breakfast that was included daily was very good and the hubby missed it when we got back. We did not do the all inclusive since we like to venture out of the hotel and explore. My husband is a smoker and had to go across the street to the beach to smoke which was no big deal but wanted to give you a heads up that there is no smoking not the hotel grounds. We had the hotel photographer take pics of us on the beach before we left and he did an fantastic job! I would highly recommend doing this while you are there. The only major con is the Wifi was terrible unless you want to sit right by the front desk forget it!

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Flamingo B, Owner at Flamingo Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 29 April 2014
We are so pleased that you enjoyed your recent Costa Rica beach vacation at The Flamingo Beach Resort & Spa, and very much appreciate your business. As our property has many different types of rooms, we do try to be very flexible about accommodating our guests to a room of their liking whenever we are able to do so. Unfortunately, when guests arrive during a week/weekend when the property is totally full, we are sometimes unable to relocate them to an accommodation more to their preference, and it almost always causes a disappointment. It is always good to do your homework in advance, research the property, and then be very clear about what is or isn't guaranteed in your reservation. While some hotels are what I would call "cookie-cutter" --like the big chain hotels whereby every room looks exactly the same, our property is quite boutique. We are so glad it worked out for you and that you were happy with the room you ultimately got.
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Reviewed 20 April 2014 via mobile

We really enjoyed our 5 day/4 night stay as part of our Costa Rica tour. Room was very spacious for a family of 4, lovely to sit out on the balcony to enjoy the gardens. Loved the poolside lizards, great fun to see the giant lizards lazily crawling round. The beach is beautiful and great for watching the sunset. Worth a walk along the beach to Coco Loco for lunch or dinner. Food menu at hotel is a bit limited for me, but children really enjoyed it.

Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Flamingo B, Owner at Flamingo Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 29 April 2014
We are extremely pleased that you enjoyed your Costa Rica beach vacation with us at the Flamingo Beach Resort & Spa. We do try to be a very special location for families and to provide the good times and great memories that every family seeks when they dedicate their precious time and money to a family vacation. Thank you for sharing with us, we hope you will come back to see us again!
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covington, Louisiana, USA
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Reviewed 19 April 2014

Right on the beach. Several trees to lay under shading the sun. Great for relaxing. About 1 hr from the airport. Everything is very spread out in the area.

Staff was very friendly and extremely accommodating. Anything I asked for was brought to me in minutes.

Would have liked more on site activities. Wifi did not work in our room (1113).

Food was pretty good. There is an option of having all inclusive for all or part of your trip with a minimum of 2 days. Good breakfast in the mornings. Lots of fresh fruit.

Went white water rafting. Had a wonderful time. Guide was excellent. 2 hr trip to get there, but would definitely recommend going. It was the highlight of our trip.

Must try Coco Loco that is just a walk down the beach. If you have a car also try The Shack. Both had delicious food at reasonable prices with a fun atmosphere. CL is great to watch the sunset.

The only thing I would change with my trip would be to split the trip and spend a few days in the rainforest.

Thank you FBR for the great vacation.

Room Tip: We loved the location of our room. We were able to walk right out to breakfast, the pool and the bea...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Flamingo B, Owner at Flamingo Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 29 April 2014
You're very welcome for the great vacation... and thank you for taking the time to write a positive review of your experience! We are sorry that you had trouble with the WiFi in your room, we are working on boosting the signal even further, within the limitations posed to us by our local Internet carrier. Thanks for your comments, they are always welcome to help us do a better job.
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 19 April 2014

Great hotel, great service, breakfast plan very much recommended food is really good. We are a family of 5 and the all-inclusive plan would not have been worth it. Nice clean beach. Not a lot going on around hotel but there are 4 decent restaurants very close walking distance. Hotel staff is very helpful. Photographers are around a little too much. Kids (16,15,11) loved game room. Richard from Los Piratas is located on beach and is very professional, great prices for tours and very helpful. Ivan from Tamarindo Dreamers Adventures was our awesome tour guide to the Ricon De La Vieja. He is great, very helpful, pointed out some great local information and speaks english, very helpful as we do not speak spanish. Had a great time.

Room Tip: We were in a family suite, good size room with kitchenette. We did not have a ocean veiw which woul...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Flamingo B, Owner at Flamingo Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 29 April 2014
We greatly appreciate the time you took to write a favorable review of your recent experience at the Flamingo Beach Resort & Spa. As you could tell from our Family Center -- which includes several game tables including ping pong, billiards and foosball, as well as a small movie theater and a mini-market/snack bar --- that we really do cater to families. Most of the activities and excursions you can pursue using Playa Flamingo as your base are also very family-centric, but also great for couples and groups. We are so glad you enjoyed stay, Pura Vida!
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Whitehouse Station, New Jersey
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Reviewed 19 April 2014

We did not stay at the resoort but used their dive shop often. They are absolute pro's who keep things very fun. My kids literally raved about their dive master Risky. Great boat and crew, amazing dives and fantastic staff. I highly recommend.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Flamingo B, Owner at Flamingo Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 29 April 2014
Many people don't realize that there are some fabulous dive spots right offshore of our beautiful Playa Flamingo location. We are glad you enjoyed working with our dive team, and hope that the next time you come you will stay with us at the Flamingo Beach Resort & Spa so we can show you our Costa Rica hospitality!
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Property: Flamingo Beach Resort & Spa
Address: Playa Flamingo | Playa Flamingo, Playa Flamingo 50304, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Playa Flamingo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Playa Flamingo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Flamingo Beach Resort & Spa 3*
Number of rooms: 120
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The only resort located on one of Costa Rica's most famous blue-flag, ecologically protected beaches, this resort location is the perfect beachfront base from which to explore all of Costa Rica’s natural beauty and adventure. ... more   less 
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