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Flamingo Beach Resort & Spa
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Playa Flamingo
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Phoenix, Oregon
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“Nice place at the beach”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2014

We stayed three nights at the resort. The rooms are basic but nice. We had a nice view of the pool and the trees. Oh yes and Iggy! That's what we named him. He is a huge Iguana that lives on the grounds with what seems to be his wife and child. He was very entertaining. The pool is very nice with a nice area for the children. There is a pool bar where you can drink and eat while sitting in the pool or other seats. The restaurant was good with very nice service. Nothing fancy just nice. It is a tourist area and we prefer inland but it was a nice place to hangout before going home.
People were very friendly and I love how everywhere has recycle bins.
We would stay there again.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2014

We stayed at this property following a week at another resort about 20 minutes away. What a great find! The option of a daily breakfast was a plus. We loved the friendliness and helpfulness of the staff. The rooms were nothing fancy, but clean and well maintained. Flamingo Beach is a quiet location. We would return again.

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Barrie, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2014

My husband and I just spent our honeymoon at this resort and we were thrilled with our Costa Rican experience! After a lot of research, I finally booked our vacation at this resort. I decided to choose a smaller all-inclusive resort, as opposed to a 5 star massive resort like the RIU Paradise. Being our honeymoon and our first time in Costa Rica, we were looking to relax on a beautiful beach, but go on some exciting excursions as well. We also didn't want to worry about finding places to eat, and exchanging money for food and drinks...so we chose the all-inclusive package. I must say, I really don't have one negative thing to say about this resort! The service was respectful and pleasant, the location (right on a beautiful beach) was awesome, it was perfectly clean, and there was a plethora of excursions to choose from! We decided to go with Major Minor....from Minor Adventures (you can find him at the back entrance of the resort on any given day). His tours were the cheapest in the area and we thoroughly enjoyed everything we did (I recommend the ATVing and extreme canopy tour). The rooms at the hotel are not luxurious, but they are clean, the AC works well, the cleaning service was prompt and safe, and the beds were SUPER comfortable! There is only one restaurant on site, but the menu is extensive and the food is superb! Honestly, the best food I have ever had at an all-inclusive hotel. This small resort - while not able to compete with massive 5 star resorts in regards to amenities, really has a quaint feel and has everything we needed to make our honeymoon unforgettable and peaceful. The sunsets on the beach are to die for and the beach itself has little to no rocks, is white sand, and the water is clear of any rocks or debris. The water is a little rough, but it is quite fun to play around in and go boogie boarding. All in all, I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone who doesn't have over-the-top standards.............and I will visit this resort again sometime in my lifetime!

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2014 via mobile

Big, large pool, good location on a nice beach. Restaurant is ok except buffet breakfast only decent - clearly not top products proposed. The issue is with the bedrooms, no charm. In all a bit too touristic place.

Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Flamingo B, Owner at Flamingo Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 14 May 2014
We appreciate that you chose Flamingo Beach Resort & Spa for your recent family vacation. For some reason, the week that you and the previous reviewer were there, our property somehow lost its "charm" and became "too touristic" . To be quite honest, I was not on property during the month of April, which is the end of the dry season, but I have spoken to my management team about these strange reviews. We are working quite hard on upping our "charm" factor, but quite honestly, we are a beach resort, April is Easter and Spring Break time, and tourists are our bread-and-butter, so there's nothing much we plan to do about that.
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2014 via mobile

I just stayed a couple of days at Flamingo Beach resort as part of an organized tour of Costa Rica and I was quite disappointed with the choice. Maybe this is not the best season, but the area looked quite lonely and somehow "abandoned". It felt like this was a nice place to stay years ago, but at the moment it lacks of any charm. The hotel is a bit old and not renovated, it does not feel like Costa Rica, you could be anywhere in US and it would be the same. In fact the entire hotel is packed with all inclusive groups that enjoy spending the day just sitting at the bar, if this is what you are looking for then this is the right place. Rooms are very clean and spacious, but again no particular charm. It feels like the hotel is somehow understaffed. The beach is ok but nothing special, we could not swim as waves were too big and you could not even sit closeby. We found a nice place for lunch not far from the hotel (coco loco) and an excellent restaurant for dinner just outside the hotel (Angelina). We moved now to the Manuel Antonio area which is a true paradise in comparison. So overall flamingo beach is ok if you are looking for a US feel, old facilities and no special nature or blue sea.

Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Flamingo B, Owner at Flamingo Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 14 May 2014
Yours is one of the few reviews on this site that has actually caused my jaw to drop in disbelief! I am flabbergasted by your words, and feel that you are talking about a different place than the lovely resort that my family and I are very proud to have owned for more than a decade! Quite honestly, your review is inexplicable to me, I don't even know how to respond!! Our hotel is far from under-staffed and 99% of our personnel comes from the local area of Guanacaste. We provide English classes so they can communicate easily with our guests, but they are truly a local team who greatly values their Costa Rica culture. We are a certified ecologically sustainable resort with awards from our government for promoting and protecting local culture as well as the natural environment. We hire Central American craftsmen to build he thatch roofs that dot our property. We have an organic farm a few miles away and use fresh, local produce and seafood in our international cuisine. The artwork gracing our guestrooms is by local native artists. Our ground-floor rooms feature colorful hammocks hand-sewn by local women. We don't have "cookie-cutter" anything and 90% of our decor is locally made. We don't "cater to all-inclusive groups,"--in fact, that is a much smaller percentage of our business than our breakfast-only clients. Finally, no one I have ever met has considered Playa Flamingo to be a beach that is "nothing special!" It is actually renowned as being one of Costa Rica's most beautiful beaches! Maybe your opinion was tainted because you came at the very end of our dry season when the landscape gets dry and brown instead of the lush green that is normal for the other 11 months of the year. I sincerely hope that readers in this forum will please understand that your perception is totally individual and not the norm, and will please take your comments with a big grain of salt.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2014

We arrived later than expected on Friday evening and we were just hoping that the accommodations would workout. The hotel staff was very friendly; the check-in process went smoothly and things looked pretty good so far. We had requested a King size bed and was informed that we would receive one. Upon arriving at the room, we found out that it was a two double beds room. Not exactly where you went to sleep celebrating your 1 year Wedding Anniversary and you’re 6’5”tall.

The bellhop, on our behalf, contacted front office management and informed them of our concern. The front desk management informed us that they would contact us with a solution within 10 to 15 minutes. After waiting patiently for about 25 minutes and allowing the hotel and their internal process to work; I received a call from the manager Carlos. Carlos did not waste my time and “just cut directly to the chase.” He told us they were unable provide us with a king size bed that night but would be willing to upgrade us the remaining 6 nights at no additional cost.
After spending the night together in a double bed; we were escorted the following afternoon to our upgraded accommodations. The hotel upgraded us to their Honeymoon Suite located next to the ocean. The suite included a King size bed, love seats, a full Jacuzzi, two (2) forty inch flat screen TVs, his/her vanity and showers, a full living room set with coffee table plus two patio views of the ocean. We were very pleased. Flamingo Breach Resort and Spa did an excellent job: Checkmate and Match!

Odyle Calvo, the resident special event coordinator, arranged, planned a set-up a wonderful private romantic anniversary dinner by the beach. During dinner next to th ebeach, the hotel placed rose petals throughout the suite leading to the bed and followed-up with champagne and chocolate covered strawberries. My wife was speechless! With the help of Carlos, Odyle and the other Flamingo Breach Resort and Spa staff and employees, it was a very memorable first anniversary experience! We will definitely return and thank you.

Room Tip: Be patience and ask for upgrades with a smile!
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Flamingo B, Owner at Flamingo Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 14 May 2014
Thank you so much for writing such a lovely review of your recent stay at the Flamingo Beach Resort & Spa. We deeply regret that your preferred room type was not available on the first night of your stay. As is in the "fine print" in most hotels throughout the world, room types are never guaranteed -- at the same time our management team does its best to accommodate our guests' preferences.
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2014

My husband and I spent 4 days out of our 9 day trip at this hotel and we really found it to be better than we had expected. Initially they showed us to a room that was basically underground, musty and a terrible view of a parking lot, we spoke to a manager and they moved us to a much nicer view on the second floor with a balcony overlooking the pool area (I think oceanfront were a bit pricier)- Much better! Some advice that might be useful
- they do host parties late at night in the main restaurant and it stays pretty noisy into the night.
- you can plan activities through the hotel ( catamaran with unlimited drinks and horseback riding on the beach- both amazing! ). They are pricey but it seems like that’s how it is in most touristy areas/hotels. Costa Rica is not one of the more budget friendly Central American countries.
- There is a little kiosk outside the hotel in a shopping area that offers day trips as well, we did an incredible ATV trip through them!
- The beach in front and around this hotel is truly beautiful and we were especially happy with how un- crowded they are for February. Definitely a highlight- try the boogie boards at the hotel- 10$ for the day!

Room Tip: Make sure you dont get a basement-like room!
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Flamingo B, Owner at Flamingo Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 5 May 2014
Thank you for posting this review of your recent stay at the Flamingo Beach Resort & Spa. We apologize that the first room you were shown was not to your liking; and are pleased that you were able to relocate a room with a balcony and poolview that you enjoyed. Other prospective guests should know that our economy rooms are designated as such because they do not offer a view; we also offer gardenview rooms with a small patio area, poolview rooms with balconies overlooking the central pool area, and mountainview rooms that have balconies that face the outer perimeter of our U-shaped building. We also offer small family suites with kitchenettes, but they do not feature either views or balconies. As you can see, our hotel is not a typical "cookie cutter" chain hotel, but retains the charm and eco-friendliness that Costa Rica is known for. We also offer a wide-range of activities to help you enjoy all that Costa Rica has to offer at a range of prices to suite a variety of budgets.
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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:3.5 star — Flamingo Beach Resort & Spa 3.5*
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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