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Flamingo Beach Resort & Spa
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Playa Flamingo
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San Francisco, California
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17 reviews
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“Beautiful Hotel”
Reviewed 24 August 2014

My husband and I spent the first few days of our Honeymoon at Flaming Beach, and we had the best time. The food is delicious, we especially loved the breakfasts each morning. The daily two for one happy hour was great - the drinks were strong and delicious! The pool is beautiful, but the beach was our very favorite part of this hotel. It was the perfect beach - warm clear water, white sand, small waves and not a lot of people! Our room was clean and comfortable. The staff were all excellent and were eager to help us with anything that we needed. They organized two excellent excursions for us, one to a nearby beach and a half day Catamaran Trip. We also used the spa one day for massages, and I had one of the most excellent massages Ive ever had. When we go back to Costa Rica, we'll be back at Flamingo Beach!

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Flamingo B, Owner at Flamingo Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 3 September 2014
First of all, congratulations on your recent wedding! Thank you so very much for taking the time to write this wonderful review (while you are probably still bogged down with getting off thank-you notes and paying off credit card balances)! Having the opportunity to become a part of a guest's happy memories is one of the things we love most about the hospitality business. We couldn't be more touched that you chose to spend part of our honeymoon at our little piece of heaven in Playa Flamingo, and we are so delighted that you liked it so much you want to return again someday. Pura Vida, that is music to our ears, please let management know when you'll be back and we will try very hard to make your experience even better the next time!
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Fontana, California
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Reviewed 20 August 2014

The beach was very beautiful, bartenders and waiters were very friendly, expecially Leo, Elias, Manolo and Manuel they remembered what we were drinking and also one of the waiters at breakfast time made sure I always had a glass of ice water without me asking for it after the first couple of days of us being there. The food was very good, just limited on the options. My husband is very picky on ceviche, but he loved there ceviche. There is only a couple of complaints we have one is that they were limited on food choices, they need to expand there menu options and have a larger varity for the buffet, also the water pressure and the way the water goes from cold to hot while showering should be fixed.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Flamingo B, Owner at Flamingo Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 3 September 2014
Thank you for sharing your experience at our resort on TripAdvisor, we appreciate your feedback. We appreciate your recognition of several of our staff members by name, as that is always very motivating for our personnel. I hope your waiters explained to you that even when we provide a buffet for those who don't want to wait to hit the beach, the pool or their planned excursions, we also always offer a wide variety of choices available on our a la carte menu, which is quite extensive by Costa Rica standards. We are investigating your problem with the water pressure and temperature, and regret that you had an issue with that as it should not happen.
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Houston, Texas, United States
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Reviewed 20 August 2014

We recently stayed at Flamingo Beach Resort & Spa. Family of 8 ,four Generations.we ranged from 15 to 73. We had an awesome time . I was in this same area 28 years ago before this hotel was built. Whoa, what a surprise to finally see this beautiful Jewel.Great Landscaping, huge pool, swim up pool bar with wonderful people like Manalo, Elia, Leo and of course Manuel ,who helped out wherever needed. We met people from England, Germany, France, Canada etc. which gave the place an international flair.Rooms are great and big enough. I had an issue the first day with my A/C unit but after calling front desk they send maintenance out immediately and it was fixed in no time. My daughter and husband had the Ocean view suite. It is huge with two balconies, one to see the gorgeous sunsets. This is truly worth the money charged.we had a total of four rooms,but would gather there some nights for family time,games etc.Restaurant is located between pool and beach, with indoor and outdoor dining. The outdoor patio was never too hot. It had great fans and ocean breezes.Beach is just steps away, crossing small dirt path.Super security.the Great grandchildren have been fortunate enough to have traveled to Europe, Hawaii and most places in US in Motor Home. This is the only time ever that they told their dad that they want to come back here to Flamingo and bring friends,that this was the best vacation ever.there is so much to do with all the wonderful tours being offered right from the hotel.not to mention the activities at the resort.The Game room was a real hit.Some of the younger adults enjoyed the Tennis Court.Do not compare this place with other resorts. It is different in a good way. Not too large and not too big.The Owners have accomplished something ,that is rare in the Hospitality Industry. They personalized it and make you feel like you were part of their family.It is magical and draws you in.The Costa Rican people are very friendly, educated and proud. If you treat them with respect and kindness they will do anything possible to please you.Do tip over the standard gratuity. We kept dollars with us and tipped separately when signing the tab to room.During the 7 days we were there the place was fully booked with two weddings and three soccer teams. It got a little noisy but it was happy noise.Rooms are super quiet , even the pool view rooms. After closing balcony door and AC running I was not bothered by any noise.Some people mentioned that it was pricey. The prices the Resort charges are typical of all prices in Costa Rica. Drinks could be stronger. Tip on other Restaurants. Marie's, Angelina's, Camaron Dorado in Braselito,La Palapa in Tamarindo as well as Coco Loco are all great. Our group split up and different people explored other options.We did not do the all inclusive since the younger ones went somewhere every day. Since the place was so booked it turned out alright as Restaurant was overly busy, explaining one meal not so good ,yet other times amazing, Try the Sea Bass over vegetables and Linguine, Beef Tenderloin , etc. All so fresh. Never tasted beef or Seafood this good as I have in Costa Rica. Even the burgers tasted good . A hit with the teenagers but they tried everything and ate with gusto. We were told that they just lost a Chef a short time ago , this explaining some of the issues that some people experienced. But they still did a good job. On last night the family wanted to go out as a group since we rented two cars for 3 days. But again we split up as the Teenagers said let's go back to our place, we like it best.We will be back next year for sure.Use plenty of sunblock, I didn't and got sunburn in less then 20 minutes on beach. Canceling out my massage,but other family members enjoyed it including the guys.If you have a negative experience or Issue ,talk with Management and they will do everything possible to fix any issue. Kudo ,mucho mucho gracias to Linda in corporate office for arranging our trip. She is the best. Hope to meet her some day.In mind and spirit we are still in Costa Rica.

Room Tip: Ocean view suite is amazing. Some of us had pool view rooms,also great
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Flamingo B, Owner at Flamingo Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 3 September 2014
Thank you so much for choosing our resort and for writing such a comprehensive and positive review of your family's stay with us. How lovely for you to say that we made you feel like you were part of the family! While we try very hard to have something to appeal to every kind of traveler, we do feel that families are our specialty. Maybe it's because we've enjoyed many vacations at the Flamingo Beach Resort over the years with our own extended, multi-generational family interacting and having a great time. We also appreciate your mentioning our hard-working staff members and your great advice to others to "treat them with respect and kindness." We could not agree more. Also to your point that if a guest has any negative experience or issue, to PLEASE go immediately to speak to management about it, and we will do what it takes to fix whatever is wrong and make the guest experience a happy one. That's our hospitality commitment and mission. Thank you so much for sharing...we hope to see you and your family again soon!
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Carrollton, Texas
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Reviewed 19 August 2014 via mobile

We were happy with our choice to stay at the Flamingo Beach Resort & Spa. The rooms were comfortable and clean, but by no means soundproof--you hear your noisy neighbors. With that said, other things made up for this negative.

The hotel has a "family room/kids play area" with ping pong tables, pool tables and a movie theater. My boys spent a decent amount of time meeting and playing with other kids and/or watching a movie. We also liked the smaller/water volleyball pool off to the side of the hotel. We pretty well had that pool to ourselves for a few hours.

The big pool is nice. The beach just across from the hotel is beautiful and there is easy access.

There is a fabulous restaurant just a minute walk down the street from the hotel, and Tamarindo is just a 15 minute drive. We loved visiting Tamarindo (twice) but staying in the quieter, prettier Playa Flaming.

One final comment about the hotel -- the wifi connection was neither reliable nor strong. A number of guest had connection problems similar to ours. I don't know if this is a constant issue or just a temporary issue that happened while we were there.

I definitely feel comfortable recommending this hotel, and I would choose to stay here if/when I return to the area.

Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Flamingo B, Owner at Flamingo Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 26 August 2014
Thank you so much for posting such a positive review of your recent stay at the Flamingo Beach Resort & Spa. We are so happy that you enjoyed our family center and mini-cinema! We regret that you had problems with the WiFi...I believe you visited just around the time when we were switching over to a newly available system that has more capacity and speed. We sincerely hope that you will find this problem resolved on your next visit, and we, our staff and management look forward to seeing you again soon. When you make your reservation, please advise us that you are a return guest so we can try even harder to make your stay even better next time.
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 August 2014

Hotel is a bit rundown and crying for renovation. Service is ok. The pool is nice but not enough shade. The pool activities are very loud. but the beach is beautiful except for the tons of beach vendors.

Room Tip: Get a non pool view room, lot more quiet.
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Flamingo B, Owner at Flamingo Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 26 August 2014
We appreciate your taking the time to write a review of your visit, and will also use this feedback to improve our product and service. However, we disagree that the hotel is rundown and "crying for renovation." We have renovated the resort on a continual basis since purchasing the property 14 years ago, not only improving room quality and amenities but also adding new services and attractions such as the spa, the casino, the family center, the aquatic center, the new Cafe Britt store, etc. The hotel was originally built in 1986 and considering the wear and tear that a beach resort gets from the salt water, from the tropical rain, and from guests themselves bringing sand everywhere, we are proud that this building of more than a quarter of a century has been so well-maintained and cared for. At the same time, we pride ourselves on service that is more than just "OK" and so will continue to work on this based on your comments.
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White Plains, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 August 2014

Firstly the Hotel is set in a beautiful location that seems very secure on a peninsular. Probably the very reason we saw 3 wedding parties there in 5 days.
The Hotel reception is beautiful and the staff there informative and knowledgeable. The Hotel for us, kinda went down from there.
The buffet which we elected for one evening had pans empty so we informed the staff, waited 30 mins for replenishment, nothing happened, so informed them again, nothing happened, no answer was forthcoming so we left. There are only few restaurants in the facility so we were a little at a loss. The food when they had it was very good though.
The pool is beautiful but the sides are slippy as hell and we saw a number of people hit the ground after getting their feet wet.
The Pool Bar although friendly and had a dreamy swim up counter, was spoiled by an infestation of bee's, which swarmed around the sweet drinks. These were the type that sting!! We sat no where near them and my 24 yr old daughter got nailed twice.
I think the good outweighed the bad for us but were surprised the Management had not done something about the bees.

Room Tip: There are no Beach view rooms. The closest would be the Pool view rooms. The whole facility is non s...
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Flamingo B, Owner at Flamingo Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 26 August 2014
Thank you for your review; your feedback is very important to us and we appreciate your taking the time to write about your visit. As owners, we would like to apologize on behalf of the staff and management for the issues you encountered. There is no excuse for what happened in the restaurant with empty buffet trays and you not getting service. If the buffet was over for the evening, then the waiters should have offered for the kitchen to prepare you something special off the menu. To address the issue of the pool area becoming slippery when wet, we are currently getting quotes to refurbish the stone flooring to give it back the texture it had initially when it was installed, which has been worn down over time. As far as the bees, we have gotten rid of them again, but they are constant nuisance and we do not like to use harsh pesticides as it goes against our commitment to be as nature-friendly as possible; we can only work with natural methods. We are so sorry your daughter was stung and wantt you to know that the staff is committed to keeping the bees away.
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Lakeway, Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 August 2014

VERY family friendly ... if you're not a fan of lots of children, don't go during school holiday. However, even then the pool area is very large and nicely done. The swim up bar staff was efficient (if not overly skilled). Their location is superb. It is a great little beach just 20 steps away. There are also a lot of dining options close by. We very much enjoyed our second floor pool side room (No, it wasn't too noisy.). It faced west letting us chose to watch some gorgeous sunsets from the beach of on our balcony. Their second floor, open bar with the beach on one side and the pool on the other was a lovely place to just relax.

Room Tip: It's in the review ... a west facing room to watch the sunsets
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Flamingo B, Owner at Flamingo Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 26 August 2014
Thank you very much for your kind review after your recent stay at the Flamingo Beach Resort & Spa. While it is true that we are a very family oriented resort (after all, we are family owned), we also try to cater to couples and we offer a lot of romantic options such as private dinners on the beach, couples spa treatments, a smaller private pool area, etc. We are very glad that found our resort to be "a lovely place to relax."
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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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