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Flamingo Beach Resort & Spa
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Playa Flamingo
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“Good but too gringo !!”
Reviewed 21 August 2009

A very good place to stay few days even if there is like 99 % of american people.
The service is good and the rooms cleans.
Not the best for us.

  • Stayed December 2008, travelled with family
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norman2, Marketing Director at Flamingo Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 23 August 2009
In the spirit of Pura Vida, Flamingo Beach Resort welcomes guests from all Nations. We are fortunate enough to enjoy meeting people from all over the world!

There are so many uniquely Costa Rican things to do and see while in Playa Flamingo, and many of our guests enjoy meeting each other as citizens of planet earth.

We are delighted you enjoyed your visit and if there is anything we can do to improve your experience at our resort on your next visit, please do not hesitate to let us know!
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Reviewed 11 August 2009

I went with my husband and a few friends to celebrate my 30th and had an amazing time! A couple of things to note: if you are going to hang by the pool and eat and drink...and drink for most of the day it is worth getting the daily all-inclusive.

Also, prepare for either an early dinner or keep some food in the fridge in your room for later if you want to eat past 9PM. We could not find anything and delivery was not an option!

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled with friends
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Bear Creek, PA
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Reviewed 9 August 2009

The hotel and property was clean and comfortable, the open air lobby is well appointed and welcoming, the guest rooms could use some overdue updating. A beautiful white sand beach awaits you just a few steps away, however you need to walk across a dirt road, this was not a problem as there is not a lot of traffic. The staff was friendly and helpful, however services, food and drinks are overpriced due to secluded location. You need to make sure your flight lands at Liberia International Airport and not San Jose otherwise you will need to arrange for a 4 hour taxi ride. The taxi from Liberia is about 1 hour and cost $80. Nearby towns (Tamarindo, Brasilito) offer more options to find nightlife, better dining options and more activities. If you are looking to experience a secluded beautiful beach and outrageously beautiful sunsets, you will love the Flamingo Beach Resort.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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norman2, Marketing Director at Flamingo Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 12 August 2009
Thank you for your review! We love to receive feedback at our resort!

We are working on refreshing our rooms. Although we renovated them in 2007, we are constantly working on improving the quality of the guest room experience.

We are working on new promotions with both Nature Air and Sansa to include air transportation from San Jose, which would only be a short 45 minute scenic flight! Please be sure to check on our website for all our exciting new offers!

You may have missed the local restaurants within walking distance to the hotel. There are even a few restaurants in the area that will pay for your cab!

Your comments on the cost of our restaurant have been discussed with our executive chef. We do not want our guests to feel they are overpaying and we are reviewing our prices. Thank you for this feedback!

We love your photo! You should enter our photo contest! Our website will show you how to enter!

We are delighted you enjoyed our beautiful sunsets!

Pura Vida
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Reviewed 26 July 2009

The grounds at the Flamingo Beach Resort and Spa is absolutely beautiful. The pool was spectacular! The sunsets were gorgeous along with the beach. Wished we would have stayed in the area longer to visit other beaches such as Playa Conchal. Great place for those who love the sun, surfing and relaxing with family.

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 14 July 2009

Our experience at Flamingo Beach Resort was initially a rocky one, because our room wasn't 100% ready for us when we got there at 7:30 at night and the front desk person had a don't care, smug attitude. It took multiple calls to the front desk to provide us with towels and to change the sheets. Our 1st floor room also had several crabs which are a common sight along the beaches in this area, but we didn't realize that at first and thought they were enormous spiders because they were young and had not developed their crab-like distinguishing characteristics yet. Later in the evening, we asked to switch to a room located on a higher floor to avoid the crabs; it was a different person at the front desk and from that moment on our experience was much improved. We spoke with the manager the next day to let him know about our disappointment that our room was not properly ready for us upon our arrival and our complaints with the professionalism of the initial staff member. The manager was very easy to talk to and empathetic, and offered some extras to make our stay more comfortable and luxurious.

All other hotel staff we have encountered since then on our 3 nights stay have been friendly, attentive and helpful. What I really like about the hotel is its huge pool and how beautiful it looks when lit up at night. The pool can get a little crowded during the day, but the beach is right there as an alternative and quite lovely. It's very similar to some of the southern California beaches I grew up with, except the sand is much softer and the water is warmer. Compared to other beaches in the area, this beach is smaller and has a more private feel.

Playa Flamingo is a fairly small town with few shops and restaurants, so if you plan on spending most of your time at the resort simply relaxing, I'd recommend that you go for the all-inclusive. We already did all our exploring and activities (horseback ride, zip lining, canonying) in Arenal and Monteverde, so we had no interest in doing excursions from this resort (except for a morning scuba diving trip). Most of the food that we ordered at the hotel restaurant was surprisingly good. There is also a great open-air lounge on top of the restauraunt, and we were able to order dinner there on our last night at the resort with a live band playing. It was a lot of fun and I would definitely recommend Flamingo Beach to someone who just wants true relaxation (b/c there's not much to do within walking distance except for the beach). We had a car and were able to drive to other beaches with lots of shops, but since we really weren't in the mood for shopping, we turned around and went right back to Flamingo Beach which was much more peaceful and had gorgeous sunsets. =)

What I like:
Rooms are very nicely air-conditioned
Our room had a balcony with views of the pool and part of the beach
Modern furnishings, granite bathroom countertops
Lots of closet hanging space
We never heard our neighbors throughout our stay

What could be better:
Beds are n the softer side and a bit springy for my taste, but still relatively comfortable
Shower water pressure on the weaker side
You can tell that there is some wear & tear on their towels and beddings - some disarrayed edges and small stains on comforter covers, but overall the place felt clean.

No conditioner provided by the hotel so make sure you bring your own!

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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norman2, Director of Markeitng at Flamingo Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 27 July 2009
We are sincerely sorry your initial check in was difficult. We continue to invest in training all of our staff on the importance of guest satisfaction and we thank you for providing us an opportunity to correct our mistakes.

We are delighted you enjoyed your vacation once the initial bumps were ironed out and we look forward to welcoming you back!

Pura Vida!
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Columbus, Oh
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Reviewed 9 July 2009

Spent 10 days (June 20-June 30, 2009) at Flamingo Playa Beach Resort and Spa in Costa Rica (Guanacaste region) and had an amazing time. We did the all-inclusive deal and had no complaints. The staff was wonderful, the food was super and the whole experience was fantastic.

The resort is cozy, only like 120 rooms, so you are never far away from anything. The beach is literally 15 feet across a dirt road and there is a patio where you can dine and watch the waves. The beach is quaint and not very crowded.

Speaking of food- it is amazing! Their new chef, David, is very friendly and will gladly accommodate any special dietary needs. The buffet had plenty of options and the menu also has some delicious dishes. All the wait staff is super and make you feel like a life-long Tico.

The pool is clean, refreshing and inviting. The swim up pool bar is fun to grab a drink at and the animals around the resort are always around to wish you hello. Lizards and birds will greet you everyday. The upstairs open air bar is nice and some nights there is entertainment. Things close up at the resort around 9:30 each night, but that is fine because of the long hot days and early sun rises.

The rooms were very spacious and the TV/Cable works well, even giving you some U.S. stations, as well as American TV shows with subtitles.
Everyone at the resort was super friendly and always willing to help you with anything, even learning some Spanish. I highly recommend the Flamingo Playa Beach Resort and Spa in Costa Rica!

If you do plan on going to CR, I recommend you contact Carlos Luis Jimenez with Eco Explorer Costa Rica http://www.ecoexplorercr.com/ before you go to handle your excursions.

He has the best rates in the country for all your excursions. He is personable, dependable and a pleasure to be around.

He provided my family with a personal tour to Arenal Volcano, some hot springs, as well as to a high adventure camp where we tubed, zip lined through the rain forests and did a horseback ride. Email Carlos before you go to CR and make arrangements to meet and schedule your trips through him. You will not be disappointed!

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled with family
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Georgia, USA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 July 2009

This was our first trip to Costa Rica, and we spent 8 days at the Flamingo Beach Resort with our two kids ages 9, and 7. The resort is really nice, and the staff were great. Randal, Fernando (front desk) were great, and provided us with everything we needed. Karla, and Alias ran the pool bar like pros which they are, and they were very nice. The food was great, but our kids ate mostly fruits, and barely touch it..
We saved a boat load of money by booking all activities outside by the beach through this very honest guy named 'Major Gonzalez'. Yes the hotel said not to use these guys, but they're providing the same service provided by the resort at a DEEP discount.
As far as places to eat outside the resort, Angelina's across from the main gate on the plaza is the place to be, right next to Marise's. We ate at Marise's, but it wasn't all that. Mary Del Sol on top of he hill is very nice as well..
We plan on going back next year, and we'll definitely stay at Flamingo Beach Resort again...

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled with family
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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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