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Paradise Flamingo Beach
Ranked #2 of 7 Hotels in Playa Flamingo
Lake Forest Park, Washington
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14 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2014

We absolutely loved our hotel. The owners were very friendly and helpful along with the rest of the staff. Playa Flamingo is pretty quiet so we spent a couple of evenings hanging out at the hotel for dinner and had a chance to get to know the staff, and the area. The hotel was beautiful and we ate breakfast every morning on the balcony. The view was amazing and make sure you wear sunscreen (even to breakfast) as there may not be a place to sit in the shade. The food at the hotel, including the free breakfast, was very good. My husband and I quickly grew to love casado or rice and beans with breakfast. This place is a great bargain and a great hotel! Only complaint: there was no where to sit in our hotel room other than the bed or two plastic chairs outside. A small love seat would have been a nice addition.
Don't let the hill discourage you! We walked up and down it multiple times a day!

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Boblingen, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2014

We were checking out Playa Flamingo and passed by this place with a stunning view!! We decided to have lunch at the restaurant and they were very accommodating! They moved a table for us out of the sun and into the shade so we could enjoy the breeze and the outdoor view. The server was one of the nicest young men we met during our week long stay. I had the shrimp and rice and the shrimp was cooked perfectly as was my husband's calamari.

After our lunch was finished I looked up to see a huge iguana headed our way and a gentleman sensed the look of fear in my eyes from inside and came out to tell us he was harmless. No he was not their pet, he was wild but had no fear of people so he showed us how to feed him. We would later find that his name was Lil Willie and we enjoyed his company.

The view was amazing, the service great, and the food very well executed. We would visit again.

Room Tip: Rated this as a restaurant, we did not stay here.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2014

Sister trip to Costa Rica...We had an awesome time!! Staff was very helpful and accommodating. Josef booked the Vandara tour for us. It was great! Nice, clean rooms. Relaxed in the sun by the pool.
Delicious lunch on the terrace with Beautiful ocean view. Fun times and lots of laughs at the bar. Would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed February 2014
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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2014

The owners of the hotel were so kind and accommodating. The location of the hotel is a little far from the main beach and on a very steep hill. If you have a car it should be fine. Hotel has an amazing view and is in a very quiet spot. My one complaint would have to be the cleanliness and upkeep of the room. Our room reeked of moth balls. The ac was old and rickety and the sliding door was extremely heavy and did not open easily. TV was out dated and overall the room was kind of bare. If you are looking for something affordable then this spot would be great , however if you want something with a little more character and coziness then stay clear.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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1 Thank Lauren P
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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2014

We stayed 3 nights in the hotel and enjoyed it very much. The atmosphere was wonderful. The manager Josef & wife were very charming and helpful. We enjoyed the breakfast buffet type meal also. The view is awesome from the deck overlooking the ocean and mountains in the distance.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2014 via mobile

For the price, it was a decent hotel. The manager, Josef, his wife and the barman were really nice and friendly to us. Josef was very helpful and accommodating the whole time. The room was a good size and had a good view of the ocean. Breakfast was decent but not great. Gallo pinto, bread, fruit, drinks. Also decent room service food. Big pool. Good distance from the public beach if not fronting. Also appreciated how they would provide towels even for beach use, which was a good plus.

However, I generally felt that they were pinching pennies because of how they maintained their hotel. Lamp bulb was busted (not replaced despite asking twice). Bathroom tiles had aged stains that were not cleaned. Shower did not attach to the wall and the hose had a leak. You could tell no one was sweeping up the hotel lobby floor during the day as it was full of leaves by midday -- granted it was open spaced so leaves would tend to do that but still some periodic sweeping could be done. Same with cleaning up the pool leaves. Trash in the lobby bathroom was not collected for 2 days.

Again, I thought it was a decent place to stay. Basic accommodations for a good price. I don't regret going but make sure expectations are managed.

Stayed February 2014
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2014

We didn't know what to expect when we arrived. But we were greeted very warmly. The staff is incredibly helpful and knowledgeable about what we should do in the area. Our room opened up to the pool, it felt like we had a private pool. We left and realized we had forgotten my husbands coat. A man named Michael(I think that was his name) drove it to us and was so so nice.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Paradise Flamingo Beach

Property: Paradise Flamingo Beach
Address: Flamingo Beach Road | Near to Flamingo Marina Resort, Playa Flamingo 50308, Costa Rica (Formerly El Sabanero Beach Hotel)
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Playa Flamingo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Casino and Gambling Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 7 Hotels in Playa Flamingo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Paradise Flamingo Beach 3*
Number of rooms: 47
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Paradise Flamingo Beach is an Ocean Front Hotel in exclusive Playa Flamingo. In addition to sporting its own privately accessed beach.Paradise Flamingo Beach Hotel is close to Conchal Beach, and Penca Beach and only a short distance from Tamarindo Beach and Hermosa Bay Beach. Paradise Flamingo Beach Hotel also features multiple dining venues, the best of indoor and outdoor dining, ample meeting and banquet space, multiple bars including a wet bar and spacious Ocean Front terraces. Weddings, events, family trips... ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Estela De Fuego Hotel Playa Flamingo
Paradise Flamingo Beach Costa Rica/Playa Flamingo

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