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“Loved the charm of this well kept up resort”

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Best Western Tamarindo Vista Villas
Ranked #13 of 22 Hotels in Tamarindo
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Dallas, Texas
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
“Loved the charm of this well kept up resort”
Reviewed 7 August 2014

This was our first trip to Costa Rica and we (myself, my husband, daughter and her friend) stayed for two weeks in the Pilsen Suite at Tamarindo Vista VIllas and it was perfect for us.

The Pilsen Suite (Room 100) is a stand alone cottage with two bedrooms, bath, kitchen large entry area and small living area. It was so charming and clean thanks to Jessenia, the best housekeeper ever! We came to love her like family. As a matter of fact. we loved all of the staff - Nathalia!, Hazel, Giselle, Sharon, Wendy, and the tall young man who did maintenance was Johnny on the spot. Trevor, the manager, was very visible morning and night and went out of his way to try to help me get a battery for my camera. Everyone was extremely friendly, knowledgeable and ready to help us out with everything, including our Spanish (however, most staff speak English very well)

The view from the balcony of the Monkey Bar is breath taking and the tree full of parrots greeting you as you enjoy the sunset, take a dip in the pool (with a swim up bar!) or just enjoy your meal (the food was great) is not to be missed. The bar hosts a great party every Friday night with live music and dancing - so much fun. Be ready to be greeted each morning by the howler monkeys that hang out in the mango trees overlooking the property.

We did not rent a car, you can walk to everything easily. It is a very short walk (less than 5 minutes, probably more like one or two minutes) to the beach and Witches Rock Surf Camp across the street.

Vista Villas was spotless, well maintained, and had beautiful landscaping.

I loved this place. Thanks,
Tamarindo Vista Villas for an unforgettable vacation.

Room Tip: Rooms over the pool could be loud at the Friday night live music/dance party. Pilsen Suite where we...
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Tamvv, Manager at Best Western Tamarindo Vista Villas, responded to this review, 20 August 2014
Hey Rosemary,

Thank you for the review, and I'm really sorry we never could find that dang camera battery. It just goes to show how different life can be when you don't have online purchasing sites like amazon.com readily available to buy those random parts. I'm really glad that you and your family spent a couple of weeks with us and that you enjoyed your vacation. You'll also be pleased to know that the pilsen suite will be getting a small makeover in about four weeks and will be in tip-top shape for when you and the family decide to come back. Thanks again and we hope to see you again soon!
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Littleton, CO
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73 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 August 2014

I loved this resort. Our view of the ocean was amazing, the price was exceptional. They have a nice pool with a waterfall and you can hang out in the upper section. Or use the swim up bar and have a drink. They have beautiful parrots up at the top of the hotel (above the hotel itself). There is also a huge iguana they call Godzilla that startled us as it came out from a bush but it was great to see. Monkeys like to eat the mangoes that grow on the property and the beach is across the street.

There was nothing bad about this hotel and we hated to leave!

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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1 Thank medako
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Tamvv, Manager at Best Western Tamarindo Vista Villas, responded to this review, 20 August 2014
Hey Medako,

Woohooo! Thanks for the great review. Coming from a seasoned traveler with 55 other reviews, we know that you know what you're talking about, so thanks so much for taking the time to comment on our hotel... Godzilla is still around, although he seems to be losing a little bit of his orange color, they say its because we are leaving mating season. The macaws and monkeys are still around as well, making a wonderful mess of our mango trees! Well, thanks for coming by and don't forget to follow us on our social media pages to stay tuned for some great deals. Cheers!
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 27 July 2014

For me and a my family this was our first trip to Tamarindo. We are a family who use to travel together and try to fit the hotel we're staying to our needs (clean place, near basic facilities, good price). Tamarindo Vista Villas is a perfect example of a hotel that cares about their clients needs and that show respect and love for their work. We must say the hotel was making improves in their installations while we were staying. This make us happy as a family because we realize the manager trust in his bussiness. This place is a great starting point to discover the Nicoya's Peninsula and the beautiful Guanacaste coasts. If you decide to go be sure to meet Trevor (hotel manager) and Jessenia ( our room maid ) as they are wonderful people.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Tamvv, Manager at Best Western Tamarindo Vista Villas, responded to this review, 20 August 2014
Hey Mauricio,

It was really nice meeting you and speaking with you in the mornings. Thank you so much for writing those kind words... I must say that we are always making improvements on the property, and we are almost done with an on-site gym and a few more improvements are currently in the works. We most certainly do love our work and we love having people like you and your family visit us! Thanks again and don't forget to follow us on our social media pages for some great deals that we offer our ever returning friends. Cheers!
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Fort Myers, Florida
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35 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 July 2014

This hotel is very central to the downtown area. Staff were friendly and very efficient. Took time to chat and give info when asked. Hotel is a little dated but clean and comfortable. Pool area has great view. Sunsets were good from there.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Tamvv, Manager at Best Western Tamarindo Vista Villas, responded to this review, 20 August 2014
Hey Eleanor,

Clear, concise and straight to the point... We love it! Thanks for the kind words and we hope to see you again soon. Don't forget to follow us on our many social media channels to find some great deals!
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Orange County, California
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15 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 July 2014 via mobile

On a Friday night, book room 301! It's an upstairs corner room with one queen bed, and a kitchenette. 4 can sleep comfortably in this room. 2 balconies! One
oversees the ocean bay and the other one oversees the pool & bar. perfect! Bring your A-game :)

Stayed July 2014
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Thank Mario C
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Tamvv, Manager at Best Western Tamarindo Vista Villas, responded to this review, 7 August 2014
Hey Mario,

So, we love the great review and really appreciate you taking the time to write great words about us! However, we do feel that we need to elaborate a little upon the message.... Room 301 is the room closest to the pool, bar, and restaurant area, meaning that it is also closest to the salsa dance party that we have on Fridays. With that being said, it is absolutely the best room if you want to be near all the fun! However, if you would like to be a little further away, rooms 100, 101, or 102 are the absolute best. Thanks for visiting and you stay classy San Diego!
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Irvine, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 July 2014

I got the living social deal and stayed for 5 nights. We even upgraded to Corona Suite. Let me just warned you...Do NOT STAY AT ROOM 202. Don't get me wrong, the people that work there were great. We didn't have any complains about them at all but we hardly sleep there. BED BUGS!!! We even slept using bug repellent. Nothing works! We were counting the days to leave that infested room. Also the amount of overwhelming tourists! Everything is much more expansive for sure. If we ever have a chance to come back, we'll definitely stay away from playa tamarindo all together.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank nadia313
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Tamvv, Manager at Best Western Tamarindo Vista Villas, responded to this review, 20 August 2014
Hey Nadia,

Thank you for your comments. I must say that we take reports of "bed bugs" very seriously and have since had the room inspected. There were no signs of the bed bugs in your room. Additionally we have not had any complaints come from this room about bed bugs neither before nor after your stay. Of course, Costa Rica does have a lot of different bugs and critters whose bites can cause an itch, so it might be a good possibility that those bites came from something outside the room. After all, we fumigate our rooms on a regular basis. Having lived here many years, I have personally found that one of the worst culprits are sand fleas... These little critters (obviously) live in the sand and if you don't wash off your feet or legs well after coming back from the beach, you might risk getting a couple of these little buggers in your room and even your sheets. Also, we have seen that certain types of skin develop rashes from the humidity.

As for the town, some people would like to have a little more movement in a town where they take their vacation and some people would like to be a little more cut-off from society. Our town isn't big, like you would expect to see in some giant resort town like Cancun, but we aren't small either. We have about 70 restaurants to choose from (I know Trip Advisor says more, but not all listed are still open) and a great beach atmosphere with a fun nightlife. If you are looking for a small town, you can find some amazingly small and wonderful places along the Costa Rican coast, just don't expect to find a wide variety of activities and dining.

Thanks again for staying with us and we hope that you will visit us again so that we can personally make sure to pick off every one of those sand fleas from your sandals before you enter your room!
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Rising Fawn, Georgia
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 July 2014

The hotel rooms could definitely use some improvement. Very dated and a little dingy. The food and drinks are amazingly good. We had breakfast there every morning, drinks mid-day and ate dinner there the last two nights of our stay. Afterward we wished we had eaten there every night! The staff were friendly and gracious. The pool was clean and lovely. The hotel is located across the street from the beach and away from the center of town. I thought it was a great location! Quiet, close to the beach and just a short walk into town. It's not a pretty hotel, but it's just a room to sleep in. We would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Tamvv, Manager at Best Western Tamarindo Vista Villas, responded to this review, 7 August 2014
Hey Littletyger (we like your name by the way!),

Thanks for the kind words! I think you are pretty darn accurate with the description... While we don't consider ourselves "a pretty hotel" we do consider ourselves a really decent option while visiting the area, and the view most certainly is more than just "pretty". Like you mentioned, our location can't be beat, while being right across the street from the beach is nice, it is even nicer when you are the closest hotel to the Las Baulas Wild Life Preserve and just a quick minute's walk from the best surf spot in town! I hope all is well back home with you and hope to see you again sometime in the future!
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Property: Best Western Tamarindo Vista Villas
Address: Calle Principal 1000, Tamarindo, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Tamarindo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Green Hotel in Tamarindo
#8 Family Hotel in Tamarindo
#10 On the Beach Hotel in Tamarindo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Best Western Tamarindo Vista Villas 3*
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A great place to play! The BEST WESTERN Tamarindo Vista Villas offers the best ocean views, a clean and safe environment, and a wonderful staff.... All just steps away from the world famous beach of Playa Tamarindo. ... more   less 
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