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“Great low key option in Tamarindo”

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BEST WESTERN Tamarindo Vista Villas
Ranked #12 of 21 Hotels in Tamarindo
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“Great low key option in Tamarindo”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2014

Vista Villas has pretty much all you could ask for in Tamarindo - amazing ocean views from the pool and patio, tasty food, clean and comfortable rooms, and a friendly, helpful staff. The hotel is easy walking distance from the beach and while you're a little way from "downtown" Tamarindo, there's plenty in the vicinity in terms of eats and drinks. (Even downtown Tamarindo is at most a 10 minute walk.) I've stayed here twice and would stay here again!

Room Tip: Spend the few extra dollars to get one of the ocean view rooms - you won't regret it.
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with friends
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Tamvv, Manager at BEST WESTERN Tamarindo Vista Villas, responded to this review, 8 October 2014
Hey Maisiepidge,

Thanks for the kind words! They make us feel all warm and fuzzy inside! Your right on about the hotel being a short walk from downtown and right across the street from the beach. Don't forget to follow us on one of our many social media channels to continue to gain some great rewards for only our most favorite customers (as you most certainly are!) Cheers from Pura-Vida-Ville!
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Aurora, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2014

Not knowing what to expect we picked up the 5 night deal on Living Social for a stay at the Best Western Vista Villas. There was some initial confusion with getting a reservations confirmation, but we decided that confirmation via telephone was enough. The hotel is an older property, approx twenty years, but is in good condition and well maintained. The rooms are spacious with reasonable amenities. In short, it is a good beach hotel in a beach town. If you are looking for a five star resort, you will be disappointed and generally should avoid Tamarindo altogether. It is a beach town, not a resort town. That said, if you are looking for a stay in a beach town, Tamarido is the place to be.

Marisol and Giselle at the front desk booked many tours for us. They were patient, helpful, and friendly. Adrian at the Crazy Monkey, the on site restaurant and bar, is first rate.

On the property we saw howler monkeys, lizards, and iguanas. We didn't have the room cleaned one day, and noticed more bugs than normal. Nothing bothersome, just more. We were told that sometimes the rooms are sprayed when they are cleaned, so if a couple of bugs bother you, don't skip maid service.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Tamvv, Manager at BEST WESTERN Tamarindo Vista Villas, responded to this review, 25 August 2014
Hey Bryan,

Thanks for the great review... I think you're spot on with your description of the town and the hotel. We are a cool, funky surfer town, founded by some of the grandfathers of surfing, so definitely do not expect a "Club Med" when you are here. However the town itself has many cool and fun things to check out. I'm sure you saw a bunch of them while you were on your tours. The hotel is just about 25 years old, but remember, construction technology in Tamarindo 25 years ago was not what it was in the USA 25 years ago, so keep that in mind when coming on down.

And, as for the bugs, well, yup, there are bugs in Costa Rica. We have just around 300,000 species of them to be exact, so, please, be aware the you will most certainly come across creatures of the six and eight legged kind. We do fumigate the rooms, but, you're right, nature has a tendency of conquering all if you leave it unchecked for a couple of days.

Cheers and thanks for the great review. Stay tuned to our social media pages for some great upcoming offers.
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Yorktown, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2014

We spent three nights in a second floor suite. The view from the balcony was awesome. The two rooms were perfect for our family. The sofas in the living room turn into twin beds. Even though it was very hot outside, the air conditioner in the suite cooled us off every evening. The staff at the hotel were friendly and helpful. We loved Happy Hour at the swim up bar in the pool!

Room Tip: The ocean view rooms are worth the price!
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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 Michelle,

Thank you for the kind words... We definitely agree, happy hour + swim up bar + ocean views = bliss! The ocean view rooms and suites are most certainly worth it and, really, when you think about it, you would never be able to find anything close to these views for a similar price anywhere in the US. We hope to see you again someday and don't forget to check out our social media pages to find some great deals for your next trip down! Chao for now and don't be a stranger!
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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2014 via mobile

I like to thanks every body at this hotel make my family feel special And special thanks to erika zuñiga amazing crew we going many times and allways received that special treatment that make us going back one more time over and over

  • Stayed July 2014
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Tamvv, Manager at BEST WESTERN Tamarindo Vista Villas, responded to this review, 20 August 2014
Hey Sanjose (we know who you are but I don't think I'm allowed to use your real name),

It is always wonderful having your family come back year after year.... I just showed Ericka the review and you definitely made her day. We are excited to host you guys again sometime, even though it might be for just a random weekend, and hope that everything is well back home... Cheers and say hi to everyone from your extended family down here in Costa Rica!
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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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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:
#2 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
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