My wife and I stayed here from 2/24-3/1. The hotel is in a very convenient part of Tamarindo with excellent restaurants (la esquina, falafel bar, la Bodega), and activities (spa Maya, and ser om yoga studio) nearby. The owner Richard is very personable, he spends time with all of his guests (he even gave me a ride in his car to the market!) and makes sure they are satisfied. He and his assistant Francisco can book all of your activities and have a good relationship with the tour groups. Free breakfast and wifi were a huge plus as you can get your day started. The restaurant on site was very high quality and on the higher side budget wise for Tamarindo. The supermarket and Saturday farmers market is right down the street.
This stay was very different from our usual vacations. We broke from our pattern of staying in hotel chains and loved it. The small number of guests really allows the staff to find out your needs and cater to them, which is what made this trip special. The beaches of Guanacaste are also unique. Playa Tamarindo has the surfing, restaurants, surf shops and vendors and is really the liveliest of the beaches. The other beaches like conchal, langosta etc are beautiful and more secluded but don't exactly come alive. All the people who stayed at the big resorts like Westin conchal and riu all inclusive had to come to Tamarindo for ocean swimming and surfing. The only mega hotel on the beach in Tamarindo is diria and was out of our budget. That's what made Arco iris so great. For an affordable price you could enjoy the best of Tamarindo with all of the "concierge" services of a big hotel and a Costa Rican personal touch.
We highly recommend Arco iris for a stay in Tamarindo.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Arco Iris is located within walking distance to the beach, shops, restaurants and the center of town. The hotel has been completely remodeled and has five bungalows and seven deluxe rooms, which are surrounded by a lush tropical garden and swimming pool for your relaxation. Set back from the street, Hotel Arco Iris assures guests a quiet and tranquil experience. The rooms have been re-designed with beautiful contemporary bathrooms and comfortable interiors and have A/C, TV's and mini bars. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Arco Iris Hotel
- Arco Iris Tamarindo