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El Mono Loco
Ranked #12 of 21 Hotels in Tamarindo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2011

We enjoyed our stay. Less expensive than most places in Tamarindo. It was quiet and clean. A bit of a walk to town, probably 5 minutes. Nice pool, and a few birds in cages that make beautiful sounds.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2011

This hotel has a great location. You are only feet away from the beach, yet walking distance from town. I went for a jog on the beach in the morning, walked to all of the shops in the afternoon, ate lunch, and then spent time down at the beach. We come back to the hotel in the evenings and enjoied the veranda with family. We played cards, mingled with each other, and even just took naps on the hammocks. The staff was so accomidating and friendly. By the time we left, they felt like part of the family. The room we had was spacious and clean. We even enjoied the pool on-site. I think that if anyone is looking for an affordable place to stay that is trustworthy, and clean, you should go to El Mono Loco. I don't think you will be dissappointed.

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  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2011

Great place to stay. Staff was great. Breakfast, lunch and dinner at anytime. Beer was plentiful, pool was relaxing. Lush green bright and vivid landscaping adorn the patio area. 4 hammocks to sit back and relax in

  • Stayed April 2011
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2010

We came across this hotel by accident and in hindsight were very glad we did! The rates were Very affordable ($18 per person and included breakfast) the rooms were very clean and the property was beautifully maintained. The family who runs it were all very friendly and helpful. Comfortable atmosphere. A short walk into "downtown" Tamorindo and an even shorter walk to the ocean. We stayed for three nights and I would stay here again in a heartbeat! It's a great little place!!

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2006

After originally trying to book a reservation at Capitan Suizo, my girlfriend and I walked past El Mono Loco and decided to save over $100/night to stay across the street!

El Mono Loco is not flashy, but is clean, comfortable, and well located -- not right in the noisy part of "town" but close enough to walk to everything. A short path walk to the beach for a stroll, and a little out of the way for the rowdy crowd to ruin a relaxing visit.

I would stay there again in a heartbeat. Note: we visited in August (the rainy season) and it didn't rain once in 5 days. We paid $40 for a comfortable double room, and had a pleasant, delicious breakfast each morning. Very nice owners!

  • Liked — clean and friendly in a great location
  • Tips/Secrets — I wouldn't have known how to book this place in advance, but glad I walked right up to it. I paid cash in USD, and got a discount as a result.
  • Stayed August 2006, travelled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2005

The landscaping in the hotel is very nice (it doesn't look like anything special from the outside though, but that didn't matter to us). The room had high ceilings, decent bathroom, and ac. Everything was clean. No TV. At $60 a night it was too pricey for basic ammenities. We really liked Villas Macondo and it was cheaper.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2005

El Mono Loco is the best hotel in Tamarindo. Comfortable beds, hot showers, cold AC, great hammocks, EXCELLENT FOOD, colorful vegetation, close to the beach, great people. However, before you set foot in La Placina, please first refer to the rules. If 40 and Lucky aren't there, I'm sure that Mauricio will be happy to accomodate you. You definately don't want to set off your vacation on the wrong foot. PURA VIDA!

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Additional Information about El Mono Loco

Property: El Mono Loco
Address: Calle Cardinal | 450m South of Pacific Park, Tamarindo 50309, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Tamarindo
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Tamarindo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are a small 12 room hotel located across the street from the beach and a short walk from town. Our basic, clean rooms can accommodate solo travelers, couples, families, and small groups. All rooms have private bathrooms with hot water, quiet A/C, ceiling fan. Community area offers a TV, free wi-fi, shared refrigerator, hammocks, and rocking chairs. We have a refreshing plunge pool and outdoor shower. Our on-site cafe offers breakfast daily for purchase. Free secure parking is available on site. ... more   less 
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